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About dcmix5

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  1. This is awesome info...your setup sounds almost exactly like what I am going to end up with. Would you mind listing any other equipment you are running in your "lab"?
  2. I can't really go much bigger than a 40g display for the room I have upstairs, so I am good with that. A friend of mine built his own basement sump and he is 1000x better at this stuff than me and he is going to basically do everything with my minor help. The last time I had a stand sump, it was a pretty big pain in the ass, with salt spray everywhere, and the sump eventually leaked and caused quite a mess. I am also wrestling with going sand bed or bare, which lighting etc, but until I make this decision nothing else really gets rolling!
  3. I have a 40 breeder and a stand that has been sitting in my basement new for about a year and a half now. I have to drill this either way for an in stand sump or a basement sump that I can put in my furnace room right below the tank. I have a sump pump a few feet away as well as another floor drain and having this in the basement would allow me more room of course. I'm worried a bit about electricity cost on a pump that has to move water from the basement and I believe I also have to ventilate the basement where my sump is located? My basement isn't finished, so painted concrete floor and painted block walls, but I have quite a bit of clothing and boxes down there. In winter, the basement is heated but it is pretty cool compared to the rest of the house also, especially back in the corner where this will be. So, if you could put in a basement sump, would you choose that over one in the stand? I need to just make a decision but I am not sure why the hell I can't on this particular issue.
  4. I was at an LFS today in town and they had some Deep Blue Promaxx 100/200 sumps/refugiums hanging out on a shelf in back, collecting major dust. I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do about my 40b, and one option is a sump in stand so this was interesting. They wanted $199, so I figured I would research when I got home and I can't find anything on this sump besides a few links to retailers with sparse info. Looks like this: They had one set up under a 60g cube tank and it looked pretty solid, and looks like it has been running for a long time. They had the center fuge part lit and it was full of chaeto and the tank looked great. Anyone have one of these or heard of them? Any other sumps around that price I should look at as well? edit: This one looks good and you can actually find info on it! http://www.eshopps.com/products/filters/reefsumps/rs100/
  5. My stand arrived today so I will be starting my 40b sooner than I expected...that is if I actually start it
  6. I see the SE-350-48 referenced on this page: http://www.rapidled.com/led-university-1/ Not sure if that helps.
  7. I'm also starting a 40b that I got last year at the $1/Gallon sale. I ordered a custom oak stand, finished black for $200 shipped. I figured that was a good deal considering I can't build anything straight to save my life. I'm debating about going bare bottom and I have been chatting with theatrus here about running 2 of the AcroStar Mega4Z 20k Blue (48W) - https://blueacro.com/acrostar/ I already have the Bluefish controller and plan on getting a Makers slim heatsink, so all told I am probably going to be in for $250 or so on the lighting. My next battle is whether or not I am going to go with a sump. I will be following along to see how your build ends up, because I am a good 2 months out on getting going.
  8. I had to put it in a corner and it has been difficult to get to when cleaning. The lid hinges have snapped so many times I stopped replacing them. The rock layout I went with turned out to be a maintenance issue too, and I wouldn't mind just going bigger with a lot more space to work with. Light budget? Not exactly sure...just trying to figure out what coverage I would need while possibly utilizing the Bluefish a bit more.
  9. I'm way beyond bored of my 24g pain in the ass nano cube so, I picked up a 40b from the $1 per gallon sale at Petco last year and I ordered a custom oak stand for it the other day on a whim ($200 delivered) for it. I am setting this tank up in my home office on one wall where I should have plenty of room to get under it and on 3 sides of it. I haven't really been paying attention to lighting and equipment over the past 2-3 years, but I don't think I will be housing anything more than 2-3 fish, some zoas and maybe an anemone. I'm also struggling with bare bottom vs. sand, sump vs. no sump w/HOB, but if I can't get an idea on lights, I can't get rolling at all. In order to take advantage of the Bluefish, and the size of the 40b, anyone have a build suggestion or build they are using over their own tank for lighting? I want to avoid T5 and MH, etc, just LED.
  10. are you afraid of the fish jumping out?
  11. Glad I asked! I will measure when I get out of work. Thanks!
  12. Stevie, I am sure this is posted somewhere on the forum, but if it is, I can't find it. Prior to ordering a 24g Nano media basket (which will assist me in keeping a cleaner tank), should I measure chamber one to make sure it will fit? A worker at one of my LFS mentioned that they sometimes see variances on AIO tanks and their construction, while leaving out any specific brand, so I want to prepare for anything unknown. Also, I am currently running a heater in C1, macro algae in C2 and obviously the return pump in C3. I assume I need to move the heater to C3, etc, but what are "common" configurations you have seen in the back 3?
  13. This thread is older, but should contain some help: http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=178647