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Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with pictures!

Postby onetonne » Thu 08 Aug, 2013 8:57 pm

Hi all,

I am three months into reef keep having been a fresh keeper since my early 20s. I bought a second hand tank and some second hand equipment but quickly grew unhappy with the scratches and equipment etc. SO i've been planning my new tank for a while now, and it's not long now until it will be wet! Since I have a 'temp' tank maturing nicely with a small amount of livestock it should be a smooth transition with minimal cycling.

I have just had a visit from Billy from Starfire Aquariums who has been planning my new tank from me. Tonight was the final measure and now it's just a couple of weeks wait until tank is ready.

New tank is 4x2x2 with external coast to coast overflow. Front panel is STARFIRE, how cool!





System Objectives & Type:
Mixed Reef eventually leading to SPS once I learn more and more.

Display System:
Display Tank: 4 x 2 x 2 starfire. Black perspex backing with no comb for a nice line. Dual loc-line return. Bean animal dual durso overflow.

Display Lighting: Pacific Sun Metis Hyperion R2 LED (VERY COOL!) with Perth Aquarium hanging kit
http://www.pacific-sun.eu/new/index.php ... Itemid=192

Stand: 900mm pine

Hood: None

Sump: 3ft 3 stage with 4th reservoir for RO

Refugium: Sand bed, LR and macro (and hitchhiker crabs)

Refugium Lighting: Naqua fuge flare

Heating and cooling: 2x 300w heaters, chiller both controlled via Johnson Controls thermostat module for ultimate reliability!

Support systems: Octopus media reactor running NP bio pellets

System Water:
ASW Red Sea Coral Pro (looking to move to NSW eventually)

Display Water circulation:
3x Tunze 6055 Nano Stream w/ Multi Controller (all powered via single DIY power source)

Skimmer:
Octopus classic

Evaporation Top Up:
Tunze Osmolator (To be purchased)

Chemical Support:
Alk, Calc, Mag dosing (currently manual, eventually dosing pump)

Test Kits:
Hanna Checker Phos, Salifert & Red Sea
pH probe



Pictures etc to come!
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby sparker » Tue 20 Aug, 2013 10:06 am

Any pictures yet? Your tank must be almost ready? :cheers:
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby onetonne » Sun 25 Aug, 2013 7:58 pm

sparker wrote:Any pictures yet? Your tank must be almost ready? :cheers:
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Hey Sam!

Just got delivery of it last night. Still waiting on the stand though..
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby ssscuz » Mon 26 Aug, 2013 8:57 am

Ha ha now that's funny!!

Nice new tank mate
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby damer » Mon 26 Aug, 2013 3:32 pm

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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby terbit » Mon 26 Aug, 2013 5:23 pm

Looks good but I would be a bit worried about the big crack in the right side of the tank :devil:
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby onetonne » Mon 26 Aug, 2013 7:17 pm

terbit wrote:Looks good but I would be a bit worried about the big crack in the right side of the tank :devil:


Nothing a belt wont fix! Haha :roflmao:
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby priscacara » Tue 27 Aug, 2013 12:59 pm

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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby onetonne » Sun 15 Sep, 2013 10:36 pm

So, here 'tis. After a BIG day today and some pre-work yesterday the tank is pretty much done. Just need to tidy a few more cables in the sump. I'll post more pics once this is done.

It's still very murky but you get the idea.

Tadaaaaaaa!

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HUGE thanks to Sam (Sparker) for all of his awesome assistance!!!

I installed the bean animal return and it's simply amazing. I finally go it tuned properly tonight and it's VERY quiet. There's also NO bubbles created in the sump. There's actually very little disturbance in the first section of the sump. Very easy to do, self priming (eventually), and can handle a huge amount of water.
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby uglyman » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 8:31 am

Looking good mate :thumbsup:

terbit wrote:Looks good but I would be a bit worried about the big crack in the right side of the tank :devil:


So how did you fix the big crack in the right side of the tank? Did terbit help you with that? :roflmao:
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby onetonne » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 8:50 am

uglyman wrote:Looking good mate :thumbsup:

terbit wrote:Looks good but I would be a bit worried about the big crack in the right side of the tank :devil:


So how did you fix the big crack in the right side of the tank? Did terbit help you with that? :roflmao:


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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby sparker » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 3:32 pm

Had the pleasure of seeing this tank in person myself, must say - looks pretty sweet. The coast to coast overflow and return setup is fantastic, very jealous!

Can wait to see it grow over the coming months :clap:
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby onetonne » Tue 17 Sep, 2013 10:47 pm

Update!

Have started daily dosing. Trying to figure out daily requirements before I buy a dosing pump.
My GF absolutely LOVES the tank. She was a bit hesitant with it being set up in HER lounge room and taking up valuable real estate, but she has changed her 'tude in a big way seeing how amazing the tank looks.

I have some frags thanks to Sam (Sparker), a cool hammer from Deer Park and some morphs and xenia from Williamstown. People warned me about Xenia growing very fast, they were not wrong! My clowns have been hosting in this since it was less than half the size a couple of months ago.

Anyway, photos! I only have my samsung camera so excuse low res photos.

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LHS Island
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Hiding Goby
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Re: SEMI NOOB TANK UPGRADE WOW! Greg's new 4x2x2

Postby sparker » Tue 17 Sep, 2013 11:21 pm

Tank has coming nicely, liking the scape!
Also like the electrical install, looking very professional!

What are dosing?
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Postby onetonne » Tue 17 Sep, 2013 11:46 pm

sparker wrote:Tank has coming nicely, liking the scape!
Also like the electrical install, looking very professional!

What are dosing?


Bit more work to do on tidying up the electrical. Got half way on Sunday and had to sit down and take a break finally hah. I love a neat sump space so will be trying to do that!

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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby uglyman » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 1:55 am

Tank is looking good mate :thumbsup:

Just out of curiosity what model Octopus classic are you running and what do you think of it?
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby onetonne » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 9:22 am

uglyman wrote:Tank is looking good mate :thumbsup:

Just out of curiosity what model Octopus classic are you running and what do you think of it?


Thanks!

It's just a stock standard Octopus Classic 1500L OTP. About $270 from Williamstown Aquarium. Had chats with Keith there and they are running these skimmers on majority of their large setup and they work really well there. Couldn't justify $800-$1200 on something 'better'. This thing is massive though and is internal, takes up a lot of space in sump.

Apparently you can put a bubble blaster pump on these if you find the correct fitting. The stock pump is just a Hailea but it's really not that noisy. Uses 65w though so I might eventually get a bubble blaster for around $200 which runs at 30w I believe.
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Postby axela » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 9:36 am

Greg, Amazing tank mate! - nice work!!
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Postby Narcosis » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 12:22 pm

Looks like a really good setup, congrats.

Loving the aquascape!
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby uglyman » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 4:38 pm

onetonne wrote:
uglyman wrote:Tank is looking good mate :thumbsup:

Just out of curiosity what model Octopus classic are you running and what do you think of it?


Thanks!

It's just a stock standard Octopus Classic 1500L OTP. About $270 from Williamstown Aquarium. Had chats with Keith there and they are running these skimmers on majority of their large setup and they work really well there. Couldn't justify $800-$1200 on something 'better'. This thing is massive though and is internal, takes up a lot of space in sump.

Apparently you can put a bubble blaster pump on these if you find the correct fitting. The stock pump is just a Hailea but it's really not that noisy. Uses 65w though so I might eventually get a bubble blaster for around $200 which runs at 30w I believe.


I was asking because I just picked up the exact same model for my 5x2x2 for $200 and noticed yours and had a feeling it was the 1500l otp :thumbsup: Oh and it does not run at 65w that is supposedly the wattage the pump runs as a water pump not as a skimmer pump which has less back pressure. Reef Octopus does not give exact figures but I have heard it actually runs at about 38w but I might get a power meter onto mine to check.

I do believe you can fit a bubble blaster onto it and I am pretty sure the 5000 model will fit, I also have seen someone fit the waveline dc pumps to an external reef octopus skimmer and it looked like the plumbing just screwed straight on so that is an interesting option.

One thing I was wondering though is how easy is it to tune as I have heard these skimmers are pretty much set and forget, so far mine has seemed that way during a vinegar bath but can't be sure till it is running on an actual system.
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby onetonne » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 4:59 pm

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onetonne wrote:
uglyman wrote:Tank is looking good mate :thumbsup:

Just out of curiosity what model Octopus classic are you running and what do you think of it?


Thanks!

It's just a stock standard Octopus Classic 1500L OTP. About $270 from Williamstown Aquarium. Had chats with Keith there and they are running these skimmers on majority of their large setup and they work really well there. Couldn't justify $800-$1200 on something 'better'. This thing is massive though and is internal, takes up a lot of space in sump.

Apparently you can put a bubble blaster pump on these if you find the correct fitting. The stock pump is just a Hailea but it's really not that noisy. Uses 65w though so I might eventually get a bubble blaster for around $200 which runs at 30w I believe.


I was asking because I just picked up the exact same model for my 5x2x2 for $200 and noticed yours and had a feeling it was the 1500l otp :thumbsup: Oh and it does not run at 65w that is supposedly the wattage the pump runs as a water pump not as a skimmer pump which has less back pressure. Reef Octopus does not give exact figures but I have heard it actually runs at about 38w but I might get a power meter onto mine to check.

I do believe you can fit a bubble blaster onto it and I am pretty sure the 5000 model will fit, I also have seen someone fit the waveline dc pumps to an external reef octopus skimmer and it looked like the plumbing just screwed straight on so that is an interesting option.

One thing I was wondering though is how easy is it to tune as I have heard these skimmers are pretty much set and forget, so far mine has seemed that way during a vinegar bath but can't be sure till it is running on an actual system.


That's awesome regarding the power consumption. I'd be very keen on a wave line DC though. It'd be good to have the hailea as a spare.

Set and forget yes. Keith at Williamstown sets their bubble level to just inside the cup and has no need to touch it again until the next clean out. Fool proof!
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby Htu08 » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 6:42 pm

Amazing looking tank mate. Cant wait to see corals grow out!
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Postby onetonne » Wed 18 Sep, 2013 10:18 pm

Htu08 wrote:Amazing looking tank mate. Cant wait to see corals grow out!


Thank you mate!
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Postby TezzaNicko » Thu 19 Sep, 2013 10:19 am

Looing great mate! Keep the pics coming when you have new additions!!! Will be tagging along buddy. :)
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby onetonne » Sun 29 Sep, 2013 11:37 pm

Been working a bit on the tank. Got a great deal on a Hailea chiller from Nathan (ssscuz) which is now installed. Got an industrial heat controller, wiring it up soon to control my heaters and add some redundancy.

Unfortunately the move has caused white spot on my blue tang. Could anyone confirm that this is white spot? He's currently in a hospital tank and i'm drip acclimatising RO and sodium carbonate to treat via hypo salinity.

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Postby onetonne » Sun 29 Sep, 2013 11:38 pm

TezzaNicko wrote:Looing great mate! Keep the pics coming when you have new additions!!! Will be tagging along buddy. :)


Thanks!!
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Postby onetonne » Mon 30 Sep, 2013 1:10 pm

RDO today so it's photo time!

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Postby sparker » Mon 30 Sep, 2013 2:07 pm

Looking good mate!
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby axela » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 11:59 pm

Medic from polyp lab works well for ich greg! - i've used it in the past and works well!
or even a freshwater dip for 10min?

tank needs more coral!!!! :D
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Re: Greg and Rose's 4x2x2 - Finally running and with picture

Postby onetonne » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 10:04 pm

Thanks guys. I don't think it was ich, I believe it might have been lymphs. No other fish in the DT had spots which is great.
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