ScottK's 1.2x60x45

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  1. ScottK

    ScottK

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    I upgraded my tank recently and thought this time it would be best to share what has been going on ;)

    I had been looking for a new tank for a while as my 70x45x45 was starting to get a little small. I moved house a while back and the smaller tank was just kinda looking out of place. When @shaunn put this tank up for sale with all the added extra's is was pretty much a no brainer. For once I was looking at the for sale forum at the right time and managed to get a dibs in early :)

    I collected the tank and must thank Shaunn for all the help and for lending me a 220L drum to transport some of the water that had been cycling for around 6 weeks.

    With a lot of help from family and friends we got the tank in place and the water and live rock into the tank. When we moved recently I promised myself that I would never move a tank again and that was a small tank, I feel for the guys that have had to move large tanks or do this for a a living, what a PITA :thumbup:

    The setup originally had a DSB and I have never been a DSB kinda guy. I left the DSB behind which meant I was missing a fair amount of water. During this move I realized that making 150L's of RO water is a pretty long process so decided it was time to have some kind of RO storage.

    On my smaller tank I had also never bothered with an ATO as the top ups were pretty small and manageable. With the larger setup the top ups were going to be bigger and seeing as I was setting up an RO drum I thought I may as well incorporate some kind of top up. Thanks to @shaunn and @Quintin for the idea behind this and @Quintin for helping me out with the float valves as Puritech was closed. I now have my RO on running permanently filling the RO drum with an auto shut off via one float valve and a pipe running from the RO drum to my sump controlled by a second float valve, all of this is done mechanically with no electronics or pumps involved. I have been monitoring this VERY closely for the last few days and it seems to be working well :biggrin: Luckily my RO drum is on the wall that backs my tank so it's close for the top up. I also deliberately placed the pipe feeding the ATO quite high on the RO drum so the pressure isn't too high for the float valve and if it was to fail the worst case would be around 25L's of RO going into my sump which should not be too much of an issue.

    The setup came with a large amount of LR. My thought for this tank is to keep the DT fairly open. I haven't set my mind on the scaping yet but have put something together along the lines of what I have in my mind. The setup came with a play sand as the substrate and this is something I'm not really keen on, I haven't made my mind up yet but think I will probably go for fiji pink substrate even though I might have to sell a limb :)

    At the moment my filtration is going to be my Reef Octo 160xs, Orca NitraGuard Cubes and a fair amount of LR. I will probably add Orca PhosGuard in a reactor when I move my LS across in a few weeks.

    Lighting was a bit of an issue as I have two Solaramax FlexiLED's on my current system and want to move them over when I move my LS. I eventually came across a unit that I can use for now and can incorporate with my current lighting when I move everything over. Thanks to @lifestyle pets for the great deal on the unit. I took a 39w unit at first which didn't quite fit and they took it back no questions asked and swapped it for the 54w unit I am using now. I am really happy with the unit and for the price it was a REAL bargain, will most likely change the bulbs soon for a mix of Reeftek and Geissman bulbs.

    Tired of typing now so time for some pics :1:

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    I have a 2 year old son so closing everything off was one of the top priorities
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    LR in sump. I have added a small flow pump in this chamber to make sure there is not too much settlement
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  3. shaunn

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    looking good Scott
     
  4. Ayoob

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    Nice Tank and neat sump.
     
  5. ScottK

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    Looking for some advice on my pump placements to get the best possible flow. At the moment I have the following three pumps:

    Seio Prop 1000 (3800lph)
    Sicce Voyager 2 (3000lph)
    Vortech MP10 (variable up to 6000+ lph)

    Currently I have the Sicce on the right pane about 3/4's from the bottom facing towards the middle top of the tank. The Seio is on the left hand side on the overflow also 3/4 from the bottom facing the top middle. The Vortech is on the left pane about half way from the bottom and slightly closer to the front just in front of the rock work.

    I have a fair bit of algae (diatoms i think) on the substrate but this is most likely just due to cycling. It is more on the right side of the tank than on the left leading me to believe flow may be an issue. Should I look at adding a 4th flow pump or does anyone have advice on placement that could assist?
     
  6. riyadh

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    Cool I will be setting up a same sized tank soon, so I will be following this closely
     
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    Pic update time now that no3 and po4 are in check.
     
  8. carlosdeandrade

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    Looking great, your idea with the RO water really gave me a great idea to do it in my house, wonder if it will work (I have thick walls, and a very stubborn missus). Well done, tagging along to see how it comes along. :thumbup::slayer:
     
  9. ScottK

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    Still busy moving my livestock over, will try take some more pics this evening before the lights go out.
     
  10. ScottK

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    Some updated pic's.

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  11. ScottK

    ScottK Thread Starter

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    Been over a year since I've added any pic's of my tank so took some snap shots :)

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    looks great, very nice improvement. is that still the same yellow tang.
     
  13. ScottK

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    Yip, still the same one.
     
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    What lightning unit are you using.
     
  15. ScottK

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    It's a Qmaven Zetlight 6100 I bought from Jungle Aquatics.
     
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    Looking Good Scott :)
     
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    Nice setup looks good.
     
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  19. ScottK

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    @CameL I will take some pics and update on the weekend. Has been a lot that has happened/done in the last couple of years :)
     
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    Do you still have that banner?
     
  21. ScottK

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    Unfortunately not. I lost my Banner and Yellow Tang in a load shedding related incident :m25:

    Power went out and the holes I had in my return pipes we clogged leading to most of my displaying dumping back into my sump and onto the floor.
     
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