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Mike & Tina's AR400

Postby saltymike » Mon 24 Sep, 2012 5:06 pm

Introduction:
Hi Everyone,
Well after a having to move and giving my setup away I’ve decided to get another tank and hopefully do things a little better (and smarter) this time. My first tank was a 220L 4ft with a canister filter, no sump, T8’s and plenty of headaches. So I’m hoping that by buying good equipment and taking my time this tank will be a lot more enjoyable than the last and more marine friendly.

FTS 17.10.13
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Gotta say a big thanks to Alex, Colin, Kevin and the boys at City Pet & Aquarium at Blacktown for always taking good care of me!!!

System Objectives:
Healthy, happy system that my family, friends and I can enjoy.

System Type:
Mixed reef with fish, soft/LPS and SPS once well established


Display System:

Strike up Date:
September 2012

Display Tank:
White Aquareef 400

Display Lighting:
Pacific Sun - Metis Hyperion R2 (300w)

Stand:
AR400 white polyurethane

Hood:
AR400 White Polyurethane

Sump:
Upgraded 4 Chamber L-1050mm x H-400mm x D-350mm

Refugium:
Live Rock (presently)

Refugium Lighting:
LED




Support systems:

System Water:

ASW

Display Water circulation:

2 x Vortech MP40 WES 1 x Tunze 6025

Return Pump:

Waveline DC-5000

Skimmer:
ATB Elegance 200


Evaporation Top Up:
RO/DI
Tunze Osmolator

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition:
Seachem Reef Calcium 5ml x2 p/week
Seachem Reef Carbonate 5ml 1x p/week
Seachem Reef Plus vitamin & Amino Acid 5ml 1x p/week
Seachem Reef Iodide 5ml 1x p/week
Seachem Reef Strontium 5ml 1x p/week

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: 0
Phosphates: 8.2
Amonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.026
Water Temp: 25.5'C

Current Stock List:

Fish:
4 Dispar Anthias
2 Clowns (1 Picasso & 1 Occy)
1 Blue Tang
1 Kole Tang
1 Yellow Tang
1 Flame Angel
1 Decora Goby
1 Fire Goby
1 Green Mandarin


Corals:
4 Hammers
3 Goniopora's
3 Heliofungia's
1 Dallas Frag
1 Birds Nest Frag
1 Tri Colour Acro
1 Red Cynaria
2 Scolly's



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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby stazwick » Mon 24 Sep, 2012 10:43 pm

Great to see another AR400. Look forward to following your journal :thumbsup:
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 12:07 am

cheers Staz, yeah i'm really happy with the AR400!!

couple of progress pics.....

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average pics with the phone but will do for now

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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby priscacara » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 3:44 pm

Looks great in white!
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 4:22 pm

priscacara wrote:Looks great in white!


Yeah I had the black one ordered originally but LFS offered me the choice as they got delivered together so I grabbed the white. The iPhone doesn't really show the true whiteness of it.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby Downsy » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 5:51 pm

Nice Mike, I wont be showing the wife as she would have loved the white, cant afford 2 lol
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 6:25 pm

Downsy wrote:Nice Mike, I wont be showing the wife as she would have loved the white, cant afford 2 lol


Funny how women work, when I showed my mrs the AR400 first thing she asked was if it came in white lol.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby ryanrid » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 6:34 pm

Looks nice mike, great start
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 7:08 pm

ryanrid wrote:Looks nice mike, great start


Thanks Ryan, if I can get it thriving half as good as yours I'd be stoked.

going to get some base rock and try my hand at aquascaping. Anyone know an LFS in Sydney who sells it?

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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby ryanrid » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 8:53 pm

saltymike wrote:
ryanrid wrote:Looks nice mike, great start


Thanks Ryan, if I can get it thriving half as good as yours I'd be stoked.

going to get some base rock and try my hand at aquascaping. Anyone know an LFS in Sydney who sells it?

Mike

not sure of lfs that sell it but you can get from age of aquariums online.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 9:22 pm

Yeah I will go with them if I can't find an LFS, cheers bro.

Was just hoping to find local so I could pick out what I wanted as opposed to a lucky dip but beggars can't be choosers I guess...
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby splinteredmind » Tue 02 Oct, 2012 5:07 pm

Hey Mike - great mods with the sump/piping. what size joiners did you use to extend the main drain pipe?
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Postby saltymike » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 4:05 pm

splinteredmind wrote:Hey Mike - great mods with the sump/piping. what size joiners did you use to extend the main drain pipe?


hi mate, thanks i'm quite happy with everything so far. from memory the blue is around 38mm and the white is 40mm. the blue is non Australian standard which makes it difficult but with help from my LFS (City Pet & Aquarium Blacktown) we modified things and used a few pipe cements to get a nice water tight seal.

have you got your AR-300 yet?

Mike
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby splinteredmind » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 1:25 pm

Cool thanks for the info - I've just got mine up and running, journal will follow :)

Just another quick one, have you had any trouble with back syphon into the sump from the return pipe? Mine still back syphons a little bit, despite the anti-syphon hole being present... tearing my hair out trying to figure out how to fix it.
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Postby saltymike » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 2:50 pm

happy days will follow your TJ to mate.

have you filled up your sump to its correct operating water level? Mine initially drained water through the return line but it stopped once the sump filled up enough (or at least thats what i believe it was?).
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby priscacara » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 3:45 pm

Not a real solution but I have the return on my one close to the surface so the stream actually breaks the surface, otherwise I would have had a flood with a power outage. Lol the only drawback is that I have the lids off when i do a wc and so far I have been drenched each time I turn the pump back on............................I sometimes need a mallot to aid in retention to check first.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby Reidy » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 8:36 pm

Looking good mate. Cant wait to see it up and running. How did you go with the rock? Have you started aquascaping yet? It going to look great with a pacific-sun lighting it up
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Postby saltymike » Thu 04 Oct, 2012 9:01 pm

Reidy wrote:Looking good mate. Cant wait to see it up and running. How did you go with the rock? Have you started aquascaping yet? It going to look great with a pacific-sun lighting it up


Cheers mate, I almost bought 30kg+ of LR on the weekend but decided I still wanted to try my hand at aquascaping with Base Rock so will order some from Age of Aquariums (just need to decide which type?), I have about 15kg of LR sitting in my sump now so that will hopefully be right in seeding it.

The Hyperion is going to look awesome, I went for the 125 cm cos I want to get a light which will do a bigger tank ( same with my sump and skimmer) and the 125 cm will be perfect for that.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby mason91 » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 9:22 pm

Looking very nice indeed, love the colour coordination with the skimmer and cabinet ;)
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Postby saltymike » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 10:14 pm

mason91 wrote:Looking very nice indeed, love the colour coordination with the skimmer and cabinet ;)


Thanks mate, must admit the skimmer was ordered before I knew I was getting a white 400 but I went for the white skimmer purely because I liked it more than the red lol

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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby mason91 » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 10:21 pm

Lol I just assumed a coincidence but all the same a nice end result when an unassuming person comes to your house and begins to look in awe at your tank ;)
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Postby saltymike » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 10:39 pm

Haha I still get awe struck when I walk in and see it lol.

One thing I really like with the white AR-400 is that it's actually sprayed with white polyurethane and not a plastic finish like the black one's. maybe more prone to scratching but the high gloss finish looks amazing.

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Postby mason91 » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 11:00 pm

Haha good point, I'm sure you will continue to be awe struck, for instance the sheer number of inverts and such that materialise out of rock in insane! I am yet to see a white cabinet in the flesh but it would undoubtably be an intriguing change to the normal black which is so common :) I think from your pics it is a quality find mate
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Sun 07 Oct, 2012 1:03 am

I really need to pull out my DSLR and take some decent pics as the phone really doesn't do it justice.

Apart from trying to decide on scape design my only real issue is getting the skimmer tuned right. Just struggling a little to fine tune it.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby mason91 » Sun 07 Oct, 2012 1:29 am

Well I'm impressed with the scape I'm sure you'll have success with the skimmer, what dslr do you have ? :)
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby saltymike » Sun 07 Oct, 2012 10:56 am

Gonna try acrylic rod and aquaneedit to form the scape so it'll probably take a while lol

I have a Nikon D3100, it's pretty much their entry level DSLR but for what I need it for it's perfect.
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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby mason91 » Tue 09 Oct, 2012 9:27 pm

nothing wrong with the D3100 mate, they take a crisp photo (not that I have used them, just was contemplating getting one when I got my DSLR)
If I started a new tank build I would definately go down the dry rock, fixed scape approach with a longer cycle than get stuck in with fresh live rock and scape after they are in the tank. looking forward to seeing some pics!
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Postby saltymike » Thu 11 Oct, 2012 1:46 pm

I've been very happy with the D3100 so far and it served me well on my O/S trip last year. I think i'll be even happier when i get around to purchasing a Macro lens.

looks like i'll be ordering base rock from Age of Aquariums this weekend has anyone used there varieties before?

i'm wondering which is best between the below options;

http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/cata ... 0&catID=93

http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/cata ... 3&catID=93

http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/cata ... 2&catID=93

also is their "look alike" base rock real or fake rock? (sorry if that's a dumb question but I've seen fake "plaster" LR before and was wondering if that's what this is?

http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/cata ... 2&catID=93

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Re: Mike's AR400

Postby mason91 » Thu 11 Oct, 2012 7:42 pm

I still only have the stock lens from my dslr and it's enjoyable learning IMO but it would be great to get another couple of lenses!
I like the look of the second base rock, nice and holey :)
Never heard of the fake stuff interested to know what it's about though
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Postby saltymike » Thu 11 Oct, 2012 9:22 pm

Yeah mines the stock lens too. It's 38mm -55mm I think. Would like a macro as I said as well as a 200-300mm.

Yeah I'm liking the second as well, wondering how much rock I will need. Haven't used dry rock before so weight would vary a bit I'd think. But prettybhappy to not have to worry about unwanted critters as the LR I'm seeding with is from my old 4ft setup I gave to my sister.
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