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Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank Reboot in progress

Postby Bangalang » Sun 11 May, 2014 7:24 pm

Introduction:
Hi guys this will be my second marine tank as my first one cracked unexpectedly. I feel as though I have learnt a few good lessons along the way so hopefully this one will be more successful.

System Objectives: Going for a nice clean looking setup that matches our furniture, with all of the' junk' contained within the stand.

System Type: SPS mainly with some choice zoas and a clam or 2

Display System:

Strike up Date: TBA

Display Tank: 900x600x600mm

Display Lighting: ATI Hybrid Powermodule 4 x 24w

Stand: Gloss white with Black Granite

Hood: Rimless

Sump: 760x600x350mm

Support systems:

Neptune Apex

System Water: ASW

Display Water circulation: Maxspect Gyre

Return Pump: Royal Exclusiv RD3 :pirate:

Skimmer: Royal Exclusiv Double Cone 180 :pirate:

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze osmolator with RO/DI


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Red sea abc+

Alkilinity Addition: Red sea abc+

Other Chemical Maintenance: Red sea abc+

Current Water Chemistry: none
Nitrates:
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity:
Magnesuim:


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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 SPS tank - The beginning

Postby NewyReefer » Sun 11 May, 2014 7:26 pm

:clap: woohoo you did a cracking job(no pun intended) with the other tank can't wait to see how this progresses.
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Sun 11 May, 2014 7:37 pm

The Display and Sump tanks have been ordered and should arrive in 4 weeks :clap:

Here is my plan for the sump
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I will have the overflow pipes go into their own section so I can change the socks without taking the pipes off, and have all my top off water built in.
I plan to have the heaters under some eggcrate in the Frag section and I will make some dosing sections with a power head in one to stir up liquid foods to be fed via a dosing pump.
If anyone has any ideas/criticisms about the sump design it would be welcome. I am trying to contain as much as possible in the sump so that I can keep the rest of the stand tidy.
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Tue 13 May, 2014 10:52 am

Change of plans with the tanks. I am picking up a rimless braceless starphire tank on saturday :pirate: it comes with a stand and sump but I still plan to build my own stand and sump because I would like a touch more space so I have a decent shot at keeping things tidy. Can't wait to pick it up :thumbsup:
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby afhtan » Tue 13 May, 2014 12:52 pm

Are you going to run biopellets or zeo?
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Postby Bangalang » Tue 13 May, 2014 1:57 pm

Not thinking of doing zeovit for this tank mate but I might try some pellets. The nutrients seemed to be under control on my last tank but I was water changing about 35% each week. Probably going to try and do about 10 -15% on this one. Going to try and have a decent depth sand bed on the display too. We will see how it goes, I am trying to leave extra space for more reactors etc if I need to add them down the track.
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Sun 18 May, 2014 7:02 pm

So I have the tank! Just need to get it safely back to Canberra :crossfingers:

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Postby NewyReefer » Sun 18 May, 2014 7:41 pm

:clap: you'll be right :thumbsup:
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Mon 19 May, 2014 1:21 am

And it's home!!


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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby NewyReefer » Mon 19 May, 2014 6:03 pm

:clap: Have you decided on lighting or skimmer yet? or do you have a short list?
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Mon 19 May, 2014 7:11 pm

Skimmer I am a little undecided, aquabella is doing some great deals at the moment so I am seriously looking at the dc180. But then the deltec sc1455 is almost half the price and is supposed to be pretty good. I will nut it out over the next couple of days I guess. Lighting will just be the leds I have already for a while. I will probably have to keep my corals in the middle of the tank. When I have saved a bit more I will most likely get a powermodule or maybe even a hybrid if I have the cash. Planning on having this tank for longer than the last one so I want some reliable gear. I will have plenty of time to ponder while I am scraping the old coraline off the tank :roflmao:
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Sat 24 May, 2014 7:24 pm

So I ordered my skimmer! Ended up going with the RE DC180 :clap: big thanks to Nick from Aquabella. Also spent about 3 hours scraping coraline of the tank glass, next time I am just buying a new tank haha. So everything is going well, I am going to start selling my corals that won't be getting transferred. And the rest will go in the Frag tank I am setting up :thumbsup:
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - The beginning

Postby Bangalang » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 8:50 pm

Got my RE stuff!! :pirate: :pirate: Massive thanks to Nick at Aquabella :cheers: This gear looks and feels amazing I really can't wait to test it out, I think if it works even a quarter as good as it looks I will be stoked haha.
Here is some pics, I will have to take one of the new skimmer next to the old one cause it is hilarious how big the new one seems after all the nano gear!

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And Nick even threw in a free grounding pole, cheers mate :thumbsup:
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Really cant wait to get this wet now. I can start to build the sump and stand now that I have the main items to go under there and I will hopefully buy my controller this month too. Then the last main item to buy is the lights which I am about 90% sold on the ATI hybrids. I will keep doing stupid amounts of research and getting in trouble for doing too much fish stuff for a bit longer though just in case something new pops up.
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Postby NewyReefer » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 8:59 pm

:banana: :banana: :banana: Awesome stuff, i know how you feel my skimmer is bigger than my nano tank :roflmao:

Cant wait to see this progress, is your sump design still the same as the one at the top of the page?
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Postby Bangalang » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 9:20 pm

Nah I have decided to get rid of the frag tank from the sump as I have set up a full time one in the garage. I am going to get a board this weekend and sit the skimmer and stuff on it and mark out how much space I realistically want around them and I will see if I can have some space left over for a fuge or a simple scrubber too. To be honest I didn't quite realise how big this stuff was going to be haha
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Postby NewyReefer » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 9:40 pm

Haha yea its big, if you do add your dosing containers to the sump i would actually just make a separate glass tank for them, because if your sump overflowed or you overflow your dosing containers you could potentially dump alot of Ca/Alk/Mg into your sump, best off to have it separate from the sump.

Also how good is Nick even throwing in a freebie top bloke...
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Postby Bangalang » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 9:56 pm

Hmmm good point I hadn't thought of that. Still tossing up the idea of getting a calcium reactor too, see what space I have I guess. Going to be hard to stick to the rule of everything being contained neatly inside the stand................ :cop:
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Postby NewyReefer » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 10:04 pm

just take your time to plan it mate you only get 1 chance im sure you will make it work, your first design looked great im just sus on putting the dosing containers in the sump :thumbsup:
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Re: Bangalang's 3x2x2 Starphire SPS tank - Apex ready

Postby Bangalang » Wed 20 Aug, 2014 7:11 pm

Woohoo, got my Apex today!
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Now all I need is the Ati Hybrid to arrive( should be this week) and I have everything I need to start building the stand. I wanted to wait until I had all of the electrical gear so I can see how big my elec section of the stand has to be. With luck I will buy the wood for the frame this weekend and get started :pirate: :pirate:
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Postby NewyReefer » Wed 20 Aug, 2014 7:22 pm

:clap: Woot this is a epic build all the goodies love it Jase(plus the bonus chupa chup :roflmao: )

Oh and howd you go with your sump get it sorted?
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Postby Bangalang » Wed 20 Aug, 2014 8:04 pm

Yeah chupa chup went down a treat! Really tempting to hook all this stuff up now! With the sump I am planning to build it custom size once I know how big my electrical section needs to be. My overall stand size has been set by where the tank is going. Should have a size hopefully this weekend and then I will order the glass :thumbsup:
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Postby Bangalang » Wed 27 Aug, 2014 9:09 pm

Pretty much the final big equipment purchase has arrived now, ATI Hybrid :pirate: :pirate: :pirate: :pirate:
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Now I can start the fun part of building everything! Will buy the timber for the stand and maybe all of the doors and panels tomorrow and then bring on the weekend. Also this week I will be ordering my osmolator and wave pumps as my first fathers day gift haha. Almost time for me to have an actual tank in my tank journal
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Postby mason91 » Fri 29 Aug, 2014 2:17 pm

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Postby Bangalang » Fri 29 Aug, 2014 8:16 pm

Cheers for the interest guys, hopefully the pace should pick up a little now I have less things to save for :thumbsup:

I bought a cheap mitre saw and the timber for the frame and got started on the stand today. Hopefully I will have it all screwed together and sanded back tomorrow ready for some paint next week. I also bought a test panel for the cladding to see if I liked the quality and it looks great.

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It's looking like I should have enough space for a 2.5 x 2.5 sump so plenty of room for goodies!
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Postby Bangalang » Sun 31 Aug, 2014 3:41 pm

Stand is pretty much built now. Just have to add a few timbers to support the light brackets and the dividing wall for the electrical cabinet. Got it sitting all square and level with some water drums to keep it that way while I screw the final posts in. Overall pretty happy with it and it is not going anywhere, I jumped on the centre beam a few times and it didn't budge.

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Postby Bangalang » Sun 21 Sep, 2014 3:28 pm

So my work on the stand has been going slowly due to having 5 weddings over the last few weeks :madface: But i did manage to organise some stoneworkers to make me a granite benchtop and I have given the main frame a couple of coats of paint so I can start to line the cabinet now.

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And I have changed my lighting program around on the frag tank which is now going great guns. I was getting a fair bit of algae in there even with all of my water changes and low nitrates/phosphates so i decided to drop the white channel intensity/duration right back because it also has red and green leds on it. Now all of my corals have been growing faster and have been extending their polyps much more and the colours are heaps better. I also wired up an atc800 for the frag tank which has been awesome.

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Postby Bangalang » Tue 14 Oct, 2014 9:59 pm

So I have been making some slow progress. I have ordered the glass to make the sump which should be ready tomorrow. I have changed my original design to work in with my available space and have moved to ato reservoir to another side of the cabinet along with the tanks for supps and automatic water change storage ;)
This is the new design for the sump

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And the stand minus doors

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I just have to do some more sanding on the doors I made and then they are off to get painted in 2 pac gloss white. its all starting to come together now so it should all be hopefully wet next month and ready for livestock by January :pirate:
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Postby Amphibian » Tue 14 Oct, 2014 10:26 pm

well its getting closer , well done so far.
at least you have all the good bits just waiting to get wet.

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