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Hey guys this is my second ever marine tank and basically my 4th ever fish tank both fresh and salt, I’m a 17 year old grade 12 student with a passion for fish and anything to do with fish, fish keeping, fish catching, fishing, spear fishing, scuba and free diving, fish photography ...I think you get the picture, I guess it all started with my family, they never really wanted me to have a cat or a dog apparently??? Too much maintenance and it would be forgotten apparently?? Still to this day I try and convince them that I am ‘responsible’ to keep one... anyway ...that’s what started my passion for fish ... ‘maintenance free’ ??? Hahaha got to be joking ...I pride myself on the effort and pride I have for my fish anyway i guess this is how people normally start it...it all started 5 years ago perusing across petlink and gumtree (most expensive sites ever...) when after a year or more of searching and reading upon everything fish i could find i find a good cheap deal to convince my ever so strong willed parents. I find a 4x18x18 tank with 4 Oscars (15cm) a pleco (10cm) and same really hardy weed all for $300 OMG I thought so i travelled all of 2 hours and wasted every cent i had saved in my life (pocket money and generous grandparents) to pick it up then travelled 2 hours home holding the splashing buckets beneath my legs and watching ever so carefully at the ‘secured tank in the back’. I arrived home to set it up collecting so sandstone and volcanic rock from my dads prized dry creek bed in the backyard to setup up and amazing looking tank. Going to an unnamed LFS they advise me to take a look at QLDAF to learn why my Oscars eventually ate the couple of colourful goldfish i had put in my tank!!! I was horrified!!! Lol... After years of keeping these BEAUTIFUL FISH ( My favourite to this day) such personality the Oscars had i sold them to afford my new 3FT MARINE TANK !!!!!! I TRAVELLED ALL THE WAY TO BALLINA TO PICK IT UP: D keeping it for over a year and not having any death except for one... ( F***IN ANEMONES AND WAVEMAKERS!!!) I decide it’s time to start an upgrade!!!!!! After months again of searching i finally find it such an awesome deal !!! my parents say no no no no no no ...i knew they meant it daily i would annoy then daily they would reply with no ...that setup was bought ...devastated I stopped looking:C just studying ever so hard and learning from the tank journals of above 800L on MASA grade 12 is halfway through when i found my upgrade the one i thought had been bought six months prior but they guy had been pissed around for the whole time :o!!!! They make me sooo angry those time wasters!!!! Slyly in my biology class checking out QLDAF....) i decide then

to call him at school in the toilet room hoping it would not sell i could not let is slip by again.. i told him i could not pick it up that weekend end ( being Friday) i say can you hold it for me to pick up on Monday since I’m getting my scuba diving licence that weekend... he replies No I cant hold it I’ve been waiting 6 months and a house move to sell this if it’s still available u can take a look mortified thinking should i or should i not throw away the thousands i spent the weekend before on booking and paying for the course and equipment i cross my finger and look up to the sky on my knees i say “ GOD IF YOU ARE UP THERE I NEED HELP!!! PLEASE HOLD UP ALL OTHER BUYERS OF THIS TANK!!!’ ( I did not really do this...but i thought about it and i was really really hopeful) through an awesome weekend learning how to dive hoping my beauty would be waiting for me to arrive... i arrive at home that afternoon!!! a mad rush to the phone to call him up asking hopefully if he still had it .......he said YES!!!!! ALL MY DREAMS CAME AT ONCE BEING SUCESSFUL AT GETTIGN MY OPEN WATER LISCENCE AND THE BIGGEST TANK I HAVE OWNED TO DATE!!! Throughout the day of Monday at school through maths and, chemistry and modern history it was on my mind... the school bell rang and i sprinted dragging my grade 8 sister behind me ran to the bus to which we travelled to my dad’s work..in his massive Nissan patrol we drove to my grandfather’s house to which i go in his 6.5 foot trayed Mazda Ute. With my dad and sister trailing behind in the patrol and me in the ute we arrive at night at ormeau to an unfamiliar house with a light on the front.. i reach out to knock on the front door when mysteriously the garage door slides open... i am welcomed by a man who points out and says this is the 4x2x2 sump and those are the two 6ft marine metal halide , led and t5 and moonlight units ... my mouth drops open !!! amazed i run on the spot do a back flip and high five him ( did not really happen but i daydreamed about it) keeping cool i follow him through the garage through the kitchen tow hic hi am greeted my two massive 6x2.5x2.5 marine tank a predator and a reef !!!!!!!!!! They both equally looked amazing the reef being my favourite however.. immediately fascinated i rush over to the reef tank astonished by its beauty seeing only tanks so magnificent on the internet in pictures, the colours of the coral and fish blinding me i had to turn around to which i was greeted outside by my one true love the 6x2x2.5 marine tank with 12mm glass on a 1.3 or so metre stand with 4x18x18 sump attached!!!! so held up with emotions about to cry with happiness i say this is for $200 right???!!!!!! ( i actually said that :P) he replies with yes and says ill chuck in both the 4ft sumps overwhelmed with joy and gratefulness i say perfect !!! i reckon we should start packing it up after an hour or more of manoeuvring the really really heavy tanks and stand with 4 people it all packed up in the back of the ute and 4x4. Getting home with just my mum , my dad , my grandfather and me we unpack everything around the back of the house on the back deck ... so grateful i decide to start filling the 6ft and 4x2x2 sumps up with water to check for leaks...the water has been in them for over a week with No leaks which leads me to the present!!!!! Creating this tank journal as a type!!! Thanks for reading this part mwhahahah... alot of typing i know just thought id share how much all this means to me hehehe

System Objectives:

Basically the purpose of this is to maintain a larger tank which will

get me through to the end of high school and maybe even university

System Type:

FOWLR /Mixed Reef?

Display System:

Strike up Date:


Display Tank:

6 foot long x 2 foot wide x 2.45 high

Display Lighting:

still looking i have 2 MH,LED,t5 units...to much power consumption though.

.im saving for LED or going to do a DIY LED


1.8 metres long x .70 metres x 1.2 metres high


no hood yet thinking due to height of tank and stand to make hood built into the roof ?? lol


4 foot long x2 foot wide x2 foot wide


in the sump? Dedicating a 2ft cube area in sump for it

Refugium Lighting:

using a Constant DIY LED light above sump??

Support systems:

System Water:

Natural salt water collected via boat 10km out....lol

Display Water circulation:

lots of wavemakers...need help determining how to setup a full flow no dead spot system wanna help?

Return Pump:

one that cam with the tank i think its 3000lph


one that came with the tank... no idea of the brand

Evaporation Top Up:

manual at the moment but want to get an auto one?

Chemical Support:

do i need it??? Natural is the way to go ...cheaper ahah

Calcium Addition: Natural... but open for suggestions

Alkilinity Addition: Natural... but open for suggestions

Other Chemical Maintenance: Natural... but open for suggestions

Current Water Chemistry: Natural... but open for suggestions

Nitrates: Natural... but open for suggestions

Phosphates: Natural... but open for suggestions

Alkalinity: Natural... but open for suggestions

Calcium: Natural... but open for suggestions

Salinity / Specific Gravity: Natural... but open for suggestions

Magnesuim: Natural... but open for suggestions


Get ready...lol

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btw when DFF reads this as i know he will :D i was wondering if i could get you to come over and give me a hand at redesigning the sump and plumping up the skimmer and chiller ?? cause i know he's really good at that technical sorta stuff :D Pm me DFF :D

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i have a spare 4ft sump to sell , one of the extra ones he gave me :D i need to sell some stuff to afford LED hehehe im hoping for this tank journal to end up like some of my heroes on masa aka stripes the eel and rod the reefer heheh :D i have huge shoes to fill to compete with them ahahahah

Reefing The Australian Way Forums • View topic - Stripes Reef (August 2011 Video)

Reefing The Australian Way Forums • View topic - Rod's Gyre,Sunlit,Solar Power, LED,SPS Reef[Winner TOTY2009]

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Here's an update guys :) my dad got this adhesive compound from work it's called Sikaflex-fc 11 has anyone heard of it before ? Is it toxic ? Durable underwater ? I'm going to try n use it to stick my liverock together instead of using acrylic rods , putty or sillicon thanks get back to me


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Personally I like smaller tanks these days with a robust system to run it with no dramas or water changes and all life in together with no deaths.

It’s been two years plus since I built my last tank, its been tubs since that time.

You guys can keep the big tanks, I left them back in the nineties, never again!

This is a small tank build

My first glass aquarium in two years.

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