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Zeebulls shallow reef box .Refilled 9/4

Postby zeebull » Fri 17 Feb, 2012 10:32 pm

Introduction:
Partner has gotten herself a new day job so was sitting home bored looking at the 5x2x2 thinking how I could change the scape .
:think: when it hit me. I could put bit into a new tank :)
Have been seeing so many awesome 3ft wide tanks lately and really love what can be achieved scape wise.( Yes Brad and Heradus, you have made me jealous)
Also really love the colours looking from the top so decided to give a shallow reef a go.

System Objectives:Awesome mixed reef (hopefully :crossfingers: )

System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date:Around April 2012

Display Tank: 1000X1000x500 3 sides opti clear glass and rimless

Display Lighting: 2x GHL MITRAS

Stand: DIY timber

Hood:NO

Sump: 850x620x350 3 chamber

Refugium:

Refugium Lighting: Ecolamp LED strip


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 2x Jebebo mp 40 wave makers

Return Pump:Waveline dc 10000

Skimmer: Vertex omega 150

Evaporation Top Up:Auto topup


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Randy's 3 part via dosing pump

Alkilinity Addition: I

Other Chemical Maintenance:

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


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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby Dan » Fri 17 Feb, 2012 10:36 pm

going to be awesome mate :clap:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby chriso316 » Fri 17 Feb, 2012 10:37 pm

i will live vicariously thru your tank til the day i get to build my 1m box :bunny: :bunny: :alien: :-x
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby CBrian » Fri 17 Feb, 2012 10:47 pm

Awesome dimensions mate, will definately be following!
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Thu 23 Feb, 2012 1:26 am

We have progress :clap: :clap:
Hopefully will get the stand put together in the next couple of days
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby CBrian » Thu 23 Feb, 2012 8:09 am

So have you got any ideas on stocking?
It's a large tank literage wise.
Good to see the progress!
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Thu 23 Feb, 2012 8:51 am

I plan on transferring most of the stock from my current tank.
Haven't decided if the blue tang will go into the new tank yet though
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 3:56 pm

Small update
Since I wanted to try and have a single light fitting, to illuminate the tank I have decided to get a ATI 10x39w powermodule .
While this will bump up my wattage from 210w to 400 w hopefully it will look better than trying to use my 3x ecolamps.
Am also pretty excited thinking of the colour options that the T5s will give me.
Have banged the stand together and will give it a coat of paint shortly :thumbsup:
Still havent decided on how I am going to clad it yet. The 2 ideas I have are using 2 pac marine ply or using polycarbonate sheeting from bunnings


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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby chriso316 » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 6:10 pm

looks good mate. Cant go wrong with a 10bulb powermodule... beast! Might be biased of me since I'm going down the path but laminex MDF panels are pretty cost effective and look the goods, but you dont get the shine of 2pac.
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby DAY1 » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 6:15 pm

:thumbsup:
Sounds good Craig , You will not be disappointed with the ATI Powermodule , The colours will POP , All you need is a few more Awsome LPS :thumbsup: :cheers:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby DAY1 » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 6:21 pm

Craig , Why not go a bit higher , 60 cms , Those powermodules put out heaps , Mine run on a 75 cm high tank , and they are hung 25 cms above the tank :thumbsup: , Otherwise you will be growing SPS in your sump :roflmao: :cheers:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Sat 25 Feb, 2012 9:43 pm

chriso316 wrote:looks good mate. Cant go wrong with a 10bulb powermodule... beast! Might be biased of me since I'm going down the path but laminex MDF panels are pretty cost effective and look the goods, but you dont get the shine of 2pac.

Will look into the laminex panels , thanks mate . MDF scares the crap out of me around water though :o :scared:

DAY1 wrote:Craig , Why not go a bit higher , 60 cms , Those powermodules put out heaps , Mine run on a 75 cm high tank , and they are hung 25 cms above the tank :thumbsup: , Otherwise you will be growing SPS in your sump :roflmao: :cheers:

I am Thinking of stretching it out to 50cm Geoff .
Want to keep this one shallow for something different
DAY1 wrote::thumbsup:
All you need is a few more Awsome LPS :thumbsup: :cheers:

Hey I got plenty of that LPS stuff :poke: but if I do decide to get some more ,I think we both know where I can find some awesome pieces :thumbsup:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Tue 28 Feb, 2012 3:54 pm

Basic stand is pretty much done :thumbsup:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby Dan » Tue 28 Feb, 2012 4:03 pm

That looks really good mate, going to be a great build!
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Sun 11 Mar, 2012 1:31 pm

Thanks Dan,
I'm hoping I can have something as awesome as you guys eventually :crossfingers:

Went and picked up my ATI of Ben yesterday , crap it ways a ton :shock: and of course made the mistake of starring straight into it and turning it on to see how bright it was :nut: Also a big thank to Ben for lending me a skimmer to use, durring the transfer period :thumbsup:
Got the main plumbing parts put together, so now am pretty much waiting on the tank to be built :banana: :banana:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 4:30 pm

Got the cladding put on today. Apparently its much easier if the stand doesnt have a bit of a twist :wall:
Never said I was a carpenter I guess :oops:
So instead of being a quickish job, has taken a lot longer.
Ended up going with the laminated MDF panels
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby CBrian » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 4:44 pm

Mind the furball I'n the skimmer ;)
Cladding looks really good!
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby kaiserkudo » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 7:23 pm

Cladding looks pretty shmick. Can't wait to see this one up and running
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Postby rodneyri » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 7:34 pm

looks good Zee, why the change from LED to T5...was it only the look of the light unit itself?
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby Dan » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 7:59 pm

tell me you haven't ditched the ATB for a BM with feline pump!
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 10:38 pm

CBrian wrote:Mind the furball I'n the skimmer ;)
Cladding looks really good!

Thanks :thumbsup: Trust me the cat nearly ended up shoved inside the skimmer today after it kept nicking of with my screws and clips. Best game ever apparently :furious: :wall:

kaiserkudo wrote:Cladding looks pretty shmick. Can't wait to see this one up and running

Hopefully once the tank arrives, I dont have the same problems that you have been getting hit with :bawling:

rodneyri wrote:looks good Zee, why the change from LED to T5...was it only the look of the light unit itself?

Was going to use the Ecolamps as they have been great on the old tank but wanted a single unit so went the ATI. Got a heap of tubes to play around with and am pretty excited with the colours that I can achieve.

Dan wrote:tell me you haven't ditched the ATB for a BM with feline pump!

Dont panic Dan . Its just a loner to use while I have both tanks going for a while. Defiantly not happy with the feline pump but Kate's pretty attached to it ,so it will have to stay :grump:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby Dan » Tue 20 Mar, 2012 10:54 pm

haha yeah I can imagine it adds to many nutrients to the tank when you feed it :pirate:

most of those tubes are quite old now so I wouldn't use them for to long before replacing. I donated them to Ben when they were about 10mths old and they originally came from Deester at the 2-3 month mark so they've been around the block :roflmao:
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 3:20 pm

Went to visit tank builder today and the tank and sump will be ready after Easter :banana: :banana:
Main tank is built and just needs cleaning up and water testing and sump is being put together as I type.
Cant wait to get it home and start playing :)
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 7:04 pm

looking awesome Craig, if you last tank is anything to go by this one will be awesome.
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby Talpha » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 1:16 pm

Wooh, nice looking tank! Really clean, will look very sweet
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby ClayLutt » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 1:41 pm

tanks gonna be a rippa! :thumbsup:

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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby CBrian » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 7:16 pm

That is SO SCHMICK! Cant wait to see it progress!
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby ryanrid » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 7:19 pm

Cool Craig our new tanks should be up at the same time :cheers: good luck brah
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby Bmann71 » Mon 09 Apr, 2012 6:48 am

Hi Craig,
Going to be a nice tank. Looking forward to the upcoming weeks seeing this baby evolve.
Give us a tingle when the tank is ready to be picked up.
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Re: Zeebulls shallow reef box

Postby zeebull » Wed 11 Apr, 2012 11:12 pm

YAH got the tank today :banana: :banana: :banana: :)
A big thanks to Brad for helping me get it into the house and onto the stand :clap:
All I have to do now,is find the time to start playing around with it. I think I feel a sickie coming on :devil:
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