500L Lowveld Cube

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  1. BarryG

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    Time to play some catch up...

    As with all tanks in life, mine needed to get bigger. So in August 2013 the time came...

    Tank: 900 x 900x 500 Starfire custom cube from TSR

    Sump: DIY based on @VicZA and @dallasg design 750 x 450 x 450

    Lighting: Vertex Illumina with full spectrum LED mod

    Filtration: 1L Biocubes "bomb", 50kg Live rock

    Skimmer: JNS SK3 rated 800L

    Return: Sicce Syncra 3.0

    Flow:Hydor Koralia DC Flow pump (15 000 L an Hr)

    Dosing: Aquatrend Evo 1 triple dose pump. Dosing Thrive Mg, Ca, Alk

    ATO: Tunze Osmolator

    Heating: Hydor 300W

    Chiller: Hailea 1/2 HP fed by Sicce 2.0

    Other: Hailea Ozone maker running at 25mg an hr into skimmer
     
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  3. BarryG

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    So here are some pics of the stand build, Sump build and some blueprints (Thx @VicZA)

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    Water and salt in....

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    First rocks tossed in and light hanged. Cladding done for now

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    The Engine room

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    Custom 10mm Plexiglass Lightstand

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    So the tank cycled for about 2 months while some fish were hanging out in the QT at home (Old JBJ 28G Nano)

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    Wow, that really looks like something to be proud of.. nice one, @BarryG!
     
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    Very nice cube. And great looking light bracket.
     
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    Really neat setup.
     
  12. BarryG

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    CUC currently in tank:

    4 Turbo snails
    3 Cleaner shrimps
    1 Boxing shrimp
    2 Blue legged Hermits
    1 Large Serpent starfish
    1 Blue Tuxedo Urchin

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    After a while in the QT livestock released yesterday and doing well... Started with my wishlist of tangs. Will introduce smaller fish soon

    Regal Tang (Very shy)
    Powder blue
    Sailfin
    Yellow

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    Current coral list:

    Mushrooms
    Polyps
    Zoas
    Torch Coral
    RBA
    Xenias
     
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    And last but not least ofcours some FTS's.... Scaping aided by drilling and pipe supports, putty, cable ties

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    Nice scaping:thumbup:. What is your total volume of the setup?
     
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    Ja dude !!! Looking lekker man !! Had some headaches, but it's looking awesome. Glad to see you enjoy the sump as well ...
     
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    Looking good dude, all the hard work paid off. Keep those pics coming.
     
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    looking freaking awesome!!!

    well done :thumbup:
     
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    where and how much did this cost to have made??
    i have a 300mm vertex SR360 that i cant use without hanging... and i dont want to hang it...
    my tank is 1m wide. do you find the light spread enough?
     
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    Big words from the man who tought me most of what I know:thumbup:
     
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