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NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Mon 15 Nov, 2010 9:34 am

Introduction:
Hey Everyone,
I have decided to shut down my BR400 as well as another small tank and set up an all in one at my parents place mainly for my niece and nephew.

I played around with the idea of getting a Red Sea max 130D, but i liked the cleaner lines of this, the inbuilt timmers on the lights, moonlight, european build, built in thermostats thats connected to a 6 fan cooling system and the upgradability should the mood strike :devil:

I went an all in one in this instance as I wanted it to be really easy to service and if anything goes wrong easy to fix by someone like my parents, who have diffcultly working out a DVD player

Im hoping to pick it up in the next few days and we will then let the adventure begin.


System Objectives:
Bright colourfull and easy to keep

System Type:
Mixed reef

Display System:

Strike up Date:
hmmm not too sure!

Display Tank:
105L bow front

Display Lighting:
3 x T5's

Stand:
Stand for an AquaOne AR620 (slightly modified)

Sump:
Filter is in a rear section so strictly speaking there is none

Refugium:
Still trying to work out if I will try and create something in the last chamber


Support systems:

System Water: \
Artificial salt water - Brightwell

Display Water circulation:
Aqua El Reef Circulator (2500/h)

Return Pump:
Skimmer

Skimmer:
Standard

Evaporation Top Up:
manual

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition:
Randy's 2 part
Alkilinity Addition:
Randy's 2 part
Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: 1.5ppm
Phosphates: .14
Alkalinity: 9
Calcium: 420
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.024
Magnesuim: 1350
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby mattgreen » Sat 11 Dec, 2010 1:30 am

am following this one :poke:
never a fan of the bow fronts prove me otherwise :bow:
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 5:48 pm

OK, so time to get cracking on this TJ!

Box of goodies!

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The thing that really impressed me about the whole thing is the quaility, it dosnt feel flimsy, it doesnt look cheap and actually seems well thought out, which I felt was missing in the other plug and play tanks

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Everything was really well packs and basically already assembled, there was nothing really much to do with it apart from the plug and play !

Here is the control panel on the top, it controls the heating, cooling, timing of the attintics and timeing of the white light. Im not sure if it controls the moonlight or not, if it does I havnt figured out hot to do it

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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 6:02 pm

The rear section has three stages, first has media baskets, the second is a skimmer and the third are these plastic tubes with a velcro like plastic filter finish on them and then wool covers over the top. Im thinking these wool covers will be ditched in a few weeks once they crud up, but i will see how it goes.

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A picture of under the hood, it has three t5's on two separate timers (two on one and one on the other) and a LED moon light.

The lights have fully waterproof endcaps, as i was saying the whole thing just seems quality compared to what else i saw.

It has a several stage cooling system that is linked to the fans and heater. There is has that prove cross breeze over the lights initially, then one that blows down on a thin sheet water in the weir and then one that blows in the rear section over the return. When it hit a high temp all of them are running.

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Here is the temperature probe that goes in the back section and is linked to the hood and heater

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The heater is this really slim in ceramic thing that is meant to be unbreakable, in not sure if these are available separately but they would make awesome heaters for small tanks were space is a premium

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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby nick_s_h » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 6:07 pm

Nice looking tank - especially for a plug and play.
Keen to see how it all ends up :)
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 6:13 pm

The rear lids have cord managers which make everything nice and tidy

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I ditched the bioballs straight away, im trying the 1" marinepure balls instead, could have used live rock ruble as well but i figured they would turn into that soon enough anyways and at least i get the right density in the media

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The proper cabinet was quiet pricey (as much as the tank) so i opted to use an aqua one AR620 stand, it was 1/4 of the price and seemed to fit quiet well, I will just have to be careful not to spill any water on it.

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Rear shots when fully set up

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The thing down the bottom is the temperature probe

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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 6:17 pm

nick_s_h wrote:Nice looking tank - especially for a plug and play.
Keen to see how it all ends up :)



thanks mate, I think it should end up looking pretty sweet, its never going to be a TOTM and the live stock selection with reflect its limitations, but for something that was fully set up in under an hour and is going to be managed by my parents, i think it will be spot on. But i guess time will tell!
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 6:29 pm

A thin layer of sand later

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Filling it with salt water (due to only having two 25lt buckets, took three times as long as to put the whole thing together :konk: )

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A shot with just the whites running

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and another with just the blues running

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Two of the tree media baskets were taken home with me to run though my sump for three weeks and the last has been left in there with a dead chromis that didn't survive shipping to my LFS and a hand full of LR rubble from the bottom of the live rock containers (took forever to pick out the crabs and the mantis shrimp but i know how much worse it is if they make it in.
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby mattgreen » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 6:32 pm

looks great mate i like it!
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 8:12 pm

mattgreen wrote:looks great mate i like it!


Thanks matt,

It just shoehorns itself into the non nano section :pirate: , lovin your new set up as well, has come really far really quick.
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby kj52faith » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 9:04 pm

What about the skimmer eah? :)
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby benjaminjames » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 9:36 pm

this tank is pumping! best all in one ive seen :)
where did u get it from?
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 8:01 am

kj52faith wrote:What about the skimmer eah? :)


It has a skimmer in the middle section, but the neck on it is only like 2cm so im not expecting massive performance out of it.

Ill grab some photos of it later and throw them on here.

It has also taken a fair bit of tweeking, but I am managing to get around a cup of so of a weak tea colour skimmate out of it.

The space it takes up you could easily fit two tunze 9002 in there if you wanted, but for the sake of keeping everything nice a simple ill be running it standard with light fish loads but heavy stocked with coral.
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 8:10 am

benjaminjames wrote:this tank is pumping! best all in one ive seen :)
where did u get it from?



Thanks mate, im pretty happy with it so far. I got mine through Majestic Aquariums, but they are being imported from Europe by Aqua Premium, so from what I gather any store that stocks New Life Spectrum should be able to get them.

http://www.aquapremium.com.au/where-to-buy/nsw.html
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby siddr20 » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 4:45 pm

What did you do with your old system???
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby mattgreen » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 5:07 pm

he still has it this one is for his parents
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 5:28 pm

siddr20 wrote:What did you do with your old system???


Yeah still have the "old" system, its getting some upgrades at the moment though as well. Basically I plan to have more demanding corals in the old tank and all the fun but easy stuff in this tank like duncans, rics, mushies, hammers, xenia, leathers, BTA etc. so Hopefully lots of colour lots of movement and easy to keep
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Postby siddr20 » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 7:58 pm

Ah awesome :)

Keen to see the progress of this tank.

Btw your clam is going well and has grown heaps :)
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Re: NiCd's Aqua El Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Tue 22 Mar, 2011 9:07 am

yeah, this is the tank i was saying i would set up the duncan forest in for the missus!

Im keen to take you up on your offer to check out your set up, let me know when things settle down and ill pop over
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Postby NiCd » Thu 31 Mar, 2011 5:06 pm

Some branching LR and some easy corals

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Re: NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Thu 31 Mar, 2011 7:35 pm

And then the next day after things have settled down somewhat

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The live rock came from a friends tank who was shutting it down, it had extremely high phosphates, so i guess i am inheriting some probables but im hoping with a low bioload and good maintenance i will overcome this
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Re: NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby mattgreen » Thu 31 Mar, 2011 7:37 pm

any fish planned?
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Re: NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Thu 31 Mar, 2011 7:42 pm

It has a watchman goby and pistol shrimp in it at the moment they are really cool!

It will probably just be these and a pair of clowns, pair of fire gobies and maybe a few chromis, nothing fancy or hard to keep planned at this stage, just all the easy to keep fun things that i tend to snob away from normally :)
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Re: NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby Quietelk » Thu 31 Mar, 2011 8:35 pm

Did you fully disclose to your folks how much fun they'll have keeping the bow front glass clean? :) I quite like the magnifying effect of the bow but not being able to use a magnet cleaner is a real PITA. Or are there special cleaners for curved glass?

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Re: NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Fri 01 Apr, 2011 8:19 am

We have been using the Two little fish nano magnet cleaner so far, it has a flexable pad on the wet side and it hasnt been a drama at all.

I think coraline will be the PITA but one of the reasons I liked this bow over the RS130 was that the edges meet squarely rather than having that curved class corner that you can never get coraline out of. We havnt really got to the stage to see how I go about scaping coraline off but Im sure we will come up with something
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Postby NiCd » Sat 16 Apr, 2011 1:58 pm

Quick update

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Postby siddr20 » Mon 18 Apr, 2011 5:41 pm

Looking great dude :)
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Re: NiCd's AquaEl Reefmax - 105L "plug and play" reef

Postby NiCd » Sat 23 Apr, 2011 9:19 am

yeah the ric's are going great guns! ive added a few extra now off the back of how well they are multiplying!
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Postby fongyfong » Mon 25 Apr, 2011 10:20 pm

tank looks stunning!! didnt know NLS had two importers.
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