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Roni's 270 Miracles Tank

Discussion in 'Large Aquariums 180g+' started by roni, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. roni

    roni Well-Known Member

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    I've got a thread going on my local forums but figured I'd put this up. It's still very much a work in progress but slowly progressing.

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    Tank 72 x 36 W x 24 T Miracles rimless tank. central overflow; custom stand built by a local club member.

    Lighting I debated LEDs and LED/T5 combos for a while. I would have gotten an LED/T5 combo if I could have but will instead do a 10 x 80 Powermodule as I've found the best color under LEDs. I will miss the shimmer from LEDs and metal halide but the expensive/heat respectively made T5 the best choice for me.

    Filtration Protein skimming will be accomplished with an SRO 5000 XP cone skimmer with the Bubbleblaster 5000 pump. This thing is huge and has gotten great reviews from everyone that uses it. 57 W Aqua UV sterilizer. Carbon in a SMR1 reactor

    Water Motion I'm a big fan of lots of varying types of water motion. For the return, I'm going with a Reeflo Hammerhead Gold which will feed the reactors, frag tank, fuge, and 2 1" returns. I expect about 2000 GPH to the main tank. I'm also going with 1 Tunze 6105 and MP60 on random on one end, and a Tunze Wavebox along the backwall. I love the up and down water motion that the wavebox provides and with it oriented along the width of the tank, expect a 1" wave at most, which will help with the rimless tank. I'm doing a beananimal type overflow and it's been great so far.

    Controller Apex with 1 EB8 and 1 DC8

    Support Most of the guts of the system will be in a fishroom I recently had built. 2 sumps totalling about 100 gallons will be tied in with a 60 gallon frag tank. I have a 160 gallon salt water reservoir and a 50 gallon brute freshwater reservoir in the room. Water will be produced by a 150 GPD RO/DI.

    Additives RO water topoff will be via a Spectrapure LM3. I have an Ebay 3 part doser for dosing 2 part. I'm also planning on small water changes with the Genesis water change setup. I'll plan on about 10 gallons a week to start. I'll also likely dose Lugol's and TM pro coral.



    400 gallon system in the works.
     
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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Some pics after a day of working on the fishroom.


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  3. roni

    roni Well-Known Member

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    Procrastinating and trying to figure out excuses why we shouldn't try to move this monster:





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    Moving the 70G tank to make room for the new addition:


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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Filling up with water:
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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Some pics and video Jon took of the reef about a week ago.

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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Looking awesome!

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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, still a work in progress but it's been good so far :) I'm really enjoying the location as well (in my dining room).
     
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    soccerbag Chalices did this to me!! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Thanks for posting it here Roni. LOVE the new setup! Can't wait to see it in person soon.
     
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    Aquaph8 Love The Fish Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member

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    Looks really nice Roni. Sorry if I missed it but how long has it been up now. VA, has so many nice tanks and now theres another great one. Congrats
     
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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Brett, Thanks! Much of this was transferred from my 70. I also picked up some corals from a tank breakdown recently (some of the larger chalices). There were also corals and fish that have been in qt for a while. The 270 has been up for about a month.

    Thanks Craig! You pick the weekend. I'm actually off for once ;)
     
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    Troylee all about the diy!!!!! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Awesome man thanks for sharing..1smile1
     
  13. roni

    roni Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Troy! Lots of work to do but it's coming along nicely. I'm pretty much at capacity for fish thanks to someone taking down a very nice 300 gallon reef. I've always been a coral guy more then a fish guy but really enjoying the motion in the tank.

    This weekend I will hopefully get the 2 part doser setup, get the frag tank lighting up, and hookup the wavebox.
     
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    Very nice! How far up are you pumping from the sump to the tank? I get back to Manassas once a year or so to visit my parents and usually go down to Newport news to visit, as well.
     
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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Pumping up about 8 ft total from the fish room directly below the reef. Lots of people with nice tanks in this area, though most are on the local forum (wamas)
     
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    I think you have a lot more flow than you realize with a HH pump. It is a pressure rated pump at 2550 gph at 8'.
     
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    Yeah, it's also feeding the frag tank, UV, a carbon reactor, and hopefully my LPS tank.
     
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    Actually, wanted some advice. I've had a persistent leak to my frag tank and I'm thinking of redoing the plumbing. Currently, the frag tank is fed off the main pump manifold, which I'm keeping, which then feeds a UV inline and the feeds the frag tank. I put the UV sterilizer down from the main reef line to make sure there is always water in the line. However, the leaks haven't been fixed despite using some silicone afterwards. I'm going to replumb it as I think I didn't get enough contact on the joint that keeps leaking. However, I've been rethinking how the UV is plumbed in since it will make changing the bulb difficult. Do I need to have the UV lower in line or can it be elevated (and still fill with water when water is turned off).
     
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    roni Well-Known Member

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    Spent a little time on the tank the last couple weeks. Got the frag tank hooked up as well as the UV and the wavebox. The wavebox doesn't make a huge wave due to being oriented front to back and also hidden by the rock but it's a nice swelling motion.


    The fish are doing well, though someone is picking on the black tang. :angry: Hopefully it will stop. My clowns are starting to show egg laying behavior and this will be the first clutch for the young couple.


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