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Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Diablo » Wed 28 Dec, 2011 11:57 pm

Introduction:
My 3rd reef aquarium has been a long time coming...

My first marine aquarium was purchased at the end of 1999 and was a 3' standard (150 litres). It housed 5 or 6 fish, but ended in sadnesss when a cucumber was sucked through a pump. Corals were fine, but all the fish ended up in the next life.

My second was a 1000 litre home made ply tank with DSB. The corals and BTA from the first aquarium were transferred across and it was restocked with fish. It was a successful tank but struggled to regain its glory after a house move at the end of 2002. By mid 2003 I shut the tank down and decided that I wouldn't have another aquarium until I was in the position to do it properly.

In March, 2006, my lovely other half (Nickie) and I were in the position to purchase an 1800 m2 block in an established suburb. This would allow us to build a new house, have a garden and orchard, and indulge in a couple of our passions... for me an aquarium... for Nickie a lap pool.

By May 2007 we had engaged an architect and well, the rest, as they say, is history.

As for the choice of a cylinder, it was more out of pragmatism than inspired design... I really wanted a tall tank... (notwithstanding all maintenance and lighting difficulties, having an aquarium where the fish genuinely traverse the vertical dimension and where your entire field of view can be occupied by the tanks vertical height is, well... pretty stunning) But this lead to the issue of material choice and thickness. To get the amount of bow to a manageable level on a 3m x 1.2m pane was going to require 3"+ acrylic and was just going to cost too much. Cylinders don't have the same problem with bow, so the tank builder I was consulting with prompted me to go for a cylinder in 40mm acrylic.

System objectives: To build a mini piece of the reef and to lose as little livestock as possible

System type: Mixed reef dominated by Acropora spp.

Display System:

Strike up Date: Water in 21 Nov 2011

Display Tank: 3.2m diameter x 1.2m high acrylic cylinder, 8600 litres

Display Lighting: 6 x 1000W MH (plan to migrate to 24 x 100W LED systems over time) plus 4 x 700mm solatubes

Stand: Suspended slab concrete, designed by civil engineering firm who did my house engineering to my spec. - 150mm walls, 200mm slab, all reinforced. 800mm high.

Hood: Tank fully enclosed in its own canopy / equipment room

Sump: 2.3m x 0.9m x 0.8m PVC lined concrete sub-floor

Water Change Tank: TBA

Refugium: 1.65m x 0.6m x 0.8m PVC lined concrete sub-floor

Refugium Lighting: 2 x 250W MH

Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 2 x PantaRhei Hydrowizards + 2 x Abyzz A420Eco

Return Pumps: 2 x Finish Thompson DB7 with 86mm impellers - 13,000lph @ 4m head each.

Skimmer: My Reef Creations custom skimmer, 600mm diameter x 1.5m reaction chamber, needlewheel

Heater & Chiller: 12kW earth linked reverse cycle heat pump coupled to a 5 ton Aqua logic custom titanium heat-exchanger coil

Chemical Filtration: 5 litres of carbon in MRC Fluidised Chamber (FMC-822)

Biological FIltration: 15 litres of NP biopellets in MRC Fluidised chamber (FMC-1232)

Evaporation Top Up: TBA

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: MRC CCR-3824 triple calcium reactor with 30kg media + MRC large Nielsen reactor running builders hydrated lime

Other Chemical Maintenance: Prodibio BioDigest and Bioptim

Fish List:
Lipstick tang
Sailfin tang
Striated bristletooth
Purple tang
Bicolor blenny
Carpet blenny

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The story so far - Pt. 1

Postby Diablo » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:03 am

Pouring the subfloor of the garage equipment room
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The story so far - Pt. 2

Postby Diablo » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:06 am

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The story so far - Pt. 3

Postby Diablo » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:08 am

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The story so far - Pt. 4

Postby Diablo » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:10 am

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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby radioman » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:15 am

OMG :bow: :clap: :nut: :clownfish: :-D :-x
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby radioman » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:18 am

mate I hope you are putting in a very very big solar system otherwise I am thinking the electricity bill may send you bankrupt or did you rob a bank

Good luck with this and will be watching how things go
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby zac.doraksynn » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:36 am

Hi Mark and Nickie
The most amazing amount of imagination and effort has obviously gone into this.
This will be a world class tank
Congratulations
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby n0rk » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:45 am

Awesome to see you've brought this thread over here, Mark - I've been following your thread over on RC pretty much since its inception awaiting it to all unfold. The planning that's gone in is pretty damn awe-inspiring, here's to hoping it pays off!
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Diablo » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 12:56 am

Thanks radioman & Zac. I do have a 5kW PV system and am continually on the lookout for ways to reduce consumption, but yes, it will cost a bit to run.

Cheers n0rk. I did not start here as I knew it would take a long time to complete... Didn't want to be perceived as a [censored] talking [censored].
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Timber » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 1:15 am

Incredible :-x
That skimmer is amazing, beautifully planned setup. I'm coming along for the ride, best of luck from here on out :cheers:
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby defiance » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 11:38 pm

far out.............. :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Thommo01 » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 1:10 am

Holy Crap.

I am so envious right now :bow:

Congrats on being able to not only conceive such an idea but turning it into realitly. Well done. Look foward to further updates :clap:

Just a quick one, is that copper tubing going into your sump(I think that is what it is) next to your skimmer? What is it for and do you think it will cause any issues?

Thanks for sharing such a great tank.
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Dan » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 7:32 am

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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Alf D » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 7:47 am

Brilliant.
No need for a lap pool, your missus already has an indoor one.
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Barney83 » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 9:18 am

Good on ya for bringing the thread to Masa.

I too had seen it on RC but had forgotten about it.

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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby ssbk23 » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 9:47 am

Wow what an awesome tank. Congratulations on achieving what I bet a lot would have said is impossible :thumbsup:
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby locuus » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:20 am

Fantastic :thumbsup:
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby axela » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:22 am

Mark & Nickie, I am Gobsmacked! - What an incredible setup! - i've always wanted something like this! - One could only dream (Perhaps one day for me) lol

I would literally drive up to Geelong just to see this magnificent setup (only if i am allowed lol) - Would give me an excuse to go to Geelong as i've never been haha

Well done guys, purely amazing!

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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby parrdog » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:42 am

I have also been a follower on Reef Central since the beginning. I'm so stoked it's on here now, unreal :thumbsup: .

I saw your handle name 'Diablo' floating around here for the last while and I was wondering whether it was you :).

Thankyou for bringing your public aquarium quality masterpiece to masa, it truly is a masterpiece in the making :clap: .

What are your plans for your scape?

Congrats once again, Mark and Nickie :-D .

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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby radioman » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 12:15 am

Diablo wrote:Thanks radioman & Zac. I do have a 5kW PV system and am continually on the lookout for ways to reduce consumption, but yes, it will cost a bit to run.

Cheers n0rk. I did not start here as I knew it would take a long time to complete... Didn't want to be perceived as a [censored] talking [censored].

I for one would never preceived you as a /////// talking [censored], I think it is great that you have take such a large step and gone with this.
May I also say that it is wonderfull that you have all the support, at least I am guessing the support from you lovely lady.

Mate I wish you all the best and if there is anything that I can help with just ask, be there in a flash. :thumbsup:
:cheers: Happy New Year and well done. :clap:
Would love to come visit one day and see the beast for real. :poke:
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby parrdog » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 10:03 am

What's the next step for 'The Beast', Mark?

Jamie.

PS: Peter, I think your nickname for this tank should stick :).
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby mog987 » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 10:21 am

WOW!!!! Speachless. This is amazing you could charge emmission and have a line around the corner...

Any chance of more pics of the equipment room and sump??

Well done, you must have loved every minute.

Cheers,
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 12:05 pm

Very nice so far.

Do you have your skuba licence? :roflmao:

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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby CBrian » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 12:47 pm

Awesome tank mate Im planning on doing something along the lines of this, when i win the lottery.

Great TJ and looking forward to seeing the tank grow.
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Haydn24 » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 5:05 pm

As Rod said, I sure hope you have scuba gear, haha :)

Awesome tank guys! Look forward to it matured :)
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby greeni » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 8:12 pm

WOW :o i'm going to tag along on this as well.
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby rnscross » Sat 31 Dec, 2011 8:27 pm

Been following you on RC as well, good to see you on MASA, have you decided on the lighting yet as you were still looking at the orphek(?) unit last I looked? and have you taken a PAR reading with the solar tubes and all this sunny weather we are having to see how much supplementation you really need?
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby CBrian » Sun 01 Jan, 2012 9:56 am

Hey buddy, just a quick question, what's the stocking plan I'n terms of fish?
Great tank, everytime I look at it, I become more and more envious.
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Re: Mark's & Nickies 8600 litre cylinder

Postby Diablo » Tue 03 Jan, 2012 9:41 pm

Congrats on being able to not only conceive such an idea but turning it into realitly.


Thanks!

Just a quick one, is that copper tubing going into your sump(I think that is what it is) next to your skimmer? What is it for and do you think it will cause any issues?


It's copper up until the fitting and then titanium down into the sump. This is a refrigerant line that is part of the heat-pump / heat exchanger heater/chiller system. The brass fitting will be varnished and a physical barrier will be instaled between the copper line and the sump. Should take care of it :crossfingers:
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