ChrisRaubs' 80l Nano Hex

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  1. ChrisRaubs

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    So after much deliberation I'm back to the 80l hexagon...

    Everything has been ordered,,, and now it's almost time to get going!!:yeahdude:

    Here's some design pics, until I fill Baby up...

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    Actually decided to leave out the sump and refugium part of the design,,,, I was not in the mood of re-inventing the wheel... How does the saying go,,, Keep It Simple Stupid :lol:

    Can't wait!! :thumbup:
     
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  3. ChrisRaubs

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    System Set-Up

    So the set-up will be as follows:

    Dimensios : 450 L X 450W X 500H hexagon shape

    Total System Volume : 75l

    Mechanical Filtration: ReefOctopus BH-1000 HOB skimmer, rated up to 300l

    Biological Filtration : CaribSea Aragonite (alive) - Hawaiian Black , LR - 10 - 15 kg's (still contemplating on how much). I also got myself some of the OrcaLabs NitraGaurd bio-cubes, which I will place in the return section of the skimmer body.

    Lighting : 1 X 24W white @ 15000 kelvin, 1 x 24 W actinic blue @ 20000 kelvin

    Some Of The Other Stuff :

    Red Sea Reef Mature Pro Kit
    Red Sea Marine Care Kit (pH, Alk, NH4, NO2 and NO3)
    DD H2Ocean Salinity Refractometer
    Red Sea Salt (300 liters) - bag 10kg
    Flipper Aquarium Magnet Cleaner
     
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    This might get interesting... Have fun with the build!
     
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    Congratulations!!!! This is going to be something different!!! Cannot wait to see it up and running...Any ideas as to what you going to stock? Theres so many great possibilites....I'm thinking a pony tank...mmmmm!
     
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    Well done...:D will be interesting to follow and see how it takes form !!
     
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    Thanks @Gesiggie , I've passed the theory, and now it's time for the practical!! :thumbup:

    Thanks @Helga ,,, ;) hahaha,,, already thinking bout an upgrade... :whistling: just want to gain some experience,,, this will definitely become a Pony tank one day... :p for now, will want to stock a paired occelaris clowns, one bangai cardinal, and a royal gramma....

    On the coral side, all flavours of zoas and acans I can lay my hands on... Some GSP's to fill the gaps and a open brain... Also a very small amount of sps later on... So predominantly lps and softies...

    Thanks @bryan !!! Can't wait myself,,,, :yeahdude:
     
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    Cool, I like the hex shape.

    You might need to add extra lighting, 2 T5's at a depth of 50 might not be enough, especially considering you want to keep some SPS too.

    How will the hood for the tank work/look?
     
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    Looks like an nice build, will be interesting to see how it turns out.
     
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    Hey @Jayceew ,,, I also thought about this,,,, my only problem is space.... :eek: when I get to SPS, I might add another pair.... Just hoping it will be enough for the softies and lps for now.... :blush:

    Thanks @Mc ,,, I will post pics often, so that you guys may enjoy it with me... :thumbup:
     
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    Hi, i was olso thinking a pony tank, your tank itself looks great, what you planning to do, also going to look's good. Like to see end result
     
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    Hey @Dorry thank you soo much! :thumbup:

    Planning on a few fishes for now, and then a lot of softies, zoas and lps :p
     
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    Shipment arrived!!

    Jay!!!!!!

    My stuff arrived via courier today!!! :tt2:

    Can't wait to start up!!!!

    Quick question though,,, I re-siliconed the tank 3 days ago, and it's sealed nice and hard ( still gotta do the leak test tonight :eek:) but the silicone smell is still pretty strong. . . Is this ok? Or should I wait a little longer before I throw in the ro water and salt? @Jayceew @Rhyn @bryan
     
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    I would wait another couple days, you will be surprised how soft thick strips of silicone can still be after a week.
     
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    Silicone will take 21 days to dry rite through to the centre when there are thick beads. i would wait at least 14 days before you fill. patient is the name of this game. goodluck
     
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    Water Test

    Sjoe,,, what a relieve!!! ;)

    Did the leak test yesterday, after waiting 7 days for the silicone to cure.... 24hrs later and not a single drop in sight... Added the hob as well with all mods in place,,, all seems to be good!!! :thumbup:

    Started filling up my ro tanks,,, now to remove the tap water and add the ro,,, but that's a job for tommorow,,,, :)

    Will post some pics soon.... :blush:
     
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    Some Pics

    Hey guys, here are some pics of my baby,,, :thumbup:

    Please don't mock me bout the color scheme.... :lol: It was one of the pre-requisites of the house mate.... :whistling:

    Filling up with RO:

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    Lights On:

    Blue Only:
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    White Only:
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    Blue & White:
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    @bryan everything nicely in place!!! The octopus is performing great!! And those jewel lights pack a mean punch!!! ;)

    So what do you guys think so far???

    So tonight's job is to get the salt mixed in, and also calibrating the refractometer... Any tips (the do's and dont's) on how to go about these tasks.... @Jayceew , @Rhyn , @Helga , @belindamotion

    Sofar I'm in the 7th heaven!!! :biggrin:
     
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    @ChrisRaubs, It looks really stunning! I would love a small baby on the table ;)

    If I could give you real good advice , because of the size of this tank I would take extra time in cycling the tank. The longer the cycle, the more beneficial bacteria in the tank and the more stable this baby would be once you add your fish. To help the process on you can add Seachem Stability or something similar.
    2 clowns hosting in a big green hairy mushroom would be so cool. She's non the wiser.... thinks its a nennie... even feeds him!!! I'll send you a pic of my Snowflake in her hairy mushroom :tt2:
     
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    Hi ChrisRaub's, stunning collour, i like.
     
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    Thanks guys:thumbup:
     
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