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Old 09-23-2011, 11:32 AM
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Default Adee's Sunlit Reef

So here goes, a brief overview of my 2500L (total volume) system that has been running for just over a year. This setup is a culmination of my previous setup, and with it a total of 10 years keeping all things salty. Having done this build to take advantage of sunlit, the lighting unit is only attached for 4 months of the year (winter)....otherwise its clear skies baby .


The main display is a Rimless 2m x 1m x .67cm (H), the nursery tank is 2m x 1.2m x .25cm (H).

For Bio filtration:
about 500kg's of Kenyan live rock
macro algae (Chaeto)
algae scrubber mearsures aprox 1.2m x 1m
MicrobeLift Special Blend (Bacteria Source) which I dose every second week

Mechanical filtration:
2x, Reef Octo Bubble Blaster 5000's Extreme skimmers
Waterboy dual cannister filter (Waterboy MaxiZorb Charcoal)
Phosban 150 fluidized filter using 500ml Brightwells Phosphate (resin) remover

Carbon dosing:
Vodka, Vinegar, Sugar mix (6ml a day & still ramping up)

Additives:
20 drops daily of Zeovit's High Concentrated Amino's
6 drops daily of Lugols Iodine
Every 3rd day or so a large teaspoon of Brightwells Potassium (powder form)
Large Reef Octo CARX unit holding Ca and Mg media
Reef Octo 140 Kalk Stirrer, 6 large tablespoons of Clacium Hydroxide every 4 days
ZeoSpur (only done one dose as yet, result from that was )

Lighting:

Reef Inmates SPS 400w light unit (taking it off in a months time)
3x Reeftek 10 000K, 400w
4x 39w Reeftek Actinics
4x 39w Geisman Actinics

Nursery tank is only lit by sunlight

Parameters:
Ca 420ppm
Mg 1300ppm
Alk 7.5 dKH
Phos 0.00 (Hanna Checker)

Waterchanges:
These are done weekly roughly 120L but will ramp up to 200L once I fix up my mixing tank (cracked)
I use Aqua-Medic and SeaChem salts, which I try and alternate.

Flow:
A mix of Tunze's and Seios, the more the better.

Feeding:
Feed quite a bit and regularly. I have an autofeeder that dishes out Ocean Nutrition pellets about 6 times a day. In the evening its 4 cubes consisting of a mix of mysis and krill. Every second day, a 3/4 sheet of nori for the tangs.

Pics to follow.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:38 AM
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Default Well this is how it all started...

My main aim here is to work with a sunlit driven set-up and to also start a propagation area that can also benefit from the display system.





The red line on the rooftop indicates the separation of the roofing material, to the left will be normal what we call IBR sheeting (insulated and has a ceiling on the inside....and to the right I plane to fit twin-wall polycarbonate clear sheeting (6mm thick).

some pics of the build up







I have run plumbing to also take off the water from water changes, this is plumbed direct to the sewer line....no more dead grass from water changes.

As the tank stood back then while bricks and mortar was being thrown around....excuse my photogenic gremlin in the pic.

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Old 09-23-2011, 11:47 AM
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Default Phase 2

So my new fish room...started to take shape.





this is where I intended having my nursery/refuige/ats...2m x 1.2m


the 8mm twin wall poly carbonate..






I've had then started up the beginnings of the filtration with some 50kgs live rock, threw in some caulepra as well.




the wife added some re-modelling...couch now faces the other way though...
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:51 AM
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Default Built the sumps





This is my LR sump....a bit tricky getting a 200cm x 70cm base in between those pillars, was only able to do this one half way as the silicone needs to dry and then I need to slide whole thing the other end so that I can get use the the clamps.


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Old 09-23-2011, 11:52 AM
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Same with the LR sump, all fresh water tested no leaks!

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Old 09-23-2011, 11:54 AM
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Drilling the 50mm outflow,
I use some board as a stencil....seen here with a 50mm and 32mm bits. Clamps hold everything in place so that the bit does not move around.


Cordless drill set-on slow speed, do just enough to get about 2-3mm depth, then u can remove the board. I drill for about s0-30 second then dunk the the bit in some water to wash out, also do same at the hole end. Be careful not to go to fast.


Bulkhead fittings screwed in place, I use a rubber washer on the outside end, with silicone on the inside end.


piped into the DSB sump
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:57 AM
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Default The Frag tank

The tank measures 2000mm x 1200mm x 260mm (water height) in 10mm normal glass. Total volume is around 600 litres.

Here is the base, I painted the chip board under neath white....to get some good reflection going.



Tank finished, I gave it 3 days for the silicone to cure....as I really laid it on thick around the corners.



These formed part of the overflow, two pieces of 6mm pasted together.



Drilled the two pieces of square cut glass and did same on the side glass on the tank, pasted those and fitted a short length of threaded nylon tubing (25mm)



Pasted the wall that will form the skinny over flow.



Threaded elbows screwed in place, plumbed in together to form a T-Piece.



Down-pipe ends up below, in the Live Rock sump.



Tank was filled for first water test, the skinny overflow started leaking at the base end. Not a problem, laid in some silicone (underwater) along the edge which sorted that out immediately, carried on with the water fill. Left the tank running for another 3 days...no leaks.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:59 AM
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So with the frag tank built...I had to transfer all of this out of the main display.



DT emptied out....



Transfered all the "test" stock.





close up of the skinny overflow, I plumbed in a temp return pump from the LR sump below.

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:02 PM
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Default This is what is looked like October 2010

The nursery tank was hovering around 30 degrees, the ATO was working overtime as well. I need to get to building that scrubber which also will help on providing some cooling...as well as to move on transplanting the rest of the livestock from my other system so that I can move the chiller as well.

pic from above with pumps on


with pumps off


Some of the bigger ones that I have moved already into their temporary accommodation


Some frags, mostly pieces added onto my new display tank. Others are left overs from some bigger colonies that were hit with RTN at the time.


my make shift holding cell for the macro algae.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:06 PM
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So started pruning the corals in my existing tank in preparation to moving them to this system.





So the plan was to move large frags rather than whole colony (help limit the risk)...I moved two big frags of this one to my sunlit set-up and kept the rest in the existing tank. Will monitor over the next few weeks as the sun and water temp are giving the corals a hiding....no sign of RTN yet so far so good.

Here is the other one, a green blue-tip...by far my fastest grower...tried to cut it out in one go, ended up breaking in three big pieces.

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:10 PM
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Default Early days of rockscaping a year ago...











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Old 09-23-2011, 12:12 PM
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My first decent FTS

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:15 PM
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Default PAR Readings

So gotten my grubby paws on a PAR Meter, readings were taken around 11:30am.

I had back then just installed 40% blue ChromatiNet shade cloth....Readings astounded me partly because of the shade cloth and the filthy polycarb roof, still allowed enough PAR for my set-up.

When the sun was at it's clearest the reading alone in the sun room was around 1200!...I compared this to my 250w BLV globes about 30cm away with only clear air between the bulb and the sensor and I only got around 280

The pic below ilustrates more or less what the readings averaged around. At 8am this morn, the readings were about 300-400 less than whats shown.

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:16 PM
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Default February 2011 update

Added substrate

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:20 PM
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Default May 2011 update

A tank within a tank pic




a front shot of the tank, i think its the best view...especially when your nose is on the glass...



front left close up...i've got a growth shot of that SPS in the middle, it like the others, have done well and is sprouting in all directions.




front right close up.



centre overhang...my two SPS islands will eventuall touch...remember this shot, 'cause if all goes well, should happen in about 8 month time.



This brown SPS is slowly getting its color back and growth spurts are showing different colors from the rest of the body..the trick will be to get nutrient levels low enough so that the stems of the coral look the same as the tips.
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