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Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Tue 08 May, 2012 8:45 pm
by petes-aquarium
Introduction:
Welcome to my new tank build, the tank is ready the water is in and the rock has started to go in slowly :) . The rockwork will be nice and open with lots of swimming room for coral growth. Fish count will be kept to a minimum as my main focus is on the corals. I will be trying to source most corals from frags and grow them out as much as possible.

System Objectives: Have an awesome colourful reef tank.

System Type: SPS dominated reef.

Display System:

Strike up Date: 06/05/2012

Display Tank: 1700x800x700 Starphire front and side. Thanks to Dennison for the great tank build :cheers:
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Display Lighting: Custom DIY LED’s, more info to come. Ignore the MH (I hate the 20K globe in it way to blue) on the tank atm, temporary untill I get my LED's sorted out.

Stand: Hardwood, using existing bar brickwork.

Hood: Tank will be in-wall look, once finished.

Sump: 1600x330x500
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Refugium: Small section in sump, possibly convert my current 3 ft tank into the refugium, haven’t decided yet.

Deep Sand Bed: No

Refugium Lighting: Custom DIY LED

Chiller: Hailea 1000A

Support systems:

System Water: Fist fill NSW, water changes will be ASW.

Display Water circulation: 2x MP60 and Vertex M ocean on return pump.

Return Pump: Laguna Power Jet 11000.

Refugium Pump: N/A

Skimmer: Skimz SK252, Pic is after half day running, not bad so far.
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Evaporation Top Up: Tunze Osmolator

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Kalk Via Dossing pump

Alkilinity Addition: Dossing pump

Other Chemical Maintenance: Vertex bio-pellets in Vertex UF20 reactor. Seachem Phosguard.

Current Water Chemistry:

Let the cycle begin.
Nitrates: 0.00
Phosphates: 0.00
Amonium: 0.25
Alkalinity: 5dKH
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.024
Magnesuim:

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Dosing pump setup
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Return and plumbing. Valves are for Chiller and Bio-pellet reactor.
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Rock work so far.
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Full Tank Shot so far, long way to go yet.
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Thanks for looking and sorry for the large amount of pics... :cheers:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (Pics heavy)

PostPosted: Tue 08 May, 2012 8:53 pm
by ssbk23
Nice setup :)
You can never have too many pics!

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (Pics heavy)

PostPosted: Tue 08 May, 2012 9:15 pm
by pazz
looks good mate

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (Pics heavy)

PostPosted: Tue 08 May, 2012 11:36 pm
by reefsecretsaquariums
ssbk23 wrote:Nice setup :)
You can never have too many pics!

:withyou:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (Pics heavy)

PostPosted: Thu 10 May, 2012 8:50 am
by wmackay
F**K look at the other tank :o
If thats anything to go by this will be killer :pirate: :pirate:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (Pics heavy)

PostPosted: Thu 10 May, 2012 9:18 pm
by petes-aquarium
Thanks for the comments... :cheers:

Today's progress is a new big bit of rock for the centre of the tank, knowing me it all will be different layout in a week or so... lol. Love getting big bits of rock so easy to place in the tank and so stable... :).
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Also I think I may have my first addition waiting in my other tank... :)
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Really can't wait to get this cranking.

Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (Pics heavy)

PostPosted: Tue 22 May, 2012 11:32 pm
by petes-aquarium
OK small update, the tank is all good water is great cycle was small and sweet I guess due to only about 25KG live rock being used. OK so the plan this weekend is to combine my two tanks to the one sump, I am guessing as long as the water is very close parameters wise I shouldn't have any dramas.....? What you guys think. I will be making sure ALK, CA, SG and temp are as close to each other as possible.

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Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (The big join this weekend)

PostPosted: Thu 24 May, 2012 5:29 pm
by kell
I dont see there being any dramas if both tanks are holding good parameters. looking forward to seeing it all.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (The big join this weekend)

PostPosted: Fri 25 May, 2012 10:44 am
by blags
Looking good Pete :clap: :clap:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (The big join this weekend)

PostPosted: Sat 09 Jun, 2012 9:37 pm
by petes-aquarium
G'Day all,

A small update to my tank. First a new FTS... :)
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Tank is going real good so far, finally got Alk, Ca stable with dosing pumps. corals are looking nice and have good PE. Some macros are below. Can anyone help ID the below also.

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Acropora pulchra ??? Acropora yongei ???

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Acropora aspera ???

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Anyone ID this snail for me please I have been trying to figure out what it is, the tank has 100's of them. They seem to be eating algae but they are occasionally going on corals for a sec and then go straight off. I pray they aren't pyramid or acro eating snails. They may be baby cerith snails maybe....?

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Close up on glass.

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The one that was on the monti was on for a sec and went straight off, I can't see any visible bite marks.

Sorry for the big post and big pics.... :)

Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Sat 09 Jun, 2012 10:21 pm
by GrimReefer
What an awesome looking tank!!!

I am looking forward to seeing this build!

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun, 2012 9:33 am
by coral1
love the tank !!! not sure on the snails just keep a eye on them :thumbsup:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Mon 18 Jun, 2012 11:39 am
by joely116
Looking real good mate

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun, 2012 10:03 pm
by petes-aquarium
A bit of an update. The tank is going great so far, trying to keep on top of water quality is a mission so far Ca and Alk are stripped from the tank so fast it's not funny. Also I have ordered my new lights for the tank Going with 3x GHL Mitras (but still going to run the MH as well for at least an hour or two each day), can't wait for the release date... :)

new FTS from the 24th.
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Bigger pic can be found here
http://www.petes-aquarium.com/Big%20Tank/FTS-24-6-2012.jpg
Also thanks Tone for the two Dalas Frags on the left top, they are starting to colour up nicely. :cheers:

Regards,

Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun, 2012 10:37 pm
by n0rk
Jesus Christ Pete, that came out of nowhere! Looking tops!

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Wed 27 Jun, 2012 10:39 pm
by parrdog
:withyou:

Far out, it looks so awesome already!!!!!!!!

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul, 2012 7:43 pm
by Tone
You're welcome for the frags, Pete ... if you need any others you know where to come.

Your tank is looking fantastic, well done !

BTW, the snails look like a Cerith sp. ... peaceful.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul, 2012 11:55 pm
by petes-aquarium
Yeah pretty sure they are cerith, doesn't matter my new trio of leopard wrasses made minced meat out of them... :)

The growth from the Dallas is great so far and the colour has come back good as new. I'll upload a photo soonish. On another note, bring on the GHL's I have ordered... :)

Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Thu 05 Jul, 2012 10:02 pm
by GrimReefer
Hey Pete, tank is looking awesome!

Which size Vertex Mocean did you get and where did you get it? How are you finding it is going on the tank..

Cheers Mate

Jono

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Thu 05 Jul, 2012 11:06 pm
by petes-aquarium
GrimReefer wrote:Hey Pete, tank is looking awesome!

Which size Vertex Mocean did you get and where did you get it? How are you finding it is going on the tank..

Cheers Mate

Jono


Hey Jono long time no see have to catch up. It's the Vertex M-Ocean 3500 Click It is great on my return line allot better than a non moving stream. Would recommend it. I got Ben from Age of Aquariums to order it in for me.

The only thing I hate about it is if it looses power it looses its settings. But it is on my UPS so not really a big deal.

Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Fri 06 Jul, 2012 8:53 am
by GrimReefer
Thanks Pete,

Yeah has been a while, was going to pop down the the meet last weekend but since getting back allot has been happening.

I will look into it, I thought Ben would have had the buttery weren't listed on his website.

Did you end up getting the 2 mp60s or are you running 1 too see if you need the extra one first.? Am hoping to setup a new 1500x750x600 in the next few months so am looking at the options of rather pair of 40s or single 40/60 and m-ocean

I'll have to check this tank out one day :poke: be good to see the m-ocean in action, I gather they are a few bucks

Anyway mate, if you need that Vinyl for the back of the tank let me know, just shoot me an email!

:cheers:

Jono

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Fri 06 Jul, 2012 6:31 pm
by petes-aquarium
The price for the m-ocean wasn't that bad from memory, I'm sure Ben will be able to get you in one.

I have the two MP60's running they work very well for the size of the tank probably a little too much, personally wish I went 1x MP60 on the side front with a couple Tunzes on the back wall. I will more than likely end up getting a Tunze 6105 with controller for the back wall also, not that there isn't enough flow with the MP60's just want a bit of cross flow action.

You’re welcome to come and have a look any time just let me know.

Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Fri 06 Jul, 2012 6:51 pm
by robthepom
n0rk wrote:Jesus Christ Pete, that came out of nowhere! Looking tops!

:withyou:

Looking real good Pete :bunny:

Keep the updates coming :poke: :poke:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Fri 06 Jul, 2012 10:29 pm
by reefsecretsaquariums
looking good man ... need updated shots though ... less chatter and more pics i say .. :roflmao: na great tank mate coming along nicely :clap:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Sat 07 Jul, 2012 5:44 pm
by locuus
Very nice :thumbsup: Love the scape!

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Sun 15 Jul, 2012 7:38 pm
by petes-aquarium
Small update, tank is going well still, getting good growth out of some of the acros and stags. Here are a couple pics of the Dalas frags that Tone gave me, they are going great.... Thanks again Tone... :)

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And what's the point of an update without a tank shot... :)
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Pete.

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Sun 23 Sep, 2012 2:20 pm
by robthepom
Must be time for an update Pete :poke: :poke:

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep, 2012 7:42 pm
by petes-aquarium
For you Rob, here's an update... :) Some coral colour has slipped due to lack of light, I have since added another 250watt MH to keep me going for a little bit. Hopefully I can afford my GHL's when they come in, since I have been made redundant at work. See what happens.

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FTS 24-06-2012.
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I like the reflection in this one.
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Love the growth I am getting out of this.
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And also the growth on this.
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My monti's.
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Also a video I posted on you tube, sun coral is awesome.... :) Since doing this video I have added another 250watt MH in the centre of the tank.
http://youtu.be/qfn0uelEdtg

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep, 2012 8:23 pm
by GrimReefer
Looking awesome mate! Loved the video.

Sucks about the job too... Hope you get something soon!

Re: Petes-Aquarium new build. (New FTS and Macro pics)

PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep, 2012 11:45 pm
by joely116
Wow looks really nice mate