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Mork
12-27-2013, 02:03 PM
I thought it was time I post my tank journal up here, as I've been a long time lurker in the forums. This has been a great resource for me over the years and I though I would share some of my tank adventures.

I left England 13 years ago as work takes me around the globe. I had been a very keen planted tank enthusiast, but moving around mean that setting up a big tank was out of the question. In 2005 I was living in New Zealand, and saw a friends Marine tank. I decided then to set up a small 3.5 gallon Pico tank with a few corals he gave me.



We moved again and I ended up selling the Pico and setting up a 7.5 gallon Nano that was largely SPS



Then last year we moved to Vancouver, Canada (The wife's Canadian) and I upped the size to a 35 gallon tank that I drilled and added a sump to. This currently looks like this:



This is the first time I've had any 'technology' on a tank such as a skimmer, dosers, and a wavemaker. I've had this running for a year but took my time stocking it due to work being busy mid-year. Now I want to spent 2014 tuning in the parameters and finding a way of getting some good colouring into the corals. I know there's some great people on UR with a wealth of knowledge - I'm hoping with some help that I can get this tank into cracking shape.

pinkreef
12-27-2013, 04:28 PM
cant see the pic

Mork
12-27-2013, 05:15 PM
I thought it was time I post my tank journal up here, as I've been a long time lurker in the forums. This has been a great resource for me over the years and I though I would share some of my tank adventures.

I left England 13 years ago as work takes me around the globe. I had been a very keep planted tank enthusiast, but moving around mean that setting up a big tank was out of the question. In 2005 I was living in New Zealand, and saw a friends Marine tank. I decided then to set up a small 3.5 gallon Pico tank with a few corals he gave me.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/11521074325_daf5a89f02_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521074325/)

We moved again and I ended up selling the Pico and setting up a 7.5 gallon Nano that was largely SPS

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/11521172133_534b424e42_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521172133/)

Then last year we moved to Vancouver, Canada (The wife's Canadian) and I upped the size to a 35 gallon tank that I drilled and added a sump to. This currently looks like this:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/11521350553_1f27ec3ded_z.jpg

This is the first time I've had any 'technology' on a tank such as a skimmer, dosers, and a wavemaker. I've had this running for a year but took my time stocking it due to work being busy mid-year. Now I want to spent 2014 tuning in the parameters and finding a way of getting some good colouring into the corals. I know there's some great people on UR with a wealth of knowledge - I'm hoping with some help that I can get this tank into cracking shape.

Mork
12-27-2013, 05:21 PM
I decided to be brave and have a go at custom building a sump out of some perspex I had kicking around at work. I'ts a very interesting material to work with. I prefer glass, but getting some perspex skills under your belt allows you to quickly build handy things like sump stands, racks, holders etc.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11521301335_3b46b1334d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521301335/)

I cut the pieces to size with a skill-saw. I used a plywood blade and pulled the blade up so it just went through the sheet. This kept the cuts nice and clean. I clamp a spirit level to the table and run the saw down the side of it for a clean straight cut.


http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/11521389926_22cf41426d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521389926/)

I taped it and then applied methylene chloride with a needle squeeze bottle to the edges. At this point it became apparent how important a clean cut was to create a strong bond.


http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/11521407283_775bed9e41_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521407283/)


http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2843/11521319125_702aede0e6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521319125/)

I added some corner braces to add a bit of strength, and then slapped in the baffles. I was working with the bare minimum of space, and had to opt for a U flow sump design so I could cram the Euro-reef skimmer in there, and still have room for an area I could grow chaeto and add a filter sock. In the end I managed to successfully fit it all in.


http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3815/11521359895_fca5258a94_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriswaind/11521359895/)

In the next build, a big sump area is a must. I'd really like to cram a fluidized reactor in there to run GFO, but I would have to sacrifice the fuge area. I'm going to see how I go, but may rearrange this setup.