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scotto's six footer. TOTM June 2012

Postby scotto » Mon 02 Jan, 2012 12:46 pm

Introduction:

Well, here we go again :pirate:
After having a good dip in my first tank, a 3x2x2 aka the grotto I am diving in to something bigger.

System Objectives:

Build a tank, then build a bit of a fish room around it, maybe a bit like a fishing shack. In my man cave ;)

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At this stage the tank room is looking to be about 6x4m, with a bit of room to the side and behind for water storage and support systems.

System Type: I'll stick with a mixed reef sort of but more SPS focus. Couple more fish and room to grow a few things out.

Display System:

Strike up Date: Nowish, but a long time in the plannnig :konk:

Display Tank: 6x2.5x20", external weir, 'double' euro brace, and very very clear glass front and sides.

Display Lighting: 8x80 Powermodule and a Profilux BlingStick.

Stand: Up there with the Great Wall of China. You'll see.

Hood: Maybe later.

Sump: 4x18x18 with 3 sections - skimmer, weed, return. And pumps for other stuff. Im trying flexi pipe for plumbing this time around.

Refugium: On the to do list. A low flow 2' tank with DSB.

Refugium Lighting: Prob try a PAR led bulb though a halide might be good to keep the temps up (esp in winter)

Support systems:

System Water: NSW but long term probably ASW, cause it's a long trip to get water.

Display Water circulation: 2 or 3 Tunze 6105

Return Pump: Laguna 6000 or 7500.

Skimmer: Deltec SC2060. I can't wait to see it do some work, the grotto was 350L, its rated to 1500 :nut:

Evaporation Top Up: Osmolator

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Pool calcium

Alkilinity Addition: Bicarb

Other Chemical Maintenance: Not telling :roflmao:

Will continue to dose with the BM unit, with the roids in 25L drums down below.
I'll run a couple of reactors/FBF with carbon and Rowaphos.
Over time I'll look to add a few more little chambers and try different things.
See how we go!

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Here's a few shots so far.
I put some pics of my stand in the 3x2 TJ but here are a couple again.
Used Cypress Pine and MP100 (90x45s) to build the stand.
It's pretty sturdy, needs to be to support a ton and me on the rails working on it. Designed to hold a lot of weight.

Stand is 7x3, so the tank will have a 150mm border around the edge of it.
This gives me a bit of working space - somewhere to put a knee when working from a stool.
More importantly, it's perfect elbow height (1100) and I reckon I could almost squeeze a 5th bar stool around it ;)

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It's set against the open side of the cave as to save a bit of space with the weir etc, bit I can walk around it completely.
My plans are to clad/create walls and make some rooms down there, the tank room will be special.
In the time being it will be a bit of a ghetto. Did I say concrete floor and access to drainage...? :pirate:

So the tank is one thing, but is lending itself to a pretty cool building project a well.

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Decided not to use the rock from my little tank because it has a few nasties I want to try avoid using.
The Deester insisted I use his rocks because his 3 month lifespan was finished :poke:
They've been cycling in another 3'er QT until last week they went in to the tank.

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A few moves on the left and another little Island to put in there on the right, probably another week soaking/sunning to clean it right up.
Hopefully I'll make it go purple :-D

Decisions decisions..

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Anyhoo,still plenty to do, but things are on the move..Thanks for having a look.


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Re: scotto's six footer.

Postby axela » Mon 02 Jan, 2012 1:26 pm

Looking awesome scotty ;)
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Postby locuus » Mon 02 Jan, 2012 3:57 pm

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Postby parrdog » Mon 02 Jan, 2012 6:53 pm

This will be killer!
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Postby Shaneel » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 2:59 pm

Scotto will have to come around and take a look mate. Looking forward to it, its going to be amazing !
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Postby wmackay » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 3:01 pm

Tank looks great already! Will be following :thumbsup:
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Postby scotto » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 3:50 pm

Cheers dudes :thumbsup:

I've started moving things out of the grotto, some things finding their place naturally.
My main hang up now is the big Dallas. I think it looks good where it is, but I would like to give it a lot more room.
It was thumb length when I got it as a frag, nearly 3 years ago, so was the other though I have fragged it massively :pirate:
So I have a feel maybe for how much I can feed it :spit: but also shape it over time and that means I can pass on more Fraggy Dallas Love.
I don't think it necessarily likes the high light high flow part of the tank either, so I'll experiment and try find the right spot.
Others have faded quite a lot, I am looking forward to trying to bring their colour back.
But I am very happy that the SPS have taken to their new home.
Next thing to harvest my softies which are by and large needing to be removed from aiptasia and algae infested rock.
(This is a husbandry challenge I am determined to pull off)

I am loving six feet to play with and 3 sides to look at ;)
Next on the agenda is arrange a user friendly power point arrangement :nut: which includes a dedicated circuit breaker and some behind the scenes shelving.

And YES I plan to build walls to cover my central heating ducts :roflmao:

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Postby shannonpayne86 » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 5:42 pm

That green acro is schweet!
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Postby vpreef » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 6:35 pm

Wow, beautiful tank scotto, really like the aquascape.
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Postby axela » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 6:39 pm

wooooo weeeeee!! Beautifullll!
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Postby Assist » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 8:04 pm

Nice dude looks awesome heaps more room for that dallas to take over
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Postby Nixon22 » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 8:17 pm

holy crap looking amazing mate! fill be following closley on this one, just where abouts did you get those 60l red drums from?

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Postby Deester » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 8:23 pm

Looking very nice Captain :pirate:

Love the scape ... Must be the awesome rock you got from me :poke: seriously though ... Scape looks great. Its going to be a killah system when stocked up and humming along at full speed :-x

Keep the pics coming mate ... Or better, I should get my lazy self out to them tharrrr hillz :pirate:
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Postby scotto » Wed 11 Jan, 2012 9:36 am

shannonpayne86 wrote:That green acro is schweet!


He's only little but very very fuzzy!
I am baby sitting this for Dee, with any luck he might let me frag it :pirate:

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Or did you mean the other green acro ...
I moved a couple of things around to see how much space I could make for the Dallas and maybe a plating acro up where it was.
We'll see.

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Now a note of thanks too, sometimes it's tricky to get these things up and running and find the right answers or other ways of doing things ;)
:bow: Deester and Axela, and also to Ben at the Age of Aquariums, and the team at ABS Technologies who have helped with the Deltec gear for their awesome service with a virtual smile.

I've nearly honed in on current dosing volumes, Alk is stable at around 8, Calc 420 and Mag 1350.
I'll look to bring the A&C up over the coming week..

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Postby Phenom » Wed 11 Jan, 2012 11:57 am

Looking good mate.

Cant wait to see how this evolves over the next little while.

I was going to say, where are you building this tank? Looks like the dungeon in the first few pics lol

Cant wait to see what the tank and room become
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Postby Dan » Wed 11 Jan, 2012 9:14 pm

Wicked Scotto, going to be a gem to watch as it grows out :bow:
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Postby MeLLeR » Wed 11 Jan, 2012 11:03 pm

If this ends up only half as good as the grotto, then it will
Still be amazing! Awesome setup mate. (I have system envy!)
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Postby evilr1 » Thu 12 Jan, 2012 12:40 pm

Tagging along!!! =)
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Postby scotto » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 4:42 pm

Gday dudes, bit of an update and some pics :thumbsup:

As expected things went in to a bit of shock going from a very well established system in to a box of clean water.
Starting to overcome a fairly impressive phosphate spike, which I reckon assisted a good bit of bleaching.
I picked up a Hanna meter (impressed) and have done a few big ASW changes and the improvement over the last month has been great.
I've been babysitting some corals which turned up bleached, they are really colouring up quick so there's a good sign.

Changed all the bulbs in the PM and think I need to lift it off the water a bit too, man it puts out a LOT of light :pirate:

Couple of weeks back I finally made my way down to see Ernie & David at Reeflections to catch some fish. Loving the extra life.
I've moved a few rocks around as well, scape is not quite as island'y as I want but I will let things settle for a good while.

Still loving Blue+ & Purple+ bulbs, though they are pretty hard to get a good shot through :nut:
And there'll be plenty o 'panoramic' cut shots, 6' is just too big for FTS :o

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Tangs.
I've been dreaming of a mix for a couple of years now.
Yellow is the largest, oldest and in tank the longest, added the Scopas and Powderblue at the same time.
They niggle a bit but haven't really seen much right on aggression - plenty of food, plenty of hidey holes and open room.

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FTS under full lights..

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Postby parrdog » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 4:56 pm

Wow, sensational :).
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Postby locuus » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 6:32 pm

Fantastic :)
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Postby Deester » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 7:43 pm

Looks like Cap'n back at the helm :pirate:

Looking really good mate :thumbsup: good to hear the ASW is helping ;)

Need to get out your way for a brew or two mate ... chat soon :thumbsup:
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Postby pazz » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 8:06 pm

Looks amazing dude
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Postby Timber » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 8:29 pm

Very, very nice. Those colours are incredible! :spit:

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Postby Assist » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 8:53 pm

nice mate just needed to get that dallas fluro green will look amazing when you do
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Postby locuus » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 9:38 pm

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Any chance you can frag this and we convince Dee that was one of those babysat that had lots of bleached bits :laugh:
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Postby axela » Mon 27 Feb, 2012 1:34 am

:bow: Sensational man, looks like the artificial salt water and rowaphos helped a lot!

I dont think my corals want to go back home from the looks of things haha, i cant believe how much colour has come back! :o

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Postby Shaneel » Mon 27 Feb, 2012 11:46 pm

Looks fantastic Scotto. Love everything about it.
When are you hosting?
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Postby scotto » Sun 04 Mar, 2012 10:08 am

Cheers dudes :thumbsup:


locuus wrote:Any chance you can frag this and we convince Dee that was one of those babysat that had lots of bleached bits :laugh:


Mate I don't think we need to convince Dee, he's seen my fragging skills and I'm sure he won't mind :roflmao:

Assist wrote:nice mate just needed to get that dallas fluro green will look amazing when you do

:( Yeah... I'll get him back there though :pirate:
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I will put my name on the list to host another monthly event.
I've been a bit distant from MASOV for the last 6 months :oops: with the moving house and few reno's and getting this tank up and running, throw in my silly work hours which cause a lot of clashes -
but I am getting over the line now, hope to have a bit more time to get out an about ;)

Interesting observation this week.
PO4 = .04 prompted a change in the fluid bed filter. Rowaphos was rock hard!
I did a bit of a search and found 'if calcium is out of solution this might happen' more or less says the D-D site.
Alk ~9, Calc ~450 (I'll test Mag today) so I've backed calc off a little to hit 420 again, see how we go. Bummer cause there is some serious growth going on :pirate:
Found this quite interesting, in previous tank with NSW calc was high for a while, rowaphos never set but I did get sand setting hard.
(Maybe cause I have no sand the row is setting)

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Postby damer » Sun 04 Mar, 2012 12:40 pm

looks great.

Deester wrote:Need to get out your way for a brew or two mate ... chat soon :thumbsup:


let me know, ill come over as well. :thumbsup:
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