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I figured I would start a new thread as this is officially happening and no longer just a concept.

The tank you see below was built buy Aqua-Crylic (aka Aquatica). It is a deep blue 7.5 gallon (12x12x12) that has been customized with a false wall and media rack. The total display looks to be approx 5.5 gallons, but I need to measure to find out for sure.

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  • Custom Deep Blue 12" Cube
  • 2 Hydor Evolution Pico 400
  • Custom Media Rack
  • BoostLED Par 30
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  • ReefKeeper Lite



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Here is the media rack:

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Here is the back:

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Please ignore the fingerprints on the glass :). I haven't cleaned it yet. Also, ignore the kid toys and mess on the table :)

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Nice tank B)

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Cool little tank.

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Thanks guys!

Any suggestions on what to put in the media rack? I was thinking Cheato on the top rack, but wasn't sure what to put on the bottom. What would you all suggest?

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I guess chaeto on the top will work. Purigen next, then filter floss at the bottom.

Those little pumps work really well! I've got one.

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I guess chaeto on the top will work. Purigen next, then filter floss at the bottom.

Those little pumps work really well! I've got one.


Thanks!

The media rack only has 2 shelves (was meant to have 3 but wasn't designed that way). Anyways, I can either have another shelf added.

Or, can I simply put the filter floss at the bottom under the last rack where the water returns? Or will it flow into the return sections and cause issues doing this?

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Hmmm in that case I'd put filter floss on top, then purigen on the bottom.

Purigen, in little tanks, is much better at absorbing nutrients than chaeto.

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nice..

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Hmmm in that case I'd put filter floss on top, then purigen on the bottom.

Purigen, in little tanks, is much better at absorbing nutrients than chaeto.



Ok, I can do that.

How much purigen should I get? I heard that it can be re-used by simply bleaching it/washing it out. Is that true?

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I have no idea.

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Ok, I can do that.

How much purigen should I get? I heard that it can be re-used by simply bleaching it/washing it out. Is that true?

That's true. Steve have small bags of it for like 11 bucks

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very nice!

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Well, I took my pico to my office and after work I filled it up with water to do a wet test.

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We're the return pumps gurgling? Those chambers look awfully low :unsure:

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I filled it up all the way first and then turned the pumps on. There was no gurgling.

I then unplugged them, took out a little bit of water and turned them back on. At first there was gurgling but then I added more water back in. This seemed to fix that real quick.

The chambers were a little low of water, but yet no gurgling.

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If that problem persists, especially with evaporation, you can snap off a tooth here and there to create better flor into the AIO section. At least that's what I did, and has worked pretty well.

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Ok. Thanks.

I wonder if another option might be to take it back to the store that made it and have them cut the holes a bit longer to let in more too?

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very nice i bought my mom one for a betta for christmas :)
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I'm going to pick up some live sand at lunch today. Will either add it and water today or tomorrow.

When should I add the media to my media rack? During the cycle or afterwards?

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I picked up sand at lunch today. I was going to purchase live sand, but this looked a lot nicer:

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Edited by ccapasso, 17 January 2012 - 10:38 AM.


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I used that stuff in a larger grade and it was awesome.

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I used that stuff in a larger grade and it was awesome.



Awesome! Thanks!

If I remember correctly, I should have about a 2" Sand Bed right? If so, I believe 10lbs should be enough :)

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I picked up sand at lunch today. I was going to purchase live sand, but this looked a lot nicer:

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I have that sand in my tank but i am having problems with the powerhead and the sand :(

And the filter makes holes on it

Edited by Natzareth, 18 January 2012 - 07:00 AM.