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Old 02-23-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hi everyone.
I am a complete newbie to keeping marines and so thought I would go for a system that comes with all the extras required to make sure I dont fall at the first hurdle. After spending months researching and visiting my LFS many times I decided to buy the Aqua reef 300 as it comes with the T5s, protein skimmer, sump etc included from the manufacturer and looks very good. I would like to have a reef with some vibrant fish eventually and after much reading I decided that it will take many months to get to where I want to be. Or so I thought ...

The issue I have is that I seem to be unable to receive a tank with no damage though!

I still have a damaged system sat in my office at home and am waiting another week before yet another attempt to deliver yet another AR300 (which apparantly is out of stock). Does anoyone have any experience with buying an Aqua One system and if so did you have the same issues? The reason I ask is that I am considering whether I should opt for a different make. If the issues of poor quality are prevalent in Aqua Ones then I will look elsewhere but if its my LFS or their suppliers then I might consider a refund/start again. The problem with that is that my LFS have been very helpful and seem to know their fish well. I have built a rapport with them.

The damage all seems to be physical (chips/scratches and one tank had a big hole kicked through the side of the stand!!!) so I wonder if its the packaging/transit from the manufacturers. There is no obvious damage on the packaging.

Anyone else had these sort of issues with Aqua one or should I be looking elsewhere for the gear? The LFS have taken payment and in order to secure the sale offered interest free credit so I have all the live rock etc ordered in advance too (hopefully curing nicely) so going elsewhere would be a nuisance. Any thoughts on Aqua One?

Thanks in advance

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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Not familiar with the Brand but with and courier you take a chance of chips, scratches and so on. I may not opt for a different tank but maybe contact the manufacture and complain a bit.

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Old 02-28-2012, 12:14 AM   #3
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they are 700mm high which is annoying for coral growth especially with just t5s (quite a few people in New Zealand have them)
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:11 AM   #4
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Thanks!

I received yet another 300 which was marked but when in place it does not show too badly so the LFS decided to just drop £200 off it to save the hassle of yet another reorder. So I finally have a tank

I do intend to keep corals but due to the depth of the tank then I have opted for a taller live rock approach so I should have a reasonable base quite close to the lighting in order to suit most needs (being a newbie then I will likely stick to easier corals to keep). I still managed to keep the live rock from the glass and still provide plenty of nooks and crannies for the fishes.

I am getting it up and running and the little hitchhikers to the rock are sparking my interest whilst I wait for the system to mature. :-D

Great website by the way!
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:15 AM   #5
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Hello mate, just found your thread, i'll place a link below to my thread. Hope everything is going well with your tank.

http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f6...um-182426.html
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:22 AM   #6
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Its funny you had dramas to, the 1st tank Karen and i got had 3 large scratches in the front of the tank, took a week to get a new one with alot of messing around. Everyone else ive spoken to hasnt had a problem, very happy. I guess if i didnt have bad luck i wouldnt have any luck at all haha.

Below is another link that may be usefull for modifying your 300.
I hope its ok to post links but i found this quiet usefull.

http://www.ultimatereef.net/forums/s...d.php?t=529159
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:07 AM   #7
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Thanks Graham.

I do wonder if the packaging is sufficient for effectively a large piece of glass. The bigger concern was that the contents was bashed in but the box was fine so it must have happened before transit. There is still a small scratch on the one I accepted but due to its positioning I didnt want to go through the loop again.

I will have a look at the other links.

Cheers

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:59 AM   #8
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Hello mate, question for you. With your skimmer the 2 red knobs that increase the flow, how many dots can you open them to. I can only get mine open to 3 and a bit on each side any more than that can overflow.

Have you done anything with your Bio Balls yet, cant seem to get my Nitrates below 30ppm with them.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:13 AM   #9
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Same for me with regards to the skimmer. I learned the hard way about that lol.

My nitrates are down to about 2ppm now but I am in my 50th day and use 9ml of NOPOX each day to bring it down. I just started to remove the bio balls so I can take the dosage down on the NOPOX (about 10 balls per week).

My boxer shrimp went crazy and I caught him eating one of my cleaner shrimp after polishing off my peppermints so he lives in the sump for a couple of days until I can get him back to the LFS. They said they would swap him for a couple of peppermints as they wrongly advised me.

The rest of the levels are:
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 2
Alk = 13

I swapped to JBL testers now from Red Sea as it is more accurate for nitrite (and easier to colour match).

How are the rest of your levels?
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:24 AM   #10
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Lol i had at least 3 spills, the wife isn't thrilled but thank God its on a tiled floor. Are you getting much skim at all, i don't seem to be getting a lot.
I'm going to start removing the balls this week and start looking for something to go in its place, are you thinking of putting anything in their place. I'm using a Red Sea kit to test Nitrates and Phosphates and will be picking up more to replace the API ones as they are rubbish. I'm using NO3-PO4-X Reducer by Red Sea to bring my Nitrates/Phosphates down while removing the Balls but id like the tank and filter system to get it soughted as i don't want to be adding stuff forever and a day.
Yeh the rest of my levels have been rock solid since cycling even after adding the clean up crew of 15 Hermits and 2 Trochus Snails (These are large) but they do a great job of the hair algae of which i have none that is visible anymore. Not a big CUC but i don't think i need more at this stage or i'll need to be feeding them often.
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 30ppm
Phosphate .36ppm
PH 8.2
I'll start removing the balls and use the Red Sea Reducer this week probably so i'll let you know whats going on.
The uglies have slowed up dramatically and the tank stays fairly clean in between water changes which is good. When at its worst i needed 80 litres of new SW to get it clean, now i use 40 litres and its spotless. It was mainly the white coral base as that needed so much vacuuming and hence fresh SW.I do this every 7-10 days.
That's bad news with your shrimp, glad the LFS is replacing what you lost as they should, i'll remember to add the Boxer Shrimp to my list of do not get haha. I bet catching him was a lot off fun too. Got some more nice dry rock to go in the tank and build the reef up. Ive cleaned it a few times and its now baking in the sun for a couple of weeks and then i'll add it and take some more photos. Looking forward to getting all the water parameters locked down so i can think about buying a couple of fish. Until they are are sweet i'll be looking at Hermits and Trochus Snails lol.

Thanks for taking the time to reply mate appreciate it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:18 PM   #11
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I layed a laminate floor for mine but didnt consider that the subfloor might not be level so the one leg is raised slightly lol. I wish they would use adjustable legs on it to save the extreme engineering (a piece of wood lol).

I have 40KG of live rock but the one piece isnt very exciting (I made the mistake of ordering the LR and the LFS delivering pieces I probably wouldnt have gone for) so when the balls are gone I will move that into the sump giving more room in the display tank.

I still add NOPOX each day but once the balls are gone and the levels stay low I will stop and hope the bacteria does the trick too.

The tank is in a room with 2 windows and I find brown pieces of algae on the one side next to the window each day (even though blinds stay closed). I intend to put a wavemaker in there and hope it stops this but the LFS stupidly installed the tank too close to the back wall so have to nip plugs off etc to get it to fit when I get it invalidating the warranty. How many wavemakers and what type/flow do you use of yours?

The CuC is diminished so I will probably get another cleaner shrimp and 2 peppermints and then just go for fish and see how it goes. Its amazing that since the tank is ready for fish then all the LFS in my area have sold out of nice maroons

I do around 15L water changes a couple of times per week as I dont have anything to hold more water than that at one time. It seems to do the trick and my uglies have gone


Getting the boxer out was not easy when he had half eaten the cleaner. He dumped a claw to make a getaway but the trust net caught him in the end. Weirdly enough I left the cleaner in there for a couple of hours and he started to come round and I thought he was going to recover but that didnt last long.

Speak to you soon mate and let me know how you get on with the nitrate once you remove more bio balls.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:29 PM   #12
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Sorry, on the skimmer question I get about an inch high in about 2-3 days.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #13
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I have two Tunze 6025 in the tank and they push around 2800 litres an hour each along with the return pump 3500 lph. The flow/movement in the tank is pretty good now. I have ordered another flexible outlet pipe for the Aqua300 and when this comes i will fit a T-Piece to the outlet and connect the two flexible outlets to it just to give me more flow into areas of water that are a bit still behind the LR. With the ability to do that i think i'll be pretty happy with the flow/movement in the tank.

Thanks again and will be in touch again soon.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:33 AM   #14
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That sounds a bit better than the suggestion of 4 high flow wavemakers due to the depth of the tank. I have a koralia and will add another. Its a shame as they ruin the "look" of the display tank but needs must

Do you do your tank changes in the sump or main tank? I vacuum the sand in the display and then top up in the sump. As soon as the pump is switched on a load a debris flies into the display. Do you get the same problem or is the demise of my peppermints the cause of the stuff flying around?

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:20 AM   #15
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That sounds a bit better than the suggestion of 4 high flow wavemakers due to the depth of the tank. I have a koralia and will add another. Its a shame as they ruin the "look" of the display tank but needs must

Do you do your tank changes in the sump or main tank? I vacuum the sand in the display and then top up in the sump. As soon as the pump is switched on a load a debris flies into the display. Do you get the same problem or is the demise of my peppermints the cause of the stuff flying around?

Mike
Yeh i agree mate, didn't want anything in the tank that would detract from the aesthetics of the tank but Ive learnt that you need flow so if you have to have them in they go, what can you do.

Same as you, i vacuum clean the tank etc and then fill it again from the sump where the return pump is by keeping that as full as possible untill the levels are right.
On restarting the return pump i always seem to get a bit of calcium build up i presume come into the tank from the pipework, cant see a way around this. Im running filter socks on the overflow pipe changed regularly and these help get rid of it quicker aswell as stop alot of larger rubbish get into the sump.

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