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Hello guys,
After selling my big reef, I knew it would not be long before I got the itch again. This tank is purpose-built to house the SA black and white clowns and GBTA. Having said that, I always take things to the umpteinth degree. We will see where this goes. The plan is:

15gallon Aqueon column tank
Theo heater
internal overflow box
Fluval C4 hob with chemipure eliete
?lbs of pukani rock from BRS
DIY LED build for BTA (after tank has been up for a few months)

I'll be building on a budget but I should be able to buy at least one item per month

Comments are welcome

Edited by supertech99, 21 May 2012 - 05:58 AM.


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Sounds good. When I née to get new bulbs for my t5 I want to go DIY LEDs. Any plans for corals?

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So I cut a 4in pvc pipe in half with my tablesaw. Painted it and the back of the tank black. I left the back of the overflow chamber clear so I can see what's in there and just in case I decide to ever put cheato in there. I cut the teeth with the saw as well. The paint and the silicone is cureing now. I will probably do a fresh water test with the filter this week

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I may go with some candy canes, a frogspawn, or mabe a torch. Nothing too expensive I really want the GBTA to go where he wants.

here is the fw test, looks good. just need sand heater and salt.

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Washing sand sucks!

so I have heard some bad stuff about hydor heaters.

I need suggestions on a 50-100w I can't seem to find anything good.

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Nobody has anything to say :-(

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I thought I would add some of my fav pictures from my 75gal Oceanic Reef to sexy up this thread.
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Here are a few from my 5.5gal office pico
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I am thinking about ordering a AquaTop heater from Walmart online. They have the adjustable heater for 20 and one with a thermostat for 28 in 100W. I don't think the thermostat will help me much since the heater will be in my small overflow I will want a thermostat in the main tank area. What do you all think? And no shipping!

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Well I finally got it salty, no heater yet but will fix that tomorrow. I am going fo a sacked look that will hopefully put the bta front and center. I am not sure if I need to make it taller. Gonna let it sit a bit and reevaluate. What do you think of my scape?

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New tank looks good as long as I turn my computer screen over to view the pics. If you could reorient your photos it would should improve your thread.

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I like the scape. Very nice ridge-like rocks. Keep it up.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I picked up a loaner heater from my mother-in-law for the cycle till mine comes in. I took the pics sideways on my cell, not sure how or if I can rotate them now. now to wait.........till the end of Feburary i am guessing since everything was dry rock and sand.

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My temporary heater is only bringing things up to 75, is that gonna be sufficient to grow bacteria?

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Dude, the 4 inch pipe overflow thing is genius, I wish I had thought about that when I had my chii

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Dude, the 4 inch pipe overflow thing is genius, I wish I had thought about that when I had my chii


Thanks, it was a pain to cut but working really well. I actually could have cut the teeth deeper but i was worried about water level being below the black trim and looking tacky.

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Last day off (9 days on-call starts tomorrow) and wanted to get some rubble in the tank before the cycle got too far along. I was able to pick out some amazingly porus peices and chopped them with tile nippers. I am just using some FW flake food to kick off the cycle. I also discovered that my SG is 1.030 so I need to get that down some too. I have not even started testing for anything yet, figure ill start looking for nitrate in about 2 more weeks.

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My Aquatop heater should be in today, Ill post pics of it and talk about my perceptions of quality/value. I now need a powerhead. I had planned on a nano 425 due to space considerations. I'd love a MP10 but don't have that kind of scratch right now for the tank. My LFS had the nano 425 for $43.00. Needless to say I will be buying online again. Are their any other good options for a small footprint powerhead for a tank that is 13x13? I was thinking a koralia 550 would be too much flow and size. Ive seen little aqueon powerheads that the size looks ok but they just have suctioncups and not sure about quality of aqueon products. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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I am running the same tank I have two of the koralia 240 and and Ac 70 hob and I think that the water movement is just about right. Using the two 240 helps even things out with how tall the tank is. I have them set at different levels one angling up and on down.
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Wish I had thought of the pvc I could of gotten rid of the hob filter and pressed the tank up against the wall.
I like the way you think.

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I am running the same tank I have two of the koralia 240 and and Ac 70 hob and I think that the water movement is just about right. Using the two 240 helps even things out with how tall the tank is. I have them set at different levels one angling up and on down.
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Wish I had thought of the pvc I could of gotten rid of the hob filter and pressed the tank up against the wall.
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Thanks man!
Do you have a tank thread? I'd really like to see what you have done with it. It is a challenge thats for sure. Thats a good idea with the 2 240s. Do you think a 550 would be too much? What about the new pico powerheads with a flo deverter attached to the front?

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Got my heater, I was suprised it survived after I saw what the box went thru. The heater was well packaged and appeared solidly built. Its apperance was not "refined" but I am very pleased with the value for $15 shipped.

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Bought some goodies, I decided on the aqueon powerhead because of the ball joint for positioning. I've had a koralia nano before. They are difficult to position exactly were you want them.

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20ppm nitrates, did a 1.5g water change but will do a larger one this weekend and plan to get a crab and snail in too.

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6 gal W/C over 5 days nitrates under 10ppm with 3 crabs. Added a small Sustainable Aquatics Fancy Ocellaris clown fish. I got a few pics of him, none of them good. Ill try to snap some more when he settles down a bit.

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Keep it coming. I'm thinking about setting one of these up! If you can get any under the hood shots that would be great:)

Do you think the stock 20 watts T5 would be enough to grow freshwater plants? I have no idea....Are all those pics with LED+ Stock, or just LED or are some w/ just stock?

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