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Modular based multi tank sunlit propagation system

Postby Rhys123 » Mon 26 Oct, 2009 10:23 pm

Introduction:

Will be a 5 tank modular system sunlight will provide most of the systems light requirements (supplementing with MH when required)

System Objectives: Propagation SPS and mixed reef

System Type: SPS, Mixed Reef, in the main 4x4x2 with very minimal live rock all live rock in this part of the tank will come from natural limestone carved into the shape I want, Zoa in the 2x2x18inch and Morphs Rhodactis & Ricordia in the other 2x2x18inch

Display System:

Strike up Date: Main tank delivery date11/11/2009 all other tanks are onsite apart from the emergency overflow rubber maid tank.

Display Tank: 4x4x2 BB + 2x 2x2x18.

Display Lighting: Natural Sunlight supplemented by 3x 250w MH Lumenbright reflectors on a light movement rail .

Stand: Limestone and steel.

Hood: Nil.

Sump: 4 sumps 2x 3x2x18 one will hold a DSB the other a fuge & live rock 1x 3x2x2 will hold skimmer return pump etc 1x 500 liter rubber maid for emergency overflow with it’s own pump on a float (several pumps).

Refugium & DSB: 2x 3x2x18 the fuge will be ½ Macro Alage and live rock (I plan to keep Mantis and crab in this section).

Refugium Lighting: Natural Sunlight


Support systems:

System Water: NSW stored in 10 220 liter drums which can be plumbed into the system if need be . Automatic water change system 20 liters per day plumed straight into a drain.

Display Water circulation: 6 x Vortech MP40W + 16000 Laguna Maxi Flow each frag tank will have 2x 6000 Seio.

Return Pump:16000 liter Laguna Maxi flow obtained second hand.

Skimmer: SWC 300A Purchased from Luke at http://www.shop.reeffiltration.com/prod ... tegoryId=1

Evaporation Top Up: RO water top up


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: RO Calfusion 2600 2x (cheers Adrian)

Other Chemical Maintenance: RO Calfusion 2600 2x

Everything will be plumed into a drain system making it easier to do water changes and empty the skimmer etc.

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The modular system

Each tank can be bypassed by simply opening or closing a valve without impacting upon the rest of the system there will be 12 valves in the system. All pipe work is 40mm 2 legs will feed the 2 frag tanks the other leg will feed the DSB & Fuge. My existing 3x2x2.5 will become a fist QT tank.

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The fish room

East, West orientation ½ of the 6x4x2.7 meter shed will be roofed in clear polycarbonate as will one wall Winter it gets 5 hours of sunlight Summer 9 hours. Shed is being built this week by yours trully.

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The main tank

4x4x2 custom built by Vebas all tanks in this system where built by Vebas I have to say they have been great we have been talking and planning this system for a year or more and nothing has been to hard for Pacco and his crew and I don’t think I could have accomplished it at the current cost with out Vebas

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2 Frag tanks

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The Skimmer

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The Chiller

Obtained from Vebas along with 2 Vortechs and a battery backup to supplement the 2 I already have 4 in total another 2 to come.

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Postby pebbles » Mon 26 Oct, 2009 10:32 pm

:-x :-x :-x

Thats gonna be absolutely sensational!

The fish room

East, West orientation ½ of the 6x4x2.7 meter shed will be roofed in clear polycarbonate as will one wall Winter it gets 5 hours of sunlight Summer 9 hours. Shed is being built this week by yours trully.


I'm going to show my husband your thread and point out how little I really ask for! :devil:

All the best! :thumbsup:
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Postby tommo77 » Mon 26 Oct, 2009 10:36 pm

Very well planned out Steve, will be watching this with interest cant wait to see it come together!!
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Postby saltydog » Mon 26 Oct, 2009 11:07 pm

pebbles wrote:I'm going to show my husband your thread and point out how little I really ask for! :devil:

:talker: :laugh:


Nice Steve.
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Postby kurt » Mon 26 Oct, 2009 11:17 pm

Great planning Steve will be a ripper, cant wait to see more :thumbsup:
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Postby KirTracid » Tue 27 Oct, 2009 8:47 am

This is going to be great Steve. Really looking forward to this one. I think you're just accomplishing my dreams =) Also interested in seeing how the skimmer performs. I was so seriously close to getting the same one as Luke was such a champ with information.
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Postby coral1 » Tue 27 Oct, 2009 9:26 am

this is going to be an awsome set up and i think i will get some great ideas as it progresses
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Postby Rhys123 » Tue 27 Oct, 2009 5:32 pm

Cheers guys

Me putting the fish room\shed together (no doubt a few one liners could be dropped)

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Postby kurt » Tue 27 Oct, 2009 5:38 pm

The real benjamin button.

Solid looking materials.
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Postby blaze2 » Tue 27 Oct, 2009 6:38 pm

keeping it short

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Postby kurt » Sat 28 Nov, 2009 1:19 pm

Any updates Steve?
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Postby RedLineR » Sat 28 Nov, 2009 1:46 pm

Very nice tanl. Look forward to it being setup.
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Postby Rhys123 » Sat 28 Nov, 2009 9:45 pm

Something like this (taken a couple of weeks ago)

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Postby sydneydrewid » Sat 28 Nov, 2009 9:48 pm

how did the little builder get it up on those blocks?? :poke: it looks fantastic.. hows the shed/fish room going?
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Postby Rhys123 » Sat 28 Nov, 2009 10:15 pm

sydneydrewid wrote:how did the little builder get it up on those blocks?? :poke: it looks fantastic.. hows the shed/fish room going?


With 4 other little builders it was surprisingly easy my local LFS (Vebas) owner delivered it and me Pacco and 2 mates with the help of Pacco's suction cups walked it to where it needed to go

Of course it is hard when you are so short to get it up on the blocks :roflmao:

The shed is 90% complete but the build is a bit behind I was hoping to have the 2 2x2x1.5 frag tanks in place along side the main tank but I had to travel with work

6:30pm tonight giver an indication of the light during the day it physically hurts to look directly at the tank the light is so strong.

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Postby kurt » Sun 29 Nov, 2009 12:32 am

Looks great nice work with the stand, look forward to seeing how it goes :thumbsup:

How are you going to battle the humidity?
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Postby Rhys123 » Mon 14 Dec, 2009 1:33 am

kurt wrote:Looks great nice work with the stand, look forward to seeing how it goes :thumbsup:

How are you going to battle the humidity?


A big chiller and a couple of fans (industrial), good insulation etc etc

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Postby snapps » Thu 17 Dec, 2009 8:39 pm

love it
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Postby reefbuilder » Thu 17 Dec, 2009 8:46 pm

bookmarked :thumbsup:
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Postby Rhys123 » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 11:00 pm

Cheers where I am at

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Yes I know the joins look like crap but you try working in a 1 foot space that is 4 foot deep (keeping in mind I am not known to turn food or alcohol down very often)

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The insulation I am going to use it is called Foil-Board hopefully it will solve some of the heat issues associated with sheds both in Summer and winter

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Postby Mxett » Mon 28 Dec, 2009 8:53 am

Increadible! Can't wait to see how your sunlight works out.
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Postby sydneydrewid » Mon 28 Dec, 2009 9:53 am

looks great!! how much did the foilboard set you back per sheet? do you know what kind of insulation rating it gives you??
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Postby deds » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 3:40 pm

how thick is the glass you are using for 4x4x2 and are you going without bottom braces??
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Postby Rhys123 » Wed 30 Dec, 2009 8:46 pm

Mxett wrote:Increadible! Can't wait to see how your sunlight works out.


Something like this

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sydneydrewid wrote:looks great!! how much did the foilboard set you back per sheet? do you know what kind of insulation rating it gives you??


All the information can be found here

http://insulfibre.com.au/products_panel.htm

$39 a sheet (1200x2400)

deds wrote:how thick is the glass you are using for 4x4x2 and are you going without bottom braces??


12mm

If you mean cross braccing on the bottom pane of the tank then no if you mean cross bracing on the bottom of the stand yes
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Postby Daz the reefo » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 10:45 am

Wow, i will be tagging along for this ride, great ideas and setup will be keeping an eye on this one. i'm sure most of us have always wondered how we can use "free" energy to replace the lighting issues. One thought though; will there be enough light during the winter ? I'm sure you thought of this but just something that popped in my head while reading your TJ.

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Postby Rhys123 » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 5:56 pm

Yeah the plan is to have 3 lumenbright large reflectors (2x250 & 1x150) on a light movement rail ( http://www.jupiter2lightmover.com/conte ... 7/lang,en/) that will be set up on a square frame above the tanks attached to a central pivot point so the whole assembly can be swung above the tank when needed or out of the way and I am toying with the idea of attaching one of these liner actuators http://www.linearactuatorsaustralia.com/ to automatically move the frame depending on the sunlight detected and automatically starting the light rail and lights (though that is a project for later on).

Hard to describe if that makes any sense
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Postby Daz the reefo » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 5:59 pm

whoa sounds awesome. great idea again!
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Postby mgrav » Fri 01 Jan, 2010 1:36 pm

Bloody awesome Steve!!

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Postby baphomet » Fri 01 Jan, 2010 2:19 pm

:withyou:
If only I had the room and money to do something like this.
Well done Steve :bow:

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