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Discussion in 'Large Tanks (101gal+)' started by Clearwater, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Clearwater

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    Big Thumbs UpAt last I have my new tank up and running

    I have chosen to go down the ECO system route using biology rather than technology

    New System

    Tank 64" x 24" x 30" two corner weirs with dorso pipes
    Sump 54" x 20" x 20" 4 compartments
    1 Course coral sand
    2 Miracle Mud
    3 Filter Wool
    4 Return pumps 2 x Ehime 1260 and auto top up

    I do have room for a CA reactor later

    Lighting has been transferred from the existing tank 3 x 150 W MH 14,000 Arcadia bulbs 4 x 18 w actinic 2 x 24 w actinic

    so pics then

    Old Tank which was getting crowded, running for 7 years with canister filters which had to be moved

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    Space for the new fish

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    Had to decorate :roll: and make sure it fits the space :wink:

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    pre position for pipes and water testing

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    make sure the new fish fit """Birthday Present"""

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    add pipes

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    prepare plinths, decided to go with 4" because want a deep sand bed
    [​IMG] i will be using a DSB in the tank

    here you can see the return pipe, the idea is to keep the live rock clean
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    taking shape

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    Pre fill with tap water testing for leaks, expect it will be around 1250 KG, so need to look at the floor

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    prepare the twin pumps and try to reduce noise up front still not happy with this :shock:

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    dorso drain pipe , holes were later added to the top 2 mm diameter 3 on the RHS and 2 LHS to reduce noise, that worked

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    the long fill for testing pipes and tank

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    Dorso's self primed, these pipes were extended to 2" off the base later to reduce gurgling noise from
    the return pipes

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    this takes ages, so did the draining prior to filling with Salted RO

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    sump three weeks later, RHS is 20KG coarse sand form the returns to flow into Aerobic area
    centre has Miracle mud and cheato for nitrate and phosphate removal
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    Sump LHS

    On the left auto top up, then return area 2 x Ehine 1260's rhs filter wool for de gassing and debris removal
    I may add some more course coral sand here this will be an extra 20KG

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    tank shots

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    did i break the rules well yes

    DSB in the main tank "not recommended with a mud based system"
    Bio Balls , not for me used course sand for the first chamber

    started the DSB off with sand from the old tank, did the same for the mud

    after 1 week the Nitrate was 10 Phosphate 1 so started Vodka 10 ml per day
    after 3 weeks Nitrate is 0 phosphate 0
    so have reduced to 5 ML Vodka per day to see what happens, shall be testing again on Sunday

    Cheato and (algae just what appeared) in the sump are growing well

    fingers crossed :smile:
     
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  2. Reefcubeboy

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    Re: New Tank Thread

    Nice build there and a great tank build thread....
     
  3. northernmonkey

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    Re: New Tank Thread

    Looking great mate . I bet you are well pleased [lol.png]
     
  4. Clearwater

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    Re: New Tank Thread

    :)) Thanks very happy, but in this Hobby you never know whats next [nice-smile.png]

    a few more tank shots

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  5. Reefcubeboy

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    Some stunning mature colonies there ..a real credit to you :))) :)))
     
  6. youngfisher

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    Re: New Tank Thread

    Your old tank looks like a picture frame in a weird way, and I was like wow!

    Then I saw your new tank, and I was like WHOAHHH!

    Looks awsome mate, great layout, great build aswell. You certainly know what your doing! :--
     
  7. Clearwater

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    Looks awsome mate, great layout, great build aswell. You certainly know what your doing! :--



    Thanks :p its took a lot of planning, want to add some SPS CORAL when I am sure its truly stable
    and of course build up more funds
     
  8. youngfisher

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    If only funds wern't an issue mate, we would all have huge tanks!
     
  9. gillyspot

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    Great tank.

    Wish I had money and space for one.

    btw did you take your birthday fish back to your local lfs as I didnt see it in your tank [001_rolleyes.gif]
     
  10. Clearwater

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    Re: New Tank Thread

    Birthday fish went to that great home in the \






    BIN [blushing.gif]
     
  11. TigerIssey

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    Looking really good [thumbup.gif]

    A huge diffence from old tank to new tank. [thumbup.gif]

    Keep up the good work and don't forget more piccies [wink.gif]
     
  12. Kev

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    What can I say. Looks great.
     
  13. Clearwater

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    Thanks Guy's

    now I have found out how to do pic's

    I will post some more as i take them
     
  14. Clearwater

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    more pics

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  15. TigerIssey

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    A couple of stunning pics there. [004.gif]

    That purple tang is amazing [004.gif]
     
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  16. Kev

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    Re: New Dream Tank Thread

    The 2 Tangs together is a great shot.
     
  17. Clearwater

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    yeh but you are a sucker for tang shots [004.gif]
     
  18. TigerIssey

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    Re: New Dream Tank Thread

    I must admit you are quite correct [thumbup1.gif]
     
  19. Clearwater

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    Re: New Dream Tank Thread

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    These are easier to photograph than the tangs
     
  20. Clearwater

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    Re: New Dream Tank Thread

    A few more shots, don't think I win any prizes for photography though [001.gif]

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