Manic's NeoZeo Reef

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  1. Manic

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    Manic's NeoZeo SPS Reef

    Hello everyone,

    I've decided to start a new tank. I have always been inspired by the amazing colourful tanks achieved on the overseas forums and have now decided to start a new tank from scratch and try and achieve a colourful sps dominated system.

    Inspiration

    The following two tanks have been a huge inspiration to me and can only hope that I can achieve half of what they have achieved.

    A Reef in the Sky - zeovit.com
    A Reef in the Sky
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    FEATURED SYSTEM - OCTOBER 2009
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    The Tank

    The size of the tank took a lot of thinking but I really didn't want a bigger tank than my cube as I hate cleaning glass, so I eventually decided on the following

    Dimensions:

    1200mm x 800mm x 500mm (Water Height at 450mm)
    Total Water Volume: 432L
    Glass: 12mm (Low-iron front and one side)
    Sump: Just big enought to fit the skimmer, heaters and return pump.
     
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    I think the one copied the other, they look so similar:)

    Great tanks to be inspired by, looking forward to see how this develops.
     
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    Lighting

    Following the trend of many sps keepers overseas, this tank will be lit only by T5's. I've decided to go with a 8x54W T5 unit with individual alanod reflectors. I will also be using only giesemann globes. The combination I have not decided yet and need your help on that. I was thinking of the following combination: (Take into account the wiring of the light fitting, the following tubes are connected:1,3,6,8-2,7-4,5)

    1. Aquablue +
    2. Aqua-Pink
    3. Aquablue+
    4. Actinic +
    5. Midday
    6. Aquablue +
    7. Aqua-Pink
    8. Aquablue +
     
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    Those are beautiful tanks simple setup with minimal scaping. Well good luck with your new venture, will be tagging along .
     
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    Im running 8 Gieseman bulbs on my 400L and gives nice colour. I have to extra Syllvania 10k and 20k bulbs and they also just as nice or even better in colour.
     
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    Lose the aqua-pink's. Apparently they dont look so lekker (according to a guy who tried one on his nano)

    And thats a shit load of Aquablue. They are seriously blue! Gonna make your tank look like a blacklit poster :p
     
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    Manic gonna be awesome bud! looking forward to your build , its a fantastic size
     
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    Filtration:

    The filtration for this tank will be taken care of by a large skimmer and by running zeoliths using the NeoZeo method. I am still undecided on the skimmer. Since the sump will be as small as possible the total water volume will be around 432L with live rock. The skimmers I need to decide between are the following:

    NW-200
    Pump: OTP-3000
    Chamber Diameter: 200mm
    Rating: 900l

    NW-250
    Pump: OTP-5000
    Chamber Diameter: 250mm
    Rating: 1400L

    Bubble Blaster 2000-INT
    Pump: HY-2000
    Chamber Diameter: 150mm
    Rating: 800L

    Bubble Blaster 3000-INT
    Pump: HY-3000
    Chamber Diameter: 200mm
    Rating: 1200L
     
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    The colour of the aqua-pinks is just meant to bring out certain colours in sps. The aquablue+ are 60% 10000K globe and 40% 20000K globe. Apparently they are the same colour as 12000K globes.
     
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    Here's the lighting that "A Reef in the Sky" uses:

    Bulbs: Front to Back
    ATI Blue Plus
    ATI Blue Special
    KZ Coral Light Fiji Purple
    KZ Coral Light Super Blue
    KZ Coral Light Fiji Purple
    ATI Blue Plus
    KZ Coral Light New Generation
    ATI Blue Plus
     
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    Nice setup. Looking forward to the completed project.
     
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    Here's the lighting that SunnyX used:

    ATI Blue Plus
    ATI Aqua Blue Special
    ATI Aqua Blue Special
    ATI Blue Plus
    ATI Blue Plus
    ATI Aqua Blue Special
     
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    Dosing Requirements

    Another big decision that needs to be made is that of the dosing method. I still need to decide between a calcium reactor or the Profilux Quad Dosing Pump with controller.

    The calcium reactor is able to do the following:
    Calcium
    Magnesium
    Alkalinity

    The quad doser will be set up as follows:

    Pump 1: Calcium
    Pump 2: Alkalinity
    Pump 3: Magnesium
    Pump 4: A whole mixture of supplements as brightwell products are able to be mixed together.
     
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    Hmmm, being the guy poiro is talking about, i agree on skipping on the pink tubes- they dont do much for me, but thats my personal taste i guess. Also, if you go doser, rather use is for your carbon source. You want control over adding all brightwells funny things- personally think the range is too big and unnecessary.
     
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    Hey Monti, I'll have a look at the globes. I don't think it is a good idea to run the doser with vodka, that could end badly, I'll rather do that myself. Once your tank has been running a while and you know your potassium, iodine, amino acid etc usage, you can combine them with at a certain ratio and then run them on the doser. I get irritated dosing 10 things every day.
     
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    Why should it end badly? Mixing vodka in ro would mean you can dose tiny amounts of carbon source many times a day- very stable approach. And if you are worried about overdosing, then the same concern applies to alkalinity and calcium. I would be sceptical of mixing up different products into a solution.
     
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    I had this question a while ago but never asked it. I was worried about dosing pure vodka but water and vodka would be better. The thing I wanted to ask is, wouldn't the water and vodka separate?
     
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    It stays in solution- trust me, i asked a few chemistry gurus. Im going with a 20 percent vodka to 80percent ro on my doser.
     
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