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140g Cube Reef build journal

Postby Siddhartha saive » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:32 pm

Hi guys
I've been planning to start a marine tank since a long time. I finally decided to take the plunge and started the work.

I wanted to keep the tank in my room because it's air conditioned and keeping the tank cool will be easier.

The size of the tank is limited due to the space available. The tank is going to be placed towards the right corner of the room. There is a cement slab counter to its right. So I've decided to use this space to add another tank which would serve as my refugium and can be converted to a display tank eventually.

The stand in place

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The main display tank 140 gallons- 36L x 30W x 30H
The refugium tank 70 gallons- 23L x 36W x 20H
The sump will be under the main tank inside the stand - 40 gallons- 29L x 27W x 12H

The overflow will be Herbie style. 2 x 1.5" drains going from the main tank to the fuge tank and 2 x 1.5" drains from the fuge to the sump and a 1" return pipe from the sump to the main tank. Another 1.5" pipe from the main tank placed just above the water level will drain into the sump in case the other pipes get blocked. There will be a 1" drain near the bottom of the main tank to remove water during water changes etc.

The refugium tank will have live sand/rock with macroalgae. The sump will also have a refugium chamber. Will use an ATS too somewhere. Planning to go skimmerless.. may use a skimmer in the sump later if I need it

Rough design of the setup



Will post updates soon.
Any suggestions/opinions are welcome
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby bappa » Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:47 am

Great ..:)
you made iron stand how much cost ?
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby el batty » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:08 am

so far so good...but compared to your other tank i was hoping for something a little bigger :P
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby Siddhartha saive » Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:46 pm

bappa wrote:Great ..:)
you made iron stand how much cost ?

Stand is made from 2" angles. Weighs 80 kg. Costed Rs 5.5k
el batty wrote:so far so good...but compared to your other tank i was hoping for something a little bigger :P


If i go any bigger I'll go bankrupt bro :P
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby bappa » Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:20 pm

Thanks for your reply

When setup is done update more images ..:)
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby Siddhartha saive » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:07 am

I tryin to collect the dry goods for the setup.
What started as an idea for a cheap nano reef setup with a budget of 5000 has blew up into at least 20 times of that :))

Goin to build a DIY cree LED unit with the help of a friend.

I've ordered IO reef crystals salt ?20kg for rs 5000. should i continue using this? or is blue treasure salt reliable. i intend to keep sps

how much is a gud price to pay for dry rock?

i want to use a deep sand bed in the refuge tank. so want to use fine aragonite sand. can you recommend a cheap branded or loose. how much is a gud price?
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby el batty » Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:43 pm

dead rocks vary between 90-110 if you buy in bulk.
blue treasure is just fine..you save approx 2K there itself.
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby Siddhartha saive » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:03 am

Got CREE LED and optics shipped through topledlight.com Taiwan 8-)
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby Siddhartha saive » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:14 am

Doing a DYI led build with the help of my friend Sai Kumar
Planning to use 84 led for the build. Might be run at 50% intensity.

The plan so far...
7 Cool White XML2 8000K
7 Neutral White XML2 4500K
7 Warm White XML2 3000K
35 Royal Blue XTE 450nm
7 Blue XPE 470nm
7 Cyan 490 nm
7 UV 395nm
7 UV 425 nm

On 6 channels. Still thinking of how to split them into 6
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Re: My 3 tank Reef build journal

Postby el batty » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:48 am

too much blue in my opinion...can you share the cost and the time of delivery? as in after how many days did you receive them?
which driver are you using?
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