Hello fellow Marine Aquarists . I'm just home from Offshore where I work as a Chef and I have been allowed to join this FIN-TASTIC group so I thought I'd better tell you my story how I got into the wonderful world of Marine Fish-keeping . 
 
I have been into Marines all my life since my father started back in the mid 70's . I always wanted a Marine Aquarium and I eventually got the go-ahead from my wife 11 years ago . 
My first set-up was a Juwel Rio 300 and it was a great tank . Had it for 7 years with the odd mistake here and there but learned along the way . I had a great selection of species and my pride and joy was my Queen Angel . I bought her at Juvenile stage (3") but after a couple of years , she was a good 10" in size . I was going to donate her to a Marine Centre like Sea-World at Alton Towers but the wife said " Would you like a bigger Aquarium "? I didn't have to be asked twice haha . I got everything all moved for my new aquarium to be put in place and set-up . But when I was offshore , my wife told me she thought my fish had wh*t*sp*t !! I came home and I could see they all had it . In the space of a couple of days , I lost everything , Including my Queen Angel . I was devastated as I only upgraded because of her . I can only put it down to not setting up my U.V Unit . But I'm sure there must have been stress involved during the move aswell . 
So after picking myself up , I pushed ahead with my new aquarium . It was purchased from A.C Aquatics and it was custom made bespoke . It measures 6ft x 3ft x 2.5ft . It has a 5ft sump . It's a Fish Only With Live Rock set-up  with a water capacity of 300 gallons or 1400 litres . Lighting unit is an 8 x 80Watt T5 Unit . It has 5 x 12000 LPH Wave-makers and 2 Aquaclear 802 Powerheads . The weir has a large net full of Bio-Balls (Not Submerged) that the water trickles through , with 2 down pipes (55mm) leading to my sump . The 1st chamber has the water entering with another 2 Aquaclear 802 powerhead used as an air pump filling the water with oxygen . The 2nd chamber has 30KG of Live Rock and another 2 powerheads circulating the water round it so there's no dead spots . The 3rd chamber is where I have the pump for my Protein Skimmer and my external filter down pipes , drawing water into my Eheim 2080 External Filter which is situated behind the cabinet in a cupboard . The 4th chamber is where I have my Aqua-Medic Turbo Floater Protein Skimmer Body and a Deltec MCE 600 Skimmer , 2 pumps  for my Phosphate Reactors and where the water from my External Filter enters , via through 2 x Vecton 600 U.V Sterilisers back into the sump . The 5th and final chamber is where my heaters are , my PH Digital Reader , another powerhead so there's no stagnant water and a 7500 LPH Return Pump drawing the water back into the main Aquarium . The Aquarium itself has a 120KG  mixture of Live Fiji Rock and Live Tonga Branch Rock . I used 60KG of Aragonite Live Sand for my base . The Salt I've always used was Instant Ocean's 25KG Buckets . But now I'm using Instant Ocean's Reef Salt or Kent Reef Salt . I have a 200 litre Water Drum where I add water using my R.O Unit . Add my Synthetic Salt , Heat and mix using an Aquaclear 802 powerhead which I also use to pump the new water into the Aquarium . 
The fish I have in my aquarium were chosen before I set-up the tank and were added in the species I'd always wanted . The first fish I added were a shoal of Chromis , A pair of Percula Clowns  and Royal Gramma . After a month , I then added my Butterfly's ( Auriga and a True Falcula ) . Again I waited a month and then I added my Dwarf Angels ( Flame , Bi-Coloured and Coral Beauty ) . After another month , I added my Wrasses ( Twin-Spotted , Silver Bellied , Six Lined and Cleaner ) . I waited another month and then introduced my Tangs ( Powder Blue , Purple Emperor and Regal ) . I then waited 2 months before adding my Large Angels ( Emperor and an Indian Yellow Tailed  Cream Angel ) . Over the next 9 months I added my Cuban Hogfish , Australian Harlequin Tuskfish , Magnificent Foxface and a Pink Faced Wrasse . I then finished my aquarium with my Triggers ( Blue Throat and Clown Trigger and Dog-Face Puffer ) . 
I feed my fish twice a day using New Life Spectrum Thera +A Pellet Formula ( 1mm and 3mm ) and 2 x A4 Sheets of Nori . They get 5 blocks of frozen food ( Bloodworm , Mysis , Brine-shrimp , Mussel , Cockle , Marine Mix , Angel Sponge Formula ) 3 times a week . I soak my Frozen Food and Nori Sheets in Abidec Children's Vitamin Supplement and Fresh Crushed Garlic . I've started making my own Marine Frozen Food aswell . 
It's been running now for nearly 5 years and I'm now at a point where I just need to clean the aquarium , change water and feed my underwater family . My only advice to you is ...
1) Keep your hands out of the aquarium as much as possible . 
2) What works for me , might not work for others and 
3) Always keep on the good side of your partner / wife . 
 
I hope you like my story and I look forward to your thoughts or questions. 
" />
« « Back to gallery list

This tank was added by Scott

Oldy74's 300 Gallon Marine Aquarium

Hello fellow Marine Aquarists . I'm just home from Offshore where I work as a Chef and I have been allowed to join this FIN-TASTIC group so I thought I'd better tell you my story how I got into the wonderful world of Marine Fish-keeping . 
 
I have been into Marines all my life since my father started back in the mid 70's . I always wanted a Marine Aquarium and I eventually got the go-ahead from my wife 11 years ago . 
My first set-up was a Juwel Rio 300 and it was a great tank . Had it for 7 years with the odd mistake here and there but learned along the way . I had a great selection of species and my pride and joy was my Queen Angel . I bought her at Juvenile stage (3") but after a couple of years , she was a good 10" in size . I was going to donate her to a Marine Centre like Sea-World at Alton Towers but the wife said " Would you like a bigger Aquarium "? I didn't have to be asked twice haha . I got everything all moved for my new aquarium to be put in place and set-up . But when I was offshore , my wife told me she thought my fish had wh*t*sp*t !! I came home and I could see they all had it . In the space of a couple of days , I lost everything , Including my Queen Angel . I was devastated as I only upgraded because of her . I can only put it down to not setting up my U.V Unit . But I'm sure there must have been stress involved during the move aswell . 
So after picking myself up , I pushed ahead with my new aquarium . It was purchased from A.C Aquatics and it was custom made bespoke . It measures 6ft x 3ft x 2.5ft . It has a 5ft sump . It's a Fish Only With Live Rock set-up  with a water capacity of 300 gallons or 1400 litres . Lighting unit is an 8 x 80Watt T5 Unit . It has 5 x 12000 LPH Wave-makers and 2 Aquaclear 802 Powerheads . The weir has a large net full of Bio-Balls (Not Submerged) that the water trickles through , with 2 down pipes (55mm) leading to my sump . The 1st chamber has the water entering with another 2 Aquaclear 802 powerhead used as an air pump filling the water with oxygen . The 2nd chamber has 30KG of Live Rock and another 2 powerheads circulating the water round it so there's no dead spots . The 3rd chamber is where I have the pump for my Protein Skimmer and my external filter down pipes , drawing water into my Eheim 2080 External Filter which is situated behind the cabinet in a cupboard . The 4th chamber is where I have my Aqua-Medic Turbo Floater Protein Skimmer Body and a Deltec MCE 600 Skimmer , 2 pumps  for my Phosphate Reactors and where the water from my External Filter enters , via through 2 x Vecton 600 U.V Sterilisers back into the sump . The 5th and final chamber is where my heaters are , my PH Digital Reader , another powerhead so there's no stagnant water and a 7500 LPH Return Pump drawing the water back into the main Aquarium . The Aquarium itself has a 120KG  mixture of Live Fiji Rock and Live Tonga Branch Rock . I used 60KG of Aragonite Live Sand for my base . The Salt I've always used was Instant Ocean's 25KG Buckets . But now I'm using Instant Ocean's Reef Salt or Kent Reef Salt . I have a 200 litre Water Drum where I add water using my R.O Unit . Add my Synthetic Salt , Heat and mix using an Aquaclear 802 powerhead which I also use to pump the new water into the Aquarium . 
The fish I have in my aquarium were chosen before I set-up the tank and were added in the species I'd always wanted . The first fish I added were a shoal of Chromis , A pair of Percula Clowns  and Royal Gramma . After a month , I then added my Butterfly's ( Auriga and a True Falcula ) . Again I waited a month and then I added my Dwarf Angels ( Flame , Bi-Coloured and Coral Beauty ) . After another month , I added my Wrasses ( Twin-Spotted , Silver Bellied , Six Lined and Cleaner ) . I waited another month and then introduced my Tangs ( Powder Blue , Purple Emperor and Regal ) . I then waited 2 months before adding my Large Angels ( Emperor and an Indian Yellow Tailed  Cream Angel ) . Over the next 9 months I added my Cuban Hogfish , Australian Harlequin Tuskfish , Magnificent Foxface and a Pink Faced Wrasse . I then finished my aquarium with my Triggers ( Blue Throat and Clown Trigger and Dog-Face Puffer ) . 
I feed my fish twice a day using New Life Spectrum Thera +A Pellet Formula ( 1mm and 3mm ) and 2 x A4 Sheets of Nori . They get 5 blocks of frozen food ( Bloodworm , Mysis , Brine-shrimp , Mussel , Cockle , Marine Mix , Angel Sponge Formula ) 3 times a week . I soak my Frozen Food and Nori Sheets in Abidec Children's Vitamin Supplement and Fresh Crushed Garlic . I've started making my own Marine Frozen Food aswell . 
It's been running now for nearly 5 years and I'm now at a point where I just need to clean the aquarium , change water and feed my underwater family . My only advice to you is ...
1) Keep your hands out of the aquarium as much as possible . 
2) What works for me , might not work for others and 
3) Always keep on the good side of your partner / wife . 
 
I hope you like my story and I look forward to your thoughts or questions. 


Post a comment

Comments are moderated by the tank owners and staff at Discovery Aquatics.

Thanks Niki . Well , I must admit , it's been plain sailing for myself . Marines can be as hard or as easy as you can make it . Like I said in my post , I work offshore and it still works for me . But I suppose everyone's set up is different . Cheers anyway for the comments anyway .

Comment by: Scott

Fabulous looking tank. I so badly want a marine tank but already spend too much time on the tropical ones. Heard they are a major bugger to look after. Still, for a view like that it'd be worth the effort.

Comment by: Niki

Sign In to add comments

Not got an account yet? Sign up here


Our Website Designer