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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Wed 13 Nov, 2013 10:56 am

Introduction:

I have been toying around with NPS of late with my 36L tank, but that is connected with my much larger system with a big skimmer. I thought it would be a great challenge trying to keep them in a little pico. There are a few obstacles to contend with, the main 2 being water quality and flow.

Although I haven't found NPS too fussy with water quality, the amount that has to be fed means water quality deteriorates rapidly. The only practical way I can see to fix this in this tank is to do a number of water changes, how many? I don't know yet I will need to experiment starting high and bringing it down to a good level.

I have solved the flow issue by using a sump where I can put a reasonable size pump that can push enough flow for the tank and also hide it as I have ACTUALLY been allowed to put this thing in the house, how that happened I don't know, my mum even offered to put it in her room as there is a good spot for it... I think this is the first total mystery of Pico tanks, one that I fear I will never get to the bottom of :nut: :konk:

But you know what they say, pictures speak a thousand words, so naturally a few more specs and then onto the pictures!


System Type: NPS dominated with a Dallas frag and a couple of nice button Scollys. Possibly some other easy care SPS too.

PICO System:

PICO Tank: 144x112x92 internal dimensions acrylic tank.

PICO Volume: 1.48L display. ~2-3l sump/plumbing volume to house heating/chilling gear and return pump. Exact calcs to be made available later.

PICO Lighting: Sunlight with LED

Start up date: TBA


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: Tunze 1073.008 - 800LPH

Filtration: None - all export with water changes

Evaporation Top Up: None, with such large water changes required for the NPS I feel that will take care of this issue 100%

Water Changes: 100%/day initially 50% morning 50% night


Chemical Support:

Livestock:

Corals:

Gorgonian sp. assorted
Scolimia
Dallas
tubestrea sp. assorted
Dendrophillia
Tiny green BTA

Invertebrates and or CUC

Porcelain Crab

Feeding Regime:

Coral food:

Reef roids
Lobster eggs
Frozen Rotifers
Frozen BBS
Mysis
Spectrum pellets (for sun corals/scollies ect)
Reef Culture Coral diet

Method: Manual

Budget
Equipment expenses list the costs of the equipment you have purchased for the Tank

Tunze Silence 1073.008 - $50 - new
Old Tunze Osmolator - $60 - used
Tank + sump - ~ $150 TBA
LED - $20 - cheap and nasty
DIY Heat exchangers - TBA

Images:

Here are some Pic-o's of the build :roflmao:

http://s1263.photobucket.com/user/codys ... ico%20Comp

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Postby millotoli » Fri 15 Nov, 2013 11:10 am

Is the overflow at the base of the tank? Or is it upside down.
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Fri 15 Nov, 2013 11:20 am

millotoli wrote:Is the overflow at the base of the tank? Or is it upside down.


Yes it's at the base, means I can look through the back too.
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Tank Design

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Fri 15 Nov, 2013 12:24 pm

Here is the evolution in the drawings. Not all designs but the main ones.

Was mostly playing around with dimensions to begin with.

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The idea was to use the bottom tray to catch the water, never got past this point as I scrapped it as an idea.

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By this point I was starting to pin things down.

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At this stage I had pretty much set dimensions, just needed honing. I modeled it so the front pane was close to the dimensions of a golden rectangle.

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Almost there, I scraped the curves as they just looked pretentious and would have distracted from the stock, which defeats the purpose of using the acrylic.

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A tad better

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Current/final

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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Fri 15 Nov, 2013 12:45 pm

So now I had the design close to what I wanted, I started some prototyping.

I ran into my first big hurdle when laser cutting, as the machine wasn't cutting square on the stock this thick. I however cut the tank out anyway cause I wanted to see what it would look like:

I also cut the sides on this one about 30mm too long.

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So I decided to cut out templates and then route the acrylic to the size:

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Boy did this fail. The flush trim router bit I had didn't like the thin ply templates and decided to ignore them...

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At this point I am looking at getting an acrylic shop to make the tank for me, cause they will do a better job than me, and I want it to look really clean. They will also be able to do mitres on the edges which look great :-x
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The Scape- DIY Base rock

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sat 16 Nov, 2013 2:49 pm

I had a couple goes at doing the rock in hope that one would turn out well.

For method 1. I put sand down on the board, made a random shape in it then laid the cement mix on top, I layered some sand in it as well to create pockets.

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For method 2. I started with an outline of where I wanted the scape to go. I then put the base of the rock down.

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From there I laid some sand down to create caves and overhangs.

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Then more cement mix on top.

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Will have to see what this comes out like once the salt in the cement mix has dissolved and I have removed the sand. I do however fear with both of them that I haven't used enough salt in the mix, time will tell...
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Rock Update

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Tue 26 Nov, 2013 11:06 am

Ok the first 2 attempts didn't work very well, they weren't the right shape and I pulled them out too early, and thus they broke up.

For attempt 3 I drew the outline similarly to attempt 2, the difference this time is that I put sand down first to create some caves. I am pretty happy with the result :thumbsup:

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Tank has been ordered and should be here in a week :pirate:
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Postby sparker » Tue 26 Nov, 2013 11:24 am

Looking sweet!
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Tue 26 Nov, 2013 12:55 pm

Cheers sparker!
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Plumbing Part 1 - Bulkheads

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Tue 26 Nov, 2013 1:48 pm

Chucked a PVC 20-15mm reducer on the lathe and although not perfect it should do the job. I need to make some kind of facing cap to make it look prettier too, don't want to see the uneven circle.

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Stand time!

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Fri 29 Nov, 2013 9:43 pm

Took 20 mins and started on the stand this arvo :) . The plan is to put another shelf in higher for the sump and obviously a back to aid stability. :thumbsup:

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Also have started designing the sump, total system volume should be under 3.5L gross.
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Sump

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sat 30 Nov, 2013 10:58 am

This is the plan for the sump, hope to get it finished in the next week :thumbsup:

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Sump and stock- resizing!

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sat 30 Nov, 2013 6:34 pm

Mocked up the sump out of some core flute this morning to make sure it will fit. Also ordered a new blade for my table saw which should be here later in the week to cut up the acrylic for it!

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I had a little green BTA which I wanted to be even smaller (originally well under 20c in size fully open) so naturally I cut it. Might try one more cut too before it ends up in the pico. I'm going to need to get myself a damn small porcelain crab lol

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Postby NewyReefer » Sat 30 Nov, 2013 8:48 pm

Looking good Codes cant wait to see this thing wet....
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sat 30 Nov, 2013 9:15 pm

NewyReefer wrote:Looking good Codes cant wait to see this thing wet....


Cheers Matty! Me too! Should be wet within 2 weeks :crossfingers:
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Overflow Fitting

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 12:24 am

Going to print this guy out on Tuesday. Should be much sturdier and neater than the individual adapters.

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Postby petergriffin » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 12:57 am

Be nice when you have the tank set up shod be a good one
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 12:59 am

petergriffin wrote:Be nice when you have the tank set up shod be a good one


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Postby linnx » Tue 03 Dec, 2013 11:04 pm

so tempted to cut my small rose as well.
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Wed 04 Dec, 2013 1:56 pm

linnx wrote:so tempted to cut my small rose as well.


They are harder to do tbh. Half of mine is still fine... just a lot smaller. Once I get my tank in line again I will definitely try again.
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Rear Bulkhead

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Wed 04 Dec, 2013 3:01 pm

Printed out my rear overflow 'bulkhead' last night :pirate: Perfect fit :)

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Also my tank should be ready and picked up on Thursday :thumbsup:
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Tank! 1...

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 4:41 pm

Went and picked up the tank today, they decided to chamfer the edges on the bottom of the back of the tank :konk: so it isn't particularly water tight :roflmao: :roflmao: , never the less a quick phone call and they are making up a new one for me and are going to courier it out to me, so I'm hoping for tomorrow... unlikely though probably more like Monday. Table saw blade arrived too, so sump should be done this sat :thumbsup:

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Postby NewyReefer » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 6:53 pm

:o Dude that is shiny and clear...

Was that a 3d printer you used for the back fitting?
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 9:45 pm

NewyReefer wrote::o Dude that is shiny and clear...

Was that a 3d printer you used for the back fitting?


Thanks Matty, the new one should be even better, got them to do a display case type finish, so no imperfections this time hopefully.

A pic with the rock in the tank.

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Also got my Tablesaw blade and made my sump tonight :pirate: Just need to glue it up on Saturday, don't have any of the glue here :bawling:

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Postby Kransky » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 10:21 pm

looking like a nice little tank and sump setup, but damn thats festy set of feet :poke:
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 10:28 pm

Kransky wrote:looking like a nice little tank and sump setup, but damn thats festy set of feet :poke:


It was a balance between making the sump or showering :roflmao:
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Postby xixau » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 11:43 pm

looking good Cody, can't wait to see finish!
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Fri 06 Dec, 2013 12:34 am

xixau wrote:looking good Cody, can't wait to see finish!
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Me too! I am hoping to get it done within a week :crossfingers: Just waiting on some other parts in the mail... nearly there though!
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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Fri 06 Dec, 2013 12:08 pm

urbanrat84 wrote:Following along!


Welcome aboard :thumbsup:

Got my ti pipe today, need to come up with a way to seal it into the pvc...

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