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Postby pafc64 » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 4:14 pm

Introduction:
Well Ive been reading lots,& asking lots of questions on here & even answered some questions too & I thought it might be time to start a Journal so here goes
Please be patient this could take a while

System Objectives: To have a little reef in my house that people can look at & say wow & that I can admire & waste lots of time & money on.

System Type: FOWLR to start with Shrimps & clean up crew, Not sure what Corals yet but some later as the tank becomes stable

Display System:

Strike up Date: 3-3-2010

Display Tank: 48x24x24 with Calfo full width overflow ,Beananimal Failsafe drains

Display Lighting: 3ft Inwatter 180w

Stand: Standard Pine & Plywood construction (still to Finish)

Sump: 48x18x14 Skimmer,Return,DSB design

Refugium: DSB

Refugium Lighting: Normal Lamp with 20w cool white globe


Support systems:

System Water: ASW

Display Water circulation: 2 x Jebo WP40

Return Pump: Ehiem 5000lph

Skimmer: Bubble Magus BM-NAC220-CS

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze Osmolator


Chemical Support:

kamoer dosing pump

Randys Recipe 1

Calcium Addition: 90ml Damprid daily

Alkilinity Addition: 80ml BiCarb daily

Magnesium Addition: 10ml Epsom salts daily

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: 0
Phosphates: 0.00
Alkalinity: 10 dkh
Calcium: 420
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.026
Magnesuim: 1260


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FTS 24-7-12

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Where the tank will sit

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Starting the frame with Pepper walking away in disgust as Im not paying attention to her

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More work on frame

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How the DT & Quarantine tank will sit on the Cabinet

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Postby pafc64 » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 4:21 pm

More pictures

Trying out plumbing work

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Framework in place as I have to finish it here

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Black Signwriters Vinyl on back of both tanks

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Postby gavogr » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 4:53 pm

Starting to look good Keep up with the updates.
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Postby Jesster » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 5:22 pm

damn that looks awesome rick!

sexy as!
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Postby pafc64 » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 5:38 pm

Thanks for the comments.

sexy as!


Maybe thats why the Missus is giving me a hard time about it
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Postby pafc64 » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 5:55 pm

Few more pictures

Weirs in Sump

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Sump in Cabinet & Plumbing the pumps started

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Front shot so far

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Postby pafc64 » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 6:04 pm

Pictures of the Beananimal setup & Calfo overflow

Not to confident this return from the sump will work yet as it maybe too high but no dilemma as I have some other ideas if it is.
Well didnt have to worry about the return being to High in fact after a fresh water test I am going to move it higher by 25mm.

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Postby roop » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 6:43 pm

Nice looking settup.
I hope your planning on running a chiller - I know how hot it can get it Whyalla.
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Postby pafc64 » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 7:56 pm

Hi roop
I have left room in the cabinet for a chiller if I need it,but as the room has a 1hp aircon directly above it I'm not sure if Ill need one , plus a mate here in town has had his Reef tank going for 10yrs with no chiller so Ill just wait & see how it goes while its FOWLR for a start.
But thanks for the comment your not wrong about the heat here some days.

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Postby ryanrid » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 9:03 pm

this is going to be sweet, i would recomend a bigger and better skimmer so you can stock with coral later.
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Postby saolom » Tue 08 Dec, 2009 5:36 pm

Nice set-up so far mate!

where can I get that type of pipe work?

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Postby pafc64 » Tue 08 Dec, 2009 9:56 pm

Hi Saolom
I got most of the black stuff in the gardening section of the local Home Hardware & Stratco shops.
I would have liked all the pipework to be black but it was to hard to source & expensive.

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Postby Tom the Reefer » Tue 15 Dec, 2009 10:50 am

looks great so far :clap: :thumbsup:
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Postby pafc64 » Wed 16 Dec, 2009 4:00 pm

Well after doing a fresh water test today I have found 3 small leaks :wall:
but they should be easy fixable.
Most important though was the overflow worked a treat & only took 5 mins to adjust the syphon rate & the simulated power failure worked OK as well.
But Im not very happy with the flow from the closed loop pump (will be OK for FOWLR but not flow hungry corals)& will have to try something different maybe not as many bends in pipework although I dont know how Ill do that yet or maybe even & bigger better pump.

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Postby Scooby » Wed 16 Dec, 2009 5:21 pm

It's looking very meticulous Rick.

What size pump are you using for the closed loop?
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Postby pafc64 » Wed 16 Dec, 2009 5:48 pm

Hi Scooby
Its a Pondmate 18000lph but its got 2 90degree elbows then splits into 1 t piece & the 2 more elbows before it enters the 2 bulkheads at the tank.
Too many elbows I think but not much choice where it is Im trying to see if I can move it & put more 45 degrees in it instead of 90s.
Another problem is I think the pump suction is slightly starving itself & gurgling real bad & the only way to stop it is to throttle the Discharge in & then the flow drops off so much so that to empty the tank I connected a garden hose to it & there was no gurgling at all.
I may have to limit the discharge pipe size to 3/4 pipe not sure yet Ive got a bit of thinking to do :o

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Postby pafc64 » Sun 10 Jan, 2010 3:07 pm

Well I decided to change the suction pipe to 40mm to try & stop the noise,but not before actually trying the pump with no pipework on it in a tub full of water & surprise surprise it makes the same noise with no pipes & no restriction so I couldnt see the point in drilling the suction hole any bigger so I have it now coming from a 25mm bulkhead into a 25 to 40 reducer & 40mm pie with 45 degree bends instead of 90 degree & now have a much better flow but still slightly noisy but not as bad.



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Postby pafc64 » Sun 24 Jan, 2010 12:09 pm

Hi
OK Ive been a bit slack lately due to an illness but am OK now & starting to get back to it.
Heres a pic of the LED lights on the tank temporarily testing out the timer power-boards I bought to control them to make sure they turn on & off when I want them too & ( turn back on after a power failure which they do)
I cant believe how bright they are I seriously thought I had a welding arc flash for a moment when I first put them on & now all I can see is how dirty the glass is.
I know there has been some bad stories about these units but I didn't go for the timer as yes that looked dodgy & I have 3 seperate leads controlling 1/3 of the panel & there is no power leakage of mine as I had a sparky check them for me & they are fine.
Now I just have to decide how I'm going to mount them (suggestions appreciated).

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Postby Mxett » Sun 24 Jan, 2010 12:13 pm

Looking good. Another person using the clothes horse idea!
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Postby pafc64 » Sun 24 Jan, 2010 12:51 pm

Yep when you spot a good idea Use it :clap:

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Postby whites » Sun 24 Jan, 2010 9:22 pm

the clothes horse works a treat!!!
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Postby pafc64 » Tue 02 Feb, 2010 10:54 am

Hi
Well i finally have water in one of the tanks well the Quarantine tank anyhow.
Ive filled it with NSW using 20lt drums (I wont be doing that again in a hurry) & started cycling it 2 days ago.
So far the DIY filter is working well I used these plans
http://atj.net.au/marineaquaria/simplebiofilter.html
But modified it a bit as I found it to be very buoyant so I put 4 small suction caps(old ones of a pump ) on the bottom & fixed that problem,only thing was it stuck too well & when I tried to pull the filter out the lid stayed stuck to the tank base & bio balls went everywhere,so now the lid is attached to the tub with cable ties & works a treat.
I also glued some bits of PVC pipe together for a safe haven for the fish.

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I have started mucking around with some base rock I have in the DT but am now waiting on some more from Riki @ marines+ to complete it I will then use about 20kg of live rock to make it come alive

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Postby snapper01 » Tue 02 Feb, 2010 1:57 pm

Looking great :clap: :clap: :clap: Can't wait to see it wet. keep up the good work :thumbsup:
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Postby nowlan » Tue 02 Feb, 2010 7:17 pm

Can you explain clothes horse??
Not seeing it here.

Also, why such a prominent QT?
Once stocked, what will you do with it?
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Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Tue 02 Feb, 2010 7:20 pm

Nice cant wait to see it stocked.

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Postby pafc64 » Tue 02 Feb, 2010 8:10 pm

Hi thanks for looking & comments

Hi Nowlan
The Clothes horse is one the fold up type, I saw someone else using it on another post about led lights, I just used one to put under the lights & on top of the tank to hold the lights & test them to see how bright they were over the tank.
As for the QT I really have nowhere else to put one (space is at a premium here with a wife who collects antique furniture lol) apart from my shed which gets too hot recently 55c on some hot days & was more comfortable with putting it there with a view to using it for something else later on maybe seahorses who knows or even a frag tank as I get more experienced.


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Re: Ricks 4x2x2 Calfo,Beananimal,Closed loop,LED lights

Postby Darr1n » Sat 06 Mar, 2010 10:24 am

Looks great Rick.

Do you think the noise from your pump may be because you have rigid pipe in/out of it.

I will be using flexible pipe from the return pumps in my new tank, and I think this would have a huge difference on noise.
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Re: Ricks 4x2x2 Calfo,Beananimal,Closed loop,LED lights

Postby pafc64 » Sat 06 Mar, 2010 11:36 am

Hi Darr1n

Ive got NSW in the DT now (pictures to come soon) & cycling it, the closed loop pump is only noisy as it gets a bit of an air lock in it somehow (gurgling sound) :-s & spits out small bubbles ocasionally through the loclines which I dont think its too much of a problem & apart from that its not too noisy.
The noisiest one now is the return pump the Eden which is I think because of the hard pipe vibrating so I think I will put a piece of flexible hose in the line somewhere close to the pump to try & quiten it down.
Funny though between the LED light fans,the skimmer & the 2 pumps Im not sure sometimes which is noisiest its a good thing its in a back room & not the living area :wall:
I still need to enclose the cabinet & intend on putting some sort of sound proofing on the panels which should help quiten it down some.
The biggest problem I have at the moment is the temperature dosnt want to come below 31c (Ive used 4 different guages to find the real temp) ,its not the lights they are cool & bring the temp down a touch because of the fans,the heaters are turned off,the room is & has been no higher than 28c since starting so the only things I think it can be are the sump light (turned off today to see if that makes a difference) or its the 3 pumps running causing the heat :wall:
Itried a small fan on the sump yesterday but that didnt do much so Ill see what diffence the sump light makes when I get home tonight after work.

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Re: Ricks 4x2x2 Calfo,Beananimal,Closed loop,LED lights

Postby scuba-galaxy » Sat 06 Mar, 2010 12:34 pm

New to this topic. With the upward flow from the bottom of the tank how do you control the power off syphon back to your sump. Great design hope to see more pictures.
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Postby fishguy23 » Sat 06 Mar, 2010 12:48 pm

there is gerneraly a hole in the pipe just below the water line which breaks the syphon as soon as it sucks in air
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