Sweetnsour's 200l cube

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  1. sweetnsour

    sweetnsour

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    Hi everyone
    Ok so ya how do I say this I bought a third tank on sat and I'm going to say this , this is the last tank I will buy and setup for a long long time!

    I am very very happy this will be my first plumbed tank with sump!

    So here's the specs 60 x 55 x 60 (LxWxH)

    Built in over flow with two holes drilled at a 5cm diameter.

    I collected it on saterday and gave it a cleaning that afternoon.

    This afternoon I did the cutting of the steel for the stand , it is 4x2.5 tubing and will stand 100cm high.

    I still need to buy all the plumbing fittings and pipes ( tons of help needed) aswell as buy and build a sump. ( I'm thinking going DIY here so all help much appreciated)

    Any and all sugestions are welcome please.

    I'm hoping for a total vol of water around the 350l mark buy not fazed should I come in more or less.

    Also what skimmer should look at buying for this setup?

    As for lighting I'm thinking 1x 150w MH ? Any suggestions?

    This tank will be saddly be replacing the boyu nano I'm my room but still undecided if I will sell the nano or maybe just move it elsewhere in the house.


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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    welding the stand that i cut last night together tonight
     
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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    heres the sump that i thinking of building DIY

    please feel free to corrrect me should there be anything you see that would nt work, even though it this basic i may have made an error

    please keep in mind i dont have a skimmer yet but am concidering either a ts1 or ts2

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  5. Furbz

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    if your sump is the same length as you tank then your stand will stick out further than your tank... this will look funny...
    so design the sump to be able to fit within the space you have inside your cabinet or frame.

    would also loose the last baffle board. its just wasting space.. (use the extra space to make a bigger DSB) just make the last pane of glass that will be supporting the DSB higher if you are looking for more water volume height.
    another great think to have is a chamber that runs the length of your sump that contains your top uo water. this will make everything alot neater!
    otherwise its all good!
     
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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    my stand is 60cm across and 55cm wide as per the tank, the compartment at the bottom is also this dimention so i think its going to fit snug.

    i recon the last baffle board you are correct this i will do.

    have you got a pic regarding the top up? im not exactly sure what you mean
     
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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    will this have to have a pump that i just switch on when i want to top up and off again once the water level i want is reached?
     
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    with regard to a top up. either diy one out of a float switch or go buy one at a shop ( they are expensive!) but worth it in every respect!
    the switch 'senses' when your water level is getting low and then pumps water into the sump til it 'senses' the water level is high enough. then it cuts out.
    all you ever have to do is keep the tank for the autotop up full of water.
    much less hassel and much more efficient!
     
  9. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    I have just built a cube(kinda) almost the same sizes, mine is 700mm x 600mm x 500mm u can look on my thread. I think ive posted what my sump will look like
     
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    very nice tank, love the neatness of it.
     
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    yeh it is neat....nice tank:)
     
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    Wow you starting up lots of tanks sweetnsour ;)
    A Reeftek TS1 will be a good skimmer for that system. And yes 1*150W MH will cover that area perfectly allowing you to keep a mixture of Softies, LPS and SPS. :)
     
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    Awesome looking cube Sweet-n-Sour. This has the making of a GREAT tank!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words and help guys
    Johan thanks will have a look see,
    Will the ts1 skimmer just barely cope or be very suficiant for this setup?
    Reason for asking is I don't want it to labour too hard and if I can get a ts2 why not rite?
     
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    why not indeed! the bigger the better when it comes to skimmers!
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Sweet-n-Sour - a TS1 will just cope. BUT, it will most likely not provide you with a HUGE backup system. The TS2 would be a far better choice, though.....It will give you a far bigger choice of lifestock...
     
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    I'm sure there must be a limit. If you use a skimmer rated for 10 000L on a 100L tank I'm pretty sure your corals aren't going to appreciate it. Just my view...
     
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    Awesome cube...
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Quite possibly Manic - but unfortunately, I don't think that anyone has really found this "limit" yet. I agree. A skimmer rated for 10000 litre would also increase your 100 litre tank's water volume, by at least 500 litres ;) But - I get your point.

    I know of tanks where skimmers are being run, that are rated for 15000 litres, where the tank is 4000 litres. And there are still nutrient issues..... (due to the size of the fish).....
     
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    So then by going for a bigger skimmer you will also be able to stock you tank more heavily than usuall. Just if you skimmer is constanly removing stuff from the water which the corals really on to feed throughout the day, you in turn need to substitute feed you corals more, either by adding more fish or with coral food.
     
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    I agree with you on that point manic, the ts2 is rated for 600l if I'm correct and my system should come in on around the mark of 300l to 350l so it would be just under double the Dt vol.
    This shouldn't be a problem am I correct , my aim is not to go over kill here guys just would like my equipment to last as long as possible with out having too much strain on them.
    My second issue here is also my return pump.
    I'm not sure on what size to use? My stand is 100cm high and with the tank that will mean the water will have to travel at least 160cm upward, what pump would you guys recomend?
     
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