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Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box

Postby ConnorMacRae » Sat 22 Dec, 2012 10:29 pm

Introduction:
Hi :wavey: I'm Connor and I'm addicted to reef tanks. I set up my first reef tank November last year, and have been enjoying it ever since! As with most people, I made a bucket load of mistakes when buying equipment, So this time I've decided to go all out and do it right the first time!!

System Objectives: I'm looking to set up a SPS dominated mixed reef, that I can put some Anthias :devil: as well as a few other fish in maybe a purple tang if the police wont arrest me :cop: . I'd also like to build this setup so I can have a proper go at fragging and propagating corals, hopefully trying some of the more complicated methods along the way to help colour them up.

Current(ish) FTS:

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System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date: Not wet yet :(

Display Tank: 30x24x24" Custom Built by Dave at Extreme Reef

Display Lighting: ATI 8x24W Power Module (yet to purchase)

Stand: DIY stand build by 50x25mm RHS Tubing. 762x600x850h, started cutting and welding 22/12/2012

Hood: N/A

Sump: Got to design and build

Refugium: Designing still

Refugium Lighting: Potentially LED lit, to prove light for some frags in the sump


Support systems:

System Water: Natural Salt Water collected from Bundeena

Display Water circulation: Vortech MP40W, will supplement later if needed

Return Pump: RE Red Dragon 3 Speedy 50W

Skimmer: RE Bubble King Double Cone 180 :pirate: :devil:

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze Osmolator (yet to purchase)


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Dosing Pump

Alkilinity Addition: Dosing Pump

Other Chemical Maintenance: Magnesium etc

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


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Thats it for now, hopefully more to come soon!! :banana:
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby axela » Mon 24 Dec, 2012 11:26 am

LookIng good so far Conner! Is that a one piece eurobrace?
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby priscacara » Mon 24 Dec, 2012 1:24 pm

Another interesting tj to follow, looking forward to it.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Mon 24 Dec, 2012 3:05 pm

axela wrote:LookIng good so far Conner! Is that a one piece eurobrace?


Sure is :thumbsup: I think it looks much better with one piece euro.

Been busy welding up the frame today. Bit hot though! Had to stop every few minutes for a drink ;) :drink: hopefully I'll have the frame done on a couple days, ready for cladding :clap:
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Thu 27 Dec, 2012 10:40 pm

The welding is almost all done, got a couple progresss pics. Unfortunately the mig decided to S@#T itself just as I got up to the last lot of welds.

For now, progress pics!

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First time welding, so ignore the beads...

Thanks for looking!
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Wed 02 Jan, 2013 10:21 pm

So unfortunately the mig stopped working last week. Luckily my dad also has an old arc welder, so I was able to swap to that one

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The welded product

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What do people think of the stand? I think It should be strong enough to hold the tank, I was going to put some height adjusters on the bottom to help level it out.

Everyones opinion is welcome!
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby priscacara » Sun 06 Jan, 2013 10:15 pm

Certainly looks nice and strong to me. I'm contemplating trying to build a 6 footer but have to wait till my dad can weld, I couldn't draw a straight line nvm weld one :-)
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Sun 06 Jan, 2013 10:42 pm

Haha, I was pretty hopeless at welding stick, I roped my dad into doing it for me. Be prepared for a lot of :wall: :nut: :furious: If you build it yourself. Welding Mig isnt bad though! Maybe look into that.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Wed 06 Mar, 2013 2:39 pm

Finally finished painting the stand and I've designed the sump and sent it off for a quote. I'll hopefully have the tank and stand in position by the end of the week.

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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby CBrian » Wed 06 Mar, 2013 8:23 pm

This looks good! Make sure it's got a killer scape!
Will be following this :)
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby jayellul » Sat 30 Mar, 2013 9:05 pm

hows the build progressing mate?
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Sat 30 Mar, 2013 10:12 pm

Hey,

I've been meaning to update this, been a bit busy with work. The long and the short of it is the stands been painted, I've cut the cladding to size and currently painting that. I also picked my sump up from majestic this morning.

hopefully ill have the tank running soon. Not too much more to go.

I'll try to get some pictures up soon.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby klaery » Sat 30 Mar, 2013 11:13 pm

Looking good mate :) I love that shape tank and yours is like a step up from the one im doing (I am doing a 24x18x18). Stand looks great and cant wait to see the end result.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby jayellul » Sat 30 Mar, 2013 11:16 pm

klaery wrote:Looking good mate :) I love that shape tank and yours is like a step up from the one im doing (I am doing a 24x18x18). Stand looks great and cant wait to see the end result.


Same as mine :-D
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Mon 01 Apr, 2013 2:46 pm

Here's a couple of pictures taken on my phone of the sump and panels for the cabinet before I started coating them.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the build of the sump, when getting the quote I showed them the design and they gave me a quote of $130 (cheap, I know). They didn't explain that the glass cut outs would be done by hand :bored: :konk: otherwise I would have payed a bit extra to get them jetted/lazer cut. Oh well though! For $130 I can't complain too much about something I wont see.

But enjoy!

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The cladding for the stand, being held on with magnets that have been recessed and epoxy'd in (thanks Greg for the idea).

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A bit of an Idea of what the cabinet will look like (minus front doors).

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Thanks for looking everyone, hopefully I'll have some more exciting progress pics over the coming weeks! :thumbsup:
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby priscacara » Tue 02 Apr, 2013 12:17 pm

Always good to see the progress of your build, it is a great job and I'm hanging out to see it wet :-)
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby bickie » Mon 13 May, 2013 9:42 pm

Any more pics?
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby Dribs » Mon 13 May, 2013 9:51 pm

Following along, great to see another tank the same size. Love the overflow weir, will make a huge amount of difference as I now know :wall:

Good choice of lights as well! if you have any more pics of the stand can you please post them for when I re-do mine :)

Thanks champ! keep em pics and updates coming.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24

Postby ConnorMacRae » Thu 30 May, 2013 12:10 pm

Hey All,

It's still coming along slowly unfortunately. I'm trying to find time between Uni, work and the girlfriend where I have enough motivation to go and put a couple more coats on the cladding.

I've also come to a bit of a fork in the road when it comes to money. Im thinking that I'll have to wait to buy my dream lights for the tank so I can go enjoy the snow for a week with mates. So maybe a second hand radion or similar will end up over for the start of the tank. We'll see how funding is going when I get to that part of the build!

Thanks for watching, try to post some progress pics soon! (If i've made any ;) )
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby MeLLeR » Thu 30 May, 2013 11:50 pm

Looking good buddy! Love the magnets, you won't regret that :pirate:

Might be best just waiting till you can afford the lights you really want, rather than compromising and regretting it. Hard words to hear when you just want to get it done, but I've been there done that and regretted it every time.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby ConnorMacRae » Fri 31 May, 2013 7:35 am

MeLLeR wrote:Looking good buddy! Love the magnets, you won't regret that :pirate:

Might be best just waiting till you can afford the lights you really want, rather than compromising and regretting it. Hard words to hear when you just want to get it done, but I've been there done that and regretted it every time.


Thanks for the idea!! They work really well :thumbsup: now I'm just hoping that I left enough clearance for when the pannels are painted :konk:

I did think about that lighting too, I considered ripping the light off my fluval and using it as a bit of a spotlight until I could afford a proper light.
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby jayellul » Fri 31 May, 2013 9:56 am

Coming along nicely :-)

I agree with Meller, i regret rushing things. Now i wanna do stuff like make a new stand etc etc lol

However, you could dodge a light up or borrow one during the cycle??
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby MeLLeR » Fri 31 May, 2013 9:58 am

Unless you've got corals on your LR, then you don't need light for cycling anyway (IMO) anyway. ;)

That way you can at least get it running and cycling away till you can get the ATI PM, which is what you know you really want for a sps tank anyway :thumbsup:
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby jayellul » Fri 31 May, 2013 12:51 pm

MeLLeR wrote:Unless you've got corals on your LR, then you don't need light for cycling anyway (IMO) anyway. ;)

That way you can at least get it running and cycling away till you can get the ATI PM, which is what you know you really want for a sps tank anyway :thumbsup:

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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby ConnorMacRae » Mon 24 Jun, 2013 6:31 pm

Good news everyone! :thumbsup: My uni exams are now over for the session and I now have time to be productive on the important things ;)

So today I managed to put what will hopefully :crossfingers: be the last coat of varnish on the base and back parts of the stands cladding :banana: With any luck I'll have the tank in place on the stand and be working on the plumbing. The aim is to have the tank cycling by the time I leave for the snow on the 14th (which is looking pretty damn good with the 25cm thats fallen today!!).

I'll hopefully have a good picture update for you in the next couple days! :pirate:
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby jayellul » Mon 24 Jun, 2013 7:01 pm

looking forward to seeing this thing wet!
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby jayellul » Fri 13 Sep, 2013 8:11 am

:poke: :poke: :poke:

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Postby millotoli » Fri 13 Sep, 2013 8:21 pm

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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby ConnorMacRae » Sat 14 Sep, 2013 10:16 pm

I've more or less been delayed :bored: I was planning on putting this in the living room, but that changed to it having to fit in my room... which is currently being renovated :wall: So until uni gives me enough time to finish plastering, sanding and painting its going to be on hold :bored:

Hopefully I'll be able to con my father into helping me finish some of that with the prospect of having less tanks and parts cluttering the living room :crossfingers: :pirate: :devil:

There was slight progress with me finding some foam to trial under the tank. Got it from clarke rubber, it was called EVA75 (from memory). Hoping that it'll do the job!!
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Re: Connor's 30x24x24 Crayon Box To Be

Postby jayellul » Sat 14 Sep, 2013 10:21 pm

i got my foam from Clarke Rubber. 6mm black high density
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