Frag System Overview

By: melev | Tags: dosing pump, frag system, vectra m1, vortech pumps | Comments: 2

While I enjoyed my small frag tank attached to the 400g reef, after four years it was due to be broken down.  I also wanted to set up a bigger system, a stand alone system, that would allow me to grow out frags from my reef's cuttings, and provide a separate repository to hold some species safely in case the big tank ever had a nasty disaster.  Plus, with a smaller tank I could do some product testing with normal sized equipment, something I really couldn't do with a 400g setup.

I built the entire thing: 

60g frag tank: 3/8" cast acrylic; 48" x 18" x 16" tall with internal overflow box at the far end
Model F sump: 34" x 15" x 15"
ATO reservoir: 6" x 15" x 20"
Triple Doser reservoir: 6" x 15" x 12"

Supporting equipment:
Vectra M1 return pump with Battery Backup
Vortech Mp10wES 
Nyos Quantum 120
Cobalt 100w Neotherm heater
3x Icecap Dosers
SmartATO Micro 
Reef Angel LED fixtures

I built the stand out of 1" x 3" Oak lumber, used a sheet of 3/4" MDF on top, and installed a sheet of pink foam on top for the acrylic tank to rest upon.  It was painted with an oil based black paint to seal it from moisture.

And here is a video showing how it was initially set up in January 2016.



Good Greef
Hi, great video. Just joined today and loving wading through the content on your site. You mention the evaporation from the tank. Where does this go? would it not create damp issues in the room and further develop into spore issues?
melev's picture
Evaporation goes into the air, and can cause a rise in humidity. A dehumidifier as well as an air conditioner will help remove that water from the air. My home has had aquariums for nearly two decades, and has normal wear and tear. Somethings rust and must be replaced, like ceiling vent grills.

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