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Current FTS 21st May 2019

 

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Hi I live in Austraila and have been out of the hobby for a few years, but my wife secretly purchased me a new tank as she knows I missed it,

 

The Tank is an Aqua one Minireef 160 its main tank is 90cmx45cmx45cm, sump is 60cmx38cmx40cm and rodi storage is 16cmx38x40cm

 

So far all I have done is fill with ro/di water added sand and salt, added in a Aquael Reef Circulator 2500 power head and aquaone auto top system

 

I have ordered 18kg/40lb of Caribsea life rock shapes, going to try Bacteria House Bio Block in the sump and 3FT DSunY Marine LED with wifi for main light

 

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I got Mail the Bacteria House Bio Block (20x20x10cm/8x8x4inch), I am interested to see how it goes 
Just waiting on my eggcrate to put it on in the sump
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4 minutes ago, mick777 said:

Hi I live in Austraila and have been out of the hobby for a few years, but my wife secretly purchased me a new tank as she knows I missed it,

 

The Tank is an Aqua one Minireef 160 its 3x1.5x1.5ft

 

So far all I have done is fill with ro/di water added sand and salt, added in a Aquael Reef Circulator 2500 power head and aquaone auto top system

 

I have ordered 18kg/40lb of Caribsea life rock shapes, going to try Bacteria House Bio Block in the sump and 3FT DSunY Marine LED with wifi for main light

 

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Oooh that looks nice! 😃

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The Caribsea Life Rock Shapes came today
Now need to figure out the layout I want
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Box One 8kg/20lb
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Box Two 8kg/20lb
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4 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

 

Oooh that looks nice! 😃

Thank you

 

 

Rock is in, not sure if I like the layout or not but will see after a week 
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Just now, mick777 said:

Thank you

Rock is in, not sure if I like the layout or not but will see after a week 
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I like it! Lots of caves. 

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Purchased another Aquael Reef Circulator 2500 power head for left side of tank.

 

also 3D printed and new return nozzle to replace the straight though pipe that came with the tank and 4 loc-line connections in abs

 

this one splits the water flow in to 4 different directions as it comes out, works great and seems to have increased return pressure

(https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1784377)

 

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mcarroll

I would either sell or hold onto the bioblock for later...use it only if you find you have a real need for it.  

 

More than likely your rock will be enough and the block would be too much.

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I received the light today 4 channel control with wifi 

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Parameter update:

 

Salinity: 1.025

PH: 8.1

KH: 120ppm

Nitrite 0ppm

Ammonia: 0ppm

Nitrate: 10ppm

 

I have been left a dead King prawn in the water to make that ammonia read on the test, but I still haven't seen any ammonia, or nitrite, but nitrate is going up and diatoms are showing on some of the small live rock bits i got from the lfs and a small amount on the sand

 

I have a feeling that might have to do with the Caribsea life rock's Bacteria

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While waiting for the tank to cycle, I decided to use some mdf I had laying around so mounted the power broads to it so I can slide them out from behind the tank all in one go

 

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I am sure someone will point out its not good to have power boards running from another power board, but the main one is the only one that is surge protected and there is only one power point on the wall where the tank is

 

also noticed the new light and power pack were getting quite hot so I mounted a fan on the power pack and used an old CPU cooler to cool the light

 

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the fan on the light runs at full speed on a timer with the lights, as for noise I can not hear it over the protein skimmer noise and the air it gives off I can feel coming out of each end of the lights heat sink 

 

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Also ordered an extension cable for the lights control box so I can mount it to the mdf.

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Dantrasy

Great build so far. Best of luck. 

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On 4/18/2019 at 9:23 PM, Dantrasy said:

Great build so far. Best of luck. 

Thank you.

 

Cycle update:

Ammonia is in between 0-0.1 on the test i have

Nitrite has finally shown up at 5ppm

Nitrate is currently 20ppm

 

and if anyone knows what this hitch hiker is, sorry for bad photo (round and has green stripes going to it middle)

 

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tank is cycled.

 

also Since the sump doesn't have a space for refugium, I fudged one, so i can grow some macro algae 

 

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Dantrasy

Nicely done.

 

I like the white comb attachment. Did you make it or buy it? Kinda looks 3d printed.

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26 minutes ago, Dantrasy said:

Nicely done.

 

I like the white comb attachment. Did you make it or buy it? Kinda looks 3d printed.

I made it, used fusion 360 to model it then cut it in half so I could fit it on my 3D printer bed then printed it out in 2 peices in white abs, I also have it printing in black too just to see what one I like 

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ReeferBray

Great work quick cycle nice.try to block your light from shining on your skimmer as the plastic wil at some time start growing algae and coraline its hard to take off you'll end up scratching the skimmer wil give you less work cleaning the skimmer also in future 

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2 hours ago, ReeferBray said:

Great work quick cycle nice.try to block your light from shining on your skimmer as the plastic wil at some time start growing algae and coraline its hard to take off you'll end up scratching the skimmer wil give you less work cleaning the skimmer also in future 

thank you, I did seed the cycle at the beginning with Seachem Stability so do not know if that is why it cycled so quick.

I am working out a shade for the light, so most of the light will be blocked going in to the other areas of the sump 

 

I changed out the white comb and put in the black I printed, to see if I liked it or not

 

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ReeferBray

Looks great so far keep us posted

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My DIY Light Shade/Reflector using some 3d printing, Aluminium Foil Tape, plastic panel from the bottom of 2 reusable bags and 2 report spine holders, still needing to work out how to keep more light off the skimmer

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added 4 turbo snails to help with algae

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and a few corals 

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attached this purple star to a removable rock, just in case I need to keep its size down

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debbeach13

This new tank looks fantastic. I hope it provides years of fun.

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Some More

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and this i got for free as they said it had not opened, so I thought lets see if i can make it happy

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Current Full Tank Shot, all going great just trying to keep up with cleaning the turbo snail poop 

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Some More Additions 

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 and a Baby Bubble tip Anemone (about 2cm in size)

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this is looking much better

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ReeferBray

Getting there nicely 👏

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