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deeper blue

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Hi cold marine, I have been searching the web for you!

Well OK - I have been searching for folk who keep cold water marine.

I actually live directly below you, that is, if you could tunnel straight down & thought the earth, you would find yourself in the Channel Islands, specifically in Guernsey.
So although we might be a world apart we do in fact share a few thing in common - some of the biggest & fastest tides in the world, very similar sea temperatures & most relevant the same type of marine life!
I am also a very keen free diver & see what looks like exactly the same species of anemone!

Anyhow.....Wow fantastic tank, & by reading this thread you have answered many of my questions already.

I was concerned about the front glass forming condensation but that seems not to be a problem!

I am however, still interested to learn if you think the live rock is operating as the biological filter?
 

coldmarine007

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Hi Deeper Blue,
Thanks for the interest in my tank....very similar conditions down here to the channel Islands...I remember seeing an episode of the BBC's Coast series where they explored a cave, encrusted with jewels on one of the islands.
I really don't know whether or not the live rock is a major factor in the biological process...it's not porous,but has a myriad of life growing on it...this must have some overall effect I guess. The beauty of collecting is the benefit of getting the specimens into a tank reasonably quickly.....no die-off and fresh seawater with the same ph etc.
 

deeper blue

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Yes, thats right - the caves in Sark are quite amazing to see.
I have taken the first steps towards setting up a cold water reef,
I have decided to build a tank that will receive removable background. The idea will be to cycle two different backdrops from the sea to the tank say every 6 months.
I have stuck some volcanic rock to a perforated sheet, this is in fact now living living in the sea to mature & hopefully become "live"

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deeper blue

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There is a pic of the completed backdrop but it wont load!
Anyhow the tank is under construction...

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deeper blue

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Well I might but, the backdrop is slowly maturing under my boat mooring as we speak. I intend to leave it until around Christmas time & that would be a good time to start a thread.
 
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