Frans's Ultra Shallow Reef

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by FransSny, 6 Apr 2011.

  1. FransSny

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    After the comments on my other thread , plus loads of reading (on the internet though...so taking at face value), some measuring etc etc I have decided on going the shallow route.

    Here is what I have in mind:

    DT (if you would call it that)

    1600 l x 700 w x 300 h (water at 280), slim overflow at 700 side

    Sump

    1500 x 600 x 600

    Going to try and squeeze another 200 L from here

    Skimmer

    Either the ReefOcto Orca 80 (not worried about rating as I will be using Microbelift dosing as well loads of biological filtration)

    OR

    Skimz 121....

    Flow

    2 x Tunze fitted on the opposite side of the overflow to create "wave effect"

    Lighting

    Will be T 5, thinking 4 x 80 W..suggestions ????

    Inmates

    Some schooling fish, cardinals, chromis (although they would probably stop schooling when grown) , MAYBE a flame angel , MAYBE a dwarf lion

    Lots of Zoas on the rocks, some LPS and a nennie squat square in the middle

    Stand will be 1 mtr high for viewing from seated position

    Lets see how this goes :blush:
     
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  3. chikaboo

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    Sounds good ... I see the shallow route is in fashion nowadays ... Damn ... no more place for a shallow one by me ... Anyways all the best with this build ..... Keep the pics rolling in as it progresses ....
     
  4. Kunhardt

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    Wow that sure is shallow Frans, sounds cool though...will definately get some hectic wave action with a tank that shallow I think.

    You going to grow some mangroves and let them grow out the DT? :p

    Good luck with this! :)
     
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    sounds great just do your planning carefully if you go witha wave, i would think that in a shallower tank the wave might be more pronounced and you might need additional clearance, but im not certain as ive never bothered with wave boxes before.
     
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    Sounds good mate :) .. Its like a frag tank lol
     
  7. Kunhardt

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    That was my feeling as well, as my vortech sits about 10cm from my tanks surface and when I have played around with it and tried to get a strong flow and wave I have landed up with spillage...and I imagine with a tank 300mm high your pump would be sitting at roughly the same hight so in theory the same result.
     
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    My old shallow tank was 380 and water level at 350. Aquascaping was difficult as there is no space for corals on top of live rock after building a cave or two. Swimming space for fish also less above the rock formation.
     
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    dont forget you need to add ricordea!
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Sounds good dude! Tank is wide though, how about 6-8 T5's? It will be more evenly dispersed, what you rekon?
     
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    Sounds like a leka build Frans:thumbup:
     
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    Waiting in anticipation on this one... May the force be with you!!!
     
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    I have frag tanks that are 1200x600x300 its really low for a reef tank. Watching this one closely. I recon 6 T5's will be best I have 4 on the tank mentioned and it aint enough..
     
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    Thanx for the comments guys....quite exited to try something new :)

    Stand is done so will finish the tank over the weekend and keep you posted

    Mek & Sims , I agree 6 x T5 will probably be better...thanks for the advice
     
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    sounds good franssny i see lots of guys are building shallow reefs :thumbup:
     
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    Sounds awesome... gonna tag along on this one...:thumbup:
     
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    Going to be great Frans!
    Tagging allong!
     
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    FransSny Thread Starter

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    Thanx Lean, will chat soon anyhows..also need to ask you a favor ;)

    Thanx man

    Thanx preshan...yah, shallow seems to be the new "black" for this season :lol:
     
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    Geen probleem nie (ek skuld jou), skype my more of mail my!
    Ek gaan nou in die bar sit, wyn drink en na my tank kyk :thumbup:
     
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    Nee wat Lean....skuld my boggerol. Net guns vir iemand wat om die hoek van jou bly en net een cannister het...wil nog een of twee leen vir WC

    Chat later
     
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    Small update

    Stand is in its place....tank built ,sump ready.

    I decided to go for a smaller sump @ 1,2 mtr as I want to leave space for my brine shrimp hathcery and whatever else :p

    Tomorrow I will play with scaping ideas and fill .....due to water restrictions no time for FW test ....
     
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