Surge Nano experimental tank

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  1. henry888

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    Here is my side project at the moment. I had a couple of odds and ends laying around at home. And started a nano surge tank. Total water volume is 60 L. Age of tank is 5 weeks Old.
    Im currently battling to buy live rock for it. Hence my request for cheap live rock of dead live rock, or even ones people want to give away...;)
    The setup currently consist of:
    1.5 foot diplay area
    1.5 foot DSB, with a surge chamber
    A small ATS
    Tiny Skimmer
    A 1700 l/h Pump, and a 2000 l/h pump to ATS
    An old 70 watt MH light, running 6000 K - 8000 K
    +- 4kg of live rock in display area
    Here is photos from beginning to where I am currently.
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    Any advice, help, input would be highly welcome. ;)
     
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  3. Suhayl

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    I hope your tank holds with that surge system. Cool setup you have going there.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looks freaking awesome!
    how much LR you looking for
     
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    Dude your kop must be busy, I like what you've done:1:
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am in sandton too, would love to see it and discuss
     
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    interesting! got a vid of your surge action?
     
  8. henry888

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    It was a very interesting journey, I have to say. It took allot of planning, trial and error. It all paid off. Water quality seems to be stable at the moment and doesn’t go bad as quickly as it did in the 1st 2 weeks.
    The surge alone took me a while to perfect. And the fact that I used 25 mm pvc pipe did not make it work and easier. With the current pump in the tank it will surges on average once every minute. So I still need to add some sort of low volume power head, just to keep water moving. Or get a bigger volume pump to increase the surges per minute. I am amazed that the surge work so well, in such a small volume of water. The only thing that does make it a tad bit impractical would be the fact that the tank drops about 1.5 inch to 2 inch in water every time the surge tank fills up.
    Water volume, I wanted to go 2 ft. But because, of what I already had at home, I started planning everything on paper and working it out step by step. As I finished one thing, I would test it, until it was working and moved on to the next step.
    I will gladly Take a video for you, and email it to you, if you want to, just PM me your email address. J
    I would say about 10 kg to max 15 kg. But at this point I’m trying to get 10 Kg’s.
    Any one welcome to come have a look, just contact me before you come through. ;)
    Here is a pick from the top when It surges.

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    Nice project.

    Rem you can post video on MASA as well.
     
  10. henry888

    henry888 Thread Starter

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    Thank you for every ones help and input. Every one is welcome to come have a look, at the moment I am fraging out of my 5ft tank to start creating frags to fill it up and to give away to my fellow fold on the forum.

    I do notice a huge change in water chem, from hour to hour. I wonder how an oyster would fair in such little water... mmm

    We are busy looking into making LED lights for fun and friends. If you are interested, let us know... ;)
     
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    Hi Guys

    Here is an update on the status of the tank so far. I replaced the 1.5 ft tank with a 2ft tank, a tad bit more space to work with. Here is some photos as the setup is at the moment.

    The TS is working like a charm. In fact its over working ;)

    The tank is mainly being used as a frag tank at the moment, and working well. SO in about a week or so, should have 6 Xenia frags up for grabs. Pls see picks.

    PM me if you want some ;)

    The Tank Setup as it is at the mo.:

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    Hey man. Thats a pretty sweet set up. Its a Frankenstein :thumbup: .. Can you explain how does the surge system work?
     
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    @Tremayn

    Its is very very simple. Please see image below.

    A: Shows the water going into sump filter at the top of the tank. From there overflows into Chamber B: and then in to C:. As the water builds up in C:, it pushes water up the tube and overflows into tank below. Gravity takes hold and creates a vacuum and sucks all the water in chamber C: down to main tank D:.

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    Hope that explains it for you. I have a surge system on top of my 5ft as well, working the same, except, it one chamber and water gets pumped up from sump below tank. This is also my tanks main return. ;)
     
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  14. Nemos Janitor

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    It is called a "Carlson surge device". There are many videos and variants one can Google.

    I think that they work very well and are great energy savers. Great to see you use one Henry.
     
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    Ok, here is the photos of the surge above my 5Ft tank. ;)

    Yes Carlson... lol

    Not as easy as one would imagine... many water spilled and living room flooded... need I say more... ;)

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    Thanks man! :) .. Pretty cool
     
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