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Postby Deester » Sat 01 Dec, 2007 2:53 pm

Hi guys,

Well after selling my last tank and relocating to Sydney, I have slowly been collecting the gear for my new custom rig. Space is of a premium in my flat, so the new rig is not a large set up, but should be cool none the less.:thumbsup:

Planning on keeping SPS, Clams and some select Softies. Custom tank, sump and cab is hopefully arriving next week or weekend. Many many pics to come.

Still nutting out my livestock list ... decisions decisions !!! :nut:

Here's a list of what I have sitting in the cupboard waiting for the new rig to arrive so I can start the install. YAY !!!:pirate:

Tank and Cabinet - Arriving Soon

30x20x20 10ml Glass Euro Braced
Centre Weir with Durso and Return
Custom Sump with Refugium - In Cab
Custom RO Storage Tank - In Cab
900ml High Cabinet with Open Top Crown Hood with Custom Stain

Equipment - What I Already Have - All Brand New

Reef Octopus NW 110 Skimmer - Still to Arrive
SunSun 150W or 250W (Atco Ballast) with T5 Actinics (Still Deciding on 150W or 250W) :nut:
Tunze 3000 lph Adjustable Return Pump
Tunze NanoStream 6045 x 2
Tunze NanoStream 6025 x 1
Tunze Osmolator Auto RO Top Up
Tunze Calcium/Kalk Dispenser
Hailea HC300A Chiller with 2000lph Eheim Compact Adjustable Pump
Skimz Phosphate Reactor with 600lph Eheim Compact Adjustable Pump
Eheim/Jager 150w Heaters x 2
American Marine Inc PH Monitor
American Marine Inc Temp Monitor
Piranha Float Algae Magnet

Cheers,

Dee. :pirate:
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Postby dustfp » Sat 01 Dec, 2007 3:20 pm

Sounds like fun! Would you even need 250W MH in a tank that size? Sounds a bit like overkill... :nut:

BTW, welcome to Sydney! :thumbsup:
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Postby Deester » Sat 01 Dec, 2007 5:48 pm

G'day Dust,

Yeah, most prob overkill on the lighting :nut: Would prefer 150W for energy consumption and heat generated, but have read many threads where tank owners always want to up the lighting ... thought I might just go in hard :nut: After all I am hoping for a SPS dominated tank with clams etc .... although I'm sure 150W would be "sufficient" ... I change my mind about what wattage to use daily :wall:

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EDIT - Thanks for the welcome to Syd :thumbsup: I'm in Lavender Bay/McMahons Point
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Postby Deester » Sat 01 Dec, 2007 7:33 pm

And just a quick pic of most of the gear ;)

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Postby jamierk » Sun 02 Dec, 2007 1:57 am

Congratz Dee, Good luck getting things going in Sydney! If theres anyway I can help, let us know.

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Postby amashun » Sun 02 Dec, 2007 2:45 pm

how can i not support you when you setting up a new tank in Sydney? ;)

i'm still waiting for some frag trade since beginning of this year Dee :roflmao:
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Postby Deester » Mon 03 Dec, 2007 7:05 pm

jamierk wrote:Congratz Dee, Good luck getting things going in Sydney! If theres anyway I can help, let us know.


Heya Jamie :thumbsup:

Thanks for the offer mate, very much appreciated ... n doubt there will come a time I'll be dropping you a PM ;)

Amashun wrote:how can i not support you when you setting up a new tank in Sydney? Hey Baby

i'm still waiting for some frag trade since beginning of this year Dee ROFLMAO


G'day Adrian,

Thanks for your support ;) Might be a while before we can trade mate ... I have to start my collection from scratch :wall: Might take some time before I have anything you will be remotely interested in :roflmao:

Cheers,

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Postby nissky » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 6:30 pm

I want photos! :thumbsup:
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Postby 2revup » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 8:05 pm

some awsome equipment there, looking forward to this build'
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 8:23 pm

Yeah, where's it up to??

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Postby Deester » Sat 08 Mar, 2008 7:58 pm

Hi Guys,

Well finally got my camera back from the inlaws. So thought I would update my TJ ... better late than never :thumbsup:

My chiller croaked a week or so ago ... throwing the temp all over the place and upsetting some SPS :wall: Got the fixed chiller back on Fri, so fingers crossed some of the browned out SPS will re colour up :crossfingers:

I don't have an overly impressive collection of corals and SPS, but I am slowly working on it ;) I never seem to be in the right place at the right time :roflmao:

Anyway, here's some pics ... My camera does kooky things to the colours under halides

FTS

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Side On

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Clam

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Clams and Acan

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Postby Zeason99 » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 12:28 am

Nice and neat setup Dee..... looking forward for more pic update soon mate! :clap:
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Postby Jasjed75 » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 9:07 am

Very nice clean set up Dee.... I love it. Nothing wrong with the colour of your camera shots as far as I can see. Dont take so long with the updates hey...

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Postby jamierk » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 11:05 am

Very nice setup Dee, glad you got some nice clams going!
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Postby Deester » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 4:06 pm

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the comments :thumbsup:

Now I have my cam back ... I will be able to keep on top of my TJ ;)
Cheers,

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Postby Deester » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 7:19 pm

Hi All,

Just some more pics ;)

Tank side on ...

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Small clam.

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Dallas frag.

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Humble Zoa collection.

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And my messy sump. Needs a little tidy up :nut:

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Tank specs ...

SG - 1.026
PH - 8.3
Alk - 11dKH
Calc - 430ppm
Mag - 1250ppm
Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - Undetectable
Phosphate - Undetectable
Temp 25-26c

I was planning on a dsb/fuge in my front compartment of the sump, but with 0 nitrates at the moment I will hold off until I get a nitrate reading. The tank started of with 2-4 ppm Nitrate for the first month, but now has been solid with a 0ppm reading for 2 months.

Cheers,

Dee. :thumbsup:
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Postby Deester » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 8:07 pm

Getting a bit trigger happy with the camera now :nut:

Here's some actinic shots ... pity my camera doesn't pick up the colours too great :konk:

FTS Actinic.

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Acros actinic 1

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Acros actinic 2

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What I thought was a interesting top down :nut:

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Postby angel101 » Sun 09 Mar, 2008 10:26 pm

That is a sweet set up. One of the best around on here. Very well done.

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Postby Deester » Mon 10 Mar, 2008 10:12 am

angel101 wrote:That is a sweet set up. One of the best around on here. Very well done.

Gary.


Hi Gary,

Thanks for the kind words :thumbsup: Still along way to go with the tank mate ... hopefully it will come togther nicely.

Thanks again.

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Postby Deester » Sat 05 Apr, 2008 2:02 pm

Hi Guys :thumbsup:

Just an update and some new additions ... not much else to really report. I'm just waiting for my monthly "Tank Budget" to roll in ... as dictated by the mistress of finance ... so I can get some more goodies ;) Anyway some new pics :pirate:

FTS as of 05/04/08

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New Blue Maxima

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Clams side by side

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Top down on clams

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Blue Milli from 100% Reef Safe ... pics dont do the colour much justice

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New zoo frags from my man Amashun

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Again ... Dallas frag growth

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New Stag (was dark brown when bought, now slowly colouring up) and chrissy worms in back ground.

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Top down on some acros and small clam

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Random acro side shot

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Postby BluE SnipeR » Sat 05 Apr, 2008 2:37 pm

Oh man, your clams are hectic. There was not a photo there where your acros looked brown Dee, very impressive mate. :clap:
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Postby amashun » Sat 05 Apr, 2008 2:46 pm

Woo Dee, that clam is insane, i wish mine can make it so i can show off too :(

everything look very nice and colourful man. keep up the good work mate.

btw, i think you need to rephrase this otherwise people may think we are a couple ;)
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Postby spanishmack » Sat 05 Apr, 2008 4:23 pm

love the tank, very nice, very nice colours :clap:

what lighting did you end up deciding on?
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Postby pazz » Sat 05 Apr, 2008 4:58 pm

awesome looking tank you have done a great job , that clam is amazing
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Postby Deester » Sat 05 Apr, 2008 10:42 pm

BluE SnipeR wrote:Oh man, your clams are hectic. There was not a photo there where your acros looked brown Dee, very impressive mate. :clap:


Gday Thai :thumbsup:

Cheers mate, yeah the clams are doing well. I am hoping to add some more SPS, I just find it hard to get nice colourfull pieces both at LFS and OLS ... I have a great knack of just missing out :roflmao: I 'm hoping to get a nice plating monti or two ;)

amashun wrote:Woo Dee, that clam is insane, i wish mine can make it so i can show off too Sad

everything look very nice and colourful man. keep up the good work mate.

btw, i think you need to rephrase this otherwise people may think we are a couple Hey Baby


Heya Adrian,

Thanks mate :thumbsup: Yeah, that's a real shame about your clam mate :( Thanks for the kind words, I am looking forward to when it all fills out with some growth ... so far all the acros are showing good growth. Time to start looking for some real nice pieces of acro ;)

Ahaha, yeah errr ... I could of worded that a little better, sorry to get your hopes up ... but I'm married with a kid mate :poke:

spanishmack wrote:love the tank, very nice, very nice colours Clap

what lighting did you end up deciding on?


Hiay Jase,

Thanks for the comments :thumbsup: I ended up using 150W with 14K AOA bulb in a guppy 2ft halide with the ballast replaced with a ATCO from the group buy. Everything seems happy with that amount of light ... only thing is the spread of light, left and right could be a little better. Would dearly love a Lumen Bright/LumenArc .... one day !


pazz wrote:awesome looking tank you have done a great job , that clam is amazing


Cheers pazz :cheers: yeah that blue maxima seems to be getting better colour by the day ;) you can't see it in the pic, but it looks like it's getting a dark purple colour to the rim of the mantle ... I really like the silver spotting of the mantle too.

Cheers,

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Postby pazz » Sun 06 Apr, 2008 8:42 am

hi dee do you have any more pics of the durso and return setup , also how high is the weir cheers jai
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Postby Deester » Sun 06 Apr, 2008 12:08 pm

pazz wrote:hi dee do you have any more pics of the durso and return setup , also how high is the weir cheers jai


Hi Pazz :thumbsup:

I'll take some pics for you in the next lot I take mate. My durso/return set up is very basic, my durso is pretty much well a stand pipe with a durso elbow on it :nut:

I keep the water level in my weir about an inch from the lip due to the fact my lawn mower blenny loves getting into the weir and munching all the algae and crap in there. If I have the level any lower, he is unable to pop back out into the display when he's done, he keeps the weir very clean :nut:

The overflow still performs it's duties well set up like that ... surface skims and is whisper silent, so I am happy with that arrangement.

My return simply comes back up through my weir and up and over, both intake and return have ball valves to fine tune weir and return chamber levels .... very basic set up.

Top lip of my weir sits 30ml below the euro bracing. This is so the crown hood covers the water line for a cleaner look.

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Postby pazz » Sun 06 Apr, 2008 4:36 pm

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pazz wrote:hi dee do you have any more pics of the durso and return setup , also how high is the weir cheers jai


Hi Pazz :thumbsup:

I'll take some pics for you in the next lot I take mate. My durso/return set up is very basic, my durso is pretty much well a stand pipe with a durso elbow on it :nut:

I keep the water level in my weir about an inch from the lip due to the fact my lawn mower blenny loves getting into the weir and munching all the algae and crap in there. If I have the level any lower, he is unable to pop back out into the display when he's done, he keeps the weir very clean :nut:

The overflow still performs it's duties well set up like that ... surface skims and is whisper silent, so I am happy with that arrangement.

My return simply comes back up through my weir and up and over, both intake and return have ball valves to fine tune weir and return chamber levels .... very basic set up.

Top lip of my weir sits 30ml below the euro bracing. This is so the crown hood covers the water line for a cleaner look.

Cheers,

Dee.
ah sweet thanks i have drilled the hole and set up the weir today imade it 560 mm from the bottom i hope it is right , my cube doesnt have any bracing but might have to add some maybe ...thanks again for the info cheers jai
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Postby Samantha C » Sun 06 Apr, 2008 4:37 pm

Tank is looking great! I was looking at the Zoa frags and thought "man they look the same as the ones i have" haha i got mine from Adrian too!

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Postby Deester » Sun 06 Apr, 2008 6:41 pm

pazz wrote:ah sweet thanks i have drilled the hole and set up the weir today imade it 560 mm from the bottom i hope it is right , my cube doesnt have any bracing but might have to add some maybe ...thanks again for the info cheers jai


Cool Jai, no probs ... good luck with your cube mate :thumbsup: 560mm sounds ok if it's a 2ft cube.

Cheers,

Dee :thumbsup:

Samantha C wrote:Tank is looking great! I was looking at the Zoa frags and thought "man they look the same as the ones i have" haha i got mine from Adrian too!

haha! Great tank! Sam -


Heya Sam,

Thanks for the kind words :thumbsup: Yeah Adrian has a nice collection of Zoo's ;) Actually he has a nice collection of most things :nut: How's your new tank coming long ?

Cheers,

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