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Acid Lamp

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  • Birthday 03/18/1980

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    Delray Beach, Florida
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    Aquaria, music, art, outdoor sports, diving, snorkeling.
  1. Tanked!

    While I don't like the way they operate either, it is obvious they are working on a whole different level then most of you assume. Those tanks take time to build. As soon as they get a deposit, they no doubt construct the filtration and get it moving with established media. Remember in a huge tanks like that, they overfilter and seed. More water=more stability. Yeah, it cycles but unless they overload it they probably won't lose too much. Additionally as mentioned upthread, these tanks are maintained by people who do it for a living. Want to experience the difference? Try tossing 15k at a tank set up and find out how easy it can be. For the average hobbyist the money just isn't there to purchase the shortcuts all at once. Hell I've got a instant cycled 6 gallon. I just gathered all my water and sand bed from the local shore (south florida). 3 inch natural sand bed, live rock, filter and natural water = near instant tank. My cycle lasted about 72 hrs, with minimal swing. It can be done.
  2. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    The LEDs are water tight units so no issues there. the rock is only on one face, to there actually is plenty of room for free swim. The rockwork allows for critter caves.
  3. Top down view cube tank (edge style)

    I'm that guy. Having performed a water change with it, I'm never going back. Just hooked up a bit of tubing to the spout, and opened it up. Poured the new stuff right back into the top and done without a drop, drip, dribble or disaster. Of course, the larger the tank, the more the need for a heavy duty reliable valve.
  4. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Okay! Things are up and running! So a little petroleum jelly along the seam of the lid and tank seals out the odd drip, and the tank is looking FINE. I went ahead and did a 100% water change with fresh seawater, and now everything is looking just perfect. I only rock worked one side of the pump to provide both visual interest and a good free swim area. Since it hangs in the center I can move this around to my heart's content providing a changing look to the tank without really touching anything or disturbing the inhabitants. Still unsure what I ought to do for stocking, ideas? Pic below!
  5. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Okay a couple of small bugs to be worked out. The extension kit that comes with the rio is a bit short to reach down into the water, so you will need an additional 90 elbow and some tubing. Also, it seems that water is building up in the rim and drips. While a large o-ring or gasket would fix this, I'm going to try good old fashioned petroleum jelly first.
  6. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Okay, Lighting is finished and wired up. I'm using four, Tru Lumen 3-bulb 12000 k LED units and onle 3-bulb blue. These can be connected with up to 12 on a single transformer so that would be a total of 36 if I wanted to go that route. I arranged them on the interior of the dome, and so far they look good. I accelerated the adhesive and went ahead and filled her up. Waiting for the murk to clear for a pic update. I also added in some preserved coral to the rockwork to add interest. I'm not certain if I want corals in this tank yet. Hardware: Rio 600 pump, 800 micron filter bag, snipped to fit the interior, and ceramic media below the pump. Runs basically silent, and at 200 gph, the turnover is great.
  7. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Rockwork Update. I attached up some cured dead rock with marine silicone and hot melt glue for added strength. Still considering adding some additional shelf rock to the very bottom though. Unfortunately I'll have to wait around 24 hrs for full cure on the silicone, so hopefully the LFS will be open today and I can do the lighting work.
  8. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Go for it! The mods only took me a couple of hrs, and the results are great so far. I don't know how often they carry seasonal items like that. BBB has a bad habit of discontinuing things after one year.
  9. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    That tank is way too nice to be messing with...You could do it though I'd probably go with a more fail safe type valve.
  10. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Will do. Depending on whether the LFS is open tomorrow I'll be able to add the lighting in and possibly get this bad boy up and running. Otherwise Updates will have to wait till tuesday...
  11. 3 gal iced tea dispenser pico build

    Heh that was my thought as well!
  12. While shopping with the spouse today in Bed, bath, and Beyond i stumbled across this super cool beverage dispenser. Upon noting the separate interior chamber for ice, my thoughts immediately turned to a super cool all in one pico! So I bought it, took it home, and after a few simple mods we have a functioning unit. So I'll go through what I've got so far: First off you'll need to separate and paint the parts you don't want to be clear. The whole thing is clear polycarbonate so paint on the inside and you'll have a nice shiny surface on the exterior. I did the base, top, top screw cover, and interior chamber. Next you'll need to modify the interior ice chamber. For this reef I decided to place a fountain pump at the base, and then force the water up through media and out two cut outs to return to the tank proper. A dremel with a carbide wheel is the tool of choice here. Decide how much flow you'd like and make the top cut outs about a half inch from the top and an inch tall by two inches wide. Of course water has to get IN there in the first place so cutting holes or slots at the base will accomplish that for us. Once you have finished that, drill a hole in the top screw cover for the chamber to allow for the cord of the pump. LED's can be easily installed along the inside of the dome, or if you are going bare-bottom you could place them in the lower ice chamber and shine UP into the tank! An inverted reef would actually be pretty cool.... Fill the center chamber with live rock rubble, filter wool or other media, fill 'er up and GO! that's it. Simple simon. The dispenser runs about 25.00, and the other equipment is of course up to you. The spigot might be an interesting way to make a mini sump of fuge. Something to consider. More to come with lighting, stocking etc later.
  13. So after the disaster of the gumball tank, I decided to go with a smaller, squater, stronger, vase and so far so good. Considering that the tank is a cylindrical shape, I wanted to see as much of it as possible while retaining good filtration. For the moment a nice little marineland HOB is doing wonderfully. Eventually it would be nice to figure out a sleeker solution. Lighting was initially just a clamp lamp, but I've found an economical solution. Discount auto supply sells a lovely 42 LED disc light for 9.99 and it is bright enough to be getting on with for starters. Problem was how to hang it in a mimimalistic style. The solution for now was to bend a bit a flat metal, coat it with a plastic spray, and make a simple hanging hook which feeds into the back of the HOB. No fuss, no muss, easy to remove for servicing, and no wires. It will run for weeks off of three AAA batteries though i'd like to convert it to regular power. (looking into that at the moment). Additionally I'm going to add some blue LEDS to color correct. Thoughts? Tank params are all stable, large dead rock, small live rock and lesser star coral, green chromis for cycling. Not sure how i'll play this one for stocking in the future yet.
  14. Beginner nano tank (artistic)

    Not really. You can keep one perfectly fine in a six, it simply requires more attention to detail, and good aquascaping. Most people don't have the experience or time to bother with that. A ten is adequate, and 20 would be ideal. It also depends on the individual, some clowns host a certain area and utilize very little of the tank, others will wander all over and need more room. If you want to be safe, then 10 would be the minimum. Anything smaller and you are living dangerously. It is also important to remember that not all "minimum sizes" are divined from the same criteria. For example, Mandarin Dragonets are not advised for anything under 20-30 gal, but that is because of their peculiar feeding requirements. Meet those, and you could easily keep one in a five, or even a three. They don't use much of the tank at all, and have a home territory that is very small.
  15. Acid Lamp's Fluval Edge

    VIDEO UPDATE Here is nice short film of my little Edge. It is a little over a month old now having started directly with NSW, and sand bed collected from the shore and delivered into tank immediately. Current timeline: Week one: NWS, sand. FLorida Liverock, C.U.C. (blue legs and snails) Week two: Nothing, cycle Week three: Levels all still at zero Week four: Mandarin, ocellaris and corals. So far so good! Happy fish, happy corals, good levels, and lots of growth on sponges and such. For those interested, lighting is one 50/50 PC and and one repti-sun desert series 150 watt uva/uvb bulb livestock: Female mandarin dragonet, ocellaris clown, frogspawn coral, green torch coral, Hitch hikers : Unknown bivalve colony, tube and cup corals, lesser star corals, unknown 'nem species (not aiptasia though), red tunicate, small bobbitt worm (benign species) Dead man's fingers, assorted purple, orange, red and white sponges, yellow colonial tunicate, many different macroalgaes.