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Old 12/19/2007, 12:33 PM   #451
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I'd like to see it covered in snow. Just so we can have a December picture.

Do you brush or scrape the glass clean so the livestock can still get light? How often do you feed under these circumstances?

How many days this time of year are pure cloud cover, so that it remains pretty dark all day long? Or is there enough sun to melt away anything on the glass?


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Old 12/19/2007, 04:40 PM   #452
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I'd like to see it covered in snow. Just so we can have a December picture.

Do you brush or scrape the glass clean so the livestock can still get light? How often do you feed under these circumstances?

How many days this time of year are pure cloud cover, so that it remains pretty dark all day long? Or is there enough sun to melt away anything on the glass?

Hi Melev!

The Ice formation only occurs during the night from 02h00 to 08h00, only at this time the temperature drops to 0ºC, and it's not every day, probably 2 or 3 weeks a year, not more.

As I told before, at this time of the year, I have to cover the top glass with isolating material so that the temperature maintains constant with no extra costs associated, there for I don't have any ice formation, for this to happen the cover temperature should not be above 0ºC, and has you know I have 25ºC inside the tank, some heat escapes there for I will never have ice in the top of the tank... I wish it happen; it was a sign that the tank was so isolated from the environment that no heat was lost.

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Old 12/19/2007, 07:22 PM   #453
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thank you .............Conorwynne and Vitor Pestana.....

......I am looking at this pump of 500 GPH IN-LINE ...... but I will see what I can buy.

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Old 12/19/2007, 07:38 PM   #454
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So you cover it each night, and still get plenty of sunlight each day? I was wondering how the day to day maintenance is handled. I've never been to Portugal, and don't know what your weather is like.


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Old 12/27/2007, 02:20 PM   #455
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Amazing setup!
I would have guessed it was always sunny and warm in Portugal with you having an outdoor tank like this.
I am amazed at everything you have done with it, great job!
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Old 12/30/2007, 12:57 AM   #456
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Old 01/07/2008, 03:25 PM   #457
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Hi guys!


Sorry for the delay but i've been very busy lately.

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So you cover it each night, and still get plenty of sunlight each day? I was wondering how the day to day maintenance is handled. I've never been to Portugal, and don't know what your weather is like.
Hi Melev.

I only cover the tank at night, just before i go to work i remove the cover.

At this time of the year the sun rises around 07h30 and sets around 18h00, i have almost 12 hours of light a day.

The maintenance is the same trough out the rest of the year, except for the rainy days.

I left you a pic and a video where it's video where it's rainig Hail:




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Amazing setup!
I would have guessed it was always sunny and warm in Portugal with you having an outdoor tank like this.
I am amazed at everything you have done with it, great job!
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Hi reefkoi!

Portugal have seasons but not so "aggressive" as in others parts of the world.

If you check out the world map, Portugal is between Morocco and England, there for the weather is temperate.

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Old 01/07/2008, 03:30 PM   #458
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Thank you for that.

You're crazy to be running out there in the hail for us. Mission accomplished.


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Old 01/07/2008, 04:01 PM   #459
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Thank you for that.

You're crazy to be running out there in the hail for us. Mission accomplished.
Good thing it wasn't golf ball size hail. Next you need to install a beer tap next to the swing


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Old 01/08/2008, 02:29 AM   #460
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G'day Vitor,

Would it be worth rigging up a cover that swings out of the road during the day, and can be easliy swung back over the tank at night, or if the hail were to be big. It could double up as shade for viewing your tank on a hot day.

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Old 01/08/2008, 01:19 PM   #461
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Except it's a hell of a lot warmer in Portugal than the UK!
Lisboa (13º/16ºC) Porto (9º/14ºC) Funchal (15º/19ºC)
Compared to :
Belfast 4 °C, Cardiff 10 °C, Edinburgh 7 °C, London 9 °C

And Ireland.. ha ha ha :
Extremely windy or stormy... gale force... gusting 100 to 150 km/h... Rain turning showery this evening also, with some heavy thundery showers... hail, sleet and snow...zero to plus 3 C.
(That's why we invented hot-whiskey)

Vitor, hope spring comes soon, I cannot wait to see how much your coral's have grown over the winter months. Is it at all possible to get any shots at this time - no hassle though, I just find this setup facinating, and I need another fix...

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Old 02/23/2008, 06:45 PM   #462
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any updates? I would love to see some new pictures.




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Old 02/23/2008, 06:56 PM   #463
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Old 02/24/2008, 04:31 PM   #464
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Old 02/24/2008, 07:07 PM   #465
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Old 02/24/2008, 07:16 PM   #466
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Excellent that is so awsome man! Great job!


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Old 02/25/2008, 04:21 PM   #467
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holy cow, just finsihed reading the whole thread.
Amazing work.


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Old 02/25/2008, 04:55 PM   #468
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First off, this is an amazing project!!!!

Secondly, I have a question or two on the construction of the tank.
Did you cut the side panels yourself, or have them cut by a glass shop?
If you cut yourself, how did you cut it (specifically with the higher section going up to where the cover is) or is that actually 2 pieces somehow held together?

It is hard to tell from the pictures how that is put together.

Unfortunately here in Phoenix, AZ a tank like this most likely wouldnt work (There are days when my swimming pool temp is over 90 F). But I am thinking that something like this could make for an interesting inside display tank (possibly with a pendent light).

In this way you could have a tank with as much flow as you want that is viewable clearly from above as well as the sides. It is just a thought, and when I get some free time I may put something together to see how it comes out.

I would probally use Acrylic as those side panels would be easier to make, but am still curious how you did that with glass.


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Old 03/18/2008, 08:11 PM   #469
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Old 04/09/2008, 11:38 AM   #470
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spring update.. I'm dying to see more!


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Old 04/09/2008, 11:42 AM   #471
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actually really interested to see the frag comparison that Machado deSousa gave you according to his thread of the month:


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[B]Hello!

Two twins babies brothers, born and grown in my prop system, are gone for an interesting experience that consists of verifying how corals accustomed to the artificial light (T5) develop themselves when they are moved to live under sunlight. The famous and fantastic aquarium where they moved to http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1095596 belongs to my friend Vitor Pestana

The twin babies brothers before move (first row on the right side)





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Old 04/13/2008, 12:57 PM   #472
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Make sure that dog of yours don't increase the salinity of your in-ground tank....lool


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Old 04/15/2008, 05:57 AM   #473
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actually really interested to see the frag comparison that Machado deSousa gave you according to his thread of the month:
Hi Vitor!

First of all, as many others have pointed out this is a truly amazing and outstanding project. Way to think outside the box! I live next to mediterranean as well, and maybe one day if i get a house i might try to replicate a similar project. Regardless, mad props to you my man!

Second, I just finished reading both your and Machados threat. I would really like to see the comparison of the frags just like sickman has said.

Hopefully all is well with you and your tank mates - after the winter, i hope you guys are enjoying the wonderful mediterranean spring!


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Old 04/15/2008, 07:43 AM   #474
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Yep, I was in Nice last week-end, and the sun was splitting the sky.

I got a colour in one day -- we flew over to go shopping and eat gourmet French cuisine, in a French michelin restaurant.

Very nice. Thinking of moving to South France, so I can have a lovely sun powered reef as well. Not to mention good wine...


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Old 04/19/2008, 05:32 PM   #475
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Hey guys!

Sorry for the delay, but time is something that I don’t have, especially when someone is a father, a husband, and a worker.

I had to abort the original sunpowred reef, this had to do with family issues, time and space. My little girl is growing up fast and a “trap box” in the ground next to the place where she plays was something that my wife doesn’t see with good eyes.
The winter went well, but I had a problem with the hecteractis magnifica, as the sun wore coming down in the sky, so did she, and the result was the loss of 3 corals, this is the end of my experience with anemones, no more, special with hecteractis magnifica.
I had to find a solution for the problem, and try to find a place were I could place my reef tank , there for I had to deconstruct my back yard, by closing the ground e moving the “barbecue house”.
I came to this conclusion:











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