SPS Pico Surge Tank

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. 354 views

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Alright

So a little boredom breaker that I will be working on and hoping to get wet after New Years. the build will be made up mostly of spares that I have lying around. I also want to learn a couple more DIY skills so will be testing myself with this build (meaning it will be far more expensive than I originally planned for), currently I am struggling with getting the Bell Siphon Surge Tank operating at anything more than an aesthetically operational level.

I can however get the SPS section of the tank started and start working on the rock work. Which is what I shall start doing today.

Technical Details SPS Display
Tank; Pets at Home 12 Litre Kids Tank
Light: Par38 Bulb
Heat: 25W Submersible
Filter: Hydro Ripple HR-450
Pump: Hydor Pico Evo Mag 650
ATO: Float Switch water bottle holder
Stand: Custom/bodge job furniture

Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #1

I have located the main structure of the stand

Thanks:


Reefermad

  • Posts: 170
  • Liked: 114
  • Thanks Given: 37
  • Received: 30
  • Location: Scotland

Reply #2

Good luck with this one mate, I like the sound of it, looking forward to seeing it all once it's up and running

DUSTYBOY272

  • Posts: 227
  • Liked: 107
  • Thanks Given: 346
  • Received: 34

Reply #3

Will be watching your thread with eagerness and intrigue.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #4

Well stand should arrive tomorrow and the last of the items for the Pico arrive today, still need to work out what sort of height i need to get the force of water to go through the surge and give the SPS enough random flow.

Thanks:


Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #5

Not a lot of movement on this project at the moment, kind of tied down to undertaking he annoying little bits of the build.


I did get some of my Order today so I am able to at least start construction the tank and rockscape.


Firstly. HR-450 HOB Filter. £11.99 Amazon Special.
A BEAST, twice the size and power of the HR250 that I ran previously, very controllable filters.
Due to the size of this Filter I think that I can turn this into a Refugium, if not the additional water volume (4 Litres) is welcomed in the SPS Pico





The filter comes with Two Carbon Filter pads, luckily you can simply open these cartridges and dump out the contents (into a mesh bag for later use), these will be used as Baffles within the Refugium and also so that my Macro doesn't fly into the Display tank.





Also picked up some Cheap Dry Rock Rubble, I plan on Aquascaping the back as a cavern of sorts, I will need to leave space (or install and leave empty) for two pipes in the back of the tank for the surge tank attachment.

Thanks:


Reefermad

  • Posts: 170
  • Liked: 114
  • Thanks Given: 37
  • Received: 30
  • Location: Scotland

Reply #6

That's a cool wee tank man, what's your plans for the filtration on this size of setup? Not critisizing lol just interest for myself lol  I love pico and nano tanks, there's something very satisfying knowing it's a challenge

Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #7

Well I have 1.6KG of Dry Rock Rubble, I plan on making a egg crate insert that will hide both the pump and the incoming pipe (eventually), I plan on attaching the Rubble to this to make a false rock wall. After that I have been cycling a load of small ledges and flat cut rocks (1KG ish) in the rear compartment of the 34G, as well as Bio Spheres so can transfer this "Live" rock into the tank. 2ish KG should give me enough Biological Filtration.


Should look something like this (apart from not foaming and cementing this build) old build, can't remember what I had in there apart from a waterfall....


I have a Hydor Pico Evo Mag Pump (650LPH on 17L system) for the water movement, this will later be used to pump water up into my Macro Surge Tank. I also have a 450LPH HOB/Refugium at max that would give me close to 75x turnover. In the Hob will run filter floss and Bio Media, with space for couple of other things if needed.


I hope that the Macro Tank will also act as part of my filtration when I get to that stage, it will be like a display tank refugium of sorts, I'm fine up until this point and then i'm like ummmm..... whats the worst that can happen (also I dont mind flooding works building again!)





Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #8

Ok so it seems i ran out of Eggcrate, more on the way from fleabay. Arrives Thursday.......


Hate waiting on deliveries, looking for a Nano Goby or two to go into the tank, want a sort of Eel looking fish. Maybe a couple of Pipefish?


The Mrs did have a theme for this tank that I kind of like, will reveal later if it all works out

Reefermad

  • Posts: 170
  • Liked: 114
  • Thanks Given: 37
  • Received: 30
  • Location: Scotland

Reply #9

That sounds like a good plan mate, I like the simplicity of the filtration, good biological filtration, filter floss and refugium, this will be a cool looking tank, I like your background on the exo terra aswell, I done a similar thing on a diy chameleon vivarium using expanding foam, are pipefish difficult to keep? I'd love to get one but I thought they might be a bit difficult

Reefermad

  • Posts: 170
  • Liked: 114
  • Thanks Given: 37
  • Received: 30
  • Location: Scotland

Reply #10

That sounds like a good plan mate, I like the simplicity of the filtration, good biological filtration, filter floss and refugium, this will be a cool looking tank, I like your background on the exo terra aswell, I done a similar thing on a diy chameleon vivarium using expanding foam, are pipefish difficult to keep? I'd love to get one but I thought they might be a bit difficult

Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #11

That sounds like a good plan mate, I like the simplicity of the filtration, good biological filtration, filter floss and refugium, this will be a cool looking tank, I like your background on the exo terra aswell, I done a similar thing on a diy chameleon vivarium using expanding foam, are pipefish difficult to keep? I'd love to get one but I thought they might be a bit difficult

Yeah that's whats giving me second thoughts. Essentially the same feeding pattern as Dwarf Seahorse (which I'd love too). Need daily feedings of freshly hatched BBS
All about Simple with this one, well ish

Reefermad

  • Posts: 170
  • Liked: 114
  • Thanks Given: 37
  • Received: 30
  • Location: Scotland

Reply #12

It's simple untill you add a pipefish lol, I don't think I'd be brave enough to try them, unless I could breed bbs or pods in a separate tank, I'm sure it'll be all good whatever you decide to add, I'd like seahorses aswell, one day I will have them but that day is a long while away

Ratvan

  • Me and My Tiny Tank
  • Posts: 356
  • Liked: 154
  • Thanks Given: 32
  • Received: 118
  • Me and my Tiny Tank
  • Location: Leeds
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/red-sea-max-130d-1st-'proper'-reef/

Reply #13

It's simple untill you add a pipefish lol, I don't think I'd be brave enough to try them, unless I could breed bbs or pods in a separate tank, I'm sure it'll be all good whatever you decide to add, I'd like seahorses aswell, one day I will have them but that day is a long while away

I mean in theory I could breed pods in the Macro Algae display tank, some would get washed into the display on each surge but I dont know how many, whether it will deplete the population too much etc.

I'd love Dwarf Seahorse, i'm very tempted to order 3 pairs 

Reefermad

  • Posts: 170
  • Liked: 114
  • Thanks Given: 37
  • Received: 30
  • Location: Scotland

Reply #14

Having a constant supply of pods would be the best way I'd imagine, lol I love your enthusiasm wanting 3 pairs to start off with, that would be an awesome looking tank, even better if they started breeding for you

Tags:

diy 

SPS 



Donate towards the running of ReefBase

Donate £1.00 Donate £2.50 Donate £5.00 Donate £10.00 Donate £20.00 Donate another value