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  1. Hey everyone! I used to keep track of my projects on other forums years in the past; I figured I should try to document my tangents once again. I found there are several usb powered miniature water pumps on the internet and it squeezed my thoughts into reason of a similar ratio... put a mini-pump in a mini-sump for a mini-reef! So my latest experiment is a very tiny pico reef aquarium; the system is constructed from found up-cycled material and attempted-budget-purchased equipment. I plan to play with it while I setup other more sustainable systems. The tedious DIY aspects of it are complete; its success will depend on equipment application/reliability from this point. The empty "display tank" can hold .123 gallons. The system is very nearly sealed using multiple containers and a mini pump for movement, no airline or stone. My goal is to culture some type of really-small-polyp coral and micro-fauna. Obviously a few or more concerns: can the pump produce sufficient movement? Avoiding the inevitability of rapid temperature and PH fluctuations. Also, choosing the appropriate species of coral... I just filled it with saltwater not even a few days ago; I had been taking checkpoint pictures and hand-recording processes and will share them with details here as soon as I can. - Brant Here's a teaser photo for now:
  2. This is not a cute little 'all in one' aquarium, this is a Frankenstein, a diy monster that is going to offend some with its lack of interest in traditional reefing. This is a hands on, built not bought reef. Most of you won't respond or comment, it's expected, but you will look because you must, it's your nature. So here for your enjoyment (quiet, unresponsive enjoyment) is a reef tank that has undergone changes, that has evolved since the first post and is flourishing. Here is the beginning, if you can make it to the end you might find that you enjoy it instead of skipping to the end now and not understanding what you are looking at... ... So this is my current Pico... 2.5 gallons... (this is a crappy picture that I murdered even further with a photo editor...) 6/26 new tank fts 9/20 fts Fts 10/12 Fts 12/3 And things are starting to get cramped, when the Duncan is fully extended he really takes up a lot of space on his own, not that he cares. He's just like that, but is also my favorite coral in the tank. (he's also growing 2 (maybe 3) new heads. I also want to spread out the zoas, move the Kenya tree further away and put the xenias in their own area. The anthelia I mowed down already but know it will come back which is fine. So enough of the why, let's get to the point. The new tank is going to be 6.5 gallons. (it's gonna be huuuge). I'm currently working on the hood and stand. I will be using my sump and canister filter from the smaller tank still. It's a semi hex and it was a gift. The wood is rough cut cedar I had left from a gazebo I built for a customer. So here are a few things I'm planning to do differently this time, because I have been paying attention : Better flow! I mean way better, turbulent! alternating! flow flow flow! My entire scape will be mounted to a removable background to make it easier to add new corals, move corals, treat algae or pests (should they appear from thin air or awaken from hibernation). This will also allow me to dip the entire scape if the corals require it. I will be adding violet and turquoise leds to my lighting and switching out my 10k whites for neutral whites for a better blending of color and spectrum. Ok, so here are a few things I want to do but won't really know how they will work until I get it set up. I plan to have a set of return lines behind my Live rock scrap and a set up top facing down. These lines will be powered by separate pumps that will alternate via a wave maker. I'm hoping that will be much better for keeping detritus from settling. My canister filter will be a sort of closed loop set up. Two returns coming up from the bottom with heads/nozzles designed to sweep the bottom of the tank and the drain mounted in the bottom as well to (theoretically) catch any debris. I plan to hollow out two small pieces of rock to hide these nozzles. Will my green star polyps hate this constant flow? They will be spread out on the bottom of the tank. I still have a lot to do and decide on, like most things I will probably change my mind about a dozen times before it is all said and done. So this is the beginning, I post pictures as I go, maybe you will find it interesting or maybe you won't (boooo) if you have tried any of the things I've said please let me know how or if they worked out for you. Thanks (fingers crossed I don't just screw this up :p)
  3. upgrading to a much bigger tank and getting rid of some of my nano stuff all LESS THAN A YEAR OLD MP10 QD(not wireless) still has warranty!! $175 OBO marineland 100 watt heater - 10 fuge light (aqua gadget) 20 4 stage RO/di unit with new carbon and sediment filters - 80 OBO Reef glass nano skimmer (with air pump) $50 Tunze Nano ATO (works flawlessly) $70 OBO AI prime HD (2nd gen) with mounting bracket! works and looks NEW! $175 OBO (still has warranty) Please PM me for pics and payment discussion Paypal only of course goods and services! shipping on EVERYTHING listed here will be FREE OF CHARGE!! thanks for looking!
  4. This is a 60litre tank purpose built DIY for use with the triton method. I will run this aquarium journal I will log weekly my successes and failures and water parameters. With weekly photos of this tank as it matures. The tank will be a mixed reef with ULM in mind.
  5. Hi all, I'm returning to the saltwater scene with a new tank and so many more questions! I have a Mr. Aqua 22 (36"x12"x12") thats currently set up as a freshwater however I'm planning on switching it to a reef tank in the coming months. I previously had an AIO Biocube 29 with some minor modifications, however now that I don't have an AIO I'm somewhat confused on where to begin. From what I've read a sump isn't automatically necessary however I like the idea of increasing my total volume and having a refugium. I have an Aquatic Life 115 protein skimmer but I'm not sure if it would work in a sump, its meant to be an internal skimmer... (thoughts??) I'd like to keep it as low tech as possible (I have the skimmer already so if it would work I'd likely use it but if not then I wouldn't buy a new one). Also I don't want to drill the tank, or have anything hang on the back. Picky I know ? I've never done a sump before, from my understanding the flow of water is as follows: (please correct me if I'm wrong lol) Gravity doing the work to get the water to the sump (is this an overflow chamber type thing??) - a chamber with mechanical filtration - baffles - refugium chamber - baffles - return pump Is a sump/refugium doable without drilling the tank? How would that work? Would a regular outtake hose work? If a sump isn't realistic without drilling the tank, what are my options for a refugium type thing? Are there any? I have a canister filter from my freshwater set up that I could use as a mechanical filter and for water circulation in addition to a power head. For those of you with no sump/filter what do you use for circulation? Just power heads? Lighting is pretty much a mystery to me, I got a decent light super discounted at a LFS but its only a 24" light and the brackets don't extend past that. Its a Coralife T5 H.O. Lunar and it worked pretty well for the Biocube. I'm hoping I'll be able to rig up some sort of hanging kit for it so that I can still use it on the new tank. Any ideas would be very helpful!! Stocking: Corals: My hope is to do a mostly softies tank with a few lps and maybe one or two low level sps. Fish: Pair of clowns Clown goby Royal gramma maybe one other but not sure what yet Inverts: CUC maybe a shrimp Thanks for reading!
  6. cassianoyoung

    Cass' Aquamaxx 22 Long

    Inspired by two favorites from the Nano-Reef community, I have decided to start my own nano reef. I will be mixing an matching ideas from the magnificent tanks of both MrNanoReef and Scorched to make my own little reef while keeping track of the actual cost of building a (hopefully nice ) Nano Reef tank. Any advices that you veterans have for me would be very welcome! Now, lets dive into it.
  7. Goal of this build was to build a nano 9 gallon with an AIO and sump that houses a refugium all while maintaining a very clean look. I selected a pretty big pump to avoid any power heads in the tank. I'm unsure the functionality of a fuge in such a small tank. If anything its for fun! Tank: Aquamaxx 9.1 gallon low cuboid Lights: Marine Orbit LED 24" Refugium lighting: LED grow light strip Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 357gph Skimmer: TBD Media Reactor: TBD Heater: Lifegard Aquatics Pre-Set Quartz Heater - 50 Watt AOI: DIY Acrylic SUMP: DIY Acrylic Livestock: TBD First renders of idea Basic plumbing diagram. First AIO is around 8.5"x10". It will be sitting on top of refugium that will be around 7"x15". The area where plumbing goes does not contain water and will house the air pump for possible future skimmer. Might T off the plumbing and run a reactor. Also will house power bricks for lights. Rough draft determining room and drain and return placement Aquascape Never too early to start the biological filtration on your tank. Adding dry sand in a couple days to also start growing bacteria. Used dry rock and dry sand and seeded with biospira. Next step is drilling the holes for plumbing. I have a 3/4 drain but might be upping that to a 1". My question is do i really need a bulkhead. If you look at the above the bulkhead wont actually support anything besides its own weight. It will just overflow into the AIO. The bulkhead requires a much larger hole than necessary since its not supporting plumbing. Ill be putting the drain 1/2 to 3/4' from the top. Does this sound okay since its 5mm glass and no hardline or even soft lines connected. Still required: - DIY acrylic aio and sump - Refugium light - Plumbing - Permanent oak stand Let me know questions, concerns and compliments
  8. Selling eshopps cube nano refugium/sump, includes everything including new micron bag and new flex hose (used flex hose too) but will need new foam filter. Cleaned, Vinegar'd and ready to go, ignore the brown dirt in pic, its just detritus and gone now. going a different direction with a tank upgrade. details in link below of item. $100 OBO local, not sure if shipping at this time New Jersey 08876 area https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/cube-nano-refugium-sump-eshopps.html
  9. coryscritch

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    Cheap,simple,beautiful
  10. So I recently added a modded out aquacler 70 as a HOB refugium. It has been going well for about 6 weeks- Ive had a ton of growth on the Cheato that I added, thinning the ball 2-3x so far. I have just rock rubble and the macro algae In the large compartment and a bag of chemi pure elite in the smaller compartment that is separated by a baffle. I have a grow LED light attached to the back of the filter so it is a completely closed system with no light bleed into the display. My question is- how do you keep the Chaeto healthy? I’ve been having some of the algae turn slimey. Does this mean the algae is getting too much light, or it just needs to be trimmed sooner? The ball of algae doesn’t rotate by itself so I flip it around every few days. Secondly, I’m getting a ton of hair algae growing on the inside of the fuge and the rubble (which impedes the light source). I went in and scraped it all off today to make sure the Chaeto keeps getting sufficient light but this seems like a lot of work that will have to be done all too often. I just added two snails in there today to help with curbing the algae growth. What is your fuge maintenance schedule like?
  11. Hello- I have an established tank and ordered the Algaebarn's ultimate refugium starter pack, which contains a turbo start. Is it OK to use turbo start in an established tank but or I need to use fritz zyme 9. I have 2 clowns and some inverts in the tank.
  12. recently picked up a nice canister filter for cheap couldn't pass it up , Now my question is can I turn the back of my biocube into a large refugium taking out all the media just running rubble rock or mud and a lot of chato and other moss. Then running all my media in my canister filter? I know I need to stay up on changing and cleaning my canister out to make it not a nitrate magnate it is a 32 gallon led biocube set up with coral and fish thanks so much for your input
  13. The latest innovations from Innovative Marine are HERE Innovative Marine is not afraid to take risks with aquarium design. They offer shallow reefs, lagoons, drop-offs, and peninsulas in a variety of sizes. Each aquarium has high clarity glass, black silicone lines and a templated overflow system that can house a variety of cool accessories and upgrades called AUQA Gadgets.
  14. This DIY is intended for a pico or small nano mixed reef tank that's around 1-6 gallons. Could also be used as a refugium light or other small scale need. I'm trying to get this DIY our there because pico tanks are super fun and they're becoming much more popular too. They also have very simple lighting requirements despite what some people might say. You don't need to spend $100+ on a pico light! Many of the commercially available lights are simply overkill for a typical mixed reef pico. On the flip side the cheap Amazon/eBay lights can have sketchy quality, bad color rendering, or low PAR. The cheap lights can also be overkill because they're so cheap that we tend to overbuy. So rather than spending a ton on a light that's overkill or buying a light that you don't know if it will even work take a look at DIY. This light has exactly the features needed for a typical mixed reef pico or small nano. Also it's super easy. I'm tempted to buy these parts again and have my 7 year old try to build it - I actually think she could with some practice soldering. FYI I'm using this light on my Fluval Spec III and it works much better than the stock light! Still to do: Design a simple mounting solution. I'll update with that video when I've made one. Materials list - total cost: $25. $5 Meanwell LDD-700 HW https://www.ledsupply.com/led-drivers/mean-well-ldd-h-series-cc-step-down-mode $8 2x Royal Blue XT-E https://www.ledsupply.com/leds/cree-xlamp-xt-e-royal-blue-leds $4 1x Neutral white (4000-5000K) https://www.ledsupply.com/leds/cree-xlamp-xt-e-white-leds $3 12-24v LED PWM dimmer https://www.amazon.com/XtraLED-Dimming-Controller-Lights-Ribbon/dp/B00H8KTXNU (can get it prime for $6) $5 12v 2A DC power supply https://www.amazon.com/Choose-Nice-TM-Switching-Regulated/dp/B00LPCX2BQ/ref=sr_1_34?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1509556333&sr=1-34&keywords=12v+power+supply includes plug adapter You'll also need some wire, thermal paste, epoxy, and an old computer heatsink or something similar. Credits: I did not come up with this idea, just modified the information found on thePlantedTank.net.
  15. lonewonderer

    Chaetomorpha getting hard

    Hello, I have a small hang on the back refugium with minimal flow. I have a chaeto in there for 3 weeks now with lights. I bought some new chaeto and its really sofy compared to my old one which is really hard and tough. Is my old chaeto dying? what can i do to fix these. need help.
  16. benstatic

    Refugium - Planning Questions

    Am thinking about adding a refugium to my 20 gal long, soft / LPS dominated tank. I want it mostly for pods and macro filtration (keep algae growth down in my DT). In my DT, I currently have 2 Koralia 425s. I am right now looking at AC options, 110 being the stock recommendation for that size tank evidently. This filter says it pumps 500 gal per hour, which would push me to 1300+ gph = 65X tank volume. I am think I am probably already pushing the limit on flow rates (40X) Also interested in DIY standalone options, but I fear my plumbing skills and floods. I would probably want to put something up above my DT. I'd probably use a 2-4 gallon chamber, fed with some type of powerhead and a return hole with tubing fitting drilled towards the top. I think the important part being the return has to deliver water equal to or more volume back to the DT than my pump delivers to the fuge. Can somebody recommend drill / tubing size and pump rates for a DIY system like this? Still makes me wonder about how much flow is added to my tank (rating of the powerhead volume).
  17. Hello, selling my Kessil H80 Tuna flora with gooseneck for $135. Brand New sealed in box and never used nor opened. Ill cover both paypal fee and shipping fee.
  18. GenericReefer

    Making a Refugium

    I upgraded my tank back to the 10g realizing downsizing didn't accomplish much. The fish look much happier in the new tank, but I'm still left with the 5g tank. With this tank, I'm thinking of making a refugium. The tank can (kind of) fit into my kallax aquarium stand, but there is a 1/2-ish overhang. If I put it into the bottom square, would it be fine? Should I place a wedge underneath?If the logistics even work, here are my thoughts on the refugium itself. The reason on why this is a refugium, and not a sump, is that I prefer the equipment stay above, for easy access just in case if something goes wrong. The look of it doesn't bother me too much, anyway. Nevertheless, how I plan to connect the main tank to the refugium is using a 1/2" airline tubing to siphon the water into the refugium, and using a return pump to bring it back.In the refugium itself, there will be a sandbed (or should there not be?) and a lot of biomedia (biobricks, seachem matrix, etc) with some chaeto growing in it. The light for the refugium will be the light I got with the 5g tank; a light with 3 bright white LEDs. Does this sound good? Is it all even possible? Share your thoughts! Thanks,GenericReefer
  19. LJR

    Zeolite or Chaeto

    I recently got a Biocube 29 secondhand from a man that frequents my LFS. It has the Aquatic Life nano skimmer in the intake chamber, and I was wondering what I should do with the big chamber before I go ahead and fill it. I wanted to have a mixed reef system, primarily with softies, but I would like to grow monti caps on the upper levels as well. Would it be more effective to run a couple of bags of zeolite, and GAC (probably with the other Zeovit products), or to simply run a fuge light and chaeto. I certainly know more about the chaeto than the Zeolite, but I am by no means an expert. I just want to have the most effecient way possible, preferable without tacking on too much to the biocube shell.
  20. Planning on a soft coral mix LPS reef with medium stock level. Tank - Red Sea Reefer 170 Filtration - Skimmer, Deltec 1351 Bio media, Sera Siporax Professional Refugium, Miracle Mud/ Live Rock/ Chaeto Substrate - Caribsea extreme pink (Australian version fiji pink) Lightning - 1 x Ecotech Marine xr15pro radion Flow - 2 x Ecotech Marine Vortech mp10s 1 x Ecotech Marine Vectra S1 return pump Heater - tbc ATO - 1 x Elos osmocontroller Salt mix - Red sea coral pro Miscellaneous - 1 x custom heater temp controller 1 x Ecotech Marine Battery backup 1 x ReefTops Reefer 170 aquarium lid Scape has been decided on and glued using Ecotech glue (works great for smaller rockscapes). Just waiting on sump and custom lid to get it wet.
  21. MD Interviews Bryan of Santa Monica Filtration For the past decade, Bryan from Santa Monica Filtration has been perfecting his algae turf scrubbers so hobbyists can achieve natural macroalgal filtration like you’ll find in the world’s oceans, rivers, and lakes. https://blog.marinedepot.com/2017/10/algae-scrubber-qa-with-bryan-of-santa-monica-filtration.html
  22. NEW @ MD: Algae Scrubbers from Santa Monica Filtration Grow and harvest algae to remove nutrients or cultivate for feeding! Need help choosing an algae scrubber? Just ask! We've got one to fit just about every tank.
  23. Lugmos12

    Display refugium

    Would this make for a good display refugium? Just something I thought about today (no plans to do it anytime soon). It’s a 5 gallon Topfin tank. I was thinking of running a powerhead from the main tank into this one and filling it up with macro algae. Main tank is a 13.5 gallon. Thoughts?
  24. Let's take a look at this intriguingly unique DIY Reef Sump from one of our happy reefers! The idea was going for a green approach with all natural filtration and no bell and whistles (media reactors, skimmer, etc). Here we have a 4" filter sock, Marinepure block, Miracle Mud, live rocks, chaetomorpha, filer floss, carbon and purigen. The sump was DIY built with an Aqueon 20g long glass tank with OBD Deluxe Reef-Reactive Sump Kit, Hang-on 4" Filter Sock Holder, Custom Mud Tray, and an optional Tubing Holder. There may be more than one good reasons to buy a pre-built sump but there are just as many to build your own that suit your specific needs! Here is to DIY and Happy Reef Keeping! ?? Deluxe Sump Kit: https://oceanboxdesigns.com/product/reef-reactive-sump-kit-for-20-gallon-long-aquarium/
  25. I'm Batman

    Finnex FugeRay Pics

    The Finnex FugeRay had arrived! I was super excited about this product so I wouldn't have to use a chamber in my InTank media basket for macroalgae. Hooked it up, turned on the light and the FugeRay LED is sooooooo ridiculously bright!! Wow. I'm not sure this is going to work. Just a couple pictures, so you can get the picture, this is the light with almost completely lights out at my house. Here are the actinic LEDs on this thing. The box box it came in.
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