Tims first and last upgrade

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Hi I'm in the planning stages of my upgrade, I'm only going to do it once so I'm getting a 6x2x2 from aquariums4life, just waiting for some colour samples so I can pick one (probably white)

I've picked then over another main site because for the same spec tank they could only do it for a £100 cheaper and only deliver it kerbside.
Aquariums4life bring it all in, level it and place the tank on the stand. Given I've got a bad shoulder it was a better option for me.

I've started collecting a few bits second hand to try and save a few quid because the tank alone is going to cost a bit.

Equipment is

6x2x2 high gloss white tank with a 4.5 sump

First section is a 60l refugium with a AI Prime hd
Second skimmer
Third return pump
Fourth top up chamber

4 AI hydra 52 hd's D&D brackets
3 mp40's are qd’s and one wes with upgraded qd wet side and controller
Return pump is a red dragon rd3 80w
Bubble king 200 rd3
Troptronic 55w UV
D&D reactor with Rowa
Reefloat atu pro 3
Dastaco (yet to be delivered )
2 titanium 300w heaters with stc 1000

Cuc

6 hermits 3 in the sump
9 nassarius snail
1 serpent star fish
2 cleaner shrimp
1 boxer shrimp
6 turbo snails
4 Trochus
2 tuxedo urchin
2 emerald crab
4 true Mexican turbo snails

Fish

4 chromis
1 longnose hawk fish
1 orange spot Goby
1 Royal grammar
1 Naso Tang
1 Yellow Tang
1 powder blue
5 wreck fish/anthias
2 bangia cardinals
1 peacock wrasse
1 corise wrasse
1 green mandarin
1 copper band
1 cleaner wrasse
1 filaments wrasse
1 yellow fin fairy wrasse

Real reef rock (75kg) and reef flower 1-1.5mm sand

I'm going to go for a lps and sps tank and going to keep the rockwork about half way up with lots of swimming space.

Still lots more to get yet but plenty of time as I havnt ordered the tank yet

I'm going with ceramic rock and dead rock because of some of the nastys that come out of the rock even though it's fascinating seeing what comes out.

I've set up a QT, this is to try and prevent internal parasites, broom, velvet and skin diseases.
I'm under no illusion that it will keep ich out, to do that everything would have to be put in QT and I'm not forking out for a frag tank for corals and inverts.

Thanks Tim




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Last Edit: Jun 17, 2018 8:38:01 pm by Asco1104

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Reply #1

Sounds like a plan Tim, good choices of equipment too. Did you say it's going to be SPS dominated?
There's a fine line between success and failure like there's a difference between surviving and thriving and we are all striving for a thriving success.

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Thanks Steve
It's going to be mainly sps but I like a lot of lps too so they will get lower levels, and they give a bit of movement. 

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That's how I have all my LPS on sandbed and do fine :)

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That's the plan @Marty
I spotted a sailfin tang at the lfs this week and it was the size of a 50p it was so cute, I can't  wait.

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I would not buy one that size personally I would definitely get bigger.

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What size would you go for, is there a higher mortality rate with young fish?

Was cute though

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I would go for as big as you can find they will be use to aquarium life and be more healthy normally

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Would you say larger fish from a reefer is better than lfs,

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Yeah I do as they more settled and use to being in a tank.

Like when I bought my blue tux from LFS was dead within a month !!

The one I have now comes from a tank breakdown must of been in mine now 6 months and is over 3 years old that I know of and is as happy as anything.

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I will shop around when the time comes then.

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Tanks ordered :)

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I have my tank from them too mate ... Just curious, why "first and last" but not "first of many" ... :)

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I have my tank from them too mate ... Just curious, why "first and last" but not "first of many" ... :)


First tank was a large cube and I want be ging to a 3ft then 4ft I'm just going for it and getting a 6ft to skip those steps :)

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Small update

Got a vectra m1 pump second hand for a good price.



Kate had said during the week that she wanted a water feature in the garden ;)

I'm still really undecided but I think I'm going to go for 3 AI hydra 52 hds but I might change my mind by the morning :)

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