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imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Tue 28 Aug, 2012 3:11 pm

Introduction:
After a spell of reefing doldrums, I've decided it's time to get back into the hobby full swing. I've made plenty of mistakes and have leant lots (I hope) that I can use this time around. I'm aiming to keep things as simple as possible, taking my time to get it right first time and buying decent gear.

System Objectives:
Use simple methods to maintain a healthy SPS dominated tank.

System Type: SPS dominated mixed reef.

Display System:

Strike up Date: September 2012.

Display Tank: 5 foot long x 2 foot wide x 26" tall euro braced built by Dennison

Display Lighting: Controllable ATI Sunpower - 8x54w

Stand: metal stand clad in 2pac like finish.

Hood: none.

Sump: Basic for skimmer and return with plans to be completed once the stand is finished.

Refugium: Biggest I can fit in the sump

Refugium Lighting: CFL but will go to LED


Support systems:

System Water:NSW only.

Display Water circulation: 2x MP40W + 2 modded 6025's if required

Return Pump: Boyu 5000 DC

Skimmer: Bubble King Double Cone 200

Evaporation Top Up: ATO


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Stand alone profilux dosing pumps

Alkilinity Addition: Stand alone profilux dosing pumps

Other Chemical Maintenance: Stand alone profilux dosing pumps

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Coming soon....
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby n0rk » Tue 28 Aug, 2012 3:28 pm

Nice Ben :thumbsup: any idea what gear you're looking at?
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Tue 28 Aug, 2012 10:02 pm

n0rk wrote:Nice Ben :thumbsup: any idea what gear you're looking at?


Going for tried and tested mate. ATI T5 lights and BK for skimmer.


Here are a few bad pics. It's in the garage so the light is terrible. I'll take some better ones once it comes inside.

Stand made by a fellow MASQ member and all round good bloke. Made from 40x40 and powder coated in Graphite Ripple.
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Next to do are all the odd jobs in order to get it filled. Paint and fit ply base and back, fit acrylic weir cover, vinyl for back etc etc etc

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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby ssbk23 » Tue 28 Aug, 2012 10:30 pm

Tank and stand look good :)
Looking forward to watching this come together :thumbsup:
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 10:33 pm

Tank and stand now in the house.

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Spent this evening doing a little plumbing and fitting up doors etc. Going to get acrylic to cover the weir tomorrow if all goes to plan.

Just waiting on lights and skimmer to arrive to finish it off.....might even fill it for the weekend and just run old gear.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby robthepom » Wed 05 Sep, 2012 11:08 am

looking good :wavey: :wavey:

Any reason for the offset weir? or could'nt you make up your mind between in the corner or in the middle :roflmao: :roflmao:

Another ATI and BK winner, can't wait :thumbsup:
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Wed 05 Sep, 2012 1:29 pm

robthepom wrote:looking good :wavey: :wavey:

Any reason for the offset weir? or could'nt you make up your mind between in the corner or in the middle :roflmao: :roflmao:


Ha Ha! Because the tank is visible from 3 sides, I didn't want it in a corner, but nor did I want it smack in the middle as it affects aquascaping opportunities. I've got in mind to build a taller structure on the LHS near the weir and a then a low structure on the LHS where there is more space. The weir should have been further to the right, but no biggie.

Another ATI and BK winner, can't wait :thumbsup:


I'm told that's what all the cool kids have got :poke:. I feel like it's a bit old school to be going to T5's. :crossfingers: I went ok on bulb choice too.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Mon 10 Sep, 2012 7:41 pm

Doors are on, acrylic on the weir, bulkhead plumbing done and leak tested, sand in.....now just waiting on lights and we are good to go.

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And a new toy finally arrived. Been in Australia since last Monday but only delivered today. Haven't opened it yet.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby germar74 » Mon 10 Sep, 2012 9:54 pm

Whats the new toy Ben?
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Tue 11 Sep, 2012 7:11 pm

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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby rodneyri » Tue 11 Sep, 2012 7:14 pm

so nice and pretty, to pull sh$t out of our tanks lol
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby GRK-351 » Wed 12 Sep, 2012 12:22 am

Looking good mate. Just wondering if you can post some pics of the cabinet with doors open, and how you fixed them to the stand. I need to clad my stand shortly and not 100% on the best way to attach everything.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby mason91 » Wed 12 Sep, 2012 6:25 pm

Tanks looking good, interested to see it all come together :)
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby siddr20 » Wed 12 Sep, 2012 9:13 pm

Very nice :)

How much did that set you back?
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby ssbk23 » Wed 12 Sep, 2012 9:25 pm

Very nice skimmer :thumbsup:
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Wed 12 Sep, 2012 10:46 pm

rodneyri wrote:so nice and pretty, to pull sh$t out of our tanks lol


Yeah, it's a shame that it's going to get locked away under the stand...

mason91 wrote:Tanks looking good, interested to see it all come together :)


ssbk23 wrote:Very nice skimmer :thumbsup:


Cheers guys. Feeling good about this one :crossfingers:

siddr20 wrote:Very nice :)

How much did that set you back?


:thumbsup:. About $850 mate all up, insured, landed, currency converted etc etc

GRK-351 wrote:Looking good mate. Just wondering if you can post some pics of the cabinet with doors open, and how you fixed them to the stand. I need to clad my stand shortly and not 100% on the best way to attach everything.


Here you go....nothing exciting sorry as they are held on with velcro. Works perfectly in this case as the doors sit on a lip and the velcro just stops them from falling forward as opposed to holding them vertically. My last stand used magnet catches, but they rusted quickly.

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Thanks all for looking.

PS - I heard yesterday that my lights are in a truck on the way from WA :clap: :clap:
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby LPS fan » Thu 13 Sep, 2012 12:43 pm

Nice stand, very sleek. I was just about to use magnets to hold my walls on, not going to do that now.
I find velcro quite exciting btw, simple things simple minds I guess.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby Rusty1 » Thu 13 Sep, 2012 3:08 pm

Nice Ben, cant wait to see it running.

Who did the steel work?
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Fri 14 Sep, 2012 9:35 am

LPS fan wrote:Nice stand, very sleek. I was just about to use magnets to hold my walls on, not going to do that now.
I find velcro quite exciting btw, simple things simple minds I guess.


A coated magnet would be fine, but I dont have an easy way of fixing them. I've been pretty pedantic about minimising any holes in the metal work to avoid rust.

Rusty1 wrote:Nice Ben, cant wait to see it running.

Who did the steel work?


:thumbsup: Thanks Russ. You and me both mate.

The stand was built by a talented mate of mine who also happens to be into reefing.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby DAY1 » Fri 14 Sep, 2012 11:02 am

Looking very nice Ben , Can't wait to see it stocked :thumbsup: :cheers:
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby axela » Fri 14 Sep, 2012 11:41 am

What a beautiful tank, hopefully you dont mind me stealing the velcro idea.. i dont have any clue how to clad my tank either lol

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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Sun 16 Sep, 2012 11:46 am

Busy tank day again yesterday, but now ready to fill.

Sump test fit - BK is a big bugger compared to my SWC
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Light frame on and ready for ATI's next weekend.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby Byronredsea » Sun 16 Sep, 2012 1:29 pm

looks really nice
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby ssscuz » Sun 16 Sep, 2012 2:12 pm

Looks great mate, bet u can't wait to fill it
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Tue 18 Sep, 2012 6:54 pm

ssscuz wrote:Looks great mate, bet u can't wait to fill it


Byronredsea wrote:looks really nice


Thanks guys.

Filled it up on the weekend and using my LED's as temporary lighting. Stuff is thrown in a little haphazardly and excuse the heater sitting in the corner :oops:

Aquascape is maybe a little low for the tank, but figure with some corals it will come up a bit.

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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby imf » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 10:42 pm

ATI lights arrived today so threw them up over the tank.

Just out of the box
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Over the tank. Not as blue as the pic suggests.
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby Rusty1 » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 12:56 am

Hmmm you forgot to fill it right up Ben!
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Re: imf's 5 footer

Postby JonH » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 10:45 am

Very nice tank :clap: The t5 combination looks perfect as well!
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