Sebastian's Deep Blue

Discussion in 'Supersized Tanks' started by saaid, 15 Mar 2012.

  1. saaid

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    So in January what started as me just being curious as to a friend who's brother had a tank just standing in a house he purchased turned out to be quite fruitful for me or so I thought. It had a closed loop system and apparently everything still worked.

    The picture he sent me. Who knows who's tank this was?

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    Then I found out 2 pumps were burnt out,replaced them. Had a look at the closed loop system and didn't like it one bit. The pump was clogged with sand and just didn't seem practical and the plumbing was a nightmare I tell you,putty on all the joints!

    Anyway,I proceeded with the sale and started to build the stand. Learning to weld again was fun. I am naturally left handed but the right hand does a better job.

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    Was busy with the sump too then. Putting it all together and drilling the holes. Man that was a nerve wrecking job,takes some serious patience I tell you.

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    The bigger one was for the skimmer and small one for RO top up float.

    Then it all came together.

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    I covered the holes for the closed loop and using flow pumps instead. Still a bit to do still. Installed 2 40mm down pipes for the overflow. Using a 1000Lph pump supply for the skimmer. Return pump is 6000Lph. Currently have 2 250w Halides and still planning the hood/canopy. I have 80kgs play sand, 70kgs Aragonite, 30kgs of Coral Line and still its not enough LOL. Still a long way to go but all is running well and already have my rocks and fish in.

    Will update next week again after all is settled. My fish think they in the olympics, coming from a 1200x500x500 to a 2250x700x700 all they do is dart across and follow each other all the time where as before they were enemies!
     
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  3. belindamotion

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    Nice clean-up...WOW..:thumbup:
     
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  4. shaunn

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    nicely done
     
  5. saaid

    saaid Thread Starter

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    Thank you:blush:

    This was really time consuming,slept at 2am every night! I'm trying the blue vinyl this time,previously had black.
     
  6. RFSwanepoel

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    Nice new/old set-up...
     
  7. saaid

    saaid Thread Starter

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    A progress pic...

    Almost there...

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    What was once a single strand...

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    Nice...
    And it does look a lot better after the rebuild.
     
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    awesomely cool man!
     
  10. AfricaOffroad

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    Looking good, well done on the renovation and upgrade.:thumbup:
     
  11. PopGun

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    What thickness is the tanks glass?
    Looks very nice!
     
  12. saaid

    saaid Thread Starter

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    Thanks Guys :thumbup:
    @PopGun its 10mm,braced all round and center.
     
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  13. Viskop

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    very nice!
     
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    Wow! All that space it looks much better after the rebuild.
     
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    looks good - tagging along...
     
  16. saaid

    saaid Thread Starter

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    Too much space yes,funny thing is now my wife is putting in orders for corals which i should buy? I told her to go buy them herself :lol:
     
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    Getting there...

    So I decided to remove the Halides and only run T5's now.

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    Changed the sump light 4 x 5w LED's

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    Some randoms...

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    Made some space for new arrivals from @brentv

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  18. zayd

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    Wow, nice build.
     
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    saaid Thread Starter

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    Small update...

    So I added some SPS, was never interested in it previously but now after buying some pieces all that has changed. I read that there will be problems when having a mixed reef but never expected my Xenia to die off slowly.

    My nitrate levels I slowly decreased but now they sitting zero and my softies don't smaak it one bit. Also went through a cyano phase which is also slowly receding. I noticed too now that there's stuff popping up on some of the rocks ie. zoas,daisy polyps, star polyps etc

    So some mobile pics...I think this month I will buy a good camera.

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    Tank is looking great, like how you set the rock up with the zoas covering it.:thumbup:
     
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