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365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge 🏁

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StinkyBunny
2 minutes ago, Seea said:

What light you use??

24" from Marineland. It's plenty strong and you can pick them up reasonable.

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Christopher Marks
20 hours ago, SassyPistol said:

So... a friend of mine showed me the challenge and I ended up creating an account to ask my questions. lol

 

The first and the biggest question for me is: does a standard Aqueon aquarium with a MATTEN FILTER at one end counts as an AIO aquarium??

 

Thanks in advance.

Whoa that's a neat idea! I wasn't familiar with Matten Filters.

 

As long as it is being used to divide the aquarium to provide a separate 'compartment' for equipment and a return pump to the display, I say it qualifies. It seems capable of being functionally equal to a traditional AIO divider, but uses many pores instead of traditional overflow slots. 

12 hours ago, Saltslinger said:

Can I get a judges opinion on something similar? 🙃

 

Does it count for an AIO if I have a rockwall that's non-permenant, i.e. being held in place by suction cups?

 

I tried to silicone it in place but all I got was little smudges of clear silicone over the entire glass of the tank, heh 😅Not gonna lie I really wanna just give up and leave it as is

Hmm... I'm inclined to say no because I'm not sure if it would really create an 'all-in-one style' tank without better separation. Would you be plumbing a return pump through it? Photos may help make it more clear.

8 hours ago, Maddlesrain said:

If I can scrounge together the equipment, I’d be interested in joining! So, from what I understand, a DIY AIO tank is acceptable? 
Also, if I don’t want any filter media, does it need to have an AIO compartment or could I use a ‘naked’ tank in that case? 🤔

DIY tanks are welcomed, but they will need to have an 'all-in-one style' filtration compartment of some sort, even there's no mechanical filtration in place. Some people are just making their filtration compartment large enough for a heater and return pump.

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devaji108

@Christopher Marks where's your tank at? or are you holding out till the last min.?

 

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Sancho
2 minutes ago, devaji108 said:

@Christopher Marks where's you tank at? or are you holding out till the last min.?

 

You must be new 😂

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SassyPistol
12 minutes ago, Christopher Marks said:

Whoa that's a neat idea! I wasn't familiar with Matten Filters.

 

As long as it is being used to divide the aquarium to provide a separate 'compartment' for equipment and a return pump to the display, I say it qualifies. It seems capable of being functionally equal to a traditional AIO divider, but uses many pores instead of traditional overflow slots. 

That's reassuring to hear! I do have one more point to clarify though... since the traditional Matten filters are powered by external air pump, with no return pump inside of the compartment, would that be considered a rule breaker? 

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mollylope
1 hour ago, Growerguy said:

I'm in! Offical entry into the contest.

 

I was wondering when someone would use sriracha 

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Christopher Marks
18 minutes ago, SassyPistol said:

That's reassuring to hear! I do have one more point to clarify though... since the traditional Matten filters are powered by external air pump, with no return pump inside of the compartment, would that be considered a rule breaker? 

Hmm, I must have misunderstood how Matten filters work. I thought it was a permeable sponge 'wall' with a return pump plumbed through the top? This is the way that I perceive it working:

 

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SassyPistol
1 minute ago, Christopher Marks said:

Hmm, I must have misunderstood how Matten filters work. I thought it was a permeable sponge 'wall' with a return pump plumbed through the top?

Well most of the ones that I have come across use the external air pump to create an upward siphon to move water through the top. (similar to how a sponge filter creates its flow) I can however change up the design a little bit by adding an actual pump to it inside the compartment if the original version is going to be a problem.

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Christopher Marks
Just now, SassyPistol said:

Well most of the ones that I have come across use the external air pump to create an upward siphon to move water through the top. (similar to how a sponge filter creates its flow) I can however change up the design a little bit by adding an actual pump to it inside the compartment if the original version is going to be a problem.

Yeah, stick to a return pump please, to stay true to the 'all-in-one' tank concept.

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devaji108
1 hour ago, Seea said:

 

ok I’ll look into Fiji cubes

dont get me wrong IM makes great tanks. but I like options in my life. 

hmmm maybe that is why I am between 4 tanks for the challenge..lol 

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devaji108
27 minutes ago, Christopher Marks said:

Hmm, I must have misunderstood how Matten filters work. I thought it was a permeable sponge 'wall' with a return pump plumbed through the top? This is the way that I perceive it working:

 

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that is how I was thinking it would work too.  a cheap option, so there is really no reason now for all you hold outs not to join in,

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Lingwendil

:ninja:

 

Still need to chisel apart some rock for some larger/better structure, but I moved some live over from the 40 breeder complete with hitchhikers. 

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This guy is extra salty
28 minutes ago, Lingwendil said:

:ninja:

 

Still need to chisel apart some rock for some larger/better structure, but I moved some live over from the 40 breeder complete with hitchhikers. 

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I’m trying to figure out what you’re watching on the tube

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SassyPistol
2 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

Yeah, stick to a return pump please, to stay true to the 'all-in-one' tank concept.

As I was planning my build, another question popped up. I have an Aqueon Quietflow Internal Filter that I already have laying around, would that be a suitable substitute for a return? Link to the product attached. https://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Quietflow-Internal-Filter-Gallon/dp/B00AWV4R8I

 

I promise that I am not trying to be difficult, just trying to make it as cost efficient as possible on equipment so i can spend that money on CORALS later. I really appreciate your help. 🙂

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This guy is extra salty
23 minutes ago, SassyPistol said:

As I was planning my build, another question popped up. I have an Aqueon Quietflow Internal Filter that I already have laying around, would that be a suitable substitute for a return? Link to the product attached. https://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Quietflow-Internal-Filter-Gallon/dp/B00AWV4R8I

 

I promise that I am not trying to be difficult, just trying to make it as cost efficient as possible on equipment so i can spend that money on CORALS later. I really appreciate your help. 🙂

That could possibly work 

IF you have it behind a partitioned section within the tank providing filtration

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This guy is extra salty

Ladies and gents!

here is my tank with compliment

 

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Tamberav
9 minutes ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Ladies and gents!

here is my tank with compliment

 

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Nice tank! Them pods will look like lobsters. 

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Lingwendil
9 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

I’m trying to figure out what you’re watching on the tube

Hiroyuki Terada - Diaries of a Master Sushi Chef on YouTube, he's filleting a Turbot 🙂 

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devaji108
2 hours ago, Lingwendil said:

Hiroyuki Terada - Diaries of a Master Sushi Chef on YouTube, he's filleting a Turbot 🙂 

I knew it was a cooking show!

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Christopher Marks
10 hours ago, SassyPistol said:

As I was planning my build, another question popped up. I have an Aqueon Quietflow Internal Filter that I already have laying around, would that be a suitable substitute for a return? Link to the product attached. https://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Quietflow-Internal-Filter-Gallon/dp/B00AWV4R8I

 

I promise that I am not trying to be difficult, just trying to make it as cost efficient as possible on equipment so i can spend that money on CORALS later. I really appreciate your help. 🙂

As long as it is pumping from behind the partition wall, that will be fine.

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waldoz
11 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Ladies and gents!

here is my tank with compliment

 

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That's gonna have one tiny pump!

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jbb_00
11 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Ladies and gents!

here is my tank with compliment

 

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You lose ...

 

 

 

Next ! 

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Dafish
11 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Ladies and gents!

here is my tank with compliment

 

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I’d put that in my pocket and go everywhere with it 

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NoOneLikesADryTang

This is such a cool contest... The tank keeper keeps telling me that we all ready have too many tanks (5), but I don't see what the harm would be in one more. Maybe a nice Valentine's Day gift of a shiny new AIO would be enough to tip it over the edge... 

 

Or, and this is a big OR... I've still got 15 more days to talk my way in to it. 

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