CW`s Saltwater Reef

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  1. CW

    CW

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    Hi there ppl.

    Got a tip from Falcon to start a new thread and post all my pics of my SW reef since I’ve started.
    And then i will only update it as i go along.

    Thanx Flacon

    Lets start then.

    My name is Chris Whiteman (CW)
    I’ve started with the reef hobby in December 2010.

    About September i started buying a tank, sump and frame. (Second hand from a friend)
    Slowly i started buying some equipment as well.

    Then on the 13th of December 2010 i started the tank to cycle.
    And on the 13th of January 2011 i got my first 4 hermits, 2 flash opercula clowns and one Midas blenny.

    But let me show you some pics where i started.

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    1x Return pump
    1x 300w heater
    1x 3m rubber tubing
    1x Fish net
    1x Digital thermometer

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    1x Plastic bin (for washing sand, mixing salt, preparing RO water for water change and keeping RO water in)
    3x Reggie’s play sand (For DSB and substrate in tank)

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    1x 10KG Read Sea Salt
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    Put Reggie’s play sand in bin and start washing
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    Wash sand about 15 times until clean

    Im submitting this thread then ill add more pics on a quote, cos if im not mistaken you may only add 5 or so pics at a time.
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  3. mandarin

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    Nice going so far, keep posting the pics.;)
     
  4. CW

    CW Thread Starter

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    My 1200mm x500mm x600mm Tank
    Black part in the back is the overflow and return chamber
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    Back panel of tank, overflow and return chamber outlet and inlet.
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    Tank, frame and sump.
    Sump size - 1000mm x330mm x400mm
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    Multiplug.
    Trust me, 5x two points and 5x three point will not be sufficient.
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    Tank filled with RO water.
    The only water you should use.
    NO TAP WATER PPL, NO TAP WATER
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    Mixing salt in bin then add to tank.
    Use power head to help mix the salt.
    DONT MIX DIRECTLY INTO TANK.
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    Reeftek TS2 Skimmer.
    DO NOT RUN SKIMMER WHILE TANK IS BEING CUCLED.

    Untill next time ppl...:thumbup:
     
  5. CW

    CW Thread Starter

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    Im back...

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    My verry first live rock.
    6.8KG

    You need about 1kg per 10L of water.
    Its a 300L tank so i need about 30kg
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    My first scaping.
    You will change your scaping a few times.
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    Got a Light unit.
    4x 54w bulbs
    (2x white bulbs 20 000k and 2x actinic 40 000k)
    I’ve also rescaped the LR
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    Olny actinic lights on.
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    Moonlight LED`s (Represents moonlight)

    Until my next reply.
    Cya:lol:
     
  6. sweetnsour

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    Very nice start man , may it be all you expect and more
     
  7. clinton stanford

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    looks like you off to a great start;) well done.
     
  8. CW

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    Hi ppl

    I’ve decided to build a canopy cover which will hide the water level at the top of the tank.


    (please ignore the date, was wrong on camera)


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    Skirting strip. 2400mm x 65mm
    I got 4 for only R48
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    This is what’s left after i finished the canopy cover.
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    Varnish used to varnish wood after it has been stained with gripseal.
    I’ve used pine for all the wood work on the tank.
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    Testing the fitment of the cover.
    GREAT
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    Stained and varnished.
    Caps cut into sides to make light unit clamp onto glass.


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    And whla.

    Until the next reply...:thumbup:
     
  9. CW

    CW Thread Starter

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    Thanx u guys. But keep watching.
    Iv done alot more
    Just putting everything on one post.

    Cw out
     
  10. Junz

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    nice start, keep the pics rolling
     
  11. CW

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    Side panels.
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    At least I’ve sorted out the date on my camera

    The side panel size must me 660mm
    But didn’t get any 660mm pine shelving.

    So i got 610mm and added the leftover skirting boards on the back to make up 660mm
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    Also made a bottom peace of skirting so my doors will not open up close to the carpet. Otherwise doors will get stuck.
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    Silicone works wonders.
    Only stuck the side panels with silicone to the rank frame.
    Didn’t want to drill holes into the frame.
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    And whala.

    CW out:tt2:
     
  12. Dane

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    Fantastic, detailed build thread :)

    Tank is looking great so far! I know you putting up more pics but you are going to need a tonne more live rock! ;-)

    Also, and maybe this is just me... but this really bothers me

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    Surely the sump should be on a board rather than resting only on the two metal slats??? Wont it crack like this??


    Wait... that looks like the white is a board... in which case - why no polystyrene? For both the DT and the sump??
     
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  13. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Very nice and neat dude! I agree with Dane. That sump should be placed on a board.
     
  14. CW

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    Pics will keep on coming.
    Trust me.

    Hears more
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    Added:
    4x hermits
    2x fals apercula clowns
    1x midas blenny
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    Cw Out:thumbup:
     
  15. CW

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    Hi ppl

    I got a big fright one morning

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    Then i realized, he only shed his skin.
    What a relieve.

    Cya
    ;)
     
  16. CW

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    Already done that.
    You will see in other pics
     
  17. Boegie

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    Great thread.
     
  18. Q89

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    Really nice!

    I got the same light unit, just the 24W:thumbup:
     
  19. CW

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    Both the DSB and tank is on polystyrene.
    Ive inserted two peaces of wood under the dsb on left and right sides.
    It has 3metal slats underneath.

    Cya
     
  20. CW

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    Im back, back again...

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    More equipment
    1x 5000L power head
    1x spare 300w heater
    1x small rubber tubing
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    Some tools i used to make all the wooden side panels, doors and so on.
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    Left over wood from doors.
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    Whala.
    I already got solid brase handles as well.
    Just need to put them on.

    Cw out
    :whistling:
     
  21. CW

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    My DIY chiller unit.
    Not done yet but here’s some pics.

    I had a temp problem the other day then a had this idee[​IMG]
    400w pc power supply.
    Giving the current 6x 12v fans power.
    Will add another 2 fans. The bracket can take 8 x 12v fans.
    Steal frame, will be powder coated later.
    Control box needs to be concealed in a wooden box.
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    Will be fastened properly later as well.
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    There we are.
    What’s the verdict ppl?
    Cw out:lol:
     
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