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18 Gallon (36"x10"x12") 'Thru the Bottom'


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So after reading and researching for the last month I've decided to take on the project of a salt water tank. I might be premature to starting a thread as I just recently ordered everything. That said, it is all on it's way so updates will be coming soon.

 

It might be a little different than others you've seen, and while I've been told not to try and re-invent the wheel, I'm determined to make this tank as clean and as minimal as possible. That isn't to say I wont be maintaining it, but I'm obsessed with few moving parts and having a 'contained' system. Below is a diagram of the glass i ordered to build myself. Everything is planned to be plumbed through the bottom panel and out of sight. Two 1" bulk heads will be the out to a pump that will return the water through 5 3/4" bulkheads with loc-line. While I haven't cared for a salt water aquarium before I hope this thread can both share new ideas and learn how to best care for my tank.

 

My goal is to have a closed loop system that utilizes carbon, gfo, biopellets, 200 micron filter, and weekly 20% water changes for all the export.

 

Please let me know your thoughts and any improvements I could make.

 

 

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Tank looks nice so far. I think it's great to see tank's setup in different way's from the norm. Keep the updates coming so we can see your progress. What's your plans for lighting?

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It looks awesome, but won't your entire display drain through the 5 3/8" returns? Unless you're running the locline ask the way near the surface of the water, or you have closed loop plans I glazed over. .. Its happened before. I saw that you mentioned closed loop, but if it's a sump that's actually an open loop the display can drain in to.

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It looks awesome, but won't your entire display drain through the 5 3/8" returns? Unless you're running the locline ask the way near the surface of the water, or you have closed loop plans I glazed over. .. Its happened before. I saw that you mentioned closed loop, but if it's a sump that's actually an open loop the display can drain in to.

A closed loop is involved, so is an open loop. I just wonder how the aesthetics will appear bringing the open loop near the surface. If the sump can handle the entire display, more power to him.

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A closed loop is involved, so is an open loop. I just wonder how the aesthetics will appear bringing the open loop near the surface. If the sump can handle the entire display, more power to him.

 

I suppose you could do a pretty cool tidepool tank that way, with the involvement of a DC return and a lot of patience.

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Tank looks nice so far. I think it's great to see tank's setup in different way's from the norm. Keep the updates coming so we can see your progress. What's your plans for lighting?

I purchased a cheap 36" LED light from China, until I know I really like the hobby I was going to hold of on the more expensive maxspect or vertex lights.

It looks awesome, but won't your entire display drain through the 5 3/8" returns? Unless you're running the locline ask the way near the surface of the water, or you have closed loop plans I glazed over. .. Its happened before. I saw that you mentioned closed loop, but if it's a sump that's actually an open loop the display can drain in to.

The entire system will be a closed loop with no sump. Leaving the tank through 2 1" bulkheads -> pump -> manifold to different filtration and heater -> 5 3/4" bulkheads.
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I purchased a cheap 36" LED light from China, until I know I really like the hobby I was going to hold of on the more expensive maxspect or vertex lights. The entire system will be a closed loop with no sump. Leaving the tank through 2 1" bulkheads -> pump -> manifold to different filtration and heater -> 5 3/4" bulkheads.

 

Roger that, should be really cool. That's going to be a small fortune I'm valves to isolate pieces, but it will keep the display equipment free, a premise I can appreciate.

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Got a little work done today. The canisters from left to right are; heater, thermometer, media for debris, carbon/gfo, biopellets. Or should I run bio pellets first if they're in series?

 

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I love the dimensions and am very interested to see how the rest of this system is set up.

 

I am relatively new to this hobby, and could be completely wrong, but I thought running a skimmer was critical when running biopellets. As far as I understand carbon dosing and biopellets use the same mechanism for reducing nutrients. Here is a good article I found on carbon dosing, maybe it will help. http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-08/nftt/index.php

 

 

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I love the dimensions and am very interested to see how the rest of this system is set up. I am relatively new to this hobby, and could be completely wrong, but I thought running a skimmer was critical when running biopellets. As far as I understand carbon dosing and biopellets use the same mechanism for reducing nutrients. Here is a good article I found on carbon dosing, maybe it will help. http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-08/nftt/index.php

Thanks for the link I'll check it out. I'm new to the hobby too but I've seen a few successful setups with biopellets and no skimmer so I thought I'd try to recreate that. I'd much prefer a more simple system so if i can remove the biopellets better yet.

 

Shieez nice tank man. And bike.

Thanks, It's a vintage track build, if you want the specs I'll send them over.

 

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zoanthidfreak

I've never seen anything like this done before, not saying it's a bad thing though. I'm very very interested to see how this pans out :)

 

best of luck!

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So the 3/4" loc-line looks pretty big for the tank. If it becomes too hard to hide with LR I'll probably switch to 1/2".

 

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I have a few more things to do finish but for the most part all the plumbing is done.

 

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wow awesome job

 

 

I like everything about this build. :D

 

 

Thanks both of you. It's my first tank build but while I have high hopes, I wouldn't be surprised if i'm over complicating the process and ultimately fail.

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defender.TX

This is awesome. Very cool idea, and great execution so far. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Looks really good. Your plumbing looks well planned out and I like that you used clear primer instead of the purple stuff keeps it nice and clean.

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