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Operation `BLACKOUT'
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:46:36 PM »
Well, the planning is nearly there and getting in to position to get started, but first a little background of what is to come.

It was back in December 2010, I stumbled across a stunning gorgonian `Blueberry Gorgonian’ and in poor show I brought it without researching its needs properly but despite feeding 10-12 times a day in the following months I saw the polyp density decline but branches still growing in the dark area, upon looking deeper in to this coral I stumbled across the `Darkside’ of reefing NPS (Non-Photosynthetic) Corals, a stunning world that doesn't get to see the light of day.

The basic principles for NPS tanks means that you are keeping coral that care not for light as they live in areas of darkness/low light but in areas of strong flows which contain high food/nutrient  concentrations which is where they derive 100% of their energy from. This adds an interesting twist to the reefing world we all generally know and love.

The demands of a NPS tank are generally more focused in nutrient management, although stability in levels and temp etc. are also critical…But there are problems (despite introducing a huge nutrient load and managing it) as these types of setups they are quite unknown compared to other forms of reefing and although there are some principles the feeding and long term care for these types of corals that live in this environment are still a relatively unknown subject although there has been great progress recently on this. So most of my research has been deciphering builds from Japan, Norway, South Africa and America with the likes of successful NPS reefers like Danny Dames, Michael Lukaczyn, & Mike Cao.

So I have spent quite some time putting plans together to build a tank to cope with the demands and I think I am pretty much there I will reveal all soon….
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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 03:21:43 PM »
I cant wait to see it all as i have always like these corals after see them many years ago when i was diving and saw them as they should be.eric :86:

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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 04:37:43 PM »
Here is a schematic of my proposals along with a few note, any q's please ask.

Here are some notes to go with the design

System volume is expected to be 120l (ish) in total

- If it fits I will have my Koralia 1 in the sump to ensure food dose not settle on the floor of the sump and continually suspended in the water column
- The close loop feeding system is feed by the by NP biopellets, i thought by cleaning the water before its refuelled with food again will be a benefit for the system
- I decided to put all 4 channels of my dosing pump to good use with the introduction of auto water changes
- In the absence of mag stirers (At this stage) i will take on some advice given to use air pumps to do the job
- Sump is not baffled or segregated didn't see any point in trapping food passing through, just keeping the flow fast and turbulant to ensure food is continually suspended, unless skimmed out
- Skimmer is rated for heavy stocking at 500l, so should more than over kill for a 120l system
- Tank flow will be provided by a Koralia 3 and return pump (may consider 2 x K2's and the return depending on how i feel on flow when i see it running). Due to linear flow being required i think i will avoid the wave making equipments to avoid the turbulent flow patters for more uniform flows.
- Discharge from close loop feeding system will be located near return pump intake so it can be taken directly in to the main display and by pumping the food in to the venture it makes sure it get churned up and dispersed in the water column.

Think thats about it for the moment...

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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 07:36:27 AM »
About the flow have you thought of having it blowing upwards as when i dived most of the current was going up so that would bring all the nutrients to the corals. You could have a couple of spray bars in the bottom facing up.Eric

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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2012, 10:40:49 PM »
Interesting thought Eric.....hhhmmmmmmmm

Picked up my 2nd had D&D FMR75 rector today, to be my biopellet reator, bit of a clean up and she will be good to go, also came with D&D flow pump..



Also i have the bits of wood and stuff to make the frame for the new cabinet..
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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2012, 08:32:26 PM »
Next bit of the jigsaw puzzel was obtained today.

Old tank completly broken down and now have a blank canvas to work with, the sump in the garage is now a holding tank with my last few corals and two fish left so they are out the way and safe.

Agreed the finish to be Beech finish with Kerrie (the good lady), so will get that next weekend...  and mark it up to be routed...

Also popped in to my LFS and stated talking to Cliff the owner and asked prices for a new sump and low and behold he had an tank from his old shop kicking around the perfect size....so had that off him... :93:...bingo



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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2012, 06:13:09 AM »
Its all looking good keep up the good work cant wait to see it all up and running as i bet it will be stunning Eric :86:

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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2012, 04:40:53 PM »
I ordered the tank last week... , so will turn up in 3weeks time...   :86:

New tank spec is as follows:

Braceless/Rimless
550mm x 550mm x 425mm (Length x Width x Height)
Polished/beveled edges
All 10mm Glass
Weir with holes drilled or 2x32mm tank connectors, & 1x20mm tank connector, with removable weir comb
BLACK wier
BLACK painted to two sides
BLACK Silicone

Tank Volume: 25 UK Gallon (114 Litre ).

My friend has just had a 4ft tank built by them and the finish is great so more than happy with the quality of these tanks.

Am in the process of building the cabinet and will post some piccies up of that soon.. :whoo:



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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2012, 11:00:30 PM »
Cant wait to see this one matey

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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 06:40:04 AM »
Me neither...LOL....its a bit of a gamble as its totaly new territory for me and most reefers so have to fly blind a bit of the time so could go one of two ways. I am kind of building this in tandem with another reefer so we are bouncing ideas off each other about different aspects
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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2012, 10:03:34 AM »
Have agreed the following bits on the tank:

Black backing
Black weir
and Black silicone

so should look smart, i have also amended the tank connector from 25mm down to 20mm as well..so i am currently driving the tank builder nutz... ::)
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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2012, 09:43:01 PM »
Here is an up date on a few bits:


Here is a idea of the sump layout:



Progress up date, as i got home early from work and took advantage of the kids and wife out at her sisters, i decided to go out on to the drive in the sun armed with a jigsaw, drill, my trusty work mate and a mug of tea and done some drive way DIY magic...









After all that it was nice and level..... :whoo:




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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2012, 09:44:13 PM »
WTF happened to the pictures.........!
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2012, 02:19:30 PM »
Well, today i have been shopping and while the tank and cabinet are being progressed is decided to look at rockwork.

For this i am going to use 100% ocean rock/dead rock, i know the cycle will take longer but who cares i am in no rush

So today i have venrured to me LFS and took it over with rock everywhere...they are a very accomodating shop and not busy (thankfully)....

So after bit of playing jigsaw puzzles this is my final scape (i have taken tons of photos at all angles to make it easier to replicate when i transfere them to the tank when its time:

I have created a cave section and two large vertical section to make the bridge and a smaller vertical pile at the front...i once again like my old build steered clear of piling it up against the back glass and make a free standing structure

So just need to get these home, washed and soaking to get them ready...

Also this LFS is good for 2nd bits equipment and they were having a clearout of stuff thats been hidden away in backs of cup'ds, and got a Koralia 2 pump for £6.....game on.

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Re: Operation `BLACKOUT'
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2012, 10:55:50 PM »
Its stood pretty much stand still, until yesterday so here whats been happening:

1 - Light units is built
2 - Wood has been cut up for the cabnet ready to be finished tomorrow will post that up later....

But first here is the light unit..

As this tank will be 100% NPS the only light i need is for my own benift, so i brought a nice stylish 3xGU10 light fitting, but also some extra goodies to modify it.... :97:

So here is the light itself..



As when is turned the unit on i wanted to be able to control the light so armed with chocolate block connectors i seperated the outside lights from the middle light so i can control them independantly..



And here is the result...

Outer lights



Inner lights



All three...nice



I call that a result... :whoo:
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