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10 Gal Prop Tank (new aussie acans)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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def will be interested to see this develope

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.com/forums/index.php?...#39;s&st=60 (May 3rd post)

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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

 

Thanks looks perfect going to buy one tonight.

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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.

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proptankempty.jpg

 

 

Looks good

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Will you have eggcrate or just use live rock to support your frags?

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