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Frag Tank Pics/Specs

PostPosted: Sat 30 May, 2009 12:39 pm
by hellaflush
post em up guys...

coral propagation is a fantastic thing... to not only minimise the expense of this hobby but also to assist with the depleting colonies in our oceans :cheers:

i will be building mine shortly!

would just like to see how some aussies do it compared to RC/3reef etc

Tank Dimensions
Lighting
Sump
Dosing

and most importantly... PICS!

PostPosted: Sun 31 May, 2009 9:13 pm
by KirTracid
Mine's nothing special. It was originally intended to be a temporary home, well 3-4 months later it's finally being pulled down =)

It's a 3x2x2, soon to become a 3x1.5x1 (the lower the better I say)
I want to eventually seperate my LPS/softies from the SPS so I can emulate their conditions better.
My tank is half display/half frag tank, as I needed somewhere to keep my stock. Frag racks were designed with a pvc skeleton with eggcrate cable tied on.
My sump is a 50 litres $10 container. Inside that is another container which contains my DSB.
Light is 4x39w t5 (good bulbs ONLY)
Dosing is via 2 part.

I thought I had a FTS in my journal, but I can't find a recent one. It's basically a frag rack, with a heap of SPS in the other 1.5 foot of tank space =)

PostPosted: Mon 01 Jun, 2009 11:27 am
by KirTracid
It's not much, but here's the FTS I said I'd find yesterday for you to have a look at. I don't advise doing things like this, but I was just working within my constriants as I was only intending to have this up temporarily


Just so you can see the basic layout of a split setup (not my advice, but certain corals do better in certain place, eg. The tub of sand in the bottom holding the trachy and cat)


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PostPosted: Wed 03 Jun, 2009 11:51 pm
by Stormtrooper

PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009 12:51 am
by glennb
Probably not much to be derived from my experiences because the setups were haphazard - plumbed into the display and pieced together from whatever tanks, pumps, and lights were on hand at the time. These were usually bare bottom skimmerless sytems with relatively high flow rates. Watt for watt, growth was typically faster with 10k 150w MHs than bluish T5s.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009 2:12 am
by MattRichards
Shallow and wide to maximise propagation area.
Bench top height for easy access and rounded corners helps with current.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009 2:15 am
by hellaflush
glennb... i see you have a bit of an acan collection... i think some trading is in order once im up and running!

PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009 12:23 pm
by glennb
Adz, that was an old photo, all the acans were moved on

Matt, those lighting hoods are huge. Is that because you run one lamp per tank? And what lamps do you use?

PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009 11:52 pm
by MattRichards
glennb wrote:Matt, those lighting hoods are huge. Is that because you run one lamp per tank? And what lamps do you use?


Yeah one lamp per hood, though there is room for more if wanted.
I use either 250 watt MH or 400 watt MH.
I got them cheap, but since then I've swaped them for smaller ones,
they were getting in the way making it difficult to lean over the pond.