Quinton's new 2m Abyss

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  1. Quinton

    Quinton Smarty-pants Newbie

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    Here are a few pics of the road to my new system, just to get the ball rolling. I'll add captions later (gotta get to work sometime ;-)

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    Quinton Thread Starter Smarty-pants Newbie

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    Quinton Thread Starter Smarty-pants Newbie

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    Oh, and don't worry. That's not aquascaping. It's called upending a few cooler boxes full of live rock! ;-)

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    All very messy still. Gotta rewire everything, and add a panel to the back of the hood. Rome was not built in a day ;-)

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    Looks great, tanks are a lot heavier than you think:lol: will look great when it's had time to settle and cure.
     
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    Many thanks Quinton! WOW! Tank is REALLY looking GOOD man! BTW: What lighting do you have with this tank? Afaik these tanks came without lighting, right? Does it have one of those awesome AquaH2O metal halide/T5 combo lighting units?

    That scaping is looking GREAT! Nice to have such a deep tank that you can scape upwards...

    Also - what skimmer you running with thank?
     
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    Quinton Thread Starter Smarty-pants Newbie

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    Thanks dude.

    El Cheapo Daz T5's. 2 units, each with 3 x 2 foot 39W bulbs. A mix of 10 000K, 13 000K and 20 000 K. Not really bright enough for corals, but I picked them up for R400 each, and I must say that they're pretty impressive for the price.

    I have one of these Reef Inmates units on order...

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    I just dumped the rock in the tank, literally! But everyone likes it so much I may just leave it like that for a while ;-)

    Looks like I'll need more rock, from an aesthetic point of view. I'm wondering whether I should get some more live rock, or some cheaper synthetic stuff. Any suggestions? The total water volume is about 1100 litres, with 850 litres of that in the display. I have 70kg of Kenyan live rock so far. I'm guessing that I need another 50 kg or so, both from aesthetic and filtration point of view. Any suggestions welcome.

    No skimmer yet. I have a BubbleMaster 250 arriving with a few days/weeks.

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    JUST be VERY careful with live rock! You might end up with a LOT of unwanted crabs, as well as unwanted hidden detritus INSIDE the rocks! IF you decide to go for live rock - "cook" them first before adding it into the tank.

    I think that IF you have time, a self-made "Coral bommie" would look MORE than AWESOME in your tank!

    Otherwise - go for perhaps 25kg live rock, and 25kg's bio-rock...
     
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    cool tank jacquesb whats bio rock
     
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    Nic - Bio rock is "man made rock" that is usually made of a combination of the following:
    - white cement
    - aragonite/caribsea
    - sea salt

    The white cement and aragonite as well as sea salt is mixed in a semi-dry (clay-like) state, and shaped into the applicable rock shapes you want it.

    Then, these "rocks" are left to dry, and then once dried, they are "cured" in Pure RO water for +-2 weeks or so (to let the high akaline state reach equilibrium).

    Then - these rocks are known as "bio-rock" (bio for biologically more friendly).

    By this time, the sea salt would have dissolved, leaving a VERY nice porious rock.

    I know of ONE place that actually makes this commercially in South Africa (the guy is in Durbs, but he ships everywhere in the country)..... (Don't know the place itself - gotten to know OF him via Aqua Concepts in Cape Town). I am quite sure that some local LFS should be able to get some of this rock for you guys, IF you want some....
     
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    ooooooooooo expensive light units.... theres some really nice units that AKWA is importing at the moment... cheap cheap but very nice
     
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    nic3322 regal tang

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    i want some bio rock maybe about 10kg
     
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    Nick - where are you located? IF you are in Cape Town, you can contact Aqua Concepts. If not - try Dorry's in Centurion, or perhaps Northlands Pets in Durbs....
    I am QUITE sure that you should definitely be able to get some there.

    Henk - could you perhaps post a link or a picture of these lighting units that you are talking about?

    And what would SRP be?
     
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    Ocean Lazy Sea Slug

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    Nice tank and i see you still have you urchin.
    But to be honest i would get over 200kg of LR/FR, hope evry thing goes well and nice choose on the bubble master!
     
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    Quinton Thread Starter Smarty-pants Newbie

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    Dude, what the hell is a "Coral Bommie"?

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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Quinton - a "coral bommie" is the term they use (SCUBA divers) to explain a seperate little coral mound, seperate from the rest of the coral reef.... It can have different shapes, but is mostly like a tiny mountain range - longer than wide, sloping from wide at the bottom, to narrow at the top....

    Hope you understand now ;-)
     
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    Quinton Thread Starter Smarty-pants Newbie

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    Cool! I like the idea! Will post pics when I'm done. Lots more pedestrian stuff to do still though. Still got no skimmer, no DSB, noisy plumbing, no chiller, wiring that gonna kill some children any day soon, crapish lighting and no corals!

    Any frag donations welcome :thumbup:
     
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    looking good quinton.

    who made your stand?? did you buy it seperately??COST??

    sorry i'm so nosy but it am planning on making 1 soon:)
     
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    Quinton Thread Starter Smarty-pants Newbie

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    This is a stock system from AquaH2O in Cape Town. I bought it used for R4000, including display tank, sump, stand, return pump, UV and plumbing.

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    Now you have the beast. WOW, that is nice tank.

    PS: You way prettier than your avatar :whistling:
     
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    Congratulations Quinton. May this be the beginning of a great journey.:)

    You seem to have got yourself some great Kenyan. Has it being cured.

    Look forward to updates
     
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