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Old 04/09/2017, 11:08 PM   #1
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Fishy's Regency 220 "The Impulse Reef"

Ok so here we are again.......didn't think I'd be getting a decent reef setup quite this soon but sometimes things are meant to be hahahaha.

The Fishy Backstory
I've been interested in fish and aquatic life for as long as I can remember and have been fishing since I could hold a rod, so ever since then I've been mesmerized by the world beneath the water.
So as soon as my dear mother thought I was responsible enough to take care of my own fish tank, she bought me one and we then stocked it with the usual bread and butter tropical fish.
I'm originally South African but my family and I have now move to Australia so that my sister and I could have a safe place to grow up.
So the first tank stayed setup for a number of years and did quite well until the time to move came and we had to sell the fish, I pleaded that we keep the fish tank and set it up when we moved over and that is what we did.
So fast forward a few years and a few tanks later the inevitable urge to move onto newer and more exciting things happened. That's when my interest shifted to marine tanks.
So I started researching all I could about the and started buying equipment for it. I was earning the massive sum of $50 a week from working on the weekend and as you can imagine it too a bit of saving to get the basic gear like heaters and powerheads. I got everything I needed to setup a 30G FOWLR tank and bought a single clownfish to start with and then I got a second one so they could be a pair, I still have both of them to this day .
So I then progressed to a bigger 65G tank that I kept my first coral in, a green hammer which I also still have. Build thread for that tank if you're interested: http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2407090
I then setup a 42G shallow tank that did alright but it was nothing special. I took that tank down and replaced it with a 90G tropical tank and down graded the reef to a 40G breeder to house all the corals and fish. Build thread for the 42G if you're interested: http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2424966
I then setup a 10G nano that did pretty well for the last year but the corals were never 100% happy because I couldn't keep things as stable as I would have liked.
That brings us to the setup at hand!! My AquaOne Regency 220. I work at a pet supply shop and manage all the fish we have there which is cool as I get to look at fish all day hahaha. So we got in four of these Regency's (two white and two black) and they sat there for a good few months so they were reduced by a substantial amount to try and sell them and it was very tempting to buy one but I really didn't need a bigger tank so I put that idea off.
We sold three of them and there was one left in white and at this stage I was really starting to miss not having a bigger reef tank to play with so I checked how much the tank was with my staff discount and when the figure came up I bought it then and there!! I had just impulse buyed my first brand new big setup, I was so excited with this fine purchase .


Ok so now that the boring back story is over and done with we can get onto the good stuff!!


Equipment
Tank: AquaOne Regency 220

Stand: Regency Stand

Skimmer: Still to Be Decided

Heater: AquaOne 300 Watt Thermosafe

Sump: Included 17G Sump

Return Pump: AquaOne Moray 3600 (Will probably upgrade it to something quieter!!)

Lighting: Undecided at this point but I have to options at hand LED and T5 HO. The LED I have is a Aquasun 36x3w with CREE LEDs and the T5 units are two 3x39w HOs, I may end up doing a test with both of those options but I'm leaning towards the T5's at this stage (need to get new globes for them).

Let The Build Begin!!

So once I got the tank home I began customizing it to suit the purpose of being a reef tank.
With the help of my housemate we made a bracket and bolted it to the back of the tank so that we could mount the light stands to hang the lights. We used a bit of timber and drilled for holes through it and the stand and bolted it to the back using stainless bolts, we used saddle clamps to hold the stands. The stands were then painted matt black.





I used a bit of silicon to seal around the top of the tank so that dust and salt don't get between the glass and the trim.
We then siliconed the return and the outlet pipes in place to guarantee there were no leaks, all was well until we cracked one of the fittings from over tightening it so off to the hardware store we went to get a replacement.
We let it dry over night and did a leak test, it passed with flying colours. So the tank was drained of the tapwater and left it overnight till we could fill it the next day with RO water. We mounted the light stands and then filled the tank, we let it run and heat up and it was time to add the salt.











The plan for this tank will be to have a thriving slice of reef, I would like for it to be SPS dominant eventually.

I need to get some live rock and that will probably be happening later this week. I'm dosing SeaChem Stability to get the system rocking in the right direction. I need to work out what skimmer I want to run on this tank as well.

Well that is everything that has happened so far with this build and congratulations if you made it this far


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Old 04/10/2017, 04:34 AM   #2
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Made a couple of changes to the sump today as a few of the design quirks were annoying me. Added a level between the top and bottom shelves to make the incoming water quieter and added a baffle just before the last one so that microbubbles are reduced in the display. Now I just have to let the silicone cure.



As for skimmers I'm liking the look of the Bubble Magus Curve 5's. They seem to be a pretty nice skimmer for the price, any thoughts on that skimmer or any other ones I should look at?


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Old 04/10/2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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Signed on! FYI, whatever Andrew says, I agree with.

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Old 04/10/2017, 10:28 PM   #4
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Signed on! FYI, whatever Andrew says, I agree with.

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Awesome!! Good to have you on board the 3rd Fishy build, lets hope that three times the charm . Hahaha I agree but sometimes he's just silly


So the tank has cleared up a bit overnight, getting excited about getting some livestock into it. Should be getting some live rock off a mate very soon too. The honey tea is to help sooth my poor throat, hate getting sick



The new sump design is much better, its a lot quieter!! Put my little Bubble Magus skimmer onto it to help pull some of the cloudiness out of the water.




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Old 04/11/2017, 06:38 AM   #5
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What are the dimensions of your aquarium?

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Old 04/11/2017, 07:34 AM   #6
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What are the dimensions of your aquarium?

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Sorry I forgot to mention that.

It 36" wide, 18" deep and 19" from the bottom of the tank to the water level (all up its about 22" with trim)

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Old 04/11/2017, 11:43 PM   #7
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Got the base rock today and played around with the scape. After about an hour of messing around I'm happy with how its turned out.





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Old 04/12/2017, 06:05 AM   #8
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Just ordered the skimmer for the tank, a Bubble Magus Curve 5. Should be here mid next week.

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Nice to see you back around Rory, good luck with this build! I like the scape as well.


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Old 04/12/2017, 09:36 AM   #10
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Nice to see you back around Rory, good luck with this build! I like the scape as well.
Thanks Mark its good to be back here again!! I hope it goes well, I know sort of what I'm doing this time round spin:. Glad you like it, I did add another rock under the left hand island to give it a bit more height but other than that its the same.


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Old 04/13/2017, 04:12 AM   #11
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Added a bit of hight to the left hand island and moved it around abit. I need to get some more putty so that I can get the small ledge to sit a little lower than it currently is but other than that I'm happy with how it looks, just needs corals












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Old 04/13/2017, 06:02 AM   #12
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Looking good. Keep us updated with many pics!


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When do you plan on adding the corals? Will you be going to Deer Park Aquarium for corals? I like your rock work.

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Looking good. Keep us updated with many pics!
Thanks mate! I assure you there will be lots of pics hahaha


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When do you plan on adding the corals? Will you be going to Deer Park Aquarium for corals? I like your rock work.

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I plan on adding my corals from my nano on the weekend. Unfortunately I will not be as unlike lucky Andrew!! I live on the otherside of the country and its a 5hr drive to a good reef shop, my local LFS doesn't carry many good corals. Thanks Marty glad you like the scape!

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Decided to transfer my fish and corals over to the new tank today. Everyone looks to have handled the move well.







Very happy with how the tank is going so far.

Also did some cable managment in the cabinet to tidy things up a bit.





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Looking real good so far.


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Looking real good so far.
Thanks mate, can't wait to see it progress!!


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Love the aquascape! Glad the fish and corals have transferred over well. good job


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Love the aquascape! Glad the fish and corals have transferred over well. good job
Glad you like it mate!! As am I, everything is looking nice and happy this morning


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Old 04/23/2017, 05:01 AM   #21
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So a quick update on the tank. Did a waterchange on the tank today and apart from the salinity being a bit high everything is looking great. Picked up two chromies, a duncan and a wall hammer today. Not sure how the wall hammer will go but we'll see how it does. Really happy with how its progressing so far.



With all the holidays at the moment my skimmer is taking its sweet time to get here, hopefully it will get here this week.

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