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Old 10-18-2014, 01:20 AM
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so since we shut down our last tank ive been after denny ( aka reefwars ) for the last year to set up another display tank. with our frag systems still running and work busy for us both we just didnt have any mojo

near the beginning of summer dennys co-worker and friend wayne ( aka wayner ) was planning to set up a small frag tank for himself to prop some sps , he made it all the way to the lighting stage then realized he doesnt have frags lol the offer was there to buy a small stylish shallow tank and included a already made stand and light


so we bought the setup with no real plans in mind and brought it home the following weekend.

me and denny talked about what we wanted to do for the design and we agreed we would do another theme tank and just needed to settle on a theme. my last tank was a nano waterfall tank where water flowed over three panes of glass into a moat so i wanted to do something along the lines of a waterfall theme , denny wanted to do the island volcanoe theme he had always liked.


so we met half way and settled on a tank that would house a vertical structure in the center of the tank that rose out of the water and on top of the tank in the back corner we would build a water fall. this is to be a mixed reef with all our nice zoas around the islands water edge and select sps pieces and lps etc to fill the rest of the tank fish ...TBD


so it began.......


the idea is to have water lines which are fed via the return pump to feed the waterfall and to have a few lines that ran over the island. the water that flows over the island ( 3 outputs ) will collect into some basins in which we will grow some corals in



we will try to keep this updated and log as much as we can as this will be a pretty interesting build


so here's what we got , we are actually already running with fish and corals but we will start this from the beginning as all good stories start


next up ....the set-up

enjoy!!!


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Old 10-18-2014, 01:34 AM
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ok so now thew theme has been determined we needed to figure out how we are going to run this idea


so heres what we came up with


tank specs:

36 x 20 x 14h
rimless aquarium
polished edges
external overflow on back panel
drilled for herbie silent overflow
1 x 3/4" returns on the back panel right side of overflow
black silicone
black acrylic back panel


stand: 2 x 4 construction painted black ( skirted later)

stand dimensions: 36 x 20 x 36h


sump: 32 x 20 x 16h -

its full custom built from concept ( obviously) and designed by me and denny we maxed out every last inch of space available so its a bit of a jig saw puzzle lol

drain entry from display chamber
1 x 7" filter sock section
refugium section
skimmer section
return section
ATO compartment
custom built in dosing chambers ( ca/alk/mg/vinegar)


equipment:


t5 6 bulb tek light
bubble magus curve 5 protein skimmer
2 x 150w eheim jager heaters
jebao dc12000 return pump
2 x koralia powerheads (2 x jebao rw-4 wireless on order)
kamoer 4 channel doser
tlf 150 reactors x 2 ( gfo/carbon)
tunze osmolator 3155





here are some tank pics once we got it home from wayne and plugged in the lights



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Old 10-18-2014, 01:46 AM
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That tank dimensions WoW.
you know you can build anything you want with Pukani and friends from fijireefrock.com
check it out as I am sure there is at least a rock or two you might like to use for this crazy but neat idea of a water fall in the middle of a molten volcano.with your guys wakoo ideas...
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More pictures!
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:51 AM
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That tank dimensions WoW.
you know you can build anything you want with Pukani and friends from fijireefrock.com
check it out as I am sure there is at least a rock or two you might like to use for this crazy but neat idea of a water fall in the middle of a molten volcano.with your guys wakoo ideas...


thanks eli!

when its all said and done all good projects start from a great foundation , in this case we went with the pukani its shapes were perfect and we couldnt pass it up eli was nice enough to let us sift through the rock late one night at a last minutes notice and helped us pick our pieces , he supplied us with the cement and information for the design not to mention the actual stones he didnt even think our idea was stupid lol

this tank has fijireefrock written all over it lol



up next: our pics on how we made our structures , the rock we chose and a few tutorials on how we finished our design and made it all come together
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:52 AM
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This tank has me rethinking how I do reefing .

Beauty in person, excited to see how the zoas grow out.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:29 AM
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Haha now that's what I am talking about...thinking outside of the box thanks Levi!! .we are really pleased with how its coming along, all our collector zoanthids will be beautiful once grown out and the system has matured
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Ive literally wanted to do this for years!! One of my favorite tanks out there was the famous volcano tank. Really looking forward to this!!
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