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Old 07/01/2018, 09:26 PM   #26
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Finally some more progress - getting the wall drilled was a major headache, with my usual avenues unable to help me for the foreseeable future. Ended up getting one of my dads mates to help out, and must say he did a fantastic job with the 4 holes through a double brick wall - nice and straight and hardly a chip out of the plaster or the garage brick wall! really neat job. This was really holding me up.

The electrician is also at my house as I type this doing some jobs including doing all the wiring of the powerboards in the garage for all the equipment for the QT tank and sump/display! So some jobs are getting done. Wall will finally be painted this week also.

Once that's done things will start coming together very quickly!

On a side note my algae reactor arrived today, got an ITC ALR 3 - I must say it is bigger than I was expecting. Seems to be well made too. Also got a call from the delivery company my skimmer will finally be delivered today too! So things are starting to move quickly now!






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Old 07/02/2018, 07:10 PM   #27
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My skimmer finally arrived yesterday, after a very long wait. Ended up going with a Nyos Quantum 300 - beast of a skimmer, first thing I noticed was the sheer size and had me second guessing if i measured incorrectly and have it not fit in the sump! (full size lighter on top of the cup for a size reference) I must say, putting it together it feels very well made, solid and precise construction with no play in the pieces once put together. Really easy to assemble, took me all of 5 minutes with a flat head screw driver. Fits in the sump nicely, and looks the part next to the algae reactor. I turned the light on the algae reactor for a pic for no other reason than it looked awesome!

I'm still undecided whether I will run the algae reactor in the sump or having it external as it does take up a lot of room in the sump.






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Old 07/03/2018, 07:30 AM   #28
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I'm still undecided whether I will run the algae reactor in the sump or having it external as it does take up a lot of room in the sump.
I would run it externally so you can also block the light spill from encouraging algae growth in your sump or other equipment.


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Old 07/03/2018, 05:25 PM   #29
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I would run it externally so you can also block the light spill from encouraging algae growth in your sump or other equipment.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Running it external (either behind or next to my sump) as it's all blacked out.

Wall is getting painted this morning and we are off and running!


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Wall has now been painted black, and I must say it really pops already with the black stand and the rest of the house being painted 'ivory white'. The light brackets are currently at the powder coaters, getting finished in 'satin black' like the stand. Should look pretty spectacular once the tank gets pushed back on the wall, putting a real focus on the tanks inhabitants.


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Old 07/08/2018, 02:46 AM   #31
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Looking great!


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Old 07/08/2018, 10:19 PM   #32
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Looking great!
Thanks Paul. Not long now until there is water in the tank. Leak tested the overflow box (synergy ghost) and all the pipe work I have done so far over the weekend. Not a single leak from the bulkheads or any joins which is always a good start!

Hopefully collect the lighting brackets/arms at some stage this week from the powder coaters. Then I just need to drill a couple holes in them for the light hanging kits to feed through and they are done. Just finalizing a couple things with the supplier of the lights and then get them shipped over.

Will keep the thread updated with how I have suspended the lights when there is something to show for it!

There is also a shortage of Carib Sea 'life rock' in Australia at the minute. Have put my order in, and hopefully will land at my supplier on the 21st of this month. So if everything stays to schedule the tank should be up and running with water by early August.

It's been a long slog so far, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I started this process (moving on my FW stingrays) back in early feb. So 6/7 Months from day 1 to having water in the tank.

How's your tank tracking?

Thanks,

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Old 07/09/2018, 03:46 AM   #33
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Hi Alex - yeah it’s a long wait but I’m sure it will be worth it. Looking forward to seeing some pics of the light setup.

The life rock must be pretty popular - my LFS got a relatively big shipment in when I got mine & all boxes were sold within a matter of hours..

My tank is doing pretty well I think. I’ve got some fish in there now who seem to be happy.
Starting to get some small coralline algae now.
Phosphates are 0.11 according to Hanna ULR checker (although not sure if this is the test kit, as this is way higher than it should be)
Nitrates about 2ppm

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Old 07/12/2018, 12:16 AM   #34
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Hi Paul - Good to hear your tank is going well.

Lights have now been paid for. Unfortunately they are 4-6 weeks away from arriving at my door (waiting for new stock to land in Australia and be sent to to me). Which isn't a big deal as the tank will need to cycle anyway. It is just an issue with pushing the tank back onto the wall (and starting the cycle and finishing plumbing). As I wanted to fix my light brackets to the wall and suspend the lights before the tank was pushed onto the wall - just to make life easier not having to drill holes into the wall leaning over a 3' wide tank. Still undecided what I will do in regards to this.

I ended up going with 4x 120cm Illumagic Blaze X's. I tossed up whether to go down the Radion path, but with a 3' wide tank it is a bit awkward with each light apparently covering a 2x2' area, and the sheer volume of radion's that would be required (6 as an absolute minimum). Dalua Australia (the supplier of Illumagic in Australia) were also very good to deal with and always very happy to answer any questions as were Nature Aquarium in Melbourne who I bought the lights from - and like anyone I ask a lot.


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