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Brett's 312 Litre stag box

Postby Brett240 » Tue 16 Sep, 2014 11:22 pm

Introduction:
This is my second reef tank, i pulled the other one down as i was never happy with the stand or general setup, having designed it when i knew nothing about reef tanks. The tank will be in the same spot though slightly larger ( old tank was 24 x 24 x 30 ) , though i'll re-use a lot of my equipment. Havent had the tank built yet but most other bits I have.

System Objectives: Mixed reef, plenty of SPS and a handful of fish.

System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date: estimated November 2014.

Display Tank: 715 (L) x 675 (W) x 740 (D) 12mm glass, eurobraced.

Display Lighting: 1 x Ecotech Gen 1 XR30 with TIR lenses

Stand: 50mm stainless steel

Hood: none

Sump: 570 (L) x 570 (W) x 510 (D)

Refugium: No

Support systems:

System Water: RODI + Red sea pro salt

Display Water circulation: 2 x Ecotech MP40 WES

Return Pump: Oceanrunner OR2500

Skimmer: Tunze comline DOC skimmer 9011

Evaporation Top Up: by hand

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Two Little Fishies C-Balance

Alkilinity Addition: Two Little Fishies C-Balance

Other Chemical Maintenance: Phosban 150 running activated carbon, plus JNS ALpha 2 Bio pellet reactor

Water Chemistry Target values :
Nitrates: 0
Phosphates: .03
Alkalinity: 10 DKH
Calcium: 450ppm
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.025
Magnesuim: 1400


So far I've had the stand built, ill use magnetically attached panels so i can pull them all off for maintenance. the magnetic latches are attached to the inside. the stand was expensive but im really happy with the way its come up, worth every penny.

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I've used 'Adjust-a-foot' feet as the floor isnt entirely level where the stand sits. there's a nut welded into the bottom of each stand and the feet screw in. the feet are load rated at 600KG and will only support about half that maximum
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i'm re-using my old sump, no baffles except for the bubble trap on the intake, i thought about putting in baffles but prefer having maximum space available for equipment so my giant hands to get in for maintenance.

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Next up i'll be doing the paneling for the stand then getting the tank knocked up.
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby mason91 » Wed 17 Sep, 2014 11:13 pm

Love the cube! Heaps keen to see this progress
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby GRK-351 » Thu 18 Sep, 2014 12:32 am

loving that stand, looks too neat to clad it!
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Thu 18 Sep, 2014 2:05 pm

cheers,

I wont be cladding it, the panels will sit inside the frame so the bare stainless steel is exposed.
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Sat 20 Sep, 2014 5:12 pm

Knocked up the panels today. I've used marine ply for the base that the sump sits on,

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Cut up the panels on a table saw
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then attached handles and the magnetic latches on the back
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Im using a closed cell black foam for the base as it will be exposed ( thanks for the tip Jayellul ), next up ill waterproof the panels then time for the tank!
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Tue 30 Sep, 2014 1:52 pm

New toy arrived today, JNS Alpha 2 bio pellet reactor. :clap:

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Have to say though, im not too impressed it comes with a non AU plug with an adaptor thrown in, given I bought it from an Australian store. That's a first. :furious:
Will get an electrician to change this over to a proper plug.

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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Mon 06 Oct, 2014 7:43 pm

Finally painted the panels

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now just mucking around with the sump while i wait for the tank to turn up. the ground floor has the return pump, up-flow reactor pump plus a couple of blocks of Marine pure. top floor at the moment will be the skimmer plus the bio-pellet, and i might put in a cryptic zone there too.

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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby mason91 » Tue 07 Oct, 2014 3:39 pm

Mate that sump has room for activities!!!
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Sun 12 Oct, 2014 9:38 pm

just finished welding and mounting the mount for the radion.

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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 6:03 pm

been building the electrical box this weekend which has been a lot of fiddly work, nearly on top of it though!

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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Sun 26 Oct, 2014 8:25 pm

Eco runner 2700 turned up and installed. will give 4 times per hour tank turnover. now just waiting for the tank to turn up. should be this week!

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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby mason91 » Sun 26 Oct, 2014 9:32 pm

Coming along nicely, it's probably a good thing that it's taken a while for the tank to come. Give you proper time to be organised and make sure everything runs smoothly without rushing anything :)
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Mon 27 Oct, 2014 1:17 pm

cheers mate,

yep when it does turn up i'm ready to go. Tank is built, just not ready to move yet
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Re: Brett's 28 x 26 x 29 Reef

Postby Brett240 » Thu 30 Oct, 2014 5:54 pm

FInally! now for the plumbing....

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Sun 02 Nov, 2014 8:40 pm

plumbings nearly done, just need t brace the plumbing against the stand, knock up a couple of dursos then its ready to test.

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Sun 16 Nov, 2014 7:13 pm

put in Rivnuts this afternoon for the plumbing bracing. hardest part was drilling through the stainless steel.

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worth the effort though, nice n secure

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Thu 20 Nov, 2014 1:44 pm

the slow and painful fill begins. managing about 60 litre a day of RO due to other commitments so this is taking a while :sleepy:

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Tue 25 Nov, 2014 7:19 pm

tanks full! bringing salinity up to speed then ill drop in the live rock ive had cooking for 5 months.

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electrical is done for now. im going to shorten up all the wires so everything is nice and neat.

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby jayellul » Tue 25 Nov, 2014 7:26 pm

Mate looking tops :-)

I really like the cabinet.


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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby sparker » Wed 26 Nov, 2014 8:54 am

great build, keep the updates coming!
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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Thu 27 Nov, 2014 1:15 pm

thanks guys, getting exciting now as stuff is starting to go in! Ive got a few bugs to iron out with the overflow and a problem getting the vortechs to sync but nearly there.

last night I took the live rock out of its dark home for the last 5 months. man is it clean! cleanest live rock ive ever seen. if you ever have a tank down for a few months I highly recommend the cooking process.

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for the moment ive just chucked it in the tank, zero aqua scaping effort going on here until I get more time. anyone have any recommended camera settings for tank photos? im having trouble getting a good shot.

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Mon 08 Dec, 2014 9:19 pm

picked up an innovative marine minimax reactor a few days ago. love the design and will pick up another for carbon. ive done a short right up in the tech/DIY section.

http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=261672

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Mon 08 Dec, 2014 9:25 pm

tanks cycling nicely. have a big battle between coraline algae, diatoms and green hair algae.

the diatoms are just about gone, the coraline is going baserk. my phosphorous level is 21 parts per BILLION so thats not a problem. suspect i had spores that hung on through the cooking process and have used up whatever phosphate is still in the live rock. will keep an eye on it but i expect it to go away by itself.

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Wed 24 Dec, 2014 5:05 pm

Dropped a few fish in, a blue and yellow tang made short work of all the hair algae. Tank is algae free and waiting for coral.

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 7:20 pm

boiling hot lately, tank got up to about 28.5 so ive stuck a chiller on it. bit messy for now until I tidy the wiring

tank is sitting waiting for coral, waiting for the regular stockists to come back from Christmas holidays....
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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Wed 21 Jan, 2015 3:11 pm

chucked a few corals in today from Oceanarium, looking forward to them growing out!

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby trimixdiver » Sat 07 Feb, 2015 10:15 pm

Looks like you didn't allow any room to hide the chiller!
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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Sat 30 May, 2015 11:11 pm

been a little while since an update. ive put in 5 chromis, theyve been in for a just over amonth and i lost one. very suspicious a game of highlander has started with them. coral growth is slow but steady. im not getting alot of polyp extension at the moment which needs investigation but skeleton growth is OK.

will try to get my hands on a DSLR as the crappy phone pics dont do the tank justice.

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Brett240 » Sat 23 Apr, 2016 9:01 pm

bit of an update. been a while. up until recently SPS has been slow though have been dosing polyp labs amino acids and the odd berocca which seems to be excellerating growth a little. still more SPS to be added though getting there

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Re: Brett's 312 Litre almost cube

Postby Aphilla » Sat 23 Apr, 2016 10:37 pm

That's looking pretty sweet!
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