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Sidds NEW 4x2.5x2 - page 22 onwards. [TOTM OCT 2011]

Postby siddr20 » Sat 11 Apr, 2009 12:31 pm

Introduction:
Hi all, i currently have a 75L tank with some liverocks and two clown fish. I always wanted to upgrade to a bigger tank and one night when i was bored i ventured to the giveaway forums and noticed freaky(username on here) was giving away his 4*2*2 tank with his current livestock!! I couldn't resist and so now a new adventure begins!!

I will be changing his current setup, and putting in a weir in the tank, with some drilled holes at the bottom so no pipe work can be seen behind the tank or going over the tank. I want a neat install so i thought i better do it right the first time round.

Please do excuse my technical knowledge in this field as im still learning by reading this wonderful forum and getting as much help as i can from my neighbour who also frequents this forum and knows a hell lot more than me. But we all gotta start soemwhere right?? Im sure this new project will be a steep learning curve, but will be very rewarding when its finish.

System Objectives: Hours of enjoyment for myself and family.

System Type: Mixed Reef!!

Display System:

Strike up Date: 10/04/2009

Display Tank: 4*2*2. Back painted black!!

Display Lighting: Purchased Arcadia Series 3 slimline pendant 2 x 250w

Stand: Made my own. 1.23m by 1m by .7m.

Hood: None. Open top!!

Sump: 2ft*18*18 with two baffles in place.

Refugium: None as yet.

Refugium Lighting: None


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water purchased at Aquarium stores.

Display Water circulation: 2* JVP 12000L/H power head. So total 24,000L/H.

Return Pump: 4000L/H no name type

Skimmer: Reef Octopus Vortex 800

Evaporation Top Up:4 Stage PSIFilters RO/DI Unit

Chiller: Teco RA-680 Chiller


Live Stock:

- 2 ocellaris Clown fish with one being black n white
- 1 Yellow tang
- 1 6 line wrasse
- 2 hermit crab
- 2 large snails + plus 5 small little ones
- 1 x very large clam (and i mean very large)
- Mixture of corals (finger leather, duncopsonamia, some other bits and peices)
- 40-50kgs of live rock.



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Postby scotty3566 » Sat 11 Apr, 2009 12:36 pm

sounds like you got a good score there with the free tank i will keep an eye out for your pics
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Postby siddr20 » Sun 12 Apr, 2009 12:14 pm

Indeed.. was very lucky!!!

I will upload some photos soonish for you all.
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Postby siddr20 » Sun 12 Apr, 2009 1:41 pm

Some pictures:

- Need to clean the tank still.

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- These are the big drums i got the corals in for now!!

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- The cabinet with the Arcadia lights :) WOOT!!

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- The corals. not to sure if you can see it in this picture..

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Postby siddr20 » Sun 12 Apr, 2009 2:45 pm

Just spent the last hour cleaning the tank.. 90% of its clean.. But i cant get those stubborn red stains off the glass.. I tried vingar.. tried scrubbing it..

Should i try a sharp razor? Im afraid i will scratch the glass :(

any suggestions?
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Postby luzinit » Sun 12 Apr, 2009 2:52 pm

sharp razor will be perfect. brand new one with a nice flat edge.

try on the bottom of the tank if you're scared, you'll soon realise that it won't scratch the tank if you use it carefully :)
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Postby Rusty1 » Sun 12 Apr, 2009 3:18 pm

Soak some papre towels in a vinegar/water solution then place it over the hard to clean areas. Leave it there for 10minutes or so then scape it off with some sort of thin edged tool. Razor, Spatulor, paint scarper or even a credit card!

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Postby siddr20 » Tue 14 Apr, 2009 6:58 pm

^ cheers guys.. It worked :)

Bit of an update:

- Sent the tank in to get a weir put in and some holes drilled for the bulkhead.

- I started making a stand today. I needed a bigger cabinet to fit the sump and protein skimmer(when i eventually get one).. The current stand is just too small in height :(

Sorry about the crap photos. Taken with the camera phone..

1/2 way there.. Stands looking good tho :P

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Postby monkyboy » Tue 14 Apr, 2009 7:43 pm

Why you taking pictures of my garage for? :poke:
Atleast it looks tidy.
Stand looks really big in that picture compared to real life.
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Postby siddr20 » Tue 14 Apr, 2009 8:32 pm

Should say a big thank you to my neighbour for helping me with this :)

Hopefully by tomorrow the stand should be done. Then just a fresh coat of paint and should do the trick :)
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Postby siddr20 » Wed 15 Apr, 2009 6:46 pm

Worked on the stand for an hour this morning..

Here are some updates. Looking very sturdy!!

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Cant wait to get my tank back!!
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looking good

Postby Daz the reefo » Thu 23 Apr, 2009 9:38 pm

Hi there, stand is similar to mine, are you cladding it with DAR pine or something else? looking forward to see your tank come along as you're not far behind me.
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Postby siddr20 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 4:50 pm

Its been a while since i updated this, as my tank has been at st-george aquariums getting a weir put in etc..
I only just got my tank back!! literally two hours ago!!

I also got them to make me a new sump.



So here are some updated pictures taken like 5mins ago..


Back:

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Side:

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Front:

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Sump: 2ft*18*18

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Hi there, stand is similar to mine, are you cladding it with DAR pine or something else? looking forward to see your tank come along as you're not far behind me.


Hi, well i just wacked some mdf on the sides (as seen in the photos). Tomorrow i will do the front and perhaps the doors and paint it all up. Still not sure how im going to do it, but i will let you know what i end up doing.

But yea hopefully everything goes smoothly tomorrow.

Then sunday i guess i can get the tank wet :)

Hows yours coming along?
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Postby Daz the reefo » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 4:55 pm

Ahh awesome, well mine is now wet and going through the cycle process and into the green algae phase. will be adding the rest of the rock and fish from my old tank tomorrow.
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Postby siddr20 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 5:02 pm

Well i love your stand.. Hopefully i can get mine looking as good as yours :)
Good to hear your tank is progressing well :) Cant wait to see your updated pics.
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Postby Corona » Sat 25 Apr, 2009 1:13 am

looking forward to seeing it all come together. I've got a blue and yellow tang and they're great together, no aggressive interaction (except if I re-scape). I'd put the yellow in last if you go ahead with the purchase.

Good luck :thumbsup:
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Postby siddr20 » Sat 25 Apr, 2009 4:12 pm

Thanks for that advice Corona.

I will be going ahead with it :) Will put in my two clown fish in first.. Then perhaps the day after go purchase the tangs.

How much of a gap (time wise) should i keep between putting the blue and the yellow? Also any reason as to why the yellow should go in last?

Bit of an update:

About to start undercoating the stand, then perhaps tomorrow paint it all up in gloss black.

Then also finish the doors off tomorrow or day after.

So slowly getting there :)
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Postby Corona » Sat 25 Apr, 2009 9:31 pm

It may not be a problem as I think these fish rarely give any trouble. The logic (as explained to me) is that the more territorial or aggressive fish should be added last/later than others. This allows the smaller or less aggressive fish to find their 'space' and settle in without a big aggressive fish hassling them (as new additions). If one was to be temperamental I think it might be the yellow. As I said, probably not going to be an issue though.

Might only need a few days for any fish to settle in and be feeding before the next addition.
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Postby siddr20 » Sat 25 Apr, 2009 10:44 pm

Thanks for that.. Will deff keep that in mind :) Thank you!!
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Postby siddr20 » Sun 26 Apr, 2009 11:07 pm

I got a question for everyone.

Should i purchase sand for the bottom of the tank or go without it?
Wouldnt it be easier to syphon all the dirt/food etc from the tank without the sand as you can see it clearly?

I mean i got sand in the bottom of my 70L tank now and havnt had any problems in regards to cleaning, but now that im going to a 4*2*2 its a larger surface area.

I do like the fact that the sand looks better in the tank and also the fact that it can reduce some nitrate.. But just confused as to if it actually works??

Also how thick should it be? well in height. 5-10cms in height ok?

For my tank how many kilos of sand would i need?

Thanks for your help!!
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Postby tmd77 » Sun 26 Apr, 2009 11:14 pm

siddr20 wrote:I got a question for everyone.

Should i purchase sand for the bottom of the tank or go without it?
Wouldnt it be easier to syphon all the dirt/food etc from the tank without the sand as you can see it clearly?

I mean i got sand in the bottom of my 70L tank now and havnt had any problems in regards to cleaning, but now that im going to a 4*2*2 its a larger surface area.

I do like the fact that the sand looks better in the tank and also the fact that it can reduce some nitrate.. But just confused as to if it actually works??

Also how thick should it be? well in height. 5-10cms in height ok?

For my tank how many kilos of sand would i need?

Thanks for your help!!


i went with sand in mine because to me, it looks more "reeflike" but at the end of the day its a personal preference.

if you want the sand to reduce nitrate, its called a Deep Sand Bed (DSB), and a minimum of 10cm is ideal (small grain size)

i went with calgrit as my substrate for my 4x2x2 and used 40kg's of it which to me looks nice.

smaller the grain size, the easier it is to be blown around in a "sandstorm".

the larger the grain, the more likely it will become a nitrate factory (coral rubble etc.).

Just my thoughts.


all the same the tank is looking good sidd... cant wait to see it wet!
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Postby siddr20 » Sun 26 Apr, 2009 11:58 pm

Thanks for that much appreciated. You are right it does look more reef-like. How much did it cost you btw? Is it expensive?

Im hoping on wednesday the tank will be wet :) Fingers crossed!!

All i have left to do is paint the stand. Put some doors on it (might do that bit later). Get everything in place with the plumbing bits and give it a quick test.. Then slowly start transferring everything from the big drums in to the tank.. But slowly getting there..
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Postby tmd77 » Mon 27 Apr, 2009 7:32 am

only cost me $15 per 20kg bag :thumbsup:

and you can get it from your local farm produce place, just ask for the superfine calgrit!
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Postby siddr20 » Tue 28 Apr, 2009 3:52 pm

^ cheers will check it out.. thanks


Progress update:

- Painted the sides in gloss black.
- Bought some mdf sheets for the floor and doors (will do that tomorrow)
- white bit is the undercoat.

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Postby tmd77 » Tue 28 Apr, 2009 4:10 pm

:clap:

looks good mate!

cant wait to see this with water in it!
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Postby siddr20 » Tue 28 Apr, 2009 4:19 pm

I know me too.. Hopefully tomorrow the stand will be done. For now im off to uni lol
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Postby tmd77 » Thu 30 Apr, 2009 10:45 pm

^^tomorrow was yesterday which means the stand should well and truly be finished :poke:

pics? :roflmao:
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Postby siddr20 » Fri 01 May, 2009 4:05 pm

hahah yup stand is all done and the tank is wet :)

Well with fresh water.. Just to test out any leaks in place.. But guess what??? NO LEAKS!!! so which means, tomorrow will be the fun part of starting to move everything into the tank!!


Here is one dodgy camera phone pic. sorry!! Will take better photos tomorrow.

Ignore the front of the stand. It will all get covered up nicely with the top and bottom frames as well as the doors!!

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Postby StripestheEel » Sat 02 May, 2009 4:10 pm

Nice one
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Postby siddr20 » Sat 02 May, 2009 7:15 pm

Tank is all wet boys and girls!!

Got some live rocks in there.. Tomorrow i will finish it off and put rest of the rocks/corals in!! Cant wait
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