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  1. cswhitehead

    cswhitehead

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    thought i would let you guys know that my first marine tank is just about ready. eventually i am planning to keep corals and fish.
    so this is what i have so far:
    the tank is a standard 4ft (1220 x 450 x 450) with corner overflow and 50mm outlet with standard 3ft tank as the sump. the sump is a 3 part sump, 1st skimmer(reeftek ts2), 2nd dsb, 3rd return(resun king-2a 1500l/h). i got my father to build the cabinet stand and canopy, the stand has been galvanized and painted with hammer tone the cabinet and canopy is made out of knotty pine. lighting i have so far is 1x reeftek 12000k 4ft t5 tube and 1x reeftek antic 4ft t5 tube. for flow in the tank i have 3 x sun sun 3000l/h vibration pumps. i have stuck blue vinyl on the back of the tank and blue perspex on the overflow box.

    what i still need:
    i still need to do the plumbing for the overflow and return.
    im still waiting for araganite and need to get some live rock once the tank is ready.
    i plan on getting another 6 4ft t5 tubes ( 1 blue and 5 1000k-12000k) once i start stocking the tank. i don't have reflectors for the lights but i am going to make a diy reflector and see how it comes out. and i still need to get an ro unit. a chiller at a later stage once i want to keep corals. and some test kits.

    is there anything else i still need?

    i will post pics of the tank later and of the reflectors once i have made them.
     
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  3. Evo R

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    A heater for one!

    But without pics its hard to comment.

    But it will not be long before you are up and running.
     
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    oh yes thanks forgot to add the heaters to my list. will post pics soon
     
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    cant wait to see :)
     
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    i took a few pics sorry bad quality from cellphone[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    that is a nice looking cupboard , great start ....
     
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    Hi

    Do you think you would need a heater in RB. I'm in Durbs and even in winter my waters 25deg? Get the test kits first.

    Goodluck!
     
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    this is how my diy reflector came out
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    Looks good, how did you make it?
     
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    i used gutter pipe and cut it then stuck aluminum tape on it polished it up a bit and sprayed it with clear spray paint to try prevent it from dulling. only problem is that i keep getting wrinkles in tape when i stick it on to the pipe.
     
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    cool idea bro. just hope the heat from the bulbs dont caus the auminium tape to melt or warp
     
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    nah i think imbeing paranoid lol
     
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    you have a future in panel beating ;)
     
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    i will try run it with a bulb tonight. ha ha maybe i will give panel beating a try :) make me some extra money so that i can afford real reflectors:lol:
     
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    i found this on my live rock. help identify it please? i think it is majano? sorry bad quality pics from my phone.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Great tank, I may have a few frags for you in two or three weeks time, or let me know when your tanks ready.
     
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    thanks alot that would be awesome
     
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    i still need to get some more live rock but this is what i have so far.
    [​IMG]
     
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    great to have another tank going in the bay. Where did you get the LR from Durbs?
     
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