Caravan's Waterbox 135.4 in Austin

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  1. Caravanshaka

    Caravanshaka Active Member

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    I recently moved to Austin from Dallas, and was only able to bring a Nuvo 10g tank with me after downsizing from a 180 gallon tank and a Nuvo SR-80. Fortunately, I was prepared, and the week after we moved in my new Waterbox 135.4 arrived. I originally looked at the Red Sea tanks, and came across Waterbox on Premium Aquatics site. I talked to Jason there, and he had Brandon check them out at Macna. On their recommendation, I decided to go for it.

    I am now about 2.5 months into the Waterbox being up and running, and wanted to start a build thread to document it. As much as I would like a stable system, I am terrible about changing things up on tanks, and sometimes a build thread is the best way to document changes and how your system reacts. Even in the 2.5 months it has been running, I have made a couple major changes, and I suspect more will come in the future.

    Here are the specs:

    Tank
    Waterbox 135.4 with included sump and top off system
    Lighting
    3x Radion XR15 G4 pro's mounted on a custom 80/20 extruded aluminum rack
    Aquaticlife 4x39w hybrid with 2x Radion XR15 G4 pro's mounted on a custom 80/20 extruded aluminum rack
    Flow
    Vectra M1 return
    Vortech MP40wqd
    Filtration
    filter socks
    Simplicity DC240 skimmer
    refugium utilizing a zetlight fuge light in the built in ATO section of the sump
    Bashsea Media reactor utilizing BRS Rox carbon
    Marinepure bio block and balls in sump
    Controller
    Apex Classic
    2x pH probes, temp probe
    Leak Detection
    Other Equipment
    Bashsea 10g ATO Container
    Neptune DOS doser for Ca and Alk
    Vertex RX-C 6D calcium reactor fed off return manifold
    10lb cO2 tank with Reef-Fanatic Regulator
    Octo Aquatics lid​

    Livestock
    55 lbs Premium Aquatics Pukani rock with some leftover Walt Smith rock that traveled in my nuvo from Dallas
    Tropic Eden sand​

    Fish
    2 clowns
    yellow Tang
    Regal Tang
    Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse
    Blue Spot Goby
    2 Blue Chromis (started with 5 and they picked themselves down to 2)​
    SPS
    Jason Fox Unknown
    Tyree Pink Lemonade
    WWC Hailstorm
    WWC Yellow Tip
    WWC Mad Man Austera
    WWC Mirage Milli
    WWC Watermelon Milli
    WWC Green Austera
    Cornbred Pink Tip
    WWC Cookie Monster
    WWC Hyper Pink
    WWC Shaggy Dog Tenuis
    WWC Wildfire
    WWC Limelight
    ORA Valida Tri-Color
    ORA Laura's Purple Polyp
    Strawberry Shortcake
    Cultivated Reef Commoner's Envy
    Cultivated Reef Toxic Green
    Neon Polyp True Undata
    LPS
    Green Purple Frogspawn
    Green Octospawn
    Green & Purple Splatter Hammer
    Teel Hammer
    Light Green Hammer
    Neon Hammer
    Pink tip Torch
    Bubble Gum Monster Chalice
    Pink ******* Chalice
    Zoa
    Sunny D
    Kedd Red
    Rasta
    Fruit Loop
    King Midas
    Eye of Rah
    Scrambled Eggs
    Devils Armour
    WWC AOI
    WWC Magneto
    Paly Grandis
    Coral is a mixed reef, and has some not listed here but wanted a place to keep track of the bigger/higher end stuff I have.

    First pic is the 10g nuvo that I brought from Dallas:
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    Next is a pic of my water station setup. Running 7 stages of filtration after my water softener:
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    Pictures of the tank prior to lighting change:
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    And more since the lighting change:
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    rayn Bluefin Believer R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018

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    Sounds like a cool setup. Hope to see pics soon
     
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    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Can't wait to see pics! Give Flickr a go for your photos. It does not degrade the quality of the photo like most other hosts.
     
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    Caravanshaka Active Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Got Flickr up and running today and added some shots to the OP
     
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    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Looks awesome! How are you liking it with the addition of the T5s?
     
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    Caravanshaka Active Member

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    I am a big fan of hybrid setups, and in the past have always DIY'd LED's into ATI fixtures to achieve this. For this build I decided to keep it simpler and not do a DIY setup, which is why I started with Radions. When the Aquatic Life fixtures came out I got one right away, as I know the t5 spectrum will make a big difference in corals, especially SPS. Now I am also considering changing the Radions to a DIY setup anyway as I think my DIY stuff has better coloration than I have been able to achieve with the Radions.
     
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    Great looking tank. I'm doing a very similar set up with a Planet Aquarium 130, Aquatic Life fixture w/ Radions and the Artfully Acrylic lid. Are you on the Austin Reef Club site?
     
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    Caravanshaka Active Member

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    I have checked it out, but didn't see much activity so haven't posted anything. Usually the marketplace sections of the forum show how much activity a site will get, and it is only getting a few posts a day max.
     
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    Jimbo662 Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    Yeah, it kinds comes and goes.
     
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    went through your build thread to look for the 130 and didn't see it. Is it a new build? Need Radions? I have a few ;)
     
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    Great looking aquarium. Love the scape. Thanks for doing a WB build thread.
     
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    I had to relocate all of the electronics to behind the stand so I could put the new Calcium Reactor inside the stand. The tank is just outside the master bedroom, so keeping it as quiet as possible is a high priority.

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    Well I just placed a livestock order for some Acros...my wallet hurts but I am excited:

    Walt Disney
    Pearlberry
    Pikachu
    Polar Ice
    Red Bull
     
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    Very nice build
     
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    Ordered parts to go back to DIY on the LED's. Will be running 6x nanobox arrays be driven by BlueAcro drivers and controlled by the Apex VDM. Will only have a power wire and the VDM signal cable going up to the light...the drivers will all be mounted on the heatsink. Excited to get rid of the cool whites, reds, and greens on the Radions and use proper Neutral and Warm whites to hit the right spectrums.
     
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