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Bamato   

**New FTS, quality sucks, but it works for now... my photo skills will improve**

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So I figured I'd start a thread about my new tank, even though it's going to be a while before I get everything together.

 

Here's some pics so far :)

 

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And the sump I built from a 29g . Refugium on the right, skimmer on the left, return in the middle. I'm very excited, but don't have a skimmer or pump yet :(

 

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The beginning of my overflow plumbing.

 

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Thats it for now. It's going to be a predator tank :) Fuzzy lions and anglers and such :)

 

I'll post more when work progresses, but like I said, it's going to be a slow build due to funds...

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Bamato   

Got my shipment from Foster and Smith today :)

 

Merry Crimmuh to me :)

 

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Sump is in place :)

 

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I T'd off the return line so I can have variable dual output :)

 

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Thats it for today :)

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Bamato   

Seems like an isolated incident.... not even sure if it was user error or not... And it was five years ago... And any power strip has some remote chance of that happening..

 

Way to remind me of something I try not to think about so much though..... lol

 

I don't know, I appreciate the concern though, but I'm pretty safe with what I use, (ie GFCI's, and drip loops.)

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Bamato   

Water Test!! :)

 

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The Eheim is darn near silent, and will be even more so after I put a pad under it. The water flow is PERFECT with the 1260 :)

 

I need a few more house clamps though, I ran out of the right size. I used a 5/8 to 3/4 barbed adapter because my 1260 is 5/8" and the return bulkhead is 3/4".

 

I'm very pleased I decided to modify the return to be a dual output, very nice :)

 

I'm a little baffled though. The whole point of the Durso as I'm aware was to quite the overflow. It did keep it from making a gargling gaspy noise, but the holes drilled in the bend at the top of the durso let in air, so I have lots of water noise.

 

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Maybe it will be quieter with saltwater??

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Bamato   

We have light!! An Aquactinics TX5!!

 

2 ATI Aqua Blue Spezials, and 3 ATI Blue Plus lamps :)

 

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Now I just need more RO/DI to come out of my unit.... lol

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got2envy   

let me know how you like that bulb combo :P

Oh and Murry Crimmah to u :happydance:

looks great so far!

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Bamato   
let me know how you like that bulb combo :P

Oh and Murry Crimmah to u :happydance:

looks great so far!

 

The bulb combo is very blue... I may white it out a bit more, as the colors of the fish that will inhabit the tank may look drowned out with so much blue.

 

Murry Crimmah to you too :)

 

setup is looking good.

 

Thanks, it's tough to be patient, but it will pay off when my setup it EXACTLY what I want :)

 

Get yourself a nice Fiji Purple for that T5 fixture...you won't regret it ;)

 

I'll have to look into that one. I may take out one of the blue plus lamps and put one of those in their :P

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Bamato   

I'm having issues with the overflow gasping lots of air.... I can throttle the valves down on the overflow piping so the water level goes up in the overflow box and prevents this, but then the water level in the return chamber of the sump lowers itself till the pump sucks air. I throttle the valves all the way up and I've got splashing loud bubbles EVERYWHERE.... It sounds like a giant skimmer.

 

I've got it to a point now where it just sucks a chunk of air every few seconds (sounds like a powerhead too close to the surface of the water) but if I adjust the overflow valves either way the water gushes or starves the pump...

 

It's damn near impossible to balance this....

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Bamato   

Got my skimmer :)

 

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Got my sand and a small bit of rock i liked at one of my LFS

 

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Drilled a hole in the hood to vent the light fixture better :)

 

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Fit like a glove in the sump, everything is dirty from my sandstorm though :( I'll be pulling my pumps apart soon.

 

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What do ya think so far? I need about 50lbs more of rock, I have a certain rockscape in mind that I can't have too much rock in there...

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opipe73   

Looks good. Cant wait for you to get it all up a running.

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Bamato   

Very nice tank, shame what you had to do with it though :(

 

I spent way too much money this weekend on skimmer/rock/sand/heater.... My wife is supportive, but I know she wants me to slow down a bit. I need lots more base rock and such... :(

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Try the Herbie method to silence the overflow and sump. I did it on my oceanic 45 tech and will never setup another sump system without one. You should be able to google it for the instructions.

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Bamato   

I've got it balanced now, it's completely silent. And for the herbie, wouldn't I have to drill more?

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Bamato   

Update on my rockwork progress :) This sort of represents the look I'm going for... minimalist... Its not done yet, need about 30lbs more of rock. I'm really liking the pillar on the left, but the big clunky rocks don't have me very excited :( I'll probably decorate them with smaller, more pretty pieces.

 

(and ignore the dying elegance coral on the bottom. It was in my BC14 and was doing fantastic until the last week or two... I didn't want it polluting my 14g, so I just threw it in the 70 to see if maybe my LEDS were torching it. 70 isn't even cycled yet, I just don't have the heart to kill a coral that's not 100% dead yet. I'm really bummed....)

 

The tank is extremely blue with the lamp setup I have... think a fiji purple would help at all?

 

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Just the two blue specials (look better)

 

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What do you all think so far :blush:

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Bamato   

Thanks! It's actually three pieces.... carefully balanced on each other. It needs gluing though. Its surprising stable as it is though.

 

I've got to go back to the LFS for more of the stuff before it's gone... but it put a good dent in my wallet already. Stuff is about 8$ per lb... I would love to find this stuff dry to save the money honestly... any ideas?

 

The bin said fiji, but it looks more like Tucani stuff.. but I'm no rock expert...

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PIPS   

How did you get the overflow tobe silent and how about x pounds of macro rocks ?

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Bamato   

I got the overflow silent by putting valves in the lines. I throttle the down and it creates back-pressure. The water flows in stead of crashing around.

 

And there is about 30lbs of rock in there now.

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weeber   

sweet scape. :) wat predatory fish do u plan on putting in there?

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