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Sumpless Marine Adventure (Sump Added PAGE 3)

Postby sumit89das » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:12 am

Let me start with how I ended up getting into this journey... (Warning: This can be boring)
My family has always been pet lovers. We have had various pets in our home over time. The current list of pets are:
1 Dog (Rajapalayam)
2 Dwarf Rabbits
8 Birds (6 Zebra Finches and 2 Blue Parrots)
A 2' Fresh Water Tank (Stock - 4 Angels, 2 Koi Carp, 2 Pleco)
A 10 ltr Fishbowl with an inbuilt filter that houses a Blue Crowntail Betta.

And then there is an empty 30L x 12B x 18H tank that used to be in my sister’s room before she got married 4 years ago. This tank used to house goldfishes only.
I was always in and out of this hobby because most of my student life has been spent outside Kolkata. After completing my studies I thought I will give some serious thoughts on this hobby, but could not do so as I got very busy with work then came marriage.
So last month while cleaning our store room, my wife discovered this empty tank filled with nothing but old equipment and during dinner my wife raised this topic of cleaning this tank and setting it up in our guest room. Now I didn’t want to disappoint my newlywed wife :x and to be honest I was interested equally *-:) . So we cleaned up the tank next sunday, placed it on a table in an ideal place filled it up with gravel and water. I had to go to my LFS for a filter and this is when I made a big mistake. I TOOK MY WIFE ALONG!!! :| :| I thought as it was her idea, it will be fair enough to let her choose the fishes (which ofcourse I would be getting later on after cycling the tank) just to make her happy. As we entered the store, there was an eyecatching 5’ reef tank with clowns, damsels, tangs. And as soon as my wife laid her eyes on the tank she started saying “ I want NEMO, I want NEMO”, that is when I understood I am in big trouble. :-ss ~x( I didn’t want to stay in the store for long, I took a SOBO top filter and came back home. While on our way home, I explained to her, why we can’t have “NEMO” in our tank, but I believe you guys can take a guess who won the argument. :-??
Hence starts my marine adventure, I am calling it an adventure instead of journal because:
An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.[1]Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such as exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, river raftingor participating in extreme sports. The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, or other major life undertakings. (WIKIPEDIA)
…..to be continued……
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby Sunit » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:32 pm

:-bd :-bd :-bd :-bd
kEEp iT KoooooooooooooooooooooooooooLLL.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby xarg0n » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:08 pm

hope your wife is not on K A C
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby edluhar » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:19 pm

Very interesting
A Nemo and Dorie tank was my wife's wish too but I won that game!!!
But I am sure you will enjoy
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:36 am

xarg0n wrote:hope your wife is not on K A C


No way [-( But if someday KAC becomes a shopping portal, then she might join. :-bd
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:37 am

edluhar wrote:Very interesting
A Nemo and Dorie tank was my wife's wish too but I won that game!!!
But I am sure you will enjoy
Take care
Congrats on your wedding


Thanks edluhar :)
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby xarg0n » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:17 am

sumit89das wrote:
xarg0n wrote:hope your wife is not on K A C


No way [-( But if someday KAC becomes a shopping portal, then she might join. :-bd

lol well said !
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:19 am

Episode - 2 (Marine Shopping)
By god, setting up even the most low-tech and simple marine tank can make a huge hole in your pocket. @-)
But luckily I have a distant cousin who has this huge marine tank 7ft reef tank, who has some spare equipments that I have robbed from him. :D

So without further ado, here's my progress so far.

1. Used regular packaged drinking water. 20 Litres X 5
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2. Bought Blue Treasure Salt. I guess it is a 6.7 Kg pack from Galiff worth Rs.900

3. Fixed 2 t5 fixtures. 1 with Actinic, 1 Simple t5 white tube.

4. Got a wavemaker free of cost from my cousin (SOBO wp 400m). He is now using something more expensive.Some Vortech brand model. He has 2 of them in his tank.

I mixed the salt in the tank itself using the wave maker and an air stone. Below are the pics of my mixing process with various lighting options

Only Actinic
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Actinic + White
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Only White
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby xarg0n » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:24 am

increase the actinic to 2 if you are planning to upgrade to reef later
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby Dipankar » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:36 am

Good thread keeping eye on that keep updating (with picture) :ympeace:
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