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18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby bimborocks » Sat 18 Jun, 2016 11:03 pm

Introduction:
I had an 18inch cube tank that was used as my quarantine tank as well as an old skimmer, heaters and pretty much everything to set up a tank but I wanted to do something different and or keep corals or fish/inverts that I cant keep in my big tank. After much research I decided that a Non photosynthetic coral tank would fit the bill :cheers:

System Objectives: Keep NPS long term while managing nutrient levels

System Type: Non photosynthetic corals

Display System:

Strike up Date: June 2016

Display Tank: 18 inch cube with sump

Display Lighting: NA

Stand: Steel stand - 25mm angle iron

Hood: NA

Sump: Plastic tub ATM



Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: Powerhead

Return Pump: Jeabo DC6000

Skimmer: AquaC Remora HOB

Evaporation Top Up: Osmolator


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition:
Alkalinity Addition:
Other Chemical Maintenance:

Current Water Chemistry: If applicable
Nitrates:
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity:
Magnesium:


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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby bimborocks » Sat 18 Jun, 2016 11:29 pm

Initially the tank was set up standalone but as it is now going to be a display and with tank space at a premium I wanted to add a sump so that means I needed as way to get there water out of the tank and down to the sump (as silently as possible according to my wife). I decided on using a internal overflow box that flows into a glass box on the back of the tank with 3 drains - one full syphon (adjustable and main drain) a durso as redundancy and a fully open as emergency overflow. I went with 20mm for the first 2 and 25mm as the emergency which should be more than capable. So I whiped up this - I did make a rear acrylic bo but then deciede that a glass one siliconed to the back of the tank just mean less places for any potential leaks.
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All made from 4mm black acrylic and cut using a track saw, the overflow comb came from guppy's I think.

Net up was the stand, I wanted a steel stand and decided that 25mm x 2.5mm gal angle would be up to the task and set about cutting and welding it all together. I have a few welders at my disposal but this was welded using stick
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This was all then primed and top coated in a gloss black enamel.

Next up was the rear glass section of the overflow box, I haven't done a great deal of glass cutting before but it turned out OK
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Next was to drill the holes in the rear of the tank to join it all together and the base piece of the rear box - taking it slow with the trusty Makita cordless and a dam to hold water using a disposable cup and some of the kids Plasticine did the job
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All siliconed up
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Overflow pipes ready to go in
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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby wayne2.0 » Sun 19 Jun, 2016 11:51 am

That's some top DIY

Are you thinking Sun coral or something else?
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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby Roy » Sun 19 Jun, 2016 12:32 pm

Nice DIY, how big will the sump be?
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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sun 19 Jun, 2016 2:32 pm

Looks excellent so far!

Good luck with the NPS, I know there was a couple of really good goes at it a while back.

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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby bimborocks » Sun 19 Jun, 2016 5:59 pm

Thanks, not 100% on corals cause it kinda depends on what I can get my hands on but definitely a few more gorgs/seafans and some tubastrea.
Sump will be around the 18x16x16 size, I have 2 old tanks to cut up and salvage the glass from, that will get done this week as long as work isn't too hectic. I just need to work out what skimmer I would like to use long term and make sure I build the sup to accommodate it. I also have a few liters of seachem matrix I would also like to use for additional filtration
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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby matts20891 » Mon 20 Jun, 2016 8:27 pm

Refreshing to see something a bit different - looking forward to seeing this one progress :)
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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby bimborocks » Tue 21 Jun, 2016 11:26 am

Bodgied up some lights last night, will finish them up and post some more pics/info tonight but while there was some light on the tank I decided it was a good chance to take some photos of the corals for comparison down the track. Picked up a few new pieces today as well. So far I haven't had any lfs order anything in specific for me just been doing the rounds and picking up a coral or 2 here and there.
Dendrophyllia?
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Light yellow Tubastrea?
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Purple gorgonian
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Lfs owner gave me 2 Tubastrea to see if I can get them back to health. This one is starting to show much more regular polyp extension
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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby pebbles » Tue 21 Jun, 2016 3:03 pm

Hi James :wavey:

My guess is first one is a balanophyllia.

The remaining tubastrea can be returned to full glory fairly fast with daily feeds of meaty foods....get ready for the bristle worms to congregate though... :devil:

Always had a weakness for these corals. Am very interested to see how you go with the dry gorg foods as there have been a number of developments food wise over the years.

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Re: 18 Inch Cube - NPS Nano

Postby bimborocks » Tue 21 Jun, 2016 3:11 pm

Thanks Angie, its always great to talk to someone that has actually kept stuff like this before.
I am also looking for fish suggestions if anyone has some ideas
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