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  1. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys

    I guess when reefkeeping is in your blood, there's no getting out.

    This time around, I decided to go very small, +- 90l.
    The tank is a 450x450x450 starfire cube with no sump but rather filtration at the back of the tank.
    My initial plan was to keep things simple and stick with softies an LPS, but things did not work out according to plan..... I decided to SPS again with the odd LPS here and there.

    The stand was built by me with the assistance of a buddy and my eldest son. It is constructed using Ply and is wrapped with ceiling boards.

    The skimmer i chose is a Bubble Magus hang on skimmer rated up to 100 liters.
    Lighting is a 90W remote controlled LED Zetlight unit.
    Due to SPS requiring a lot of flow, I decided to add in a Tunze 6055 Nano stream controlled using a 7095 controller.
    I decided to give Orca Bio Cubes a shot this time as compared to the Zeo systems I ran in the past. The cubes run in the first chamber using the Bomb Method.
    The system is cooled using a Haliea HC 150A chiller.
    The tank has +- 6kg's of Live rock for biological filtration.
    Substrate used is Carribsea Fiji Pink Aragonite.
    Topping is done using a DIY auto top up unit that I purchased from a fellow reefer some years back.
    Ca and Alk will be manually dosed on this sytem due to the small volume of water that I have to deal with.

    The tank is now running for just over a week. Pics to follow....
     
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  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Lighting unit
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    Skimmer
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Pic of the tank

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    Stand
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    Completed stand
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    Awesome that you're getting back into the game @mechaeel!!!
    Yes, you are quite right. When its in your blood, there's no staying away from it.
    Even if you only have a small tank, its worth it!
    Lol.
    Sound like a cool tank!
    How long you looking at cycling the tank before adding ls?
     
  6. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Tank in place
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    Substrate in

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    Water in
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    Water cleared and LR in place
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    A days Skimmate
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    Tank as is

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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Visser. Thanks man.
    In terms of cycling, I highly doubt I am going to get a major cycle. The live rock that I have used, has been curing for nearly 4 years now. The system was also started up with Seachem Stability. But I am in no rush to fill this system.
     
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    beautiful bud..
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thanks Les;)
     
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    Very VERY nice build you did there!
    Nice thing about being out of the hobby for a while is you take everything much slower /patiently sexond time around, & rethink everything until its all perfect!

    Will keep a close eye on this tank as you have a standard to uphold... Lol
     
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    whats scary is i know your potential..
     
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    Can you perhaps share where you got the zetlight unit from & what you paid for it? Looks like a very nice unit for any nano!
     
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    Welcome back in the game Mekaeel
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thanks bud!

    lol dude. I lost my touch. Feel like a noob due to there been so much of changes in reefkeeping methods over the last few years.
     
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    its like riding a bicycle bud... same concept, you get what im saying.. its in your blood to do a nice tank..
     
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    There might have been some changes in the ways we keep stuff alive, but the talent of making things thrive will come back soon enough, lol. Enjoy the learning curve!
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Pm sent ;)
    Thanks Riaan.
    lol Thanks for the kind words dude.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thanks dude. Been doing lots of reading to catch up. lol
     
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    Haha, told you so. Shall wait patiently for the upgrade :whistling:

    And the potential of the over-sized equipment. They gonna skim the daylight out of the tank
     
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    looking good mekaeel
    been awesome catching up with you.
    run some well needed aquarium passion through my
    veins again.....nice to have a genuine reefer close by
    im starting to get exited about the frag hunts with you like
    the good old days:1:
     
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