Lyle's Shallow Existence

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  1. bothal08

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    hey all ive been inspired by some of the shallow tanks on our forum and others...ive been hooked.
    so this is the start of my shallow existence.

    DT-150x40x70
    sump(for now)-40l i think
    total volume +-440

    lighting will be 6xt5 54w

    return pump- hailea 2800lph

    skimmer-AM 500 blue turboflotor (would like something bigger but all i have for now)

    i want this system to be very clean so sump area is gonna be spotless and i want zero detritus in my DT...gonna have decent flow to stop stuff from settling.
    i want to achieve something similar to tritonian's system...not an easy task but ill give it a bash

    heres 2 picks for now let me know what u think


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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looks good, tank looks familier :)
    shallow is nice, you going to use stability? dsb?
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    oooohhh, i recognise that tank :) i hope it brings you many hours of joy boet.. have you been doing your homework on Zeo?

    What you could do in time is add another 2ft as your RO chamber? or a 25lt drum for that matter, your choice...

    have you decided on lighting yet?
     
  5. bothal08

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    tank was built by leslie (shot for that)...i love the amount of space underneath there are endless options...ive done research on zeo its not too complecating but the price is a little steep for me...lighting will be 6xt5 might ugrade at a later stage...will dose stability in the beginning when i tranfer all my stock
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    get mark to assist you with some Zeo dosage advice as you both basically have the same water volume..

    but agreed it can get confusing at first, are you wanting SPS? or mixed reef?
     
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    awesome, another shallow reef- they are the best kind ;)

    will be following this one!
     
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    definately will have sps i already have a few in my current system...but i like lps too and will have the odd softy yeah will speak to mark
     
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    what you got planned for flow joe?
     
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    well i have 2xsun sun 3000lph and a seio 2000lph and getting from mark aswell
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    that should be perfect....
     
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    yeah ill have plenty flow i got sand from black rock at the water line...its nice and fine but not like beach sand
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    take a magnet and put it in a plastic packet and run it through the sand to check for metal, you will be surprised...
     
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    yeah will definately do that dnt plan on getting any scratches...will probably clean glass with blade anyways
     
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    Looking good lyle, keen to see it up and running :thumbup:
     
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    bothal08 Thread Starter

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    update

    all stock in...just need to lower lights...happy that all my stock look healthy
    some pics

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    dig the size man :p .. awesome looking tank
     
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    lyle put the skimmer intake pump in the compartment where the water flows into the sump..
     
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    Lyle dont know how I missed this thread a few days ago...nice to see the tank up and running! Need to do a bit of an aquascape there though ;) I still have those rocks for you...looks like you will be needing them. Also what size heater is that? Looks a wee bit small from the pic...if you need I have an old 300w you can have.
     
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    ok yeah makes sense...will do
     
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    bothal08 Thread Starter

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    yeah thinking about the aquascape...the heater is a 200w but i have another 100w maybe i should hook it up too...yeah will be coming around your place sometime,maybe if ur free sometime this weekend ill come check out ur tank
     
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