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  1. Slagter

    Slagter MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys and girls.

    This is the deal: I am waiting for the tank, but the excitement in me is starting to build up nicely now, so I thought I'd start a thread.

    The tank specs:

    DT: 1220 x 600 x 600 - 432 Liters
    Sump: 800 x 600 x 400 - 192 Liters

    Total Literage: 624 Liters

    I am guessing that with displacement and the fact that the water level will be at 550mm I will probably have closer to 500 liters in the system.

    Filtration:

    I bought a Deltec APH 525 Skimmer rated a 700L for a Low bioload. I might add a TS1 as well further down the line, but the Deltec should do the business.

    The Sump will have a DSB in it, to a height of 10 - 15 cm. (If someone would be so kind as to make a seeding donation from their DSB, I would really appreciate it.)

    I'm also Looking into an Algae Scrubber. Seems Easy enough to DIY one into the sump. I also have 2 x 54 T5's for the sump, so I might look at growing some Chaeto in the sump? We shall see.

    The return pump is an Ehiem compact 3000+ (Thanks Chris)

    Live Rock is going to be approx 40 KG's of Fiji Rock.

    Lighting:

    I am getting the Real Inc 1250mm Unit with 2 x 150watt MH's 20 000K and 2 x 54 watt T5's (Either 1 x actinic and 1 x 10 000K or 1 x 14 000K and 1 x Actinic?)


    Water Movement:

    I have 4 x Seio Prop Pumps. I have 3 x 2000L/h pumps and 1 x 5800L/h pump. (Probably overkill, but I have enough that I can remove one or 2.) All of them are magnet mounts.

    The Display:

    I bought 31kg's of Base Rock from Lanzo on Saturday, as well as a big bucket of Brightwells NeoMarine Salt. I believe it is good stuff! I also got a refractometer from him! Thanks Lanzo, you have a really nice spot man, and the help was great. Tiger was there too and the advice given, was very good. Appreciate it guys.

    Ok, back on track... Was thinking of creating 2 "reef areas", one on either side of the tank giving enough space for some swimming fish. But we shall look at the scaping when the tank arrives.

    Heating:

    I'll be using 1 x 300watt Jager and a 150watt Jager.

    Cooling:

    I got 2 x 220V 80mm fans which I will add to the canopy or the sump, still deciding. I can't afford a chiller right now, but seeing as Joburg is set to be cooling down a bit shortly, this gives me time to start saving for one.

    Is there anything I am missing? Well, besides the pictures... :razz:

    Just a quick word of thanks to everyone who has added their 2 cents to so many of my questions. Without all of your help and advice, this tank would never have gotten off the ground... :yeahdude:

    Great community this. :thumbup:
     
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  3. Slagter

    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Well... Here are the first pics of my new tank. Please bear in mind, they are cell phone pics...

    This is the cabinet and the hood.

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    And the tank itself. It still needs the bracing and the overflow box, but that is all going in within the next 2 days. The sump still needs to be put together as well. WOOP WOOP!!

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    It's all coming together... You can see my Deltec below the tank.

    I also picked up the Real inc Lighting unit today. Today was a very expensive day... Again. But worth it!
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    awesome sean, almost there :p
     
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    Looks nice,

    Did you build it yourself?
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Dude, if I built it myself it would look like a Kelloggs box! LOL!

    I got Derek at FFW to supply the tank, sump and cabinet. I must say, his work is very nice. That cabinet is also made from Marine Plywood and not Chip board. So it's a good piece of furniture! I seriously can't wait to set this baby up. I should take delivery of it next week tuesday, and then the fun can begin!! WOOP!
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well theres your problem there..... you need to use glass instaed of old cereal boxes to build a tank :razz:

    Looks great man!
     
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    LOL that is brilliant!! - now does glass every get soggy?


    Yea really looks the bomb mate!
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Hehehe... Yes, the soggy cardboard tank. I think this is a job for mythbusters... LOL!

    Hmmm... one thing I did ask Derek to use, was black silicone... I only noticed that now... Bugger. Oh well, I could always make the edges black myself I guess?
     
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    you mean black on the outside?
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Ja... Add a black border to the outside of the tank. I'll use Vinyl or something.
     
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    FFW?
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Fish Fantasy World...
     
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    Cool - never knew of such a place
     
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    I am trying to figure out how the overflow from the tank works? Is there an overflow box built around the durso?
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks to the MODS for moving my thread, but all my replies have been left in the other thread!
     
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    I moved all the previous replies to this thread Slagter ;)
     
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    You off to a great start. Will be checking this thread
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys.

    Appreciate that Tobes... :1:
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Yes, the overflow box has not been installed yet. It will be built around the durso and it will be blacked out with that leather grain plastic. The Durso will not be visible at all.
     
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    This tank is going to be a real stunner!!;)

    Keep up the great work. Its always good to see newbies follow the correct advice given by other experianced MASA members!

    Looking at your hood of the tank, you are gonna have to make a plan to make the Real light unit fit. If you suspend the light unit above the hood it will be to high for the light to penetrate right to the bottom of the tank.
     
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