Carter's new 65L Nano

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  1. Carter-PE

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    October 2011 saw me start a real nano tank - Jebo R338 35L. Some guys said it wouldn't be long before I got a bigger tank. They were right. By the end of January 2012 I had "upgraded" to a 2-foot tank (approx 78L). Actual water volume is less than that because I haven't filled the tank too high, water level is about 50mm from rim. I may have gone a bit bigger but space constraints, unfortunately, limited me to the 2-foot. And thanks again to the space limitation, there is no sump.

    The Jebo R338 was a nice starter but as so many reefers have said, bigger is better (and easier). My wife noticed my new found obsession for marine latel last year and so gave me a voucher from a LFS for Christmas. So through January I got some cash together and started buying the extra bits I needed for the bigger tank. The voucher went towards the tank.

    I probably went about the transferring of rock, substrate, etc all wrong but I wanted it done in 1 afternoon so I could get the new tank going. What I did was transfer several pieces of live rock, 10L of water, and 2kg of subtrate from the old Jebo to my new nano. The only livestock that I had and that was transferred was a blue-eyed hermit and some mushrooms. To start with I had to use the lights from the old Jebo R338 (as per the pic below) because I needed to wire a tube to the ballast. The water for the new nano was a mixture of 10L water from old tank, 18L NSW, and 35L RO/Salt mix.

    The nano setup is as follows:
    Tank: 610w x 320d x 400h
    Lights: 3 x Reeftek 24W T5 (Blue, 12000K White, Actinic)
    Waver: 2 x Resun Waver-2000 (200lph each)
    Protein Skimmer: Resun SK-300 (300lph)
    Cascade 150 HOB filter (540lph)
    150W Heater in cover
    Arag Alive Indo Pacific substrate
    11kg rock

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    My 3yr old son wanted to add in some shells we picked up in jbay during Dec. At this point, I hadnt added the hermit and mushrooms. Those were waiting patiently in another bucket. More pics to follow...
     
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  3. Mc

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    Looks like you have gotten off to a good start, these tank are addictive.;) I also ran a small tank with a hob filter for a while and it worked quite well.
    What are you planning to keep in it?
    What rock is that?
    Is that light attached to something?
     
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    They are very addictive! Sometimes find myself sitting at my desk but watching my tank. I couldn't tell you what rock it is. I got it from a local MASA member. Think he dived it off PE or transkei coast. He had it lying in his garden for a while. The light is actually the hood from the Jebo R338 I used as temporary lighting for a couple days. Planning to keep about 8 fish, eventually, and some easy to keep corals. Still got those mushrooms, got 2 heads of frog spawn over the weekend (pics to follow). Loving the frog spawn so hoping to get some more next week. Maybe some star polyps. If I see something I like at a LFS, and its suitable for my tank and fairly easy to maintain then I may get it.
     
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    Sounds good just not sure if the skimmer will handle all those fish.
    I also find myself sitting in front of the tank staring and I thought it would wear off after a few months. Whats in the hob?
     
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    After the tank was setup, I got a cheap plastic canopy from a LFS and started to fit the lights. Only had a single ballast so fitted the blue light first. Had to wait a few more days before the dual ballast came in to wire up the white and actinic bulbs.

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    When the dual ballast arrived I quickly wired up the other 2 bulbs.
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    There was just 1 problem now, the cheap canopy looked horrible with with bulb connections and wires sticking out the sides... (no pic, sorry). So decided to build a new canopy...
     
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    Hob has a floss pad and phos remover pad. Skimmer is rated for a 90L tank. Will keep an eye on it and replace if I need to but for now it seems to be working fine.
     
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    And so I got started on the canopy
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    When I cut out the back of the canopy to allow space for the skimmer and hob, I made a balls up and had to swap the skimmer and hob around in the tank. No biggie tho. Took a few days cos I primed the wood and then sprayed it. So between building and then wiring, it took about a week as I only had small bits of time in the evening after work to do the painting, sanding, and spraying. Once sprayed, I hooked up the ballasts, wired and fastened the end caps and put in the bulbs
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    Light order from top: blue, 12000k white, actinic.
     
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    Very neat DIY.
     
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    And so the canopy went on
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    And so for the last 5 weeks it has been running with the following livestock:
    1 x blue eyed hermit
    1 x green mushroom
    6 x purple mushroom
    1 x feather duster (There are now 7 feather dusters on the 1 rock)
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Over the weekend, I decided it was time to add some more livestock to the tank. So I got a yellow-tail damsel, 2 x blue-green chromis and a frog spawn ( 2 heads/bulbs). I must be honest though, I have fallen in love with the frog spawn. Looking at getting another one next weekend... I am away this weekend.
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    The hermit spent most of the day around the frog spawn,

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    hey carter looking good dude
    just a question where did you get the waterproof end caps from ?
     
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    Pet Boutique at The Bridge. Speak to Gareth. If he's not there then Tyrel should also be able to help.
     
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    @Carter-PE tank looking good. Just a quick question, what type of wood did you use?
     
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    Thx!
    Good question but I dont remember. Went to Builders Express, found a large board and asked them to cut out a few pieces to my measurements. All I remember is that's 8mm thick.
     
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    Wow looking good!. Thanks for the reminder of how we can stick to basics and enjoy!. I would suggest collecting a 25 l of natural seawater and doing a waterchange once a week. it will really help with a multitude of smaller avoidable problems without much effort. feel free to ask questions. there are numerous guys who are supersmart and helpful in a humble kind of way. believe me it has helped me through many frustrations. ps if you want info to read ask belindamotion to find it for you. she has a nose for these things and is pretty helpful.
     
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    Thx Mandarin!

    I do 10L weekly water changes. Either NSW or RO/salt mix. How long can you store a 25L bottle of NSW for? And what do you need to do in order to store it?
     
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    Looking great, good reminder that small tanks can be great.

    Keep an eye on that yellow tail, can be very aggressive/territorial. I would also wait before you add more LPS until the frog has settled, once happy they expand a lot.

    Enyou!
     
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