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Tunze pump turned up today :)
Its smaller than i thought ill just need to widen the hole and it'll push in :)
Just waiting for the drill bit should be here by the weekend
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Tunze pump turned up today :)
Its smaller than i thought ill just need to widen the hole and it'll push in :)
Just waiting for the drill bit should be here by the weekend
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In an effort to save you some annoyances, I doubt the drill with the drill bit will fit. And do the the size of the pit, it won't work with a 90 degree adapter either.
I used a 90 degree adapter, along with conical grinding stone from a dremel. It fit perfect and made the perfect size hole for me.

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how much did the tank origonaly cost including the supplies but no livestock and what is your youtube channel

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Ill use a hex drive stepped drill bitt and a 90 angle bit as i have them
but ill borrow a dremmel if it doesnt work

hi reret10
This is my cost run down
in s sorry

Dymax iq3 35 i got it really cheap as there usaully about 60
Extra robot light 12
25w Heater 15
digital thermoeter 3
Moon light strip and adapter 5
Waterproof led strip for chaeto 7
Tunze micro pump 11
Test kits and refractometer 60
I think thsts about it

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hope this helps
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Well i would have taken pictures of me setting up my extra pump



but!! As always i was boardering on insanity :P

drill didnt work batteries a totally buggered :mellow:
couldnt find my other one :angry:
Anyway i got it done in the end :o

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it was a bit too strong on its lowest the overflow couldnt handle it
so a but of tinkering and its sorted
but its making a little noise vibrating down to the feet
so ive ordered some foam to go under the feet hopefully it will quiten it
going to do the testing now cba lol!!! :)

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The pump was i bit over powered
and the overflow was struggling to keep up
so ive tinkered with it and got it somewhere im happy with
Ive ordered some foam discs to go under the feet to hopefully silence the pump a bit
cba doing any tests today lol







but im gona anyway lol
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Week 14

Nitrite 0ppm
ammonia 0.25ppm
nitrate 0ppm
ph 8.0
Calcium 450ppm
phosphate 0.15ppm
kh 10
Salinity 1.026
Temp 25.5
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Added the 10mm stickyback foam under the feet and noise has completely gone now
:D

Edited by gimptastic matt, 24 April 2012 - 12:21 PM.

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Learnt a new lesson today
i was about to do my eater change this morning and i put my airline piping in to make a siphon
any something came up so i left it there for 30 mins or so
wen i got back to it i sucked on the pipe to drain the water
and got a loverly kiss on my tounge from a bristleworm that had clumbed up the pipe
yup it could only happen to me :(
I hate them even more now :'(


Anyway week 15

Nitrite 0ppm
ammonia 0.15ppm
nitrate 0ppm
ph 8.0
Calcium 420ppm
phosphate 0.50ppm
kh 9
Salinity 1.024
Temp 26.5 (this is my new constant temp the heater is off but the new pump seems to have raised the temp)
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Heatsink came yesterday
yay
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Its 86mm x 126 x 35
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i may add a 4th cluster of leds dont know yet
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Busted GU10's? Or did you just buy the rounds and solder your own LED's to them?

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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Yup i deconstructed some gu10s
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Make sure snag keep the lights a good distance from the tank. You are pumping quite a buy of light into there

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Make sure snag keep the lights a good distance from the tank. You are pumping quite a buy of light into there

What distance do you think?

Also its 12w now 6 blues 6 cool white
i switched up the diodes today to get a better color mix
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With that many LEDs, you should raise it atleast 10 inches. That is a ton of light for this size tank.

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I could stick with 9w
im just worried about the coverage
and after reading the led topic on here it recomended 10w for a 3 gallon

Switching out the diodes
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my soldering skills aint the best as its my first time since i left school
14 years ago lol
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and after reading the led topic on here it recomended 10w for a 3 gallon

I can't run my IQ3 with the full 10W I built for it. Even at half power, my mushrooms walk across the rock to hide from the light.

10W might be great for SPS... mushies, not so much.

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I am only running 6 Watts on mine. I think more would bleach my sps

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I could stick with 9w
im just worried about the coverage
and after reading the led topic on here it recomended 10w for a 3 gallon

Switching out the diodes
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my soldering skills aint the best as its my first time since i left school
14 years ago lol



Using lens-less gu10 1w emitters... You are not going to have a coverage problem. They've gone from 30degree optics to 120-160degree emitters.

And with the lenses off you are not going to be having it 53452inches off the water. It just wont have enough focused light. If you want it high off the water you'll need to put the lenses back on.

Why is it that my 1.5l femto tank looks similar in size to my 12l pico?
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I hope this helps you. I use only 1 blue gu10 for moon lights on my 10g tank. 3" off the water. with the lenses off. All my corals think its day time haha. Frogspown fully extened. same with soas and Lps seem happy. I also had a 3gal pico. only used 1 blue and 1 white gu10 bulbs. was more than plenty for softys.

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Cheers for the advice guys
Right ok ill try and do sum mods to it
i might put each cluster of 3 or half on a switch
i dunno im thinking ahead to upgradeing to a bigger tank
so might need the power
Im drilling the heatsink today if i get a chance

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I started drilling the heatsink for the wires and flexi holder
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Then some more holes for wires
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Then we pushed 8 18 strand wires thru the flexi pipe
it was a tight fit
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Then i puled the wires thru there holes
and stuck the leds down with thermal tape
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And now ive come to a dead end i soldered the leds and
decided to test them when i tried to get power to the leds its not
getting past the driver and im stumped
can i run these leds on another driver
as im running the 4 that came in the gu10 fittings
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Bump
any advice lads
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I'm wondering why you are going to all this trouble when you could have just stuck a par 30 or par38 if you really needed more light over the tank and forgot about it..