Brett's minimalist shallow reef

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  1. brettb2020

    brettb2020

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    Its been 3 years since my last marine aquarium and I am so excited to be back in the game! well almost, my new tank is not even built yet :tt2:

    The passed 2 weeks I've been doing a lot of research and browsing online and I must say that in the passed 3 years there have some fantastic developments in marine aquarium technology. I was blown away! Although I must say that I am quite disappointed to that there is no specially designed LED chips for aquarium use. Never the less, CREE LED's seem to be doing a good job :thumbup:

    So here we go.

    With this aquarium I am aiming towards the minimalist look, for the display tank that is. I am a sucker for the latest tech though so the sump area will be the complete opposite.:blush: I will be building the tank and stand myself.

    Tank

    Tank: 600 x 600 x 300. 10mm bottom, 6mm opti white all round.
    glass: 10mm bottom, 6mm opti white all round.
    sump: 550 x 400 x 400
    overflow: oceanlife v2 overflow. You dont get more minimalist that this!
    silicone: Clear

    Equipment

    Lighting: Ecotech Radion PRO :yeahdude:
    Flow: Vortech MP10W ES
    Return Pump: Waveline DC 3000
    Chiller: Hailea 150A
    Skimmer: Bubble Magus NAC 3.5
    Controller: Reef Angel. gotta love open source!
    TopOff: DIY

    Live stock

    2 Picasso clowns
    inverts.
    thats all!

    Coral

    I plane on Keeping softies and LPS. I might give SPS a go but I love my softies.

    Design

    A lot of inspiration and ideas came form these 3 setups:
    TheDoogan's Shallow Rimless Reef
    Neto's DIY 20g Shallow
    37G Shallow illuminated Reef tank

    and here is what I have so far. I will only build the tank for now and design the rest later when my equipment arrives so everything will fit 100%

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  3. Visser

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    Hmmm, i like it...
    What is your reason dor the wooden cabinet stand?
    Will tag along for this build!
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    Thanks! If you want to mount something to wooden a cabinet it's easy. Just need a screwdriver and screws. it's just easier to work with in general.
     
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    Hi Brett , Welcome back and I really like the idea of the shallow tank. I would however look like to add a small shoal of fish with the clowns , mayb cardinals
     
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    Welcome back Brett nice I like a shallow reef tank.
     
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    Nice tank, my new tank is pretty much the same dims. I finally plumbed the tank now I just need to build a stand for the darn thing. Maybe I should do that this weekend or else I will delay it forever.
     
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    Thanks man. Its good to be back! Your tank is looking great. I should pop in some time and have a look.

    Thanks :thumbup:


    Update

    Picked up my glass and timber today. I am rather using 68 x 68 timber intead of planed 2x4. Hopefully I finish the stand this weekend then I can start designing the sump.

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    What do you guys think of the oceanlife overflow? here is a review.

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    Welcome back Brett, looking forward to seeing this one up and running.
    How much is that overflow going for and where are you getting yours from?
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    Its about R1500 which is actually ridiculous but its what I want. :tt2:
    I have had to import as its not available locally, only in the UK. it very new on the market.
     
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    Thought so. It's not that different in price to the reefocto, and looks much better.
     
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    How does it break syphon? Looks like a very neat overflow.
    Just have to make sure the overflow doesnt ever get blocked.
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    There is a little hole on the external piece to stop the syphon.
    All overflows can get blocked though. eventually they all lead to a pipe which can get blocked. just have to keep it clean :)
     
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    Finished the new design on my stand stand. Now using 68 x 68mm pine.

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    And here is how far I got today :thumbup:

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    That is some fast progress , bud pull in whenever you around
     
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    Very nice!!!
    Like your woodworking skills!
     
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    Yo I feel like I failed next to your progress in a weekend. I fitted a perspex backing and thought I was doing well :)

    My tank is 10mm opti white glass all round, was pretty cheap through work so I just ordered all of the glass out of the same glass. Returns and just flexible hose and the downpipe is a pool hose. I think ill paint or wrap the clear hoses with black vinyl. Black flexible pipe seems a bit tricky to find locally last time I checked.

    Good luck with the rest of the build
     
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    I do not like that overflow, first it is expensive and secondly you need to have the two holes perfectly aligned.
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    It is very expenisve. I'm giving it a try though, see how it goes. It's got very good reviews.
    The holes have to have a tolerance of 1mm. Very tight!! I've made a template for the guys drilling it.

    Where can I get some decent clear silicone in the Durban area?
     
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    Dude your tank is going to be great, tagging along for this one!!! Keep it up and welcome back to marines!!!!
     
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    awesome!!!
    i love the overflow, the external bean animal/herbie overflows are the bomb!!!

    great DIY
     
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