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Old 09/29/2018, 12:39 PM   #1
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Smile Waterbox Crystal Peninsula 7226 (228 G/863L) build in Dubai

Time for my second tank build thread. Letís see if I can keep it up this time, my first build thread didnít last long for various reasonsÖ

This is my second reef tank. The first one is a mixed reef Red Sea Reefer 350, which I started around 3 years ago and looks like this at the moment - getting crowded:

Some of the equipment and all livestock will be slowly transitioned to its successor. Its had some ups and downs and I learned a few things along the way - right now suffering from a bit of algae and discoloration of my SPS, but generally speaking the last months things have been good.

Iíve always wanted a Peninsula tank and have been looking at the Reefer 650, but when Waterbox became available in Dubai, I decided to go for the biggest one I could get end in the end. I was happy with Red Sea so far but the feedback from Waterbox owners has been positive from what I've seen, so let's see how this goes.

After moving around furniture for a month and looking at various options, Iíve decided on the following positioning for the tank - it will basically be in the middle of the room not attached to any walls.

The equipment list looks like this:

- Eheim 300W + Eheim 100W Backup Heater
- Neptune COR20 Return Pump
- 2 Wave maker Gyre XF130
- 1 Ecotech MP40wQD for some turbulence
- 3 Ecotech XR30W G4 Pro (planning to mount on a custom made rail)
- Hailea 300A Chiller
- Aquamaxx Q5 Skimmer (I passed on the expensive brands after hearing good feedback on this in the local reefer group).

As you can see it will be a relatively simple setup without reactors and a refugium, I'll only do 2/3 part dosing and I use the Red Sea Coral Colours additives - so far it's worked reasonably well although I don't keep a lot of SPS or sensitive corals.

Going to control everything through the Apex system, been pretty happen with it in the Reefer 350:

- Neptune Apex Classic with ORP, ph, temperature, salinity probes
- Neptune ATK for ATO
- Neptune Leak Detection Probe (not decided yet where to put it)
- 2 Neptune DOS (Ca/Mg/KH/spare)
- 2 Neptune DDR Reservoirs
- Neptune WXM for Radion / MP40 control
- Neptune Optical sensor for ATO and sump water level monitoring
- Neptune AFS Feeder for holidays
- I also have a Neptune breakout box that I might use to connect some switches for triggering Feed or Maintenance modes without needing to open the App.

I'm currently assessing the best cabinet layout for the controllers and power supplies. As it stands, I chose to move the chiller outside the cabinet for space reasons and bring the ATO tank on the overflow side of the tank.

One of the downsides of the Waterbox is that the middle doors open on both sides, but the left and right one open only on one opposing side - cannot chose which one. This means I need to fill the ATO tank from the hole in the back of the cabinet, as I cannot open the door of this side easily due to the sofa. All the dry equipment will go on the front side of the tank where I can access the door.

Considering how big the tank is, the sump layout in general doesn't seem ideal, or at least it doesn't match my ideas - can't put my finger on it. The tank and cabinet quality looks very much on par with the Reefer though.

As for the scape, Iím imagining something along these lines:

One concern I still have is if running the Gyreís and the MP40 from the back wall will create enough flow all around, but Iíd hate to have cables going to the front of the tank.

So when will all this happen? The tank is already here, cabinet built, and I started the wiring and preparation. Will post some photos tomorrow!

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Old 10/02/2018, 12:16 PM   #2
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Some photos from the build and the tank.
I'll mount the Radeons on a custom aluminum rail from the ceiling.

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Old 10/03/2018, 12:03 AM   #3
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Impressive start Flore! A free-standing tank sounds like a real challenge. Should look awesome! Good luck with the build!

As many naturalists and environmentalists have suggested, we should set aside our arrogance,
our desire to conquer and control everything, and walk hand in hand with Mother Nature. -Walter Adey

Current Tank Info: 180g Seagrass Lagoon in the works
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Old 10/05/2018, 05:02 AM   #4
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I'm currently waiting for the MP40 and the ATK and some accessories, then it's time to fill the tank with water.

Will use cable trunking for a clean installation, attached a photo of the right side of the cabinet in progress.

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Old 10/13/2018, 11:50 AM   #5
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Tank is full now, just need to adjust the salinity a bit and start cycling it. Plan to move over some rock from my current tank and also make water changes from the old tank to the new one to get things going.

Adjustment of the gate valve and return flow was pretty simple - it's not dead quiet yet but I think should be possible to get there, although the filter socks made a lot of noise.

Turned down the COR20 to 60% right now.

Have minor (just drops) leaking on the connection between the flexible return and the plumping, and need to raise the skimmer a bit I think, otherwise all looks good.

Getting the ATK in the next days, that's one of the last pieces in the puzzle.

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Old 10/17/2018, 12:25 PM   #6
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I raised the skimmer using simple PVC pipe attached to the bottom with a bit of superglue. Might add some rubber feet to minimise the noise but at the moment there is barely any vibration.

Tank is almost up to the desired 1.025 salinity, then I'll seed it with some coralline and a bit of live rock from my existing tank.

I've been considering to remove the vinyl sheet from the back of the tank to further emphasize the "free standing" look. Asked Waterbox about it, and their answer was they don't know how easy it is, because they've never done it...

Still waiting for the ATK to arrive, that's the last major piece of equipment missing.

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Old 10/31/2018, 10:49 AM   #7
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Some updates. The ATK has arrived, but they shipped the wrong power supply, waiting again and doing manual tank fills...

The tank is cycling and I moved a small piece of Green Star Polyp and a small Monti over from my old tank to see how things are doing.

Time for a clean up crew soon. In the meantime, starting the scape, most of the rock will come from the old tank though. Planning to make two rock structures, one in a V shape as on the photo, and a U shape with some shelves on the back.

Electrical installations in progress, should be quite a clean install in the end but most of the equipment is also still running on the old tank at this point.

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Old 11/07/2018, 11:16 AM   #8
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Some updates from the install.

The ATK is still missing its power supply and it's fairly annoying - evaporation on this size tank with an open top is quite high.

Another issue is the MP40 - the 19mm glass, while theoretically still in range - is just a little too thick for a reliable magnet hold. Looking to either switch to an MP60 (wasting some money in the process) or maybe I'll find a way to support it with tape etc.

Continuing with the electrical installation. I plan to make a small switch box for common Apex activities like Feed Mode on the back of the tank, bought some simple switches for that, will share soon.

Other than that I moved over some more small frags, as the Monti and GSP have been doing ok for over a week.

I'll be traveling now for a week, but after that it's time to move more livestock from the Reefer, including a lot of its rock work.

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Old 11/13/2018, 05:06 PM   #9
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Old 11/14/2018, 02:37 PM   #10
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updates? I am thinking about getting the same tank, the red sea is just a tad too short for the space I have.

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Old 11/15/2018, 06:12 AM   #11
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Am away this week, updates coming on Sunday or so!

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Old 11/15/2018, 11:04 AM   #12
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Hello Flore your setup...I was hoping I could pull up a seat to tag along and ask questions along the way?...Im a newbie and Im about to cycle my first tank and would love to learn from you as I see your just starting your new tank

Looking forward to your updates :tiphat:


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