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Reply #15

I've not used a skimmer for nearly 20 years , (so you don't actually need one ,) it's more preference than necessary ,
Yeah they work and can be a great addition but also they can be expensive depending what one you purchase.
live rock is always a benefit and recommend you have it in the tank very beneficial for many reasons , too many to mention.
Regular Water changes are beneficial and if you do use a mechanical filter remember always change and clean the filtration inside regular.
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Reply #16

I've learned a valuable lesson here Dave, thanks.
I didn't know about the need to clean out the external filter regularly (I should have done of course, but it didn't occur to me). As you know I'm keeping my Eheim 2229 wet&dry unit, so I'll keep a regular eye on its cleanliness.
TBH, getting in on a regular basis and cleaning out/general husbandry gives one a sense of satisfaction that this is NOT plug and play, and that WE ARE needed there to keep things running in good order, otherwise it would feel like anyone can do it, and where would the pay off be with that?
Of course, it could be argued that with the DSR system (I think I got that right, Dutch chap's tank) that it CAN be automated and dosing pumps can do all the work, after all, he claims not to have done a water change in 10 years.

My MO and equipment will be this on my 155cm x 50cm x 40cm tank

TMC V2 iLumenaire 1200, plus 50w V2 iLumenaire compact for lighting
Get rid of trickle tower, space will be used by skimmer (not sure I'll bother using one)
Eheim 2229 wet&dry external with ehfisubstrat pro and bio mech, possibly some Lav if I have space (clean out regularly)
Sump filter changes/clean out each week
Good density of living rock in tank
1 1/2" sand bed
Hanna test kits where appropriate ( red sea pro nitrate test kit as Hanna don't do a nitrate kit), testing weekly.
one 5 gallon water change using RODI and salt to make up, weekly, my tank is about 67 gallons
Building ATS, this will go perhaps where trickle tower previously went.
Two Tunze 6055 units, linked for wave function

I will  start posting photos as soon as I have the last of the rocks cleaned and the sand bed uniform, with lighting attached. You'll see a difference from that awful sart.

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Reply #17

Hi

Just put water in and obvioulsy cloudy, do i just leave now to settle or  do i put an external filter on to clear up.  It is base rock and live sand.
Toper0, what settings do yuo have for your TMC light?

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Reply #18

Semiroundel, ive done nothing with the light yet other than plug it in, im still in the process of setting this up as my 1st reef tank up so have to go through cycling and i think i read not to have the light on as it may cause algae growth

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Reply #19

Hi Toper0, to a large degree I'm a newbie too, firstly for not having had an LED light before, and secondly for not having run my tank previously anywhere nearly as well as I should've done.
We should pool resources on info on those TMC lights as and when we find them. I'll start looking online.
However, any details are dependent on tank depth, so how deep is your tank?
Regarding the algae growth, I do know as I'm building an algae turf scrubber (ATS) that the required light for that is about 660nm deep red, so I wonder if you just dialled down the red on the app if that would help?

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Reply #20

No problem with info on lights but would suggest im a fair way off yet, tank depth is about 500mm (its a juwel rio 180). To be honest with the algae  I'm not rushing with the light cos i dont necessarily want to deal with a potential problem if i can avoid it by not using them yet.

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