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  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    HI all!

    i am starting a new reef project and would like to get alot of input and advice from the forum members along the way....

    my first question is 2 fold, i am wondering about size vs light
    i have 2 new rooms i have built in my house and both have their pros and con

    room 1:
    tank size proposed - 2.7m x 1.5m x 550mm
    artificial light
    stand height 1000mm
    this room can be subdivided and have a nice fish room

    room1:
    tank size: 2.5m x 1.5m x 800mm
    sunlight with some LED supplimentation
    now i can go deeper here as the tank cost is pretty much the same but with sunlight i can get more depth top to bottom
    stand height 1000mm
    this room will need everything under the tank or have equipment in a shed outside
     
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  3. Mc

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    Interesting idea I think you need adee's advice here.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i visit adee often and we have discussed reefing in depth, but he is on holiday :) and dont want to bug, and also would like others input
     
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    A deep tank always caters to more viewing pleasure and an intense high boulder scaper, natural sunlight:thumbup:(saves u on elec) better coral reactions on growth and colour.... and the benefit of having all your equip outside is just wayyyy beter coz in that way the room will always be more refreshed and overall neater
     
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    What I have seen from deep tanks, is that it is a pain to maintain the bottom... If a coral falls down, or whatever else, cleaning glass, etc... Although it does give a nice view scaping-wise, and especially if you get fishes that live at different levels eg bottom-dwellers, surface swimmers....

    I prefer natural sunlight, simply because it makes the reef just that little bit more natural (in my view- not necesserarily fact).

    Also, in terms of workroom, i would rather hide something in close proximity so I would be able to easily detect a problem, than have it completely out of sight, and you either have to check the room constantly, or find out something is wrong, after things went seriously down the drain....

    I guess it will also depend on what the main purpose of this room will be... Just a private personal reading nook, then minimal with engineroom inside... If it will be a social entertainment area with visitors, yeah, then hide everything away, and live with the pains of that little bit of hassles with maintenance

    Just my aestetic point of view :blush:
     
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    Nice sized tank you planning. Any idea what's going in it yet?
    Go the sunlight route.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks, i am not to worried about access as the tank will be concrete and in the middle of the room.

    i wanting to re-create this


    [​IMG]
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am thinking of a 2200(front to back) x 2500 x 900 with water at 800mm, should give me 1000g with a 12cm DSB in tank
    i was thinking of having the rock 300mm all round using LR and bio-rock.
    as for corals it will be what ever i see and if there is a place for it, i dont want to limit myself
     
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    DUDE! Monster tank Alert!.... now if only you can find the time :whistling:
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the room is already built, waiting to get more info from @seank when he is back from holiday!

    all that i need to do is order the polycarbonate roof for the tank room
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    and how could i forget @Achilles i know he tank is my inspiration!
     
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    Holiday....he he. I work in da bush, when I get back from da bush, and in front of the pc, I will sort you:thumbup:
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    @Achilles any suggestions and advice?

    now filtration, i am ready for all suggestions
    thinking of a large ats, LR tank and a dsb/refugium
     
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    go with sunlight+led, sps dominated and np pellets with a big skimmer :yeahdude:
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am going with sunlight and led, but mixed reef, and def no NP pellets :) orca nitra guard bio-cubes, far better
     
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    as long as you have lots of sps frags then do it :biggrin:
     
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    never fails ;)
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i can get :)
    yip i want to keep this simple and clean, while i am not concerned with the costs as dreams are all worth it, i want to build this for ease of maintenance and few points of failure

    while cooling i will use evap coolers, its heating that i am thinking could be an issue, but i am looking at modding a gas camping geyser for this as gas is nice and cheap
     
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    Sounds like this is going to be an interesting tank to follow
     
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    i do believe a very well designed ATS will reduce running costs if you can use sun to power the ATS it even better- it will lessen the need for phosphate removers etc

    i like the concept pic you are aiming to emulate it is really nice!

    When you have any specific questions im more than glad to help!
    Each aquarium will run differently no matter how one plans it so you only have to start because there will for sure be modifications to any plans but my advice choose the best equipment you can afford as cheap lights , cheap pumps are costly and can truly be false economy on a large aquarium.
     
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