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Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Mon 03 Nov, 2014 12:47 am

Introduction:

I have had a nano for about 12 months and whilst taught me a lot about tank maintenance it was time to go bigger.. well as big as the finance minister would let me.

System Objectives: healthy mixed reef tank, though I am partial to the coloured sticks :clap:

Display System:

Strike up Date: TBC but hopefully in the next 2-3 weeks

Display Tank: 2ft cube, external weir with drain, emergency & return

Display Lighting: Orphek Atlantic Compact - the new version with the dual chip led's

Stand: Wood stand cladded with gloss black

Sump: 2 x 1.5 x 1.5 - height in reflection was a mistake. It's a simple sump of an area for the skimmer, baffles and then return area. It has another area that can either house the RO or could be used as a fuge


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 2 x MP10Wes

Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 2.0

Skimmer: JNS Co1

Evaporation Top Up: Auto topup - The Tunze nano is coming off my nano when I close it down and will come over to the new tank,


Chemical Support:

I have a dosing pump on my nano that will come across to this tank.

I currently have base rock (that was live rock about 12 months ago) soaking in RO to make sure its not going to leach anything. Good thing I did this as PO4 was 0.38 after day one, tested yesterday and it was done to 0.16.

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby mason91 » Tue 04 Nov, 2014 6:13 am

Tagging along, looks like you're off to a cracking start
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Sat 08 Nov, 2014 8:36 pm

So today was the wet test and all went well. Worked out my max fill level and then made sure I had enough height for power off.

Cabinet has ended up ever so slightly too high so to get to the bottom I need to stand on my toes or I might have to get something to stand on.

Anyway here is a pic of the wet test and then final resting place.

For the time being I plan on using my old stand and the electrical cabinet until I get around to making one.

The other thing I need to decide is the placement of my MP10s. I don't know if to put on the side or at the back.

Thoughts?

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby petergriffin » Sun 09 Nov, 2014 4:09 am

Looking good mate.

I'd put the mp10's on the back. Less things to look at. Look forward to seeing how it goes.

You will love the light, i got 4 v1 atlantiks and the pendant and they have all been fantastic so far.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby oscar85 » Sun 09 Nov, 2014 9:55 am

oh cute!
love to see it when the lights are up
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby Mr Miagi » Sun 09 Nov, 2014 10:05 am

Definitely place the MP10's on the back mate! Looking good! :cheers:
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Wed 12 Nov, 2014 10:26 pm

What are people's thoughts of the initial scape?

Do you think it's too low? Do I need to raise it more? The rocks at the back will house SPS.

I know it's personal preference and it will create some good swimming space at the top for the fish.

There is a lot of space at the front as that's where my rock from nano will be going.

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby some_one » Wed 12 Nov, 2014 11:56 pm

Looking the good Matt.

Interested to see how this progresses.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Thu 13 Nov, 2014 12:07 am

some_one wrote:Looking the good Matt.

Interested to see how this progresses.


Thanks Brett. Hoping to get it wet this weekend as long as I can tee up the water with Denis from Freo Ocean Farms.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby titusho » Thu 13 Nov, 2014 9:25 am

MattnJayne wrote:What are people's thoughts of the initial scape?

Do you think it's too low? Do I need to raise it more? The rocks at the back will house SPS.

I know it's personal preference and it will create some good swimming space at the top for the fish.

There is a lot of space at the front as that's where my rock from nano will be going.

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Scape looks good. Have you got enough room on the side for maintenance purpose?

Have you heard about the 2/3 rule? may be you can raise the left hand side just a bit and move the left hand side towards the front of the tank a bit to give you some depth pospective for a small tank. As it is now still look good! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Fri 14 Nov, 2014 11:58 pm

Today was a great day.

Tank is wet.

It's very cloudy at the moment so can't see anything.

Hopefully in the morning it's cleared up so I can level sand and clean off the rocks if they are covered in sand.

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby kodez » Sat 15 Nov, 2014 2:57 pm

I like the scape, did something similar with mine. Leaves room for your sps colonies to grow up :P
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 12:24 am

So excuse the crappy pic. Lights were off so I quickly put them on to about 40%. The existing rock I transferred is not in its final resting place.

Still need to fine tune the skimmer as it is sitting too high and spitting out a crap load of microbubbles at present. I am hoping that goes away.

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby Mr Miagi » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 9:08 am

Looking good. With a tank that shape I would have gone a larger central column, but like you say, its personal preference. What are you doing with the MicMol now? How did you find it?
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 9:29 am

Will be cleaning up and selling off all the stuff I had on my nano. That's a job for next weekend. The Micmol was good for the acans and hammer that I had but did not have enough punch for SPS.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Tue 18 Nov, 2014 11:42 pm

Tonight I decided to test my parameters to see where things are at.

Salinity - 1.025
Temp - 27deg
NO3 - 0.2
Ph - 8.3
Alk - 9.2
Ca - 430
PO4 - 0.26. Ouch :wall:
Mg - 1320

Still fine tuning the skimmer. It needs to be lowered some more so I will alter the stand it's on over the weekend. The other thing I will change will be the light setting. Currently have them on acclimatise.

Will also finish the scape over the weekend and make a visit to Vebas to pick up a few things.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby titusho » Wed 19 Nov, 2014 9:52 pm

Are u planning to run Phosban or similar with reactor to get the po4 down? The rocks are releasing po4 atm.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Thu 20 Nov, 2014 12:47 am

titusho wrote:Are u planning to run Phosban or similar with reactor to get the po4 down? The rocks are releasing po4 atm.


Jns have a biopellet reactor I want to get and reef secrets will have them closer to xmas.

I may look at running something in between times so a trip to the LFS on the weekend should hopefully fix that the issue.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Fri 21 Nov, 2014 10:35 pm

On my way home from work today I stopped past Vebas to pick up a few things which included a nice encrusted Dallas frag, a small hammer and another ocellaris so that I now have a pair.

The good news is the minute the new one went in they started to "dance" about and swim around. I am hoping these remain a pair as normally the one I have chases any new one away.

Will post some new pics tomorrow after a rescape and water change.
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Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Fri 28 Nov, 2014 7:43 pm

So I changed my scape around just a little bit and today my frags from oceanarium arrived.

I am happy with how it is looking though I am losing one of my old coral so I will frag it tomorrow.

Apologies in advance if the photos ain't too flash hot. One day I will pull out the slr.

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby kodez » Sun 30 Nov, 2014 11:13 pm

Scape looks killer dude.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Sun 30 Nov, 2014 11:32 pm

kodez wrote:Scape looks killer dude.


Yeah I am really happy with how my tank looks.

Just need to stock with fish now and some more corals. Though stocking slowly to not overload the system too much. Am trying to decide which fish are next, it will either be 2 banggai once the ones acro al has are ready for release or a 6 line.

I am still undecided on the 6 line given then can either be model citizens or complete a/holes.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Sat 13 Dec, 2014 1:40 pm

Just a quick update.

I must say I am really impressed with the JNS skimmer I have. It pulls out a dark green skimate that stinks like... Well we all know what it can smell like. For the price of them it performs really well.

Picked up 2 banggai's last weekend from a tank shutdown that are doing well.

Also picked up two frags off a guy on facebook. One is really blue and photos don't do it any justice.

Anyhow, here is a fts.

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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby kodez » Sun 14 Dec, 2014 3:25 pm

Looks good man. Is that one of those green tipped birds nest? Corralines starting to take off too :)
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Sun 14 Dec, 2014 7:25 pm

kodez wrote:Looks good man. Is that one of those green tipped birds nest? Corralines starting to take off too :)


Yes it is a green tipped one.

Unfortunately lost some of the frags from oceanarium. Lights weren't at the right height so they got cooked.

My zoas are finally starting to open back up again. PO4 is on the up so I put my media reactor back online with a small amount of pellets. Nitrates ate still undetectable though.

Starting to get an outbreak of what appears to be diatom algae so may need to get some more snails. May also need to alter how long my lights are on for.

Also took a trip to Vebas to see what I could pick up from their sale weekend.

I was about to leave when I spotted what I hope they would have and that I wanted in regards to fish.

Picked up a baby six line wrasse. It is probably 4-5cm long.

Time to focus on corals, getting parameters stable (alk and mg are on the lower ends of the scale) and keeping all inhabitants healthy.

From a fish perspective that's probably about it now.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby 2revup » Wed 24 Dec, 2014 5:07 pm

Looking good! I got myself a JNS granted its only a hang on for my nano to replace the old tunze 9002 and WOW, absolutely amazing how much they are pulling out. Best money I spent i'd say.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Thu 25 Dec, 2014 12:41 am

2revup wrote:Looking good! I got myself a JNS granted its only a hang on for my nano to replace the old tunze 9002 and WOW, absolutely amazing how much they are pulling out. Best money I spent i'd say.


Absolutely agree with you there. For the price I can not fault it. Just a shame only reefsecrets stock it as getting its,a from Qld to Wa is a killer.

Starting to get hair algae forming so I am debating on whether or not to cut down how long my lights are on for.

Nitrates are still undetectable and po4 last test was at 0.03.
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby kodez » Fri 26 Dec, 2014 7:40 am

Dibs on a frag when u it gets big :)
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby camakazi » Tue 06 Jan, 2015 8:10 pm

Hey Mate
How did the frags go?? Looking forward to see them
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Re: Matt's 2ft Cube

Postby MattnJayne » Tue 06 Jan, 2015 11:43 pm

camakazi wrote:Hey Mate
How did the frags go?? Looking forward to see them


Frags are going well mate. Still trying to decide if I like where I have put them.

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Milli that is a peachy colour in the right light and a yellow acro frag. Unsure if I like these two where they are.
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