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Tom's 2 Foot ZEO Cube

Postby |Tom| » Sun 30 Nov, 2008 2:38 pm

Introduction:
Hi, my name is Tom and I'm from Queensland. I am 15 (16 now) and this is my second attempt at a marine system. I have put a lot of planning, time, effort and money into this tank so it should turn out great! Please let me know what you think. All advice and comments are welcome.

System Objectives:
To maintain a successful ZEOvit system.

System Type:
SPS, Clam, some fish and invertebrates

Stocking:

Fish:
2x Percula Clownfish (Pair)
2x Bangai Cardinals (Pair)
Mandarin
Yellow Coral Goby

Invertebrates:
Black Long-Spined Urchin
Tiger Tail Cucumber
2x Redline Cleaner Shrimp (Pair)
Clams

Display System:

Strike up Date:
TBA

Display Tank:
2' x 2' x 2' Cube

Display Lighting:
Guppy's 250w MH + 4 x 24w T5

Stand:
2' x 2' x 90cm High

Sump:
2' x 1' x 18"

Refugium:
Will have a live rock section for a refugium, elevated with egg crate.

Support systems:

System Water:
Artificial Sea Water

Display Water circulation:
VorTech MP40W

Return Pump:
Hydor Seltz L40II 2800 lph

Skimmer:
Reef Octopus DNW-150-6530 Recirculating

Evaporation Top Up:
Manual

Other Equipment:
Marine Sources CR-120-6510 Calcium Reactor
Haqos Blue Moon Aquarium Light
2x Jager 200w Heater
Hydor Seltz L30II 1200 lph (Chiller Feed)
Hydor Seltz L35II 1700 lph (Skimmer Feed)
PSI-019B-DI RO/DI Filter (With Hand Held TDS meter)
Resun CL450 Chiller
Second Hand ZEOvit Reactor
Hailea HX-800 285 lph (ZEOvit Reactor Feed)

Chemical Support:

Calcium and Alkilinity Addition:
Calcium Reactor

Other Chemical Maintenance:
Korallen Zucht Aminoacid Concentrate
ZEOstart2
ZEOfood7
ZEObak
Korallen Zucht Sponge Power Concentrate
ZEospur2 Concentrate

Current Water Chemistry:

Nitrates:
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity:
Magnesuim:


Latest Tank Shot:

01/12/2008
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Postby |Tom| » Sun 30 Nov, 2008 8:56 pm

Equipment Pictures:

This is most of what I have at the moment, just need to get the rest of the ZEO additives, pH controller and solenoid valve. Hopefully it will be up and running before Christmas!

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Just wanting peoples thoughts here, what Calcium media do you use in your calcium reactor? I want to use ZEOca Calcium Plus Granulates, but it says you mix it in with another media? Someones opinion would be great! :clap:

Well, I'm off to do some work on the stand! I will post some pictures with the progress on it soon. Please let me know what you think!
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Postby pete&kylie » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 8:55 pm

Looking good mate, is that tinted glass used on the tank?
Keep up the good work, looks like this one will turn out good.
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Postby Adam007 » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 9:10 pm

Hey Tom,

Looks like your going all out with this one. From what I have read, most people use CaribSea ARM media in their Ca reactors.

Are you going with a SSB or bare bottom ?
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Postby baphomet » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 9:11 pm

pete&kylie,
The weir is tinted.
I only know because we had our tanks built at the same time.

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Postby baphomet » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 9:30 pm

I wish I was that close to setting up my cube Tom.
You have done well mate! :clap:

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Postby Rusty1 » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 9:47 pm

Looking good Tom. All the gear sitting there, waiting to be played with.

I have just gone for 10mm Coral Sand for the CR this time round. I bought that expensive rubbish last time and this time went with some old reefers tips of just using what they get from the ocean. I did sopak it in RO water for 2 weeks before hand to try and draw out any phosphate.
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 10:04 pm

Looking good so far Tom!

Great to see you're not rushing it.

Good luck.

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Postby PapaG » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 10:35 pm

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Haven't seen you on here for a while Tom, looks like you have been keeping yourself busy though :thumbsup: I have the L35 feeding my DNW150 skimmer too and it's working great. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

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Postby |Tom| » Tue 02 Dec, 2008 10:37 pm

pete&kylie wrote:Looking good mate, is that tinted glass used on the tank?
Keep up the good work, looks like this one will turn out good.
Cheers Pete.


Thanks a lot! No, I'm not using tinted glass it is just a mixture of my bad photography skills and that I had to turn the flash off on the camera so you could actually see inside the tank!

Adam007 wrote:Hey Tom,

Looks like your going all out with this one. From what I have read, most people use CaribSea ARM media in their Ca reactors.

Are you going with a SSB or bare bottom ?


I am going to go SSB in tank because I think it will look more natural and I really want to keep a cucumber. Also, I think Korallen Zucht recommend a shallow sand bed?

Rusty1 wrote:Looking good Tom. All the gear sitting there, waiting to be played with.

I have just gone for 10mm Coral Sand for the CR this time round. I bought that expensive rubbish last time and this time went with some old reefers tips of just using what they get from the ocean. I did sopak it in RO water for 2 weeks before hand to try and draw out any phosphate.
$25 for 10KG...cheap as!!!


Thanks, will look into it! Your tank is inspirational!

Rod the Reefer wrote:Looking good so far Tom!

Great to see you're not rushing it.

Good luck.

Rod. :thumbsup:


Thanks Rod. Your new tank is going to be awesome! I can't wait to see it grow in!

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Haven't seen you on here for a while Tom, looks like you have been keeping yourself busy though :thumbsup: I have the L35 feeding my DNW150 skimmer too and it's working great. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

Daniel


Thanks Daniel. I'm glad you are using the same feed pump, was a bit hesitant when buying because I thought it would either have too much or too little flow! Thanks for the reassurance. Yeah, haven't been active on MASA for a while! It wouldn't help that I changed my log in from 'Fish Freak' to what it is now!

baphomet wrote:I wish I was that close to setting up my cube Tom.
You have done well mate! :clap:

:cheers:


Thanks Paul! But I know that when you set your Cube up it will look a million times better than mine! You have more time to think, less temptations! Can't wait to see it!
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Postby Namn8r » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 12:41 pm

Wow look at all your toys!! Im jealous!

Will definately keep an eye on this cube!

Good work Tom!

Cheers

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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 1:45 pm

Looks like the making of an awesome tank.
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Postby tredog » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 1:54 pm

Shaping up to a neat setup. Looking forward to seeing it all set up and running.
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Postby mgrav » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 3:15 pm

Just one little thing I would not be using ZEOspur2 until the later stages of ZEOvit say at least 3-4 months in. Spur2 should be one of the final add ons in ZEOvit. It strips the coral of zooxanthellae exposing the coloured tissue just beneth the top layer. This can be hard on new corals as the tissue may already be thin and can result in the coral not recieving enough energy from the light. May also cause RTN and STN if your not careful with your dosing amount.

I'm still a few months off trying it and my tank has been running ZEOvit for around 4 months now. I would hold on this one until you get the feel of the basics.

So far i've tried Aminos, coral vit, coralsnow and just started on ZEOzym yesterday. My colours are pretty strong just using these. Start slow so you can get a proper feel for each element. :thumbsup:
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Postby |Tom| » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 5:20 pm

Namn8r wrote:Wow look at all your toys!! Im jealous!

Will definately keep an eye on this cube!

Good work Tom!

Cheers

Nam


Thanks a lot! I can't wait to get everything set up.

StripestheEel wrote:Looks like the making of an awesome tank.


Thanks Stripes!

tredog wrote:Shaping up to a neat setup. Looking forward to seeing it all set up and running.


Thanks tredog!

mgrav wrote:Just one little thing I would not be using ZEOspur2 until the later stages of ZEOvit say at least 3-4 months in. Spur2 should be one of the final add ons in ZEOvit. It strips the coral of zooxanthellae exposing the coloured tissue just beneth the top layer. This can be hard on new corals as the tissue may already be thin and can result in the coral not recieving enough energy from the light. May also cause RTN and STN if your not careful with your dosing amount.

I'm still a few months off trying it and my tank has been running ZEOvit for around 4 months now. I would hold on this one until you get the feel of the basics.

So far i've tried Aminos, coral vit, coralsnow and just started on ZEOzym yesterday. My colours are pretty strong just using these. Start slow so you can get a proper feel for each element. :thumbsup:


Thanks a lot mgrav, that advice probably saved the life of many corals. I guess I won't be getting ZEOspur2 for a while then? Do you have any advice to which supplements I should be using in a new setup?

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Postby mgrav » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 5:52 pm

I would simply start with BAC, FOOD7, START2 until you can get your p04 down to below say 0.1. Then add fish slowly, after your happy with how your fish stock is then start adding your LPS or more hardy SPS (montis etc.) then after a month or two start adding your acros. As soon as you add corals I would start with Coral vit, Aminos and maybe sponge power or as I did coral snow. I normaly test any new element for a month before looking for the next.

Also a very important element with ZEOvit is Potassium so get your self a KZ Kalium test kit and make sure your around 380-400mg. I see your using Redsea coral pro which is low in potassium.

Remember things take time to balance out. If your were running a more natural you could be waiting 6 months before adding any sps (There is exceptions to this of course).

I waited 1-2 months before adding any sps.

http://www.zeovit.co.nz/files/ZEOguide.pdf Read this a few times to make it easier to understand the system. Or a few hundred as I have. :nut:

Also drop over to ZEOvit.com and ask any questions you have they are a very friendly bunch and go out of their way to answer any questions you may have.
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Postby |Tom| » Wed 03 Dec, 2008 11:18 pm

Wow, thanks a lot for your help! Just when you think you've got it all figured out, eh?

I guess I will be spending a lot of time on that forum, looks like there is a tonne of information available there.

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Postby |Tom| » Thu 11 Dec, 2008 1:35 pm

Update:

The sump is finished! Sorry about the weirdly shaped images, tried to crop out most of the background but, here they are:

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I would like to give Dennison from Mary Anne's Aquariums thanks for building both my sump and tank! His workmanship is astounding and the prices were EXCELLENT! My advice, go see him for your next tank, you will not be disappointed!!
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Postby baphomet » Thu 11 Dec, 2008 1:46 pm

Nice sump Tom! :clap:
Dennison does a good job.
Now all you have to do is get that stand finished! :poke:

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Postby Rod the Reefer » Thu 11 Dec, 2008 3:30 pm

Coral Crazy wrote: My advice, go see him for your next tank, you will not be disappointed!!


When is he setting up a shop in Adelaide!?! :pirate:

Very nice Tom.

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Postby evilr1 » Thu 11 Dec, 2008 3:38 pm

was thinking bout Zeovit

let me know how u go
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Postby baphomet » Wed 14 Jan, 2009 5:20 pm

Update!!!! :poke:
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Postby mgrav » Wed 14 Jan, 2009 5:31 pm

baphomet wrote:Update!!!! :poke:


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Postby Jared » Fri 30 Jan, 2009 3:04 pm

Hi mate looking good, may I ask where you sourced that 20kg of Red Sea coral pro salt?
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Postby cja_2000 » Sun 01 Feb, 2009 8:19 pm

looks well planned will be watching for pics :)
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Postby |Tom| » Mon 09 Nov, 2009 12:13 am

Okay, so I have been away from the hobby (addiction) for almost a year now :'(
Sad to say I don't have an update on the tank...
However, after I get my pesky exams out of the way the tank WILL be getting set up - and that is a promise :)

All very exciting
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