Casper's Land's End Tank

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  1. awcasper

    awcasper Guest

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    This thread was originally on the NCNRS forum. I'd like to share it here you nice people.

    - Bryan




    Something I've been working on for the past few months. I was originally tried to sell this tank to fund my overseas vacation, but am glad no one bought it. I plan to replicate the coastal area where the ocean meets the land. My idea is to have a very deep sand bed, mangroves, and a seagrass bed in the refugium. I will pack the right portion of the display and refugium w/ add 2-3" of reef mud mixed with aragonite sand.

    I finished sanding down the stand, adding a stain, and resanding. Currently modifying the sump, resealing joints, and checking for leaks. The bigges pain is to finish sanding down the display tank and buffing out the scratches. I have about 100 lbs of sand in storage tubs I am keeping alive.


    Stats:

    Tank: 62 gallon Truvu acrylic tank 36"x18x20
    Light: 4 bulb T5's 36" fixture with 5 blue LED on DIY hanging kit
    no skimmer
    Sump 20 , three chamber gallon sump (seagrass bed)
    Sump Light: 24" Coralife single 10,000K bulb
    Return Pump: Ehiem 1250
    Powerheads: 2x Koralia 2's (will replace with Vortech)
    Plumbing: Durso-style quiet overflow 1" piping, Loc-line kit for return flow 1/2" > 3/4" > 1/2" piping
    Super deep sand bed (8-20" sloping)
    Heater: Rena 300w
    estimated 50 lbs live rock
    280-300 lbs sand: Samoan fine grained w/ pink specks, crush coral from Florida, Fiji Mud, unkown small particle crushed coral
    Reef Keeper 2 controller
    Topoff System: JBJ Auto Top Off with Aquamedic Dosing pump
    Dosing: DIY kalkwasser doser in a 1.5 gallon water jug hooked up to an air pump on a timer
    Eggcate support
    Pot for planting mangrove
    Cooling: Azoo 2 fan fan, nano chiller and open top display + sump, open stand


    Current tank: Casper's mushrooom house 29 gal

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    Work in progress:

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    Waiting on my bucket of mud from Robert at Neptune's and plumbing from Marine Depot





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    The tank is half way buffed out and all the plumbing has came home.^^ Now to find another 30-40 lbs of live sand, make the hanging kit for my lights, and wait for the pvc glue to cure. It won't be long now.

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    plumbing setup


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    New anemone. Cool little guy. Burrows under the sand.^^


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    Shrooms!





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    Wow, local pods living in your tank, Marc? That's insane. I wouldn't use the sand here with all the boats and stuff leaking oils and chemicals in the water. Oyster shell is an interesting idea.



    Thanks, Alfred.^^

    I was thinking a reverse lighting cycle that was on a bit longer. For the mud, I am mixing in some sand to make the texture more varying.




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    Pipe insulation, a 10" 3/4" dia meter electrical pipe, some cable hplders, and a hanging kit.




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    Sump setup w/ Ehiem 1250 return pump, 24" coralife fixture (single 10,000K bulb 69w), Azoo fan (2 fans), small chiller, and 1/2" Loc-line flow kit.



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    Home made overflow box.


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    Almost done!^^


    - Bryan






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    So everything is ready to go. I'm waiting on the rest of the sand to cycle before the big move, so maybe one more week.


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    Most scratches gone.


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    Leak test 1.


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    DIY hanging light kit.


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    Gluing on overflow box.

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    Mangrove pot.


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    Nice and snug.


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    Goby condo via Will from LGF.


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    Ta-da!





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    Hiya folks. The tank got it's first big algae bloom last week. I tossed a bad blue legged hermit (ate one of my new super Tongan nassarius snails) from my 29 gal into the sump. He mowed through the diatoms pretty well, lol.

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    I did a water test and everything looks good.


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    I went to Neptune and picked up three trochus, a large limpet, and two Stomatella snails. i like the pic of the trochus. It looks a bit comical, like "oh noez, I pooped on myself."

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    A pic of the "mouse head" in my sand bed.

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    A nice two toned Rhodactis cf. mussoides from Aquatic gallery.

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    So messy...



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    The eggcrate showing.



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    Still messy...



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    Mounting the equipment.


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    My precious.^^



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    Shrooms chilling on the sand bed.



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    Two mini carpets waiting to be fragged.



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    Leftover rock.



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    Best seat in the house.
     
  2. zepplock

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    Very nice project!!!

    How do you expect the sand to stay on the right side?
     
  3. awcasper

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    Thank you. I have a support structure made of eggcrate under the sandbed.

    - Bryan
     

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