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Vleis's Reefer 170 (Floating Reef)

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Vleis

Ahooi.......

So I was SUPER LUCKY to recieve a RSM REEFER 170 for free about 2 months ago from this clown called @Claundyke Think he fell in his HEAD pretty hard. Thank anyway BUD.

Its been just standing there since then, but i pulled up my socks & started restoring / slight fixing it....

Few issued that needed fixing. TO DO LIST

Glass scratched
Front door re-wrap
Plumbing redone (original pluming gone)
Find a light (My Pico Light will not be enough :m16image.gif.6e72fc517aaaee79c95b9699bddea004.gif

DONE LIST:

Glass scratched: I got a company out from Germiston to buff all the scratched out (today actually), they came all the way to the Vaal & sorted me out.
Light: I was lucky to pick up a Radion XR15W Pro G3 for a great price & could not leave it. With that being said & see-ing the result with my own eye in @Christo 's tank, i decided to get a hybrid system & ordered myself a Aquatic Life Hybrid 24" T5 Light. This was ordered today from Ebay & is expexted to land month end.
Skimmer: Got a Curve 5 with the tank. Thanks again @Claundyke
Doser: Ordered a JEBAO 3.4 WIFI Doser off ebay as well & waiting for that. (want to try automated WC)
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I got a NICE piece of rock as well with the tank & will be trying to do a floating reef bare bottom reef. Gonna do the same as what @Claundyke tried, just better. hahahahah

Well I will try to update you all as i got along

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Thanks all

 

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So stripping it down & getting the 3 front panels polish, since they struggled to polish it nicely in the corners.

Will strip the rest down the weekend & clean, then the notorious RR tank builder @RealReefer will help me put it together again with meticulous & immaculate seams.
 

 
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Will keep all updated

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Sooooooo 2day felt a bit like Christmas....

Aqautic Life 24" T5 Hybrid arrived

 
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Build Quility looks good, will see when i assemble it.

End Result will look like this with my Radion XR15 in the middle. Im considering to paint the radion white, what you all think?
 

 
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More info. https://www.aquariumcomputer.com/products/ghl-illumination/aquaticlife-t5ho-hybrid/

Also got myself a REEF OCTO KS100 Kalk Stirrer,

Rip this thing doesnt fit into the cubert, LOL. Will run it next to the tank with a DOSER

 
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Jebao Doser 3.4 WIFI
 

 
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SonOff Smart House Devices

 
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These badboys connect to your home WIFI & you can control anything attached to it with your phone or to a set program you gave it. Give & Cuts power. This will be used as timers for the kalks stirrer & the T5's



Still just waiting for my BM Filler Roller & T5 globes to come then im pretty much sorted for now. Need to strip the last bit of the tank so we (@RealReefer ) can reassemble the tank for start up......

We getting there guys

Njoy

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Yay another piece arrived

BM ARF-M Roller Mat
ATI 24w T5’s (Blue Plus & Coral Plus)
 

 
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Lazy Reefing 101:tt2::tt2:

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Been a while since a update. I gave up trying to trip the last pieces of the tank (im a noob) so i sent it to @Christo to finish the job... He did it quick quick & i felt like a clown.
So now that those things are stripped down I can send it over to @RealReefer for the new sexy silicone seems
 

 
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Time is getting closer......

Silicone has been redone, just needs to set...
 

 
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I also decided to re-order the original Redsea plumbing.....

LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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More toys arrived today.

Vertex Libra Vessle 2.5T
 

 
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SHES DONE
 

 
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Thanks alot @RealReefer . You honestly have a incredible talent at building tanks. DANKIE OOM

Oh yeah... The XR15 Gen 3 Pro got replaced by an XR30 Gen4 Pro.

Whoop Whooop

 

 
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While i wait for the plumbing...

cleaned the filthy sump i got from @Claundyke :m16:

 

 
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Say hello Silver..

 

 
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Filter roller will be moved closer to the return chmaber so the skimmer can fit....

almost like this.
 

 
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So South Africa also still in lockdown & i couldnt get my plumbing in time...

It driving me mad & i want to start the tank so bad, got really bored & test fitted the rock.
 

 
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Okay, a bunch of unfortunate events & empty promises the original plumbing will not be happening. Only reason i did that is cuz I suck at DIY & Original is easy

Took the tank to (Mr DIY himself) & he build and retrofitted me new plumbing to work with the Reefer.

So if i play my cards right, I should have water in the tank about a WEEK OR 2 from now......

Super exited...
 

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Rock mounting methodology:

Step 1: epoxy a piece of left over glass onto the rock... Dry 24hrs

Step 2: Silicone the rock/glass to the overflow. BOOOM BOB IS YOUR UNCLE.

Now you get way more silicone bonding to the overflow & i believe it will hold leke.

Now also easier to remove the rock when chanhges need to happen..

 

 
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Sooooo today i picked up the tank from @Christo ....

I cut my "office" PC table in half to make space for the tank..... Cant choose a better spot than next to me when im working (thank you covid image.gif.550cee2c886505c5e44b9c0688e2a09d.gif )

It was very nervous to put the tank upright & make the rock hang under its own weight....

Better pics will come, was just very exited to share the tank in its spot......

It is pretty scary, but the "rock-epoxy-glass-silicone-glass" works very well. No person will ever struggle to do a floating reef again with that approach i feel......

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ALMOST THERE...
 

 
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UPDATES WIL BE LIVE FROM THIS POINT. 

Thanks for checking in

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Aaaaaaaaaaaand we have LIFT OFF....

 

Small things still to do, like wiring, sand & hanging lights, but in the meanwhile im going to run the tank so long with carbon for incase something DODGE was in there somewhere.

 

 

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Christopher Marks

Wonderful system build @Vleis, lots of great solutions!

 

Your floating reef vision is coming together amazingly well. I really like the idea of mounting glass to the rock first, to then siliconing that glass to the tank, very clever way to get a good bond.

 

Are you planning to keep it bare bottom for the floating illusion, or do you plan to place any coral beneath the shelf as well?

 

Looking forward to watching this new reef come to life!

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Kylebeano

Very cool start, lots of potential with your reef! Should be in front of the couch though 😛

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1 hour ago, Kylebeano said:

Very cool start, lots of potential with your reef! Should be in front of the couch though 😛

Hahahaha yeah it should be infront of the couch, but next to my "office desk" at the moment, so cant complain either. Hahhahahahha

1 hour ago, Christopher Marks said:

Wonderful system build @Vleis, lots of great solutions!

 

Your floating reef vision is coming together amazingly well. I really like the idea of mounting glass to the rock first, to then siliconing that glass to the tank, very clever way to get a good bond.

 

Are you planning to keep it bare bottom for the floating illusion, or do you plan to place any coral beneath the shelf as well?

 

Looking forward to watching this new reef come to life!


Thanks, yeah a friend came up with the idea of the glass on the rock, i was ready to EPOXY it to the overflow & that would've been a problem with a shut down or upgrade. this way it can still be removed with some elbow grease.

 

Im not planning on runnig bare bottom no, little bit of sand with my clam & that is ALL i want on the substrate, i love the clean uncluttered look on sand beds.... So that is my idea, everything from my pico will be transfer over....

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Sand is in, just needs to clear up a bit, but now the tank can cycle while i clean & sort the wiring..

 

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Cleared up nicely 

 

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