Jump to content


Photo

10 Gal Prop Tank (new aussie acans)


  • Please log in to reply
224 replies to this topic

#1
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia

Going to start a 5.5 prop tank soon. Plans are a standard aga 5.5 with a 70w Sunpod and a Toms mini canister filter filled with live rock rubble and cheato and a maxi-jet 600 for extra flow. I plan to prop a little of everything Zoos, LPS, SPS, rics, shrooms, softies and clams. Suggestions welcome.

Edited by phases, 29 March 2009 - 05:11 PM.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#2
tinyreef

tinyreef

    Sofa King Reefy

  • Members
  • 14,331 posts
  • Joined 01 Jul 2002
  • Livingston, NJ
go with a 10g for more room if you're going after all those different types. 5g's ok for sps and softies but if you are adding lps, rics, and clams, you'll need more acreage. the lighting should be fine still though.

opt for an adjustable powerhead that doesn't take up too much space. microjet is pretty good imo. their only drawback is their sucky suction cups. but i'd use a strong magnet holder like the new wave of ph's are all using instead. you want to be able to adjust your flow depending on the frags involved.

#3
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia

go with a 10g for more room if you're going after all those different types. 5g's ok for sps and softies but if you are adding lps, rics, and clams, you'll need more acreage. the lighting should be fine still though.

opt for an adjustable powerhead that doesn't take up too much space. microjet is pretty good imo. their only drawback is their sucky suction cups. but i'd use a strong magnet holder like the new wave of ph's are all using instead. you want to be able to adjust your flow depending on the frags involved.



The tank is going to have 2.5 sump/fuge for extra volume (water, live rock and cheato) and I will be using a mini jet 404 to move water from the fuge to the main and the flow is adjustable from 18-108 gph. The canister filter also has 80gph so I'll have to wait and see how much supplimentation it will need.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#4
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
I've been thinking aboiut the 10 gal idea and it is starting to grow on me. I am going to wait to see how the light fits on both to make a descision. It should be here on Thursday.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#5
keith1569

keith1569

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 260 posts
  • Joined 23 Sep 2007
def will be interested to see this develope

#6
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
The light, filter and powerheads have arrived. Unfortunately I will be unable to set it up until the new flooring in my room is finished. Would argonite or sand be a better substrate for the tank. Keep in mind there won't actually be any frags on the substrate.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#7
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
Here are the pictures of the test run. I can see the tank has good circulation ( the only benefit of micro bubbles) and hopefully they will dissapear as soon as I put media in the filter. The spray bar is working well and gives good surface agitation. The light is working fine and I love the colour of the 14 000K bulb. On the down side the canister filter is leaking.

Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

Edited by phases, 17 October 2007 - 06:19 AM.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#8
dtfleming

dtfleming

    Hookers and blow

  • Members
  • 6,023 posts
  • Joined 15 Apr 2007
I wouldnt put any sand in the tank at all. Just put some LR on the bottom.
Just put the sand in the sump/fuge and keep it out of the tank.

Edited by dtfleming, 16 October 2007 - 05:06 PM.



blog


in other words, if you hear hoofbeats, think horses and not zebras.


#9
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia

I wouldnt put any sand in the tank at all. Just put some LR on the bottom.


I've heard having a sand bed is better for buffering and better for the overall cycle of the tank. I have also read a few threads where sand when added improved the health of corals. One thread in particular was about sps inproving with just the adddition of sand.
http://www.nano-reef...?...#39;s&st=60 (May 3rd post)

Edited by phases, 29 October 2007 - 02:57 PM.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#10
Daemonfly

Daemonfly

    ( O_o) ,,|,,

  • Members
  • 5,321 posts
  • Joined 13 Jun 2004
  • NW PA
The only reason sand would really be good for buffering is if your pH ever gets low enough to dissolve it, and in that case, you have way bigger problems than sand or no sand.

As for the cannister, just open it up, and make sure the seal surfaces are clean & smooth.
3g long: Wow, found my first tank thread (retired)
5.5g reef: 96w Quad 50/50("rigged")| AC500 full modded fuge. (retired)
2.5g reef: Complete DIY 2.5g acrylic tank & hood (retired due to split seam ;_;).
20g long prop tank. 10g sump, 175w MH.

Coming soon! 2.5g dubbed "Pulse".

#11
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
I have put the Tom Filter in time out. I checked the seals and they were fine. Went to put the top back on and one of the clamps that holds it in place broke! This was only the third time the clamp had been used. On top of that the other filter I received was broken when I took it out of the box! Needless to say I am really not happy with the Tom filters and I am thinking of going a different way. Any suggestions

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#12
dtfleming

dtfleming

    Hookers and blow

  • Members
  • 6,023 posts
  • Joined 15 Apr 2007
Look for another canister filter or Mod AC70 or Ac110 into a fuge.



blog


in other words, if you hear hoofbeats, think horses and not zebras.


#13
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia

Look for another canister filter or Mod AC70 or Ac110 into a fuge.


That was the only canister I could find that small. I could mod an AC (and probably will) but I really liked the idea of a spray bar.

Edited by phases, 17 October 2007 - 08:58 AM.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#14
BennettOZ

BennettOZ

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 298 posts
  • Joined 09 Feb 2006
  • Oregon, Independence
Here is another canister filter. Its pretty much the same size.

http://www.reptilesu...18c6ivo7jjepd03

#15
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia

Here is another canister filter. Its pretty much the same size.


Thanks looks perfect going to buy one tonight.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#16
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
The tank now sits in its final location and is ready to go. I am just waiting for a the new canister filter to arrive.
Posted Image

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#17
AcroporaLokani

AcroporaLokani

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,215 posts
  • Joined 30 Oct 2007
Posted Image


Looks good

Edited by AcroporaLokani, 01 November 2007 - 09:03 PM.


#18
chris-is-awesome™

chris-is-awesome™

    :D

  • Members
  • 71 posts
  • Joined 19 Sep 2007
  • Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
so have you attached those pieces of wood to the tank?...and how much was the sunpod?...looks great so far!
Posted Image LOVIN LIFE LIVIN IT UP

#19
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia

so have you attached those pieces of wood to the tank?...and how much was the sunpod?...looks great so far!


The sunpod cost me about $250 with shipping. The wood pieces slide in and out. They are fit snug and can only be removed in a small gap in the rim of the tank I made.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#20
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
I'm thinking about putting a lubbocks wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lubbocki) as livestock. Is a ten gal big enough?

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#21
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
Anyone?

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#22
andrewkw

andrewkw

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,665 posts
  • Joined 12 Dec 2005
  • Ontario, Canada

I'm thinking about putting a lubbocks wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lubbocki) as livestock. Is a ten gal big enough?



No. All Cirrhilabrus wrasses are very active and require large swimming areas, or at least they should have large swimming areas.

#23
AcroporaLokani

AcroporaLokani

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,215 posts
  • Joined 30 Oct 2007
Any updates?

#24
phases

phases

    aFISHinado

  • Members
  • 1,108 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2007
  • Halifax Nova Scotia
Yeah I ordered a new canister filter and am just waiting for it to arrive. Hopefully it will be here by the end of the week. Things got a little stalled life has been crazy lately. Once it arrives I have live rock that has been cured and kept for four months so hopefully I will have little to no cycle. The sooner I can start adding frags the better.

Fluval Edge 12
 

It's nice to see people trying to think critically, but you need to stop, because you're wrong.

sig2.jpg


#25
AcroporaLokani

AcroporaLokani

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,215 posts
  • Joined 30 Oct 2007
Will you have eggcrate or just use live rock to support your frags?

Edited by AcroporaLokani, 18 December 2007 - 01:40 PM.