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Unread 12/28/2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Johnny C's 57G Illuminata Rimless Reef

Hey Everyone...

I have been in the hobby for about a year and a half, and have learned a LOT in such a short amount of time. I originally owned a 30G Miracles Rimless aquarium, but the dimensions were unfit for what I was trying to accomplish and I needed more space for coral to grow. The new setup break-down is below:

-57 Gallon (36x18x21'') Oceanic Illuminata
-700GPH Glass~Holes Overflow Kit
-Custom Oak Stand
-Three Chambered Acrylic Sump w/ Frag Section
-6x24w Catalina T5's w/ (2) 460nm Powerbrite LEDs
-Skimmer (Still Undecided)
-(2) Vortech MP10 Powerheads
-Tsumani AT1 Auto Topoff
-Calcium Supplimentation: Undecided
-20lbs. Figi Live Rock / 20lbs. Figi Pink Sand
-More to Come!

There will be a few goals/methods involved with this setup that I plan on accomlishing:

-Overall Simplicity (Less is More)
-SPS Dominated, though Mixed Reef
-High Quality Equipment
-Stability

I don't have any build pictures yet, but here's one of my old 30G Tank:



I'll be sure to update frequently with lots of pictures. Thanks & Enjoy!


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Unread 12/28/2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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Unread 12/28/2009, 05:22 AM   #3
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Nice looking tank, more pics please.


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Unread 12/28/2009, 12:40 PM   #4
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Could you tell me the dimensions of the overflow on the Illuminata tanks?


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Unread 12/29/2009, 01:04 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies! I'm not sure on the stock oceanic overflow size, but IMO it's way oversized and takes up too much room on an already modest-sized tank. I chose to do it a little different, as you can see below in my illustration. The overflow I chose (Glass~Holes 700GPH Kit) is about 6x2x6'' and takes up virtually no room.

Here's a paint sketch of the setup... will follow-up as things progress.




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Unread 12/29/2009, 01:34 AM   #6
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I'm also in the process of setting up my 57 Illuminata rimless tank. I went with a ATB 840 V1.5 skimmer with mine. I'll be following your build


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Unread 12/29/2009, 02:07 AM   #7
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I'm definatly jealous... that is a beautiful skimmer.

Ideally I think for now I'm gonna run either the Bubble Magus NA6 or NA7. I'd like to get the ATB/BK-Mini 160 but funds are a bit tight so I'm gonna see how perform for the time being.


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Unread 12/29/2009, 02:07 AM   #8
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For those interested, here's a few shots of the stand being assembled. Hopefully it'll be finished later this week!






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Unread 12/29/2009, 08:59 PM   #9
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The Bubble Magus is a great skimmer for the price. I've seen it in action at one of the LFS here and it looks very impressive. Stand looks great!


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Unread 12/31/2009, 07:39 PM   #10
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A little update...

Got an e-mail from my friend with an update on the stand progress. I am VERY impressed with his work, it should be done this weekend!





Also finished drilling the tank and installed the overflow/returns. Picture quality sucks but it's better than nothing. Can you see the overflow?



More to come...

PS- I'm having a REALLY tough time deciding what skimmer to get. It's down to the Bubble Magus NAC6 or the Reef Octopus NW-150. I'm definatly going to get one of these, just not sure which. Would really appriciate some opinion(s).


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Unread 12/31/2009, 08:05 PM   #11
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Unread 12/31/2009, 08:12 PM   #12
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I love those tanks... We have one at an LFS here and I love it.

Personally, I'd spend the extra $$ and get the Reef Octopus Extreme 160 vs. The NW-150. Our LFS runs all Octopus skimmers and so do I. The extemes are a lot better than the NWs, but this is just my opinion. Either way, they are still excellent skimmers!

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Unread 12/31/2009, 08:19 PM   #13
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Got a picture of the rear of the tank with the overflow installed?


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Unread 12/31/2009, 09:05 PM   #14
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Thanks guys. I don't have any more pictures at the moment but I promise more soon!

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I love those tanks... We have one at an LFS here and I love it.

Personally, I'd spend the extra $$ and get the Reef Octopus Extreme 160 vs. The NW-150. Our LFS runs all Octopus skimmers and so do I. The extemes are a lot better than the NWs, but this is just my opinion. Either way, they are still excellent skimmers!

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At the LFS I frequent they run both the NW-150 and the OctX-160. They are both in heavily stocked ~120g systems. What I can tell you is that the NW-150 can run circles around the xtreme. Why? I don't know. There aren't any variables that would hinder the xtreme either. Also if you look at the FS forums, you see the Xtremes up for grabs constantly vs the NW-150 which rarely goes up for sale. Just my two cents!


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Thanks guys. I don't have any more pictures at the moment but I promise more soon!


At the LFS I frequent they run both the NW-150 and the OctX-160. They are both in heavily stocked ~120g systems. What I can tell you is that the NW-150 can run circles around the xtreme. Why? I don't know. There aren't any variables that would hinder the xtreme either. Also if you look at the FS forums, you see the Xtremes up for grabs constantly vs the NW-150 which rarely goes up for sale. Just my two cents!
Did they mesh-mod it? My extreme's performance drastically improved with four layers of mesh...


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Did they mesh-mod it? My extreme's performance drastically improved with four layers of mesh...
No. Even so, a good skimmer shouldn't need mesh mods to run good. It took almost 10 days to get the cup 3/4 full. I'm not saying you are wrong, it's just not for me!


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No. Even so, a good skimmer shouldn't need mesh mods to run good. It took almost 10 days to get the cup 3/4 full. I'm not saying you are wrong, it's just not for me!
That's a good point... Never thought of it like that! Well, sorry for hijacking the thread briefly here.... Looking forward to the pics!


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How do you have your return line plumbed?


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Hey that looks fantastic. Keep us updated.


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How do you have your return line plumbed?
I don't yet. I'm gonna run soft-plumbing to a SCWD and run that to the returns on each end. I'll snap a pic when I do.

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Hey that looks fantastic. Keep us updated.
Why thank you! Lots of pictures/info will be posted in a couple of days!


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looks awesome!i just got my gl*******s 700gph kit as well..did you use the short or tall bulkhead?any drill/silicone pics for my reference by chance?thanks-drew


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Unread 01/01/2010, 09:26 PM   #22
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looks awesome!i just got my glass~holes 700gph kit as well..did you use the short or tall bulkhead?any drill/silicone pics for my reference by chance?thanks-drew
You will love the kit and especially the small size of the box. I used the standard 1.5'' bulkhead that came with the kit when I bought it. Unfortunatly I don't have any pictures of the drilling as I did it quickly before I went out. Drilling is VERY easy providing you use the wood guide GH provides. Another very helpful thing is to have a drill with a level on it so you can go in straight (I found this out the hard way haha). Don't press on the drill, just let it do it's thing! Hope this helps!


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A very humorous video on how to do it.
http://reefercentral.com/install.html


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this tank has amazing potential.


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