SumthingFishy 4ft reef

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  1. SumthingFishy

    SumthingFishy

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    Hello peoples!

    Here is my first update. Started the setup in August 2010, but have been planning for over a year.
    Well I have been collecting some equipment for quite a while now and still need to get important equipment.
    Got 28kgs of Indo LR and the tank is cycling now for 2 weeks.
    Thanx to Trev for the stunning liverock!!!

    Details:
    - DT = 120 x 45 x 45cm, with an external overflow box.
    - Sump = 90 x 32 x 38cm, 3 compartments with DSB in middle.
    - Skimmer = Jebo 182II
    - Return pump = Boyu 2100lhr, 40watts
    - Flow pumps = 1x Boyu WM2, 2x Tunze Nanostream 6045 at 4500lhr
    - Lighting = 1x 36 watt white T8 tube, 1x 36 watt blue T8 tube
    - Heater = 1x 300watt ViaAqua
    - Substrate = Mixed aragonite including Carribsea Fiji Pink sugar fine.
    - Salt = Seachem Reef

    Future upgrades/addons:
    - Reef Octopus xp2000 Cone Skimmer
    - Tunze 6105 pump.
    - LED setup (will be placing my order in this week)
    - Testkits
    - ATS

    And now the pics...enjoy!

    The Jebo skimmer suffering!
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    The goo and guts after 1 day...
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    Complete fts to show the how the light setup. Sump at the bottom.
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    FTS no.1
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    FTS no.2 closeup
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    Side view
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    And a corner shot. On the right side is the external overflow box.
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    Until next update :)
    Cheers :1:
     
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  3. Pistolshrimp

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    looks great, hope you sving for a better skimmer, those jebos wont handle a 4ft
     
  4. RiaanP

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    Rocks look good,
    need to upgrade your lights as well
    Not going to work in long term
     
  5. Pistolshrimp

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    the lights will be fine if you plan to keep only fish,
     
  6. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Scaping looks nice, but I agree on the skimmer and lights. Ditch the skimmer as soon as possible and save up for a nice 2 x 150w/T5 combo unit if you want to keep corals :)
    Look at min a Reeftek TS1, a TS2 will be better or even a Reefoctopus - Orco 80, or something like that :p
     
  7. Trev

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    You guys realy need to read everything first LOL

    He is running a reefocto XP 2000 on this 4 foot and he is bussy building a bling bling LED lighting unit
     
  8. Keanan

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    LOL Trev, I can say the same to you. :lookhere: :whistling:

     
  9. Keanan

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    Looks like you off to a good start.:thumbup:
     
  10. SumthingFishy

    SumthingFishy Thread Starter

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    Thank you all for the comments.
    Wanted to post these pics and details a few weeks back, but that's also when the server switch started...better late than never.

    I am aware that the T8 tubes is not great, but for now thats all I need while the system is cycling. Once I receive the LEDs, then I can get corals.
    LED system will be a DIY system and can be seen on reefledlights.com....also some info on LEDs ledreeflights.com.

    Trev...that RO XP2000 is a BEAST!!! The water is so clean.
    Will post pics once I have finished with sump and tank stand mods. The skimmer is big, it does not fit in the sump and under the stand. Also it takes time to get the correct settings and water level for this skimmer. The Bubble Blaster 2000 pump is very powerful for its size...sucks 1000ltrs air. Just one problem, it makes a loud humming sound when running. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles everywhere :thumbup:
    Reason for such a powerful skimmer: I will be upgrading to a much bigger tank in the future.
    Now I just have to live off bread and water for a couple of months...hehe.

    Just a huge thanks to Trev for all his help and info...Please visit his shop in Tableview, you will receive excellent service and walk out with a smile :)

    Totsiens
     
  11. Boegie

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    Nice scapping.
     
  12. llewellyn

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    Awesome scaping Fishy:thumbup: Good luck with your progress bud.
     
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  14. SumthingFishy

    SumthingFishy Thread Starter

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    Update time...

    And let me start off by introdusing my new skimmer...Super Reef Octopus XP2000 Cone :)

    It all started when I was looking for liverock and there in Oceansons Aquariums was it sitting brand new in its box on the shelve. Got the LR, went back home and did some solid research on this skimmer. Lots of great reviews and a week later decided to take this beauty back home with me.

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    This skimmer is so big, it does not fit under my stand!
    Had to built its own "box" with another return pump to the sump as it is not possible to chop and change the stand. Here is a pic of a temporary setup of the sump. Now I can use the empty compartment for something else. The plan was to put a skimmer in that empty compartment, but things changed. Better ideas are warmly welcomed.
    Will have to change it again when I have time, but so far all is good :thumbup:
    Oh yeah, check out the goo been pulled after 2 hours!!!
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    More pics and info can be found at this link, The Reef Octopus Clan - Page 29 - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Many thanks to Trev for all the help! Im just glad he showed me this beast.
     
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    awsome..
     
  16. SumthingFishy

    SumthingFishy Thread Starter

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    Update: changed aquascape & tank stand

    Hi reefers!

    Hope all is well.
    Made some big changes...
    First I had to change my tank stand because of the new skimmer's size. Built a little platform for the skimmer to stand on.
    Could not get hold of egg crate, so I used the piece of leftover acrylic and plumbing pipes. Just enough space to fit skimmer!
    And also at the same time changed the aquascape and added an ATS.
    Also changed the temporary tank for the new skimmer, to a QT setup.

    Before...
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    Changed tank stand and QT
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    Changed engine room...
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    Closeup of ATS
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    Bought a small 400l/hr pump, to pump water over a sandblasted glass which has been placed over the DSB at an angle for the water to fall slowly in the DSB compartment. Designed it in such a way that enough light will be spread over the DSB and ATS. Reason for such a compact design, there is an acrylic sheet over the sump(DSB and return compartments) to decrease the water evaporation rate. Only the skimmer compartment is open. Need to mount the sump light soon.

    Busy getting my lighting sorted while the first fish is in the QT.

    Some extra pics :)
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    BB 2000 blasting away!
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    FTS
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    From the left side
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    Cheers :wave2:
     
  17. JD167

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    Very nice man. Maybe move some of those hermits and snails to the DT.
     
  18. durleo

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    Setup is lookin good :thumbup:- What is the price on these skimmers and what capacity are they rated for?
     
  19. Tremayn

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    tank looks great hey! please document ur diy led build! :)
     
  20. SumthingFishy

    SumthingFishy Thread Starter

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    Thank you JD167. Still alot of work to be done. I did move some of the hermits to the DT, but the larger hermit started to find a fetish for slime from the Nassarius snails! When he found out where it came from, he went ballistic on one of the snails. So I removed all of them.

    Next time I will try again.
     
  21. SumthingFishy

    SumthingFishy Thread Starter

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    Thank you Durleo!

    You can expect To pay anything between R5000 - R6500. Really expensive, but so worth it!!! Rated up to 800 liters on medium bio load, 600 liters with heavy bioload. And it is the latest in cone shapes and technology. The BB only uses 25 watts and sucks 1200 liters of air!!!

    My setup is about 320 liters and nitrates stay very low with this skimmer.
    Not that difficult to clean as well.

    Cheers :1:
     
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