Canreef Aquatics Bulletin Board  

Go Back   Canreef Aquatics Bulletin Board > General > Tank Journal

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-09-2011, 05:03 AM
SmallFry SmallFry is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brandon
Posts: 180
SmallFry is on a distinguished road
Default SmallFry's 75 Gallon (Reef Eventually) Build

This has been in the works for a long time, piggybacking on the log for my 27 gallon FOWLR. Now it's all plumbed and I've got some water in it albeit fresh to finish curing my diy rocks. I figure it's about time to give it its own journal, so here goes...

For the early parts of this build, see the late parts of my other journal.
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=49642

A long time ago I experimented with making some diy rocks for the new tank. I did it mostly because I wanted to have lots of shelf type rocks. I've been trying to cure it for a good while now, on and off as I was in two minds as to whether to use it. About a couple of months ago I decided to use it and started curing it in earnest. Progress has been slow, partly I think because the biggest Rubbermaid I had was not able to hold much water as well as the rock. To try and speed things up, I'm giving it some more volume of water, like the whole tank full of it.. And as a bonus I get an extended water test to iron out any kinks too.

Anyway - pictures!!

The whole thing..


The plumbing...


The sump...

It's pretty basic, no baffles, though I may add some later if I get problems with microbubbles from the skimmer (Euro Reef RS100) and I hope to get some sort of a refugium set up eventually. Another idea I had is to use some of the spare space in the external overflow for a couple of mangroves, but that's a way off yet.



And finally a close up of the aquascape...


I was surprised that they only come to 55lbs now, they weighed a ton when I started curing - there must've been a lot of salt in there. On the plus side they must be really porous!

Now if only the pH will come down! I have a back up plan if it doesn't, I'm going to get some of those Eco Reefer rocks - Skimmer King got some for his new build and they look really nice..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-09-2011, 05:12 AM
Skimmerking's Avatar
Skimmerking Skimmerking is offline
acanthastrea freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Virden, Manitoba
Posts: 5,650
Skimmerking is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to Skimmerking Send a message via MSN to Skimmerking
Default

i have mangroves that i can sell ya if you want them . the tank is looking great buddy.
__________________
60 gal corner with assorted softies, LPS, leathers
Doesn't matter how much you have been reading until you take the plunge.
You don't know as much as you think.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-09-2011, 05:27 AM
SmallFry SmallFry is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brandon
Posts: 180
SmallFry is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skimmer King View Post
i have mangroves that i can sell ya if you want them . the tank is looking great buddy.
Thanks, may take you up on that, if my pH ever gets anywhere south of 'drain cleaner'...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-21-2011, 04:36 AM
SmallFry SmallFry is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brandon
Posts: 180
SmallFry is on a distinguished road
Default

Finally! I went and did it! Just hit the button on an order for the LEDs and drivers for my new light.

It's going to be 24 XP-E royal blue (60 degree optics), 24 XP-G cool white (65 degree optics) and the PWM dimmable meanwell drivers which I'll be controlling with an arduino.

I'm going to build my own heat sink for them, which should be interesting...
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-24-2012, 05:54 AM
SmallFry SmallFry is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brandon
Posts: 180
SmallFry is on a distinguished road
Default On the move again...!

Well, if you ever needed convincing that there are a million things that can seriously delay your build...

Things were all on track, I had my LEDs and all I needed to do was build the light, then this happened....









And as if that wasn't enough we bought this



which turned out to need a whole new subfloor and ended up like this...




Which has delayed things just a little.....
But finally I got around to building the light..





The LEDs have optics on them now too, but I don't have any photos of that, but they're quite bright. Speaking of the heatsinks, I built my own from a couple of different sizes of U channel bolted together. I drilled a lot of holes and filed them together with a rat-tail file to create slots for convective cooling. I did this to try and get the heatsinks to help cool themselves rather than having a big stagnant lump of hot air stuck on top that needs a fan to move it. It seems to work. I'm currently driving them at 700mA on the cool white and royal blues. The heatsinks are just warm with no fans running - the fixture is totally silent which sadly cannot be said for my return pump ..






On the plus side I now have the chance to get my 2 year old, but unused Euro-Reef RS100 going. Am impressed - there's no livestock, but it's still finding something to skim out. Not sure what though..

I've now got a couple of pounds of live rock in there to get things started and I'm dosing it with Stability to help get things established a little quicker.. I'm hoping to start moving some of the fish over from the 27 as soon as possible..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-08-2012, 02:44 AM
SmallFry SmallFry is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brandon
Posts: 180
SmallFry is on a distinguished road
Default Stocking Complete

Its taken a while but I now have all the livestock I want in the tank - well nowhere close to all I want, but all I think I'm going to have. I may add some more snails etc to clean up the sand, but that's it..

So far the list is

Royal Gramma

Carpenters? Flasher wrasse
Ruby headed fairy wrasse
(yep, the Skimmer King got me hooked on wrasses)
Both are in hiding right now - I'm hoping that it's just because they're annoyed about having to share the tank with the new arrivals who zip around the tank quite a bit..

Coral Beauty
Kole Tang

Two Cleaner Shrimp
Rock Boring Urchin

Three Nassarius
Four Turbo Snails
One big spiky snail that I have yet to identify
Small but getting larger frag of Green Star Polyps

I'll try to get some decent photos up but I'm having difficulties getting things to focus properly with my camera. It's almost like the auto focus is off, but it's about ten years old so I guess I can't complain too much..

Last edited by SmallFry; 06-08-2012 at 02:46 AM. Reason: Forgot the gramma
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-08-2012, 03:04 AM
subman's Avatar
subman subman is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 1,509
subman is on a distinguished road
Default

Tank looks great...but that canoe is AMAZING!!!!

you obviously have some mad carpentry skills.
__________________
225gal dt with 100g sump. Mitras, vortechs, bubble king, AI Sol and Profilux.
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/sho...threadid=84782
Will trade subs for frags

My other summer hobby:
http://www.edkra.ca
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-08-2012, 03:47 AM
Coralgurl's Avatar
Coralgurl Coralgurl is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Calgary
Posts: 1,894
Coralgurl is on a distinguished road
Default

^+1
Busy guy! tank looks great!

Would love to see what you do with your trailer. We had a '57 converted bus we wanted to redo...no place to do the work....
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-09-2012, 12:27 AM
SmallFry SmallFry is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brandon
Posts: 180
SmallFry is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by subman View Post
Tank looks great...but that canoe is AMAZING!!!!

you obviously have some mad carpentry skills.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coralgurl View Post
^+1
Busy guy! tank looks great!

Would love to see what you do with your trailer. We had a '57 converted bus we wanted to redo...no place to do the work....
Thanks! The canoe actually isn't as hard as it looks, most of it is just being obsessive about getting things straight and set up right to begin with. A lot of the time is in building and setting up the mould. More time was spent thinking about how to do stuff than actually doing it. I'd have helped myself if I'd bought the cedar strips instead of making them from home depots red cedar deck boards.. Or if I hadn't decided to weave my own cane seats...

The trailer has changed a bit since that photo, new floor and all the inner skins have been taken off and reinsulated. It will be going back to its original layout except for a tweak or two at the front. I'm going to strip and rebuild or repair the original furniture where I can and invent the rest..

I'm really lucky that the in-laws have a farm where I'm able to keep it while I work on it. That size of project would have been impossible otherwise..

Once I'm done with that I get to finish the basement and replace the kitchen...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-09-2012, 01:07 AM
bignose's Avatar
bignose bignose is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 943
bignose is on a distinguished road
Default

That canoe is a work of art! Great craftsmanship SmallFry.
__________________
My old tank journal
90G sps reef
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.