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luzinit's 2x2x1.5 reef! - full tank shots added 27/09

Postby luzinit » Sun 11 Dec, 2011 1:48 pm

Introduction:
Hi reefers, I've been on these forums for a while now and have learn't a lot about reefing in general. I've also moved 3 times since I first joined these forums so many tanks were setup and shut down or relocated. I finally bought a place in 2011 and this tank sits proudly in my living room, hopefully for longer than my previous tanks :thumbsup:


System Objectives: Small, low powered reef tank that fits in with living room decor. I've always been a fan of simple but modern design. I'm also on a budget so it had to be cheap, reusing or picking up 2nd hand parts where possible to cut down on costs.

System Type: Not 100% sure at this stage, will most likely be a mixed reef, however I'll give SPS a shot this time. My previous tanks were mainly softies.

Display System:

Strike up Date: TBA, still setting it up

Display Tank: 2x2x1.5 cube with curved front edges. Rimless top. I picked it up off Extreme Reef for a good price :laugh:

Display Lighting: Giesemann Infiniti 2ft unit, 250w MH with 4 x 24w T5 pendant. I bought this off the classifieds here with new bulbs for a fraction of it's RRP. I did want to go the LED route to cut down on electricity bills, but I figured the initial capital investment is not worth it for me at this point in time.

Stand: Steel stand, cladded in MDF with adjustable levelling feet.

Hood: Open tank, no hood. Will have 20mm stainless steel lighting stand to hang the lighting pendant off.

Sump: Another Extreme Reef special, cut down version of my display tank to fit the stand. Will have 3 compartments, Skimmer, Live rock and return.

Refugium: Will keep it simple with live rock only in the sump.

Refugium Lighting: No lighting to keep power bills down! :konk:


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water from Lloyd! Ended up picking this up off Lloyd with an IBC tank to support my 4x2x1.5 but ended up sitting in my garage full of water for months!

Display Water circulation: Ecotech Vortech MP10ES carried over from my old RSM130. I had to buy a new rotor as the old one cracked and was outside of warranty :konk:

Return Pump: Not sure yet, I have an Aquabee UP3000 pump but I think this might be overkill. May need to purchase a 2000lph from Guppys or AOA.

Skimmer: Bubble Pioneer cone skimmer that I had lying around, unused so I'm keen to see how it will skim.

Evaporation Top Up:Auto topup or manual? JBJ Autotop kit that I have lying around from my old setup.


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Manually dosing Seachem additives

Alkilinity Addition: Manually dosing Seachem additives

Other Chemical Maintenance: Magnesium etc

Current Water Chemistry: If applicable
Nitrates:
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity:
Magnesuim:


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Stand being made

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Light unit

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Tank will be situated behind the back right hand side of the sofa



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Postby ryanrid » Sun 11 Dec, 2011 1:51 pm

sweet TT dave makes some flippen sweet tanks
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Postby Zeason99 » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 9:25 am

Hey Tony, update please!!! :konk: :konk:
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Postby bubbleboy » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 9:55 am

Another one..... Blah blah blah blah ..... The way hes :drink: , It would be a miracle if it gets wet befour Santa gets here :bored:
we want pics :poke:
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Postby rodneyri » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 10:35 am

nice light there, i had one before nice and bright
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Postby luzinit » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 8:15 am

Sorry guys... It's been a busy week... too much :cheers: :cheers:

Stand has been painted!
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Gotta love Dave's handy work :) Will be placing my ATO reservoir and powerboard in here.
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Adjustable feet for the stand
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Had a look through some tank journals on here and designed my plumbing
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Postby luzinit » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 8:21 am

Bought all the parts from Dural irrigation, very helpful staff there. Even with everything drawn up, I forgot to include 20mm PVC piping until the chap at the register asked me how I was planning to join all the 20mm pieces :konk: :konk:

This is how it turned out, pretty close to how I planned :thumbsup:
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Picture of the sump in place. I will be keeping live rock in the main compartment. Water will come down through to the skimmer and flow under through the live rock and back into the return pump. Filter sock holder will also be moved to the first section. Bloody Dave even made that..... there's nothing this man can't build.
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Plumbing mocked into place, not sure if I need all the ball valves but what the heck...
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Postby luzinit » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 8:29 am

And here is everything in place, sans cladding and light.
Isn't she pretty? :poke:

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Few more items I need before I can wet this tank
- return pump, most likely an Eden 2000lph one, anyone have comments or experience with these? I do have a spare aquabee 3000lph but I suspect it will be overkill.

- black locline fitting, will place an order for it soon

I've also siliconed the board under the sump and any minor holes to prevent leaks/rust (even though the stand is painted and constructed using galvanised steel).
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Postby luzinit » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 8:38 am

ryanrid wrote:sweet TT dave makes some flippen sweet tanks

You gotta see Zeason's tank! It is awesome!

Zeason99 wrote:Hey Tony, update please!!! :konk: :konk:

Mate, you're much better at this stuff than I am, but I woke up this morning and decided I needed to update my TJ as well :thumbsup:

bubbleboy wrote:Another one..... Blah blah blah blah ..... The way hes :drink: , It would be a miracle if it gets wet befour Santa gets here :bored:
we want pics :poke:

Haha... we'll see mate!!! I have a lil fishy that is itching to get into her new home so I'll be trying to get it wet asap! :-D

rodneyri wrote:nice light there, i had one before nice and bright

Thanks Rod, might as well keep some SPS with this tank then :dead: I was contemplating just using the 4 x 24w T5 most of the time and only running the 250w halide for 5hours a day or so.

Next update when I do a water test and hang the light fittings :poke:
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Postby funkngroovy » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 9:21 am

really nice set up you have there.
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Postby parrdog » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 9:54 am

Looks awesome mate, everything looks so perfect :).

Gotta say it again, this Dave character is the man!

Well done on an awesome setup,
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Postby Alf D » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 9:58 am

Makes you sick seeing how neat and tidy under the tank is.....make it like mine, a mess of junk just thrown in that takes 1/2 hour to find something. :)
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Postby WarbyD » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 1:28 pm

Alf D wrote:Makes you sick seeing how neat and tidy under the tank is.....make it like mine, a mess of junk just thrown in that takes 1/2 hour to find something. :)


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Postby chromus » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 3:34 pm

Time to disconnect your sub if u have one :(

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Postby ExtremeReef » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 9:53 am

Very nice pipe work Tony :clap:
Lets hope i'll be able to have the panels painted and clad your stand ASAP in the new years

Merry Xmas ! :thumbsup:

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Postby Gunnie » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 11:31 am

dave you make sexy tanks, i think you will have to make my next tank so i can fit more of your corals in
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Postby DERTY » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 2:17 pm

Very sexy tank indeed.
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Postby ExtremeReef » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 2:32 pm

Gunnie wrote:dave you make sexy tanks, i think you will have to make my next tank so i can fit more of your corals in

Thanks Kevin :thumbsup: No probs mate :thumbsup:
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Postby luzinit » Wed 21 Dec, 2011 1:00 am

Thanks for the comments guys.

Tank looks super neat but that's because I have nothing in the sump. Once I get started I'm sure it'll be as messy as the best of yas!

I did a freshwater test last night and found some leaks in my plumbing, some additional teflon tape fixed the issue. Have one problem though, I placed my ball valve for the main drain too high up so there is air in the pipe halfway down the drain, which causes a bit of noise as water rushes down and hits the elbow pieces :(

I was intending on filling the tank with salt water tonight, but due to this design flaw, I will redo the plumbing before I fill her up again.
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Postby luzinit » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 1:42 am

Filled her up with NSW and dead rock on Christmas day. I didn't expect a cycle to occur using dead rock but one did! I had a bacterial bloom and the water was cloudy for 4 days. Only started to clear up today but still has a yellow tinge to it. Also didn't wash the coral sand that I used for the substrate.

I tried running the skimmer but it produces too much foam with all the contaminants in the water (I think that's the cause of it anyway). Will try to grab some carbon to run in the sump and will see how it goes over the next few days.
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Postby MeLLeR » Thu 29 Dec, 2011 8:17 am

Looks great mate....nice setup! :)
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Postby luzinit » Thu 14 Jun, 2012 11:10 pm

So I haven't had much time to update this tank journal, mainly because not much was happening.
I ended up having to hypo my entire tank as the inhabitants picked up white spot after I made the mistake of not QT'ing a new inhabitant.

During that time, there were two casualties, a shrimp goby and a bangai cardinal who suffered from fin rot.

I managed to hypo the tank for 7 weeks until I pretty sure all fish were ok, before raising the tank back to normal salinity levels.

Then tanks to generous donations from some fellow reefers, I was able to stock my tank with frags as well as rescued a whole bunch of SPS frags that were dying due to some reefer (who shall remain anonymous) who started getting lazy with their water changes :devil:

I guess I was destined to enter the dark side sooner or later... :roflmao:

Anyways, on with the pictures.

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Postby luzinit » Thu 14 Jun, 2012 11:12 pm

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Another picture showing the light and stand.
The SPS are loving the 250w MH and 4 x 24w T5s.

I'm currently only running the MH for 5hrs a day and the T5s for 9hrs. The brown frags are colouring up slowly so that is a positive sign.
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Postby gcebiker » Thu 14 Jun, 2012 11:52 pm

...wow, super nice build..i just got mine settled or i would be playing a round of ...why cant ours look that good...hehe, keep it up, it looks fantastic.
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Postby luzinit » Fri 15 Jun, 2012 12:28 am

ExtremeReef wrote:Very nice pipe work Tony :clap:
Lets hope i'll be able to have the panels painted and clad your stand ASAP in the new years

Merry Xmas ! :thumbsup:

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How's that cladding going Dave? I didn't know you meant 2013 when you said new years :p haha just joking mate
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Postby luzinit » Wed 22 Aug, 2012 12:41 pm

Quick update, I've rescaped the tank, changed out the yellow geisemann 250w DE bulbs to Phoenix 14k (thanks to Reef Direct!)
Bought lots of new corals, premium zoos, montis, hammers, torches. Big thanks to Extreme Reef and Coral Crazy !!
Also have added extra fish to my tank, my tank now houses
- a school of 7 blue eyed cardinals, all eating and smashing frozen food.
- pair of percula clowns
- juvenile yellow tang
- flame hawk fish
- sixline wrasse
- bicolour blenny

All sourced through Dave at Extreme Reef, many thanks mate!!

Last night I also added a juvenile Mystery wrasse from Extreme Reef, who is only 3cm long!! The bugger is tiny as, great colouring, especially with the vertical bars along the body. The wrasse is in QT at the moment. I will be looking at removing a few fish to accomodate the new wrasse. The bicolour, sixline and maybe the yellow tang will have to go. I'm undecided on whether to hold on to the tang until it gets a bit bigger before giving it to a good home. Pretty attached to the bugger as he almost died with whitespot and fungal infections and I've nurtured him back to good health.

Pics to come :)
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Postby CBrian » Wed 22 Aug, 2012 3:44 pm

Come on Tony! keeping us in suspense... When do I get to come see this wicked tank?
Ps swap lights soon yeah ;)
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Postby luzinit » Wed 22 Aug, 2012 6:45 pm

I'll take some pics tonight :D
It's been a while since I've taken pics so the tank has changed a fair bit compared to the dodgy pics above where I was holding heaps of brown frags.
Those pics are good reference pics though, as most of the frags have coloured up since then.

You're welcome to come check it out anytime! I love my light unit, so no... no swaps :D hahahaha
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Postby wmackay » Wed 22 Aug, 2012 7:25 pm

Looks great dude!! How's the MP10 handle the tank? I just bought one to add to my mp20 :pirate:
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Postby aznsiko » Wed 22 Aug, 2012 8:04 pm

Hey very very nice setup bro.. Not sure if u remember me but I'm one of zco's mate..
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