My next level 4ft

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  1. Marx

    Marx

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    My next level 4ft

    So after being on the forum for a while now, Its been a great learning curve. I began with a 4ft, with sump and etc, and slowly but surely my tank came to life, ofcourse the biggest reason for this was the Lionfish. So about a month ago I decided to do a tank upgrade. I also decided to actually share the pics this time, just to also get people thoughts and of course advice.

    So I recently sold my old 4ft, pictures below:

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    Now been waiting patiently and for my new tank to be built, and on Saturday it finally arrived :whoohoo: so began Saturday with the whole setup.

    Bubble-magus skimmer: rated for 600-800l

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    Lighting, Hopar light for the sump, LED for the top.
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    And the tank itself:

    Dimensions: 1.22 x 0.7 x 0.45
    Resting on steel square tubing stand, wrapped with the cupboards.
    Starfire glass on the front and sides

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    Added my argonite:

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    Because there is still alot of odds and ends to still do, and because the RO unit will take a while to fill the tank, I started that first..

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    Next step is to get my sump in and the tank to start running.
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    wow thats one deep tank! Keep up the good work:thumbup:
     
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    What LED Unit is that for the DT...?
     
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    Looks good :)
    Are you going to put something at the back of the tank to cover the wires?
     
  6. Marx

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    @butcherman - thanks very much! its like my new big screen :)
    @belindamotion - i cant remember the details, bur ill get all of that and update on that.
    @NickW - yeah i had a black background but it fell down, and also have an issue with the height so i have to get a sort of double background, hopefully get that sorted out soon, cause the wires everywhere drives me mad!
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    @Marx im in kempton too if you need help just shout
     
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  8. Marx

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    @butcherman great thanks, Ill definitely take you up on that sometime.
     
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    hope you have long arms ;)
     
  10. Marx

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    @Tremayn - being portuguese doesnt help :lol: the good old ladder has been put to some use.
     
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    haha.. Theres a guy here who has a tank that's 1m deep I think
     
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    Nice tank Marco, have fun with the new setup!
     
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    Tank is looking good Marco keep up the good work , when you're tank is reddy you will get you're coral from me :p
     
  14. Marx

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    Howzit going everyone!

    Been wondering about my lighting situation, and been reading quite a few post and so on...

    But still not 100% sure on what i need, or will be sufficient, I still have the globes and ballasts from my previous tank ( 2 x39w Aquablue, 1 x 39w Actinic,<- i think). I also have the Led unit that is shown above, but not sure on its power, lost the box.

    Now i know that lighting is all based on what you plan on keeping in the tank, and I plan on keeping various corals(well the ones that will be able to be compatible with a lionfish), not sure if this amount of information will suffice.

    I dont want to spend alot, cause i know that this lighting story can get rather expensive..

    Any suggestions and ideas anyone??
     
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    The main problem is the height of your tank, 700 mm of water is a lot to pass through to get energy to the corals at the bottom. If you could maybe read a name of off the LED unit we could get some info on it. I would say add the T5's and maybe add another one(could you maybe give the Kelvin rating of each bulb?). If we get some info on the LED we could see if you could maybe add another one of those, if it's a nice unit and you add another then you won't have much problems with corals. Most of the softies and LPS will then be able to survive from the mid to top and maybe even a few SPS at the top. Hope it helps.
     
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    My opinion will be T5 maybe 6 X 54w DIY to fit into the wooden canopy with reflectors and you will be sorted with light, keeping most lps and soft coral happy.

    Lion-fish are coral safe but not much invert safe. So basically they wont go at you coral although they are hardly seen during the day when lights are on (nocturnal).

    Good luck on your build. Looks good this far
     
  17. Marx

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    @Annoying - Ill get the brand when i get home, ill post it up later.
    @Ayoob - Planning on fitting them on the canopy like i previously did, but now need to know what to have in order to fit everything properly.

    Thanks for the quick response..
     
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    You would need 3 X 54watt dual t5 electronic ballast and 12 waterproof end caps and some wire and obviously 6 x 54watt tubes, basically simple to connect those up.
     
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    Looking good so far.
     
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    @Annoying - ok well the brand of what i have is 'Degenbao' and i have one aqua white 10 000K and 2 aqua blue 6500K, cant find more info on them.
    @Ayoob thanks for the advice..

    So would what i have be to weak?
     
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    I dont think the 54watt tubes are going to fit in the canopy....:confused1: cause i see the length of the tube is about 1149mm...
     
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