WB Tank

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  1. erle_vaughan

    erle_vaughan

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    My Warner Beach Tank

    I am going to be making some changes to my set up when i get home.

    Here is a rendering of the SU plans that i have animated.

    main changes are a new cabinet, two more MH 150w and 4 more T5's all mounted in a floating light hood above the tank.
    The hood will also be able to tilt up on hinges to ensure easy scaping access.

     
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  3. erle_vaughan

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    here are some Sketch Up(SU) renderings with alternate light sources for my plans.

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    Cool video clip, wish I could do things like that.

    Excuse my ignorance but what does WB stand for?
     
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    WB is Warner Beach... where all my fish used to live:p ... i have relocated them about 400m across the road
     
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    Sump layout, dividers part between DSB and return is not right. That is what I could make out.

    Short pane, then tall pane with water flowing underneath
    then short pane.

    Water level will then be the same for DSB and return chamber. So you will need a lot of evaporation before your auto top up will kick in. Resulting in a Salinity swing.

    Rather have one glass piece, 10mm shorter than the one between skimmer and DSB, with water overflowing to return.
     
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    return chamber should be big enough to allow for a day water evaporation without getting the pump dry. In case Auto top up stopped working for whatever reason
     
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    cool shot for the advice RiaanP...
    this is the sump that i have in action already, and the only beef i have with it right now is that the overflow from the skimmer part(right hand side) digs holes in the DSB if the water level drops..I use a home made auto top up that eliminates that though by ensuring the correct amount all the time.
     
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    BTW i will be changing my sump in time(next 6 months) to something with a bigger DSB... so it will infact be wider and a little lower with dedicated compartments... and maybe some more bubble traps.
     
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    This is when the tank first started... there you can make out the sump design...
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    My original plan was to have LR then over flow to skimmer then through bubble trap to return.
    This has now changed to skimmer with LR overflow to DSB then through bubble trap to return chamber.
     
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    here is a smally backstage pass to the present setup

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    I found that baffles are not needed, they just waste space.

    The dividers must be about 10mm different in height. And Auto top up set in return chamber very high. So water drop max 30mm into last chamber. Less bubbles, and no change of sucking that bubbles into the return pump.

    Live rock in sump, rock is expensive, so I rather use it in the display.

    I'm replacing my sump at the end of the month as well.
     
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    You got a plan of what you going to do?
    Like a drawing or something....

    i cant go longer... only wider... going to make as much DSB room as possible.

    Does anyone know if a TS2 can be plumbed outside of the sump, just leaving the pump in the sump?
     
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    I just had a plan for my rock scaping...

    on the right hand side i will be making a pinnacle with a shallow bowl in front which makes a shallow cave in the pinnacle. sort of like aliwal shoal pinnacle but a mini version... then in the bowl i will have small pieces of live rock same like in real life at the shoal...

    ill try find pics or draw a sketch...
     
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    Smally FTS that my better-half sent me yesterday,
    Hopefully when i get home i will be adding about another 10-15kgs if LR to start my final scaping.

    The poor thing looks bare after more than half my LPS brown jellied away.
    It does seam like the remaining LPS... 1xRic, 1xbubble, 1xlate and 1 small hammer are strong... so I'm gonna try restock slowly again.

    I'm hoping when i get home that i grow the balls to buy all the wood and fittings to make the new cabinet and lighting box... Last time i priced it i nearly fell over...


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    Your scaping really looks amazing
     
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    thanks sean...
    the leather is supposed to be higher up, but it must of been kapped by something...(i haven't been home in 4weeks)
    it looked really good IMO when all the LPS's were frolicking in the current... looks a bit bare to me... but we will pull through and slowly restock...
     
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    Same here. Me working in the bush 300km away from home, does not do good to the tank. Alida can only do that much- no pun intented. So the tank is neglected big time. I started at 6 this morning, draining half the tank to do the inevitable water change (3500lt) and busy fixing a leak I encountered while raising the tank. So it is fibreglass all over the place, itching etc etc. Waiting for the fibreglass to dry to start adding water again.

    Problem with not being at home often is that once you at home and get a chance to work on the tank, it basically takes a whole day out of your schedule doing tank maintenance only. Kak to work away from home.

    Hope your tank heals well, and all the corals start blooming soon enough;)
     
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    I like the tower on the left. Nice.

    Yeah do agree with Seank. Doing anything on the tank can easily escalate to a all day event.
     
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