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Keith's 6x2x2 mixed reef (updated 26th July-pic intensive)

Postby KeithM » Thu 01 Nov, 2007 2:52 pm

TANK SPECS:

Equipment:
- 3x250w single ender metal halides (JB reflectors, reef octopus globes and electronic ballasts).
- 3x2ft litemaster T5 fluros, 2 used for actinic and one used for lighting on the refugium.
- Tunze TS24 kit for internal flow.
- Laguna max-flo 6000 lph pump for return.
- DBreeftech PS10SE skimmer (run with an eheim pump).
- Profilux II controller with storm stick.
- Tunze osmolator.
- Tunze nanostream 6025 (out of action till it is fixed).
- 2x300W Jager heaters.

Livestock:
- Yellow Tang
- Blue Tang
- Occelaris clownfish
- 4xBlue chromis
- Black sailfin blenny
- Male blue mandarin
- 2xPeppermint shrimp
- Turbo, trochus and stomatella snails
- 4xmaxima clam
- 2xRedline cleaner shrimp
- Powder blue tang
- Royal gramma

Planned Livestock:
- Male clownfish to accompany the current one
- 1 or 2 Porcelain crabs


So, I will be moving houses soon and with a new house of course comes a new tank. ;)
The tank will be 6x2x2 on a 1 metre tall stand and a 4x14x18 sump.

Still in the stages of getting everything built and organised but I thought id put up some progress pictures anyway, so here they are:

Ordered the cabinet and then realised i wanted a door in the side so used the jigsaw and an extra door is on its way:
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The floor to go in the bottom of the cabinet to hold the sump:
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hood:
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TS24 kit waiting to go in:
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Postby Dr DBW » Thu 01 Nov, 2007 3:08 pm

Nice looking stand and hood :thumbsup:
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Postby ILuv3ggs » Thu 01 Nov, 2007 3:10 pm

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Postby blags » Thu 01 Nov, 2007 3:39 pm

Bring on the new house i say :thumbsup:
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Postby Tui » Thu 01 Nov, 2007 4:02 pm

Great looking tank stand & hood :clap:
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Postby KeithM » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 10:01 pm

Hey guys have been busy setting everything for my tank up so here are some progress pics:

Here is what it looked like at the start of the day:
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And the end of the day:
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Some of my new actinics (getting some more later):
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This is my attempt at a silent durso/syphon, does it all look like it will work properly?
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Postby itzmatty » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 10:15 pm

looks like this is going to be one awsome tank keith!!!
nice tunze gear to ;)
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Postby glennb » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 10:49 pm

For the siphon you could just have a bulkhead in the base with no plumbing attached. That was sensible using two ball valves.

That's a long span (900mm) between the bottom plates that support the sump, to be on the safe side you could add at least another support midway between the two.
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Postby KeithM » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 10:56 pm

Thanks for the feedback Glenn, I was looking and worrying about that slat today as i rested on the floor to put the piping in.
Will probably try and put another slat in during the week :thumbsup: .
If there was a simple bulkhead at the bottom then I would get a sort of waterfall effect in my weir wouldnt I?
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Postby jft » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 11:25 pm

As long as you still have the slightest amount of water going through the durso, the water level in the weir will be the height of the durso.

This is achieved by playing with the ball valve on the syphon to get it 'just right'.

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Postby KeithM » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 11:35 pm

Ahh i see thanks for that Jack, it should be fine the way it is now though right? Or will it just make it a PITA to tune?
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Postby Guv » Mon 12 Nov, 2007 11:42 pm

Great stuff Keith :clap:

KeithM wrote:it should be fine the way it is now though right? Or will it just make it a PITA to tune?


Looks like it might be ok but you may have trouble 'priming' it. I prime mine by closing a valve on the backup (and siphon), raising the tank water level very high and then quick opening the siphon valve. This allows full flow to enter the siphon and you can then tune it back by slowly closing the siphon valve. I usually repeat this 2-3 times to clear any air bubbles trapped in there.

Glenn's suggestion doesn't have this priming issue - it just drains immediately :thumbsup:
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Postby jft » Tue 13 Nov, 2007 12:04 am

Yeah i'd go with Glenn's suggestion. You'll never have any issues starting up the syphon again when you need to.
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Postby KeithM » Sun 18 Nov, 2007 8:16 pm

Hey guys, here's a small update:

Filled the tank and added my rock (20kg of live and the rest base):
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Set the lights up on my fuge (more sand will be added soon):
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I didn't bother trying to take the stand pipe out because i wouldve had to take the durso out as well to get to the siphon.
I decided to try it out first and see how bad it was priming it, but it was really easy so ive just left the pipe in for now.
Here are the results from the silent durso/siphon, I am extremely happy with 0 bubbles and 0 noise:
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Postby Guv » Sun 18 Nov, 2007 8:26 pm

Looking great :clap:

KeithM wrote:Here are the results from the silent durso/siphon, I am extremely happy with 0 bubbles and 0 noise:

Very cool Keith - great work! :bow:
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Postby blacjack » Sun 18 Nov, 2007 8:51 pm

Coming along nicely. Good work on the standpipes to.

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Postby blakey88 » Sun 18 Nov, 2007 11:25 pm

ok so i was going to put one durso standpipe in my overflow and the other return hole just blocked up with a bulkhead and closed off pvc end. With my return line plumbed up behind the tank rather then up through the overflow.

Am i looking at a potential noisy waterfall? How can i stop this?
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Postby KeithM » Sun 18 Nov, 2007 11:40 pm

Thanks for the compliments guys. :)
Blakey, you would not experience a waterfall if you have it blocked off, but why not leave it open and create a siphon just the way Glenn suggested?
It seems a waste of a hole when your system would run quieter/smoother by using it. Any reason behind blocking it off?
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Postby blakey88 » Mon 19 Nov, 2007 2:26 pm

haha yeh the reason being i dont understand completely how to make / (the use) of a siphon?

If anyone could explain simply how i would need to set it up (ive read the syphon/durso thread and it confused the hell out of me) i would certainly give it a go.

I have two drilled holes at the bottom of my overflow are 40mm and 30mm. I'm guessing the 40mm hole is for my durso standpipe and the 30mm is for my return. But i would like my return to come up behind my tank rather then using the 30mm hole for my return.

Really sorry for hijacking your thread keith! :)
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Postby KeithM » Wed 21 Nov, 2007 11:45 am

Hey Blakey, you could basically just copy my plumbing to have it set up.
You already have your durso in, so just copy the plumbing between my sump and
bottom of the tank and leave the 30mm as a bare bulkhead within your weir.
The siphon will take most of the water and the durso will just skim the remainder needed to fill your weir. The 30mm will become your siphon, the 40mm your durso and then you can have your return coming from the back of the tank.
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Postby KeithM » Wed 26 Dec, 2007 2:14 pm

Hey guys, I guess it's time for an update so here we go:

All of the stock, live rock and sand has now been moved in from my old tank.

Got a new profilux Plus II controller which seems to be working for pH probe, temperature and storms however
the digital powerbar is not working properly so it might be a little longer before it is operational and positioned.

FTS:
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RHS:
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Zoanthids:
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Cataphylia:
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Postby KeithM » Sat 29 Dec, 2007 8:09 pm

Some new corals:

Cat:
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Torch:
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Morphs:
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Postby ILuv3ggs » Sun 30 Dec, 2007 9:33 pm

look good :)

need less blue pics imo !
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Postby itzmatty » Tue 01 Jan, 2008 4:15 pm

:pirate: shes realy starting to come alive now..

keep stocking her up and dont forget plenty of update pics

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Postby Reef Dweller » Tue 01 Jan, 2008 6:34 pm

Keith,

Why do you have two ball valves on the one syphon pipe to the sump? What does it do with two instead of one?

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Postby KeithM » Tue 01 Jan, 2008 6:49 pm

Well, it was added more as a precaution than anything, I had to fit my skimmer in this section too.

It probably wouldn't have been needed if I had taken measurements of every part of my skimmer.

As it turned out the ball valves had to be rotated and squished behind the skimmer, only one valve is totally closeable now.

The siphon actually turned out to be self-priming with just leaving the stand-pipe in which was a welcome surprise.


I will try and get some less blue pictures when i have the rest of my halides :thumbsup: .
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Postby KeithM » Sat 12 Jan, 2008 7:49 pm

Here's a pic of my favourite fish in the tank:
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underneath the tank (needs some cleaning up but does the job for now):
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Postby go_wakeboard » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 4:15 pm

You've done a great job, looking good!
Keith,

Why do you have two ball valves on the one syphon pipe to the sump? What does it do with two instead of one?

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Postby jackson » Fri 18 Jan, 2008 4:57 pm

very neat setup i wish my looked that good?
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Postby KeithM » Mon 21 Jan, 2008 4:31 pm

Thanks for the encouragement guys :).

Woke up this morning to find the pump on my skimmer with almost no flow coming out of it, the skimmer had been out of action all night.

First I thought something had just gone wrong with the pump and I couldnt get it to work so started worrying about buying another one.

However after taking every connection apart on my skimmer and pump this is what i found on the inlet to my pump from the skimmer:
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Well that ends his adventures in my sump :thumbsup: . Goodbye hairy menace. :wavey:
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