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*** Rebirth starts on pg 22

 

So logically an upgrade would be going to a bigger tank right?

 

Not in my case. I'm tired & bored of my 40 breeder. So I'll be setting up a 5.5 aga in the next few weeks.

 

Altho I am pretty good with my hands & diy type things. I'm going to be supporting other members with this build. CoRps aka Brett is going to be building my aio to custom specs ( maybe then he will finish his 20L ). Eventually I'll contact Evil for a led fixture or retro.

 

Ok so the short & long of the build is as follows:

 

5.5g aio display is 11.75x8x10

Custom media rack 2-tiered

Maxi-jet 600

7 watt heater

dual loc line

2 x 9w mini light. upgrading to wider optic par38 bulb once it's ready for purchase

 

took a couple of scoops of sand from my 40b idk how much sand i have, nor do i know how much rock is in there right now. 6 lbs has been ordered from reef cleaners.

 

The goal or idea behind this tank is crazy colors. I'd say there is a 90% chance of NO fish. Rare & exotic zoas, crazy colored rics & acan will be what I want to keep.

 

I'll add pictures & update as I gather more materials.

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the early days

 

12/7/2009

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12/19/2009

added 4 lbs of reef bones from reefcleaners.org

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3/27/2010

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6/17/2010 (it's a bad fts i know

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8/9/2010 (1 month after move & 1st day of led light)

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8/17/2010

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oceanbreeze

sounds great to me this is what i want to do next,

so shall be following you,

please keep updates (if only for me!) :flower:

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badfish816
:welcome: to the pico side....

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JBM

This post will be updated with a running tally of every penny I put into this tank; in hopes to show others how much it really costs to start up & maintain a pico. All of these figures include Ny state tax, but do not include shipping where applicable.

 

5.5g from petland - $13.01

Custom built aio & lid from CoRPS - $60

Maxi-jet 600 - $18.99

Plumbing parts for spray bar return - **went with a dual loc-line** plumbing was $29 from Dr Foster.

Pico heater - $5

Lighting - $25

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Total spent thus far - $122.00

** this does not include sand or salt for w/c as I had recently purchased a 5g bucket of marin salt. The salt was $54.50 after taxes (makes aprox 220 gallons)

*** I will most likely take sand from my 40b as it is already seeded, so add another $10 if you see fit.

 

So in reality I've spent $186.50 for the tank.

 

This does not include live rock, media, timer, paint or a power strip.

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So rock cost me $21 from reefcleaners.org

Bag of poly fill cost me $5 from wally world

+ the $29 for plumbing

 

add an additional $55

 

total thus far $241

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Warehouse41Ant

I'm curious, because I want to setup a 5.5 aio as well....what is your custom built AIO, and where would I go about getting one? I'm going to try the diy thing, but I tend to be better with just buying. Haha.

 

Good luck on the tank! Can't wait to see it progress. Pics when you can!

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Deleted User 6

you wanna know who's the new hotness? JBM is the new hotness. that's who.

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ap123

Sounds cool!

 

I'll be following along. B)

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CoRPS

Here's his wall so far. Just need to finish the plumbing, paint it up and add the egg crate baskets! Excuse the mess on the table :)

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badfish816

nice

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JBM

I would contact CoRPs (he posted in this very thread) on specific pricing & what you need to get started.

 

I say that the aio he is building is custom in the fact that:

-It's being built to what I want, not what is easy for him to build.

-It's layed out the way I want. Meaning it has things I specifically want like a dual media rack (to my specifications) on the intake side.

 

 

While I do agree, DIY is great & I love those type of projects. I realized that having a 18-19 month old baby; who mind you puts everything in her mouth. Is not conducive to having acrylic glue & sharp knives around the house. So the job went to Brett (aka CoRPs).

 

Believe me, many,many,many pictures will be taken of this coral only tank (unless I find a mated pair of yellow or green clown gobies).

 

It will become home to the very rare & expensive lps & zoa's. Maybe, maybe a mushroom variety.

 

I'm curious, because I want to setup a 5.5 aio as well....what is your custom built AIO, and where would I go about getting one? I'm going to try the diy thing, but I tend to be better with just buying. Haha.

 

Good luck on the tank! Can't wait to see it progress. Pics when you can!

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wimby

I can't wait to see this. It's going to be awesome. Have fun putting it all together. I hear ya on the baby and stuff in the mouth. They are a handful and more. Your daughter is so cute!!!

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JBM

So after some debate last night; I'm ditching the spraybar idea. It's a great feature on larger tanks. However I just don't see it being practical in a tank this small. Going to use a dual loc-line return instead.

 

So that way I have 2 different circulation points. One for agitating the surface & the other for display circulation.

 

That's it for now. Maybe another teaser or two tonight

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wimby

Sounds like a plan

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JBM

Nothing new really.

 

Just gonna order new bulbs this week.

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JBM

At a stand still in the build. Couldn't find a bulkhead or loc-line locally. MarineDepot ftw!

 

 

Parts should arrive on the 12th. Gettin a wee bit excited for the build.

 

All I have to figure out is the stand ( if one at all ). If I make a stand it will have to be high enough to keep away from a baby. Alas I might just put it up on a dresser. Decisions, decisions

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c_k_kuehne
So after some debate last night; I'm ditching the spraybar idea. It's a great feature on larger tanks. However I just don't see it being practical in a tank this small. Going to use a dual loc-line return instead.

 

I have used both spray bars and loc-lines on smaller tanks.

 

I like the loc-lines cause they are easy to configure and adjustable but they are a little expensive.

 

Whenever I did a spray bar in a smaller tank I used 1/2" CPVC -- 1/2" MPT are 1/2" threads regardless, so you can use a threaded adapter to screw into a threaded bulkhead. The CPVC is a lot smaller then regular PVC and can handle the pressure for a small tank spray bar.

 

Still my next setup I'm building at the moment will use loc-lines.

 

Tagging along for the ride. --- Charles

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JBM

Was gonna use the coralife. But I think Evil's Par38 led bulb is a better choice.

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wimby

LED cool

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JBM

Hopefully Brett (corps) gets ahold of me today. Should be giving me the final shipping quote. YAY!!!!!!!!

 

I don't want to disapoint anyone. This tank will not see a cycle till early next year. While it will be built by the end of the month & FW tested. I don't want to start anything without having all of my equipment ready.

 

I am really starting to get interested in the RKL. I feel that it will help me keep this tank very stable.

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c_k_kuehne
I don't want to disapoint anyone. This tank will not see a cycle till early next year. While it will be built by the end of the month & FW tested. I don't want to start anything without having all of my equipment ready.

 

I am really starting to get interested in the RKL. I feel that it will help me keep this tank very stable.

 

I agree on both points. My current build is going slow cause of the high end equipment I want. I too want everything in place before I crank it up (did FW tank test this past weekend.)

 

I have also been looking into a RKL especially since I just gave my son my JBJ ATO for use on his setup.

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JBM

SO to continue with interesting things in this thread. I stumbled across somebody that makes customs rocks on another forum. I kinda like it.

 

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i could totally see it covered in zoas & other nice things. but then again it is a "custom" rock which is probably made form concrete. I dont want to deal with high PH.

 

 

meh, i need to have my eyes surgically removed so i stop looking at things i dont need to buy

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JBM

Umm...... yea, negative ghost rider on the table lookin rock. not gonna but concrete in my tank

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wimby

No don't do it. No to concrete. I hear ya on having all the equipment. Thats what I did. I slowly over months started getting things for the tank.

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Nemo Niblets

This is definitely the Hotness. With a capital H :happy:

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