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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby kumar » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:02 am

way to go!!

How many watts is it going to be over that heatsink? and do you plan to add a fan over it too? Is that white material acrylic or teflon?
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:08 pm

The housings are laser cut acrylic, each pendant can do theoretically 101.5 watts, though the max as i'm under driving them would be around 90 watts, the LDD drivers were bought from the indian distributor, they were quite cheap, the mean well PSU I had bought from industry buying, though it's now in stock with the distributor at the cheapest price anywhere.

Right now I'm doing my aquascape with my diy rocks, hopefully finish tonight....
I've decided to go bare bottom, though I might make a faux sand bed with epoxy and sand, more to follow...
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:16 pm

I have a fan also which will switch on or off as per the temperature that I set, hopefully it'll no be used much, these heat sinks are quite beefy, quite cheap also from I think perfect metal in Bangalore, very easy to deal with.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby kumar » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:47 am

stefanm wrote:The housings are laser cut acrylic, each pendant can do theoretically 101.5 watts, though the max as i'm under driving them would be around 90 watts, the LDD drivers were bought from the indian distributor, they were quite cheap, the mean well PSU I had bought from industry buying, though it's now in stock with the distributor at the cheapest price anywhere.

Right now I'm doing my aquascape with my diy rocks, hopefully finish tonight....
I've decided to go bare bottom, though I might make a faux sand bed with epoxy and sand, more to follow...


that must be a great deal! is it fine for you to share the details of the distributor, and does he entertain retail purchase?
I think you should add more pictures now ;) because cant zoom much onto your table to see the SMPS etc
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:36 pm

Aquascape done, right now in freshwater, my well water is rather turbid, I don't like the look without sand, I think 10 kg sand would suffice.

I've asked my glass supplier to find me a piece of low iron glass, the green tint really bugs me!

As for the mean well kit the distributor is nippon India (Google them), you'll need a GST no. I don't have so I used a supplies 1no. With his permission.

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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:28 am

Right, the green tinge of the glass is really bothering me, I just met with my glass supplier, he can order the glass from Pune. 12mm extra clear/low iron glass will cost me 2400 for the front panel alone, this is 350 per square foot, polishing is extra, probably 400 is it worth it?, the rates seem a little high, it's the same rate I sell 12 mm toughened.

What is the average rate in other places for this type of glass?
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby mithun » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:58 am

dont worry about the green tint. It wont bother you when the light is ON.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:46 pm

Yeah, you're probably right, I have put a dark blue backdrop on for now, will be trying some other colours too, it's just cardboard from a craft shop.

Other updates, I have two controllers that seem to be working, one is a diy light controller running the storm x code, the other is from kapelan (reef central) I'll be using the storm x for the lighting and kapelan's controller for the PH monitoring, dosing and temperature control, for the chiller I'm going to run a second hand window A.C. In the sump housing, should work out ok and within 5k.

Will be looking at getting thing running shortly, I'll be quarantining 2-4 fish whilst I cycle the tank ( almost)

For the battery backup/inverter I'm looking at either a 150 ah or 180 ah set up, it's not very often that we have full day shutdowns, at worst I can dial down the wavemaker or even ration the pumps timing, though it shouldn't be necessary.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:09 pm

Lights are working, with a diy version of the corals storm x controller, I've posted a video on YouTube, featuring clouds and lightning storm...Enjoy!
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:18 pm

Lights are up, some tweaks to do and the housing for the controllers to complete....
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