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Old 05-31-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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12-50 gallon upgrade build thread!

So now begins my build for my girlfriends tank in our bedroom.
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I can't wait to start this build, im off work tomorrow so it's off to my lfs, ill be picking up

Eheim external cannister filter 75g rated

20kg of live sand (i have a fresh 30kg of reef sand to top up if needed)

50 g of premixed saltwater

10kg of tonga branch lr (i have 8kg of Indonesian lr to come over from the nano)

Next week my deltec mce300 will arrive along with 2 koralia 2600lph power heads and a deltec wavemaker. I also have a tmc v2 vecton 200 uv steriliser and a hydor eth external heater to fit.
I have removed the internal filter box to clean it up and ummed and ahhhd about weather to put it back in but I don't think It will be necessary to have that unsightly thing in there lol.
Sorry about the essay lol.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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Also still in 2 minds over lighting. Either 6x t5s? Or a unit which has
2x 150w metal halide
4x t5 tubes
6x leds (not sure on the wattage but I understand they are useless any way!)
What do you tgink guys I'd like to be able to grow sps too?
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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I am running 25 3w LEDs over my tank. I am growing sps no problems. In fact, l normally tone them down a bit because they are too strong, and you need to acclimate slowly to not bleach the Lps guys.

Consider grabbing some nice LeDs. Incredibly cheaper in the long run (no bulb replacement cost), 10 year life span with only a 30% reduction, allot less expensive on energy consumption, and best of all very little heat escaping into you aquarium water! Look into the the way the light travels as well. LEDs are more linear, the light travels deeper without loosing effectiveness in the depths.

Have you considered a sump? DIY sumps are a lot cheaper than canisters and pack way more benefits! Including a fuge!
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I understand all the pros of leds but for me they are still way over priced at the minute, and from everywhere i read they aren't as reliable as companies would have you believe, i will eventually join the led army but not yet lol!
At the minute for me it's a choice of these two, just don't know which one?!
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Anybody got any ideas of which would be best of these 2?
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:57 PM   #6
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Well the halides are better of the two. But heat is going to be hard to maintain. You may need a 200$ chiller. (another reason to consider LEDs). The t5s are good, but now you possibly have less light for corals depending in your bulb type. Oh, and you'll have to replace the bulbs every 8-9 months. That will get oober expensive.

... You should talk to Mr. X, be forewarned, the guy has tried everything from reading his threads, and I know which way he is going to sway. Good luck either way. Tanks are not cheap, just want the best for everyone.
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I understand all the pros of leds but for me they are still way over priced at the minute, and from everywhere i read they aren't as reliable as companies would have you believe, i will eventually join the led army but not yet lol!
At the minute for me it's a choice of these two, just don't know which one?!
So your telling me ecotech radions aren't reliable?? Led is the best option out there just do some research
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
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So I've decided on the 6x tube t5 i was gonna go for an eight, but it's too wide and won't fit. The halide is out too as I'm gonna build a perspex cover for it as it's in our bedroom and I don't want too much evaporation, for that reason I'm not going for the halide as it will either melt of twist my cover with the heat and possibly cook my inhabitants lol.

So after a few hiccups (misplaced one of my seals for my uv steriliser which put me back a day lol)
I picked up an aqua one aquis 1250 (300 ltr rated) and 10kg of nice tonga branch and 5kgs of fiji.
There will be another 8kgs of indonesian lr from the nano to come over as well. So the tank is now cycling for the next four to six weeks.
So next week my power heads wavemaker and skimmer will be here, im dismantling my tropical fw tank in the living room and gonna use the inline heater from that on this so all ill have in the tank is my inlet and return for my filter and my power heads.
Then another fortnight and I'll order my new light ready to start transferring fish corals and rock from the nano.
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So your telling me ecotech radions aren't reliable?? Led is the best option out there just do some research
The radion is the only led unit I'd consider buying, these units are unreal nut I'm just not spending 650 quid on a fitting for this tank.
When I set up the 120 gal in the living that will be powered by 2x radions and 2x vortechs.
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Has anyone else used a reefbeam uk led fixture?
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