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Christians new 6ixer. Zeovit baby YEAH!

Postby PranK » Thu 28 Aug, 2008 12:18 pm

So the time had come to buy a new place to live in. This time, a house, and I figured that there was no better time to get a new tank because replacing a tank in one position is as hard, if not harder than replacing a tank in a new position (ie, a new room in a new house). Well, that was the theory.

The tank is nothing overly special. A 10mm 6x2x2 with cabinet and hood bought from Daryn1 on these forums. I also got two sumps and 3 400 watters with Luminarc reflectors.

This is the tank in its originally encrusted state.
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So, the house we bought has a converted garage (my new office) which would be the new tanks home, but the floor was not quite as strong as I'd feel comfortable with. So I called in Ryan (Rhino) who is not only a top bloke who would give anyone his time, but also a carpenter and is therefor far better at reinforcing floors than a web developer.

Here is Ryan. He's not actually doing anything down there. He's just in a Coopers induced coma.
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And one of the new supports under the floor.
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So, because we still had the front of the garage, this would now become the 'fish' room. So we ditched all the benches and cupboards so we could fit the sumps and a newly aquired IBC (1000ltr storage) in there.
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So anyway, it was filled and started flowing nicely on Tuesday. We had a few problems here and there (the return pump died only minutes after finishing the PVC, now the skimmer pump is dead also). We transferered the fish and corals and a lot of the matured water from my 4' (which is now for sale) over Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I'll post some pics of the filled tank soon. But here are some more setup shots.

The Luminarcs
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My skimmer picking up lots of crap, my mangroves in the background.
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My plumbing handywork. A bit messy, but totally sealed and very free flowing.
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Tank Specs;
6 x 2 x 2 10mm glass
Super high cabinet
Super high hood

Water Movement;
2 x SEIO M1100's
2 x Koralia copy 3000lph's
1 x Maxijet
1 x Eheim 1262

Filtration;
2 x 2ft sumps.
1 houses Reef Octopus DNW150 skimmer and a Reef Octopus CR70 (little, i know) ca reactor
1 houses live rock, 2 mangroves and a handful of Caulerpa sp. and the return pump and heater

Lights;
3 x 400w halides w/ Luminarc reflectors. 2 x Reeflux globes, 1 x unknown
Unused Fluoro's in hood
A heap of home made lights over the fuge sump (more details later)

Livestock;
Lots of stony's ("lots" is a relevant term :) ) including acropora sp., stylopora sp., montipora sp., milepora sp.
Euphylia Ancora (Hammer coral)
Tubipora
Zoanthids
Coralimorphs
Xenia (pulsing and non) - i hate this stuff
Other stuff too

1 x Yellow Tang
1 x Coral Beauty (My tank fave)
1 x Valenti Puffer
2 x Occelaris clowns
1 x Midas Blenny (Thought this guy was dead, I didnt catch him in the 4 ft cause he was gone. He suddenly turned up in the 6 ft 2 days after we put the rock in....)
Bunch of Peppermints
2 x Coral banded shrimp

~80kg's of liverock
~20kg's of dead rock (recently deceased, I need to dry it and scrub it before putting it in)

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Postby StripestheEel » Thu 28 Aug, 2008 1:00 pm

Very nice Christian, good to see you've up the anti!

As always, more pics, more pics...
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Postby phishoz » Sat 30 Aug, 2008 9:35 pm

I'm never helping you move ever again.

...

Unless you buy brekky again.
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Postby jason angel » Sat 30 Aug, 2008 10:03 pm

What's with the thumbnails?? Keep the pics coming!!
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Postby PranK » Sun 31 Aug, 2008 5:03 pm

StripestheEel wrote:Very nice Christian, good to see you've up the anti!

As always, more pics, more pics...

Yep, will be posting more tonight, did some preliminary aqua scaping.

phishoz wrote:I'm never helping you move ever again.

...

Unless you buy brekky again.

Deal! :D

jason angel wrote:What's with the thumbnails?? Keep the pics coming!!

More pics tonight. Thumbnails are clickable.
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Postby PranK » Sun 31 Aug, 2008 9:14 pm

Ok, so, after some very preliminary aqua scaping today;

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A cusulty of war;
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Postby PranK » Sun 31 Aug, 2008 9:15 pm

As always, the Flickr set contains all pics here + more; >> Here <<
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Postby PranK » Mon 01 Sep, 2008 12:32 pm

So, I have noticed a bit of a current in the sumps, just on my fingertips where I have bitten my nails too low. The current doesnt seem to make it into the display but it worries me nonetheless.

Did a little bit of reading;
Seems to be a fairly common issue and not something to worry about as the tank critters are not grounded, so cant feel it. But it still worries me.
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Postby PranK » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 10:22 am

:(

Fed the tank last night.. Garbage guts (aka Sean, aka the puffer) was nowhere to be seen. After a few hours of not seeing him, I did a more thorough search and found his little body sucked into the bottom of my maxi-jet. :(
I am hoping it was not something in the water that killed him. All the other fish seem fine and are eating and the maxi-jet didnt have a cover over the inlet (had a small grate, but there was a lot of force). I also hope he was dead before he was sucked into it as that would have been awful.
Either way, I cant believe I put the pump in there without putting a guard on the inlet... I didnt even think about it. :( I am so upset, he was the favorite in the tank.

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Postby PranK » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 6:01 pm

Just had my water tested;

pH 8.2
Nitrate 0 / undetectable
Nitrite 0 / undetectable
Ammonia 0.25 (Probably because Sean was in there for a while before he was found)
Phosphate 0
Calcium 480 (which seems a little high as I havent hooked up the reactor yet... )

Overall, I am stoked with those readings. The LFS did it for me as I hate doing it and my test kits are in an unknown location (I love moving...)
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Postby jft » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 6:47 pm

Sorry to hear about your Valentini, they're great little fish.

When i had mine, he got stuck on a Tunze nano stream once, and couldn't free himself. Luckily i was there to turn the pump off. They're not the strongest swimmers, but he learnt from that.
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Postby phishoz » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 10:28 pm

R.I.P. Sean "puffy" Puff...

I tipped out some for our dead homey.
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Postby StripestheEel » Thu 04 Sep, 2008 3:13 am

Poor bugger
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Postby PranK » Mon 15 Sep, 2008 2:47 pm

Ok, update time.

A fair bit has happened since the last post.

Also, I have been experimenting with different camera settings, so the pictures are a little all over the place.

I convinced my wife to let me pull the rest of the garage bench out to accomodate the chiller. The chiller now pumps hot air underneath the floor where it is nice and cold. The concrete floor is always chilly and the chiller hasn't come on yet (even on saturdays 30 degree day). The heater has actually been coming on. We'll see what happens in summer, I fear I will need a bigger chiller. I am also going to use an extraction fan around the chiller to pump more air to it. I also changed my fuge light and zip tied my powerboards to the peg board. It still needs more tidying, but its much better already.
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I also went to kims and purchased a couple of Trochus, a few pieces of Acro and a powder blue tang (she is gorgeous). The tang has been accepted into my tank family well and they all swim around together now (well, the 2 tangs and the coral beauty do).
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Also, I aqua kneadit'd the rocks into place. So the aquascaping is done.
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So now, I want to find a sand sifting gobie so my sand stops going green. I am also reading into Zeovit. So I might start that soon also. I really want to focus on my stonies and their growth.

As always, the full set of photos of my tank can be seen on Flickr, here.
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Postby PranK » Thu 18 Sep, 2008 4:55 pm

Had the water tested again today;

pH 7.9 (water was coolish and lights werent on)
Ammonia / Nitrate / Nitrite undetectable
Salinity ~1.024
Calcium 600mg/l - what the hell is up with that? I'm hardly getting anything from the reactor atm... I feel it might be a wrong reading.

Also bought 3 trochus and 3 hermits. Needed more cleaners in there.

Lastly, ordered a bunch of goodies from zeovit.co.nz. Looking forward to getting them and getting some awesome growth and colour in my stonies.
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Postby Rusty1 » Thu 18 Sep, 2008 5:23 pm

Hey Christian. Tank is looking great. Will really come on with the Zeovit system.

May I ask why you only put yr piccys on as thumbnails?

I hate going to external sited to view them :(
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Postby StripestheEel » Thu 18 Sep, 2008 5:52 pm

Looks great Christian.

Yeah I hate thumbnails too.......
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Postby PranK » Fri 19 Sep, 2008 9:47 am

You bloody queenslanders are a tough crowd.

I'll start using bigger images for you guys.
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Postby PranK » Fri 19 Sep, 2008 1:45 pm

Fixed the pics, bunch of whingers. :)
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Postby kurt » Fri 19 Sep, 2008 3:23 pm

*skwint's eyes*


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Postby PranK » Fri 19 Sep, 2008 3:26 pm

Click on 'em then. :)
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Postby StripestheEel » Sat 20 Sep, 2008 12:03 pm

Much better mate. LOL.
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Postby PranK » Tue 30 Sep, 2008 9:28 pm

Update time.

I have replaced the two useless 3000lph Koralia copy's with 3 x 5000lph Koralia copy's. Crap loads better. If you are considering getting some of these pumps, get the 5000lph's.

I now have;
2 x M1100 seio's (4400lph ea)
3 x Koralia copy 5000lph's
I will likely remove the seio's soon and put one more Koralia in. 20,000lph flow is ample and they are smaller. My tank is clutered with powerheads atm.

I was also in talks with Warick from Zeovit NZ about setting up Zeovit in my tank. He was super friendly and went to great lengths to give me heaps of info and I eventually purchased a bunch of stuff. I bought;
a 2nd hand Reef Octopus Zeo 1500 (Unfortunately, there was a part cracked off this on delivery but there is nothing that silicon and sparky's tape cant fix)
2 x Zeovit 1L bags
1 x Zeobak
1 x ZeoStart
1 x Zeofood
1 x Zeo Carbon
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So, tonight after I had fixed the reactor, I rinsed the Carbon in hot water.
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I popped the carbon in the sump (passive flow only) - bottom right.
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I put the reactor and rocks into my sump (I am seriously running out of room).
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I dosed with the Zeobak (9 drops), Zeostart (1ml) and Zeofood (9 drops).
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And I turned the skimmer back on and tuned it to be a little wetter than usual.

Here is the fish room in the current state. Cleanup time this weekend.
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Here is a reference shot of the tank. Forget the cloudiness, I just moved a bunch of rocks and stirred some crap up in the sump when putting the reactor in. I'll clean the tank and get some nice shots including some close ups this week.
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So, today is day 1 of Zeovit.

Also. I killed a bunch of live rock when I moved. So, I dried it out, wire-brush scrubbed it, and now I have it in a tub with a heater and 3000lph power head. I threw in a bit of dead coral from my sump and I am going to re-introduce it to the system slowly. Thoughts?
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Postby dartfish » Tue 30 Sep, 2008 10:14 pm

Hi Prank

Love your tank, esp the Powder blue tang, she's gorgeous.
Good luck with it all.
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Postby PranK » Tue 30 Sep, 2008 11:07 pm

Thanks dartfish.

Yeah she's a stunner. I have wanted a powder blue since I got into marines.
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Postby aaxxeell » Wed 01 Oct, 2008 12:27 am

Tank looks killer with that lighting, fish compliment it well, go the pbt!.
good work mate
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Postby PranK » Wed 01 Oct, 2008 7:16 pm

aaxxeell wrote:Tank looks killer with that lighting, fish compliment it well, go the pbt!.
good work mate


Thanks mate! :)

Oh, as a side note. Its been 24hrs since starting Zeovit and I haven't noticed any difference! Zeovit Sucks! :furious:
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Postby PranK » Thu 09 Oct, 2008 10:34 am

Ok, so I took some pics 2 days ago after Zeovit had been running for a week (not that I expect much difference, but this is a journal after all.)

I also got some new SPS frags from Daryn (I owe you mate);
3 x Acro's
5 x Montipora's
1 x Pocilapora
And some other little bits and pieces

I have also taken the Seio's out. Now I have 4 x Koralia copy's and I have moved them to the sides of the tank to clear the back. It looks much cleaner imo.

I have been playing with my camera settings to try and get more colour from my shots, so some of these are a bit under exposed.

My full flickr set for that day is here.

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Postby kurt » Sat 17 Jan, 2009 6:05 pm

Any updates?
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Postby PranK » Sun 18 Jan, 2009 6:48 pm

Yeah actually, I have been getting pics together for a big update, hopefully this week.
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