72L Sumpless Tank

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  1. Franske

    Franske

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    After 2 failed attempts to start up a tank I hope this one will succeed:
    LFS dropping me on custom made tank
    63L Softie and LPS Nano take 2 - Marine Aquariums South Africa
    Standard LFS tank too much bow in glass
    DIY all in one nano - Marine Aquariums South Africa

    I plan to keep +-6 fish, a few inverts, SPS, LPS and softies.

    Equipment list:
    Tank: 800x300x300 6mm DIY tank
    Light: DIY LED light unit, 15x3W Cree. 5 Cool white and 10 Royal Blue
    Skimmer: Bubble magus QQ skimmer
    Flow: Sunsun JVP
    Heater: 2x100W Hailea heaters
    Other:
    Aragonite substrate
    +-15 Kg liverock
    Seachem Purigen, Carbon matrix, Phosgaurd in internal fiter as needed

    Pics to follow.
     
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  3. KSreefster

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    Great man! Hope this one works out for you!
     
  4. Franske

    Franske Thread Starter

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    Mods can you please change the 81 in the title to 72. Glass arrived and tank built. Pics to follow.
     
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  6. Franske

    Franske Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the title change, so after all the forks in the road my tank is finally build.
    Stand before painting
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    Stand after painting and fixing of clear mat varnished laminated pine sheets
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    Glass cut to size
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    Covered inside of silicone areas to keep me from messing all over the glass
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    Black sponge for bottom of tank
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    Built and in place
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    Peeling off insulation tape
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    Almost done
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    Scrapping of excess silicone on outsides
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    Some randoms
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    Will do a water test this afternoon and if all is good transfer the livestock from the other tank. I still need to get the 2 100W Hailea heaters and waiting on the LED components to arrive.
     
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    Franske Thread Starter

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    And she is filled, no leaks and cleared up this morning, still waiting on the new LED's, heaters and need to neaten up the cable work. Also need to fill up a bit more.
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    Looks great; very nice and neat job! I like the location of the tank... TV is overrated and can be so boring, so being able to just turn and look at the tank will be cool!
     
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    Eish and so it starts.. will get overgrown shortly, then the next one.
     
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    Tank looking good I must say :m106:
     
  11. Franske

    Franske Thread Starter

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    Yes i like the placing as well coz now we can sit in the TV or dining room and enjoy the tank, now just to stock him up. Should the tank cycle at all again after changing over the livestock. I have a six line wrasse in at the moment but he seems to be fine.
    Maybe a quick update on livestock thus far:
    Six line wrasse
    2 Hammer corals
    Pink zoanthids
    Pulsing xenia
    Lots of critters, brittle stars, tube worms
     
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    Quick update. All still alive after transfer. Got my two new heaters over the weekend and neatened up the cables a little bit, not complete yet since I am waiting for my LED light components. Also rather using the SEIO M620 than the JVP 102.

    I need some help on the following, the bubbles from my skimmer is making a gassy noise as they come to the surface and there is also a lot more micro bubbles in the display, what can cause this.

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  13. Franske

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    Added some new corals over the weekend and also my first sps ever. The gassy bubbles from the skimmer has stopped.

    A quick question ons somer critters, I have found several asterina stars in my tank. I am removing them since I know some of the species chow on zoas. I have also found a big hairy grey bristle worm, does he pose any threat to my corals?

    I am going to start off with a 5L water change 2 times a month and see how it goes from there, but all in all the tank looks healthy and corals happy. Pics to follow.
     
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    Bristle worm is great cuc. Just be careful when putting your hands into the tank as it can be painful if you touch it.
     
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    Awesome set up. :thumbup:
     
  16. Franske

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    Thanks man, will post pics tonight, did a little rescape and water change yesterday so water wasnt as clear.
    Updated livestock list:
    Maybe a quick update on lists

    Livestock:
    Six line wrasse
    Green birdsnest
    2 Hammer corals
    Green Candy cane
    Green star polyps
    Pink zoanthids
    Orange and green zoanthids
    Green stripped mushroom
    Lumo green mushroom
    Xenia
    Kenya tree
    Lots of critters, brittle stars, tube worms

    Equipment list:
    Tank: 800x300x300 6mm DIY tank
    Light: DIY LED light unit, 15x3W Cree. 5 Cool white and 10 Royal Blue (still waiting to arrive)
    Skimmer: Bubble magus QQ skimmer
    Flow: SEIO M620
    Heater: 2x100W ViaAqua heaters
    Other:
    Aragonite substrate
    +-15 Kg liverock
    Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt
     
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    Franske Thread Starter

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    As promised
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    Franske Thread Starter

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    I have an idea for a surface skimmer, what i want to do is take some 25mm pvc pipe, one short piece and one longer, and a 90 degree elbow between the two. Then I will connect the short piece to the intake of my skimmer pump and then have the longer piece sit just below the water level of the tank. This way all the skimmers intake water will flow through the piece that sits just below the water surface. Has anyone done something similar?
     
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    Surface skimmer working nicely, will only put it in when im cleaning.
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    Added some new livestock over the weekend, one fish, some CUC, macro algae, SPS and some softies. Thanks to @Francois and @Zander Marais for some great frags. Still waiting for the LEDs to light up the full display.
    Updated livestock:
    Six line wrasse
    Clarkii clown
    Hermit
    Turbo snail
    Green birdsnest
    Pink birdsnest
    Green slimer
    Green branching monti
    Green plating monti
    2 Hammer corals
    Green Candy cane
    Green star polyps
    Pink zoanthids
    Orange and green zoanthids
    Red zoanthids
    Green zoanthids
    White and green zoanthids
    Green stripped mushroom
    Lumo green mushroom
    Purple mushroom
    Xenia
    Kenya tree
    Lots of critters, brittle stars, tube worms
    Macro algae
     
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