pXius' Drop Reef

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  1. pXius

    pXius

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    So I've been getting a few requests to start a thread, so here we go.

    The tank was built by Neil H, here's a LINK to his build log.

    Some background, I only started reefing early last year and with the help of MASA I quickly found my feet. I started with a 1.5M tank and was pretty happy with it. When Neil H put the Drop off up for sale a fellow reefer convinced me to take the leap, (excuse the pun).

    The drop off has been running a few months now but has undergone a drastic change from Softies/LPS to SPS. I've already sold off most of the coral I don't want and started to stock SPS.

    The System

    Water Volume 650L taking into account all LR and equipment.

    Filtration:

    • 80Kg's of LR. A mix from different regions
    • Skimmer: Skimz 181, 1200L version
    • Np-Biopellets plumed to skimmer intake
    • Phosphate Reactor Running ATI PhosphatStop
    • UV Unit fed from Phos reactor outlet
    • Carbon in a sock
    • Refugium with LR, Xenia, and some Caulerpa I'm slowly getting rid of...
    • Bio-Balls/Ceramic Ring/Filter-wool combo
    Flow:
    • 2x Vortech Mp40 ES
    • 1x SunSun 6000L/h in the "drop" area, hidden inside a cave
    • Return is pushed by 2x 4000L/h Waterfall Pumps, each with its own return line
    Lighting:
    After experimenting with all light sources except plasma I've settled for T5's. I just love the way you can play with the spectrum using different tubes. I have taken a liking to violet LEDS so that might be in the pipeline.

    I currently run 8x 80w T5 Tubes.

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    Giessemann Actanic+
    ATI Blue+
    Giessemann Aquablue+
    Giessemann Aquablue+
    Giessemann Actanic+
    Giessemann AquaPink
    Giessemann Actanic+
    ATI Blue+

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    Refugium is lit by 9x 3w Cree LEDS, 6x Cool white and 3x Warm white. All in down light form.

    Dosing:
    • I dose Alk, Mg and Ca on a daily basis
    • ATO runs through a kalk-stirrer so thats dosed daily as well
    • I dose Iodine every now and then, should probably work out a dosing schedual for this as well
    • Experimenting with Special Blend
    Livestock:
    I like big fish...

    • 3x Yellow Tangs
    • 1x Naso Tang
    • 1x Regal Tang
    • 1x Sailfin Tang
    • 1x Foxface (my 1st fish :) )
    • 2x Clarkii Clows, mated pair
    • 1x Copper Band Butterfly
    • 1x Niger Trigger, but he thinks he's a 6line...
    • 2x Diamond Back Gobies to keep my substrate clean
    • 1x Boxer Shrimp
    • 2x Cleaner Shrimps
    • 2x Fire Shrimps
    • 1x GBTA (doubled in size since I got him/her/it, now 30x30cm's at least)
    • 2x Red Hermits
    • 2x Blue Hermits
    • 2x Turbo Snails
    • 1x Urchin (one with the orange, looks like a tuxedo)
    • 1x Sand Shifting star
    • 1x Pistol Shrimp (hitchhiker, only seen him a few times, small fellow but I hear him every night)
    Corals:
    • Look at the pics...

    Feeding:
    • 2 Cubes of SuperBrine - every day
    • Pellets (Formula 2) Soaked in Vitamins - every day
    • Norri - 3 times a week
    • Cyclops - every now and then
    • Lobster eggs - every now and then
    • Nennie gets a cocktail prawn or half a mussel 3 times a week
    • Micro Plankton liquid every now and then
    • Niger Trigger gets a piece of my fingers every now and then

    Maintenance:
    • 25% Water change every 2 weeks, semi-automated.
    • ATO for evaporation
    • Skimmer cup once a week
    • Skimmer body and pump when I can't see the bubbles
    • Flow and return pump cleaning, when I clean the skimmer body
    • Clean display panes every 4-5 days
    • Filer cloth, every second day

    Heating/Cooling:
    • 3x 200w Jager Heaters
    • 2x 20cm High CF which I hang over the sump in summer time

    Da Pics!!!!!!!!!!!​


    Please keep in mind that the photo's are way more blue than the tank truly is. All pics taken with iPhone 4s

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    Spot the critter, got 2 living in my torch :thumbup:
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    All my yellows sleep in here at night, yellow tang cave :p
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    The Sump
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    Smoothie anyone?
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    The Xenia Fuge (I only quickly turned on the lights so they're still closed)
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    Fuge Lighting
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    A video:​

    Again with the iPhone, I cant seem to convert files to flash without loosing a lot of quality, if anyone can suggest something? The file is shot in HD so 2 minutes worth is like 300mb so I don't really want to upload the raw file....

    YouTube stabilizer causing the black frames, won't use it again. No audio in embedded clip, click on YouTube button to view on their site with full audio


    Anyway, that's my little piece of ocean.

    Time for a :peroni:

    edit: video uploaded
     
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  3. Seabass

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    Very nice indeed. You happy with your NP reactor, I dropped mine about a month ago after running it for a year or so.
     
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    Swheet video man. Nice inspiration for us starting new tanks!
     
  5. pXius

    pXius Thread Starter

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    thanks :)

    Thanks!

    Its doing its job so I'm happy yes, but I'm tired of cleaning the sponge to keep the flow through the reactor at max performance so Im considering those orca cubes after my move at the end of July.
     
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    Lovely tank you have got here well done.:thumbup:
    I like the way it finished off with the white wood.
     
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    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Selwyn123

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    Wow, that drop design is really cool. Makes me want to experiment with all sorts of designs if i make a new tank, I can also see how its beneficial, as it gives long stalk sps a place to grow even longer than they would in the narrower middle section:yeahdude: very cool
     
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    pXius Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys,

    Some new toys
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    awesome tank!
    well done!
     
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    Lovely, exactly what I'm working on.
    I just haven't gotten round to the Atlas stuff yet.
     
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    Bloody Marvelous!!
     
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    pXius Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys :)
     
  14. Seabass

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    Please explain your weekend plans with the aid of your new toys. :)

    Edit: think it is a ph kit, http://atlas-scientific.com/product_pages/kits/ph-kit.html
     
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    Very nice indeed. Could I ask you what make of supplements you have in your dosing containers?
     
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    looking awesum so far:)
     
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    pXius Thread Starter

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    Its a ph probe yes :) I'm actually quite ticked off.... The company I ordered from did not ship the shield that connects the display to the board. Hopefully that'll be here by Monday so no playing around with that this weekend. :(


    Thanks,
    I'm using Seachem reef fusion 1 and 2 for Ca and Alk. For Mg I'm using the Seachem Mg crystals desolved in Ro.


    Shot!
     
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    Lookng very cool

    And you moving, thats going to be a pain
     
  19. pXius

    pXius Thread Starter

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    A decided not to use the precompiled Jarduino sketch (which is focused on controlling LED lit reefs) like every else, but to rather write my own code.
    Unfortunately the TFT libraries aren't as comprehensive as the LCD libraries so progress is slow, getting the hang of it though. :D

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    edit: and yes, I switched around the degree sign to the correct position now :p
     
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    Looking really good...its nice to see a tank thats different to the norm and you have laid it out really well as to make it look nice and natural! :)
     
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    pXius Thread Starter

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    Thanks! :D One last aqua-scape left after the move. Going to be a bit more tricky as the tank will be used as a room divider, so no more back panel :yeahdude:

    Update on the controller.
    Got the PH working, what a mission. Date and time also functional running from a RTC chip.

    Next: Relay system, lighting control, web server with updates and an iPhone app.


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    PH orb is in storage solution, hence the ph of 7.
     
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