Dre's 4ft Upgrade

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  1. Dre

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    Hi guys. So the time has come for me to finally upgrade to a 4ft tank. I currently have a 120L Nano so this is new territory for me.

    The tank is being manufactured by exotic aquariums in boksburg and it should hopefully arrive next week. Below is a list of the equipment that I am going to run in the system.

    As I said it's my first time going for a tank this size or having a sump so if you have any suggestions or advice please go ahead. I was also thinking of getting a controller and chiller but not sure of which one to go for or if it is recommended.

    I will continue to update the post as I go along. Hope you all enjoy!

    1200 x 450 x 500 Star Fire Glass Tank with stand, custom cabinet and skinny overflow
    The sump is a closed sump

    Current equipment
    Zetlight 6600
    Bubble Magnus Curve 5 Skimmer
    RW4 and RW8 wave makers
    Jebao DP 5 Dosing Pump
    ATU - the one with the laser
    Refugium Nano LED which I will put into the sump

    This is all that I have at the moment. Do you suggest that I add any other equipment to the setup as I want to have the system completely setup from day one and have it as automated as possible to try and maintain a stable aquarium.
     
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    Ensure that you will be able to fit your skimmer into that enclosed sump. I take it as one of those sumps with a glass roof section and little glass slider doors.
     
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    Congrats @Dre on the upgrade. Remember to post pics or else it never happened :whistling:.
     
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    @RiaanP ok I will thanks. I have given them the skimmer to build the sump for it. I will definitely post pics of the whole transfer.

    Do you guys suggest anything else regarding the filtration such as reactors and that and if so what should I have in them. Also what do you think about the aquarium controllers. Are they necessary and is it worth it?
     
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    It all depends on what you want to stock and how much. The first reactor I would consider is a fluidized reactor for GFO and carbon mix, as for the other types a person needs to see what your system requirements will be at that time. I would rather lean more to auto dosers than reactors for the other requirements. Aquarium controllers are nice to have and I would recommend getting something that can alert you (via your cell) if anything goes wrong. I would look at a chiller if you are constantly having high temps and tank cooling fans aren't helping to bring the temp down, otherwise not necessary in my opinion.
     
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    I like Seachem Matrix. Nice option for filtration. Check it out.
     
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    I'll check them out. Thanks fuys4
     
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    Just an update. The tank was ready for collection on Friday but the cabinet was built wrong and not to my specs and the silicone on the tank was clear instead of black so now they need to build a whole new tank. Very frustrating. Here are the pics of the tank which will give you a good idea of the design.
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    if you are going to use substrate, the clear silicone at the bottom would not be an issue.
     
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    Sump light is going to shine through the cabinet. Other than that looks great
     
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    I know and that's why they have to change it. I just want two front panels with 1 gap in the middle. Not all of those that they have there.
     
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    Hi guys so my tank is being rebuilt to the original specs. This is my first custom tank and with a sump below. My last tank was an all in one so this is new territory for me. Is there someone here who could help me with designing the plumbing on the tank as I have no clue how to do this. The tank is being built by exotic aquariums in boksburg but they don't seem to explain much so I just want to get some advise on the plumbing to make sure that I have taken all aspects into consideration. Such as noise and overflowing the tank when there is a power outage. Please help!!!
     
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    What type of overflow are they putting on the tank? This will determine your plumbing options available.
     
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    It's a skinny overflow with the pipe coming out the bottom. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Sorry, I've never had a skinny overflow so can't really help.
     
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    OK guys so after many challenges and a lot of sleepless nights and hard work I have finally got my new tank in and setup. Thanks again to RiaanP for all the great advice. Just started the red sea reef mature program today. Enjoy and let me know if you think I should change anything.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]I built a return box as RiaanP recommended and this helped a lot. Nice flow over the top of the water[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]Marco from The Waterboy helped me setup my zetlight and now this is where I'm at. Can't wait for the tank to cycle[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Nice and neat. Very cool! Is that an auto top up box next to the sump?
     
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    Yeah. Stole it from my girlfriend so that's why it's pink ha h
     
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    Looking good dude
     
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    Haha nice. Then did you just use an ordinary float switch and pump? I'm looking to do an atu and like your idea:thumbup::whistling:
     
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