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EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby EyesClosed » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 1:15 pm

Background: I kept a tank about 10 years ago, started of as FOWLR that evolved to a simple softie tank. It ended in disaster (cracked open while trying to move it), but ever since then have been waiting get another nice tank. After a string of events like living in rentals or overseas, it's only recently that we finally bought a house that we knew we would be spending many years in. We did a significant reno, which included modernising the living area, and opening it up to a single open space. It had 'great bones', and we bought it with the intention of a lot of renovations. When we designed the reno, the tank was a key feature.

Design principles:

* Central feature of the living area
* At eye level, not bending or looking down
* As maintenance free as possible (ie a lazy reefer's tank)
* High fish load
* High wife approval rating


System

* Total 850L
* Display 110cm long x 80wide x 90high (roughly 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H, not quite a cube, but it looks deep from every angle)
* Includes a large sump with refugium for chaeto
* A 2nd refugium including a cryptic zone
* 8" DSB in display (keeping it old school)
* Lighting : Pacific Sun Pandora Hyperion.
* Skimmer: Tunze 9430
* Chiller: Teco TK1000
* Doser: Pacific Sun Kore 5th Doser
* Neptune Apex (Well worth the money if you’re thinking about it!)
* NSW, stored in 1400L rainwater tank, plumbed for auto water change via Apex
* Return pump: Aquael AquaJet PFN 15000 (15,000L/hr RC), located outside to reduce noise
* ATO: Tunze
* Wave: Jabeo RW15 x2 (I started with Vortech, but couldnt stand the noise)
* Stainless steel frame

Design features:

* The tank is fully plumbed, the wall that it is against is an external wall, and on the outside sits the external return pump, NSW rainwater tank, chiller, ATO canister and have left room for more capacity to be added to the system if needed.
* I designed all the cabinetry including kitchen, living room feature wall, and the tank skin at once. The tank is integrated into the rest of the room. We got the same guy to build it all. Going for a minimal /Scandinavian look
* Aquascaping: I was very inspired by the famous 'Bonsai tank', and I tried to replicate the minimal look with a lot of overhangs (and will get more as the corals grow out). I think I have achieved that, while nowhere as good as the original. However, I am finding now that I don't have as much space to mount heaps of corals, which is a little disappointing (everyone always wants more corals!)
* Layers of of redundancy to ensure no floods in the house. There are several overflow outlets that drain outside, if there is a blockage, the floor stays dry (knock on wood). All the levels for the tank + refugium were designed to allow significant water changes without affecting the display tank, also each tank could be taken off line separately without affecting the rest of the system for easy maintainence.


How to achieve a high wife approval rating:

* fully plumbed for hands-off water changes and auto ATO reseviour top up, meaning that there is no buckets being carried into the house and little spillage
* high automation: water changes and filling ATO is automated
* Include the kids, my 3 year old helps me with water testing (and gets angry if he sees me testing and is not included). He has his own dedicated test bottles and measuring syringes.
* Hide how much you really paid for stuff, but I guess that's standard practice.





The final concept drawing :
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During construction. The cabinetry guy screwed up the dimensions, and the top gap on the feature wall was too small. Didn’t look good, so in the end i took off the top cabinets, and reused them in another room. Looked better in the end that what i had actually designed.
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Other side of the room, the kitchen with match cabinets:
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Schematics of the tanks and all the holes to be built. This is where i spent most of the time, coming up with diff plumbing options to fit into the space. I wanted the total system capacity to be as big as possible, while still being able to do large water changes, and be flood free.
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Cabinets holding one refugium, electrical, doser:
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Fairly out of date internal shot
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Under the tank, showing the downpipes (Beananimal), skimmer
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Underneath, showing the sump/fuge, and the huge DSB
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This open cabinet has been designated the hot section, which houses the power supplies for the DC return pump and lights as well as the modem, router, amplifier (not shown) and media centre/file server. I put all of the heat generating components in one section, then have put in good ventilation with an extractor fan. In the photo you can see the holes drilled into the top which are the air holes, this didn’t end up being enough and i have since cut a big hole and but a nice looking white grill.
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Custom made Pacific Sun Hyperion light. The pac suns are always made with the power cables coming out one of the long sides, however they made me a special order unit with the cables coming out of the short side (which suits a room dividing tank set up). This looks so much better. Have to thank the guys at pacsun for this, they didn’t even charge me extra for it!! just had to wait a little longer
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Pacsun light hanging from the ceiling for a minimal look.
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Inside the left side cabinet which houses the refugium
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Doors closed
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Doors open
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Return Pump
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Re: EyesClosed's 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby justinfox » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 2:00 pm

YOU WIN!
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Re: EyesClosed's 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby parrdog » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 2:02 pm

Wow, that looks beautiful!

I love the first shot which shows the tank in the room, so, so slick.

Thanks for showing us :).

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Re: EyesClosed's 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby sparker » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 4:42 pm

Flipping awesome setup!
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Re: EyesClosed's 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby MitchD » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 5:01 pm

Lovely setup, incorporated into a living area just as stunning, if I could pull off something half as nice I'd be stoked.
Has made me want to chase up pricing on some lami panels to clad my stand.
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby uglyman » Tue 07 Jul, 2015 8:15 pm

Beautiful setup, I love the refugiums, all natural filtration :thumbsup:
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby coral1 » Wed 08 Jul, 2015 8:20 am

wow very nice :thumbsup:
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby happy1 » Wed 08 Jul, 2015 9:50 am

fantastic setup how long has it been up and running . :cheers:
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby zup33r » Wed 08 Jul, 2015 6:33 pm

Nice set up.
I'm taking notes on wife approval tips.


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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby EyesClosed » Fri 10 Jul, 2015 2:49 pm

Tank has been running for about a year, some of the tank pics are a bit out of date now...
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby Sherb3rts » Mon 14 Sep, 2015 12:05 am

stumbled across this on google images. stunning tank!
What's this mythical "Budget" people keep asking me about?...

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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby Mal » Mon 14 Sep, 2015 12:17 pm

Looks awesome mate, congrats!
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby saltymike » Wed 23 Dec, 2015 10:37 am

Wow!!

Can't believe I've just seen this TJ and tank for the first time.

Such a great setup and one that really compliments the room it's in.

Any more recent pics? Being a fellow Pac Sun user I'm doubly stoked.

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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby pebbles » Tue 26 Jul, 2016 9:01 am

Seriously beautiful system.

Since you've shifted the focus to acro, any chance of new pics? :poke:


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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby roboreefer » Wed 27 Jul, 2016 2:21 pm

Agreed, I'd love to see some more pics.
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby wayne2.0 » Wed 27 Jul, 2016 10:56 pm

Really nice setup, great work.
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby EyesClosed » Sun 05 Mar, 2017 8:14 pm

Some update pics.

Have added Kessils, which have made a huge improvement to the Acros

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With a bright orange sunset in the background

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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby JBReefer » Sun 05 Mar, 2017 10:15 pm

Can you describe the lighting programme? My tank is also in the lounge room and thus gets a fair bit of natural light. Hence my maxspect razors don't come on until 1230, gradually ramp up until about 65% at 1830 and then ramp back down to off at 2230. However the effective photoperiod is really from about 0700 to 2230 due to the sunlight through windows (not generally direct on to the tank but certainly ambeint).
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby EyesClosed » Mon 13 Mar, 2017 2:26 pm

JBReefer wrote:Can you describe the lighting programme? My tank is also in the lounge room and thus gets a fair bit of natural light. Hence my maxspect razors don't come on until 1230, gradually ramp up until about 65% at 1830 and then ramp back down to off at 2230. However the effective photoperiod is really from about 0700 to 2230 due to the sunlight through windows (not generally direct on to the tank but certainly ambeint).


I probably dont worry about it as much as I should. The fish get woken up pretty much at sunrise and dont get to sleep until 9.30pm. Have notice any effects.
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby pebbles » Mon 13 Mar, 2017 3:58 pm

Tank looks stunning!


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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby Alf D » Mon 13 Mar, 2017 4:39 pm

Great setup and the colours and growth of the corals is fabulous.
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby Autonomy » Fri 14 Apr, 2017 11:08 pm

:withyou: 100% - really looking forward to seeing this one in person.
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Re: EyesClosed's Integrated 4’L x 2.5’W x 3’H

Postby Combatants » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 9:51 am

Any updates on this build?
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