Hill Reef V3.0


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Oh well I am starting to get itchy fingers already so have decided to start the design and research phase of Hill Reef 3.

First thing first. I need to go smaller this time round. Bit concerned about the cost of running.

I was going to go 1200mm x 800mm x 600mm.

But I have offered a tank of 1500mm x 600mm x 550mm. The tank looks pretty good. Done in black silicon and eurobraced top and bottom. But it has no overflow. So I need some ideas on how to incorporate a overflow without losing too much real estate.

I have thought of doing a coast to coast down the one side. I can probably get the tank drilled. But it would probably mean putting a glass pane across the one side, effectively shortening the viewing area of the tank by 100mm or so.

For lighting I will be running 2 or 3 150W MH 14000K lamps or similar. Actually the coralvue seem quite cheap here so may try them. Supplemented by 2 x 54W T5 lamps. One fiji purple and one blue. Not too worried about makes here as they will only be for colour anyway.

Skimmers will be 2 x DNW150's if I have not sold mine in SA before the furniture gets shipped.

Sump will be simple 3 compartment with skimmers and heaters in first, DSB in second and return pump in last. Last will also have auto topup from my Aquamedic kalk stirrer. Auto top up will be on timer to run during night.

If I have space I want to house a 3 foot tank above the main display lighting. This will be divided in two with one compartment larger than the other. This will be a refugium/surge device. Each compartment will be fed by a pump but will discharge at different intervals. The compartments will feed opposite sides of the tank. for nice random flow.

Substrate will be beach sand. Obviously there will be LR. Leaning towards 60% Man made and 40% Fiji, kenyan and what ever else I can get.

Tank will only get set up once we are established in our own house which may take up to a year. Will be enclosed in a cabinet on 3 sides. The wooden floors here may pose a problem. May house the sump and surge device outside. Drilling through the walls or floor won't be a problem.

My immediate concern is the overflow. I need to make up my mind if I am going to purchase this tank or not. So looking for suggestions and ideas. Other comments welcome too.
 
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But it has no overflow. So I need some ideas on how to incorporate a overflow without losing too much real estate.

I have thought of doing a coast to coast down the one side. I can probably get the tank drilled. But it would probably mean putting a glass pane across the one side, effectively shortening the viewing area of the tank by 100mm or so.
Could you not drill the back and have an internal ctc box made no deeper than the holes.. I think Dragonreef did his this way
 
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Unfortunately seems a bit higher. Especially glass and livestock.
 
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Unfortunately I cannot remember off the top of my head.
 

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So is the tank up yet? :D

Good to hear you getting going again Hill :thumbup:
 
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here we go again :)
 
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Hey Hey, the Hillster is back in the game :D
 
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bump!!!
 
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rumour has it this has finally started ? @Hill
 
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Tanks been purchased, but no time do do anything further at the moment.
 
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