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Old 08-11-2010, 03:30 AM   #371
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Looks very nice, whats supporting the pipes? They're gonna get heavier full of water.
I have several lines of 40lb test fishing line... the minimal stretch kind. The best part of using an almost see through line is it doesn't make the whole thing look bad
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So, finished the journal and unsure if I missed it.

No skimmer?
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I have heard of successes without one so I am going to try without one first.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:12 AM   #375
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Because of the glare from the window it is hard to see, do you have all 3 of the exit holes going into that one down pipe? Also, why is is angled like that instead of just going straight down?
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Because of the glare from the window it is hard to see, do you have all 3 of the exit holes going into that one down pipe? Also, why is is angled like that instead of just going straight down?
I have 2 exit holes going down the 3" pipe and one going down the 1 1/2" pipe. The exit lines go down at an angle to prevent bubbles and to minimize noise. (I don't need a water fall in my house.) Each exit hole has a valve so if I want to I can shut off the exit holes. Both 1" return lines go strait.

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Some updates on my LED's

This is me feeding the wires through and my daughter grabbing them and pulling them tight.


All the LED's soldered to the drivers an almost ready to go.


The test of 3 of the LED's.
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What does the skimmer actually do. I'm doing a 75 gallon reef with a 30 gallon sump and I am dreading buying one.
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What does the skimmer actually do. I'm doing a 75 gallon reef with a 30 gallon sump and I am dreading buying one.
A skimmer takes proteins and some floating debris out of the tank. Problems that you can get from no skimmer are, foul smelling tank, high levels of nitrates, and cloudy water, to name a few. Harder to make operate with only a sump... you really would want a refuge where you could grow lots of macro algae to help to consume some of the nitrates. Also you may not be able to have as many fish without one.
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