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  1. Other than the 1.5ft display tank at Iwarna, how do you 'see' a custom made tank? All the other tanks in AM and Iwarna are at least 3ft and bigger.

    Just wondering what are the reasons why you seem to be leaning towards RSM?

    Fyi RB set-up their 20" cube over the weekend at IMM. You can give them a call to ask where you can view their display.

    The reason is my budget. I asked around, a 1.5ft setup with sump/overflow/chiller and chiller cabinet cost around $1900>. If i get the RSM together with a 1/10 chiller it costs about the same but it's 2ft, 34 gallon, bigger view and it comes with starter kit which saves me a bit... thought i learnt the RSM light system is for soft corals environment..and comes with an average protein skimmer... anyway i will go and see the 1.5 cube, who knows i might like it.

  2. tentatively, i am ok.I couldn't confirm until a week before the 26th June because of my work schedule. I will confirm before 8th June.

    Thanks.

    ** i like to know more on the settings up of sump, overflow system, and protein skimmer.

    Hi all

    I have seen a couple of newbies who has just took up this hobby and has tons of questions/ misunderstandings.

    I am thinking of inviting a couple of reefers to help hold a simple workshop just to through the basics of reefkeeping.

    Hopefully this can help the newbies and at the same time, put a face to the nick and get to know each other.

    This might or might not kick off depending on response. I will leave this invitation open 8th June and will decide then.

    As there is

    - massive coordination work involve

    - time commitment from the reefers in the preparation of the topics

    - renting of venue (most likely in a condo function room)

    - refreshments preparation

    I am proposing that a registration fee of approx $10 for those keen to attend.

    Payment has to be made in advance to attending the workshop.

    I will not be earning a cent from this workshop.

    If there is any excess, I will either do a refund it back based on remaining amount or get something for everyone attending.

    Date: 26 june

    Time: 10:30 am sharp

    Venue: to be determined. Tentatively CCK

    Duration : 1.5hr

    Tentative Agenda

    ( I have yet to put detail thoughts to this, will send a more detail agenda once if this workshop is confirmed)

    - what tank size ?

    - what is cycling, why its needed, how long does it take

    - Ideal water parameters, PH, KH, Cal, Mg, etc etc .... testers, additives......

    - introduction to eqpt and apparatus - refractometer, skimmers, CR, FR, etc etc.

    - Introduction to livestock - various soft corals, LPS, SPS, fishes etc..... and their various specific requirements

    - ** if there are any specific topics that you would like to be covered, you can also drop me a PM.

    So if you are keen, pls indicate your nick here.

    Registration (Closing date : 8th june)

    1)

    2)

    3)

    If you are an existing reefer and would like to come over to mingle, help out or share your experience to help this cause, please indicate your nick here:

    1) jackwongto

    2) comycus

    3) AhSiang

    4)

    5)

    6)

    cheers

    Jacky

  3. I am getting a Hailea HC150a chiller 1/10HP for 130 litre, am i right that i should look for a chiller pump with output 1000l/h>?

    Just a brief one, when i got my tank, i just mix salt water to get the right parameters, next i rinse the live rocks with salt water and then put into the tank to start the cycle/curing process. Next, i monitor the parameters daily until Ammonia and nitrate reach 0 for a continues of 2-3 days (change 20% water hen there's a need), then i can get corals from LFS and put in, and then put livestocks - marine fish a few at a time.. Is this how i should go about?

    Thank you.

  4. The eheim 2000 compact would be sufficient. Or the aquabee pump provided in the package is fine too.

    Razali's deal is quite reasonable if you ask me. Have to ask binosage for his take on the performance of his bubble magus skimmer.

    Is 1.5ft cube about 25G, too small for a marine tank? My budget only allows me to go for 1.5ft custom made (<$2k>), with RSM, i am getting 34G tank... dilemma here..

  5. Any engage iwarna for custom tank? Can you share your experience? Overall, i see the price is not cheaper either.

    In btw, is this package a good one for $1980?

    1. 1.5ft braceless cube tank

    2. Laminated cabinet (black or white)

    3. Compartmentalised sump

    4. Acrylic overflow box with cover

    5. Germany aquabee pump 1000litres/hour

    6. Max Spect LED lights 60Watts

    7. Bubble Magus skimmer

    8. Hailea chiller 1/10HP

    9. Chiller pump

    10. Sea water

    11. Liverocks

    12. Vortech MP10 (New ES version)

  6. If you are only going to use 1 pump to tee off to chiller before returning back into main tank, it's not enough as there will be a lot of head loss.

    Most ppl here just dump in the live rocks, saltwater, some form of bacteria and market prawn/fish food. Turn on the circulation pumps and skimmer and leave it to cycle for 4-6 weeks. Test water parameters during this period to track the ANN cycle and do water changes after that. Depending on how high your nitrates are, can range from just one 50% WC or more.

    My personal preference is mixed saltwater from a quality salt mix as the parameters are more stable. Others might prefer NSW as the water is more matured. But have to check water parameters as they might be quite off, and might introduce unwanted pathogens into the tank.

    Thank you Bro.

    I working out my budget now. I am getting a Ehiem pump for the 130 liter water to the chiller.

    Pump output approx I/h 1. 1000-2000 2.1500-3000 3.2500-5000 which pump would do the job?

  7. Hi,

    I have a question here.

    When i am cycling the water together with the live rock curing process, if the water gets dirty, residue appear, do i do a e.g 10% water change? Or is there a procedure to follow etc. change 10% water every 2-3 days during the process?

    Next, to check if the rock is being cured, i take out the rock out of the water, no smell = cured?

    Thank you.

  8. Thank for all the advice. I having reading on custom made tank offers... it seems to me, to engage someone for custom made tank is not very much cheaper either. It is only a bit cheaper than RSM /chiller. I like the completeness of the RSM, but i am opening to more options. I think i only want to commit to a 2ft tank now. Can anyone recommend me a good shop to visit for beginner?

    I came across Fish N Friends who do custom tank, anyone to share your experience with Fish N Friends?

    Any RSM owner out there? Can share your experience?

    Tks.

  9. Hi kksg,

    Welcome to SRC! Just feel free to post your queries here.

    A lot of passionate reefers on this forum who are most willing to share their experience /views.

    I would opt for DE-Lighting Nano cube too over RSM too.

    using the excess $$ lefover, you can prob invest in a better 2nd hand Artica chiller.

    cheers

    Jacky

    Hi Jacky,

    Are you having a 28g Nano Cube HQI Aquarium? I am considering this tank too but it only 1.5ft ... i am looking into a 2ft tank. Does this tank comes with a heater?

    I have a question is, if i use a chiller, can i switch off the fans? Also, do i need a heater? Redsea max does has a heater but considering the warm wheater in Singapore, do i need one?

    Thank you,

    Andy

  10. Hi,

    I'm getting REDSEA MAX 130D to start off a marine aquarium /w corals, live rocks and some marine fish. I am a beginner in marine tank and appreciate if anyone can give me need some advice.

    1. I am running on limited bargin, is it a must to get a chiller and wave maker for marine tank?

    Chiller is a plus point as you are able to keep temp under 28C.. Using fans is possible but it will evaporate a lot of water and you will require a top up system to replace the evaporated water unless you want to manually top up daily.. The fishes and corals will be more happy in a cooler water..

    For Wavemaker, It is must if you dun have circulation in your tank.. It will help in water circulation and gaseous exchange..

    Redsea MAX 130D does come with 2 circulation pumps with adjustable direction outlets so i do not need a wavemaker in this case?

    2. Aquamarin is selling REDSEA MAX 130D at $1488. Anyone knows is there a better price in the market for this system?

    Given the specs, I think it is suitable for FOWLR or softies tank.. The light is going to be very hot as it is PL so I guess a chiller might be need.. I am not sure if you can get a better price with custom making of a tankset of that size.. But for plug and play, Redsea is a good choice..

    3. Must i get a DI/RO unit? I got a Osim Upure which is supposed to removed chlorine etc. as well, will this do the job? Or can i treat the tape water with chlorine remover solution?

    Basically a DI is enough, I think Osim Upure is DI water.. DI/RO is to reduce the TDS in your water, the lesser the TDS the better..

    I normally dun use DI/RO.. Hehe... Just tap water with Anti-Chlorine and leave overnight..

    4. I see in this forum, some shops actually do sell sea water, do i need the cycling process with these water?

    Yes, you will still need to cycle as there is bound to be die off in the rocks and going through the ANN cycle will be more stable as there is a substantial amount of bacteria to cope with the break down of waste..

    So am i right to say the reason to get sea water NSW from the shop is to speed up the cycling process?

    And, do i still have to add salt to the sea water purchased from the shop?

    5. I'm on a limited budget of $2k, to set up the redsea max 130d, can i know are corals and marine fish epxensive? what are the price like? I need to do some budgeting.

    It all depends on what fishes and corals you are looking at.. Corals for cheap ones, you can go for zoas, mushrooms and yumas, although there are some very expensive ones... Fishes, do some research on the fishes before buying will save you a lot of money..

    Bottomline, the brighter the color of the corals and fishes, the more expensive it will be.. IMO... LOL...

    6. Anyone had redsea max? Can you share experience? It is diffcult assemble the parts?

    SOrry, No experience on this...

    7. what common corals and fish am i limited to if without a chiller installed? I am quoted by AM over $2500 with chiller,wave maker, and livestock, and rocks. ... which is far away from my budget...

    Yes, you will be limited to softies and more hardy fishes like clowns, chromis and damsel?? I am not sure what brand they are offering you.. But $2500 including the tank?

    All is my 2 cent worth.. :blush: :blush: :blush:

    Thank you.

  11. This is my own personal thoughts

    1)A chiller would be a good investment for a reef tank as it will give your tank low evaporation from the water and maintain

    a constant and cool temp for your livestocks(corals and fishes).

    A wave maker is not necessary if you need not need it(such as good circulation around parts of tank).

    2)I know of a bro who uses a red sea max its a "plug and play" system kinda thing but for this amount a second hand or perhaps a first hand tank with sump would be much more worth it.

    3)A DI is advisable if you do not want bad algae(diatoms/Hair algae) growing on your sand bed or rocks as it removes silicates

    I think... after passing the water thru the DI system add chlorine remover to remove chlorine from it then its safe for usage.

    The other alternative is to get distilled water from supermarkets or etc as it is the same as DI water.

    Can you recommend a cheap DI to go with? thank you.

    Take your time to cycle your tank and while cycling do read up more about this hobby.

    HAPPY REEFING!! ;)

  12. This is my own personal thoughts

    1)A chiller would be a good investment for a reef tank as it will give your tank low evaporation from the water and maintain

    a constant and cool temp for your livestocks(corals and fishes).

    A wave maker is not necessary if you need not need it(such as good circulation around parts of tank).

    2)I know of a bro who uses a red sea max its a "plug and play" system kinda thing but for this amount a second hand or perhaps a first hand tank with sump would be much more worth it.

    3)A DI is advisable if you do not want bad algae(diatoms/Hair algae) growing on your sand bed or rocks as it removes silicates

    I think... after passing the water thru the DI system add chlorine remover to remove chlorine from it then its safe for usage.

    The other alternative is to get distilled water from supermarkets or etc as it is the same as DI water.

    Can you recommend a cheap DI to go with? thank you.

    Take your time to cycle your tank and while cycling do read up more about this hobby.

    HAPPY REEFING!! ;)

  13. I have some more questions,

    4. I see in this forum, some shops actually do sell sea water, do i need the cycling process with these water?

    5. I'm on a limited budget of $2k, to set up the redsea max 130d, can i know are corals and marine fish epxensive? what are the price like? I need to do some budgeting.

    6. Anyone had redsea max? Can you share experience? It is diffcult assemble the parts?

    7. what common corals and fish am i limited to if without a chiller installed? I am quoted by AM over $2500 with chiller,wave maker, and livestock, and rocks. ... which is far away from my budget...

    Thank you bros again.

  14. Hi,

    I'm getting REDSEA MAX 130D to start off a marine aquarium /w corals, live rocks and some marine fish. I am a beginner in marine tank and appreciate if anyone can give me need some advice.

    1. I am running on limited bargin, is it a must to get a chiller and wave maker for marine tank?

    2. Aquamarin is selling REDSEA MAX 130D at $1488. Anyone knows is there a better price in the market for this system?

    3. Must i get a DI/RO unit? I got a Osim Upure which is supposed to removed chlorine etc. as well, will this do the job? Or can i treat the tape water with chlorine remover solution?

    Thank you very much.

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