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Native British tank

Postby namlot » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:49 pm

Finally got round to setting this up.

Tank
75l ferplast tank with hood.
Black background yet to be added.
Water is natural sea water as I live under 5 mins from the sea.

Filtration
Currently running with a large internal, but soon to be replaced with an external once it arrives. External will contain the media which is now in the internal - bioballs, ceramic rings, floss + Purigen and Rowaphos.
Some small skimmer made specifically for this tank, don't know any details. Performing surprisingly well so far.

Lighting
2x 15w Stock t8s (one marine white, one pink)

Cooling
For now it's not being cooled, but temperature is at 20C.
Once the external arrives, it will be cooled by placing the filter in a bowl of ice. It's worked in the past, though I have to replace the ice very often. Hope to keep it at most 16-18C.

Livestock
Lots of seaweed/macroalgae (including ulva sp., others yet to be identified).
Fauna will be dictated by what I find when I go out rockpooling.

Now for some pics!
Water and sand just added.
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Amphipods came in on the sand.
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Few days later and rocks and seaweed added.
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One of the hitchhikers, a winkle, there have been lots of little critters about that I've seen, and will have a look at night with a red torch. There was also a small goby and a few crabs come in with the seaweed, but I decided to return them until the tank is ready.
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Ulva sp.
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Postby namlot » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:52 pm

Seaweed, and you might be able to see a tiny little beadlet anemone in the background.
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Unidentified macroalgae
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Postby Bill19 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:59 pm

Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing this set up with fish and larger inverts! i guess your collecting from quite deep rock pools if you want the temperature to be low constantly?
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Postby namlot » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:02 pm

"Bill19" wrote:Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing this set up with fish and larger inverts! i guess your collecting from quite deep rock pools if you want the temperature to be low constantly?


Thanks.
Yeah, mostly. I don't know if I'll be able to keep the temp. as low as I want to, we'll see.

It was raining today so I thought it was the perfect time to jump into some rockpools.

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Postby horsyqueen » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:10 pm

lucky i was thinking about makeing a tank like that but i cant afford it at the moment

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Postby WYATT666 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:12 pm

shame there isnt a way to cool the water by running it through a coil of tubing in a cooling agent
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Postby namlot » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:12 pm

"horsyqueen" wrote:lucky i was thinking about makeing a tank like that but i cant afford it at the moment


Overall, this has cost me £140 (including the filter on its way).

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Postby horsyqueen » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:14 pm

i thought it would be more expensive

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Postby Reynard » Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:58 pm

wow what an amazing idea!

The tank looks great. Good luck with your rock pooling and looking forward to seeing your results!

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Postby Scorpion Fish » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:15 pm

the rocks you have and the ones i see at the beach dont seem to be live rock, do they filter?
i was thinking that you could use sand stone as live rock...?


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