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The Rainy Day Aquarium

Dang @Daniel92481 you are leading the 4.1 pack with your tank! 

 

I need to get my rear in gear with mine haha, but what can I say? If you stare at hair algae long enough you start to like it :happydance:

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Daniel92481

Haha thanks man. Yea, this tank was inspired by this thread. Cool huh?🙂GHA sucks! Your tank will come around! Not if you just stare at it though haha. It’s not a rare variety of torches, I promise haha. You’ve been busy making cool and essential tank items for the rest of us though, so we’ll let you slide this time.☺️

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Frozen_Reef

Here’s my Lifegard 2.6 AIO. First thing I did was upgrade the pump and now it doesn’t sound like a freight train!

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Mkodom1
On 11/6/2020 at 12:33 PM, mlivvy said:

Drilled my 24. Still work in progress and still trying to get over the new tank stages. Chambers are really small so the biggest hole I could safely drill was 3/4". 1" would've been perfect but it gets too close to the back glass. The AIO section is now a big overflow. The return pipe has a small hole inside the chamber to push water thru the chambers on the right. I was concerned over the bottom drain being a problem and draining the entire tank out. I tried to plug it up at first but the top overflow alone will never handle an overflow not even at 100gph. Solution was a 2nd hole for an emergency drain going up the first chamber.  

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Love this stand!

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Frozen_Reef

For anyone using the Lifegard 7.4G penninsula, can you fit a Sicce 0.5 back there or is it only big enough for a micraplus?

 

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Daniel92481

I think it’s the 3/4 but not sure! 

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Superdave

Have a Lifegard 9.6 gallon I got a little under two years ago.  Have it set up with an AC70, but am getting tempted by the 14.26 AIO side filter model.  Didn't realize they even made one as I didn't see it for sale on MarineDepot which is where I bought the 9.6  Clean lines of AIO make it so tempting..  

 

I read all the previous posts and see some folks drilled the over flow "vents" a bit, but that seemed to be on the smaller versions.  Anyone felt they had to do that with the 14.26 version?  I guess it just comes down to matter of what pump and how high up you crank the flow?  

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manda12981

Here to join the fun!  Waiting on my 4.1 to arrive (Feb 2-4)

 

Already bought the Hydor 300GPH pump upgrade

Lominie Asta S20 light

 

Have everything I need except the tank, and rocks (which I plan to order from KPA.  

 

Not new to reef tanks, but have had a 10+ year break to have kids and pursue my career.  This will be the smallest tank I've had, and I am looking forward to the challenge!

 

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Dpatron1977

I cut them based on a few factors.  The o.e.m. pump was about max flow for the weir. I did not want to run with the plug out on the lower hole. The stock pump was noisy, so an upgrade was a must. I got a pump that was rated about 50gph over oem and the ability to choke it back if needed. That small upgrade was enough to over flow the back wall. The fact that the inner wall of the weir slot was smaller, had more potential, and  no downside to doing it drove my OCD nuts!  Long story short.....I knew I would be pissed if I didn't do it to start with. Then HAD to cut them on an established tank. It makes a crap ton of dust! If you decide to do it. Go slow, use a small diameter bit to start. If it's to wide it will have a tendency to bounce around in the weir. The glass seems soft, but i.d.k. why that panel would be low iron. Good luck hope it all goes well.

On 1/25/2021 at 9:34 AM, Superdave said:

Have a Lifegard 9.6 gallon I got a little under two years ago.  Have it set up with an AC70, but am getting tempted by the 14.26 AIO side filter model.  Didn't realize they even made one as I didn't see it for sale on MarineDepot which is where I bought the 9.6  Clean lines of AIO make it so tempting..  

 

I read all the previous posts and see some folks drilled the over flow "vents" a bit, but that seemed to be on the smaller versions.  Anyone felt they had to do that with the 14.26 version?  I guess it just comes down to matter of 

 

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Daniel92481
12 hours ago, manda12981 said:

Here to join the fun!  Waiting on my 4.1 to arrive (Feb 2-4)

 

Already bought the Hydor 300GPH pump upgrade

Lominie Asta S20 light

 

Have everything I need except the tank, and rocks (which I plan to order from KPA.  

 

Not new to reef tanks, but have had a 10+ year break to have kids and pursue my career.  This will be the smallest tank I've had, and I am looking forward to the challenge!

 

Alright! I’m excited that you’re excited! Haha great little tank. What kinds of corals are you wanting to put? 

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shaner014

Just getting started with my 3.8. Cycled for 2 months.

 

NanoBox Mini Tide

Duetto ATO

Stock return, RFG output

Hygger Mini wavemaker 

 

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manda12981
11 hours ago, Daniel92481 said:

Alright! I’m excited that you’re excited! Haha great little tank. What kinds of corals are you wanting to put? 

I’d love a mix, I’m not a Zoa fan. Probably just a little clown goby and some inverts. 
 

my tank actually surprised me by arriving today. 
 

Thought on ocean rock from KPA?  Is it worth it?  10# is too much rock for me but I cannot find anything but cured/cycled around here. 

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ReefahBarra84

Oh boy, " not a zoa fan " that literally kills me. Lol.

My Friend, once you see what I've stashed away for a couple years , you will be a fan 😉

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Daniel92481
3 hours ago, manda12981 said:

I’d love a mix, I’m not a Zoa fan. Probably just a little clown goby and some inverts. 
 

my tank actually surprised me by arriving today. 
 

Thought on ocean rock from KPA?  Is it worth it?  10# is too much rock for me but I cannot find anything but cured/cycled around here. 

Clown gobies are so cool! They seem to sell so fast. I don’t know much about KPA. With getting 10 lbs though, at least you’ll be able to pick and choose what you want. 

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Daniel92481
1 hour ago, ReefahBarra84 said:

Oh boy, " not a zoa fan " that literally kills me. Lol.

My Friend, once you see what I've stashed away for a couple years , you will be a fan 😉

Show us some pics!🙂

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Mkodom1

I have the 25 , and when I plug the bottom hole my pump sucks the sump dry. Anyone else have issues ? Also my pump is loud. Other than that it's a great tank so far looks good. I switched the plug with the strainer and it is doing better.

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DaveDe

I'm debating the 9.98 or the 14.26. Question though, I'm seeing two measurements for the 14.26. One says 23.6 X 11.8 X 11.8 and the other says 23.6 X 15.75 X 14.96. Can anyone verify which? 

Love the idea someone mentioned above of putting it on the shelf between the two rooms. I wanted to do that but the cord management wouldn't look good there. 

What do folks have for a stand with the 14.26? I might have to make my own. 

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Daniel92481
26 minutes ago, DaveDe said:

I'm debating the 9.98 or the 14.26. Question though, I'm seeing two measurements for the 14.26. One says 23.6 X 11.8 X 11.8 and the other says 23.6 X 15.75 X 14.96. Can anyone verify which? 

Love the idea someone mentioned above of putting it on the shelf between the two rooms. I wanted to do that but the cord management wouldn't look good there. 

What do folks have for a stand with the 14.26? I might have to make my own. 

23.6 x 11.81 x 11.81 is the dimensions that I see when I look it up, including the LA website. I would go with that. As far as a stand, for these small tanks, I highly recommend an end table/night stand. If you have a hobby lobby close by, check them out. They usually have some perfect stands around. 

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DaveDe
19 minutes ago, Daniel92481 said:

23.6 x 11.81 x 11.81 is the dimensions that I see when I look it up, including the LA website. I would go with that. As far as a stand, for these small tanks, I highly recommend an end table/night stand. If you have a hobby lobby close by, check them out. They usually have some perfect stands around. 

Cool thanks. The only probably with nightstands, etc is that they tend to be lower set then what I prefer. My 5 gal Fluval that I'm upgrading from is currently at 40" off the ground. But the upgrade won't fit on what I have now. Hobby Lobby is a good idea though. 

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Daniel92481
10 minutes ago, DaveDe said:

Cool thanks. The only probably with nightstands, etc is that they tend to be lower set then what I prefer. My 5 gal Fluval that I'm upgrading from is currently at 40" off the ground. But the upgrade won't fit on what I have now. Hobby Lobby is a good idea though. 

Yea, that’s true. Look on their website. You can search for a bookcase or shelf. They do have some that are higher, just may not be as wide for the 14 gallon. 

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manda12981

Put her up last night. So far so good. Yes there is a Xenia in there. Same price as live rock so I grabbed it because my options were limited. 
think I need more rock?  
this is the 4.1

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Daniel92481
30 minutes ago, manda12981 said:

Put her up last night. So far so good. Yes there is a Xenia in there. Same price as live rock so I grabbed it because my options were limited. 
think I need more rock?  
this is the 4.1

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Oh nice! That looks like enough rock to me. Looking good! 

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DaveDe

On the fence until probably tomorrow when I pick between the 9.98 and the 14.26. Stocking question. Right now I just have a fluval 5 V with coras and a few scarlet hermit crabs. Is the 9.98 big enough for a Percula, a Skunk Cleaner Shrimp and maybe a small Rock Flower Anenome?  

 

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Daniel92481
1 hour ago, DaveDe said:

On the fence until probably tomorrow when I pick between the 9.98 and the 14.26. Stocking question. Right now I just have a fluval 5 V with coras and a few scarlet hermit crabs. Is the 9.98 big enough for a Percula, a Skunk Cleaner Shrimp and maybe a small Rock Flower Anenome?  

 

Yea, I would say so. The clown needs a bigger home eventually, but should be good for now. I have a purple firefish, RFA, and a fire shrimp in my 4.1. 

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