std 5.5g tank w/partitioned overflow to hide my AC50 powerhead (270gph) used for return pump, heater, LR and chaeto
I'm picking up LR (5-6lbs) and LS (5lbs) on Sunday morning from a local guy that's taking down a reef tank. My mantis is on hold at the LFS (still unidentified) and I will probably bring it home Tuesday. LFS is closed on Monday. (yeah right, I bet I have him Sunday night)
Anyway, here's some startup pix
Side angle - That's Col. Reb in the background - Go 'Ole Miss!!
overflow area (added the foam filter to eliminate the trickle sound - I'd end up having to pee all night!)
Top view - Pretty good surface movement I think
overflow and return - The return is a "T" made for Rio pumps stuck into an an electrical conduit bulkhead (I know, I know, it's a little ghetto)
I wasn't sure how to gauge the depth for notching out the overflow teeth, so I winged it. The first 2 of 'em flow really well, hence the foam pad. The 3rd has a slight trickle and the 4th is about worthless - I'm debating dremeling out some more of the 3rd and 4th teeth, but not sure if I want to risk jacking up my silicone work. Seems to be flowing pretty good, so maybe I'll just leave it be.
Lights will be a modded perfecto hood w/PC screw in bulbs until I can find and procure another light fixture - I considering a coralife mini - I think they're what, 2x9w?? Something like that
Man, I can't wait to get the mantis - I have some hermits that are tearing up my xenia in the 10g - They're gonna get what's coming to 'em.
Thanks for much inspiration and knowledge to El Chupacabra, Argent, Echo-Bravo, TravisSurfer, et al the Nano Reef community
BTW: How many mantis keepers/threads does it take to warrant having a Mantis forum subsection setup? Seems that we are a growing part of the family here at NR.com
Thanks for looking! More posts Sunday after I get LR/LS and Mantis buddy!
Edited by yankeereefer, 04 August 2006 - 03:46 PM.