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Travis's 100l cube. moved on to greener pastures

Postby fishguy23 » Thu 17 Jun, 2010 6:13 pm

Introduction:
with me starting uni im getting rid of my 5 foot tank as im constantly cleaning it and am going start a smallish cubeish tank

System Objectives:
a nano tank that will keep ongoing costs down as well as maintenance to a minimum
System Type: a mixed reef with a couple of sps frags at the top. if i can keep parameters nice :crossfingers:

Display System:
Strike up Date: last few months

Display Tank:.
46x48x48cm

Display Lighting:
150 watt solarmax electronic dimmable ballast with a blumembright mini 150watt double ended reflector
tossing up between 14 and 20k bulb

Stand:
diy by me and my grand father im making it 4 feet long so it can house the sump and gives me room to grow as im likely to want to increase the tank size sooner or later.

Hood:
dont think i will have one may have something so the light doesnt flood the room.

Sump:
3 feet by 16' by 15'
Refugium:
center section of sump

Refugium Lighting:
10 watt led floodlight 6500k

Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: mp10es

Return Pump: aquamedic oceanrunner 3500lph think im going to have to downsize or put a ball valve to slow the rate of flow will wait till i have it running to decide

Skimmer: just a cheap one for the time being. will upgrade to MARINE SOURCES MS-120-6530 as its footprint is small enough to fit in the the first compartment of the sump.

Evaporation Top Up: manual for the time being. may look at one from guppies

extras there will be 2pc fans running in the hood for air circulation. led strip for moonlight from ebay
resun cl450 chiller.
Chemical Support:
not for the time being
Calcium Addition:

Alkilinity Addition:
Other Chemical Maintenance: Magnesium etc



Current Water Chemistry:
na


this will be the most recent fts
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total system volume about 225l
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Re: travis's nano

Postby fishguy23 » Fri 18 Jun, 2010 6:09 pm

for pics once water is in
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Re: travis's nano

Postby fishguy23 » Fri 18 Jun, 2010 10:24 pm

drilled the bottom of the tank today 2 overflow holes one for a durso and another for siphon. have one more hole to drill tomorrow for a return line
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Re: travis's nano

Postby Ziggy88888 » Sat 19 Jun, 2010 1:30 am

hey man show us some pics sounds good.
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Re: travis's nano

Postby fishguy23 » Sat 19 Jun, 2010 3:57 pm

heres some photos of what Ive done so far not a lot but its a start.
this is my makeshift way of drilling the holes i used a plastic lid as a guide and to hod the water around the hole
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the plug that was cutout
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all three holes done
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the connection that i got for the pc fans and led it plugs directly into a 12v pack. i did it this way so that no wires had to be cut/ exposed.
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and this is the internals of the female adapter i just soldered the wires to it and then screwed the black plastic cover on.
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Re: travis's nano tank drilled

Postby fishguy23 » Tue 29 Jun, 2010 9:46 pm

well the two 10watt leds arrived today i have them over my nano all in one nano. if these end up being half decent i will buy another two so a total of four over the cube. changed now just going a halide
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Re: travis's nano tank drilled

Postby fishguy23 » Fri 02 Jul, 2010 7:59 pm

ok so i have bought and installed the 3, 20mm bulkheads had to grind of about 4 mm on one side of one as i drilled the holes a little close together. but turned out good once that was done.
should be getting the weir done this week in black perspex.
have done a water test and the bulkheads leaked. :wall: but i had forgotten to put thread tape on and now its sweet also tightened them a little more than i had them when they were leaking so that probably helped. :clap:
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Re: travis's nano tank drilled

Postby nick_s_h » Fri 02 Jul, 2010 10:28 pm

Hmm, most people just use cheap spray paint cans from super cheap or bunnings or whatever (on freshwater tanks) i havent researched for saltwater..
Interesting tank journal, PIC update haha
Im thinking of doing this to my 36cm cube for something interesting ahha. Its just sitting there unused.
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if he starts showing interest i will remove him.
The mandarins appear to be picking at the rock and i think they may have eaten some frozen brine shrimp so im hoping they will start eating more. :D
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Re: travis's nano tank drilled

Postby fishguy23 » Fri 02 Jul, 2010 10:33 pm

no problems and i was thinking about the exterior house paint because you can get sample pots from bunnings for like 5 bucks
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Re: travis's 100l nano tank slowly coming together

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 07 Jul, 2010 8:45 pm

should be picking up my light next week. went with a 150watt blumen bright mini and solarmax dimmable ballast. not sure what bulb im going to use tossing up between 14k and 20k as i dont really want to suppliment with t5s
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Re: travis's 100l nano tank slowly coming together

Postby nick_s_h » Wed 07 Jul, 2010 9:21 pm

Hmm maybe go with 20k if you dotn want t5's, i have 4x t5's and a 20k and its very blue, so i will be changing my bulbs to 14k next time so theyre not quite so blue..
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Re: travis's 100l nano tank slowly coming together

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 07 Jul, 2010 9:27 pm

yer i also have that blue led floodlight that i may use i think i will go 14 for the time being
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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank slowly coming together

Postby fishguy23 » Thu 08 Jul, 2010 11:25 am

picking up the acrylic overflow this Friday. once i have that and have it put in i will post pics i just went with a simple straight top, no teeth and will put some gutter guard or eggcrate on the inside to stop fish from washing over
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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank slowly coming together

Postby fishguy23 » Fri 09 Jul, 2010 8:37 pm

got the acrylic today. need to get some silicone and some super glue.
been thinking about livestock for it and have come up with this list so far
1 occy clown already have in a nano. does anyone know if there would be an issue with adding a second one to her. they would both be put in the tank at the same time.
a pair of Bangali Cardinals.
i like the look of firefish but tossing up between one of them and biclolour blennie.
inverts wise
1 coral banded shrimp already have in nano.
4 or so hermits
4 or so turbos
and 1 of those snails that clean the sub straight. cant think of the name
can anyone see issues with my stocking?
total system volume 225l give or take
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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank slowly coming together

Postby Ziggy88888 » Sat 10 Jul, 2010 1:03 pm

how big is the tank though not including the sump ect just the display tank that there all going in.
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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank slowly coming together

Postby fishguy23 » Sat 10 Jul, 2010 3:58 pm

100l
if i didnt add another clown does it seem alright
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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank slowly coming together

Postby fishguy23 » Sat 10 Jul, 2010 5:45 pm

well after posting a question in the general discussion about having macro before the skimmer i have decided to divide the macro/dsb area about 45cm by 35cm. by putting in another glass divider. im tossing up between these two skimmers
BM-NAC7 Cone Protein Skimmer http://www.guppysaquariumproducts.com.a ... _1582.html
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MARINE SOURCES MS-120-6530 Series Protein Skimmer http://www.guppysaquariumproducts.com.a ... d_754.html
as they both have a small footprint.

so the sump will be intake with a filter sock heaters and liverock rubble.
skimmer
macro and semi dsb
then return and chillerpump section
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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby fishguy23 » Sat 10 Jul, 2010 6:57 pm

pics of progress.
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the weir is made of a slightly see through black acrylic. didnt want a solid black
should start work on the cabinet soon

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Re: travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby fishguy23 » Mon 12 Jul, 2010 10:44 pm

:thumbsup:
as for water circulation goes i should be getting an mp10es. in a few weeks once once i save some more money. i decided to go for the es over the standard as combing through most of the reviews on the net and information on them, they seem to be a lot more functional, and the box looks cooler :roflmao:
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 14 Jul, 2010 12:30 pm

went and collected my lights today.
a big thanks to zeebull for them
there blumen bright minis with 150watt solarmax dimmable ballasts.
he was even generous enough to give me an old teco chiller. it hasn't been used in a few years and i have yet to test it, but very generous none the less :clap:
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 14 Jul, 2010 9:21 pm

here is a pic of the tank so far with the light on. i need to build a frame for the light to hang from.
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It has a 15k bulb in at the moment. It's old so need to get one off line. The light is alot bluer when run at 70% power than at full power.
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby spiro » Wed 14 Jul, 2010 10:19 pm

I'd lean towards a blenny in a nano, great fish, with a great personality that would really come out in a small tank. Adding another clown should be ok, make sure it's a small one and you should be right :thumbsup:

Oh and dont bangaiis tend to fight unless they're male and female? And its near impossible to tell between the 2? I might be wrong just somethin to think about!
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 14 Jul, 2010 10:32 pm

ah k thanks. i like the bangaiis but if they fight i might give them a miss
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. weir installed back pai

Postby fishguy23 » Mon 19 Jul, 2010 9:41 pm

little bit of an update. i should be picking up my mp10es from pete at 100% reef safe at the end of this week. i have put the tank on a old stand i had in the shed looks crap but im not going to have time for the next 3 or so months as i start uni tomorrow and will have a 7 day week of uni and work. i dont plan on adding any corals or anything to the tank apart from what i already have in my nano. so when its ready to be moved it wont take to long or be much of an issue.
should be getting wet tomorrow night asw for initial fill then water changes with nsw as i work on the beach so no issue getting water each week




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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. vortech and live rock a

Postby fishguy23 » Fri 23 Jul, 2010 1:45 pm

well i picked up my vortech mp10es from 100% reef safe today. great service from them i must of asked about 30 questions about it through pm's. also got a kilo of live rock as i have loads of dead live and base so its really just a seed piece. will take photos tonight. :thumbsup:
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Re: travis's nano

Postby coral-101 » Fri 23 Jul, 2010 6:36 pm

what drill peice did you use


fishguy23 wrote:heres some photos of what Ive done so far not a lot but its a start.
this is my makeshift way of drilling the holes i used a plastic lid as a guide and to hod the water around the hole
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the plug that was cutout
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all three holes done
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the connection that i got for the pc fans and led it plugs directly into a 12v pack. i did it this way so that no wires had to be cut/ exposed.
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and this is the internals of the female adapter i just soldered the wires to it and then screwed the black plastic cover on.
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Postby fishguy23 » Fri 23 Jul, 2010 6:37 pm

a 32mm one from ebay
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Postby fishguy23 » Wed 28 Jul, 2010 7:34 pm

:thumbsup: here are the pictures of the tank as it is now need to add more base rock and do my scape
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what do you think so far?
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. vortech and live rock a

Postby zeebull » Wed 28 Jul, 2010 10:10 pm

Looking good Travis, had to check a couple of times that you had water in the tank .Looks nice and clear :thumbsup:
Hope you are happy with the light.
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Re: Travis's 48 x 48 x 46 nano tank. newfts

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 28 Jul, 2010 10:37 pm

thanks yep the light is good need to get a new bulb then its set.
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