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This is a new year for SRC, as part of our aim to provide more educational information for our members, we will be starting a new tank this year. which we hope as we document the process and stock up the tank, it will be the source for us to share some useful information, equipment reviews, reefing tips and tricks as well as when we try to review some of the myths and fact in reefing.

Stay tune and don't forget to subscribe to our tank build thread and check out the process of this build .

 Brief introduction of the setup;

Main display tank - 48" x 24" x 20" ( Lx B x H )

Sump tank - 48" x 21.5" x 15"  ( L x B x H )

 

Equipment list

Main return Pump ; Ecotech Vectra L2
Chiller Pump ; Nyos viper 2.0 
Chiller ; Hailea HK500A
Lighting ; Ecotech XR30 Pro x 2 
Wave maker ; Ecotech MP40QD x 2 + Reefwave 25 x 2
Skimmer ; Nyos Quantum 220
Filtration ; Clarisea SK3000 roller filter

Supplement & Dosing
Dosing pump ; Kamoer X5S 

Computer & Monitor
Apex Neptune + Trident


The main display tank will be build on site by Aquarium Artist

 

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Main tank up - This will be a brace-less shallow tank with one side crystal glass.

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Overflow system and return 

Overflow compartment

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Herbie over flow piping design 

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This is typical how the Herbie overflow system works ( Photos from internet )

 

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Installing the DD weird ultra flow comb , reason why we chosen this is due to the fact that comparing to traditional overflow comb, the DD weird ultra flow comb design allow greater surface area of " overflow " allowing faster turn over which is critical if you are running a strong pump . 

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Applying back drop 

Installing the backdrop black omaya sticker.. This may look easy, but once you see how Vincent does it , it really is a skill and not easy as many of us though it is by simply just sticking a pcs of sticker. Without proper preparation work, the air bubble will be trapped into the sticker which will make it look ugly.

 

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It is important to leaving some spacing behind for ventilation , easy access of wiring ect... 

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Application of the back drop sticker done

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Installation of piping work

By making use of color pvc piping, the flow of the system can be easily identify. 

32mm Red pipe - Down flow

25mm Orange pipe - Return pump

 

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Sump tank design 

The sump tank design we work out with aquarium artist, tried to maximize the sump space in order to increase the total water volume as well as space for more equipment to add if any in future ( Reactor, calcium reactor, zeo reactor ect ) . The in build water top off tank also save the trouble of having to setup a separate top off tank externally as well. Having a greater water volume has its advantages as it allow more room for error and help maintain the stability of the reef tank. Which is why it is always easier to start a bigger tank than a smaller tank for marine setup. 

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The secondary mechanical filtration chamber after the clarisea filter matt allow placement of filter floss before water passes thru to the biological filter chamber below for both nitrification and probably denitrification process to take place as well.

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Secondary chamber for filter floss.

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2 hours ago, MarCal said:

So beautiful.

May I ask what thickness of glass are you using for this brace-less tank?

This is 12mm glass

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Piping work & Design

Changed to white tank connector to match the fitting

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Red pipe for overflow and orange piping for return .

 

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Water passed through clarisea roller filter fleece before passing through the secondary mechanical filtration chamber

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Blue piping for Chiller line.

 

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Biological filtration- The heart of the bacteria system 

Biological filtration chamber for placement of filter media that is home to the bacteria that helps convert harmful ammonia (NH4) into nitrite (N02) and with the use of some better filter media, it can helps culture anaerobic bacteria to break own Nitrate ( N03) as well also allowing greater fish stocking option. 

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Water cooling 

The cooling of the tank, we will be using the latest mode Hailea HK500A 1/2HP chiller, and power by a NYOS viper return pump where water will be pump from the sump back to the sump tank itself before returning to the display. 

 

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Lighting 

Apart from pump and wave maker, lighting is one of the most equipment for good coral growth and coloration. With a proven record of use in coral farming, and many SPS keeper worldwide, we will be using 2 unit of ecotech XR30 pro led for this setup which will be mainly SPS. 

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Add on the diffuser as well in order to have a more balance look. For those who has been using the old G4 like myself would know it is very troublesome to install / change the diffuser as it require removing the original casing, lens but for the new G5 it come with magnet attachment which you can just clip on right away. 

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Water Flow

Water movement in a reef tank is important as not only does it help remove debris from the bottom of your tank, it also helps bring foods over to corals, remove slime from corals that might suffocate them as well as carrying fish waste into the overflow system.

We will be using 2 x Ecotech MP40QD with 2 X RedSea Wave 25 gyre wave maker for this purposes, and i feel MP40 can create a strong powerful flow, where gyre pump provide a wide and gentle flow on the surface of the tank. 

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Aquarium Computer & water monitoring

Although it is not necessary to have, but it is good to have as having a aquarium computer system for example Apex Neptune system with the Apex trident allow you to easily monitor your system parameters like, PH, ORP, salinity and with the help of trident is is able to auto test for your tank KH,MG and CA. ( No more manually testing with test kit ) !

With a wifi connection, these aquarium system even allow you to remotely control your aquarium on the go and being able to notify you if anything went wrong before any disasters strike. 

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