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Pete and Sue's New Beginning [Winner TOTM Apr07]

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 12:00 am
by blags
Winner TOTM April 2007

Well with a change in both our lives we both felt like that we needed a new addition and lucky enough for me it was a new tank. The new tank was a combination of my 2 old tanks into 1 tank.
It all started back in March when Sue suggested that a new tank would make the move of the 2 tanks easier from one house to another, little did i know that she would pay for the new equipment needed. ;) How lucky was I. :devil:

Well now for the details:
The tank size is 6'6"x3'x2'6" with weir at one end and 2x 50mm bulkheads as returns. (Made at MaryAnnes aquariums Browns Plains)
Sump was my old 5'x18'x20' tank in a new sump design with a laguna 6000 return pump.
The skimmer is a Oceanwerx BS1-808 run by a Rio 32HF

Well now for some pictures and i will add more details and pics as i get time.

Here is the stand
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A couple of the sump
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Some of the tank and the sump
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The skimmer ;)
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Will try to update some more soon.

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 12:37 am
by Red Rose Rambler
Jeepers Creepers man.....!

That's some set up......Wow that beuty will cost something too fill with live stock

Post some pics when up and running......!

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 7:11 am
by AquaBlue
I hope it goes well for you both!
Regards
Tim

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 7:13 am
by bill
damn you and your ability to locate the tank so you can see both sides :poke:

looks great, but where are the rest of the pics ;-)

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 9:02 am
by TITANIUM
Wow Looks great! Cant wait to to see the progress

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 9:52 am
by JimmyA
Dont think we didnt notice the thong in the 3rd pic either :clap:

Edit, just spotted it in the first pic too :roflmao:

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 9:58 am
by wishgarden
Looking good, Pete.

More pics, More pics!!! :clap:

Kate

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 11:48 am
by Turbo
Looking good Pete, that thong seems to like being involved in tank journals. :thumbsup:

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 1:04 pm
by blags
JimmyA wrote:Dont think we didnt notice the thong in the 3rd pic either :clap:

Edit, just spotted it in the first pic too :roflmao:


Ahhh yes the thong lives on. You just can't kill some things :roflmao: :roflmao:

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 4:08 pm
by inferno6688
that looks awesome! I very tidy looking sump there!
can't wait to see it progress.

:thumbsup:

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 7:23 pm
by blags
Well ok here you go the rock is starting to go in. :thumbsup:
All in all there was 80kg of cured base rock that went in and 100kg of cured live rock that went in that was cured in the old tanks before they went in here to increase my chances of not having a cycle.

It was a very long night but it all turned out very well. This all was accomplished on the night of April the 15th.

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 10:33 pm
by itzmatty
i can see this tank becoming a pimped out reef :pirate:
what plans have you got for lighting?

:cheers: matty

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 11:17 pm
by conetix
looking good pete.

my tank looks more and more like a goldfish bowl. man cant wait to move into my own house.

cheers aron.

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 11:30 pm
by blags
itzmatty wrote:i can see this tank becoming a pimped out reef :pirate:
what plans have you got for lighting?

:cheers: matty


Lighting is 2 banks of double 6 foot power compacts for a total wattage of 768 watts (8 @ 96 watts) and 3 x 150W metal halide.
For a total wattage of just over 1200w :thumbsup:
Cheers
Pete

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 11:49 pm
by blags
Here are some more pics of the tank after i got all the rock and contents in after i emptied my other tank out.

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There has been alot of changes in the tank with new corals and inhabitants added since these pics. Will try to update over the weekend again to get it up to date.

PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 12:05 am
by Ratty
:clap: :clap: Very nice Blags, cant wait to see it. :thumbsup:

PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 10:26 am
by wishgarden
That looks great, Pete. Everything is so clean and sparkly!! I love the idea of the double view.

Kate

PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 8:38 pm
by TITANIUM
Looks awesome mate, well done

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 7:21 am
by AquaBlue
Pete
If you want some LPS frags (and you can do it) you more then welome to come and take some of mine!!! I have a couple of nice fingers.
Regards
Tim

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 10:02 am
by blags
Thanks Tim i apprieciate that. :clap:
Cheers
Pete

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 10:23 am
by Reef_Bug
That clam shell wouldn't be that squamy that you got off me ages ago by any chance ;) .

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 10:40 am
by blags
Unfortunately it is. I had a power cut to the house when i wasn't there in the middle of summer and buy the time i got back the next day the tank was up to 36 degrees and smelling rotton. :wall:
Lost everything apart from a few fish and about 2 corals all the rest gone. Trust me i was really peaved at it and was ready to give up. That clam was looking great and was getting bigger but just couldn't get it to recover it only lasted a couple of days. :furious:

Pete

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 12:07 pm
by noely
did i read right.
[/quote]All in all there was 80kg of cured base rock that went in and 100kg of cured live rock that went in that was cured in the old tanks before they went in here to increase my chances of not having a cycle.
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is that 180kg in total

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 12:42 pm
by blags
Thats right 180kg of rock in there and still counting. :pirate:
Maybe another 20kg will go in to assist in coral placement and finishing of the rock work. :cheers:

Pete

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 2:25 pm
by Reef_Bug
Bummer. At least it is still serving some purpose. Just think it is probably the most expensive piece of live rock in your tank now :pirate:
Cheers
Paul

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 5:28 pm
by AussieStar
Very nice setup, Can you post a pic of your sump please, noob looking for ideas

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 5:42 pm
by Matt1084
looking awesome pete.
now all you need some scuba gear to clean it.
matt

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 6:25 pm
by blags
Matt1084 wrote:looking awesome pete.
now all you need some scuba gear to clean it.
matt


Cleaning is easy as it all ends up near the weir so a quick vaccum near there when i do my weekly water change and it is all done. There is bugger all algae in the tank as there was no cycle and my levels are great at the moment.

My test results are as follows

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Phosphate 0
Calcium 440
Dkh 8
Ph 8.3

So as you can see it is all fairly good conditions and i hope it will remain that way and i am still treating it as a new tank even though all the contents came from my previous tanks.

Will try and put some more pics up later tonight.
Cheers
Pete

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 7:47 pm
by Tone
:clap: :clap:

Pete and Sue ... that is looking great! Still coming around to drink your redskin but have been travelling a bit. I'll have to do a tank crawl ... yours, Stevemg, Ben, Turbo ...

How's that skimmer going? It looks like it is meant for business!

Tone :thumbsup:

PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 9:23 pm
by blags
Here you go Tone some pics of the skimmer ;)

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I'm really happy with it. On average i would get about 5 to 7lt of muck out of it a fortnight.