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  1. 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)
  2. 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:
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  5. Jason2000

    Live rubble in sump

    My fluval evo 13.5g has a three part sump with skimmer,filter media,heater/return pump. Because the nano skimmer only occupies the top half of its section there's a void below which I'm considering filling with live rock rubble to aid biological filtration. However as its pretty much the first section the incoming water hits i'm worried it will be a dirt trap, which won't get washed as filter media would. Will this cause more problems than its worth? Be glad of any opinions 🙂
  6. So here is the beginning of my next reef aquarium... Getting ready to finalize the purchase of a new home and that means moving. My 6.5 gallon reef won't be a issue, it's my 90 gallon freshwater that I don't want to bother with. So I had to negotiate a deal... Get rid of the 90 for another Pico (easy choice for me). I've liked the look of the drop-off/abyss tanks and wanted to recreate that. If you were to ask the three or four people who have followed my other builds they would tell you my stands and tanks look more like furniture than a square box with a light hanging over it and this build won't be any different. Currently I'm remodeling a house for a customer and have some leftover molding, vinyl planks and plywood so that is what the tank stand is built from. So far I think it looks great. Still a bit more work to do...
  7. Tangina20

    40 gallon breeder/20L sump

    Set up date: 06/22/18 Last update: 02/10/19 Newly built, few free to comment any tips or ideas! This is an upgrade from the 20L being used as the sump. Fish yellow watchman goby white lightning maroon clown 4 stripe damsel Inverts 4 astrea snails 3 blue legs 1 red leg Rainbow bubble tip Coal banded shrimp Softies Green striped mushrooms Red mushroom Blue mushroom Turquoise mushroom pulsing xeina eagle eye zoa Alpha zoa Electric joker zoa Liams clove Polyps Rasta zoa Hypotonic zoa Green goblin zoa Neon orange mushroom Neon green finger leather Sunny D zoa Rainbow infusion zoa playboy zoa scrambled egg zoa purple monster zoa blondie zoa rainbow hornet zoa pinwheel zoa Mohawk zoa Large Polyp Stoney Atomic Torch Green tip hammer Red Lobophyllia Green favia Duncan Acan Toadstool Galaxia Purple acan Red/blue acan Gold/Orange acan neon geeen octospawn orange lepto jack o lantern lepto war paint lobo green/orange acan miami hurricane chalice blue candy cane mummy eye chalice Small Polyp Stoney Red montipora digitata Red montipora capricornis Sour Apple birdsnest Purple monti digi Stylophora monti spongodes Equipment 1.5” overflow Quiet one 5000 return 2 hydra 26 hd SCA protein skimmer ow 10 wavemaker
  8. choconut74

    IceCap K2-50 Yea or Nay?

    Hello all! First post here on NR 🙂 Was just hoping for any input/advice/experience regarding the IceCap K2 50 skimmer. I'm starting up an ADA 60f (around 8 gal) along with a custom sump (another 10 gal) and want to get a decent skimmer. Will be moving most of the equipment from an old tank I have to the 60f. Everything about this tank: Stocking: 1 x Frostbite clown, 1 x Nearly Naked clown (idek if this is right) - These guys have been in a 7gal cube now for more than a year, so just changing tanks because I love the shallow ADA Pump: Sicce Syncra 1.5 Overflow: Glass Holes Super Nano Con Dientes Return: Glass Holes 0.5" Return Plumbing: in the process of getting some colored PVC 🙂 🙂 🙂 Wavemaker: Sicce Voyager 270GPH Light: AI Prime HD I also attached a picture of the current tank the nemos are in. Light is from amazon and am just using an eheim canister filter. I've read up on some other threads and it seems to me that people generally like the icecap. With that said, I'm super open to considering other skimmers. What I've also considered are: BM NAC 3.5 Reef Octopus BH-50 However, I'm afraid that if the skimmer is TOO overkill for a tank my size, then the collection might be poor? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR INPUT!!! 🙂 And thank you so much to all of you as I've learned so much from reading dozens of threads. I hope to make another thread documenting the process too.
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  10. Hi all, I'm pretty new to reefing--have had a 14g biocube for a year or so. Decided to make a small 7 gallon sump and it's running great! Of course as soon as I did that I fell into a used 55 gallon aquarium with a pro clear sump. Good news is I have room for the new aquarium right to next to the biocube. Neither my DIY 7 gallon sump nor the pro clear will be big enough to run a combined ~95 gallon system.How can I connect the two systems? Each will be on its own stand and I don't think drilling my DIY 7 gallon sump is an option--I would have to tear it down and start over and then have pipes going through the two stands. Any ideas?
  11. 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!
  12. Hey guys I’m new to this community, first time posting. First off I would like to thank a lot of you for all the great information I get out of here, such a great site and crowd here. 🙏 I’ve been running a 73 or 75 gallon(not sure exactly) bow front reef for about 7 years now. Currently for filtration I have a marine land canister c-360, I’m sure you are all familiar with these lol. For obvious reason I would like to install a sump system but I have a huge problem of where to put it as I cannot move my tank... does any one know if there are any sump systems that fit in the 73 gallon tank stands? Or any ideas on how to move the tank or maybe just what to do in general?! Any info helps thanks everyone!
  13. An Bollenessor

    red sea max reefer 170 chiller plumbing

    Hi all, I will be replacing my RSM 130d with a RSM 170 to have a sump. I have a coldwater tank so run a chiller, which is currently placed outside the cabinet (behind the back wall, had some holes drilled for tubing). I am unsure how to combine a chiller with a sump (I found an RSM manual online but could not visualise the description!). Do you recommend I have the chiller in a separate loop, with a tube from sump to chiller to return pump to sump? Seems a bit of a waste of energy and also will have two pumps draining a relatively small sump at the same time. Or can I have a tube leave the sump into a chiller, into a return pump and then plump back to the aquarium? Might need a quite powerful pump to pull water through sump then chiller? Any suggestions much appreciated! cheers Mick
  14. Hi, We have a red sea max nano and would like to go a bit bigger. We quicky replaced the original skimmer and recirc pump with a tunze 9001 skimmer and a eheim compact 1000 which are much more quiet than the original stuff. the purpose is to keep a reef with lps and sps and some small fish plus cuc (which we have already btw). Would like to give the fish a bit more space, have some more room to work in. A sump underneath is handy to put in eg cheato reactor in and or a biopellet reactor (or frags and unidentified critters and mother in law and stuff). We want to keep the volumes of water changes small (daily alk mg ca dosing with dosing pump and weekly wc). Can a system of 170 or 250 liter (about 40 to 60 G) with a sump underneath run as quiet as a AIO? Having the reefer 170 and 250 vs max e 170 and 250 in mind from red sea for instance, but not needing the skimmer or pump from the e series (which is more expensive). A pretty silent system is important for us. Who has experience with both aio and smaller system with sump? Also looking for the sweet spot for low maintenance.
  15. So today is finally here, today I move from the original Pico to the new one. I figured I would start a new journal and detail it from now as well as go into more detail about the setup, what was built and what was bought. FTS 3/14/18 FTS 10/8/17 More to come... Set up consists of : -2 X 2.5 gallon aquariums (Total tank volume after rock and media displacement is roughly 3 gallons) -Roughly 5lbs of live rock -256gph pond pump with two outlets - one up top for surface tension, one lower for flow through middle of tank -Diy led, 4 blue, 6 royal blue, 4 warm white and 3 cool whites on 3 channels powered by laptop power supplies and dc motor dimmers. -LEDs are 3 w, 3v ordered off ebay, non branded -Tank was drilled with a dremel and Bulkheads are made from male and female pvc adapters (After tank was drilled and bulkheads were siliconed in I mixed and poured a two part epoxy resin about 1/4 inch thick to reinforce the glass and pcv) -Sump is a simple 2 chamber design, water flows through filter floss-chemipure-a box of MarinePure biofilter media-purigen-return pump -DIY ATO - Float switch connected to DC 12v relay which controls a 40gph pump in the reservoir -Temperature controller is a 5$ board bought off ebay, set temp and a fan will kick on when needed, it sits directly over the return side of the sump. Keeps the temperature between 79-81 Coral list: Hammer Candycane /trumpet Kenya tree Pink xenia Duncan GSP Clove polyp Purple gorgonian Orange rhodactis mushroom Green rhodactis mushroom yellow/green plate coral five kinds of palys - will update closeup pictures for help with identification eleven different types of zoas - will update closeup pictures for help with identification *when it comes to zoas and palys I have come to learn that most of them have made up names. My 'laser lemons' were actually purple people eaters... * Any questions about the setup, feel free to ask.
  16. 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
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  18. I split out the sump from the bundle I had listed and also put the Sump on Ebay here for $199 and you can get real time shipping quote as well. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Trigger-Systems-Crystal-Clear-Cube-18-Sump-Brand-New/273067891768?hash=item3f941d5c38:g:DcUAAOSw35Nagvi8
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  21. ReefBack

    Protein Skimmer for 5 Gal Sump

    I have a 8 Gal LPS dominated reef tank. I'm planning on building the sump. I already have the tank for the sump which is a 5 Gal tank. My question is, which protein skimmer would fit best in my sump ? https://www.tokopedia.com/aquastop/jebo-178-protein-skimmer https://www.tokopedia.com/ikansapoesapoe/jebo-protein-skimmer-180-ii https://www.tokopedia.com/ikansapoesapoe/resun-protein-skimmer-sk-300 https://www.tokopedia.com/abfaquatic/protein-skimmer-resun-sk-05-aquarium-laut P.S. I'm picking these not because they're cheap but rather because these are the only ones that can fit in my stand
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  23. pacificdiver

    Syncra 1.5 for 20G?

    I'm setting up an Innovative Marine 20G (not the fusion). I'm going to run it with a 10G sump. Would a Sicce Syncra 1.5 be overkill, with about 220GPH at a 3ft head? I'm factoring in some loss at the two elbows for the dual return outlets into the tank, so I'm guessing each outlet into the tank would pass about 110 GPH. Does this setup sound reasonable? I'm also planning on running a small powerhead inside the tank, for battery backup and additional flow. Thanks in advance.
  24. Getting out of hobby sale, 20 years worth of equipment to go!!! Primary need is a good home for my 29 gallon FOWLR setup that is up and running but has been fishless for 9 months. Complete tank with Coralife Super Skimmer 65, Ehiem heaters, overflow, Aqua Medic Oceanruner 2500 primary return pump and two sumps. One of the sumps is custom built to fit the stand and includes a protein skimmer section and refugium section for growing macro. It is currently not setup and could be sold separately. The other sump is connected to the tank and is a bio-ball compatible sump for a 120 gallon tank. The tank currently has a dual bulb T5HO setup over it with ATI bulbs, roughly 15 months old but the unit is functional. I'd estimate 40 lbs of live rock between the display tank and the sump. This is pest free rock and sand that was hand picked from my 75 gallon tank when I down sized. I also have a 150 Watt MH setup I may list separately, along with a digital PH meter. At this point, make an offer and its yours!!!
  25. marioensf

    Cube Sump FS

    Available for pick up in San Francisco CA only unless you want to pay for full shipping cost+insurance 20x20 custom sump. My skimmer does not fit properly and decided to make a custom sump. $250 ideal for cube tanks in the 24x24, 30x30 footprint as well as other systems; my cube is 36x36 and I feel that it would also be undersized for my build. Sump has three chambers; skimmer fuge and return; features a sock holder.
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