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Post by JonAlresfordUK on July 12th 2010, 11:10 am

I wanted to share with you some of the inspiration which has led me to plan a temperate marine aquarium - this is a tank which has been featured in ultra marine magazine

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though I may not get this effect but it is truly inspirational - it is an 8' long tank - mine will be around half that size and probably will start with different anemones

What do people think?

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Post by Rambo on July 12th 2010, 11:16 am

That is an amazing tank. Whoever keeps care of it probably has to feed TONJS of plankton every day. Whish its worth it though. The UK has some neat temperate species like the beadlet anemone. I have always wanted one.
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Post by JonAlresfordUK on July 12th 2010, 11:21 am

He blends shellfish and marine flake plus introductions of plankton from local diving trips.

If I can get hold of them I am looking at the jewel anemones - which is what those are in the tank above

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Post by Rambo on July 12th 2010, 11:23 am

Sounds nice. Do you already have plans for the setup? equipment?
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Post by JonAlresfordUK on July 12th 2010, 2:07 pm

I have ideas and plans - but it whether I can fit the tank in my house or in the home office.

I was thinking I can use my existing glass tank which is already plumbed into a 3ft sump - I would need to have the plumbing insulated, with a chiller, a sand/rubble refugium, phosphate reactor, possibly a protein skimmer -

lighting would be Aquaray LED - one reef blue and one reef white - in the tank itself I will have an Ecotech marine vortech MP40w - which produces a lot of swell lol

However my wife would like me to dismantle the tank and the sump. She would like to have the cabinet as storage space for my work - she has said that I can have a tank on the cabinet - a sumpless tank with power filters the LED's, chiller and the vortech - so I could go for a 1" thick acrylic tank

So we have decided yet lol

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Post by JonAlresfordUK on July 12th 2010, 3:05 pm

Aha!

I have been reading up on water motion and the captive aquatics blog has led me to look at a closed loop - perhaps using my ocean runner 3500 - imagine that no equipment in the tank -

The Vortech I can sell to help fund the tank perhaps lol

Here is my reef tank which has been closed down


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Post by Hero on July 12th 2010, 8:03 pm

I think that was mrblobby or something or rathers tank. He's on here. Or it is just a similar looking tank.

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