Henks rebuild

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  1. Henkie

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    Hi all

    Well as the title indicates I will be rebuilding my fowlr system.
    The current tank is 1.8 x 0.5 x 0.68. I am going to flip the tank so that the tanks dimensions are as follow. 1.8 x 0.68 x 0.5.

    I will only need one plane of glass for the front ( the glass has a few scratches on ).

    Will be ordering the glass on Monday, so it should arrive by Wednesday.


    Here is what I had in mind thus far -

    Lighting: I have a 2 x 54watt T5 unit which I will use, but I wonder whether I should supplement it with 2 Led strips? If I decide to use Leds to supplement the T5's what will I need?

    Sump: I will keep my Reef Octopus X160 on this tank, I want to go the macro algae route and then I will keep my 4500 l/h return pump.

    Substrate: Aragonite is to expensive for me at this point in time. Can crushed coral do the job? I want to have a high flow tank so the substrate cannot be to light.
    Or I can try to go ''bare bottom'' and try to grow a few mushrooms on the ground?

    Flow: I have 2 x 5000 l/h Sunsuns. As the tank will be wider I am thinking of getting another one.

    For my overflow: I want to build it in a box for noise and drainage purposes. So that if the power fails the whole tank wont drain

    Anything I have left out?
     
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  3. CocaColaza

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    Crushed coral big no no for substrate its a detrius trap that will mess up your system over time . Rather go bare bottom if you like the look or playsand if you want to go cheap.
     
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    3 x sun suns def not high flow in an 1.8m. Although in a fowlr you might get away with it...... Bare bottom the way to go, perhaps consider some star polyps, they grow pretty fast and most fish dont eat them. In no time you'll have a flourescent green tank bottom. No need to suppliment with Led, although any corals will benefit from them.
    You intend running only skimmer and macro algae for filtration? No biocubes, matrix or pellets?
     
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    Henk...as jy starpolyps soek....ek het vir jou...groen, bruin en so lig pink/wit een.....die bruin groei heavy vinnig.....sal jou bottom cover in a flash!
     
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    @irie ivan, that is the only filtration I have in mind.
    @JS , did sal awesome wees ou!
     
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    @JS - jy het laas iets genoem dat jy vir my Macro algae het?:whistling:
     
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    Ek het....is jou sump al reg? :)
     
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    My sump is good to go !!!
     
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    Unless you intend keeping a low level of stock, plenty liverock
    and doing very regular water changes, i highly recommend you expand you denitrfication capacity. Also, be very careful as to the species of macro you keep, as once some caulerpa gets a foothold in your system, it can faast bcome a nuisance
     
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    That is not high flow.

    You are at the sea, why not use the real thing? Just get it from below the water line at low tide. Yes it is heavy, and depends on the place, be a few long hard trips up and down the beach. But its free. and heavier than aragonite.
     
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    @irie ivan, what other form of denitrfication would you suggest.

    I now realize that it is not high flow, will maybe at two more powerheads
     
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    Well.... There are quite a few ways to skin the proverbial cat of denitrification, i suggest you search the forum for some insight on the following: coil denitrator, dsb, rdsb, bio pellets, sulphur denitrator, biocubes, zeolites, vodka dosing. Hope i have not left out one......
    Please realise that this can be a can of worms, at the end of the day they all work, and its a choice based on personal preference, space and budget. The current trend is towards "solid carbon" methologies, i.e. biopellets and biocubes. I have no experience with the pellets, but can vouch for the bio cubes, and would recommend you investigate that option, simply due to the fact that it works and its easy of use.
     
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    I am thinking of incorporating a surge device in my new tank, but the I have not found any decent links, @belindamotion
     
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    we will have to see what gets posted
     
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    the white ''hole'' is were I want the surge device, will it be possible?

    Thanks @belindamotion :thumbup:
     
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    Just a picture-less update: did a freshwater test this morning and no leaks that I could pick up

    The stand should be done by Thursday or during the week... So it looks like I can get the tank wet next weekend!!!
     
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    Sorry I have not updated the thread in a while.

    Well the tank was running for 3 weeks and the cycle is going along well until I had some bad luck.

    Wednesday after I came back from uni I went to go and check on the tank to find my sumps bottom plane of glass cracked and the floor covered in water... :eek: but the sump will be fixed by Monday hopefully then the cycle can continue
     
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