Fischer's Peninsula

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  1. Marlin Fischer

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    Hi all…



    Decided to post my new project on MASA. Should have done it earlier but here it goes.

    I started with the planning of my new reef aquarium about 6 months ago. Reason... bigger is better and much cooler. Friends affectionately refer to my hobby, its addiction and expense, as a “cocaine habit”. I disagree. I think cocaine, although seriously damaging, is much cheaper.

    My original aquarium was a 1.5m/ +/- 700L system primarily consisting of Softies, LPS, many inverts and a few fish. The system was great however the design, pariculary the sump was flawed. There were also many things that i had noted over the years that wanted to change or improve on. I thus removed the old tank and have stored my live stock at my LFS, which was kind enough to baby sit them for me. I never realized the new system would take this long to plumb and get running!

    The new system will primarily be a Softies and LPS reef tank. It is also bigger and is designed as a peninsula style tank acting as a room divider in my apartment. The peninsula design has its complexities, one being, there is a very limited area to hide unsightly equipment, pipes and cables.

    New system

    Display: 2m(l) x 0.8m(w) x 0.75m(h)
    Glass 12mm, Base 15mm (1200L)
    Sump: 1.5m(l) x 0.5m(w) x 0.45m(h)
    Glass 10mm (340L)

    Skimmer: Reef Octopus Bubble Blaster EXT
    Kalkstirer & top-up: Aquamedic K1000 and top-up
    Phosphate remover : Reef Octopus using Aquamedic anti phos

    Closed loop pumps: 2 x RO Water Blasters 7000L/h
    Display Waterflow: 2 x Vortech 14000L/h
    Return: 1 x RO Water Blaster 7000L/h

    Lighting: 2 x 250W MH pendants, BLV 14000K bulbs
    (Display) 8 x 34W Silvania T5’s (6 blue, 2 white)

    (Sump) 2 x 34W Silvania T5’s

    Unique to the system

    Closed Loop

    The close loop is designed so that it’s inlet and returns exit and enter through the base of the tank. I got the idea from a seriously impressive reef tank that featured on Reef Central, namely Paul Witby’s TOTM October 2007. The idea suited me as firstly, it result in detritus remaining in suspension in the water column for longer and added varied flow. Secondly it was also unnoticeable, returning through the base of the tank and out underneath the live rock. This was favourable considering my peninsula headaches. Other than the Vortechs, which are relatively inconspicuous, there would be no other equipment visible in the display.

    The design is risky as I understand however I am still keen to make it work. J


    Sump design

    The sump design is pretty standard. Water from the overflow is split btw the sump and the skimmer. The skimmer, because of accessibility issues, is located at the end of the sump. The skimmer outflow is then plumbed back to the beginning of the sump.

    The feed into the sump from the portion not skimmed is

    The 1st compartment houses live rock.

    The 2nd houses Chaetomorpha algae. The flow over the glass to the second compartment is designed in a way the the flow will hopefully spin the algae in the water, thus preventing dead spots.

    The 3rd is relatively large and consists of a DSB, which is raised. It will also act as a frag section for some of softies and LPS. I have battled for a while now and have eventually managed to get the pace and volume of water flow over the DSB just right.

    The last compartment of the sump will house my return pumps as well as the phosphate and carbon reactor pumps.

    I only chose to post some the progress now, as only now does it seem like everything is coming together. Hopefully the tank will be up and running with salt water in the next week.

    The tank and all the plumbing was put together by my LFS which has been extremely helpful!
     
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  3. H0nda42

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    Hi Marlin, I like your idea and it certainly sounds like you have spared no expense in building this reef. Congrats, I am sure it is going to be a showpiece when fully installed and running.
    What substrate are you going to be using?
    Also some pics of the setup would be great.
    I like your idea of zero pumps/wires etc in the tank. With the setup you have, I dont think you have to worry about deadspots.
     
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    Will post some pics soon.
     
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    Old tank...
     
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    Good luck with this project Marlin. It sounds like it's going to be awesome!
     
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    Sound good, but we need some more pictures! engine room too
     
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    Day after we moved it into the apartment.... took some serious squeaze to get this boy from the underground parking to my and into my apartment!
     
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    The holes in the base of the tank for the closed loop and overflow.
     
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    Closed loop return from the base of the tank......

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    The engine room. Top up unit and Kalk Stirrer still to be installed.

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    Closed loop pumps.
     
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    The vortechs.... itching to get these up and running!

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    Kalk stirrer and top up
     
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    Wow! Do you know you have a monster in youre house :lol:...

    Good luck!
     
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    :lol: Thanks....

    Yes like i said.... i'm addicted. Have been since a kid.

    Friends joke with me and say that i should get a mermaid to hide in it as well.
     
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    Some of my critters that are patiently waiting (being baby sitted) at my LFS
     
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    wow man this will turn out to be fantastic. All the best
     
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    wow bra excellent build and excellent equipment and i see is that caribsea aragonite and if it is you going the right way bra:thumbup: up
     
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    Hell Marlin, looks like it's going to be an awesome setup ...keep us posted on the progress
     
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    Marlin...awesome equipment...lekker setup...
     
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    Thanks guys.....

    Feel free to crit anything regarding the setup.... more advise the better!

    Just dont recommend me doing anything involving moving the beast... haha

    My back is still recovering from moving it into the appartment!
     
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    great looking tank :)

    i like the idea of the closed loop through the bottom like that, im just trying to get my mind round how exactly it will work :)

    lovly lights too, you must be itching to get that filled and cycling :)

    out of intrest do you ahve a pic of the aquascaping you are aiming for? a goal tank you will aim towards?

    oh and i love the idea of softies and lps, should be a lovely scene with all that internal flow.

    best of luck with the progress:)
     
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