Matt's 60 gallon Frag Tank

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  1. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

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    I have several tanks I want to start tank journals for. I need to start somewhere, so I decided to start with this one. My wife @Ashalye and I bought this from @gimmito back in September of 2015.

    Here's one of the first pictures of it setup in October of 2015.
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  2. Coral reefer

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    Nice! Is that a stand alone system? What light is that?
     
  3. coral4me

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    One of the first things I made for the tank was an adjustable light mounting bracket out of some aluminum scraps. It can be seen in the picture above.
     
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    This was a stand alone system at that time. Since then, I've connected a display tank to it on the other side of the wall. You'll have to wait a little bit, I'm not there yet in the progression of this journal. ;)

    The light is a HouYi Aqua System, you write the program for it in a text file named hy.txt and upload the program with an SD card. It works fair, I have nothing bad to say about the light. If anyone has a similar light and is having issues with the SD card program not behaving, I could probably help you fix it.
     
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  5. coral4me

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    I drilled new holes in the top back corners to get the Sea-Swirls out of the way and made a cover for the overflow box.

    Before:
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    After:
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    Right Side:
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    Left Side:
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    Overflow Lid
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  6. coral4me

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    Made a custom mounting bracket and installed a UV sterilizer.
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  7. coral4me

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    I cut the flex pvc on the original return plumbing and installed a serviceable anti-siphon valve to prevent the return pipe from back flowing into the sump in the event of a power failure or feed cycle.
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  8. Newjack

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    are you gonna continue to use that light to grow out the frags? How do the corals like it?
     
  9. tankguy

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    thats the cleanest Ive ever seen that tank look
     
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  10. coral4me

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    Even though the rocks were starting to color up by November, I was concerned that it might not be enough light. So I decided to add some T5s and reflectors that I had laying around. I had to construct a way to mount them which you'll see in the pics below.

    A few weeks before implementing the light upgrade. ( November 20, 2015 )
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    The black material is called Centra. It is a foamed PVC and is light in weight but more flexible than I would like for this application. To increase rigidity I doubled the thickness by adding an extra strip to each side. From past experience, I've found the skin on the surface of Centra does not glue well, so I attached the strips with screws.
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    T5 Light Upgrade Installed December 2, 2015
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  11. Newjack

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    sweet!
    You're the perfect kind of Buddy to know.... "man of MANY skills, Master of none". o_O
    or is that "Jack of all trades, master of none". lol
     
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    I'm sure he's a master of at least one.
     
  13. coral4me

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    Just in case there wasn't enough light already or a broad enough spectrum of light, I add a pair of Kessil A150s and a white foam square to the back wall as a reflector. Now I need to barrow the clubs PAR meter to see what kind of levels I'm actually getting.

    January 20, 2016 - Added Two Kessil A150 lights
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    Thanks for sharing your build experience!
     

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