Hotdog's Maxed Out Reef 650

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Hi guys,

Probably time I start a tank thread. I had lots of tanks in the past, and went up to a 4000 liter system at the start of the year. It was proving challenging to get the tank looking anywhere near good, partly due to bad planning on my side with a hard to reach sump, and partly due to not enough hours in the day to spend time with the family and work on such a big tank.

So I downgraded to a Red Sea Max 650. I bought it second hand, and it had a custom sump. I really feel this size is ideal to be able to have looking good without spending the whole day tinkering. The specs are like this for now:

Skimmers - Reef Octopus 3000-ext skimmer as primary and 3000-int skimmer as secondary and for ozone

Reactors - The original tank had a biopellet reactor plumbed in that I converted into a chaeto reactor

Flow - Currently just the stock RSM650 flow pumps, but going to add 2xVortech MP40's (thanks @Tony for those)

Lights - Decided to retrofit an old RSM T5 hood (thanks @2una for selling me yours) with a hybrid T5/LED combo. I got an Improved Living kit which is 5 strips of LED's to put inside the hood. Then I also added 2 ATI T5 globes (think Coral Plus and Blue Plus). I also took the middle part of the hood out and added 2x100w Cree hybrid chips with lenses. So far the lights look good, but early days, need to see how the corals react longer term.

Livestock I'll post later, have a long list of fish that is currently living in a flobin that I need to add.

Ok, so some pics:

The LED chips with heat sink and lenses (put a PC fan on the back to cool properly):
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The drivers for the LED chips:
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Tank in position:
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Busy fitting Improved Living light unit:
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Chaeto reactor:
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Busy making jump guards:
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Jump guard on the tank:
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Tank as of yesterday, need to still transfer fish from flobin:
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bad on you for hiding your tank...!!!

But must admit, it looks good.
 
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Looking awesome..Well done!
 
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Great - I luv ur patent of the Jump guard on the tank :cheers2:
 

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Thanks guys. That is a pearl coral on the right I still bought from Adee/Adrian when he took down his tank 2 years ago.
 
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Looking really good. Well done. Some more info on the jump guards please. Also what lights did you wrap around the reactor?
 

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Looking really good. Well done. Some more info on the jump guards please. Also what lights did you wrap around the reactor?
Thanks. The jump guard I used normal perspex from Maizeys and netting I imported from Aus as monofilament to collect fish with on snorkel, but should work with any netting. Basically got some wooden boards, put nails in corners and stretched the netting over the nails. Then sandwiched the netting between 2 perspex frames and glued frames together with acrylic glue.

The lights around reactor are cool white water proof LED's I also got from Improved Living. Probably cheaper on ebay, but would have taken a month or 2 to get here.
 
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is that clear mesh on the jump guards? if so where can i find some :D

Edit: nm i see the info in the above post
 
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Nice setup.
Is that chaeto reactor going to be ok in terms of heat given off by the leds? I would place it above sump in case it cracks.
 

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Nice setup.
Is that chaeto reactor going to be ok in terms of heat given off by the leds? I would place it above sump in case it cracks.
Not sure about the heat, but it can't really be in another spot due to limited space. Can maybe add some sort of tube around the reactor and fill it with water as the LED's are submersible?
 

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Nice setup.
Is that chaeto reactor going to be ok in terms of heat given off by the leds? I would place it above sump in case it cracks.
Does it make a difference that the strip is completely water proof? Like it is encapsulated completely inside silicone. Not sure if heat dispersion is better. But else need to make a plan to lift chips off the reactor itself.
 
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