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Old 09/04/2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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SLOreefer's basic 15 gallon...well semi basic...

My 5.5 gallon AIO is quickly running out of space (When I say quickly, I mean I can't fit another piece on the rock) so I needed to set up something new.

I really like the dimensions of travis's tank so i thought that would be my start.
This tank is stil being put together and I still have a ton of work to do to get it running but hopefully in the next week or two we will see some water!

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2-Koralia 1's
4x24w T5HO retro in a custom hood or wood pendant....haven't figured it out yet
1-100w EboJager heater
Custom behind the tank refugium (drilling the tank for this) Still need to build it!
Mini jet 600 or 400 to pump water back to tank

The tank will be a mixed reef with all of my favorite lps and zoaz with a few sps. (mostly caps cause I like em)

I will hopefully be adding pics soon with some build progress pics!


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Old 09/04/2008, 04:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like it is going to be very nice....good lighting.


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Old 09/04/2008, 08:46 PM   #3
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Nice bud, good luck with the build!

The lights are otw


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Old 09/09/2008, 12:38 AM   #4
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I got the refugium built, and tank drilled...I've gotta leak test and then get this bad boy set up, I just picked up 17 pounds of live rock from a tank breakdown so it is well established, hopefully a short cycle!











I am still waiting for my lights to get here, and once they do I can start on my canopy, or pendant....havent decided which....what do you all think?


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Old 09/09/2008, 12:43 AM   #5
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looks good that refugium looks as big as the tank


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Old 09/09/2008, 12:52 AM   #6
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ha ha, it does look kinda big...I oversized it incase I wanted to add a skimmer in the future. It is 14.5x13x5 outside dimensions with 1.4" acrylic


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Old 09/23/2008, 04:17 PM   #7
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oops thats 1/4" acrylic....

some minor updates...Well the tank is done cycling and I am almost done with my hood....I just got the lights wired up into the canopy and once all the stain and touchups are done there will be pics!

I really really like how the rock work came out for the tank and am pretty excited about it! I cant wait to transfer the 5.5 over to it!


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Old 09/24/2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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kewl sounds like its goin good


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Old 09/24/2008, 12:35 AM   #9
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Nice tank! Great job on the fuge! What are the dimensions on that 15? Is it an AGA tank?


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Old 09/24/2008, 12:15 PM   #10
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Thanks guys, Im gonna get the hood over the tank today at some point!

Nemus, the tank is by aqueon which I believe is the new name for aga. It is called a 15L and the dimensions are 24x12x12.....just 6 inches shorter in length than the 20L, I think they look pretty sweet.


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Old 10/03/2008, 01:04 PM   #11
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some progress updates!

lighting being used


got the tools out


started to look like something


added a little trim


painted the inside


added the wiring and lights!


stained and over the tank


likin the rockwork and color of the lights


and lastly, an angled shot


now Ive gotta get the stuff transfered from my 5.5 into this bad boy!


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Old 10/03/2008, 01:13 PM   #12
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WOW! thats a great job DIY. I cant wait to see this tank progess. nice job!


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Old 10/03/2008, 03:08 PM   #13
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lovin the aqauscape.


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Old 10/03/2008, 03:22 PM   #14
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Dude! I love it!Very nice job. I'm picking up my own 15L project tank today... youve inspired me Do you think your K1's are enough flow, or would you go bigger or smaller? I have 2 K3's im going to sell and want to know what would be good to get for this tank.


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Old 10/03/2008, 05:28 PM   #15
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Thanks for the comments guys!

Nemus, The k1's may be enough, I dont have any corals in it yet so it is hard to judge with just rock. It doesnt appear to be much though. If I could go back I think I would get 3 mj900's on a wavemaker and cut the outputs so it was really wide flow. Im kinda undecided on it, ill let you know once I get the other corals in there.

A vortech would be really cool too but they are bookoo bucks!


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Old 10/04/2008, 11:16 PM   #16
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Lookin' good. Your LR looks very nice. I'd even say it looks pretty.


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Old 10/05/2008, 12:09 PM   #17
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I have a 20L and think a pair of K1's is perfect for it. I also have a HOB Rio nano-skimmer that turns 110gph on top of the K1's. I don't think you'd need any more than that in a tank of similar size.


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Old 10/05/2008, 12:59 PM   #18
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Very cool tank. Good job with the DIY projects, I really like the fuge.

What bulb combo are you using?


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Old 10/08/2008, 11:03 PM   #19
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Sprinj76- My current bulb selection is

Front

Blue Plus
Super Actinic
Aquasun
Blue Plus

Rear

I am pretty happy with the coloration as of right now. I do have a few other bulbs I might try out...the aquascience 22k and the fiji purple. I might get the 75/25 to replace the super actinic as well....not too sure just yet.


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Old 10/09/2008, 11:37 AM   #20
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A bunch of new pics now that the corals are transfered over...

acans under actinic getting used to the new spot....feeding tentacles out and all


the same acan under daylight


a couple of nice zoas


darth mauls


the beginning of "ACAN ISLAND"


Aussie prism favia and blasto


prism and friends


Everything under a little natural sunlight


and lastly, a horrible FTS



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Old 10/09/2008, 12:15 PM   #21
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Nice pieces man! Wow. That will grow out to be a beautiful tank. Good work.


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Old 10/09/2008, 12:23 PM   #22
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Old 10/09/2008, 12:47 PM   #23
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Old 10/22/2008, 04:35 PM   #24
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Here are some new shots, new fish, shrimp and corals!

the new banghai


The new cleaner


Nuclear greens and purple deaths filling in nicely


the acan section


angled of the acans


favorite new addition from underwaterparadise.com


an angled shot


ORA birdsnest


a deepwater acro....first acro in the tank!


the best shot I have gotten of the mohawks



Thats it for now....let me know what you think!


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Old 12/16/2008, 03:49 PM   #25
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Ive got some updates!

I got a new deepwater lobo...and the purple deaths, nuclear greens, and devils armor are growing well!


the mohawks are growing nicely


this pic has the ora purple plasma, ora birdsnest, blue prostrata, green prostrata, joker palys, and a chalice i really like


Here is a pink birdsnest and a pink lemonade from TFP


Dragon soul? favia( I forget the name) and some orange thing from Rob at Underwater Paradise ( I also forget the name)


Acan Island


Tank left side


Tank right side


and a horrible FTS



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