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Rods Project - Vertex Illumina LED. WET!!!!

Postby rodneyri » Sun 21 Dec, 2008 3:12 pm

Introduction:
Im new here, but been keeping aquariums for since 10 years old ranging from goldfish to discus and then marines. Due to other hobbies and time, ive now moved into my own place and can get back into marine after about 5 years off.

This will take a bit of time, but will get there with this build as im depending on others to make up the frames etc. to complete the setup.

System Objectives:
Aim is to have a modern tank with corals and fish.

System Type:
SPS Reef and Fish

Display System:

Strike up Date:
28 Feb 2009

Display Tank:
Custom 140 x 60 x 75 (l w h)
630 litres

Display Lighting:
Giesemann Infinity 2 x 250w MH + 4 x T5HO
Phoenix 14k MH - Giesemann Actinic+ - Fiji Purple
now changed to ATI PowerModule 8x54w

now changed to Vertex Illumina 1200-200

Stand:
Steel frame clad MDF

Hood:
No hood - floating light

Sump:
Dimension 80 x 50 x 40 ( l w h)
160litres
standard 3 sections -- skimmer / refug / return

Refugium:
10cm sand bed / macro algae / live rock

Refugium Lighting:
Power compacts


Support systems:

System Water:
Natural Sea Water

Display Water circulation:
Koralia 5000l/h copies x 4

Return Pump:
Eheim 1262

Skimmer:
Bubble Pioneer Cone skimmer

Evaporation Top Up:
Auto top up - RODI water


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition:
Turbo Calcium Reactor - ARM Coarse media - Keg King CO2 - Tunze Regulator

Other Chemical Maintenance:

Current Water Chemistry:
pH:8.0
Nitrite:0
Nitrates: 0
Phosphates: 0
Alkalinity: 8.6
Calcium: 420
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.027
Magnesuim: 1290


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new tank is in progress...this is the design
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Postby rodneyri » Tue 30 Dec, 2008 9:38 pm

ordered my tank today, scheduled to arrive Saturday week. Here are the specs:

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Sump also ordered:
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Postby rodneyri » Sat 10 Jan, 2009 8:18 pm

got my tank and sump today!! tank looks good

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Postby warmunger » Sun 11 Jan, 2009 5:42 am

Hey,
Like the overflow, will be watching to see how the plumbing goes :devil:

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Postby rodneyri » Sun 25 Jan, 2009 11:14 am

The big thing with my lighting was i can not control each light individually on the Octopus Horizon 4000 light. So a simple $30 mod and all is sweet.

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placed on tank for sizing...will more than likely be hung over the tank rather than sitting on the top

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Plumbing;
Using a calfo weir overflow, this is the way the plumbing will be done. 3 pipes, one is emergency the other two to control the flow and minimise noise.

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Sump;
removed the first baffle for the skimmer to fit in, will raise the skimmer 3cm to put it at 25cm water level for operation.

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Postby funkngroovy » Sun 25 Jan, 2009 11:22 am

Looks awesome, well planned.

That overflow looks great.
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Postby rodneyri » Wed 28 Jan, 2009 9:11 pm

bits are coming together....who would have thought plastic bits of pipe and adapters costs so much.

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now just waiting for my stand...2 weeks away now!!
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Postby rodneyri » Mon 02 Feb, 2009 6:14 pm

painted the back on the weekend and installed the bulkheads.

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Postby kenny damaschke » Mon 02 Feb, 2009 6:27 pm

horizon 4000...
Whats your opinion?
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Postby rodneyri » Mon 02 Feb, 2009 8:22 pm

havent used it yet, but if you want to control each lighting separately need to modify it.
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Postby rodneyri » Tue 03 Feb, 2009 7:01 pm

added some perspex to the overflow today, happy with the result and it covers the 3 elbows and bulkheads nicely.

my steel have arrived and now cutting up the bits to have welded up on the weekend

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Postby rodneyri » Sat 07 Feb, 2009 3:41 pm

super hot day in sydney today...but still determined managed to cut all the steel for the stand. its getting welded this week finally!!

here is a phone camera shot of the trial fit just for perspective.

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Postby rodneyri » Sat 14 Feb, 2009 3:53 pm

and here is the stand welded up...getting primer and then a charcoal hammer tone paint for the industrial look before being clad in polyuerthane panels.

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Postby TimSchmidt » Sat 14 Feb, 2009 4:04 pm

Is there going to be anything between the metal stand and glass? This is a rather interesting looking tank! I've seen that overflow systems before! From what I understand if you dial it in right there is NO noise as it operates under complete suction - so no air gurgling.
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Postby rodneyri » Sat 14 Feb, 2009 4:45 pm

yup 19mm ply and 20mm foam between the tank and the stand.

i chose this overflow due to the minimal noise levels as im in an apartment....will see how it all goes.
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Postby rodneyri » Sun 22 Feb, 2009 11:02 am

well from sketch up concept to this, got the stand home yesterday and took 4 of us to lift the tank onto it but its up and doing the plumbing over the next week ready for water next weekend!!!


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Postby Camocean » Sun 22 Feb, 2009 11:33 am

Looks nice, good luck with it and have fun aquascaping with all that rock :thumbsup:
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Postby Zeason99 » Sun 22 Feb, 2009 1:40 pm

Camocean wrote:Looks nice, good luck with it and have fun aquascaping with all that rock :thumbsup:


:withyou: Very nice and everything looks good so far! keep up the good work champ! :clap: :clap:
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Postby rodneyri » Sun 22 Feb, 2009 8:04 pm

thanks Ian, ive got about 110kg of live rock in tubs waiting for the tank to be ready...will be fun next weekend i hope.

did some plumbing today

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Postby rodneyri » Fri 27 Feb, 2009 10:21 pm

not for the faint hearted...the calfo overflow pluming. i really hope this works and is quiet.

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Postby Chow » Sat 28 Feb, 2009 9:37 am

Love the stand! Are you going to put any lights under it? Is is purely aesthetic or for ventilation or some other reason?
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Postby rodneyri » Sat 28 Feb, 2009 5:43 pm

the stand is for aesthetics primarily, though the gap under the tank will provide air flow for cooling i would hope.

well a long day today, filled the tank using 25l drums of NSW from the LFS. took 24 drums to fill the tank...now the long wait for the cycle.

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Postby baphomet » Sat 28 Feb, 2009 6:38 pm

Looking good rodneyri!
I like the stand design.

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Postby rodneyri » Sun 01 Mar, 2009 5:31 pm

24 hours on the water has cleared up and is crystal clear now...can see all the bonus bits on the liver rock well now - hope they all survive the cycle.

Water specs

Salinity - 1.027
pH - 7.6
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20
Ammonia - 0.25
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Postby Mr Reefer » Sun 01 Mar, 2009 7:06 pm

Great looking setup Rod - I look forward to seeing it stocked up.

Can I ask - what diameter piping have you used for the calfo overflow plumbing and the return plumbing? I will be running the same type of setup as you (calfo style) when I setup my system later this year, so I am keen to know what you have used and if you are happy with it. :cheers:
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Postby rodneyri » Sun 01 Mar, 2009 7:34 pm

Mr Reefer, the return plumbing is 25mm and the three drain pipes are 32mm. if i were doing this again i think i would have the drain pipes as 25mm as i can hear a slight water flow sound in the pipes after the ball valves...aside from that it is very very quiet.
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Postby rodneyri » Mon 02 Mar, 2009 3:07 pm

tank is running at 28 degrees, no chiller or fans. will put fans across the top for cooling - want to avoid a chiller.

evaporation is about 4 litres a day, is this normal on this size tank?
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Postby AndreaSA » Mon 02 Mar, 2009 3:27 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Rodney this is a stunning set up that you've put together ... gorgeous clean lines - very appealling visually and best of all I love how neat - neat - neat everything tucks in!

I've been reading about Calfo's OFB ... all info currently being soaked up in my brain for another day (and maybe another tank ... there's this spot in my lounge room that screaming "Reef Me Up!". Will be interested to hear your thoughts when everything is fully tuned up on this design. How did you attach the acrylic to the glass by the way?

I top up about 1-2 litres a day on my cube - certainly more on days I run the fan/s longer. I do have a lid on my DT cube 3/4 lidded though so maybe that helps a little. I wish I had room in my tiny cabinet for an auto-top up system :wall:
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Postby rodneyri » Mon 02 Mar, 2009 4:53 pm

thanks Andrea, cant wait to getting time to make the cabinet now.

So some news with the Calfo system, the water noise i have been experiencing is actually the skimmer return water, i turned the skimmer off and the overflow is dead quiet...i have to put my ear right onto the pipes to hear any water sound...fantastic!!

now to try to quieten down the RO NW200 skimmer return.
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love the tank

Postby searay » Mon 02 Mar, 2009 6:21 pm

Hi there i love your tank and stand, looks great. I have a question about your overflow, do you use any egg crate at the top or does the water fall over the top of the glass into it? Also are the three holes all drilled at the same height? Thanks Troy

ps can we have some update pics
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