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NEW THREAD OLD TANK

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NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:38 pm

My new thread old tank :read:

Well guy’s thought it about time I started a real thread – as tank has been going nearly 20 months..
As I am hoping to upgrade system to 7ft 2 x 2 later this year

Now unfortunately when I joined this forum I had already started the tank conversion & built the stand.. however I will do my best to fill in gaps with desc & photos.

Also since last Oct I’ve lost all my data collated on corals,Fish & events/new equipment. I’ve only got photographs so all will be from memory etc.
I have just uploaded 185 images to PB not including what was already on there…

I hear all you picture freaks going yeh yeh yeh pics… we all like pics
The tank is 8 years old (now) converted from a RENA 350 Classic 48 x 20 x 24 approx 77gal

Here’s a pick of of the beast

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Anyway this is where it still stands..

I started the conversion July 2009 by stripping down the Freshwater set up – at this point I still did not know if I was doing the right thing- (now I know I did)

The stand basically from 2 x 3 pine (CLS) & 18mm thk MDF painted black.
I had never drilled tank before so I watched load of blogs/vids on doing this (simples)
Bought a 38 tile/glass cutter from my second home (B&Q)
Held my breath & cut= was amazed how thick based was 15mm

Anyway originally I built weir from black acrylic & painted back same black..

Pic of original setup

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I eventually changed the weir to glass & backed with SBP (sticky backed plastic) for all those who watched Blue Peter
& painted the back blue after scraping old paint off.
Initial sump layout – ps doors or just held on with magnets.
Sump was customised build (Via East Lothian Aquatics Tranent) to fit the stand I had built.. 17 x 17 x 35in 3 main compartments
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The original pump I got & still have NJ3000 on the return (now my skimmer pump)
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More shots of original sump layout with TMC V800 skimmer, FR509 reactor, TMC 15 UV

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All piping is 25mm from Coral Culture

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TMC Skimmer V2800 & UV15 now replced by Deltec 2060TC & DD 20watt UV
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:39 pm

Back of the tank has a good 6inch gap – but was too messy daisy –chaining power packs together (this looks familiar doesn’t it lol!)
Again this will be changed later
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The original first fill – just dumped LR in as fast as possible - only had 35k to start with & no experience in aqua-scaping LR
This was Sunday 17th Jan 2010
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Original LR layout first week not really much to see yet
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:40 pm

First couple of corals around week 5 large Lobo & Zoa’s, , Green Star polyps, some mushrooms , couple of Rics, tiny piece plating monti,
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:42 pm

Around mid April 2010 zoa’s, polyps coming along nicely
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:43 pm

MID MAY 2010
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Some close shots of corals
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:43 pm

MID JUNE 2010

Australian Spider sponge – really special when open

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This kept well for a couple of months – still got piece but very small. I’m increasing feeding & trace elements in water – will get onto this later in thread or dif thread.
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:44 pm

SOME OTHER SHOTS OF CORALS/FISH
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This wrasse was one of my favourite but it injured itself on LR nasty gash so eventually was too weak to survive
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:45 pm

Shot of Tank this Time last year Mid July

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MID JULY 2010 CONT’D

This month last year I also invested in new TMC tiles Marine white & twin Reef Blue
This I mounted 20mm sq aluiminium bar from B&Q cut to 4 lengths & linked with black corner connections

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Used the fitting which came with lights
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I then placed the lights across tank edges before placing T5 Betta (4 x 54w) over the top of TMC’s or just off centre

Ps there was still a gap to allow air cooling
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:46 pm

Then came the NEW skimmer

DELTEC TC 2060 (NEW TC/SC Deltecs 200 mm dia & 600mm high)
Got this beast day before lights but could not finish fitting as never had enough pipe/fittings (32mm)
This was going to be temporarily outside sump.

For this I needed to use my NJ 3000 return pump & find something else for return.
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Skimmer in its temp position & also in a 2ft tank
Return pump now Sicce Multi 5800 which seems to run very quiet.


Skimmer eventually put into sump- not without a small change/cut into stand
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Re: NEW THREAD OLD TANK

Postby gobbie1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:47 pm

SEPT/OCTOBER 2010

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Few changes been made to tank over August/Sept

Added Koralin 1501 Calcium Reactor + PH controller

Managed to find a Fire Service Engineer locally whom changed out 2Kg CO2 cylinders for me @ £5 a time (not bad) in fact still on second cylinder since Jan2011


My next Job was to replace all wiring/sockets to a safer arrangement.
Get rid of this mess
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A proper ring mains AC circuit loom wired onto back of solid MDF then sandwiched together with another piece & 2 bits 2x2 pine timber, making a box section which was then placed into end of cabinet..
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ImageI left a gap & at the top so cable could be fed up over creating drip line. This has served well but as always you run out
of sockets..
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