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150 build - Picture heavy, be warned..
Old 11-23-2009, 09:05 AM   #11
 
I agree that reflectors would be an obvious thing to add, but I don't actually want to spend any money on the fixture. Seeing as a second hand halide can be had for under 200 (I have seen several 2x250s and a 3x150s for that price), even 10 seems like wasted cash..

I will probably just paint the bottom gloss white. I put the small amount of reflective tape on there because it had been in my cupboard for god knows how many years and wouldn't have ever been used otherwise..
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:50 AM   #12
 
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Even gloss white will have a better reflecting quality than the bare plywood. I would do that in place of metal reflectors, for budget's sake...
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:53 AM   #13
 
you can use anything shinny as a reflector. try using aluminum foil. find a way to stiffen it maybe with cardboard or plastic. just get it smooth and it will reflect the light down
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:12 AM   #14
 
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The only reason I am not a huge fan of aluminum is I'm not sure how corrosive it is. In FW aluminum wouldn't be as much of a concern, because of the way it oxidizes. But in SW, I am a little skeptical as to corrosion from the salt creep and splash.

If you put a splash guard on it, than maybe aluminum would work.
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:37 AM   #15
 
i was assuming that there would be a splash guard for safety purposes anyways. no one wants to burn down their house because their tank light catches fire
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:39 AM   #16
 
IIRC aluminum foil is a terrible material for a reflector, as it diffuses most of the light instead of reflecting it. You can see this if you point a laser pen at it.

I'l paint it gloss white. It's only temporary lighting. By the time I even think about any corals (or even fish probably) I'l have a nice big halide fixture.

Thanks for all the input guys (and girls?) .
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:37 AM   #17
 
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I have never tried to use tin foil as a refelector. I think that gloss white will suffice as a reflector for a FOWLR.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:57 AM   #18
 
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great project cant wait to see the next part :) !!!!!!!
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:18 PM   #19
 
Flipping heck. The tank is full!

Here's the shopping list of everything non live (bar the sand and including rock). Add anything if I have forgotten it..

Visitherm Aquarium Heater 300W x2
NeWave 6500
TMC V2 Skim 1000
Caribsea Ocean Direct 120lbs
Red Sea Salt 25Kg

I will probably add another NeWave 6500 at some point in the future, but for now 17x flow should be fine. I have selected the NeWave over the comparable Koralia because I trust the brand. I have used their heaters for years and my nano uses the same brand powerheads and heater.

I have no experience with the red sea salt, but it will save me enough money for a first fish which cant be sniffed at. 10 or 20 quid here and there seems nothing compared to the overall cost of the project, but waste not want not.

An interesting choice I have made is to go with a quite shallow sand bed. Actually about 1.5 inches, which isn't what I would normally recommend, but after accidentally getting a similar depth in my nano and having none of the usual problems associated with this depth of the same substrate I figure there should be no problems on a larger scale. Time will tell I suppose.

I have no experience with the TMC skimmers either, but they are cheap and review well so sod it. Going with a cheaper skimmer will allow me to get a massively over rated modal. I might even go to the 1500 money permitting, which could theoretically come with three times the volume of my tank.

I think I will add the sump later down the line. The skimmer can be run HOB for the meanwhile. If the skimmer being stuck on the back doesn't bother me I won't need to sump at all, which would be convenient as I could run a large water container underneath the tank for water changes.

I'm going to DIY the lighting. Probably looking at 4x80w t5's, which I can get running for under 100 using ballasts from egay. When the time comes that I want some more demanding corals I can always retrofit some more t5's on there somewhere. Theoretically I could fit 38.4 (realistically more than I could ever need/want) t5's over the tank so it's not a worry.
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:40 PM   #20
 
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