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Koestby86
03/19/2017, 03:41 AM
So here goes, I'm setting up a new tank. Woho

Just some background info, 31 yrs old. Live in Norway, been into this hobby for 3 yrs now. My first tank was and still is a RSM 250, great tank for starters but U find out fast that U would love to have more space and a sump :) I love the awesome variation U get with saltwater and all the life and species that makes this ecosystem so cool.

Been running freshwater tanks for x amount of years, mainly Tanganyika. Tropheus, 4-5 different species. Sold it all and bought a Deltec system back then but never runned it. Went "dry" for some years but I always fall back to fishtanks :D

The tank itself is a Aqua Medic Anthias 160.
160x67x70 - 750l

I made it black and did new plumbing on it.
Originally it came with 1 drain and 1 return, Im running Herbie style overflow, so I had to make 1 more for emergency. I drilled out the 25mm return to a 40mm drain, so now I got two 40mm drains. Plumbed the new return on the backside of the tank (32mm). Also got my black acrylic for the overflow box coming soon ,so stay tuned ;)


Royal Exclusiv Dreambox 150l sump
RD3 Speedy 80w return.
Bubbleking Double Cone 200/ with RD3 speedy 50w pump


2 RE Media reactors hardplummed into return pump.
Going to use them for carbon and gfo/rowa.

Schego 600w heater with thermostat controller.

2x MP40QD from Ecotech Marine
2x Radion g3 xr30w pro- might add 1 more.

Tank is set up with all new and dry rock from Aquaforest.
Will mainly be running AF products which Im having great success with in the other tank.

Caribsea live reef sand.


Started cycling last Saturday, 11.3.17
Adding Aquaforest bio s everyday for 14 days

Happy reefing good people :D

Koestby86
03/19/2017, 04:00 AM
Ok, there were supposed to be pictures in that first post. Didn't find the edit button so I'll post them here.. [emoji23]
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kegogut
03/19/2017, 07:46 AM
I like the rock work. Just make sure all of it is at least a few inches from the glass so you can clean it.

Koestby86
03/19/2017, 10:52 AM
I can see it`s not easy to see on the picture but there is atleast 5-10 cm or more clearance to the backwall ;)

Koestby86
03/21/2017, 05:36 AM
Fish wishlist:

Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish x 2-4
Watanabei Angelfish- 1 pair
Exquisite Firefish- 4 ish ?(small)
Cirrhitichthys falco 1


The fish I have right now.
1 Yellow tang
1 Blue tang
2 Occelaris clowns
1 Starry Blenny
1 Fridmani
1 Bluestreak Cleaner wrasse

Thinking of maybe getting 1-2 more tangs, either of these... Achilles,Naso eller Whitecheek

Any good ideas let me know


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ReefKeeper64
05/02/2017, 05:52 PM
How are you liking that dreambox? That is a 100x49x35 right? I'm kicking around the idea of getting one myself which is why I ask.

Koestby86
05/10/2017, 11:23 PM
Hi, sorry for the late respond. Didn't get any notifications, but I can't say Im not liking the Dreambox..Coming from a RSM 250 its a huge upgrade in all ways. Only thing for me might be that it has 7 filter socks, not having a good routine on that just yet about changing out. They get dirty fast, like every 3-4 days.. Oh yeah and the skimmer chamber could have been a bit larger for my taste, I'm planning on having two reactors piped onto the return in there with the skimmer so space is limited I would say.. But overall, very pleased with the stuff from Royal Exclusiv. U get what u pay for :D

Go for it :thumbsup:

ReefKeeper64
05/11/2017, 08:51 AM
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Your plumbing work is sharp! Are the couplings that connect your returns to the sump cemented in place, siliconed in place, or is the PVC just seated in the coupling?

Koestby86
05/11/2017, 12:52 PM
Thanks, Im really happy with it myself. The red pipes are glued into the acrylic from factory. The grey pvc fitting is glued down to the pipe so I feel sorry for the guy that buys it after me.. Or if I encounter any issues. Didn't know any other way to get it leakproof :P Silicon might do the trick though.

ReefKeeper64
05/11/2017, 09:02 PM
Thanks, Im really happy with it myself. The red pipes are glued into the acrylic from factory. The grey pvc fitting is glued down to the pipe so I feel sorry for the guy that buys it after me.. Or if I encounter any issues. Didn't know any other way to get it leakproof :P Silicon might do the trick though.

Good to know. That's probably what I will do as I just bought the same sump.

One thing you might want to consider for asthetics is to switch out the red pipe in the display tank area for black pipe. I'm thinking the red draws too much attention to itself in a display tank where the focus is fish and corals there. Just an idea... I hope you don't mind me throwing it out there.

Koestby86
05/12/2017, 04:00 PM
Cool, you will be very satisfied with it I am sure. And the RE section on here is amazing, and Slief does a great job helping out everyone`s issues.

Yeah I have been thinking about it, but it has some algae growing on it and with time the purple might grab a hold on it so I'm not so concerned with it anymore. In the start I paid more attention to it.
Throw it all out there tbh :D

reefmutt
05/12/2017, 06:59 PM
very nice system! cool plumbing.
I used to keep tanganyikans as well. I loved the fish from that lake.
very unique. tropheous are so beautiful but i always had a thing for the tanganyikan compressiceps family. Such neat looking fish.. and cyprichromis.. and good ol' brichardi.. and the shell dwellers.... man, i loved keeping those fish! this is making me want to set up another tanganyikan tank!..
Anyways, i like your scape.:)
What types of corals do you plan to keep? you have all the tech to go full sps..

Koestby86
05/13/2017, 02:50 AM
Thanks ! First time plumbing and having a sump so well pleased with it.. Yeah tanganyika is a cool place with tons of species. Might have a tropheus tank again in the future, now I spend to much money on this hobby :/

At the moment I have some Lps corals like, elegance and hammers. Bubbletip anemone and just recently I picked up 6 crates of sps corals off a fellow reefer that was reducing his load.. So its gonna be a mix but mainly sps.

Chris_S
05/16/2017, 10:30 PM
Love that sump!

Koestby86
05/17/2017, 09:37 AM
Love that sump!

I know right ! Itīs awesome :D:D

Koestby86
05/21/2017, 06:30 AM
Some changes have been made to the system, took down my Radions and got my new Pacific Sun Hyperion S 3x75w - 4x54 t5 lamp up. Everything is looking good actually, may swap some of the t5 tubes out for different colours. Or just tweak the LED.

Dont get me wrong, I like G3 Pro but wanted to try something different.

Also got my doser up, doing 100ml of 123+ from AF.

Pictures to come.

reefmutt
05/21/2017, 10:52 AM
Got any pics of the pac sun?
Which colours are in the led clusters?

Cmags305
06/01/2017, 02:00 PM
This is a dream tank


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inthedeep2
06/01/2017, 03:48 PM
is it me or is the tank not sitting on the stand correctly. looks like the bottom bracing is outside the stand.

Koestby86
06/01/2017, 04:28 PM
Got any pics of the pac sun?
Which colours are in the led clusters?

The Hyperion S(SMT) panel includes the following LED colors:
UV (400 and 420nm) - Made for Pacific Sun
Royal Blue 450nm - Cree
Royal Blue 465nm - Cree
Blue - Cree
Cyan - Made for Pacific Sun
Green - Cree
Amber - Made for Pacific Sun
Deep Red - Made for Pacific Sun

I will take some pictures this weekend.

Koestby86
06/01/2017, 04:29 PM
This is a dream tank


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Thank you, very pleased with the tank and equipment so far :)

Koestby86
06/01/2017, 04:35 PM
is it me or is the tank not sitting on the stand correctly. looks like the bottom bracing is outside the stand.

It can look like it but I am pretty sure the tank is seated where it should be, it sits flush at the back, because that`s where the drain holes was from fabric. Itīs also a steelframe all around under in the cabinet.

Koestby86
06/05/2017, 05:12 AM
So as promised.. pictures. Sorry for being lazy [emoji41]. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/891c5cdcee841681847b9aadd1eb6bbe.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/8ba670d4389e243df9d8f4d06417178d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/046e9e54a0378ee055cd158783907c10.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/b81c22bf8cde6338d44562ef61328736.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/0b429ba0a4c199fda9dca63e31c4f45e.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/5594dd02eefc1af64cfad12813ea316a.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/3c02f82dfced9b1e7e723dfc15cf8489.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/ea970d0963677f9c29c39e2a5fce61b0.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/b1948bafb6a8032bf1c746bcfcfb3d18.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170605/2819645f78ce84a7f33771310131441d.jpg


I'm having some bad case of browning of corals, due to starvation and or moving from a established tank to mine. I'm working my way back though


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Koestby86
06/05/2017, 06:06 AM
Man, posting with tapatalk makes my pictures look stupid big.. Is the only way to get right size using photo bucket ?

Koestby86
06/18/2017, 01:25 PM
Ok guys, I need some help. Let me shed some light on it, I have been using AF probiotic salt since the start of this tank, 11 of March it started cycling.
I have been using Np Pro and Pro bio S for no3/po4 reduction (ULNS) system.. I thought that WC 10% every other week would be sufficient. I changed to every week for the past month. I feed anywhere from 2-4 times a day with frozen, nori/flakes or pellets.. I mix it up.

Yet my No3 won't budge and is constant on 25ppm with Salifert. And my Po4 is currently at 0.21 Hanna Checker and 0.15-20 ppm with Nyos Reefer kit.

I can slow down my feeding I guess.
I use RODI water - reads at 0 TDS, I will test that water for No3/Po4
I usually clean out my collection cup once a week. Running a RE Double Cone 200 so it should be suited for the tank, and the gunk it takes out makes me think its working good. Maybe can be tweaked for better performance.

I have a decent CUC, hermits, trochus/nassarius snails.. few sand sifting starfish.
Fishstock atm is 16 or 17..

So give me some ideas of what I might be doing wrong cause I can't see em clearly.

Thx

Koestby86
06/18/2017, 01:35 PM
Here`s my fishlist.

3 x Tangs

Blue Tang
Yellow Tang
Clown Tang

2 x Clownfish

Amphiprion ocellaris

3 x Wrasse`s

Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
Exquisite Fairy Wrasse
Yellow Wrasse

7 x Chromis Viridis

1 x Flame Angelfish

1 x Starry Blenny

reefmutt
06/18/2017, 06:31 PM
I think that your tank is only 3 months old and you have 16 fish and you feed 4 times a day.
I think thats the issue right there..
The system is not fully matured.
I think you should cut your feeding to as little as is required to keep the fish from getting really skinny..
Seems to me that it's just too much too soon..
if you could tweak the skimmer so that your are cleaning it every two days, that'd help as well..

Koestby86
06/19/2017, 02:16 AM
I think that your tank is only 3 months old and you have 16 fish and you feed 4 times a day.

I think thats the issue right there..

The system is not fully matured.

I think you should cut your feeding to as little as is required to keep the fish from getting really skinny..

Seems to me that it's just too much too soon..

if you could tweak the skimmer so that your are cleaning it every two days, that'd help as well..



I completely agree, but it seems more logical when someone else tells it. I'll cut down the feeding and maybe do a WC every Monday and Friday for now, or would that be to much ?


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reefmutt
06/19/2017, 05:13 AM
I don't really think there's such thing as too many waterchanges. But I'm not sure it'll do a ton for dropping nutrients.. wont hurt though, that's for sure.

Koestby86
07/30/2017, 02:56 AM
Been quiet for a while, but things have been going good lately with nutrients at a low. Got my new toy from Pax Bellum this week so now I only need some chaeto. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/3271e601769709191863932eb7fc7de8.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/1188af94c0c1c891a8724ec94ab5427c.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/3fe2391819745429fb9a7260a126cd03.jpg

I'll be taking ROWA and vodkadosing of my maintenance schedule and let macroalgae do it's work..


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reefmutt
07/30/2017, 03:42 PM
Ooooooh aaaaaaah! That's a beaut!!

Koestby86
07/30/2017, 04:42 PM
Ooooooh aaaaaaah! That's a beaut!!


Oh yeah, Iīve got a couple of RE media reactors and I think they are pretty sweet. But this piece is outta this world. So kudos to Tristan and the Pax Bellum team, they make awesome equipment! :D

@reefmutt, I see u run 4 gyreīs. Which model u got? U got any noise issues?
I got 1 xf250 new model, and run it on the LTC program, from 20-60%. And the ramp up and down is quite loud. Been running the pump for a couple of months now and got another one coming in the mail. But kinda makes me wonder why I sold my QD pumps...

The gyre is the loudest equipment on the tank..:headwallblue:

reefmutt
07/30/2017, 09:27 PM
I have 2x 150, 1 x 130 and a 230.
I don't hear the 150s. They are alternating every minute on a hydor wave controller. They are a couple years old now.
THe 130 and 230 are hooked up to a new controller on random. Running between 30% and 90% I hear them slightly but not nearly as much as I did for the first 4 ish months. They get much quieter with time. I got the 230 last Christmas. The random mode makes the motor tone change frequently and you hear that a bit but again, not nearly as much as I did when the 230 was new.
They have been very low maintenance, reasonably trouble free pumps with excellent customer support around here. I am really happy and I have never heard an MP make less noise than the gyres.

Koestby86
08/19/2017, 03:37 AM
Update! I got my new gyre hooked up on the tank now for about 3 weeks. 2x xf 250 running at 30-40% each. The noise a lot less then before so I'm pleased with that[emoji108] And the flow is goooood.

Also been running my ARID N 24 for one week on the spot, and I gotta say the chaeto growth in this thing is awesome. My no3/po4 prior to Arid was 25ppm and 0.15ppm.

Gonna do new test's today and see if anything has changed. 🤞

First seed
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Today
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I might have to up the flow trough the reactor, seeing some detritus settling further up the chamber. And it's greener chaeto down below.



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bk.
08/19/2017, 06:24 AM
That chaeto reactor is awesome.

reefmutt
08/22/2017, 12:56 PM
Looking good! That reactor shot looks like a scene from an Alien movie.

Koestby86
08/24/2017, 03:19 PM
Looking good! That reactor shot looks like a scene from an Alien movie.

Lol, yeah I see that now :spin1:

Still running at 25ppm no3 and 0.15ppm po4. Have increased the flow a tad to see if that helps.

reefmutt
08/25/2017, 09:40 AM
What's the photoperiod?

Koestby86
08/25/2017, 09:50 AM
What's the photoperiod?


Running at 14 hours now as Pax Bellum recommends. 1 hour after and before ordinary photoperiod.

reefmutt
08/28/2017, 05:35 PM
I've been wondering about flow rate through a cheato reactor and how it would effect nutrient consumption..
I wonder if it has any..
Assuming cheato has a constant rate of photosynthesis and you have not completely stripped the effluent water of all nutrients, does flow really matter?
If you have a given nitrate level going into the reactor at a certain flow rate and the cheato's consumption rate is constant (I can only assume it is) if you double the flow rate, you have effectively reduce contact time by half.. wouldn't this reduce n consumption by half and thus have no effect on overall consumption?

SantaMonica
09/05/2017, 11:41 PM
Chaeto will self-shade itself and drop photosynthesis, so it is not constant. This might help:

"Production within dense mats of the filamentous macroalga Chaetomorpha linum in relation to light and nutrient availability"

http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps/134/m134p207.pdf

Fig 5B shows how, under bright light, chaeto productivity (filtering) drops 72 percent with just 2 cm of chaeto thickness.

Flow drops too.

FLSharkvic
09/10/2017, 09:16 AM
I am wondering why you did not go with an External overflow box?

Koestby86
09/18/2017, 03:02 PM
I am wondering why you did not go with an External overflow box?

The holes were already in the tank. I just made one them bigger for a proper drain. I could have sealed the holes in the bottom and gone with bean animal if thatīs what u mean ? But i figured herbie would do fine for my needs.