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Old 10-01-2007, 11:45 AM   #41
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Can't wait to see the sump build.
Hope you're not holding your breathe. I've been pestering him for weeks to start on that thing.

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Old 10-01-2007, 06:38 PM   #42
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Impressive as usual Sparky. Really though, more pics!
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:25 AM   #43
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Sparky, you're seriously lacking on the updates.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:30 PM   #44
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PLease now im into it! i want to see more pics!
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Old 10-20-2007, 04:31 PM   #45
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UPDATE:

Being that I'm not entirely sure what is normal progression here I have kind of let things take their course for a while and see what happens.

After a couple of days with water and rocks the diatoms moved in in a big way! I had added 8 dwarf blue legged hermits and a dozen margarita snails to get working on cleaning the place up. I'm sure this tank can support a lot more inverts but in keeping with my take it slow plan we start small. As the diatoms cleared up I'm starting to see some signs of coralline algae as well as some less desirable algae too.















The yellowish hue in this shot is from the lamp I'm using which I don't like and plan on replacing, the diatoms, and my cheap little camera. You get the idea though about the diatoms moving in.


The water quality seems to be improving all the time. For a couple of weeks now I'm seeing 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and after starting with 15-20ppm of nitrate it seems to be falling to an almost undetectable level which is a surprise on such a new tank. Who am I to complain though right?

The next step in this project is the sump. After reading almost every word of melevsreef.com I felt the need to work in acrylics.

The sump was designed to fit the stand I made more than to fit the tank. As it turns out the sump will be running with about 36 gallons of water with plenty of head space to take the runoff from the main tank when the power is off.

Building the sump was fun and a little time consuming. Marc has done such a great job in explaining how he does what he does so that just about anybody can follow along. I doubt I would have even thought about trying this without his site.

From an economic stand point though, I'm not quite sure I would recommend it for the one time sump builder. There is a fair amount of support equipment needed and if you do not have it already, it could be quite costly.

To save you the boring details here, you can take a look at Marc's site for a far better description than I could provide.

Photos of my sump going together:







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The sump will sit for a few days with water in it while I work on the auto top off system. I'll provide more documentation of that process and the implementation of the sump in days to come.

Thanks for reading.

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Old 10-20-2007, 04:47 PM   #46
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New bulb, new camera, and install the sump. That's my suggestion. And you're right, you need it.

I'll give you 3 days to complete these tasks.
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Old 10-20-2007, 06:42 PM   #47
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Very nice! It looks fantastic....great work with the plumbing, and that sump looks professional. I am jealous....

So, how much time have you spent just sitting in front of the tank staring at it? When I first set up my SW tank I was amazed at all the stuff on the LR and would literally spend hours looking at it.
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:55 PM   #48
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o, how much time have you spent just sitting in front of the tank staring at it? When I first set up my SW tank I was amazed at all the stuff on the LR and would literally spend hours looking at it.

I have a chair that lives in front of the tank I really don't have anything on the lr except for the different kinds of algae. It's still cool to look at though.

This afternoon I went down to check things out and found a surprise. I knew I had a couple dead margarita snails that had fallen on their back (seems to be a design flaw). One of them is missing but I found a small shell from one of the hermits in it's place.

It's getting hard to tell who is who these days....


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Old 10-21-2007, 10:13 AM   #49
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I don't usually look closely at the SW threads, but I have been asking myself "Where's Sparky?!"

AH, I see-he's being all meticulous on the salty side....that sump is insane and the tank looks great.

Now tell us. In 3 years, when other living things go into the tank, what will they be?
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:58 AM   #50
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LOL, Hello Lisa. How have you been?


I'm really not sure about fish at this point. In fact the fish are almost an after thought. My initial thinking is that I may get a couple clown fish. Not so because of the kids movie as much as the fact that they are tough and to be honest I think it's cool how they seem to look at you. You also got to love how they hook up with an anemone and swim in and out of it.

The corals interest me more than the sw fish. I guess it's my planted fw roots (no pun intended). Being a 29 gallon tank it seems that I'm somewhat limited as to the number of fish that can be happy. The live rock takes up so much space that I'm guessing the water space is closer to 20 gallons than 29.

Don't worry. The FW tanks are still alive and doing well. However they are slightly neglected these days.
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