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Bass_Straitener's Cube Journal (New pics 02/05/08)

Postby bass_straitener » Wed 19 Mar, 2008 11:32 am

After a long spell away from the salt, approximately 15 years, I have decided to jump back into the world or tropical marine fish and reef keeping.

Due to monetary constraints, mortgage, children etc.. I've gone the budget option and purchased a setup of ebay. Total cost was $860 and consists of the following.

Tank 680x680x780 10mm glass with euro style bracing. The tank has a centre channel weir, no durso, with a 40mm fitting at the bottom.

Cabinet is steel framed clad with 12mm mdf that's been waterproofed with copious amounts of sealer and the interior painted in oil enamel paint.

The sump is 2ft x 1 ft x 1ft

The pumps are 2x eheim 1060.

The skimmer is a Red Sea Berlin.

Lighting is provided by a 250w MH lamp and compensated by a 2ft Moontube fluoroscent tube.

Any comments or critiques are most welcome. And I hope I got the pics up OK.

Here are some pics.

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Postby luzinit » Wed 19 Mar, 2008 12:37 pm

Awesome, saw that setup on ebay, looks like a tidy setup, what do you plan to keep in it?
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Postby bass_straitener » Wed 19 Mar, 2008 12:46 pm

G'day Luzinit,

It's not a bad setup but needed a quite bit of work to bring it into the 21st Century.
Firstly I purchased a new sump as it was just too small I felt to be any good. The new sump was purchased through Reeflections and its a 2ft x1.5ft x 1.5ft. No bioballs and the skimmer now sits inside it.

The next thing replaced was the MH ballast. It was a real buzzer so I have installed an electronic one.

I also had to paint the cabinet and hood a nice semi gloss charcoal grey before my wife would allow it anywhere near the lounge room.

The weir was filled with bioballs. I've removed them but the noise of the water dropping down was crazy so I have put in some baffles to reduce that.

I am planning on going with a reef setup with live rock. DSB and a few fish, mainly soft corals.

At the moment it has water in it and is cycling. Will upload more photos tonight.

Cheers,

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Postby spot » Wed 19 Mar, 2008 1:02 pm

nice set up doing a similar my self looking forward to seeing how it go's
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Postby bass_straitener » Wed 19 Mar, 2008 1:26 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys.

I have been looking at your handy work as well spot. Looks good.

This forum and the tank can be really good.

Cheers,

Bruce
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Postby bass_straitener » Wed 19 Mar, 2008 8:51 pm

Over the last 3 weeks I have done the following:

New bigger sump

New MH globe 14K Corallights

New plumbing setup with a P trap to reduce air and noise.

New paint job. Stand and hood are now semi gloss charcoal grey.

Substrate is 60kg of coral sand 6inches in the back and 4inches deep in the front.

320 litres of NSW

10kgs of live rock. Lots of snail coral bits and a couple of pistol shrimp.

Here are the pics of my work in progress:

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Any comments, critques, suggested enhancements welcomed!
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Postby pazz » Thu 20 Mar, 2008 4:05 pm

very nice mate , how much more rock are you goin to put in ..
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Postby bass_straitener » Thu 20 Mar, 2008 4:14 pm

G'day Pazz,

Well, that's 10kg there and I'm putting another 20kgs in tonight. Will see what it looks like then.
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Postby pazz » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 10:16 am

bass_straitener wrote:G'day Pazz,

Well, that's 10kg there and I'm putting another 20kgs in tonight. Will see what it looks like then.

sweet wat the plan for livestock ? with the eheim pumps how many litres per hour are they ..
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Postby Chow » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 9:18 pm

Very nice setup mate, should fill up very nicely!
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Postby ROBOKU » Sun 23 Mar, 2008 11:15 pm

Very nice Bruce :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Postby pete&kylie » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 10:05 am

I love the cube look :o
Looks like it's going to be a good little setup :bow:
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Postby Lewy » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 1:02 pm

Looking good so far. You might want to look into a few small powerheads for a bit more water movement once you have sorted out your aquascaping.
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Postby old_mr2 » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 10:17 pm

put pump and skimmer in same section. DSB the new section?
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Postby bass_straitener » Mon 24 Mar, 2008 11:38 pm

I had considered putting the skimmer in the first section, but the sand in the tank is 7 inches in the back and slopes to 4inches in the front. I was hoping to utilise that area as the sand bed. Was hoping to fill the middle section with macro algae when I find somewhere I can buy or get some. Also the first section is only 150mm wide and it will be a tight fit to get everything in. Wouldn't the sand bed in the tank be sufficient or anerobic bacteria?

Cheers,

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Postby bass_straitener » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 2:20 pm

Hi Lewy,

I have ordered 2 Tunze 6045's to provide in tank circulation. Should arrive either today or tomorrow.
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Onto the next stage on this journey

Postby bass_straitener » Fri 28 Mar, 2008 10:49 pm

Well it's been a good week and a half since I've added to this journal but rest assured I haven't stopped spending money and fine tuning this baby.

When I last left you I was waiting on the circulation powerheads and some more live rock.

Well the Tunze 6045's arrived and went straight in. :clap:

An extra 25kgs of live rock also found its way into the tank. :clap: :clap:

Now for the unplanned but essential, or so I've told SWMBO, an RO NW150 6530 skimmer. I was going to get the Berlin replaced, just not that soon.

The tank has been cycling for the last 6 weeks now and ammonia is now almost 0. Nitrite is 1.0 PH 8.2 Nitrate 10ppm.

I've managed to save most of the critters with the tank teeming with all sort of pods and sods. Worms, starfish, snails, bits of coral and various macro algae attached to the rock

Also taking the advice of fellow reefers I've put in a small fuge to maintain a supply of pods and have thrown in 3kgs live rock rubble and some macro algae to help with nitrates.

Now onto the pics:

Newly redesigned sump with fuge and my baby the RO NW150.

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Wiring at the back.
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The aquascaping. Very happy with it as it has lots of hidey holes and can swim through the entire structure.
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Full tank shot with flash
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Full tank shot without flash showing off the 14K Coralvue 250W MH and fuge lighting.

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As always comment and ideas are most kindly appreciated.

Thanks,

Bruce :cheers:
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Postby sjp770 » Fri 28 Mar, 2008 11:07 pm

Looking nice :thumbsup:
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Postby Guv » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 10:40 am

A fantastic start - will be watching with interest! :thumbsup:
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Postby hinton » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 7:29 pm

hey mate,

thats one of the new RO skimmers ay

just wondering if u could let me no what the dimension are

cheers Ian
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Postby amashun » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 9:18 pm

Look nice man, just wondering, do you have the clam in your tank or it is just a shell?
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Postby bass_straitener » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 9:19 pm

G'day Ian,

The skimmer is the new RO NW150 6530. The skiimer base is black plastic and it just on 167mm diameter. The height is 585mm. These measurements don't include the pump.

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Postby bass_straitener » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 9:21 pm

G'day Adrian,

The clam is just a shell I picked up with some live rock rubble.

Cheers,

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Postby amashun » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 9:22 pm

Cool man, i was going to say that spot looks perfect for a clam ;)
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Postby starfunker » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 9:58 pm

This is looking really good! Can't wait to see more!!

2 Quick ones...

Your wiring looks well organised but how safe is it where it is? Is something there to stop any water dripping down into the power board?

The FTS pics with the light on, is the fluro on as well?
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Postby bass_straitener » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 10:09 pm

G'day Starfunker,

Thanks for the compliment.

You might have a point with the wiring though both powerboards and our house have been rewired recently and are fully equiped with safety switches. I'm hoping I don't have to cross that bridge. :thumbsup:

I can't remember of the top of my head whether the fluoro was on as well but I'd say most probably as the photos were taken late at night during a cross over period with the timers.

Bruce :cheers:
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Postby starfunker » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 11:23 pm

Cheers mate.

Good luck with every thing!
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Postby bass_straitener » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 11:33 pm

Also forgot to mention that I have an old style weir that drains to centre back and simply falls below into the sump so its highly unlikely that the tank at any stage will overflow onto the electricals. More likely the cabinetry below gets flooded.
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Postby anthony mazzeri » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 11:40 pm

Very impressive start. Nice.

Two questions. Why did you decide to replace the Red Sea skimmer? And is that Chaeto in your fuge? If so, where did you get it? (Okay, that's three questions!)
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Postby bass_straitener » Sat 29 Mar, 2008 11:55 pm

Hi Anthony,

I decided to replace the Red Sea simply because I was offered the RO at a very good price and always wanted to try one. Also the wanted to see the difference between the Red Sea venturi and the RO needlewheel was.

With regards the macro in the fuge I'm not sure what exactly it is but am happy to take a closer pick. Googled Chaeto and it doesn't look hair like, like the pics I found, so not sure. I picked it up with the RO skimmer.

Cheers, Bruce
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