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Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 9:33 am

Finally picked it up last night :clap: - nobody home, so had to lift it off the truck and into the house by myself.

Incredibly well packaged, all the bits and pieces there, the directions were even fairly easy for a mug like me to understand.

I think the most frustrating thing was getting my wife to hold the weir pipe, while I screwed on the bottom drain pipe. :konk:

Threw it all together, took the pup out for a walk - then introduced her to the new idea of bringing the hose into the house for the leak test.

One hand on her collar (she goes nuts when she sees what the hose does) and one hand shooting water down the weir and tank.

Leak test past with flying colours so its time to get it wet :cheers:

Anyways, onto some pics. (more and better pics to follow as progress develops)

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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 9:46 pm

Nice one dan, I love my 195, you thinking about keeping it stock or you going to mod?


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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 9:53 pm

ggoosen wrote:Nice one dan, I love my 195, you thinking about keeping it stock or you going to mod?


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More than likely I'm going to mod it, I would like to give the stock gear a go, but I know I will find the kits limitations pretty quickly.

It will be a work in progress :book:
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 10:13 pm

Ok well let me know If you want to compare any notes


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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby potatocouch » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 2:00 pm

looking good, dan !
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 2:12 pm

ggoosen wrote:Ok well let me know If you want to compare any notes


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potatocouch wrote:looking good, dan !


thanks fellas,
well - we're two thirds wet (I almost forgot what the taste of a mouthful of salt water was like :spit: )

Got 4 more drums to go in tonight.

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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby potatocouch » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 2:18 pm

wow looks like a hard work filling up that big tank hahahahahaha.
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 2:20 pm

potatocouch wrote:wow looks like a hard work filling up that big tank hahahahahaha.


Well, after I stood on the dining table, lifted the first 25l drum and started pouring, I remembered the whole siphon technique :konk: ....much easier
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Alf D » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 2:24 pm

They are a good tank, well built and I like the idea of the plastic door/sides and the alloy frame.
I ended up with the 275lt cube.
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 3:15 pm

There are a number of fixes that you might want to do straight off the bat :)

Also, can i suggest, make sure you have this tank level. you have it filled at the moment but if its not level i suggest you drain it and level it properly. before you add stock

Things like,
1) Changing the return pipe to a flexible hose (this is to make life easier when you change filter socks, sponges)
2) Soft padding around return pump (the standard one is noisy)
3) Piece of Plastic tubing in the hole ontop of your overflow pipe in the top of the weir (this stops the gurgling noise)
4) Remove the Bio Balls
5) remove the 2 pieces of sheet glass (or install channels to move them around) they get very dirty very quickly, and the PAR reading on the stock lights are low enough as it is. you dont want to make it any worse :)
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 3:18 pm

ggoosen wrote:There are a number of fixes that you might want to do straight off the bat :)

Also, can i suggest, make sure you have this tank level. you have it filled at the moment but if its not level i suggest you drain it and level it properly. before you add stock

Things like,
1) Changing the return pipe to a flexible hose (this is to make life easier when you change filter socks, sponges)
2) Soft padding around return pump (the standard one is noisy)
3) Piece of Plastic tubing in the hole ontop of your overflow pipe in the top of the weir (this stops the gurgling noise)
4) Remove the Bio Balls
5) remove the 2 pieces of sheet glass (or install channels to move them around) they get very dirty very quickly, and the PAR reading on the stock lights are low enough as it is. you dont want to make it any worse :)


:cheers:
Levelled it when I put it all in place
Glass sheets are gooone
What do I put in place of the bioballs?
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 4:29 pm

Nothing, you can put LR Rubble, but in all honesty you will be using that space for a skimmer/reactor in the not to distant future.
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Thu 13 Feb, 2014 4:40 pm

ggoosen wrote:Nothing, you can put LR Rubble, but in all honesty you will be using that space for a skimmer/reactor in the not to distant future.



hahahah...I love a good (truthful) prohpecy :cheers: :withyou:
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Fri 14 Feb, 2014 9:03 am

And we're wet,
pumps doing their thing, the snowstorm is giving me a chance to look at flow, circulation and deadspots :konk:

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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Sat 15 Feb, 2014 7:41 pm

After a huge day running around, I got to meet up with a forum member for some awesome Live rock.

It's starting to come together :thumbsup:

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Also turfed the bio balls and thought I'd give some marine pure spheres a try.

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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby NewyReefer » Sat 15 Feb, 2014 8:27 pm

Coming together now mate, Scape looks great suits the tank well, id just keep a eye on the rubble at the bottom doesnt become a ditritus trap :thumbsup:
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Sat 15 Feb, 2014 8:46 pm

NewyReefer wrote:Coming together now mate, Scape looks great suits the tank well, id just keep a eye on the rubble at the bottom doesnt become a ditritus trap :thumbsup:


:cheers: I'm hoping a decent clean up crew can look after that little are down there when the time comes
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Imax » Sun 16 Feb, 2014 7:23 pm

It is good to see another 195. Ours has been a great first tank and it is good to see what others are doing with theirs. You are off to a good start.

Looking at your last photos it looks like you have your return straight down? You might want to run a power out test to make sure you don't overflow the sump. Our return doesn't break siphon when the return is switched off and the depth you have yours would be a lot of water for the sump to handle.
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Sun 16 Feb, 2014 7:33 pm

Imax wrote:It is good to see another 195. Ours has been a great first tank and it is good to see what others are doing with theirs. You are off to a good start.

Looking at your last photos it looks like you have your return straight down? You might want to run a power out test to make sure you don't overflow the sump. Our return doesn't break siphon when the return is switched off and the depth you have yours would be a lot of water for the sump to handle.



Thanks very much, I just hope I can do this tank justice.

Thanks for the observations on the sump , the siphon back issue was a huge concern of mine, and have tested it a few times over the last few days with positive results (no overflow!)

My skimmer is the next project...
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Sun 16 Feb, 2014 7:40 pm

So my daughter scared the carp out of me this afternoon with the old "oh I found a puddle under the tank" line...

Turns out that the pipe feeding the sump into the first chamber was filled with sponge. That sponge was creating an effervescent reaction with the water, and causing a build up behind the tank. Have removed it and used it to pad the return pump and the weir.

Also, not the most scientific method of observing the cycle, but interested to see it change over the next few weeks

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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby potatocouch » Mon 17 Feb, 2014 4:38 pm

wow, what is that Seachem Ammonia Alert? is it submersible and change colour if Ammonia reaches certain level?

that looks cool man :thumbsup:

what method will you be using to cycle your tank? or is it completely cycled now?
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Mon 17 Feb, 2014 7:12 pm

potatocouch wrote:wow, what is that Seachem Ammonia Alert? is it submersible and change colour if Ammonia reaches certain level?

that looks cool man :thumbsup:

what method will you be using to cycle your tank? or is it completely cycled now?


Yeah, I picked it up at Petbarn. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but the packet it comes in claims it's lasts 12 months in the tank.
It's basically a warning system that a fish may have croaked in the tank and started to decompose or had a bad curry the night before.
I was just curious about it.

My tank is not yet cycled, and incredibly 'young' so apart from annoying the membership here, I'm basically just sitting on my hands and waiting for it to do its thing.

I have a bunch of morphs on my rock which I'd like to see survive so I'm just monitoring levels as best I can and chilling out.
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby NVRENUF » Mon 17 Feb, 2014 8:42 pm

NIce job mate.. might need to invest in a small pump for water changes though :P
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 12:17 pm

NVRENUF wrote:NIce job mate.. might need to invest in a small pump for water changes though :P


I actually just grabbed one of those battery operated aquarium vacuums...can attach a piece of tubing to it to get a siphon happening. but, it doesnt accept large diameter tubing, so at the moment, I do it with a 2m length of 20mm tubing and mouth powah! :o
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 2:04 pm

I just use a siphon hose, the ones they sell with the gravel cleaner attached.

Does the job, ill probably try and setup a more automated solution at some stage, or use something like the Python Cleaner
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 2:24 pm

ggoosen wrote:I just use a siphon hose, the ones they sell with the gravel cleaner attached.

Does the job, ill probably try and setup a more automated solution at some stage, or use something like the Python Cleaner


Do you have an issue with a 'gurgling' weir / durso?

im going to the effort of trying to quieten things down, i'm replacing the pump, and i'm trying to figure out whether airline in the top of the Durso is a good idea (or a waste of time)
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 5:22 pm

Yep indeed,

2 things i did on the overflow, both included air tubing.

on the overflow, there is a small hole on the top. place about 3 cm of air tube sticking out, noise goes away. (i will post picks tonight)
for the return flow, there will be a splashing sound, created by the siphon break nipple. Again place a small piece of airtub on this

On a side note, i replaced the stock pump with an eheim 3000, this pump is a perfect direct replacement, but if i had an option i would go with the 5000 next time (or a DC control pump)
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby Dan Jovanovic » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 6:21 pm

ggoosen wrote:Yep indeed,

2 things i did on the overflow, both included air tubing.

on the overflow, there is a small hole on the top. place about 3 cm of air tube sticking out, noise goes away. (i will post picks tonight)
for the return flow, there will be a splashing sound, created by the siphon break nipple. Again place a small piece of airtub on this

On a side note, i replaced the stock pump with an eheim 3000, this pump is a perfect direct replacement, but if i had an option i would go with the 5000 next time (or a DC control pump)


Thanks bud,
Ok point 1 & 2 sorted
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Point 3 - in my haste last night in bed, I searched age of aquariums website. Key word was 'quiet' pump, I found an aqua nova Eco 3500 pump, and bought it.
Was touted as quiet, and had ceramic internals.

I rang them asking if I should change to the ehiem this morning, as usual they were real helpful and helped me decide just to stick with it.

Fingers crossed
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Re: Dan's Aqua One 195

Postby ggoosen » Wed 19 Feb, 2014 11:14 am

Let me know how it goes? is the flow rate enough?

Your air tubing doesnt have to be that long on the overflow, and the air pipe on the return should not be below the water line.

also.. i did find that no matter how i angle my return pipe i have sand blowing around :( ..

im still trying to find a nice dual NOC.
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