Thank you for all the positive comments and for making me welcome folks, both are very much appreciated. Its a comfort to know I am not the only one with this tank too Dr80, I purchased it due to the fact that it fitted in with my space requirements and that it looked aesthetically pleasing. I realise that it may be quite a challenge to keep everything balanced in such small confines but am prepared to be patient and look upon this setup as a baseline for my water keeping skills with already a view to in the future using this as a QT tank and set up a decent volume display tank in my office where I have adequate space.
With regard to the filter replacement pads I have located them at Charterhouse aquatics (although they are out of stock at the moment) but will grab some when they restock. Saying that while my tank is curing I am only running with the sponge filter, not sure if that's a good or bad thing folks so any advice would be most welcome.
Tank is now all setup, with 4.5 kg of caribsea Fiji pink live sand, 3.8 kg of caribsea life rock, and 18 litres of caribsea Sea-pure. Skimmer is working well after my initial over aggressive set up which resulted in the collection chamber overflowing overnight
, first lesson learnt
. temp stabilised at 25.5 Celsius however my SG taken by a refractometer is showing a steady 1.029
yet the SG of the Sea-Pure is between 1.022 - 1.025, I didn't have my refractometer to measure the sea pure prior to filling so I am thinking that my calibration of the refractometer may be slightly off and shall address that this evening and see what happens after that. Top ups have been with DI water for now until I get a reliable source of RO or even set up a unit myself
Again any thoughts would be most gratefully received folks as it has been over thirty years since I last dipped my toes in the salty stuff, in fact not just salty but any wet stuff
p.s how do I get my photos the right way up , have tried rotating the originals but it makes no difference so I apologise for the stiff necks folks