South Side Outdoor - Finally!!

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  1. DeanT

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    okay , well i decided to start a thread on my tank .
    not sure if i will be able to keep it up to date , juggling work , and life in general being so demanding .
    any way here goes.
    i started the love for marine way before i earned a Rand and after arriving from the land of Robert, now 11 years after keeping bath water ( i still have one, but not sure for how much longer).

    since i have no space in the house , and a lovely outside area , i thought why not.

    so decided to pick up a tank in November , set it up and let it cycle while i travelled back to bob , to see fam for 10 days. this was 1.8 x 700 x 700

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    after returning home , was looking for a decent light unit , and managed to fall apon this

    tank which i never planned on taking

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    amazing light unit


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  3. DeanT

    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    so decided that the small tank didnt cut it , and got rid of it , with all the equipment , and started fresh.
    in the meantime , during december , i managed to pick up a reef octopus XP 5000INt , thanks to @JsREEFn. the waterboy for the RO unit and profilux 3ex, LED light barand 6 plug bar and 4 x Tunze 6105 from a friend

    so on the equipment side i was pretty sorted.
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    so picked up the Tank and stand from Quinton , and managed to get it delivered to my house thanks to the LFS by builders, placed it in position , and ready for cleaning on the week end


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    tank in place and ready for cleaning.

    on the friday after work , decided to go and have a look , and think about the various options on what to do , where to place everything and something caught my eye.


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    its not too clear , but here is a better picture , i felt sick , and never experienced this ever before , thank goodness i had nothing in the tank.

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    Thankfully before and not after filling it, pity about your loss tho, sorry :(
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    so we embarked on a panel replacement as i wasnt too keen on the patching senario and broke out the base , and replaced it with a new panel.
    to this day ,we are not sure what caused the crack , but maybe the stress of moving the tank.
    so after giving up week ends and many hours , base was replaced and tank was in position.

    then i decided that i would like to cover the back section of the tank , to close off the area , and also cause of the rain .

    got the builders in to start the work , put the panel up and they left for the week end

    was home after work , and discussing a few things with LFS , we both heard a thud , and couldnt understand what it was .
    the LFS left , i carried on working around the tank , and to my amazement , found the issue.

    the back panel of the tank had cracked in the corner , and run acrosss the back.
    we could see it in the beginning , because i had put black vinyl across the back of the tank

    here is the tank , before the crack was found




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    so again we embarked on a panel replacement .
    we pealed off the black vinyl , to find the cause


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    OK, who bumped the tank? Is he tortured yet?
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    so told the builder to P(&^ off , and dont come back .
    here are some pics of the panel replacement , for the second time.

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    at this stage i was so down , and didnt know what to do, the tank , had broken my bank , and my heart , and i was on the verge of selling everything off , and forgetting the whole idea completely.

    we fixed the tank , placed it bak into position , re fitted the bank panel of the outside area , and this was the final result



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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    so now , all plumbing is in place , landscaping is done , water is in , and finally got wet about 1 month ago .
    here is a pic of it at night with the lights on once it was full



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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    here is a shot of the tank after 1 month of cycling and adding stability on a regular basis



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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    so after a while , and getting the algae build up , visited the LFS and picked up some Chaetomorpha to draw as much nutrie

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    nts out of the water to avoid any un pleasant algae from growing .
    this is held in the basket at the top of the tank , to avoid it getting caught
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    at the same time , picked up 2 pencil urchins to see how the water was doing , and they were as happy as can be . they have also been great in cleaing up algae on the rocks

    since then i have added livestock after testing the water and all aspects were great.
    the LFS has been guiding me on this journey , and has been a real pleasure dealing with them .
    i started with 2 ocerllaris small clowns and a few others.
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    just some details on the tank and setup:
    DT - 2.5 m x 1.0 m (D)x 0.75m (H)
    sump - 1.5 m x 0.5 x 0.5
    Pumps - 4 x Tunze 6105
    Return pump - Reef Octopus HY 12500
    Skimmer - Reef Octopus XP5000int
    lighting - Sunrise and Moonrise - Profilux LED bar
    Main Lights Reef inmates 400w Extreme , consists of 3 x MH and 8 x 39w 1.2 m T5s.
    heating 4 x 300w Ehiem Heaters .
    Chiller Hailea HC 1000A
    all controlled using Profilux 3ex , 2 x 6 plug Bars.
     
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    where u put the sump?
     
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    Ah! Another ex-zimbo on MASA :D Nice to not be the only one :p Shame about your bad series of bumps on the tank, not an easy thing to forgive or forget. Looks like you are having a good start with all the right equipment. Hope manage to get that GHA under control :thumbup:
     
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    Nice build. Well done for hanging in there with all the glass panel replacements.

    Remember to go slow with the livestock additions even though you have a large tank.
     
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    Nice size tank and system, Dean, please keep us updated on your progress.
     
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    Nice size system u got there, glad it worked out in the end for you.
    So who broke the tank?
     
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    FLIPPIN NICE DUDE.......... by time you get that puppy running ... looking awesome:thumbup:
     
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    @JsREEFn , maybe will look like your tank one day , but i am sure will get there (hopefully), glad to see you back . @Keanan - not sure about the 1st time , was a mistery ,but we put it down to stress on the tank during the move , second time , it was the builders , will never use them again , and trust them to do it , especially since you tell them to be careful. then you ask them and denial is the best answer - typical
     
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    algae is much better now , that i have introduced a CUC , consisting of 2 turbo snail , 1 lawnmover blennie , 1 midas blennie and 1 cleaner shrimp - will post updated pics later
     
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