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FTS- 2012 July 11

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INDEX:

16Jan2011- Cabinet concept- Google Sketchup Model, Cabinet construction begins
24Jan2011- Display Sump concept- Google Sketchup Model
21Feb2011- Dry fit of display fuge, cabinet, and aquascape
22Feb2011- BoostLED first light, and wet water.
23Feb2011- Deep Blue Professional Tank starts to lose it's rim... Results in complete system tear down and tank replacement
09Mar2011- Water finally clears for first FTS
16Mar2011- GHA Outbreak begins, CUC ordered, first livestock added (clowns)
19Mar2011- GHA 8" or longer, clowns hosting it, sea hare added before CUC arrives by mail
24Mar2011- ORA "Blue Steel" YWG Added
29Mar2011- Male/Female pair of wild caught Mandarins added. Jawfish home added. Video of clowns hosting GHA.
01Apr2011- All livestock from BioCube 29 HQI moved into this system
20Apr2011- First Live Aquaria Order
04Jul2011- The great Maxi-Mini Die-Off... And this tank's only Water Change. :tears:
06Jul2011- Mangrove fuge added, Mr Coral order
22Aug2011- Birthday present to self. Huge livestock order.
10Sep2011- Dogs and cat pics.
20Oct2011- Pic dump
29Oct2011- Traded BC29HQI for massive amount of nice coral. Pic dump.
14Nov2011- Pic dump. Shows how crowded and colorful tank is becoming. Tank pics, viewed from a distance.
30Nov2011- Fishing for mother ####ing bastard YWGs... aaaaaaggggghhhhh!!!!! and a few days later... Finally catching mother ####ing bastard YWGs
04Dec2011- Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap- New coral added
06Dec2011- I finally master the art of Chipotle Chili. (Full recipe and instructions here).
11Dec2011- $1500 Eff in the A. (Cost of tree almost falling on house.) Pics of most disgruntled tenant ever. Then pic dump of tank.
30Dec2011- BoostLED Mu fixtures replaced with EcoTech Radions
12Jan2012- First pic dump of coral under Radions
15Jan2012- New livestock pics
24Jan2012- AquaStyles LED un-boxing and build (fuge lighting upgrade)


FTS- 2011 November 14

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FTS/Video- 2011 September 09

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FTS- 2011 March 09

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Equipment-
Display - 90 Gallon Reef Ready by Deep Blue Professional All Glass Aquarium
Sump- 40 Breeder AGA custom display sump. See build thread here
Skimmer- Bubble Magus 150 Pro (collecting salt creep in the sump, not actually running)
Lighting- 2x BoostLED's 135 Watt Mu Series fixtures (Boost claims the PAR rating is ~ 250 Watt Metal Halides) 2x Ecotech Radion XR30w
Tunze 3155 Osmolator Universal (Auto Top Off)
ATO Reservoir- 20 High Aqueon (kalkwasser)
ReefKeeper NET Internet Module - Digital Aquatics
ReefKeeper Lite L3 PLUS Elite- Digital Aquatics
2 x BRS GFO and Carbon Reactors BRS Delux Reactor- not even hooked up
Eheim 1262 Universal Aquarium Pump 900GPH
2x EcoTech VorTech MP40w ES

Rock
(Display) BRS Pukani Dry Eco Aquarium Live Rock 75lbs
(Fuge) Rock wall made with "Great Stuff" with the green label, made for ponds- fish safe. ~15 lbs of dry and live rock in the wall.
BRS Dry Live Rock Rubble in fuge - 7 lbs


Substrate
(Display)
60 lbs Aragamax Oolite
20 lbs Nature's Ocean Samoa Pink Sand #0
20 lbs Nature's Ocean Samoa Pink Gravel #2
(15 lbs crushed coral/shells on standby- small amount may be added for Pistol Shrimp and burrowing gobies)
(May add another 30-50 lbs of fine grain sand for true Deep Sand Bed)

(Bottom Fuge)
2 gallons Refugium Mineral Mud
20 lbs Carribsea Black Aragonite "live sand"

(Mangrove Fuge)
16 gallon HOB style DIY acrylic with "waterfall" into display
30 lbs of Aragamax
1 Bucket Figi Mud
1 Bottle Miracle Mud
10 lbs mixed substrate from a trade
Chaeto
20 or so Red Mangroves from ReefCleaners.org


Supporting Equipment
SpectraPure 90 GPD RO/DI Maxcap with BRS Auto-shut off kit and membrane flush kit
2 x Rubbermade 45 Gallon buckets (RO/DI water reservoirs)
Canon G10 Camera

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Everything is subject to change on this project...

 

I'm attempting to use left over wood from my recent kitchen renovation to match a custom cabinet for my new system. I'm working with a limited amount of finished wood, so it may or may not come out completely awesome. :P

 

 

 

I plan on having a deep sandbed in the fuge area of the sump, with a variety of macros to make it somewhat display worthy.

 

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Started building the frame today. It's 3/4" Birch Plywood reinforced by 2x3's. More to come...

 

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That stand looks freakin awesome. I can't cut wood for my life, unfortunately. Maybe it's because i use a circular saw freehand? Damn it i can't make straight cuts lol.

 

I like your plans for this tank. Looks solid, like your stand. Following.

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How much clearance is there between the top of the sump and the stand? Looks really close froom the sketch.

 

And you gotta get a PAR meter under those Boost fixtures once you get them.

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That stand looks freakin awesome. I can't cut wood for my life, unfortunately. Maybe it's because i use a circular saw freehand? Damn it i can't make straight cuts lol.

 

I like your plans for this tank. Looks solid, like your stand. Following.

 

 

I went to school for cabinet making, unfortunately don't have the few hundred thousand dollars to buy all the equipment need to make some really fantastic furniture. =[

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I was going to say thats some nice clean cuts! I'm with zero, I suck at straight cuts lol

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How much clearance is there between the top of the sump and the stand? Looks really close froom the sketch.

 

And you gotta get a PAR meter under those Boost fixtures once you get them.

 

 

The hand sketch was just to get my idea out of my head and into something tangible. It's to scale, but the height wasn't determined when I was doing it...

 

I'm still a google sketchup noob, so that's not a perfect rendition either. The bottom and top moldings (which are 4 inches in both sketches) will not be there- The sides will be flush to match my kitchen cabinets.

 

The inside space will be 26 inches, which is two inches more than I need to remove my skimmer cup.

 

Here's some pictures to show you the space I'm working with, and the cabinets I'm matching. The tank in the picture is the one I'm using, unless I can find a 90 gallon that someone will trade me for... The existing tank stand and 30B tank is being sold to anyone in the NY area who's looking to pick it up!

 

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Day 2 of cabinet construction.

 

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Well, the cabinet seems to be 100% done. Hopefully the holes I drilled for the overflow and return are in the right spot, and are big enough to work on the plumbing.

 

I didn't have enough wood to make a door to close in the fresh water tank (the 20 high on the left side) so I trimmed it out to make it look pretty. I'll probably add a glass top and spray paint that with black krylon to give it a more finished look.

 

Since I put in about 8 hours, and spent about $100 on lumber... I'd say this cost me about $300 to build (with free stuff excluded).

 

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20 gallon auto top off reservoir, trimmed out all pretty. :lockdown:

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Cabinet door that covers top of 40B... and trim below. All you'll see is glass and the fuge inside.

 

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Lookin' good! Your stand looks nice and I like that you'll be matching it to your kitchen cabinets.

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Got the cabinet home... Really hope I can exchange this thing for a 90 gallon RR now... fingerscrossed

 

Lighting sucks at night for using the camera phone, I'll try to get better pictures later. I had to do some stain mixing because I didn't have enough pre-finished wood to cover everything I wanted to... but I gotta admit I did a pretty awesome job at matching the color.

 

Before I left the shop, I removed some of the unnecessary load bearing 2x3's to add some room for my skimmer and other equipment. I also cut a hole so to line up with my electric, so I can put the cabinet against the wall, instead of leaving room for extension cords and stuff.

 

Next week I'll start on my fuge/sump, and look around at buying the rest of the equipment and plumbing. Hoping to get this thing wet before February, but we'll see how much time I have to work on it.

 

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Here's the only part I stained... Mixed Minwax's Cherry with Mahogany, and pretty much nailed the color.

 

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Copy/pasting from my thread in the DIY forum... Hope to get some responses!

 

Scrapping the last, tried and true, simple design... Going to make it a prettier display fuge up front. (check 75RR thread in my signature for cabinet)

 

Color coded things for reference-

Yellow - Phosban reactor

White - Filter sock

Red - Skimmer

Green - Return pump

Gray - maxijet 1200 (feeding phosban reactor)

 

I haven't figured out how to draw plumbing in google sketchup, so please use your imagination a bit. :P

 

Flow goes into filter sock (obviously), and into skimmer chamber. Maxijet pumps some of the water up through a flexi-tube into the phosban reactor. From the phosban reactor, it goes into the front, long, fuge chamber. So at the moment, it looks like I'll have about 20 gph running through the fuge, where I'll have a macro algae pack from reefcleaners.

 

Water from the fuge drops into the return chamber. Everything that doesn't get sucked up by the little maxijet in the skimmer chamber, goes through the bubble trap and then into the return.

 

I'll have an ATO set up with 20 gallons of fresh water.

 

 

 

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In my experience you need as much room for a refugium as possible and less than half of a 40 breeder for a 100+ gallon system is not going to cut it. That said, if you really want the 'display fuge' I would skip the sand completely and just load the thing with chaeto/graciallara/etc. The sand doesn't add anything since it isn't deep enough to be a true DSB.

 

It also doesn't make any sense to me to have the GFO reactor feeding the fuge. You don't want the fuge to get chemically filtered water otherwise there isn't anything in the water to feed the algae. Maybe Tee off the drain line straight into the fuge? This bypasses the filter sock, for better or worse, but also would allow you to control the flow into the fuge.

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In my experience you need as much room for a refugium as possible and less than half of a 40 breeder for a 100+ gallon system is not going to cut it. That said, if you really want the 'display fuge' I would skip the sand completely and just load the thing with chaeto/graciallara/etc. The sand doesn't add anything since it isn't deep enough to be a true DSB.

 

It also doesn't make any sense to me to have the GFO reactor feeding the fuge. You don't want the fuge to get chemically filtered water otherwise there isn't anything in the water to feed the algae. Maybe Tee off the drain line straight into the fuge? This bypasses the filter sock, for better or worse, but also would allow you to control the flow into the fuge.

 

 

Thanks for the comment. I was planning on adding an inch of figi mud, with 5-6 inches of sugar grain sized sand... With mangroves and such in there. That's not enough sand? The fuge would have a little over 25 gallons of total volume (according to LxWxH converted into gallons, 40B hold more than 40 gallons), ~6 inches of substrate, with 8-9 inches of water above that. That's not enough room?

 

And I think you're right about splitting the drain... That's probably a much better idea.

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I guess i assumed the dividing baffle wouldn't be the entire height of the tank, it is enough sand depth then but it may not be worth the volume it takes up. I'd still rather do a pure refugium with no sand to get the most nutrient export as possible.

 

Similarly, if you want mangroves for export you'll need to fill the whole fuge with them, two dozen or more ideally. A sandbed would make sense then although they'll root in porous live rock just as well.

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...used a different reef calculator... I stand corrected- 40Breeders hold exactly 40 gallons, when dimensions are taken from inside the tank.

 

Scrapping the deep sandbed idea. Still think I'll do mud and a layer of fine grain sand with LR rubble with a small CUC for looks and function.

 

Mangroves will be more for looks than function. Chaeto and some other macros will do the dirty work. I'll talk to the guys at reefcleaners and see what they recommend.

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...Lightbulb.... :mellow:

 

I may put window tint on the face of the display fuge to prevent most day light from getting in there- so I can get a true reverse light cycle going on in there. With night time illumination in the fuge, it should display into a dark room pretty well.

 

And... Once it's established and I've got it full of pods and macros, maybe I could stick a single seahorse in there? Just an idea- I haven't put any research into seahorses at all... Putting one in there (with the little I know about them at the moment) is unlikely because I'm not hatching live BS for them every day....

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Lookie what I got...

 

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This thread remains boring while I complete my sump... (link below)

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Dude all your pics are gone! This is one sweet set up I can't wait to see those mu series over it!

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Dude all your pics are gone! This is one sweet set up I can't wait to see those mu series over it!

 

 

Photos restored!

 

 

Waiting on shipment from BRS...

 

 

BRS Pukani Dry Eco Aquarium Live Rock 75lbs

1.75 Pounds (794 Grams) Bulk GFO High Capacity Ferric Oxide

1 Gallon - 3 Pounds Premium ROX 0.8 Aquarium Carbon

Auto Shut Off Kit for Reverse Osmosis Systems

Tunze 3155 Osmolator Universal (Auto Top Off) *NEW* w / magnet

Dry Live Rock Rubble 10 lbs

ReefKeeper NET Internet Module - Digital Aquatics

ReefKeeper Lite L3 PLUS - Digital Aquatics

Membrane Flush Kit

BRS GFO and Carbon Reactor (one for Carbon, one for GFO)

Eheim 1262 Universal Aquarium Pump 900GPH

 

I've had a few people say the return pump is appropriate sized... One (bitts) says it's pushing too much... Did I screw myself with that purchase?

 

 

Edit- To anyone buying equipment, here's something I recommend... Use "The Reef Tank Comparison Shopping Tool" to find the best prices on everything on your wish list. Write down or save a screen shot of the prices, and then e-mail them to your favorite supply store (like BRS) BEFORE you order- and get a price match. Call to order with the pages up on your browser for the easiest time. This way you saved yourself some cash, and you get everything from the same shop- so you save on shipping, and if stuff breaks, you only have one retailer to deal with!

 

Between the Group Buy (another thing I recommend that noobs check out) and the TRT Shopping Tool, I saved over three hundred dollars on this one big purchase.

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SCORE!!! Might be renaming this thread... ;)

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Eheim 1262 Universal Aquarium Pump 900GPH

 

I've had a few people say the return pump is appropriate sized... One (bitts) says it's pushing too much... Did I screw myself with that purchase?

 

nope its a damn good pump. Just more than needed, to supply the needed flow for filtration alone.

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