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SLOW1
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 12:41 AM
Well i am new to the salt water side of the hobby. Had fish (cichlids) as a kid growing up. Then about a 10 year hiatus as my family moved overseas and then off to college. Currently have a 150gal cichlid tank.
I have been wanting a saltwater tank for some time now and finally decided to dive right in.

I have been doing countless hours of research in preparation for my new setup. Well I finally have it, and it is all coming together really well.

I plan on doing corals and some fish.

pics and tank details to come.

ballardjr2000
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 01:30 AM
welcome....So your in texas may we ask WHERE? texas is big now lol...just helps for if you need help etc.

allan
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 06:03 AM
Welcome to MAAST dude, and welcome to the hobby.

Shu
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 08:22 AM
Welcome, THIS THREAD IS WORTHLESS WITHOUTPICS though. Look forward in seeing your new setup.

SLOW1
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 09:35 AM
welcome....So your in texas may we ask WHERE? texas is big now lol...just helps for if you need help etc.


Im in austin

And here are some pics.

Setup is an Oceanic 92gal corner tank.

Sump is only a 20gal, i would like to have gone a lot bigger here but it is really hard to find a square tank to fit in a triangular hole. Silly corner tanks. At some point I may try and make one specifically for the stand.

Return pump, i cant remember the model number but its a tunze.

Skimmer is a Reef Octopus Extreme Series EXT-200.

Circulation
Dual Tunze 6055's

Light
Coralife pro 24in 250w MH with dual 24in CF actinic's

Water is all mixed up with water from my nice new RO/DI filter, and oceanic salt.

The tank is currently home to about 100lbs of live rock and about a 1 to 2in sand bed depending where the powerheads have moved the sand.

Pics
Day 1 Water and sand
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/lelandlooger/IMG_3287.jpg

About 4 days later i get my live rock.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/lelandlooger/IMG_3288.jpg

Next day it clears back up really nice.
I have moved the rock around a little since these were taken.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/lelandlooger/IMG_3290.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/lelandlooger/IMG_3292.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/lelandlooger/IMG_3294.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/lelandlooger/IMG_3295.jpg

recoiljpr
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 10:07 AM
SLOW1, welcome to MAAST & the hobby! It's like a drug and it will keep pulling you further and further down into it's clutches.

I like your tank, and judging by the way your sand has shifted, you seem to have a good amount of flow!

The only advice I'd like to give you is get some good test kits and take it slow. Patience is hard in this hobby, but patience has rarely ever nuked a tank. :-)

SLOW1
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 10:35 AM
SLOW1, welcome to MAAST & the hobby! It's like a drug and it will keep pulling you further and further down into it's clutches.

I like your tank, and judging by the way your sand has shifted, you seem to have a good amount of flow!

The only advice I'd like to give you is get some good test kits and take it slow. Patience is hard in this hobby, but patience has rarely ever nuked a tank. :-)

I am really happy with the amount of flow in the tank, and the two power heads are set to one of their lower settings.
I am trying to take in nice and slow and make sure I get it right.

What test kit might you recommend? I have an API one for my fresh water tank but havnt decided what to go with for the salt water tank.

snfkotara
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 10:38 AM
SLOW1, welcome to MAAST & the hobby! It's like a drug and it will keep pulling you further and further down into it's clutches.

It sure is a year ago we had a 55 gal and a 20 gal. no coral and the cheap damsels. Oh yeah and a condy anemone. Now we have 7 saltwater tanks and 1 freshwater. And only 3 of those tanks are under 75 gals.

snfkotara
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 10:40 AM
how do grab that quote sorry recoiljpr

recoiljpr
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 10:57 AM
I am really happy with the amount of flow in the tank, and the two power heads are set to one of their lower settings.
I am trying to take in nice and slow and make sure I get it right.

What test kit might you recommend? I have an API one for my fresh water tank but havnt decided what to go with for the salt water tank.

I've used API and had problems with it not showing my Nitrate's correctly. I never had a problem with API PH, CA, Alk and Ammonia. But after having thoese bad tests, I switched to all Salifert. They are more expensive, but they are worth it IMO.



how do grab that quote sorry recoiljpr

No worries. :bigsmile:

SLOW1
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 11:36 AM
I've used API and had problems with it not showing my Nitrate's correctly. I never had a problem with API PH, CA, Alk and Ammonia. But after having thoese bad tests, I switched to all Salifert. They are more expensive, but they are worth it IMO.:bigsmile:

Thanks for the input, that kind of what i had heard. I think i will probably be getting some salifert or elos testing supplies some time in the near future.

diego
Thu, 1st Oct 2009, 11:52 AM
SLOW1 that's a nice tank you got there. I like your aquascaping too. Welcome.