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Old 01-31-2016, 09:46 PM   #51
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Tank is going well, and I finally setup a photo bucket account so hopefully I can add better quality photos of the progress.



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Wow you come along quite a bit , tanks looking good and filling out well keep up the good work
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Tank looks awesome. Everything looks very happy.

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Old 02-01-2016, 01:50 PM   #54
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Thanks! I am definitely pleased with the progress so far. I still do not have a refugium setup, (well I should clarify, I have a 20 gallon long that has LR, chaeto, a mangrove, and a million pods, which is not currently hooked up to the system because of a little flood incident) but I have a project planned for this weekend to hopefully complete the sump/fuge idea I came up with. For now I am running everything through a 30 gallon eshoppes r200. This sump is nowhere near the capacity I should have for this setup and I am constantly battling micro bubbles, but I feel good about the setup I have come up with. I am just waiting on a couple more bulkheads then I will be able to do the project.


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Sounds like a good plan. Good luck getting the sump in place. Hope it all goes as planned.

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Old 02-09-2016, 10:23 AM   #56
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Sump / Refugium upgrade

Sump upgrade is complete! It took all day Saturday, but I can finally say that a project went exactly as planned, which is rare for me!

First thing, after unhooking existing setup and removing everything from stand, I cut the new holes and install bulkheads to the two 30 gallon acrylic sump tanks.

http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/...pskwex5daz.jpg

image_zpsdibz4eno.jpg Photo by ericmonaghan | Photobucket

Then I had to fit it all back into the stand (which I of course checked before cutting the holes to be sure.) Here's the living room/ workspace, that 20 long provided the 'essence of the sea' or more like tide pool fragrance during the experience.

image_zpsz4mpsnjs.jpg Photo by ericmonaghan | Photobucket

Because one tank is wider, I had to switch their roles, which worked out better because there was already a 2" bulkhead installed so I could plumb the pump return line straight into it, for a flooded suction, which is ideal for external pumps. I prefer hard plumbing so unions are a must, and here is a perfect example why! This tank will be the new refugium.

image_zps7fdezpfu.jpg Photo by ericmonaghan | Photobucket

Then I put the sump in the other side and connected the two using some 1.5" ID braided vinyl tubing.

http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/...psyr8gb1cm.jpg

As you can see, I have the drains split with one drain going to the refugium, and one going over to the sump/skimmer tank. Then the skimmer tank is connected to the refugium tank using the 1.5 inch vinyl tube, then the return line coming out of the refugium tank. I had to take a 3 hour break to make 25 more gallons of water. Then I fired it up and it was perfect! No leaks or unexpected surprises!

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This was a big success, as I now have the refugium section to grow algae and pods, some added volume which is always good, and best of all, no micro bubbles whatsoever! Those bubbles would make me so mad that my wife would laugh and say that the tank was creating stress rather than relieving it! One more pleasant surprise is the tank is now completely silent, when before you could hear water splashing down into the sump.
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Wow Eric, that looks really good. Glad it all worked out for you.

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I have a Quick question after reading the whole thread. You started this thread saying you want to do this whole project without costing too much money and you started by spending $800 for the tank and stand. So now how it costed you with everything you did in this project?

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Looking at stock and amount of rock I would say there is now quite few $$$ worth there
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