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  1. caas1496

    caas1496's 40 Breeder

    I have been working on this project here and there for a while but I figured it was time to start an official thread. This tank will hopefully be filled in the next few weeks! Current Progress: Tank: Drilled 40 Breeder with Modular Marine Overflow (Bean Animal Style) Sump: 20 Gallon Long with Custom Baffles https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/custom-20g-long-sump-design-feedback-wanted.601665/ Filtration: Refugium, Carbon, Klir Filter Roller Lighting: Aquatic Life T5 and Orbit Marine Pro -3X Blue+ -1X Actinic Flow: Sicce 2.0 return pump with RFG nozzles Tunze 6015 Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 Heater: 200W Cobalt Neotherm This tank marks a lot of firsts for me so please chime in if you have suggestions. Does anyone still use Miracle Mud? I was thinking about adding it to my refugium section. I built a tray to hold some substrate in my fuge and am looking for suggestions on what to fill it with. I'm also gonna go bare bottom with this tank and hopefully grow some montis, zoas, and other encrusting corals all over the starboard at the bottom. I have a lot of montis at the top of the scape in my 20 gallon and I dont want to repeat that mistake. They are fast growers and shade out large sections of the tank. I am currently working on the plumbing which has given me a lot of appreciation for all the reefers with those immaculate color coordinated PVC works of art in their stands ( you know who you are). I am on at least the 4th home depot run at this point. Anyways I look forward to getting this tank wet and sharing the progress with everyone!
  2. I have a 90 gallon FOWLR aquarium that I am setting up again (after it being stored for the past 8 years). No fish yet since I'm setting up and cycling my tank. The first time around a professional set it up and it worked great. This time, I set it up on my own with a Triton Refugium Sump. It all seemed to be working well for the first couple of weeks. Now, I'll wake up to air spitting out into the tank because the return pump section is low on water. I have added water each time this happens and it fixes it for a day. I don't want to add too much water and end up flooding m house at some point. Does anyone have experience with this and/or can tell me how to fix this problem?
  3. Hello everyone, Was hoping everyone could provide me with some tips and suggestions on a new 10 gallon build I want to do. Right now here is my plan: Tank: UNS 60S shallow aquarium (24x14x7) Light: Kessil A80 Rock: Stax and marco rock Heres where I need help. I’m stuck between filtration options. I would like to build a sump, but have never owned a tank with one, and don’t even know where to begin with overflows/drilling/plumbing let alone building the sump itself. Other things I am considering is using a canister filter and cleaning it often, or just an AC. I just love the clean look of this tank, and would like to be able to keep the filtration, heater and ato out of the view area if possible. Would like to keep the tank as close to looking “empty” looking as possible. I also would like a solution that won’t kill my wallet, however I know this hobby and am expecting it to at least get a beating. My stocking plan: bit of LPS/Softies 1 fish (either Azure Damsel OR a pygmy angel) 1 blood red fire shrimp I am attaching a picture of what the tank looks like, and the second picture is the aqua scape I want to follow. I basically want a shallow lagoon look, with lots of open sand areas. Essentially what I am asking is what would you guys do with this tank? How would you filter it? Any suggestions will be appreciated and the more detailed the better! thanks in advance!!
  4. Tank: Tank: 22 gallon Reef Savvy 20”x16”x16”H Stand: Custom Heater: Ehiem Jagar 100w Lighting: Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue w/ Mounting Arm Filtration: AquaClear 70 w/ Sponge and Biomedia (Temporary) Sump: (Not Currently Operating) - Skimmer: Eshopps S-120 (old model) - Return: Tunze 1073.050 Circulation: Vortech MP10 Sand: Unknown Large Grain Size Rock: Unknown Likely Caribsea Life Rock Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: LiveAquaria Dosing: Not Currently Testing: Refractometer ReaSea Nitrate HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - Lightening Maroon Clownfish - Khole Tang (in need of new home) - Pajama Cardinalfish Invertebrates: - Thin Strip Hermit - 2x Blue Legged Hermit - Scarlet Hermit - Feather Duster - Various Snails Corals: Soft - Grube's gorgonian (Pinnigorgia flava) - Orange Ricordea florida - Orange & Blue Rhodactis - Orange & Blue Zoanthids - Yellow & Blue Zoanthids - Green Zoanthids - Red Zoanthids LPS - Goniopora SPS - Birdsnest - Montipora
  5. In April I set up an180 gallon marine tank(6x2x2) I love it and it is doing very well. However, in an effort to keep my 'tinkering' hands out of the tank, I finally persuaded my wife to let me buy some glass, wood and acrylic and build my own 50l display tank with a 25l sump and 7.5 l top off tank. It's been fun, fun, fun.... time to start a build thread. I'm aiming for a 'mini cycle' at worst. (there is nothing brown and hairy growing in the sump that's a reflection of the living room rug!) as I am seeding the tank with some siporax, a little sand, live rock and some sponge media from the180. I thought about purchasing TMC habitat 50 tank... they look so good! Then I thought to hell with spending almost £600 pounds on that... I would make my own 'version' for less than half that amount.... wish me luck! The tank including equipment should cost me less than £300. I'm really looking forward to receiving feedback on my plans for this mixed reef and its progress! Display: DIY 12 gallon Display Sump: 6 gallons Lighting: TBA Filtration: Tunze 9001 skimmer, filter floss, gfo, carbon Heater: 50w Circulation: Jebao 1200 ATO: Tunze Nano ATO - not purchased yet Dosing: Manual ATI Essentials (not pro and not yet!)
  6. 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:
  7. 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...
  8. 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)
  9. Here are some pictures of an algae-scrubber friendly sump design that IceCap is developing. What do you think? We have 3 different sized algae scrubbers. Should we make different sized sumps to accommodate each of them? Thank you in advance for your feedback!
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  12. 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 🙂
  13. 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
  14. 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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  16. 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?
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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