Henks not rockpool reef tank - 670L

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  1. HenkHugo

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    Hey guys,
    Over the last 8 months i have been conducting a little experiment to measure the temperature of rock pools around the Western Cape. It seems to fluctuate between 18 and 27degrees. Based on this i decided to start a rock pool tank
    I have an empty 1.6x60wx70h tank that has been begging to be converted. I contacted Frans at Dorry Pets CPT and he came over to do a consult on what exactly we want with the tank. We decided to build a new stand that will be 1m high to allow for better viewing. This will also give us sufficient space for a nice sized sump – 1.5x50x50
    Frans will deliver the new stand and sump tomorrow (21/05/2010). The drilling, building overflows, plumbing etc will be done on Monday.
    I plan on building a dump surge device that will use +- 120L.
    Lighting will be 8x 54watt T5s – which can be upgraded in 15 minutes.
     
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  3. Manic

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    Sounds cool. So I assume you not going to run heaters in the tank.
     
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    nope no heaters at all
     
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    It is amazing that we think the whole ocean is so controlled and constant but it really isn't. Zoa's, soft corals and clams are often exposed to the air during low sides for 6 hours some times. Clams are often exposed to the air whilst it is raining even.
     
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    what u planning to keep in this tank,full reef setup?
     
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    uummmm... Maj i think the thread name kinda says it all?
     
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    What kind of lights will you be using Henk?
     
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    Sorry just read my own answer... speed reading again..
     
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    YAY! Been wanting to do something like this for AGES! Well done!! I cant wait to see what takes off in the tank! :)
     
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    this will be a very interesting build.

    how will you control the auto top up with the built in surge device?
     
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    :p
     
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    Sounds fantastic Henk! Good luck with this!

    Perhaps think of doing a soil-cooler...... meaning have tank water pumped through coiled piping (flexible piping with a thin wall), that is buried at least 90cm below the soil/ground surface.

    This should definitely help in keeping the tank cool!
     
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    You want to come on collection trips with me?

    There wont be an auto top-up for now.
     
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    Going to be a great tank.
     
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    Henk - let me know when you ready - I will also tell you where to find some really great temperate water "stuff"! ;)
     
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    may i invite myself?
     
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    Absolutely! Give me a shout when you heading out henk.
     
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    Dane / David - I would still love some of that glass shrimp when you guys go out collecting - please? I would like to expand the bio-diversity of my cryptic zone tanks.....
     
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    Will keep that mind. Its not that I've forgotten, havent had the chance. But they really are ubiquitous little critters, should find them in most rockpools. Not sure if they're a good idea in a cryptic zone tho, might cause more damage than good? Pretty voracious little scavengers. They'll def make an impact on your pods etc.
     
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    LOL - you should SEE the amount of pods in my cryptic zone! I have NEVER had this many pods ever in any of my marine systems!
     
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