My 6-Foot Mixed Reef

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  1. chas84

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    Hi everyone... Two months ago I started out with a 130l nano, and it's been doing pretty well. I decided to upgrade slightly :whistling:, bought myself a nice big tank!

    The tank is 180cm(l) x 75cm(h) c 60cm(d) and is in a cabinet.
    Lighting is 4 x Giesemann T5 54w and 4 x Giesemann T5 80w.
    For flow in the dt I have 4 x Seio Prop 1500 (they cause little sandstorms all the time no matter how I direct them).

    I'm still trying to figure out what my best options are with regards to a sump - the tank came with a silly little sump and has no space really for a proper dsb. I visited a lfs the other day which has the same size tank and sump. and has been running successfully for 6 years.

    Let me know what you think of my scaping, and ideas for stocking this baby up.

    Pics are below.

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    very nice!!!
     
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    Can you post pictures of the sump? Go make a turn there by Dorry Pets and see how their sumps look :)
     
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    Wow dude that wasn't long, looking great
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Hehe I'm there almost daily! Here's a (very bad) pic of the "sump". My camera is broken so I've had to take a still with the camcorder. I have a spare (my old "big" tank) 4 foot tank which would be ideal for the sump, but my problem is there's no way to fit it in underneath the cabinet unless it's emptied and lifted over the sump, so I'm exploring the idea of having the sump in 3 or 4 separate parts.

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    Thanks man! Btw those frags I got from you are looking good - have a few extra tiny bay shrooms...
     
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    Sump is Perfect for fish only systems, useless for corals.

    Ensure that your return pipe is not too deep, and that your syphon break does work.

    Do your cabinet got a solid wooden divider in the middle? (I think it does)
     
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    The cabinet is basically a 50mm square tubing stand with the cabinetry around it. I'm thinking of building a three-part sump because there is a middle bracing keeping me from using one large sump.

    Thanks I've checked the return and siphon break is working well - it stops just in time before the sump floods.
     
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    Thats's a great looking tank!
    What skimmer are u using?
    Are u going on SPS? Do u think the T5 will do the job?
     
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    Thanks!

    The skimmer is an "Aqua Excel", with a Hailea pump.

    I'll be starting off with softies and some LPS. Might add some SPS later on once I get the hang of things.

    The lighting should be sufficient - It's a total of 536w, so it's equivalent to just over two 250w MH.
     
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    wicked looking system..
     
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    Thanks! I can't wait to start stocking the beast...
     
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    So I fitted a Durso standpipe today - the gurgling and flushing noise the overflow pipe made, drove me mad! It's amazing how something as simple as a few pieces of pvc can make such a huge difference!

    I've decided I don't like the scaping very much, so I'm exploring some ideas to redo it. I want a "drop" around the overflow chamber and want to "nennie-proof" and hide the seio's. Was thinking of building a "rack" with pvc pipes to place the rocks on... Any suggestions?
     
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    Sorry havent had personal experience on building rack ...

    Have you work on the scaping ? How about an FTS? .. and update?

    Thanks
    Brandon
     
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    Will post some new pics in tomorrow. I built a uPVC rack for the liverock and scaped accordingly.
     
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    Good to hear from you man, we are awaiting for the picts.............!:thumbup:
     
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    Here are some pics:

    FTS:

    Cabinet doors are open to allow the heat generated from the chiller to escape. The tank warms up quite quickly. Cabinets (especially for marine tanks) should actually be re-designed with sufficient air vents, built in fans or the like. I'd like to add a few pc (or other) fans into the cabinet and canopy.

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    Lefthand side:

    I'm thinking of putting is some crushed coral or something, in the space that's constantly being blown away by the powerheads. Seems no matter how i direct them this happens all the time. Since this pic was taken I'm re-directed them again :) You can see a part of the uPVC frame the rockwork stands on, because of the sand being blown away. Usually it's not visible.

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    Righthand side:

    This pic was taken before I trimmed the Bryopsis. You'll see four patches of it in the pic. Oh and the urchin decorates/camouflages himself with something different every day.

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    A Goby:

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    Scopas Tang:

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    Bi-color Blenny:
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    Starfish & Shrimp:
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    The rack I built which I've packed all (well, ok most) of the liverock on. It has some egg crate cable-tied to it, and I've drilled some holes in the pipe with the aim of attaching a pump to keep flow under the rocks good. Wasn't able to take pics of the egg crated and drilled end result.

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    Expensive rack:whistling:
     

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