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The Rack

Postby Choppa » Wed 15 Oct, 2014 2:28 am

Introduction: Howdy :wavey:
System Objectives: Emm, not sure but something different - I want to keep some species only tanks but have them as one system.
System Type: , SPS, Mixed Reef, Non photosythetic Corals, mantis tank, seahorses and a nem tank - a bit of everything
Display System: a multi tank system - my old trigon 350 for a sump - a nem tank, a new 8x2.5x2 lps tank; and a new 6x2.5×2.5 sps tank plus a frag tank somewhere too

Display Lighting: natural sunlight with leds using existing Aquarays & DIY stuff plus a hybrid mh/t5/led

Stand: pallet rack

Hood:  insulated enclosure - still to build

Sump: my trigon plus 6' frag tank

Refugium Lighting: more leds
 
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System Water: NSW

Display Water circulation: mix of various pumps

Skimmer: reef hurricane 1500, plus an algae scrubber

Evaporation Top Up:gravity fed auto topup

Chemical Support: dosing 2 part

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New tanks to go where the budgie is :)
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Tank stand (shelves)
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Tank pics to follow - as soon as I can pick them up
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Re: Chop's Outdoor Upgrade

Postby Choppa » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 10:39 am

So here are the 2 new tanks I'm getting from a shut down

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Plus my old tank 4x2.5x2 cnr tank
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I'm thinking of a 3 shelf system with a large ats and refugium on top then the 8' tank with a 2' frag tank next to it. Below that the 6' plus my 4' then a sump dug into the ground a bit so as to have the 2 display shelves at better viewing levels. All enclosed in a fridge pannel box to stabilize the outside temp fluctuations.

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Re: Chop's Outdoor System

Postby biglil_blue » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 1:33 pm

Sound interesting. I assume you will run automatic top up system & I hope you have plenty of free time to look after it all
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Re: Chop's Outdoor System

Postby Choppa » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 2:07 pm

biglil_blue wrote:Sound interesting. I assume you will run automatic top up system & I hope you have plenty of free time to look after it all


Yep it will have an auto top up, but should be able to look after itself as its just one system (as much as a one tank does anyway) :thumbsup:

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Re: Chop's Outdoor System

Postby Choppa » Sun 19 Oct, 2014 7:12 pm

Picked up the live rock today - quite a few kilos and some nice pieces too. I'm just going to run it in this tub for a few weeks till I get the new tanks ready.

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Sat 25 Oct, 2014 10:07 pm

Well a small milestone today - finished setting up the rack and with the help of a few awesome MASWA guys the main tanks are picked up and moved into place too :thumbsup:

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Now to to start thinking how to plumb these bad boys in :book:

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Sat 08 Nov, 2014 11:45 pm

Slight setback - the pavers started to sink without water in so off with tanks again (thanks to the MASWA lads....again) and in with some footings

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I'll be able to slightly change the shelves around too now so it's probably a good thing to do it now.
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Re: The Rack

Postby some_one » Sun 09 Nov, 2014 8:06 pm

looking good Chop,

This will be an awesome setup.
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Re: The Rack

Postby chromus » Wed 12 Nov, 2014 2:15 pm

Sooo 3 saturdays in a row we have done tank lifts with you chop, and I have cleared the following one with the wife just in case :devil:
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Re: The Rack

Postby petergriffin » Sat 15 Nov, 2014 5:04 pm

chromus wrote:Sooo 3 saturdays in a row we have done tank lifts with you chop, and I have cleared the following one with the wife just in case :devil:


How many tank lifts did you need for yours phil?.

I can't wait to see how you run all this. It should be epic.
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Re: The Rack

Postby chromus » Sat 15 Nov, 2014 7:05 pm

petergriffin wrote:How many tank lifts did you need for yours phil?.

Just 2 Mr slow tank and 1/2a stand :roflmao:
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Sat 15 Nov, 2014 10:36 pm

some_one wrote:looking good Chop,

This will be an awesome setup.


Thanks - it should be quite an adventure
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Sat 15 Nov, 2014 10:46 pm

chromus wrote:
petergriffin wrote:How many tank lifts did you need for yours phil?.

Just 2 Mr slow tank and 1/2a stand :roflmao:


Hopefully that will be it for a little while (but keep Xmas free :devil: :roflmao:

Thanks to both of you (and the others) for the lifts by the way :thumbsup: it's probably better to do it now instead of trying to make it work out when it realy needs changing .

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Wed 19 Nov, 2014 2:48 am

Plodding along with the outside enclosure :nut: no real plan but its piecing together.

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Wed 19 Nov, 2014 2:48 am

Lol the wife said ill never use up all that green paint when I made the kids cubby - :pirate:

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Sun 21 Dec, 2014 10:24 am

Okay so after a bit more frame work for the new enclosure I had to move the tub I had keeping some old live rock so this prompted me to turn it all into base rock. It's probably better to aquascape it dry anyway.

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Sump shelves can go in now too

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Mon 22 Dec, 2014 3:11 am

Holes drilled (thanks to Heliman for the hole saws - they do cut like butter :thumbsup: )
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Not too bad for first effort
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Aquascaping done and water in :banana:
Sps tank - this will be a no substrate tank that will be viewed looking slightly downwards on it.
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LPS and softy viewd more straight on to slightly upwards.
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Carpet nem tank - also looking downwards with just substrate
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Now to cycle over Xmas and finish off the enclosure and add in the frag and water change tanks and so on :tongue:

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Re: The Rack

Postby kodez » Mon 12 Jan, 2015 10:52 am

Getting close now lyall. This is going to be a wicked system, ready for some frags this weekend?
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Mon 12 Jan, 2015 11:17 am

kodez wrote:Getting close now lyall. This is going to be a wicked system, ready for some frags this weekend?


Thanks mate - Still a slightly elevated nitrite read but yes maybe a week away from getting started - believe it or not I'm actually having trouble keeping it warm :-s i need to finish the enclosure to stop the flow through breeze.

I'm going to start the sps from just frags so will be in touch soon :wink:

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Re: The Rack

Postby kodez » Mon 12 Jan, 2015 6:08 pm

lol I meant for the frag fest on sunday :P
That's odd with the weather we've had, my chillers been on 60% of the day lately.
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Mon 12 Jan, 2015 10:30 pm

kodez wrote:lol I meant for the frag fest on sunday :P
That's odd with the weather we've had, my chillers been on 60% of the day lately.


Lol - yeh it should be quite the spectacle - there is going to be some great stuff up for grabs.

The water only reached 28° on that 44° plus day we just had - my two titanium heaters battling to get higher than 24° on full time (or seems to be every time i look at them). No lights prob not helping either.
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Re: The Rack

Postby oceanarium » Thu 29 Jan, 2015 6:21 pm

Looking good Lyall :)

I found with the out side systems heating was the biggest issue rather than cooling.

Is it semi or fully enclosed ? I can see your using insulation in the pics so once the lights go on and if it is enclosed the heat will build up. Summer I vent the heat out the roof our room and have little need to cool only the hottest hours of the day. Days like today we not running any cooling just open the doors.

We don't use any heating other than that generated by the lights for most the year save a few of those 0 nights I run the air cons on heat.
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Thu 05 Feb, 2015 1:40 am

oceanarium wrote:Looking good Lyall :)

I found with the out side systems heating was the biggest issue rather than cooling.

Is it semi or fully enclosed ? I can see your using insulation in the pics so once the lights go on and if it is enclosed the heat will build up. Summer I vent the heat out the roof our room and have little need to cool only the hottest hours of the day. Days like today we not running any cooling just open the doors.

We don't use any heating other than that generated by the lights for most the year save a few of those 0 nights I run the air cons on heat.


Thanks Pete - plodding along.

Yeh, the plan will be to enclose the tank stand and frag stand as one room with insulation. Once I got the doors on the back of the enclosure to stop the fan effect, the temp stabilized at 27 c. Winter might be different though.

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Fri 06 Feb, 2015 1:38 am

Time for an update

Well the old Trigon got shutdown today :( And boy what a messy job - I can't believe how much gunk was in the old tank and I thought I was ok at keeping it clean too.

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Oh well, out with the old & in with the new (albeit outside with the new in this case). The new tanks have cycled and I was able to finally pick up the fish that came with it. It's not ideal inthat I haven't finished setting up the new system but that was the deal. Lol - I should have isolated the tomato clown (aka devils spawn) it bites me every time I put an arm in the tank - :roflmao: :clownfish:
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Still not sure how to finish off the front yet -
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Having issues with an old calcium reactor too - the pump didn't work so stupid me thought the fittings were just tight but it turns out they glue these things on :wall:
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Lol - I got it off though :nut:

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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Fri 06 Feb, 2015 11:06 pm

I walked past the nem tank and the little sand crab I got was out n about
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This tank looks great under the MH lights - the carpets are looking much happier
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The clam is enjoying the new light too
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I'm also going to try keeping my shrooms in with the nems - so far they aren't hiding from the lights either
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One tank done - 3 to go :thumbsup:
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Re: The Rack

Postby kodez » Mon 09 Feb, 2015 11:17 pm

Wicked, looks mint dude. Did you get that sand crab from OE? Strange looking fellows.
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Re: The Rack

Postby sabo » Tue 10 Feb, 2015 1:49 pm

This is gonna be a great setup.
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 4:12 am

kodez wrote:Wicked, looks mint dude. Did you get that sand crab from OE? Strange looking fellows.


Thanks kodez - yep they (oe) got a few different things to try. Hopefully it won't end up eating everything - lol it looks like a body builder with those arms :crossfingers:
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 4:13 am

sabo wrote:This is gonna be a great setup.


Thanks mate your already part of it with the lift help and frags :thumbsup:
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Re: The Rack

Postby Choppa » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 5:11 am

Hi folks - well I think this build is finally coming together at last.

A nice MASWA chap dropped in on the weekend and helped me move the old tanks into place (thanks Reece). The old Trigon is now a bypassable 350 lt water change tank. I can drain it and heat up the water before returning it into the system. I stuffed up the heights though :-s and had to drill out another hole in the return sump to make gravity work :tongue: lol I was that annoyed with myself i just drilled it vertical while it was there squirting a spray bottle at it every now n then - the glass cut out is still in the sump - thanks to Heliman for the glass cutters again (awesome lend thanks :cheers: ) - lol, that's 6 holes now... I don't even bother using the template anymore.
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And the old sump and frag rack.....has been promoted to a second level sump and frag rack :)
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It's on the night shift - helps with ph from memory, plus it gives light into the sump room.
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The old sump box is still coming in handy now as a giant tool box :roflmao:
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Got some stick on insulation to help with temp control - it doubles as a black glass backing too :thumbsup:
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