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Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Tue 03 Aug, 2010 10:39 pm

Introduction:
Hey guys i have now moved into my new house and things have been going great!

i have set up the system and i thought i would throw a few pics up and keep it updated from now on!

I have to give a massive thanks to Ernie, Dave, Georgia and Adam at reeflections for all of their help!

System Objectives: A nice reef to look at and relax in front of, but it will probably become a massive drain of time and definately money! :devil: :devil:

System Type: Fishes, SPS, Mixed Reef etc

Display System:

Strike up Date: 1st may

Display Tank: Main Tank: 4 x 2.5 x 2.5, Fuge: 2 foot cube

Display Lighting: 250 W 20000k MH on the main display and 8x24w t5s on the fuge ( I will be getting LEDS on the main tank)

Stand: both tanks are 900mm high and are both made of pine i think... ask ernie at reeflections lol

Hood: Hoods are 300mm high on both tanks made of pine

Sump: Both systems use the same sump, a 3 x 2 x 1.5 with three sections main tank return and skimmer, fuge return and reactors (to be added) and the last section holds a return pump for the fuge and the main tank

Refugium: A two foot cube

Refugium Lighting: a guppys 8 x 24w t5 thing thats breaking apart lol


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: two vortech mp40w in the main tank and the fuge uses the flow from its return pump (eheim 2000)

Return Pump: 2 x eheim compact 2000's

Skimmer: Some guppys marine sources thing, it doesnt work very well, will be upgrading soon.

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze osmolator


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: none at the moment, im either getting a reactor or a three way doser for calc alk and mag

Alkilinity Addition: as above

Other Chemical Maintenance: have started prodibio

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: 0
Phosphates: 0.5 GRRRR
Alkalinity: dunno
Calcium: dunno
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.026
Magnesuim: dunno


Images:
Room lights off from the front
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Angle shot
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Before i changed to a 250 w halide (was a 150 w 10000k)
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Fuge Front
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Fuge side
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Two Leather Corals and a Bubble Coral
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A couple of clams, Two awesome chalices and a cushion coral
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Two orange plate corals one with yellow tips
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My rad acans
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Mushys and a ric
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Shot of the corals on the sand
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My fave guy!
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Sump right
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Sump Left
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Two return pumps, the fuge return is on its side
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Shot of the fuge drains and the main tank drains in the distance
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There will be reactors going into the middle section so soon ill chuck up the new pics but any ideas for helping me reduce my micro bubble problem would be great!
see the issue?
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Heres some shots of the fuge plumbing
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Heres a FTS!
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Any advice? or suggestions??

cheers guys!
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Thu 05 Aug, 2010 12:15 am

update:

just ordered a bunch of stuff!

ill update when it arrives!

if anyone has any feedback at all it would be appreciated!

im also looking for help regarding micro bubbles!

cheers
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby StripestheEel » Thu 05 Aug, 2010 12:44 am

I can see some steel clamps submerged in the sump. I would try to remove them ASAP and replace with plastic ones.

That sailfin tang looks like a decent size :devil:

Regarding the micro bubble issue, it seems there isn't many baffles inbetween the entry of water from DT and return, so by the time the water is ready for return the air bubbles do not have enough time to escape.

Maybe a filter sock will help temporarily?
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Thu 05 Aug, 2010 12:26 pm

Cheers for the reply stripes. The last baffle is short because that way the tanks return pumps will never run dry!

If I chucked in some filter wool do you think that might help?? Put it just before the short baffle?

The sailfin is a little bigger but he was in a 5x2x2 with less swimming room before that (heaps of rock) it was a mates tank. I have been watching him alot and he's showing no signs of aggression towards the other fish at all! He's a pig too he loves nori!

I'm happy to sell or give him to a good home if the tang police think I need to be donating him for a happier life...
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby StripestheEel » Thu 05 Aug, 2010 12:29 pm

Hard to say mate, only one way to find out. You may find you will spend alot of time changing the filter wool though. You just want to give the air bubbles enough time to disappear before the return pump is sucking them back up.

The tang looks content so I'm sure you'll find a good home for it when it becomes a bit larger.
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Thu 05 Aug, 2010 12:59 pm

Exactly mate! I don't want sad fish!

I might experiment with some filter wool and see how I go!
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Postby pazz » Fri 17 Sep, 2010 9:09 pm

hey bro time for an update :poke: looking good man
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Fri 08 Oct, 2010 7:07 pm

UPDATE TIME

i have changed a few things with the tank recently and ill try to post some pics soon!

i have bought the handheld ph test kit from hanna and i am quite happy with it

i also have been using prodibio (bioptim and biodigest) in conjunction with NP biopellets (in a TLF 150) for about the last month and a bit! im quite happy with the results to be honest, i know i have a massive refugium but my nitrates are 0 and my phosphate is between 0 and 0.25 regularly

i have added some sps corals and all but one are still going hard!

the sailfin and yellow tang went to a new home! you listening stripes!?!?!?! haha nah i wanted to do the best thing for them!

i have another TLF 150 reactor and will add carbon or rowaphos

i changed the lighting from the 150W halide two a 250W halide with a blumen large reflector! im looking into getting another one!

the new corals fish and inverts are basically:
pair of twinspot gobies
black leopard wrasse
6 peppy shrimp (some went into the two footer)
three SPS acros and a monti
two chalices

i think thats all for now! ill start uploading photos soon!

thanks guys!
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Fri 08 Oct, 2010 7:43 pm

PICS

New SPS Frag
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TOP LEFT
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TOP MIDDLE
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TOP RIGHT
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LEFT SIDE
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MIDDLE
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RIGHT SIDE
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Front of Fuge
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Side of Fuge looking back at main display
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Fuge two weeks ago
DAMN THIS STUFF GROWS QUICK!
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LEFT SUMP
Skimmer, behind that is the main tank return and a TLF 150 with NP biopellets
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MIDDLE SUMP
FBF with np biopellets and fuge return
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RIGHT SUMP
tunze osmolator and return pumps
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Whole sump shot
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby nowlan » Fri 08 Oct, 2010 10:53 pm

Why no fish in fuge ?
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby c.jarratt » Sat 09 Oct, 2010 1:16 am

nowlan wrote:Why no fish in fuge ?


because i want the pod population to grow like crazy - which it is!

i also have peppermint shrimp and a trochus snail in there...

i have had fish in there, its also like a time out zone for naughty fish!

but overall i like just having algae and tiny critters in there to look at!
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Re: Charlies 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 with 2x2x2 Fuge!

Postby kj52faith » Sun 10 Oct, 2010 8:53 pm

nice look i agree that those tangs were to big for your tank i reckon a flame angel would look nice :)
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