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Deester's SPS T5 Shallow Rimless - TOTM March 2010 Winner

Postby Deester » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 7:42 pm

Introduction:

Having always been a huge fan of shallow style rimless tanks, I have decided to set one up. I have gone for a 36x24x16 Rimless Starphire tank which will mainly focus on SPS with the possibility of the odd clam here and there.

System Type: Densely stocked full SPS system

Display System:

Strike up Date: TBC

Display Tank: 36x24x16 Rimless 12mm Starphire (3 Sides) with bevelled edges. Internal left hand corner weir with a siphon/safety durso overflow setup. The return will be up through the weir.

Display Lighting: 8 x 39w T5 ATI Powermodule.

Stand: 36w x 24d x 40h Contemporary style cabinet finished in black satin.

Hood: N/A

Sump: TBC

Refugium: N/A - Additional LR will be in sump

Support systems:

System Water: NSW

Display Water circulation: 2 x Vortech MP40W's

Return Pump: Tunze 3000lph Adjustable Return Pump.

Skimmer: BubbleKing Mini160 V2

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze Osmolator Auto Top Up.


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Damp Rid

Alkilinity Addition: Bi Carb Soda

Other Chemical Maintenance: Epsom Salts when needed.
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Postby Deester » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 7:45 pm

Hopefully the tank will be finished and delivered soonish and I can start putting everything together. :pirate:

Until then, here's a couple of equipment pics for the gear heads ;)

BubbleKing Mini 160

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Vortechs and bits

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Cheers,

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Postby funkngroovy » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 7:51 pm

2 40's in a small tank? Wow.

Its going to look awesome. what aquascape are you going for? the full back reef or bombies.
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 8:22 pm

Cool Dee, can't wait!

Rod. :thumbsup:
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Postby Rhys123 » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 9:06 pm

Dee you change tanks faster then I change undies but if this tank follows your last 2 builds it will be absolutely stunning.

2xMP40W should just about be enough flow :pirate:

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Postby kolzy » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 9:08 pm

hey dee whos making the tank.
can u pm me how much? :thumbsup:
have a nice day!
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Postby reef.anonymous » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 9:26 pm

Another awesome tank to follow, can't wait to see it setup, you got some nice looking equipments there too! :thumbsup:
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Postby Deester » Thu 16 Jul, 2009 10:40 pm

funkngroovy wrote:2 40's in a small tank? Wow.

Its going to look awesome. what aquascape are you going for? the full back reef or bombies.


Cheers Mate :thumbsup: Thinking I will go for a pretty open aquascape, not exactly sure just yet ... but will have to wait until I have the LR to see what works best.

Being that I'm going for a SPS dominated tank I'm hoping for a pretty chaotic high turnover ... hence the 2x Vortech MP40W's. I know I will have to dial them back though :nut:

Rod the Roofer wrote:
Cool Dee, can't wait!

Rod. :thumbsup:


Cheers Rod ... Yeah mate, tell me about it. I'm chomping at the bit :nut: But will still be a while after taking delivery of the tank before water goes in ... Trying not to rush this one this time :crossfingers:

Rhys123 wrote:
Dee you change tanks faster then I change undies but if this tank follows your last 2 builds it will be absolutely stunning.

2xMP40W should just about be enough flow :pirate:

Cheers


:roflmao: Yeah mate ... has been a high turn over on my tanks :nut: Such is life of the the transient/nomadic reefer :pirate: Work and family life has kept me on the go alot (moving around) over the last 18 months

I hope 2 x Vortech MP40W's will be enough flow :nut: Thanks for the kind words about the past tanks mate :thumbsup:

kolzy wrote:hey dee whos making the tank.
can u pm me how much?


Hi Mate ... Andrew from Aqaumaster Aquariums is doing the build. He built my last tank, so have no problems recommending his work :thumbsup:

Shoot him an email for a quote for what your after - http://www.aquamasteraquariums.com.au/

aink wrote:Another awesome tank to follow, can't wait to see it setup, you got some nice looking equipments there too!


Thanks mate .... Have been dreaming for a long time to set up a tank with this gear list ... cant wait to get it all up and running :pirate:

Cheers,

Dee.
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Postby StripestheEel » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 12:57 am

Another one for the siggy! Should be good mate.
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Postby jamierk » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 1:24 am

Woot, Dee! Going to be fantastic again!
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Postby danger » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 9:18 am

Hey they're the same ballvalves as mine ;) I love open aquascapes. Something I'm hoping to acheive aswell! Good Luck with it!
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Postby John__83 » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 9:21 am

with the possibility of the odd clam here and there


looking good dee cant wait to see this finished and an odd clam here and there hey im sure there will be more than a few lol :thumbsup:
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Postby tmd77 » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 9:46 am

wow! great equipment list dee!

love the shallow idea... will you be hanging the powermodule?
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Postby ryanrid » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 10:47 am

cool beans! so you settled in the new place yet, where did you end up moving?

a few clams! 6 clams (which will be the least you get i reckon) is more than a few.
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Postby Scottief » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 11:18 am

Hey Dee, judging by your last tank and with the list of equipment you have for your new one, you can tell this tank is going to be a beauty. :thumbsup: Scott
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Postby bubbleboy » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 2:17 pm

Hey Dee , If your pass tank are anything to go by, this one would be nothing short of Stunning :clap:
Can't wait to see it running :thumbsup:
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Postby mgrav » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 2:37 pm

Sounds great Dee. I'm looking forward to seeing it take shape.

ZEO or No?

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Postby snaza » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 5:26 pm

I'm excited. Did your ATI PM arrive yet? I need to put in an order for my 10 bulb PM. This is going to be a great setup. My tank will be coming soooonish. similar dimensions (just a bit bigger)
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Postby Keye » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 6:03 pm

cant wait to see this setup mate! will be awesome
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Postby GIRI » Fri 17 Jul, 2009 11:04 pm

He's back. ;)

Taking bets on how many clams. :)

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Postby Deester » Sat 18 Jul, 2009 9:43 pm

Hi Guys ...

Many thanks for all the positive feedback :thumbsup: To say I'm excited is an understatement :madface:

Will try and answer everyones questions ...

Hopefully my ATI PM is a couple of weeks off :crossfingers: and will be mounted using 2x upside down "L" shaped brackets mounted to the back of the cabinet. A very generous fellow reefer has offered to weld them up for me using square steel tube, most proberly 25mm ? :bow: The ATI PM's have a bit of weight behind them, so want to make sure what ever I use to mount them is well and truly sturdy.

Will be going for an open aquascape and 99% sure the tank will be bare bottom. I have a few ideas about what I would like to achieve, but will what until I have the rock infront of me to see what comes together. Here's two tanks that are along the lines of what I would like to eventually achieve, guess you could call them reference points for now. Keeping in mind my tank will be smaller than these two.

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At this stage I have no plans for using ZEO, the last tank got good growth and colour without it ... so will see how this one pans out. I may introduce ZEO at a later date, but would prefer not too at this stage.

I have no real plans for many clams at this stage, mainly because I will be aiming for a hectic/chaotic flow for the tank with 2 x Vortechs ... which I think could be a little too much for clams. My last tank that had many clams in it had to keep the flow down so as to not upset the clams too much, which was not ideal for flow hungry SPS ... Having said that, I will no doubt cave and slip a few select clams in ;)

Cheers,

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Postby clownfisherman » Sun 19 Jul, 2009 7:27 pm

Hey D, looking forward to this mate!
Nice bit of equipment you've sourced! Out of curiousity, how much was the bubble king and what is it rated for? I couldn't find an 'official' website for their skimmers etc.

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Postby Deester » Sun 19 Jul, 2009 8:10 pm

clownfisherman wrote:Hey D, looking forward to this mate!
Nice bit of equipment you've sourced! Out of curiousity, how much was the bubble king and what is it rated for? I couldn't find an 'official' website for their skimmers etc.

Cheers,

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Hi Paddy :thumbsup:

Cheers mate.

Here's the website of the makers of BubbleKings - http://english.royal-exclusiv.de/index2.htm

The Mini 160 is rated for approx 400-500L, but was informed they underate their skimmers.

Regarding price send Michael at http://www.reefinglife.com.au an email and get a quote, he's awesome to deal with :bow: Brace yourself though mate, they aint cheap ... but are widely regarded to be one of the best skimmers available ;)

Cheers,

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Postby anthony mazzeri » Sun 19 Jul, 2009 11:59 pm

I like how in the first reference pic they have the staghorn type sps all together and separate from the stumpier type sps on the left. I've not seen it done like this before. Usually people have all the different types mixed together like in the second pic.

And is that a clam there in amongst the stags?

I really like the open bare sand areas too, which again you usually don't see because it's just too tempting for most people to resist using the space to stick more creatures in!
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Postby Deester » Mon 20 Jul, 2009 12:20 am

anthony mazzeri wrote:I like how in the first reference pic they have the staghorn type sps all together and separate from the stumpier type sps on the left. I've not seen it done like this before.


Hi Anthony :thumbsup:

If you like the idea of stags all together ... you have to check out Rod's awesome tank with the now 'infamous' stag island ---

viewtopic.php?t=194986&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=660

It's yet another beautifully scaped tank that I will be using as "reference" ... just didn't want to say it :poke:

Cheers,

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Postby mnemonix » Mon 20 Jul, 2009 8:17 am

Is that SunnyX's tank off rimless reef/RC? It's definately a beautiful system worth emulating.

Looking foreward to seeing yet another one of your tanks take shape :D
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Postby mgrav » Mon 20 Jul, 2009 9:11 am

mnemonix wrote:Is that SunnyX's tank off rimless reef/RC? It's definately a beautiful system worth emulating.

Looking foreward to seeing yet another one of your tanks take shape :D


Sure is.

http://www.zeovit.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16042
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Postby bradw6860 » Mon 20 Jul, 2009 10:52 pm

woo hoo :clap: :clap:

I have been waiting for this, its going to be a beauty :thumbsup:
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Postby Keye » Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:20 am

hey Dee could you please give me a link to the first tank in that pic. I would really like to have a read on that if you have it. Cheers
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Postby Deester » Wed 22 Jul, 2009 10:50 pm

mnemonix wrote:Is that SunnyX's tank off rimless reef/RC? It's definately a beautiful system worth emulating.

Looking foreward to seeing yet another one of your tanks take shape :D


Hi Mate,

Yeah ... it's a SunnyX's rimless tank, awsome tank. His inwall tank off http://www.rimlessreef.com is stunning too :o

Keye wrote:hey Dee could you please give me a link to the first tank in that pic. I would really like to have a read on that if you have it. Cheers


Hi Keye,

I cant remember exactly where I got that pic from mate :konk: I do remember it was off a Japanese site with Japanese writing :nut: A quick google search of "japanese reef tanks" should dig it up mate, sorry I'm not of more help.

Cheers,

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