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Mielo's inwall 10 footer - Officially shut down 13/03/2010

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Mielo's inwall 10 footer - Officially shut down 13/03/2010

Postby Mielo » Fri 06 Jun, 2008 5:45 pm

Introduction:
I have been keeping/breeding fresh water fish, (predominantly cichlids) for more than 15 years now. I had my first taste of marine back in '96 when I set up my first 5ft marine tank. Had it for 6 months and then had to pack it up as I travelled overseas. I have always wanted a 10ft tank and now my dream is coming true. I only hope that 10ft is going to suffice for a while as the longer you have a tank the smaller it seems to get!

System Objectives: A beautiful, healthy reef system.

System Type: Mixed Reef

Strike up Date: 10/07/08

Display Tank: 10 x 1.5 x 2.5 12mm glass / 15mm base. Weir situated in middle of the tank with 1 x 50mm return, 1 x 25mm durso & 1 x 25mm feed to sump

Display Lighting: (Work in Progress) Currently..1 x 250w (radium 14k) MH reflector + 2 x 4ft GLO light fixtures with 2 x 54W HO T5 bulbs in each fitting

Stand: DIY

Hood: DIY

Sump: 6 x 1 x 2 divided into 2ft fuge, 2ft return, 2ft skimmer section

Refugium: 2ft with LR, 20cm DSB and macro

Refugium Lighting: 2ft double flouro bulb light fitting


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 2 x Vortechs

Return Pump: Laguna 9000

Skimmer: Octopus Beckett 2000 Skimmer

Heaters: 2 x 300w Seca & 2 x 300w Jager

Evaporation Top Up: DIY auto topup

RO filtration: 4 stage reverse osmosis wall mount unit with an De-ionization post filter

Chemical Support: N/A

Water change : 200lt per week

Live Rock: +- 250kg

Hi there guys.
I am in the process of setting up my 10 x 1.5 x 2.5 fish tank built in the wall. The hole in the wall is already made, or should I say the wall has been removed, and I installed an I-Beam as it was a load bearing wall. I have some pics, but I'm not sure how to upload them. Can someone please advise. :o
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Postby boofla » Fri 06 Jun, 2008 5:47 pm

Hey,

pics would be brilliant!

you can use something like photobucket.com to host pics and then just put the picture url in the message body.
Hope that makes sense!

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Postby Turbo » Fri 06 Jun, 2008 6:13 pm

Here you go this will explain how to post pics. :thumbsup:

viewtopic.php?p=225382#225382
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Postby Spides » Fri 06 Jun, 2008 6:48 pm

Is there any way you can squeeze an extra 1/2 a foot at least out of that 1.5. Youll appreciate later ;)
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Postby Mielo » Fri 06 Jun, 2008 10:30 pm

Thanks for the response guys. I will chcek it out and load the pics soon.

Spides...I wish I could add another 1/2 foot, but I got the tank for a good deal. I sooo much want to go reef but aquascaping a going to be a real problem with the narrowness, so I will probably go FOWLR. The tangs will have a ball in the 10 footer!
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Postby Mielo » Fri 06 Jun, 2008 10:57 pm

I was toying with the idea of dividing the tank with a piece of glass/acrylic with holes(water to pass through) in it and have a reef setup on the one side and have fish only (fish not suited for a reef) on the other eg large angelfish.

The partition would prevent the non compatible reef fish from entering the reef section and yet I would be able to run the same (reef) filtration. This way there would be no need to setup a seperate fish only tank. Have the best of both worlds on one tank.

Any thoughts?

The weir (overflowbox)is situated in the middle of the tank with three outlets. I was thinking of directing one outlet to a sump and the other to a refugium and the returns would be on either side of the tank. Is there a benefit to have the refugium return flow into the reef section or FO section?

The divider would have biggish holes(not sure how big though) in them to prevent clogging as much as possible and the divider would be below the water level and would not hinder the function of the weir.

I was thinking of dividing the tank say 3ft reef and 7ft FO. I would prefer having the FO tank much bigger to cater for the large angels, not to mention saving heaps of money on lighting.

Any more suggestions/ideas?
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Postby greghouseboatproject » Sun 08 Jun, 2008 3:23 pm

hi , similiar length as ours , using 12 mm acrylic we had side bulging..glueing a divider in, it may pop when you fill it up with water, good glue is acryfix. becareful of the runs it eats into the arylic
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Postby atty » Sun 08 Jun, 2008 5:18 pm

you could divide the tank in two to mimic different environments. but to my opinion it would look cheap. You can have a reef tank with angels, its just there is a high chance they may nip at your corals. But ive kept several species of angels before and haven't had any serious problems. Ive found buying the angels at juveniles will lessen the chance of them eating corals, but doing that you have to wait a year or two for the striking colors to come through. anyway good luck with the build.
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Postby Mielo » Fri 20 Jun, 2008 11:22 am

Here are some pics of the start of my venture

Tank position
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Ripping away the gyprock on the other side
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Preparing to put in the I-Beam (THANKS for your help Tah!))
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I-Beam is in!
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The Tank
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Starting with the stand
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Stand almost finish
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Postby colinM » Fri 20 Jun, 2008 11:17 pm

hey Booley, your set up will and is lookin fantastic.

Wow, how did you get thaat tank delivered....
Lots of mates or damn good delivery mob, must have been heavy.

Cant wait to see your progress- Welcome and congrats-

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Postby Mielo » Mon 23 Jun, 2008 11:20 am

Thanks Col

Lots of GOOD mates (6 of them) and a hired truck got the tank to my place.

Will keep the pics of the progress coming.
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Postby Mxett » Mon 23 Jun, 2008 10:34 pm

Fantastico. :clap:

What you planning to do about humidity in the room containing the tank?
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Postby dougie » Tue 24 Jun, 2008 12:05 am

sweet az!!!!
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Postby Mielo » Tue 24 Jun, 2008 9:48 am

I am leaning more towards a FOWLR so I was looking at installing a few extractor fans above the tank.

any thoughts?
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Postby Mielo » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 11:31 am

Hi all

Some updated pics:

Stand is finished:
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Lifting the tank and getting it into position(ssssssoooooooooo heavy!) THANKS TO ALL THAT HELPED!
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G-Man checking if all is in order
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Tank finally in its resting place!
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The back of the tank
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Will post more pics as my project progresses!
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Postby Crabs1jz » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 1:53 pm

sweet... more, we want to see more
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Postby dougie » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 6:35 pm

thats going to look awesome full!!! :)
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Postby auzzy2nv » Fri 04 Jul, 2008 6:52 pm

hey mate where in campbelltown u im in raby great looking tank love to c it finished
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Postby Guv » Fri 04 Jul, 2008 6:56 pm

Very nice! :thumbsup:
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Postby Mielo » Fri 04 Jul, 2008 9:41 pm

Thanks guys..

Hopefully getting my NSW and live rock this weekend. Will keep the pics coming as the project progresses!


auzzy2nv wrote:hey mate where in campbelltown u im in raby great looking tank love to c it finished


I'm in Leumeah. What system are you running auzzy2nv?
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Postby Tuskfish » Sat 05 Jul, 2008 10:57 am

Looks awesome, cant wait to see it finished. :clap:
Can u tell I was bent when I wrote this ?
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Postby auzzy2nv » Sun 06 Jul, 2008 6:43 pm

im running a 5x2x2 its bio balls but im stockin mainly fish and a few easy harder corals
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Postby Mielo » Mon 07 Jul, 2008 9:32 am

The Sump(6ft x 1ft x 2ft)...Thanks for all your help Coonjavi

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Left side is the refugium, middle is the return and right side is the skimmer section!
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Postby Mielo » Fri 18 Jul, 2008 10:44 am

Quick update......

Our cat, (Tula) double checking before water goes in
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All good.....release the water!
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Some pics of the aquascaping done thus far with some pvc piping, Aquakneed and acrylic rods. WORK IN PROGRESS!
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I filled the tank with approx 800 litres and its about just over ¾ full. The water level is below the overflow box as the plumbing is not completely done yet and I am waiting for my Laguna Maxflo 9000 (return pump) I ordered from the reef shop. I should get it today or tomorrow, complete the plumbing and then fill the tank to its capacity.

Last Saturday, I threw the majority of the Live rock in the tank and a pump to start the cycle.
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Postby Mielo » Mon 21 Jul, 2008 2:30 pm

Some equipment has arrived....

Reef Octopus BK-250-6550 skimmer & 2 x Vortech MP40W
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Vortech MP40W
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Reef Octopus BK-250-6550 skimmer
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Little modification done to cater for the pump in the sump - Thanks Coonjavi for all your help!
I knew those under gravel filters would be of some use! - :roflmao:
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Will be getting the sump in its final resting place soon and get the system up and running. Received my Laguna Powerjet Maxflo 9000 (return) this morning......so far so good!
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Postby robert788 » Mon 21 Jul, 2008 4:03 pm

um buld one for me please
i don't know whats this is for
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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Tue 22 Jul, 2008 5:40 pm

Mmmmmm Vortech. Show us some waves.

Love the size of the tank. Looking good.
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Postby Mielo » Wed 23 Jul, 2008 9:54 am

Sump is in its final resting place, but not connected up to the main tank as yet. Have to buy some flexible pipe to connect the Laguna 9000 to the rest of the plumbing. Will do so this weekend.

Running the Fluval 405 for filtration in the interim and will use it for the QT when it is time to introduce the live stock....probably about 3-4weeks away hopefully!

Fuge on the left with DSB, macro and live rock, return in the middle section and skimmer on the right!

Protein skimmer is running now for two days.....but just ejecting dirty water with some fine particles as skimmate so far. Not sure if there is more fine tuning needed or just because its skimming the same water in the sump all the time! :konk:

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Postby dougie » Wed 23 Jul, 2008 11:58 am

looking great! nice skimmer! and vortechs! :thumbsup:
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Postby Mielo » Mon 28 Jul, 2008 2:50 pm

Finally my tank is in full circulation now! I hooked up the laguna over the weekend and everything seems to working.....NO LEAKS! :clap:

Set up the siphon with the backup durso in the weir and noise factor is practically non existent.

Busy with the aquascaping. Not sure if I am going to stock corals or just FOWLR and then decide what lighting I'm going to setup.

Decisions....decisions...
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