JD's little Reef - Take 2

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  1. JD167

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    Hi all

    I'm moving in the next couple of months and want to start planning for it. I'll be using this thread for updates and pictures of the whole process.

    The tank I have at the moment(1.5m 450L) has got a lot of scratches on the front panel and I want to replace the entire tank with a new one. I want a new tank built that I can set up at the new place, ready for the migration.

    Now.. I want to go a little smaller and have a tank built 1.2m long, 600mm deep and 640mm high.(more or less) Hennie's Calculator shows I'd need at least 12mm side and 18mm base glass for this. It gives me a SF of 3.8.

    Then there are the MH units. The ones I have now won't cut it anymore and I'm looking for new ones. Given the tank dimensions mentioned above, can anyone please recommend some MH units as well as lamp ratings. 250 watt 14K?? I was looking at the Reef Inmates Extreme 250 or their 250 watt MH pendants. If I go for the pendants, I would probably need 2 or 3. Are these units any good or can anyone recommend something else? Would 250 watt be enough for a 640mm deep tank? I'll be hosting mostly LPS, softies and maybe 2 or 3 SPS pieces.

    If there is a sponsor in CPT that can build the tank for me, pls let me know or PM me. Same goes for the MH units.

    Appreciate it!!
     
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    why not give naac a call, Johannes is very helpful
     
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    JD - the 250 watt will perhaps be slight overkill. If that is what you are aiming for, then by all means..... NAAC do have some AWESOME mh units (including T5's, and moonlights) for a 1.2 metre tank, for around R2500 (plus-minus)....

    150 watt will be ample. BUT, if you are aiming to go SPS only, then 250 watt it is then. It is only most likely THEN that you can FORCE the SPS to bring out their MOST AWESOME sunscreen colorations.... ;)

    And you only need 2 metal halides over a 1.2 metre tank. Anything more is REALLY overkill.... I don't think you would be able to fit 3 units over a 1.2 metre tank....

    That, and a SUPER HUGE skimmer.
     
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    Thank Jacques, Dallas. I had a chat to them regarding the MH units as well as building of the tank. I think i'll stick to the 250W units and only 2 of them.
     
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    Hey guys

    I have some concerns with moving the sump. With the DSB still in it, the sump will be very heavy and I risk breaking the glass. I think I'll have to remove the DSB and transport it seperately.

    So my questions are: 1.) How will this affect my DSB and parameters when placed back in the sump? 2.) Should I "clean" the sand a bit with RO or Saltwater or leave it be? 3.) Should I leave the DSB to settle before putting it in the loop again? If so for how long should I leave it?(Oviously keep water flowing over it.)
     
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    Hi JD - I would say - once you disturb the DSB, you will need to recycle it.
    So - moving it - means - removing the sand, putting it into bags - move the sump/tank, replacing the sand/DSB (will will guaranteed have die-off), and then putting water back into the sump, and use a power-head to keep the water moving - keep on testing the water parameters of the sump's water - once you have ZERO ammonia/nitrites, you can reconnect the sump with the main display tank.

    Perhaps you can temporarily plumb you skimmer somehow to be only connected to the main display tank?
     
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    I need to prepare more water, so I need larger drums. Can anyone please tell me where in CPT i can find one or two of these? I think the pic is from Sean's engine room. Circled in red.

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    JD - I have 2 x 220 litre drums you can borrow, if you like. They are just EXTREMELY heavy, once filled up. PM me your number, and we can make arrangements for you to come and collect them when you ready.

    Also - to answer your question - YES, place the same sand back into your DSB, as there will STILL be come critters in there, that will still be alive. And you need them to seed the new aragonite sand.
     
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    Thanks for the offer Jacques. I actually want to buy one or two to keep for future water changes. Where did you get them?
     
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    :lol: Now haven't we all heard that one before.
     
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    JD - I got them 2nd hand from Nosaj when he was breaking up and selling everything.
    Even though I slightly "damaged" one (very slightly) - perhaps we can make a deal - a few nice coral frags swop? ;)

    PM me your number. I will call you.
     
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    The new stand.
     
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    The new tank. 1.5mx600x600
     
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    6 Bags of CaribSea Fiji pink Aragonite.
     
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    Great looking tank JD, I like the stand look. Also am interested to see what that aragonite is going to look like.
    Please keep us posted.
    Good luck
     
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    Cool JD - still waiting for the sump?
     
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    Hey Tobes, nope I'll be using my current one.
     
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    Whooo, looking nice...
     
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    JD nice looking tank...your stand looks lekker shiny...
     
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