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Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 5:08 pm

Introduction:
2nd Tank decided to do thing much better this time around, the goal to have a custom tank that would suit not only the other furniture in the house but be the centre piece of the dinning room. Goals healthy system that can be enjoyed by many and any.

System Objectives: Awesomeness :roflmao: aiming for a TOTM. :roflmao:

System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date: TBA

Display Tank:Custom built Gary MAHER 4 x 2.5 x 2 with laser cut external wier

Display Lighting: 120x Illumagic Blaze S series :clap: .

Stand: Custom built by Gary MAHER.

Hood: Will be built by Gary but forgot to order it.

Sump: 3 section 3 footer by Gary MAHER.

Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: will be running 2 x Mp40 and 1 x mp20

Return Pump:Laguna Maxflow 7500lph.

Skimmer: Skmiz SM251

Evaporation Top Up:Auto topup


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: To be dosed

Alkilinity Addition: To be dosed

Other Chemical Maintenance: Will be dosed. Running Bio-pellets, Carbon.
Current Water Chemistry: If applicable
Nitrates:
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity:
Magnesuim:


Big thanks for all the assistance from:

Darren and Matt from Reef Secrets.. :clap: :cheers:
Rob the pom for helping me with picking the colours :roflmao:

I guess i should put up some pics... :laugh:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 5:24 pm

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Stupid covers who needs them anyway
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Perspex for the rear ordered and on it's way :clap:

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby Kapyong23 » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 6:15 pm

Niiiiice :-x
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby robthepom » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 8:32 pm

Nice looking tank!!.......enjoy the journey :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

TOTM.....here you come

Do not mess with a man with a target practice picture in his garage.......give him the award now :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby Dan » Fri 06 Jan, 2012 10:15 pm

robthepom wrote:Nice looking tank!!.......enjoy the journey :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

TOTM.....here you come

Do not mess with a man with a target practice picture in his garage.......give him the award now :roflmao: :roflmao:


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Tank build looks really good :thumbsup:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 07 Jan, 2012 6:12 pm

robthepom wrote:Nice looking tank!!.......enjoy the journey :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

TOTM.....here you come

Do not mess with a man with a target practice picture in his garage.......give him the award now :roflmao: :roflmao:



:roflmao: I think i've peaked early on my TOTM award..LOL

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.2

Postby deanlh » Sun 22 Jan, 2012 7:14 pm

A few updates have stuck the perpex on the rear wall cutting the overflow out... :thumbsup: happy with the overall outcome.....

Started plumbing and will hopefully do some testing in the next week or so, have put another thread up about the plumbing to attempt to make sure it works or if someone else has done a similar design, before i go gluing everything...

Anyhow enjoy

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby ssbk23 » Sun 22 Jan, 2012 7:44 pm

Looking good, Gary makes really nice tanks :-D
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby kell » Sun 22 Jan, 2012 8:25 pm

looks good mate. can i ask what you have done with the laguna pump. i bought one too and was shocked as to how big the stupid cage is. but when you take the cage off the pump doesnt sit straight or level and i dont want to put direct on the glass.
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sun 22 Jan, 2012 8:54 pm

Kell

Hasn't been tested yet but i got a small container and cut the shape out of it to raise it using the profile of the bottom edge to sit kinda in the cutouts on the side... I then put some filter material underneath to stop vibrations etc... Will see when it's up and running..

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 12:50 pm

Tank's been water tested, all plumbing has been glued and screwed, substrate cleaned, base rock cleaned, tank moved into house :clap: :clap:

Then 24 hours of trying to build a bommie i was happy with :wall: :wall:

pics to come when i get a chance... :poke:

Kell the pump may be just a little underdone... getting flow where i want it but i'm not sure it's coming through in the amounts i want and need. :spit:

need to obtain a flow meter to test it but so far it looks like it will work :sneaky:

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 6:10 pm

Very close now but i will have to wait for the water to clear up due to all the rain before ordering it :furious:

Next addition when i'm pulling down the old tank will be the RO FBF for carbon....

Still have to attach the return for the chiller once the old tank is moved.... :clap:

Anyhow here's the pics....

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Sump front
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manifold
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power leads nice and tidy this time up and clear of any water
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rear sump and overflow shot
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looking down
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How much bigger this tank is compared to the old..
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Chiller plumbing and cover which runs through the wardrobe and i just cannot be bothered taking photos of the inside of my wardrobe for all you to see.. :roflmao:

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used expandit fome to fill the gaps so no wind or nastys getinto the wall space

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby robthepom » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 7:17 pm

looking good Dean...shame about the rain :wall: :wall:

love the valves hope you didn't pay to much for them :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 7:32 pm

Nope

I'm happy to pay for good gear... simple is sometimes easier than searching... pissed about the rain i just want it wet now... I've got about 600 liters in the IBC which just won't do it :wall: :wall: mind you nice fresh stuff would be a good beginning :cheers:

At least darren and matt haven;t found this thread yet :talker: :talker: nice and peaceful no bullying :roflmao:

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby DAY1 » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 7:37 pm

Like the scape Dean :thumbsup: , Is that skimmer in deep enough water ? , Don't know much about them .
Looking good :cheers:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 7:46 pm

yep runs at the middle of the range for the skimz skimmers... Vinegar bathed it the other day and it seems to perform quite well so fingers crossed...

Mate thanks for the compliments on the scape took some time but i'm trying to emulate the hammer garden you've got in yours on one side of the right hand bommie... :-x :-x :worship:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby DAY1 » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 7:59 pm

Sounds good Dean :thumbsup: , Just stick with Rob the Pom , before you know it we will all be sitting around , singing that old '60 s song .... If I Had A Hammer ..... :roflmao: :thumbsup: :cheers:
Hammer in the morning , Hammer in the evening , and at luchtime , check out the Symphyllias ;)
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby CBrian » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 8:03 pm

Great looking tank, I really like the scape!
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 8:12 pm

Current inhabitants.. .

Blue tang an a anthia and a strange clown..... not sure mate.... looking @ more corals and colour.... but will look at around 7-10 fish in total... Now you've got me thinking.... :wall:

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby CBrian » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 8:23 pm

Aha, definately some more anthias IMO. And your blue; maybe a nice regal?
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 9:23 pm

did have more but we had an issue.... :wall: :wall:

Anyhow... :roflmao:

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby Haydn24 » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 10:47 pm

Hey mate, looks like a fantastic setup!

I was just wondering how much noise do you get with that overflow and draining system?

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 8:49 am

none :clap: juts has to be tuned correctly ;)

The only noise really is the water going over the overflow due to the wier comb braking up the water otherwise pretty quite, single valve to tune and off you go

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby kaiserkudo » Sun 26 Feb, 2012 11:51 am

Lookin good- glad the plumbing worked out ok. Have u tried just using a bucket of known volume to work out how much your return pump is putting into the DT?
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 2:10 pm

Ok........ it has been 2 days since all this happened.... :wavey:

After getting the tank filled with 700 odd liters of water, cracking a bulk head whilst in place with said 700 odd liters of water, 13 hours later of transfering ripping bulkhead from old tank :wall: and many many many swear words :bs: I have the tank that i had planned and wished for :clap:

Tank is up running and i'm still married :angel:

Anthia gone :( it rocketed out of the old tank whilst pulling rocks out and dove to the floor tried to save him but it didn't work :wall:

Corals all seem to be acclimatising :clap: and most look happy opening fully etc....

Skimmer is now running like a dream, initially started with only the one pump running due to the massive amounts of incompetence on my behalf and being extremely tired so went the safe option.

Chiller is getting about 2000 lpr through it :clap:

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: 0
Phosphates: .025 or about there
Alkalinity: - 9.4
Calcium: - 440
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.026
Magnesuim: - not testing yet :sneaky:

Any how pics...still a little dusty in there :nut:

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MS bio pellet reactor excellent little unit easy to fill and tumbles the pellets at a low rate.
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My zoa bommie
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Can't make cables tidy
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby StripestheEel » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 9:17 pm

deanlh wrote:At least darren and matt haven;t found this thread yet :talker: :talker: nice and peaceful no bullying :roflmao:

Cheers dean


I'm watching you...
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 9:25 pm

StripestheEel wrote:
deanlh wrote:At least darren and matt haven;t found this thread yet :talker: :talker: nice and peaceful no bullying :roflmao:

Cheers dean


I'm watching you...


:roflmao:

I can handle Darren but you matt :wall: :wall: :roflmao:

Need to come and see you boys and get some corals and fish and stuff.... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

But i'm being monitored by something bigger and scarier than you two....

my wife :o :o

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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby robthepom » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 10:45 pm

deanlh wrote:
StripestheEel wrote:
deanlh wrote:At least darren and matt haven;t found this thread yet :talker: :talker: nice and peaceful no bullying :roflmao:

Cheers dean


I'm watching you...


:roflmao:

I can handle Darren but you matt :wall: :wall: :roflmao:

Need to come and see you boys and get some corals and fish and stuff.... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

But i'm being monitored by something bigger and scarier than you two....

my wife :o :o

Cheers dean



the big pom is also watching

be afraid be very afraid :sneaky: :sneaky:
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby huskie » Sun 18 Mar, 2012 4:36 pm

looks good Dean,

re the plumbing to the reactors, does it then flow straight back into the sump? ive never used a reactor and trying to figure out how to set it up thanks!

also what size piping have you used for all of it?
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Re: Dean's New 4x2.5x2

Postby deanlh » Sun 18 Mar, 2012 11:30 pm

Mate i've got the Bio pellets going back to the skimmer section and the Phos is straight back into the sump to be returned... it could be more efficent aka straight back into the DT but it appears to be working ok...

Most plumbing is 25mm with some 20mm on one of the returns

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