I agree with Howard on the skimmer. I've got a 180l tank with a Deltec MCE600 and it's great, pulls out the most disgusting stinking goo and I have to clean it every 2 days so it's doing it's job fine. Good luck with the tank and some piccys when your sorted would be great
Boo wrote; Thank you so much Karen for proving it can be done if your willing to put the effort in.
Goldnugget replied At what cost???
I'm not sure if this was directed at me personally or just at newbies starting out with marine in general, but my tank is going from strength to strength and so are the occupants, some of which (my black perc and my blood shrimp) were the first things I ever bought after the tank had cycled.
My pleasure slate, glad it's helped someone. I'll definately be buying from them again, they even e-mailed me to let me know 1 of the deliveries was going to be a couple of days late as they didn't want to post out in the snow with it being live stock, worth my cash any day
I started out just over 2 year ago with my first ever fish tank .... a marine one. I asked loads of questions on here first and printed out all my replies so I could sit and re read them over and over and over etc. I went on tonnes of web sites visited libraries, bought books, you name it I did it. My tank is doing really well and my interest in marine fish has developed into a fascinating hobby/obsession. I still ask questions because I don't know everything, I never will, but my FOWLR tank has developed into a reef tank that I absolutely love and I'm hoping to expand to a much larger tank soon. My sister keeps tropical fish and they are beautiful but my heart was set on marine, and I'm so glad I went with my first choice. I enjoy everything to do with keeping it from water tests to routine maintenance and the fish, well they're the most beautiful and entertaining little creatures ever. Some people keep a dog for company, me I keep marine fish....and just love them
I moved my tank a few weeks ago from 1 room to another and completely changed the substrate in the process. After doing this I was a bit concerned that I had unwittingly removed most of the copepod population, so I had a good rake around on the internet trying to find a good supplier, and I managed to find Reefphyto who did a mandarin food pack for ?26.95 inc P&P. It involved a bottle being delivered to the door every week for 4 weeks of very lively, very fresh copepods. The service was excellent and the copepods really big. I've bought copepods from ebay before but I've paid a lot more for them and have had dead ones turn up, and one bottle didn't even look as though there was anything in it!!!.
I just thought I'de let you know because I was really pleased with what I got and so was Ziggy my mandarin, who is now swimming around as fat as a cat It's not often you come across something that's really good value and does what it says on the tin
Sorry but I can't like this person at all. I have a close friend who is suffering from cancer and he is coping with it with much more dignity than Jade, as usual everything she does has to be in the public eye, from being told of her diagnosis on TV to her much publicised wedding today. I find this woman to be superficial and obnoxious at the best of times but it's her children I find myself feeling sorry for, they didn't choose to be thrust into the limelight, her mother did that for them. This whole thing has a Big Brother feel to it and I just think it's nasty, her time would be well spent with her family giving much needed hugs and kisses to her children because thats what they will miss when mum is not there anymore, not her money. I'm really sorry if I sound harsh but thats just my opinion.
I took the crabs I removed from my tank in to my LFS and they put them in their sump. this way I don't feel bad about taking them out the tank and they get to live happily in a safe environment with no hassle.
I'm going back to Cala D'or with my hubby, cos I absolutely love it there, it's just so relaxing and a great place to snorkel. We're off there in June, so I'm counting the weeks. We're looking at Vietnam for next year (hubby wanted to go this year but I want to get some of the rooms in the house redecorated )
Re: T5 lighting...what's the best replacement bulbs?
Thanks for the advice guys, I'm going to have a look at both the JBL & the ATI and see how they compare to the Blau & Arcardia ones I was looking at. I've been reading all the hype on the internet about all these lighting tubes and it's a bit confusing knowing which ones are good and which ones are just hype, I suppose it's just a case of making your choice and keeping your fingers crossed