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Postby cam » Tue 01 May, 2007 9:33 pm

Specs

Tank - 5x2x2 built by dennison at Marys Aquariums at Browns Plains (http://www.marysaquarium.com/)
10mm glass all round, 13.5mm base (weird size that we got for 12mm price), standard bracing with two x 75mm center braces so lighting will fit without overlapping the bracing.

Cabinet - Built by Paul at Anthonys Aquarium Furniture (http://www.aquariumfurniture.com.au/)
900 high base. Removable ends.
500 hood. Removable roof.
Stained in Mahogany.

Equipment

Sump - 3x1.5x1.5 (http://www.marysaquarium.com/)

Skimmer - Deltec APF600 (http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au)
Hydor pump for skimmer (http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au)

Calcium Reactor by turbo http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=1195

FIP double union ball valves

RO/DI unit from psifilters (http://www.psifilters.com.au/masa.htm)

Sendra Pondmaster 7000 for return (~3000lph - head loss) ([url]
http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au[/url])

Chiller - Teco TR20 (http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au)
Sendra Pondmaster for chiller (http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au)

Monitoring - Digital Aquatics RKE

Lighting - DIY LED
144 CREE 3W XPE/XPG's
~430W at the moment, adding a dimming circuit which may drop it a little.
12 x Meanwell ELN-60-48D

Circulation
Tunze 6000's x 1
Tunze 6105's x 3

Display

Substrate - Calcium Carbonate
Water - Natural Sea Water
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Postby cam » Tue 01 May, 2007 9:33 pm

Photos

First assembled
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Sump
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Postby atty » Tue 01 May, 2007 10:06 pm

Thats a nice tank there, love the stand and hood. Good luck setting the rest up
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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Tue 01 May, 2007 10:40 pm

:wavey: G'Day Cam,

Nice to see you starting your journal, it has been in the making for a while But as they say good things come to those that wait. So good luck on your setup and I look forward to following your progress.
Your hood and cabinet look great who made them ?

Keep those photos coming Cam.


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Postby cam » Wed 02 May, 2007 1:03 am

AuS MaDDoG wrote:Your hood and cabinet look great who made them ?


It was built by Paul at Anthony's Aquarium Furniture.
Very happy with the finish on everything.
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 02 May, 2007 2:03 am

If you are wanting to go down the road of SPS I'd recommend the TS24 kit. A little exxy as you've said but well worth it.

Tank looks great!
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Postby Kazmindah » Wed 02 May, 2007 11:04 am

Cam,

You haven't mentioned what your plans are for the tank coral wise but I wanted to share my experiences with the Tunze 6060's. I have 2 of these on my 5x2x2 mixed reef & find that they are plenty of flow for the size of the tank if . If you're looking at mainly an SPS tank then you may want something more.

One consideration though is that if you are planning on having a sandbed then the 6060 will need to be positioned very carefully or you will end up with a sandstorm.

It took me quite a while to get them positioned so that they don't move the sand around.
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Postby cam » Wed 02 May, 2007 11:15 am

thanks for the suggestions.
Yes I am hoping to try some SPS.

Getting the flow required without creating a sandstorm is making the decision hard.
Do I go for smaller pumps and get a few more so they can be directed where it is needed.
Or do I go bigger and place rocks where the sand is being picked up from.

Anyway, will have to make my mind up soon.
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Postby blags » Wed 02 May, 2007 11:18 am

Looking nice Cam keep us all posted as you go along :nod:
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Postby Kazmindah » Wed 02 May, 2007 11:18 am

The other option is that you go bare bottom (starboard) if you want an SPS tank, that way you won't have to worry about a sandstorm & you can have much higher flow.
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Postby cam » Wed 02 May, 2007 12:42 pm

I was going to go starboard earlier in the setup, but after seeing both (mainly blags setup) I decided to go with a sand bed in the display.
I like the more natural look.
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Postby Guv » Wed 02 May, 2007 11:14 pm

Looking good cam :thumbsup:
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Postby cammo » Thu 03 May, 2007 1:09 am

hey have you got any pics of the tank with the lighting on???? i am deciding wheather to buy a pair of the 14k's from ben, but i wanna see the colour first, thanks a heap
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Postby cammo » Thu 03 May, 2007 1:19 am

hey btw , have you considered a siphon and backup durso??? there is a thread on here in equipment about this very subject, i only wish i had found it before i had set my tank up, absoulutly no noise and very easy to incorparate, you will have virtually no microbubble prob that u would normally have with a standard durso(assumin that is what u have) just sayin so if you do want one then you can incorparate it in now before the tank gets wet and is virtually impossible to change!!! anyway very very nice job so far mate :bow: ,will be watchin this thread very closely, keep us posted
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Postby Kazmindah » Thu 03 May, 2007 11:02 am

cammo wrote:sayin so if you do want one then you can incorparate it in now before the tank gets wet and is virtually impossible to change!!! anyway


I think that statement is a litte misleading. It would depend on what the set up is planned to be & in which case it may not be that difficult to change.

I was able to incorporate the durso/syphon into my tank months after it was up & running with minimal effort.
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Postby cam » Thu 03 May, 2007 11:47 am

cammo wrote:hey have you got any pics of the tank with the lighting on???? i am deciding wheather to buy a pair of the 14k's from ben, but i wanna see the colour first, thanks a heap


Awaiting the reflectors from the group buy.
Plumbing is going ahead at the moment and sump will be ordered this week I hope.

I am not really expecting salt water in it for the next few weeks at which time I can post some pics.
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Postby cam » Thu 03 May, 2007 11:53 am

cammo wrote:hey btw , have you considered a siphon and backup durso??? there is a thread on here in equipment about this very subject, i only wish i had found it before i had set my tank up, absoulutly no noise and very easy to incorparate, you will have virtually no microbubble prob that u would normally have with a standard durso(assumin that is what u have) just sayin so if you do want one then you can incorparate it in now before the tank gets wet and is virtually impossible to change!!! anyway very very nice job so far mate :bow: ,will be watchin this thread very closely, keep us posted


Yep already considered.
Since I am running holes in the bottom of the tank it is similar to the syphon/standpipe method.
One drain will just have a strainer (probably not needed) and I will tune this so the water rises to the standpipe (stockman in my case).

The syphon/standpipe thread is a little confusing at first, but all your trying to do is get most of the flow through a pipe that doesnt introduce any air. Whether this pipe is a stand pipe (only needed if you have holes in the back of your tank) or simply a drain in the bottom of your tank, it will have the same effect.
The key to it is having a valve on that drain (the syphon one) to slow it down to allow the water to rise to the standpipe, and remove the waterfall effect over the weir.
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Postby cammo » Thu 03 May, 2007 1:34 pm

good , i found it a bit confusing at the start too, but now i completly understand,
The syphon/standpipe thread is a little confusing at first, but all your trying to do is get most of the flow through a pipe that doesnt introduce any air. Whether this pipe is a stand pipe (only needed if you have holes in the back of your tank) or simply a drain in the bottom of your tank, it will have the same effect.
The key to it is having a valve on that drain (the syphon one) to slow it down to allow the water to rise to the standpipe, and remove the waterfall effect over the weir.



yea i know how it works i just didnt know wheather you had it (i couldnt really see the inner workings of your weir) i know that in my case it was very difficult to incorparate after setting up , imo i think that most tanks would have some sort of hassle trying to put it in after(assuming you want a bulkheaded one, btw mine is a simple hob one i made myself , i am going to put a bulkheaded one in there one day but i wish i had found the thread earlier when i was still settng the plumbing up, imo would have looked neater) im not trying to "mislead" anybody just tryin to help ya not make the imo same mistake i made that is easy ,but costly and time consuming to fix, my tank easily incorparated a siphon as well, took me literally 5 min to do just wish i had nown sooner , :wall: :nut:


i only wish i had found it before i had set my tank up, absoulutly no noise and very easy to incorparate, you will have virtually no microbubble prob that u would normally have with a standard durso(assumin that is what u have) just sayin so if you do want one then you can incorparate it in now before the tank gets wet and is virtually impossible to change!!! anyway very very nice job so far mate Bow ,will be watchin this thread very closely, keep us posted


anyways , cant wait to see this tank up and running mate , keep us posted
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Postby cam » Thu 03 May, 2007 3:11 pm

I appreciate the advice. Can never get enough advice and do enough reading when getting into this hobby.
Luckily I did see the syphon/standpipe thread before I ordered my tank. And after understanding how it all worked (thanks to a call to guv very early in the whole thing) I knew what it was all about.
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Postby Tone » Thu 03 May, 2007 3:32 pm

Beautiful cabinet Cam! I'm sure that Dennison has matched the cabinet with a very nice tank too. I'm sure that this will be a wonderful display when it's done.

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Postby Tone » Thu 03 May, 2007 3:36 pm

For your circulation, have you considered possibly doing a closed loop and run it with a nice quiet OR pump?

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Postby cam » Thu 03 May, 2007 3:38 pm

thanks tone.
Very happy with the finish so far (just my part to get right)

The cabinets are the ones that dennison sells.
You can order them through him or direct from paul (same price I think) but they are chalk and cheese compared to other cabinets I have seen around. (and it was built to my specs, ie no handles on doors, stain I wanted, routing I wanted, removable doors etc)
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Postby cam » Wed 16 May, 2007 12:19 pm

Just a quick update.
No pictures as there is nothing really exciting at the moment.


- sump ordered from dennison. Bit of a different design to fit into my cabinet layout.

- Tunze 2x6000 with magents arrived today.

- Tunze regulator

- Reflectors hopefully here this week to start work on the lighting.

All getting pretty close now.
Hopefully have it ready for fresh water testing in a few weeks.
Seams like forever waiting for things to turn up or getting the design right.

Did reach a milestone last week with all the above plumping sorted and the weir filled for leak testing. After several attempts at using the bulkheads with no silicon I gave up and used silicon and havent lost a drop in a week (as opposed to 1 drop every 10-15m without).
Plumber friend said they always have to use silicon on those fittings.
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Postby cammo » Wed 16 May, 2007 12:29 pm

oh great, cant wait too see more pics mate! good luck on the lights! keep us posted
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Postby koran1 » Wed 16 May, 2007 1:00 pm

hi cam,
nice tank stand and hood!
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Postby cam » Wed 16 May, 2007 1:05 pm

thanks koran1.

Getting a bit bored of looking at just an empty tank.
Everything should start arriving now so I can put the rest of it together.
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Postby cammo » Wed 16 May, 2007 1:20 pm

what do you plan on keeping in this baby? this is going to be a real beaut tank!
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Postby cam » Wed 16 May, 2007 2:50 pm

As much as I can with the size I have.
Firstly will be moving most of the rock and corals from my 8x2x2 and some of the fish.
At the moment the LPS that I have and trying a few SPS.

Been a long journey from research to setting up an existing tank and keep it for a while now.
Hopefully I have most things right in this one and it will go well.
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Postby rainmun » Wed 16 May, 2007 9:31 pm

Hey Cam,

Lookin nice, Paul has done an awesome job on your Cabinet and Hood.

Its a very nice colour. :thumbsup: I can't wait to see it running.

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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Wed 16 May, 2007 9:56 pm

Keep up the good work Cam the wait will be worth it Mate !!

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