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Discussion in 'Medium Tanks (31-100gal)' started by Bodge, Aug 10, 2014.

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    After many years in the tropical world, I decided to take the plunge and cross to the salty side. I started with 65l nano tank with custom overflow and sump. All was going well, the tank had cycled and CUC were happy munching away. I was just about to start shopping for the first fish when I stumbled over a bargain about to end:

    Aquareef 200 inc cabinet
    100w & 300w heaters
    1 small and 2 large wavemakers
    Eheim return pump
    30kg live rock - minimum, possibly more.
    Lava rock (not sure what this is)
    Flake food
    Lots of filter floss
    Spare egg crate
    6 water containers
    Oh, and a marine book.

    All with change from £100 [​IMG]
    Only issues are a cabinet in need of attention (cosmetically) and a VERY algae ridden tank.

    So Friday evening, with the old man, we headed out to collect and returned with:

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    Spent all of yesterday sorting out the stand and tank. Started off by tackling the cabinet and the parts of the laminate that had begun to peel and snap off. Good sanding down had it all smooth again - even if it did look worse then when I first started.
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    Every job requires a supervisor - here's my two...
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    Base-coat on the cabinet:

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    All afternoon, this job kept looking at me :eek:

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    Couldn't resist helping out:

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    Time to make a start on the tank too whilst waiting for the cabinet to dry:

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    Had quite a bit of RO to get making too so started that off whilst paint dried:

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    Time for some colour. Not what you'd usually associate with the marine world - Chocolate Milkshake

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    Rain was lurking overhead waiting to ruin the afternoon's efforts so decided best to bring the cabinet in for the last coat:

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    There was no way the tank was being lifted in though so that was covered overnight to dry:

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    So next job, was to clean this beauty - one of the downsides to this project

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    In my 'excitement' in cleaning the tank...I may have taken half of the day before's paint

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    Ooops. So got the jet wash on it instead and took ALL of the original paint off too.

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    Sort the rocks out into piles - large, medium, small and interesting

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    Stand in place - and we're both thinking "this looks bigger than we'd thought"

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    Old tank in it's new temporary home.

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    Tank and stand in place:

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    The only fish it's going to see for a while...

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    37kg's of live rock ready for 'scaping

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    The better half sorting the design out (doesn't everyone's partner / wife do this too?)
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    Day to clean and sort all the equipment out. First, tackle the wavemaker which wasn't working. This explained why:

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    Also cleaned the reflectors - spot the difference:
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    Sand in & first bit of water - finally wet

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    Added some blue LED's for night / moonlight lighting

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    Old tank water change - took 40% of it and used in the new one to boost it a bit.

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    Rear chambers - last time I'll see these from this angle for some time I hope.

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    Getting salty....

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    Making the STC-1000 ATC .

    Bits and pieces:

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    Left the 240v to Bodge Senior as he's the one with the qualifications in that area - very simple instructions to follow but best be safe than sorry:

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    Time to plan for some fans. Managed to acquire a few fans:

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    Until I realised slight problem in fitting...namely the lights beneath

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    Try a different place:

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    Only they won't fit here!

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    Back to the drawing board.
     
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    Re-evaluating the scape too - looks really good to me but not the best for flow:

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    Fans Take Two:

    Sorted some smaller fans, got 3 but decided it was better with just two so as to not be too heavy etc.

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    Really impressed with how these have turned out. Works really well with the STC in maintaining temperature.

    Sorted out the plugs etc in one half of the cabinet:

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    Time for a rescape - who is ever happy first time round???

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    My work space area haha:
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    Putting rocks into categories:

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    The tools:

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    Now for the "fun" part:

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    Its in the tank again now, but no new pics of that just yet as so is all the spare rock too. I'm going to break it up and use it in the rear chambers.

    Updated pictures after the scape:

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    Flow is now 100% improved all around the tank
     
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    Brief update - everything is ticking over nicely. CUC have been in for a few weeks now and may just finally be ready for some fish!! Started this project in April

    Anyway, few pictures:

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    Picked up some free corals:

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    Enjoyed the read & the fact you've added loads of pictures which is what we all like on here, you'll fit right in here Big Thumbs Up

    I see Bodge snr like his pringles whilst being left alone to work away. Done a great job on the STC

    Your second rock scape is miles better, opened it out a lot & like you said, a lot better for flow in & around your rocks which is essential.

    Looking forward to more updates.....

    I've had to edit my post twice as you updated your thread quicker & answered some of my questions lol

    Dave
     
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    Finally, after months and months, fish!

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    RO Plumbed in too:

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    Various coral pics:

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    Sorting out the various foods into varied portions.

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    Pink Spot Goby / Shrimp Pair

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    lookin good Big Thumbs Up
     
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    Video of the shrimp / goby - these guys are amazing to watch!

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    Current Tank Video:

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    love how you are so methodical, taping an area outside to match the dimensions of your tank to help you scape....drilling through your house wall for the RO pipes & little pill box compartment for food....wow, so much thought & detail Big Thumbs Up

    Your set up is looking really well.

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    Big question.....

    Is there anything you would have done differently as I know when I set my first tank up to my second tank I learned a lot of what not to do & what to do
     
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    Slight update - in the sense that I have a brand new, yet identical tank. Need to get everything swapped over at some point in the next few days.

    Tanks ready for the swap:

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    Frag Tank and LR Tank

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    Live rock out:
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    Rear chambers cleared

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    Fish Tank Set up
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    Frag / CUC tank Set Up

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    LR tank Set Up

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    Time to get draining.

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    New tank in place:
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    Keeping an eye on things...

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    When she Realised the snail was escaping haha

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    New 'scaping.

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    mucky work this!

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    Corals back in:

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    Time for some more updated shots progress.

    Starting with my DIY Phos reactor - total cost just under £10 (already had the bottle / valve)

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    Tested at the output of the reactor and it was 1ppm. After a few days it has dropped to .25 although it's not moved lower in around a fortnight now so I suspect the media is exhausted (it was already a few months old). Replacement Rowaphos is on order.


    Next up was a lighting upgrade after getting a set of Aquaray 600 Ultra's. The plan was to have these replace the x2 14k T5s and T8 Actinic but in reality, they just weren't what I wanted the tank to look like. After a day of messing around with what felt like 683 combinations, I have finally settled with (and I am happy with). Aquaray's to the front and rear, slightly angled inwards, and a actinic T5 in the middle. Found this gave the best light spread and the T5 in the middle helped to reduce the shimmer as it was a bit OTT for my liking.

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    The rear sump is now lit with a warm white energy saving bulb for growing the cheato. I have this on a separate timer system overnight so effectively reverse lighting to the tank to help keep a stable PH (in theory).
     
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