Time for a new reef

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Hermanus, 28 Mar 2012.

  1. Hermanus

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    Hello there

    i want to build a new tank,well let it be build.

    What dimensions do you think will be nice to have?

    I'm thinking of having a block of water with 3 viewing panels.

    Cost to cost overflow.

    1m x 1.2 x .6 high. With say 2 or 3 little reefs in and all the lr in the sump

    dsb ,lr and skimmer for filtration with carx auto top up and idol marine cooler

    2 x 6105 tunze pumps for flow in the tank
    skimmer will be bb5000int

    light's will be 10 or 8 t5 54wat


    stock will be sps corals mostly
    regal, scopas, sailfin and yellow tang
    sand cobys
    fire cobys
    mybe a trigger but i like clams so......

    What will you do for filtration?
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sounds good, i would stick with skimmer and LR and use Orca Bio-cubes, see Irie ivans thread.
    also look for the thread My Way, ADVDiver very similar using denitrator instead of bio-cubes.
    very simple and effective and will allow more time to enjoy the tank
     
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    off topic, dallas are u still gona do zeovit ?
     
  5. Hermanus

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    Yip I,m a big fan of keeping it simple, LR ,flow pump and light's:thumbup:

    I,m just thinking of let the dsb go, not convinced that it is worth the space you need for it any opinions on this?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    while they do work, the size needed vs time to get it working is not worth it for me.
    i would rather use an ATS or other means to eliminate the excess nutrients
     
  7. Hermanus

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    Let,s start with this


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    Ooooh, arc eyes, especially with glasses on... lekker!!
     
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    Hermanus Thread Starter

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    What do you think is it worth the hassle to let my stand be galvanized?
     
  11. Quintin

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    You cannot galvanise square tubing bud, sorry for you.
    I went down the same route after I built my stand for the tank.
    Seal up all the welds, have it powder coated with an acid wash first and triple baked with every layer of paint you put on it.

    Here is my thread, if you want to see the build I'm buys with.
    Same size as yours - 1200m long, 1000mm wide and water level at 650mm
    New Tank Build plus electronics - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
  12. Hermanus

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    Why can't you galvanise sqyare tubing?
     
  13. Christo

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    You can galvanise square tubing! Just make sure you drill a hole in every length of tubing and I mean every length! Then you'll be sorted!
     
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    @Hermanus - You cannot galvanise square tubing because of the process involved.
    They acid was the metal then dip it in molten zinc to coat the metal.
    The molten zinc is around 450 deg Celcius when the metal is dipped into it and attached via an electrolysis process.
    Hot air trapped in the square tubing will expand at this temperature and burst open the welding.
    I have been told the same by guys on my thread to drill holes in the metal but actually took the time to go and talk to a company that does this kind of thing. You can do it but it is risky and they give you no guarantee that it will work. If you steel warps, bends or splits open it is your risk and you still have to pay for the amount of zinc coating on the metal, as they weigh the steel before and after the process.

    Your choice mate but been there myself and decided to rather take advice from someone who works in the industry as opposed to opinions on the forum....
     
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    Yip whether or not I end up galvanizing my stand, if it was not for Quintin, I my have ended up with a useless stand with out knowing the danger, so again Tank you Quintin.
     
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    @Hermanus - Hi there bud.
    You can go the route of @Christo and drill holes in the tubing.
    But is there much point to that? As with holes you are opening up the tubing on the inside and it could rust internally without you even knowing about it until the rust as all the way through.
    There is also no guarantee that the guys will dip the stand for you at the same angle the holes are drilled.
    So this is up to you mate.
     
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    No worries dude.
    Just trying to help and not blindly giving you my opinion.
    Did a bit or research fist on my own stuff, so only trying to help out.

    How about adding a like for me to negate what the other user has done to me negatively?
    :whistling:
     
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    Hmmm! Intresting! Only trying to help here! And give advice to things I have seen worked! Drilled holes in the square tubing, never seen or heard of it failed! But thats only me! Rusting thru the drilled holles, that wount hapen, will be galvanised in the inside because of the holles!
    Only trying to help but as Quintin sead! Rather trust a Guy that works in the Industrie!
     
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    No need for this and bad mouthing people! Like i Said in the previous post
    Just like you only trying to help with what I've seen and heard of what works!
     
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    HI Thank you Christo I will look in to that aswell as I don't think there is someone in Harrismith that does powder coating.

    Don't think Quintin meant it towards you someone badmouthed him on his user.

    Regards
     
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    I dont think Q is bad mouthing you at all Christo, he is giving advice based on his own experience on the topic which he has researched before hand (ie not gone blindly into it). I think you have misread the intention and tone of voice behind his post.
     
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