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Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sat 06 Oct, 2012 9:27 pm
by corny-ratbag
Introduction

This system has been in the works now for over a year. This is our first marine system and is proving much more difficult than the numerous freshwater systems we’ve had. A severe outbreak of white spot has just recently wiped out most fish. After dosing Medic and giving the tank time to settle, it’s now time rebuild.

System Objectives: To convert what was our fresh water system that divides the lounge and dining room, to a beautiful mixed reef system.

From the beginning (Tank and Stand build): http://www.qldaf.com/forums/projects-di ... ump-36421/

Display System

Tank: Custom 6'x2'x2.3' with weir (see Tank and Stand build journal)

System Type: Mixed Reef

Strike up Date: 26/05/2012

Display Lighting: 3 x Radion LED’s

Stand: Custom made by Josh Potter (See Tank and Stand build journal)

Hood: To be custom made later

Support Systems

Sump: 4ft Custom built (see Tank and Stand build journal)

Refugium: Miracle mud and Caulerpa

Refugium Lighting: AquaOne 2ft Single tube T5

Chiller: TECO SeaChill TC20 with heater and UV-C

System Water: Red Sea Pro Salt & RO-DI water

Circulation: 2 x ecotech MP40W

Return Pump: Jebao pond pump

Skimmer: Skimz SM-201


Chemical Support: Manual dosing (Randy’s Recipe)

Current Water Chemistry:
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From this:
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To this:
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Inhabitants

1 x Lawnmower Blenny
1 x Fiji Blue Damsel
3 x Blue Green Chromis
1 x Strombus snail
1 x Turbot snail
1 x Dalmation Linckia Starfish
5 x Peppermint Shrimp
1 x Green Bubble Tip Anemone

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Live rock hitchhikers
1 x Cucumber
1 x Collector Urchin
Billions of crabs and snails
A few brittle stars
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Corals
Green Flowerpot
Green & Yellow Favia
Green & Pink Favia
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Off to do an aquarium shop tour tomorrow, so should have an update in the next couple of days :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sat 06 Oct, 2012 10:04 pm
by priscacara
That is an awesome looking tank! I liked the first incarnation but the new setup is tops. Like your selection of critters etc. nice variety.

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sat 06 Oct, 2012 10:18 pm
by corny-ratbag
Thank you :) I am hoping it will look even better in the coming months! :)

It was an incredible freshwater tank but we felt we wanted to go in a new direction, so here we are today :) The Oscars (both 30+cm) had awesome personalities that we now miss :( So we are hoping to find marine fish that are just as awesome but not as destructive hahaha.

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sat 06 Oct, 2012 10:26 pm
by mason91
Don't you worry, the enjoyment you will derive from this marine tank will far surpass that of your freshie. Whilst it may also be much more frustrating and such. The end result will (in my opinion) be more rewarding :)
Good luck!

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sun 07 Oct, 2012 5:58 am
by corny-ratbag
So far it has had its awesome times ....... and definitely the sad ones as well :( We have learnt from our mistakes so it is now full steam ahead :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Thu 11 Oct, 2012 11:18 pm
by corny-ratbag
Quick update
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Add the following corals:
2 x orange acans
Duncan
Spider Sponge
Sun Coral
Yellow Torch
Blue Flower Pot (goniopora)
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Added the following fish:
Blonde Naso Tang
4 x Dispar Anthias
Cleaner Wrasse
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The fish were in a quarantine tank until the ammonia spiked over night. So we quickly acclimated them to the display and put them in.

Will aim to get more pictures over the weekend.

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sat 20 Oct, 2012 10:44 am
by corny-ratbag
The tank is coming along. Currently fighting cyanobacteria and green algae. We installed a phosban reactor about a week ago and it seems to be helping. Here are a couple of updated pictures.

Full tank shot
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Island at the end of the tank
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Corals
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Tank residents
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Hermit crab stuck on the goni :)
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Comments and suggestions welcome :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sat 20 Oct, 2012 12:02 pm
by priscacara
So much color, it looks great! Do the kids know you have their ball in the tank though? :-) I like how you did your island, been trying to think of how to do a small one so hope you don't mind me knocking off your idea!

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sun 21 Oct, 2012 10:23 am
by corny-ratbag
priscacara wrote:So much color, it looks great! Do the kids know you have their ball in the tank though? :-) I like how you did your island, been trying to think of how to do a small one so hope you don't mind me knocking off your idea!


Thanks :) I am glad you like the idea, we certainly think it is nifty for low light corals. The fish lover to swim through it as well :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sun 21 Oct, 2012 10:45 am
by Eclip
Im really liking the both sides viewing of this tank will look great with some more coral floating around in there ill be watching :P

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:43 pm
by corny-ratbag
Eclip wrote:Im really liking the both sides viewing of this tank will look great with some more coral floating around in there ill be watching :P


Thanks, it is pretty much like having 2 tanks. When in the lounge area it is a completely different view to when you are in the dinning area. Problem is we need twice as much coral so it may take longer than we hoped hahaha. It is coming together. We just have to be patient :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Sun 03 Feb, 2013 10:37 pm
by corny-ratbag
Here is a quick video of the tank :) We have finally made a proper frame for the lights and we have added a number of corals since the last update. Enjoy :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iyHvm4UChI

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb, 2013 6:10 pm
by priscacara
Great vid! The pics look good but the vid really shows the tank off!

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb, 2013 6:26 pm
by corny-ratbag
priscacara wrote:Great vid! The pics look good but the vid really shows the tank off!


Thanks :) It is looking good, but still a long way to go until it is where we want it :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Tue 05 Feb, 2013 4:14 pm
by priscacara
Meant to say I liked your temporary light frames was thinking of having mine that way too on one of the tanks :-)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Tue 05 Feb, 2013 5:53 pm
by corny-ratbag
priscacara wrote:Meant to say I liked your temporary light frames was thinking of having mine that way too on one of the tanks :-)


Do you mean these ones? Or the black frame?
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The wooden ones seem to make the tank looks smaller as it divided it up and was an absolute pain in the behind to get into the tank. The frame we have made for the hood looks nice and neat and makes it a breeze to get into the tank :)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Wed 06 Feb, 2013 3:31 pm
by priscacara
Yep meant those ones, never thought of getting into the tank though but now you pointed it out I can see it would make it hard. The black frame looks great but was thinking wooden for temp. I have a long way to go before I have to decide on anything though :-)

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Wed 06 Feb, 2013 8:45 pm
by corny-ratbag
priscacara wrote:Yep meant those ones, never thought of getting into the tank though but now you pointed it out I can see it would make it hard. The black frame looks great but was thinking wooden for temp. I have a long way to go before I have to decide on anything though :-)


The wood frame was quick, easy and cheap. It didn't look butt ugly and did the job. I put up with it for like 6 months, so it cant be that bad hahaha.

Re: Ryan and Sam's 6x2x2.3 room divider [Lots of pictures]

PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb, 2013 12:13 pm
by priscacara
Yep not bad at all!