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#362539 Tg's 40L Nano Marine Journal

Posted by tunagirll on 15 July 2017 - 11:15 AM

Everything set nicely last night. Added a few more pieces, building up the base to a more finished look and bulking up the weight bearing section.




Making sure that the top down layout isn't bulging out to the edges, and that there is going to be room to place zoas etc on the sides with adequate light.




I've gone for a bit of a swirl effect on both bases, but this is as far as the swirl goes curve wise, to make sure that the archway is going to be very strong and stable.





Continued building up the base of the arch to make it more solid, even managed to get another little porthole in :) Because there is quite a bit of cement going on, putting in lots of portholes should help flow in the tank (hopefully)


Built onto the back of the right hand base to give a nice finishing curve, and to continue to solidify and produce a wide and stable base - 2 birds with 1 stone. This will need more building up/cement as it's a little fragile right now - probably once this is dry I will flip it and fill out the base.



#362533 Tg's 40L Nano Marine Journal

Posted by tunagirll on 14 July 2017 - 11:56 PM

This is my first time setting up a marine tank myself from scratch, should be an adventure.

Pics coming once it's daylight.




Fireaqua 35cm cube tank with back filter and plates

Tunze return pump ~ 700L

Tunze DOC skimmer 9001

Aquaone Thermosafe 50W heater

Tunze Nanostream 6040 stream pump with controller

Zetlight LED Nano 11W


Mixed bag of carbon and phosguard

Real reef rock - 4kg so far

Watercrete cement




The tank has been set up with all the above equipment. The Fireaqua kit comes with a generous number of sponges and filter media - which I removed from the tank as I have a skimmer and bag going in, instead.

I decided to build the hardscape as one or two solid pieces outside the tank to make it easier to put together, without risking scratching the tank. I marked out on cardboard the interior 'maximum' size I wanted for the hardscape, about 33 x 26cm. The edge protectors made handy freestanding height markers, of 27cm maximum height for the hardscape. This layout gives me room to clean the glass easily, keep good flow in the tank and help ensure plenty of negative space in the scape. I also marked lines at each third to help composition.



Using a few photos as inspiration I started my hardscape by decimating the reef rock into much smaller pieces. I have picked a rough layout as a C curve with an arch and plenty of holes. I'd like to say it has a plan, but to be honest I'm just mixing and matching as I go along.



This evening I started with the two main bases I need and built them both up around 15cm. The section on the right now also has its first porthole about 2 inches in diameter. The watercrete was easy to work with, and after cementing the base pieces and the first arch piece, I've left them to dry and harden overnight. I had a go at embedding some reef chips in the cement to help improve the look, but it's too fiddly to try to do both, so I've resigned myself to leaving the prettying up once it's all done and set.





Tomorrow I will cement the bottom of the base pieces so that they will sit stably in the tank, since there will be an arch above with some weight.


#355521 Nano Tank Saltwater Cost?

Posted by tunagirll on 27 September 2016 - 08:55 AM

It can be simple to maintain so long as you keep at it daily. I had the lads at Aquarium Gallery set mine up, they designed it to be low maintenance. Distilled top up daily, a little coral food, 50% water change a week and bob's your uncle.

#355234 Nano Tank Saltwater Cost?

Posted by tunagirll on 09 September 2016 - 09:25 AM

I had a professionally set up nano marine tank, cost about $1200 all up if that helps

#354016 How To Get Crystal Clear Water In Aquarium?

Posted by tunagirll on 22 July 2016 - 08:41 AM

Crystal clear?


Apart from giving the tank a little time to settle - I'd use an extra filter with filter wool in it, and a bag of carbon and purigen.

#352603 Flowerhorn Has Stoped Eating 2Wks Help!

Posted by tunagirll on 07 June 2016 - 10:08 AM

well i must say im very disapointed with some off the comments made on here,and i never new flowerhorns arnt allowed on this web site so ill be leaving and i dont think ill be back again. to the ppl that offered advice i thank you.....


You're welcome. I just lost my fh after illness so I hope yours will be okay. I do have that medication if you need it :)

#352412 Flowerhorn Has Stoped Eating 2Wks Help!

Posted by tunagirll on 30 May 2016 - 07:00 AM

Guys if you hate fh that's fine, but can you lay off talking about killing someone's pet on an illness post, that's pretty unkind.

#352070 Flowerhorn Has Stoped Eating 2Wks Help!

Posted by tunagirll on 15 May 2016 - 02:27 PM

Stop feeding prawns, these will cause trouble.


Seachem aquazole, you should be able to get it on ebay.

#351447 May Pcs Meeting - Auction Night

Posted by tunagirll on 20 April 2016 - 08:43 AM

See a couple of things I am very keen on, will definitely be making an effort to attend :D

#351070 Gumtree Ad

Posted by tunagirll on 06 April 2016 - 06:43 AM

Please view this ad:

Large Palm Tree - buyer to remove,

i want to ask them if this will fit in the back of my little hatchback :D

Seriously though.. do they really think someone is gonna take that???? hahahahaha


Developers do, because of the size

#350841 Random Deaths :(

Posted by tunagirll on 30 March 2016 - 05:55 AM

Fishchick is one of the most reputable sellers/importers, she's not known to lie abut stock.

#350449 Whos Got The Best Range Of Marine Stuff?

Posted by tunagirll on 13 March 2016 - 11:35 PM

I was in Aquarium Gallery today; they are well stocked atm!

#329627 Gumtree Ad

Posted by tunagirll on 19 October 2014 - 06:07 AM

I don't accept the conditions bettas are kept in at fish stores - they should be in at least a litre or two each so they can swim. Need to be sold into a minimum 20 litre tank! I hate those cups - even if they change the water daily, they can't swim and the temperature is not kept at the appropriate level. *angry face*

#329161 Who's Keeping Discus

Posted by tunagirll on 12 October 2014 - 06:44 PM

We are on rainwater tankwater which is pretty much perfect for discus, so I just run it straight into the tank and then add some water hardener.

#328849 My Betta Breeding Project!!!

Posted by tunagirll on 07 October 2014 - 03:55 PM

You can probably nip that up to 28 degrees, they like it warm