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The Salty side

Postby Nathan » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:14 pm

Hi guys and gals
just an update for those that are interested.

All going well so far, although i have had to put an external back on the tank so i could use filter floss as was noticing tiny particles in the water.
also unfortunately had to take back my long tentacle anemone as it would not settle and was worried about anemone soup with the powerheads.

So the details :
tank contents (just under 4ft) are
2 koralia powerheads 1&2,
external 205 filter floss
buyo skimmer - nighttime only now
loads of LR, Live sand
green carpet nem - doubled in size in 3 weeks
dead mans finger
leather coral
a red algae branching plant thingy!
a gonoporia (spelt wrong)
a christmas tree coral
a bright orange hard coral
a polyp & mushroom covered rock
3 feather dusters
15 hermits
1 yellow head sleeper goby
1 blue streak cleaner wrasse
2 humbugs
1 fiji devil damsel
2 blue damsels
4 camel shrimp
1 fire shrimp
3 clown at the mo (waiting on a pairing)
1 sand starfish
1 yellow wrasse
5 green chromis
loads of white sponge growing on the rocks
loads of orange sponge growing on the rock
coraline algae growing on half the rock
loads of beasties in the rock (mostly worms of various types - 1 is quite big approz an 2 inches)
1 tiny starfish (pink at the mo - came attached to a coral)

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hope you enjoy
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Jimbo » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:20 pm

Very nice - are you enjoying it?
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Becca » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:24 pm

WOW...Looks fantastic!!

I love those little Clowns.... Is it harder to maintain than freshwater then?
How often do you need to waterchange?
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Nathan » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:47 pm

really enjoying it thanks jimbo but its addictive
would honestly say becca that its minimal work really - less than the cichlids to be honest, and only wc 15%every 2 weeks (ish)
very different though and as i thought i miss the t's (not the malawis just the t's)
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Becca » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:58 pm

Is There much activity like with Africans?

Looks great Nathan- when you upgrading then :text-lol:
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Nathan » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:03 pm

becca - there is but its different - whereas the cichlids are manic and always something going on, the marines are out and about and more serene.
the clowns are ace - they have proper enthusiastic personalities and i'm a definate fan of the wrasses, the chromis are like labs really - a bit of a background fish but they shoal nicely and are always active


as for upgrading ....hmmmm still have a 5ft in the garage!!!

still in beginner stages and not 100% happy with aquascaping, researching the pros and cons of skimmers at the mo, fish stock is maxed now really, but will be losing a clown as soon as they pair and also the two humbugs as soon as they grow (aggresive species), will then poss look at either a coral beauty or a yellow tang but need to check on sizes etc and make sure they would be happy,
the main focus now will be on increasing the Live rock and adding corals
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Becca » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:04 pm

They have these in my LFS.....Got to be one of my favourite marines- You should get one!! :happy-jumpeveryone:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1039/146 ... c09a_o.png

Also is it true marine fish wont breed in captivity??
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Jimbo » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:42 am

Clown fish can breed in captivity, but I think the rest are pretty hard to breed in home tanks.
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Re: The Salty side

Postby mbunasam » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:27 pm

Your fish are stunning Nathan. Definetely something I would like to delve into one day



Jimbo wrote:Clown fish can breed in captivity, but I think the rest are pretty hard to breed in home tanks.


did you see the little eggs of the clown fish on Richard Attenboroughs 'life' program last week were the male looks after them. Amazing stuff :text-coolphotos: :text-goodpost:
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Becca » Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:27 pm

Finding Nemo doesnt class as watching a documentary Paul :text-lol:
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Re: The Salty side

Postby mbunasam » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:58 pm

still based on a true story duuurrrhhhh
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Nathan » Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:53 pm

Becca wrote:They have these in my LFS.....Got to be one of my favourite marines- You should get one!! :happy-jumpeveryone:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1039/146 ... c09a_o.png

Also is it true marine fish wont breed in captivity??


so that would mean all marine are WC ?
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Becca » Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:57 pm

Good point.... dont know are they?? :laughing-lettersrofl:
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Re: The Salty side

Postby cichlid crazy » Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:00 am

Glad to see your set up is up and running well Nathan good luck with it and thanks for the update, great set of pics too. :text-coolphotos: :text-goodpost:
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Re: The Salty side

Postby mbunasam » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:15 am

keep the pics coming Nathan :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: The Salty side

Postby grinner » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:46 pm

nice tank nathan, would like to set up something similar in my living room,joined a marine keepers forum and its scared me to death.
any idea of your running costs per month once set up.i think i would buy water in already mixed at a quid a gallon is that the most cost affective way do it do you think.
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Re: The Salty side

Postby Nathan » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:46 pm

the forums are a bit eliteist and nowhere near as friendly as the malawi ones i'm a member on, but the info is good if you dig enough. i have now not done a water change for 5 weeks and my params are perfect, (honestly - it surprised me too !!!) skimmer only runs overnight when we're upstairs and external filter only has carbon, phos remover and an old probably worn out nitrazorb pouch,

running costs are same as malawi i would guess except lighting as i've just upgraded to a metal halide and power compact unit

its easy and nowhere near as complicated as people make out.

i don't come on that often anymore so if you have any questions feel free to give me a shout at harris2134@hotmail.co.uk
all i can do is say how i've done it and whats worked or not, benefit being i'm not fully salty yet so a bit more realistic than some on the marine forums !!!!
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