My new Coral Box

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by Gawiedj, 22 Jul 2010.

  1. Gawiedj

    Gawiedj

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    I've ordered a new tank.
    Big tanks are not for me... I learned that lesson with the 1.2 I bought end of last year. I just cannot get it the way I like and it's a mission to work on it because I cannot work inside it unless I use a ladder....and the list goes on.
    Anyway, you make mistakes, you learn from it and carry on.:thumbup:

    So I ordered a new tank from Phuture Labs, before we get to the specs let me tell you what I plan for this tank.

    As you know I love coral, so this tank will be dominated by coral, mostly recordea, zoas etc., with 4 fish.
    The fish
    1x Royal Gramma
    1x Sleeper Goby
    2x Clowns

    So as you can se the bioload on this setup will be minimal. (Keep that in mind)

    So the tank specs:

    800 L x 600 W x 600 H (288 Liters)
    12mm glass
    Rimless with black silicone and flame polished glass.

    There will be a 10cm gap at the back of the tank. Blocked off with a piece of black perspex. There will be 4 sections for Chemical filtration, DSB & LR, Macro Algea and the last chamber for heaters pumps etc.

    It will look something like this

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    The tank, in this drawing you will see only 3 chambers at the back, however after some redesigning 4 chambers is the way I will go go.

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    I will use the following equipment:

    Reef Octopus HOB Skimmer
    150w MH with 2 x 24w T5 Actinic tubes
    4300 lph CLS pump with 2 outlets on the back pane
    Depending on the flow in the tank I will add 1 or 2 3500lph sun sun pumps
    2 x 150w Jeager heaters

    I have a lot of LR (All the LR from my Nano, All the LR from my 1.2 and then some more and will add as much as I can

    I will run Carbon, Phosgaurd and Purigen for chemical filtration

    10cm Deep in tank DSB.

    I will do 50l weekly water changes with NSW.
     
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  3. jacquesb

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    Looks good Gawie! Keep us updated, will you? Please?
     
  4. christiaan

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    Great idea, tank sounds great. I like simple easy to maintain systems much more too. You still have the joy of reefkeeping without the headaches
     
  5. keyaam

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    Nice one Gawie. Very well planned tank
     
  6. crispin

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    that sounds like a great project and its always nice to see a reefer thats knows what they want, thus how to achieve it and inturn. Well done.

    that filtration looks a little complicated and it maybe difficult to access all compartments to change materials etc, but i guess thats only routine maintanence so prob wount be too mcuh of an issue.

    have you thought about adding pellets into a system like this? i think having a high bacterial load in one compartment might be to your advantage although i see with the low bio load that you might not need it. I just think it maybe an easier fuss free medium to use over a fuge or phosphate remover. indeed you could replace the phosphate remover with pellets perhaps?

    nice sounding system, a little different and interesting best of luck with it.

    oh and i cant wait to see all your rics in there:)
     
  7. Boegie

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    Going to be awesome.
     
  8. Gawiedj

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    @Crispin; thanks for the cool response. I have been giving the pellets some thought but I dont think I'll have major issues with N and P because ofthe low bioload; however I will consider it in future.

    The chemical filtration section will have eggcrate "shelves" purigen in the bottom chamber in a filter sock. (if needed I'll add a low volume circulation pump to this chamber to enhance flow in the filter system) Then Phosgaurd in the middle and carbon at the top.
    The carbon needs to be replaced regularly so it will be easy to replace if it is in the top chamber.
    At least that is the theory.
     
  9. crispin

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    the other aspect to consider is that the centre feature of this tank is your soft corals and generally they dont mind slightly higher nutrient levels opposed to say sps, so having some nitrates and phosphates might not be a major issue, but youd have to watch algae growth if your filters battle, especially in the beginning.

    with the way this tanks filtration is set up i would suggest letting it cycle a while (although i hear you saying you have mature LR already) so that you know those back compartments are doing their jobs before you stock too heavily. I am just a little concerned that the filtration at the back wont be able to pull back an algae bloom if it gets out of controll. just a few thoughts as such.

    also the in tank DSB, might be worth deepening slightly so that you knwo you have low o2 areas for anerobic bac:)
     
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    nice Gawie;) keep us posted..
     
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    This is gona be a cool setup,hope evrything goes according to plan!
     
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    @Crispin: My nano had very low to no nitrates or phosphates. (Seachem test kits) I did find that Seachem Reef Plus was absolutely essential. I could clearly see when I needed to dose.
    In the end I found that as long as I dosed a capfull each week the corals were happy and grew like weeds.
    Fortunately my understanding wife will allow both tanks in the house until I can safely move all livestock from the old tank to the new one. So I wont have to worry too much about moving LS into the new tank too early. I will also use Microbelift Special Blend and Nite Out II. I've had sucess using these products before so I'll add some to assist with the cycle.
    I will have a 18 cm deep x 10 cm wide by 20cm long DSB in one of the back chambers so I am hoping that will help. About 50% of the sand will come from my existing "in-tank" and Sump DSBs. With proper live sand and fully cured LR I hope it will be ready after 4 weeks of cycling.
    I am lucky because I can have both my tanks running so if anythinng is not 100% the way I like I still have the option of changing it before I start moving the LS.

    Thanks for the kind words and good wishes so far guys, I really want to make this one into something special:thumbup:
     
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    Sounds great.Looking forward to see how this tank goes!!
     
  14. Gawiedj

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    Quick Update:

    Zane and I finalised the Tank / filter Design on Saturday so here goes

    We simplified the Flitration and it now looks like this:

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    Left Chamber - Chemical Filtration
    Middle - DSB, LR & Macro Algea
    Right Chamber - CLS, Skimmer & Heaters

    Front View

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  15. Gawiedj

    Gawiedj Thread Starter

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    I collected the tank last weekend.
    The back section is a bit different from the design above.

    Some pics

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    :thumbup:
     
  16. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    definitely need a update on this, you holding out on us.
     
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    Nice build :)
     
  18. Pistolshrimp

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    nice build very neat man
     
  19. Gawiedj

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    I am afraid that the tank is still in exactly the same spot as in the pics above. Been to busy at work:nono::nono:
    AND
    I only got the stand yesterday.
    I suppose a free stainless steel stand is worth the wait;)

    I'll probably start filling it tomorrow.
     
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  20. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    let me know if you need any help over the weekend.
     
  21. MistaOrange

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    Awesome looking tank Gawie :thumbup:. Oh & BTW like the filter layout, nice design.....
    BOL
     
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