AJ_Tsin

AJ_Tsin's Zeo 47g Shallow. NEW FTS

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Re-building the Shallow Reef:

Rebuild portion of thread starts here:
http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/225402-aj-tsins-47g-shallow-rimless-rebuilding-w-hd-videos/?p=4573157

Pair of clowns are in with CUC and a very empty yet inspiring FTS to start the new year. It's on.

CURRENT SEPT 2014 FTS:

 

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Rebuild Highlights


Display

  • 30" x 30" x 12" Starphire Glass Custom Shallow Rimless


Equipment

  • Protien Skimmer: Vertex Omega 130
  • 20g Acrylic Sump w/ 3 sections (Section 1: Filter Floss, Temp Probe, Carbon, Skimmer, Zeo Reactor, Section 2: Heater, ATO, Section 3: Live Rock, Return Pump
  • Heater: 500w Titanium Submersible Heater
  • Water Motion: 2x Eco-Tech Vortech MP10 (One on Wave mode, one on Reef Crest), Mag 9.5 Return Pump (7 ft. lift)
  • Filter Media: 1.5 L Vertex ZEOvit Reactor w/ Korallen Zucht ZEOlite, Filter Floss, 250 ml GAC Carbon
  • ATO: D.I.Y. auto top of using a gravity fed, float valve and 15g glass aquarium reservoir.


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Lighting

8 x 24w ATI Powermodule T5

Bulb Array (Front to back):

  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Actinic (On First)
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Purple +
  • ATI Actinic (On First)
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Blue +

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Parameters

  • Salinity Level: 1.025
  • Temp: 79
  • pH: 8.2
  • Calcium Level: 420
  • Alkalinity: 7.5 dKh
  • Ammonia: 0
  • Nitrite Levels: 0
  • Nitrate Levels: <0.0
  • Phosphate: <0.00
  • Sandbed Depth: 1 in. Carib Sea Seaflor Special Grade Aragonite
  • Liverock: 40 lbs (Split between sump and display)
  • Total System Water Volume: 60g

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Livestock

FISH
2x ORA Black Ice Snowflake Clownfish

INVERTS
Golden Tahitian Maxima
Peppermint Shrimp
Emerald Crab
8 Astrea Snails
4 Trochus Snails
3 Nassarius Snails

6 Nerite Snails

4 Cerith Snails
2 Scarlet Leg Hermits
6 Blue Leg Hermits

SPS

 

Reef Raft Canada:

 

Reef Raft Canada Avengers
Reef Raft Canada Blizzard
Reef Raft Canada Cj’s Pinky
Reef Raft Canada Green Plasma
Reef Raft Canada Jawdropper
Reef Raft Canada Kraken
Reef Raft Canada Multicolor Matrix
Reef Raft Canada Nauti Spiral Palawensis
Reef Raft Canada Orange Passion
Reef Raft Canada Peacock
Reef Raft Canada Pearlberry
Reef Raft Canada Pretty in Pink
Reef Raft Canada Pink Floyd
Reef Raft Canada Pretty in Pink
Reef Raft Canada Red Diablo
Reef Raft Canada Shazam
Reef Raft Canada Strawberry Shortcake
Reef Raft Canada Tierra del Fuego
Reef Raft Canada Ultimate Orange Passion
Reef Raft Canada Wolverine
​ORA:
ORA Bellina Acropora
ORA German Blue Polyp Digi
ORA Hawkins
ORA Orange Setosa
ORA Pearlberry
ORA Red Planet
​Tyree:
Tyree Pink Lemonade
Tyree Red Dragon
Tyree Mr. Pacman
Tyree Seasons Greetings Monti Cap
Bigshow:
BS Toxic Sarmentosa
BS Ultimate Stag
BS Orange Yellow and Blue Secale
BS Teal and Pink Tip Secale
BS Tricolor Millepora
Other Collectors:
$500 Efflo
Vivid's Rainbow Delight
Blue Palmers Millipora
Miyagi Tort
Oregon Tort
Sunset Millepora
Generic:
Acropora Desawii
Acropora Granulosa
Blue Green Acropora Vermiculata
Blue Tipped A. Tenius
Green Tipped Acropora Prostrata
Indo Blue Tip Subulata
Neon Green Acropora Aculeus
Pink Tip Millepora
Pink with Yellow tip Acropora
Red Millepora
Teal Acropora Caroliniana
Teal A. Tenius
Rainbow Montipora Tubuculosa
Bali purple rim undata
Green Polyp Scroll


PALYS AND ZOAS
Tyree Space Monsters
Giant Paly
Monstropolis Zoa.
Purple Death Paly
Atl. Triple Reds

Reef Raft Ultra Rainbow Rastas
Magician Paly

MUSHROOMS
Yellow and Green Ricordia
Yellow and Blue Ricordia

 

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Reef Raft Jaw Dropper


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Reef Raft Avengers

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Reef Raft Pretty in Pink

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Reef Raft Wolverine


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Reef Raft Orange Passion



Dosing/Maintenance Schedule

 

Total NET Water Volume ~55g


Feeding

  • NLS Pellets daily
  • PE Mysis Rinsed and Soaked in Selcon (Once in a while)
  • Polyp Labs Reef Roids mixed w/Selcon (Once in a while)

Daily

  • 0.15 ml K-Z ZEOStart 2x daily (total of 0.3 ml)
  • 7ml Ca, 3ml Alk, 10 ml Mg (BRS Two Part)
  • 1 ml K-Z Pohls Xtra
  • 2 Drops K-Z Coral Vitalizer

Intermittent

  • 2 Drops of K-Z Sponge Power 3-4x weekly
  • 2 Drops of K-Z ZeoBak 2x weekly (Every other day for two weeks after ZeoLite Exchange)
  • 2 Drops of K-Z Potassium Iodide Flouride 3x weekly
  • 2 ml K-Z Coral Snow 2x weekly (once immediately after water change, once midweek)
  • 2 Drops of K-Z BioMate 2x weekly (w/ Coral Snow)
  • 2 ml K-Balance 2x weekly
  • 2 ml B-Balance 2x weekly
  • 2 Drops Amino Acid High Concentrate 1x weekly
  • 2 Drops Cyano Clean 1x weekly

Maintenance

 

  • 10% water change weekly (Vacuum sand bed bi-weekly)
  • Change Filter Floss 2x weekly
  • 250 ml of ESV Activated Carbon in media bag changed every 30 days
  • 500 ml K-Z ZeoLite in Vertex Reactor running 60 g/h change 90% every 6-8 weeks
  • Blast Rocks w/ Turkey Baster (Several times weekly)

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Follow rebuild starting here:

http://www.nano-reef...deos/?p=4573157

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ORIGINAL POST (OLD BUILD, Disassembled)

April 2011 FTS

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HD VIDEOS:




Video featured on Glassbox Design http://glassbox-design.com/2010/3-new-must...eos-on-youtube/





Second Video Featured on Glassbox-Design: http://glassbox-design.com/2010/clowns-and...hown-off-in-hd/


Equipment
  • Protien Skimmer: Vertex IN-100
  • Heater: 2x Stealth 150 Watt Heater
  • Water Motion: Eco-Tech Vortech MP10, Nano Koralia, Mag 9.5 Return Pump (7 ft. lift)
  • Filter Media: 1.5 L Vertex ZEOvit Reactor w/ Korallen Zucht ZEOlite, Filter Floss, 250 ml ROX Carbon
  • ATO: D.I.Y. auto top of using a gravity fed, float valve and a 40g Rubbermaid bin.

Lighting

  • 8 x 24w ATI Powermodule T5

    Bulb Array:
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Blue +
  • K-Z Fiji Purple
  • ATI Aquablue Special
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Blue +
  • ATI Blue +

Parameters


  • Salinity Level: 1.025
  • Temp: 77- 78
  • pH: 8.2
  • Calcium Level: 420
  • Alkalinity: 9 dKh
  • Ammonia: 0
  • Nitrite Levels: 0
  • Nitrate Levels: <0.2
  • Phosphate: <0.00
  • Sandbed Depth: 2-3 in.
  • Liverock: 43 lbs
  • Total System Water Volume: 74.5g



Livestock

Fish: 2x Lyretail Anthias, 2x ORA Black Ice Snowflake Clownfish (QT)

SPS: True Bali Tricolor Acropora, Acropora Tenius, Neon Green/Blue Acropora, Purple Millipora, Green Millipora, Blue/Green Tipped Acropora, Pink Birdsnest, Purple/Green Acropora, Orange Acropora, Red Montipora Cap, Hydnophora Rigida, Green/Yellow Digitata, Orange/Red Montipora Cap, Blue/Green Tortusa, Purple Polyp Green Digitata, Red Polyp Digitata, Aussi Delicate

LPS: LA Lakers Scroll Coral, Red Blastomussa, Diploria Brain, White, Red and Green Acan, Pink and White Acan, Purple and Green Favia, Echinophyllia, Caulastrea Candy Cane, Torch Coral

Softies: Yellow Tonga Leather, Assorted Zoanthids, Purple Mushrooms, Green Star Polyps, Yellow Yuma, Orange Ricordia, Blue Ricordia, Kenya Tree, Pulsing Xenia

Invertebrates: Pair of Sexy Shrimp (Hosting in Maxi Mini Anemone), Hawaiian Strawberry Crab, Snakeskin Crocea Clam, Squamosa Clam, 12 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Several Astreas, Chestnut, Margarita, Cerith, and Nassarius Snails, Cleaner Shrimp.

Here's an update on what I've been up to.

In addition to Calcium and Alk Buffer Two Part supplements on alternating days, I also add 1 TSP of Mg Weekly and two capfuls of Purple-Up.

All of my dosing is done manually except for my top off water which is gravity fed ATO. I will be looking into automatically dosing Two Part in the future but without a controller I dont feel safe automating anything like that.

As of right now in order to establish a ZeoVit Powered Ultra Low Nutrient System (ULNS) my dosing regiment is as follows:

Daily


  • 0.6 ml ZEOStart
  • 3 drops of ZEObac
  • Spectrum Pellet fish food and/or rinsed PE Mysis shrimp.

Weekly

  • 1-2 Drops of K-Z AAHC
  • 2 Drops of ZeoFood7
  • 2-3 Drops of K-Z Coral Vitalizer
  • 3-4 ml of Pohl's Xtra
  • 2 Drops of Sponge Power 3-4 x Weekly
  • 1 Tsp Strontium
  • 1 Tsp Potassium
  • 1-4 Drops Kent Lugols Solution
  • 3 ml K-Z Coral Snow 3-4x a week
  • I also Feed Cyclopeeze Rotifiers and ReefRoids Soaked in Selcon once in a while



For those of you who havent read much about this. The goal here is to dose a carbon source eg: ZeoStart, Vodka, Sugar, or Vinegar this carbon source feeds bacteria which will grow rapidly consuming Nitrate and Phosphate as they consume N/P the bacteria gets skimmed up quickly ridding the system of just about everything.

Benefits:

  • Crystal Clear Water, in fact I had to raise my light higher because the water was soo clear the corals were reacting to the increase in light.
  • The ability to feed heavily without worrying about algae or nitrates
  • Incredible coral colors and growth



Highlights


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FIRST POST:

Well I upgraded the 29 Gallon Biocube this weekend. Attached are the first few pictures (iPhone only) of what is the beginnings of a 47 gallon, shallow, rimless cube. The system is a sleek shallow rimless cube made with Starphire glass... 30x30x12




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Because I needed to place the tank in the same location as the already existing Biocube, all the livestock from the drained 29 gallon tank was stored in a clean rubbermaid bin with a heater and two Nano Koralias.




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All new substrate was used and a lot of new water had to be made to fill the extra 40 gallons of volume but almost everything for the previous system was used. There is most likely going to be a small re-cycle in the system due to loss of a lot of beneficial bacteria in the old sand but the extra water, sump space, and massive DSB and Refugium should help to keep everything in line soon enough.




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The Setup is plumbed into a 30 gallon basement sump in a room that has inevitably been dubbed the "fish room."




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After all the plumbing was finished the livestock was added.



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Last but not least... here are the first attempts at an aquascape... water is still a bit cloudy from new sugar sized sand but you can get the idea.



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...and another from above




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So far so good corals and the paired black clowns seem happy, I will be testing for ammonia and nitrite frequently over the coming days/weeks to monitor the severity of the re-cycle.

I don't recommend upgrading a tank using this "do it in a day" method if you don't have to. In this case: in order to drill into the basement and keep the tank in the living room the only option was to put it in the same place as the existing system hence the tiring all weekend affair of upgrading with a basement plumbing mission. Ideally you would set up the new system have it run and cycle for a while before beginning to add livestock...


More updates to come on specifics in the system... also to see the Biocube system I tore apart to fill this glass box visit <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="" "="">the blog, which contains a full history of the previous system, and will continue to profile this new 47 Gallon Shallow Rimless Cube.

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Ummm....####ing badass.

 

I really like the aquascape!

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Awesome aquascape. The seperate island thing looks awesome

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Ummm....####ing badass.

 

I really like the aquascape!

 

Thanks for the comments... I am pretty please with the looks of this system so far.

 

Also as a side note... The Koralia Pump and frag rack on the side are only temporary. Once I settle on a aquascape I will install my Vortech MP10, also I assume its inevitable that because I now have a basement sump, I will be adding a frag tank sometime in the future. Also I will be painting the stand all black as I would much rather a modern looking cube than the stained wood look that the stand currently has.

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Update: I am currenlty running a Deltech MCE-300 skimmer in case anyone is wondering.

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Awesome job. I love the shape and dept of this tank. If/when I upgrade, I plan on getting something similar. Where did you purchase?

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Awesome job. I love the shape and dept of this tank. If/when I upgrade, I plan on getting something similar. Where did you purchase?

 

Thankyou..

 

I bought the tank used from fellow reefer but it is custom built by a company called Miracles Aquariums http://www.miraclesaquariums.com/ in Ontario, Canada.

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Any other comments or feedback? Specifically on the setup and the aquascape. This is the first layout I put together most of which was done in cloudy water so I could barely see where I was placing things.

 

Any suggestions? I'd love to hear them.

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Any other comments or feedback? Specifically on the setup and the aquascape. This is the first layout I put together most of which was done in cloudy water so I could barely see where I was placing things.

 

Any suggestions? I'd love to hear them.

 

 

Hot damn, this is a sweet tank. First, I love sump plumbed to the basement. Second, I think that scape is perfect, nice work. Lastly, shallow rimless cube's are the best.

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Hot damn, this is a sweet tank. First, I love sump plumbed to the basement. Second, I think that scape is perfect, nice work. Lastly, shallow rimless cube's are the best.

 

Thanks dude. The sump in the basement is awesome so far. I have a feeling it will really show its true value in the hot months of the summer when the tank is still nice and cool.

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Ummm....####ing badass.

 

I really like the aquascape!

 

This^

 

Amazing.

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sweet tank! I am building a similar type setup! My cube is a 36x36x12 what are the dimensions of yours? I like your aquascape!

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That is really nice... I have done the transfer everything from one tank to another in a day a few times... and it has mostly worked out... mostly.

 

Looking forward to more updates and details.

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sweet tank! I am building a similar type setup! My cube is a 36x36x12 what are the dimensions of yours? I like your aquascape!

 

 

Thanks... sorry I thought I posted the dimensions. 30x30x12

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That is really nice... I have done the transfer everything from one tank to another in a day a few times... and it has mostly worked out... mostly.

 

Looking forward to more updates and details.

 

Yea I hope my re-cycle is not too bad. I am testing 'trites 'trates and ammonia daily so I will be able to see the severity and intervene with water changes if need be.

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Having any flow issues? My last large cube was a 36x30x16T, it had sand in it and i could not balance the flow. I either had too much and stirred the sand up, or not enough and had algae issues. I got tired of fighting it and just scrapped it. But with this tank i have painted the bottom black and have decided to go bare bottom. So far i like the results. Looks very clean and i have a 3600gph dolphin flowmaster pump on a CL and so far its done awesome! I am fighting some microbubble issues but once i get everything sealed up nicely it should be good to go.

 

Doesn't look like you are having much issues yet, but you tank is still pretty new and new tanks always look nice when first set up! I think thats why i like to get new tanks soo often! :)

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I like the tank itself, how much did that cost you?

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Having any flow issues? My last large cube was a 36x30x16T, it had sand in it and i could not balance the flow. I either had too much and stirred the sand up, or not enough and had algae issues. I got tired of fighting it and just scrapped it. But with this tank i have painted the bottom black and have decided to go bare bottom. So far i like the results. Looks very clean and i have a 3600gph dolphin flowmaster pump on a CL and so far its done awesome! I am fighting some microbubble issues but once i get everything sealed up nicely it should be good to go.

 

Doesn't look like you are having much issues yet, but you tank is still pretty new and new tanks always look nice when first set up! I think thats why i like to get new tanks soo often! :)

 

Not sure how this will work out. As of right now the return lines are split so I have four directional nozzles to target corners and hard to reach areas behind rock which so far is working well. Also I have a a ball valve on the return line and its half closed so If i need more general flow I can crank that open.

 

Now for Powerheads I set up the Vortech MP-10 last night which is running at about half speed on short pulse mode. With the wave motion the little Vortech seems to be moving everything quite nicely but only time will tell. The pulses are short enough it does not disturb the sand bed and once you get the frequency correct you can get the waves to move the water the pump doesn't directly hit. Did I mention how incredible these Vortech pumps are? Upon initial setup I had 3 temporary Koralias to keep the water moving and they did an ok job. Since then they have all be taken out and replaced with the single Vortech. I have more motion with the one pump then I did with all three not to mention it is not unidirectional.

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I like the tank itself, how much did that cost you?

 

I got it used so the price wouldn't be applicable, but a similar tank custom made new from the same company is about $699 Canadian + Taxes

 

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Any other advice/opinions?

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Another iPhone photo of the system just to show how stunning the setup is in a living room. So far no signs of a re-cycle however it must be looming on the horizon.

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The system has been running for five days now I may do the first water change this weekend however if the system shows signs of a re-cycle I will just ride it out as a water change will most likely only reboot the cycle process.

 

If anyone has any advice on navigating through the rough period after a tank upgrade any tips that i may not have thought about are greatly appreciated.

 

Any other feedback is encouraged as well.

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Wow, that's looking awesome, love the scape.

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Wow, that's looking awesome, love the scape.

 

Thanks for the comments patrick.

 

I will be updating first post with far more details and specs of the system either tonight or tomorrow.

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Any other thoughts or feedback? Im pretty much set on this scape.

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