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Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Wed 07 Dec, 2011 7:03 pm

Hey guys after having a 3x2x2 for the last few years and settling into a new house i have finally taken the plunge to get a new tank, do this perfect and hopefully keep for a very long time. Very much inspired by Rodneyri's tank i have tried to go with a tank and cabinet that are both visually stunning and hopefully very natural to look at (ie minimal cable vision)

it will be going in the same place the current 3x2x2 tank is and details are as follows

tank size : 1525x750x550 (custom built by Aquaristic) with over flow laser cut out on left hand side of tank
Bean animal overflow

Stand will be built out of 50x50 gal tubing 2.5mm thick. should be a nice strong bugger. frame will then be clad with poly doors and top with tank sitting in the centre of what will be a 6ft stand.

Sump still yet to be determined. i will finalise sizing of sump once i receive stand and get a good gauge of how i set it up.

all current gear and equipment from 3x2x2 will be used for the new tank which will include :

deltec ap801 skimmer.
kamoer dosing pumps
vortech mp40
inwatter led lighting system ( will need to work out additional lighting)

planning on a nice low open rock look to the tank which is very popular at the moment amongst reef keepers and something i love.

strike up date will be end of january. i will have tank and stand in next 2 weeks but unfortunately i will be delayed getting the poly cabinets done as they are flat out and then will be taking time off over xmas.

anyway enough with the blubbering here are some of the plans that have been drawn up for the new setup. any ideas and critisms are more than welcome as i want to get this perfect. a great deal of thought has gone into this.

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will post a pic of the current setup and wall area it will be going on shortly

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby rodneyri » Wed 07 Dec, 2011 9:48 pm

cool Kell, how are you hiding that weir?
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Wed 07 Dec, 2011 11:15 pm

im planning on leaving it as is and painting the plumbing but if i dont like the look of it i plan to cover it with come black perspex or something.
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby wmackay » Thu 08 Dec, 2011 7:15 am

:clap: looks good kell,
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby ryanrid » Thu 08 Dec, 2011 10:03 pm

cool
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby greeni » Sat 10 Dec, 2011 6:56 pm

wmackay wrote::clap: looks good kell,
Give me a yell if u need a hand with anything!

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Sat 10 Dec, 2011 7:02 pm

thought i would post some updates on the current tank as i prepare for the new tank. all is doing well. sps are quite as coloured as i had hoped been having some alk stability problems. have lost a couple of montis due to this have converted to dosing pumps as i was sick of the tuning of the calcium reactor. here are some sps pics of frags ive picked up off very kind reefers off masa.

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby ryanrid » Sat 10 Dec, 2011 10:07 pm

awesome colours there :clap:
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby rodneyri » Sat 10 Dec, 2011 10:11 pm

awesome Kell, lots of nice puddles there ... didnt know you had a tank already. got a TJ?
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Sat 10 Dec, 2011 11:44 pm

rodneyri wrote:awesome Kell, lots of nice puddles there ... didnt know you had a tank already. got a TJ?



yeah rod there is a tank journal buried back a few pages somewhere. to be honest the tank is not much to look at in its current state. too much rock. poor aquascaping just looks like a big box with some tiny frags in it haha.

ryanrid wrote:awesome colours there :clap:


thanks Ryan. im sure you recognise some of those pieces. the growth on the yellow/green stag has gone nuts of late. im trying to find ways to up nutrient levels a tiny bit and provide the corals with some food. i think im starving them a bit not sure.
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby bradw6860 » Sun 11 Dec, 2011 7:59 am

Nice mate!
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Mon 12 Dec, 2011 6:33 pm

picked up the new tank today ( a little earlier than i expected ) needless to say im very excited. as mention earlier tank was made by Aquaristic and looks fantastic. one of the neatest silicone jobs ive seen. laser cut overflow looks net as does everything else. very happy with the build.

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Sun 18 Dec, 2011 8:40 pm

Bit of an update. Stand has been built and first coat of paint put on it. will be trying to get it clad early in the new year with the poly doors and fingers crossed ill be up and running Mid-late January :)
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Thu 22 Dec, 2011 8:05 pm

ok time for an update and some pictures and also seeking some plumbing advice.

here is the tank now situated on the stand
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the sump in planning. sump height is currently 450mm high but thinking of taking it down to 400 to give a bit more clearance. sump size will be 750x600x400 high with sections for refugium and also frag rack section
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the start of the overflow plumbing.
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here is where im after some plumbing advice. this is what im considering with for the full syphon part out of my bean animal overflow.
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T piece for a bleed off of full syphon
T piece with reducer to barb for chiller feed.
T piece with reducer to barb for chiller feed.
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please give your thoughts on this design. im under the impression this part of the bean animal will be under full syphon with little/no air through it. im just wondering if it will create any problems with the syphon and in anticipation that it might that is why i have put the bleeder T piece in to bleed any excess syphoned water back down into sump. reason for this setup is to reduce the amount of pumps needed to feed various things.
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby parrdog » Thu 22 Dec, 2011 8:13 pm

The tank looks great, kell :).

Sorry, I don't have any advice though.

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby locuus » Fri 23 Dec, 2011 12:02 am

Very nice! Some awesome SPS you have there.
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby rodneyri » Tue 03 Jan, 2012 10:12 am

any news here Kell?
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Thu 05 Jan, 2012 9:06 pm

no updates as of yet. waiting on the kitchen makers to come back from xmas holidays and have some bits and pieces on the way which will help me finish the tank. received call today saying sump is ready so hoping to have this running in the next 2-3 weeks :)
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby tonyf » Sat 07 Jan, 2012 10:45 am

Looking good Kell!!
This is the exciting times.
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Sat 07 Jan, 2012 7:00 pm

little bit of an update. picked sump up today and put into place roughly and tested plumbing and sump. all seems to work well although i have found a few flaws in my sump design which i will attempt to rectify before i set the tank up.

was also thinking about other ideas for plumbing and realised i had not seen many people using the black irrigation hosing that i have used on my tank. im now wondering if this hose is ok to use? my theory with it was to reduce algae growth and build up in the hosing. can anyone confirm this hosing is ok?

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby ryanrid » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 12:01 am

kell wrote:little bit of an update. picked sump up today and put into place roughly and tested plumbing and sump. all seems to work well although i have found a few flaws in my sump design which i will attempt to rectify before i set the tank up.

was also thinking about other ideas for plumbing and realised i had not seen many people using the black irrigation hosing that i have used on my tank. im now wondering if this hose is ok to use? my theory with it was to reduce algae growth and build up in the hosing. can anyone confirm this hosing is ok?

here are a few piccies of what i have so far .

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I use ribbed (for her pleasure :roflmao: ) irrigation hosing fOr my return as does rod
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby B3NN0 » Sun 08 Jan, 2012 1:34 am

looking good so far mate
very envious =P
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Thu 12 Jan, 2012 9:02 pm

time for a bit of an update.

the 3x2x2's current home is where the new tank is to go. as much as i didnt want to do it today i embarked on moving the 3x2x2 to another location to allow me to put the new tank and stand in place so i can do a switchover from 1 tank to another and make it 100 times easier.

right now the tank hates me and i hate it. i started at 8am this morning and finished just now lol.

i have removed alot of rock out of the 3x2x2 and stored in plastic tubs with powerheads and heater. over the next week i will be treating the tubs with flatworm exit as they were starting to get a bit out of control in my tank. i have noticed some patchyness to a few of my sps and am unsure if the flatworms are a contributor or not but whilst i had things pulled down decided it was a good time to deal with it.

i also gave the rocks a thorough clean off rinsing it in salt water tubs. alot of stuff came out :bawling:

seeing as though the mrs was at work i decided to also do some maintance . i have had my deltec skimmer approx 4 years and after seeing the photos of cheezotheclowns skimmer clean decided to clean my own. whacked it in the bathtub with water and vinegar for the day. dont tell the mrs she would have flipped it :pirate:

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did you know you can skim fresh water :konk: before the clean

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after the clean

i happier news the ATI powermodule i purchased off Dee arrived today. i have it running on the 3x2x2 today to give the corals a chance to acclimatise before changing to the new tank.

the bulb combo is a little blue. but nowhere near as blue as the photo shows. this is the 3x2x2 after the move settling back in with not much rock waiting for the new big beast :)

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby adamfenessy » Thu 12 Jan, 2012 9:20 pm

look forward to all those frags going in the neew tank. probably not as much as you though! - TAgging along
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby parrdog » Thu 12 Jan, 2012 9:32 pm

Sounds like an epic day mate, well done :).
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby bradw6860 » Thu 12 Jan, 2012 10:43 pm

FWE ain't the best make and can' have adverse side effects to some stock, i have a better alternative here if your ever interested i can give you some. :thumbsup:
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby parrdog » Fri 13 Jan, 2012 9:20 am

Hey Brad, what's FWE?

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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby ryanrid » Fri 13 Jan, 2012 9:26 am

Hi Kell i have levamisole if you want some, never used it but there is a thread of RC about it.

This thank will be TOTM.
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Postby wmackay » Fri 13 Jan, 2012 9:49 am

Looking great Kell, let me know if u need a hand with anything!
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Re: Kell's 5x2.5x 22 inch new slice of reef

Postby kell » Fri 13 Jan, 2012 12:39 pm

parrdog wrote:Hey Brad, what's FWE?

Cheers,
Jamie.


i believe its Flat Worm Exit.

ryanrid wrote:Hi Kell i have levamisole if you want some, never used it but there is a thread of RC about it.

This thank will be TOTM.


cheers Ryan.i think we are long way off a totm lol. ill keep the levamisole in mind. what are the problems with flat worm exit. the rock is in a separate tub to the fish and corals atm till i move it to the new tank. my plan was to treat the rock about 45 mins before i move it into the new tank. treat rock. rinse in tub of fresh salt water. then move it all over. by the way you still need to send me that bulb combo over :)

bradw6860 wrote:FWE ain't the best make and can' have adverse side effects to some stock, i have a better alternative here if your ever interested i can give you some. :thumbsup:


cheers brad. hows your tank coming along?
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