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Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube - closed down

Postby Sin » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 10:53 am

Introduction:

I've been in marine for about 8 years or so and closed down my previous tank due to lack of time, Work and family commitments, I had thought about life without a tank and came to the conclusion that it was not an option and so begins the journey of my new setup which is downsized yet again into something more manageable. :pirate:

System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date: 08.10.2012

Display Tank: 610 x 610 x 500 (Rimless, 10mm glass, external weir) built by Extreme Reef

Display Lighting: ATI Hybrid Powermodule 4x24w T5 + 75W LED

Stand: 1100 x 610 x 850 (Custom Made from Bluegum built by Grandchester Designs Windsor)

Sump: 500 x 450 x 450 built by Extreme Reef



Support systems:

System Water: ASW

Display Water circulation: 2 x Tunze 6095’s + Controller 7096.

Return Pump:Aquabee up3000

Skimmer: RLSS R6-i


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Randy’s 2 part

Alkilinity Addition: Randy’s 2 part

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All livestock from my existing setup is in a tub in the garage, I have decided to replace 90% of my existing LR which i will be using dead rock (Currently soaking in RO).

The tank is plumbed and in postition as i await the delivery of some construction putty so that i can start and work out which way to go with the rockwork.

That's it for now.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby marks » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 11:01 am

Cabinet looks very classy Sin.
Tagging along this build.
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby priscacara » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 1:37 pm

Looks great on the cabinet, fits in really well as an overall look. Looking forward to seeing your scape and inmates!
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Rod the Reefer » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 1:51 pm

Didn't think you could stay away for too long. :clap:

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby peekandboo » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 2:09 pm

About time Sin :pirate:
Give me a buzz when your ready for heaps of frags mate :thumbsup:
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 5:26 pm

discus.g.c wrote:Cabinet looks very classy Sin.
Tagging along this build.


priscacara wrote:Looks great on the cabinet, fits in really well as an overall look. Looking forward to seeing your scape and inmates!


Thanks for the comments guys, I was originally looking at getting a gloss cabinet but all of the furniture in the house is stained so i went the same way, I emailed the dimensions to the builder, told him it was for an aquarium and he did the rest.

Rod the Reefer wrote:Didn't think you could stay away for too long. :clap:


I tried to Rod, Moved it all into the garage while i was selling it off and just couldn't get used to the silence in the house :pirate: not to mention the kids nagging me because i took away THEIR tank :konk:

peekandboo wrote:About time Sin :pirate:
Give me a buzz when your ready for heaps of frags mate :thumbsup:


Thanks Clay i will definitely take you up on that, You are the frag Master :cheers:

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Jim » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 5:52 pm

Show us ya sump!


I mean, looking good so far mate.
I know what its like, to have to get rid of everything and the withdrawals that invade your thinking on a day to day basis.
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 6:15 pm

Jim wrote:Show us ya sump!


I mean, looking good so far mate.
I know what its like, to have to get rid of everything and the withdrawals that invade your thinking on a day to day basis.



Here is a pic under the tank, I haven't done much under there except cut a hole in the back, place the sump in there as well as the chiller, The chiller only runs 2-3 months of the year so ill keep it in the cabinet until it gets too hot then move it outside if needed.

I also have the sump sitting sideways which gives me some extra room under there also.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby ClayLutt » Fri 12 Oct, 2012 7:44 pm

Looks good mate :thumbsup:

cant wait to see it full of water :cheers:
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby bubbleboy » Sat 13 Oct, 2012 1:41 pm

About time come back Sin :clap:
Look foward in seeing another stunning set up from you .
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby pleco4me » Sat 13 Oct, 2012 6:36 pm

Looking good Sin! I have the same size tank being made at the moment. I like the shallow cube style tanks :thumbsup:

Whats your reasoning for using dead rock over the live stuff? Too high a risk of pests?

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Sat 13 Oct, 2012 7:31 pm

bubbleboy wrote:About time come back Sin :clap:
Look foward in seeing another stunning set up from you .


Thanks Dave, It seems like i picked up the tank so long ago, The stand went from 4 weeks to about 8 weeks build time :konk:

pleco4me wrote:Looking good Sin! I have the same size tank being made at the moment. I like the shallow cube style tanks :thumbsup:

Whats your reasoning for using dead rock over the live stuff? Too high a risk of pests?

Craig


Hey Craig,

I'm happy with the size and also a big fan of the cube style tanks.

I was originally looking to replace all of my existing rock with new rock as it's about 8 years old now and has aptasia in places so i visited all the local shops in my area and
all the LR was way too big for the new tank and i couldn't find any decent shapes. I saw a foam box on the floor filled with dead rock, small pieces and good shapes to work with so i decided to give it a go. I will probably end up using a small amount of my existing rock also.

Now i just can't decide whether to go a low flat scape like my last tank or to put one bonsai type piece in the middle. I have to wait until monday to get the putty so i have another day to decide.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Dan » Sat 13 Oct, 2012 10:14 pm

good to see you back Sin, knew you wouldn't be out of the game for long :wavey:
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Wed 17 Oct, 2012 4:52 pm

Dan wrote:good to see you back Sin, knew you wouldn't be out of the game for long :wavey:


Thanks for dropping in Dan, It was a hard decision to downsize due to other commitments but i can't imagine life without a tank. :roflmao:

And the cycling has begun. I only have 1 set of lights and skimmer so the new tank and the tub holding all my stock will have to share for a while. I think i will add a small sand layer to the display and haven't got around to it yet.

I'm happy with the way it turned out and look forward to slowly stocking it.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby CBrian » Wed 17 Oct, 2012 5:24 pm

Looks really good mate! Can't wait to see it stocked
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 10:27 am

Small update.

Moved everything over a couple of weeks ago and all seems ok. Still have a few things on my to do list.

1. Buy new skimmer
I was looking at the new Vertex omega 150 but the footprint is 11in x 11in and the compartment in my sump is 11in x 17in so it just wont fit, May wait for the smaller version or look at some other options.
2. New dosing containers
3. Redo the RHS rockwork. Don't like it all flat like it is now.
4. Tidy up the sump some more. (Have just thrown it all in there)

Here are a few pics of the progress.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Jim » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 11:10 am

Looks good, nice and clean, ahhh that new tank look :-D :thumbsup:
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby peekandboo » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 2:59 pm

Looks great Sin :thumbsup: , time for some SPS frags I think ;)
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby timmeh » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 8:45 pm

Looks awsome great work
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby priscacara » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 9:03 pm

Looking awesome, I love the ledges !
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 9:52 pm

:cheers: for the comments, Long way to go and i still have a few things to do before i can sit back and enjoy.


peekandboo wrote:Looks great Sin :thumbsup: , time for some SPS frags I think ;)


Getting there Clay, I have 3 frags from my last tank in there (2 are from Marty's frags and one is the green milli i gave you a frag of) which are improving and getting their colour back after spending the last 3 months in a tub in the garage :roflmao: .

They are the test subjects and when I'm happy with them ill start stocking up, I would hit you up for a dallas and superman frag, Since you offered. :devil:

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby CBrian » Mon 19 Nov, 2012 11:15 pm

Looking sensational!
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 7:45 pm

Had a few hours spare today and because the only thing i can do in PS is put a border around an image i decided to follow Dan's full tank shot tutorial in my quest to take a better full tank shot.

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Not much to see as it's still pretty empty and the few corals i have still have to be moved around but hopefully the tank shots slowly improve from now on. (Thanks Dan) :thumbsup:

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Dribs » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 7:50 pm

:clap: Very nice! good to see another local tank doing so well.

It might be a little bit empty now but seeing the standard of your old tank I am expecting it won't be long till it will be more 'colourful' than the Maitland to Newcastle train :roflmao: Also the scape looks good, love the empty sand bed :thumbsup:
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby peekandboo » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 8:19 pm

Empty sand beds are boring :roflmao:
Take a leaf out of my tank :devil:

Sin, what happened to that green hairy stag you got from HP 4-5 months a go?
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 8:39 pm

Dribs wrote::clap: Very nice! good to see another local tank doing so well.

It might be a little bit empty now but seeing the standard of your old tank I am expecting it won't be long till it will be more 'colourful' than the Maitland to Newcastle train :roflmao: Also the scape looks good, love the empty sand bed :thumbsup:


Thanks for the compliments, True about the train, It will be hard to compete with that. :roflmao: :roflmao:


peekandboo wrote:Empty sand beds are boring :roflmao:
Take a leaf out of my tank :devil:

Sin, what happened to that green hairy stag you got from HP 4-5 months a go?


The green stag was going great guns until we had 1 freak hot day a while back, The holding tub didn't have the chiller hooked up as i was hoping to get this tank running before the heat. I lost that and my blood shrimp which i had for 6 years. Next time i see HP has those stags ill pick one up and also make you a frag.

Not sure if I'm ging to put anything on the sandbed atm, I like the look of a clean bed but that may change when i run out of room or decide to start a zoo collection as I'm quite a big fan of all your zoos.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby CBrian » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 9:23 pm

Hey mate just to let you know on reef central I saw that the Omega 150 Is actually smaller than 11"square footprint and even is onpar with 10". Just something to consider! Tank looks great! Looking forward to some updates!
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby Sin » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 9:40 pm

CBrian wrote:Hey mate just to let you know on reef central I saw that the Omega 150 Is actually smaller than 11"square footprint and even is onpar with 10". Just something to consider! Tank looks great! Looking forward to some updates!


I actually read the same thing when i did a search on RC today and came up with your thread. Plenty of info on there about it and the smaller footprint means it will fit in the sump.

I'm now tossing up between that one and the 125 when released early next year. Hoping to decide in the next day or so.

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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby saint » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:13 pm

Love the super clean look of it sin! :thumbsup:

And yes peekandboo that means the empty sand bed :devil: (please dont come after me for disagreeing with you :roflmao: )
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Re: Sin's Nearly a 2ft cube

Postby parrdog » Wed 21 Nov, 2012 10:49 pm

Wow, Sin, it looks sensational!
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