Rusty's 225l EA Marine

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Well my journey over the past 2 and a bit years has led me from a 25l fluval edge, to the 90l IM20 in my little home office.  I absolutely love this tank, but it's size means that i am a bit stuck on stocking options.

So a while back i came across a nice used EA Marine 1000 at a price that i simply couldn't turn down.  So much to the disgust of my long suffering wife, i made the purchase and now have this sitting ready to be set up :)

I guess that this thread will be a nice reminder of my work on this.

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Reply #1

So the tank came with a second hand heater.  I was once told NEVER trust a second hand heater.  Wise words from someone there  :grin: so i though i would get myself a decent 300w.  Went out and got the Eheim Jager 300w since i hear good things about them. 

Have you guys seen the size of these things!!!!  Its about a meter long.  No chance of that fitting in the tank.  So back to Charterhouse when i get time for something a bit smaller i think.  Any recommendations? 


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So the tank came with a second hand heater.  I was once told NEVER trust a second hand heater.  Wise words from someone there  :grin: so i though i would get myself a decent 300w.  Went out and got the Eheim Jager 300w since i hear good things about them. 

Have you guys seen the size of these things!!!!  Its about a meter long.  No chance of that fitting in the tank.  So back to Charterhouse when i get time for something a bit smaller i think.  Any recommendations?

I love the Eheims, but instead of one huge 300W I am using 2 x 150W; Shorter, easier to place, but also during my tank build people recommended 2 x low power heaters instead on one large; In case of one heater fail as ON dont have the power to boil water in tank  ;)
Tank : Red Sea Reefer 350
Skimmer : Bubble Magus Curve 7
Light : AbyssWare Barracuda ReefPro x 2
Flow - 2 x Jecod RW8

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Reply #3

I have that in the IM20.  But...this tank has a single hole for a heater so i was planning on using that.

But....there is probably enough room in the sump part to fit another heater so i think i may do that you know. 

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Have you guys seen the size of these things!!!!  Its about a meter long.  No chance of that fitting in the tank.  So back to Charterhouse when i get time for something a bit smaller i think.  Any recommendations? 

They are big buggers! one JUST fits in the sump of my Signature 900!

Go for 2x 150w Eheim's :) If your place stays warm, a single 150w Eheim would do it, but two would be better :)

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Reply #5

With two your halving the chance of kettling the tank. Temp controller is always a good thing to have to cut the heater on and off in a 1degree differential


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Reply #6

Tank looks sweet btw. H will enjoy the stocking of that. Nice how they have no overflow inside the display I wish I went for the EA instead of the reefer


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Reply #7

So zoooooming ahead.  I got a bunch of dry live rock FOR FREE!! the other day.  It was sitting in the guys shed and he needed rid of it so i took it off his hands, cleaned it up and it looks perfectly ok to me.

Brought some NYOS reef cement (boy that stuff sets fast!) for the scape and stuck it all together.  I think it looks ok now.  Plenty of caves and crevices for things to hide in and a fair bit of surface area for the corals.

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Reply #8

Looks great.  What a bargain!

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Reply #9

Good stuff, always nice to get a freebe every now and again. U gonna cycle all the rock separate before going into the tank?


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Reply #10

No way.  It's in already.  Let the cycling begin :)

Hope it doesn't end up smelling too bad.  The wife will have my ass!

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Haha you will sleeping in the garden if it does! I like the ranges of colours with EA cabinets and the sumps have loads more room in. U going for a mixed reef?


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Reply #12

So looks like a over calculated on the sand a bit.  I have about 15Kg left!!

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Reply #13

Just remembered this.

So a fellow reefer that i know said that I should pull a magnet through the new sand to get any metal out.  Had nothing better to do one morning last week so myself and the 7 yr old thought we would give it a try.

So i stuck the magnets from a spare Tunze ATO that i had laying around  onto a piece of metal and repeatedly poured the sand from the bag (was a 25Kg bag of TMC fine grain sand) over this and into a bucket.

And the result.  About 1/2 a tea spoon of shipwrecks, treasure and other scrap.  Probably would have got a bit more if we carried on but both myself and the boy were thoroughly bored by this point

Just goes to show doesn't it...

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Reply #14

So a fellow reefer that i know said that I should pull a magnet through the new sand to get any metal out.  Had nothing better to do one morning last week so myself and the 7 yr old thought we would give it a try.

 :O 

I wonder what non-ferrous stuff was still in there!

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