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Postby baphomet » Fri 01 Feb, 2008 6:42 pm

Amazing Cube Chow!
I'm hoping to set one up soon!
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Postby Chow » Mon 11 Feb, 2008 11:09 pm

baphomet wrote:Amazing Cube Chow!
I'm hoping to set one up soon!
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Cheers mate, they're a pretty good size
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Postby Chow » Mon 11 Feb, 2008 11:16 pm

Well i picked up my new frag tank on Saturday :clap:
, so decided to build the stand on Sunday, got it done in a few hours, just have to sand it and varnish... the fun part.

I'll probably only be able to get it up and running sometime next month, low on cash but have b'day coming up, yay new toys!

I wanted to ask people's opinion:
For the lighting i am either going to go a 150w MH on one side of the tank (which i currently run on my small frag tank) and a 250w MH on the other side for hard corals etc.

OR
a 8 tube 54watt T5 unit off ebay, i've heard some good things about this unit, it would put out a total of 432 watts spread out over the tank, whilst the MG would have a total of 400watts with diff intensities on either end of tank.
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/AQUARIUM-LIGHT-8 ... dZViewItem

Opinions please.

I'll have some pics of the stand and tank up soon.

Cheers :cheers:
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Postby BISHY » Tue 12 Feb, 2008 8:22 am

i'd go the MH as it is a frag tank with the diff light intensity areas to cater for the different corals you want to propagate. 2 tanks in one really.
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Postby Chow » Thu 21 Feb, 2008 10:38 pm

Just a quick update on the new frag tank, just have to add the part of the stand that will hold the lights. sand and varnish and it will be done! YAY
<a href="http://s134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/chow1388/?action=view&current=P1110107.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/chow1388/P1110107.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

The new skimmer, well new to me, bought second hand, its bigger than i expected barely fits in the 800mm high stand! Reef Octopus DNW-150-6530.
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Also the new light i picked up, 250watt metal halide. I decided to stay with halides, was cheaper to just buy on since i alrady have a 150wMH, So one end will have 250 watts and the other end 150watts.
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Cheers :cheers:
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Postby Chow » Sun 24 Feb, 2008 11:31 pm

I finished the stand this weekend! Even varnished it already. Here's some pics. Just need to plumb the whole thing now.

Next to the soon to be decommissioned old frag tank.
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Tank and stand
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Skimmer in stand
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and the two holes i drilled today drain to the sump, still waiting on bulkheads etc, should arrive soon.
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Well let me know what you all think!

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Postby GuppyShrink » Sun 24 Feb, 2008 11:48 pm

WOW........YOU MADE THAT STAND?!
I have a SW tank screen saver - does that count?!!
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Postby dejavu » Mon 25 Feb, 2008 10:36 am

Chow, is the new tank a frag setup also? It looks like the same dimension as my 4' reef! Is it a 4x2x1?

IMO, 250w is too much over that tank. 150w would be plenty of light for everyone (darker sides for lower light corals). My old T5 (8x39w) was plenty to keep all the SPS colorful, and it was too bright for some Acan. colonies if they are placed directly under the light (even on the sand).
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Postby Chow » Mon 25 Feb, 2008 9:20 pm

dejavu wrote:Chow, is the new tank a frag setup also? It looks like the same dimension as my 4' reef! Is it a 4x2x1?

IMO, 250w is too much over that tank. 150w would be plenty of light for everyone (darker sides for lower light corals). My old T5 (8x39w) was plenty to keep all the SPS colorful, and it was too bright for some Acan. colonies if they are placed directly under the light (even on the sand).


Louis, the tank is a frag tank, its a little smaller than yours, its only 1.5ft deep not 2ft like yours. I'll try the 250 for a while, if its too strong i can raise it to a max of over 45cm from the surface of the water if need be and just downgrade it as a last resort.

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Yea i did mate, love making my own cabinets, this one is quite different from my first one on page 1 of this thread. I like it better, Will possibly put doors on it in the future.


Well i got the bulkheads etc in the mail today, just need to pop down to bunnings and pickup some extra plumbing pieces some time this week and a return pump and i should be in business!
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Postby Chow » Sat 31 Jan, 2009 1:34 pm

Well I haven't posted any updates on my cube in a long time so here are some current pictures. I haven't really done much with the cube in over a year until last weekend when I decided to re-aquascape the whole thing. I wanted to go for the bonsai look without too much work as I am pulling this tank down in about 6 months to make way for my new Biolife cube. Livestock is pretty low, haven't added anything in a long time and got rid of some large pieces. Anyway here are some current pics:

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Postby nornicle » Sun 01 Feb, 2009 12:00 pm

Hey Chow amazing tank and history, may i query where all those awesome rics and zoas went and are you still running that frag tank?

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Postby Chow » Sun 01 Feb, 2009 4:17 pm

nornicle wrote:Hey Chow amazing tank and history, may i query where all those awesome rics and zoas went and are you still running that frag tank?

Cheers

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Thanks Richard. I still have all my rics. The big ones are the parents to all my orange rics. The bigger they grow the more they use their colour. I still have a few of my zoas in the frag tank which is still around as the main frag tank for Aus Frags.
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Postby Chow » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 10:34 am

Well having recently moved into a fourth floor apartment I also took the opportunity to upgrade my tank from my previous custom built stand and tank to a reef octopus biolife cube chosen specifically by the Mrs to go with the rest of the furniture...

I will post up specs and more images soon but here she is in her natural environment at present. Stock wise she is kind of empty but will be refilling her up gradually.

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As you may have noticed, the original tank, stand and sump are all for sale currently in the classifieds.
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Postby Namn8r » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 10:50 am

Ha ha whats with women and the white biolife cubes? lol

Looking good mate.. what light are you running inside the hood?
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Postby Chow » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 11:12 am

Namn8r wrote:Ha ha whats with women and the white biolife cubes? lol

Looking good mate.. what light are you running inside the hood?


Yea, I dunno but I tend to like the white one, it goes well in the house, the black would have stood out with all the white furniture.

I just changed all my lights from a 150W MH with 2xT5 to an 8x24W T5 Unit. I just need to install some fans on the back of the hood as this unit puts a lot of heat out and when you open the hood lid it almost a heat wave rising.

My tube combination is currently:

CH 10000K
ATI Actinic
ATI Aqua Blue Special
CH 14000K
ATI Pro Colour
CH 14000K
ATI Aqua Blue Special
ATI Actinic
Front of Tank:

I will be replacing the two CH 14000K with the ATI Blue Plus when the next shipment of ATI tubes comes in for AusFrags. I am really happy with the colour at the moment.

Back of Tank
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Postby kurt » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 11:55 am

New Cube looks great do you have any closer shots.

Still running the frag tank?

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Postby StripestheEel » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 12:06 pm

Looks good Caio!
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Postby Namn8r » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 5:42 pm

Nice Caio...similar to what I am runnng but cost of replacing tubes :o

Lets see your sump pics :)
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Postby Chow » Wed 10 Jun, 2009 12:38 am

kurt wrote:New Cube looks great do you have any closer shots.

Still running the frag tank?

:cheers:


Yes still running the frag tank, its the one that started off Aus Frags.
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Postby Chow » Wed 10 Jun, 2009 12:45 am

Ok well here is the current state of the tank taken last week just after setting it up. Its a bit empty at the moment but i'm just waiting for it all to settle down before I start adding more corals and acros. I'm also just threw the LR in so if I can be bothered I will change it around. I will probably be dosing Zeovit also.
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As you can see in the sump its a bit plain at the moment. Chauvet Powerboard, Reef Octopus Vortex 300L skimmer (still trying to get this thing to skim properly as its only about a month old). MP20 for flow, return and heater. I added an extra baffle to the sump that i was going to use as a refugium but I think i will remove it and put the zeo reactor there. Still have to install my auto topup from the previous tank.
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Postby Chow » Wed 10 Jun, 2009 12:57 am

Here are a few pics of my fish

This is my all time favourite Val II who came in to take Val I place who sadly passed away after 2 short years (she is my avatar)
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This are C1 and C2 the Maroon Clownfish pair whom i've had for years.
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And lastly the newest addition back in February the beautiful Chewy the Coral Beauty.
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There are also the Talbot Damsels who are the three stooges and Fred the Blue Linkia Starfish.
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Postby Chow » Wed 10 Jun, 2009 9:51 am

Namn8r wrote:Nice Caio...similar to what I am runnng but cost of replacing tubes :o

Lets see your sump pics :)


Yea it pretty expensive replacing all the bulbs but I think its worth it, a lot better colouration than the stock bulbs put out.
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Postby Chow » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 4:48 pm

Well the new tank has been set up for about a month now and everything has settled in nicely so I decided to start getting my SPS in. I also did some re-aquascaping shortly after the last lot of pics were taken as I wasn't happy with the way everything was looking.

Full Tank Shot, the bottom now has some nice algae growth and the coralline algae is just starting to take up residence which is good.
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New Acros and Purple Monti. Unfortunately the birdsnest isn't mine, its only in the tank temporarily until a mate picks it up.
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Postby Chow » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 5:36 pm

Here's a link to a video I quickly shot of the tank in its current state. Quality is pretty poor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38CaTdJIQNY
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Postby Basenji » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 6:40 pm

Chow wrote:Unfortunately the birdsnest isn't mine, its only in the tank temporarily until a mate picks it up.

I'm sure he won't notice if a couple of branches accidentally break off and get mounted onto frag mounts.
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Postby sydneydrewid » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 9:10 pm

Basenji wrote:
Chow wrote:Unfortunately the birdsnest isn't mine, its only in the tank temporarily until a mate picks it up.

I'm sure he won't notice if a couple of branches accidentally break off and get mounted onto frag mounts.

:roflmao: nice one colin..

tank looks great there Caio, has the main AusFrags tank recovered?
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