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Old 09-08-2003, 10:35 AM   #11
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The 'T' fitting actually make more noise than I expectedWhat should I use?

This was my first acrylic project. It was very easy to work with. I made it with out any silcone and had no leaks. I used 1/4" acrylic which was a little thicker than I needed, but it it really solid.

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$35.00 48" x 24" 1/4" Acrylic (Piedmont Plastics)
$6.00 Weldon #3 (Piedmont Plastics)
$2.00 Weldon Applicator (Piedmont Plastics)
$20.00 Maxijet 600, 160gph (LFS)
$6.00 1/2" Bulkhead (LFS)
$6.00 1/2" Bulkhead (LFS)
$3.00 Fittings: 'T', 90, 90, 6" Tube, 3" Tube (Home Depot)
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$78.00 Total not including Sand or Live Rock.


I have not ordered additional live rock and I took the sand from the beach.
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Old 09-08-2003, 01:12 PM   #12
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The 'T' fitting actually make more noise than I expectedWhat should I use?
hmm some might suggest either two 90's to make a siphon type of overflow or perhaps your better option would be the durso style standpipe... if you have the room for it
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Astride,

I have more than I know what to do with... I would be glad to send you some...

Couple of questions, has this setup affected your water temp at all? How much lighting is getting into the fuge? (looks kind of dim...)

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As BillyZ recommended, I setup a "durso style standpipe". It is now silent, but I still get a lot of bubbles into the tank. Is this a problem? I haven't received any written complaints from the inhabitants.

I added some more live rock that my LFS gave my for $2.99/lb. They were happy to get rid of all the small pieces. I still need some algaes, so I will take fernzpat up on his offer.

My temperature has not changed at all yet. I am still low on lighting until I make my new canopy to hold the light higher.

I put a few emerald crabs and some snails in the fuge. I have noticed a lot more pods than I expected. I used sand from the beach, I scooped it right out of the water. I hope I didn't pickup anything bad.
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Old 10-28-2003, 08:00 PM   #15
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The fuge is working great. I wanted to post some updated pictures almost 2 months after I set it up.

I have a 2x65 power compact on opposite lighting. I put the pump in a small overflow that I made because the pump in the fuge would not prime if it went dry for any reason. I had some bioballs that I put in the first chamber. It catches any big pieces that come in so they can rot and feed my fuge. My nitrates are never above 5ppm and my ph, calcium and alk are always perfectly stable.

The pods look like ants running around all day and night! I also have some clams and tube worms that appeared from no where.

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What happens to the water from your filter if you lose power or the pump goes out?
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:51 PM   #17
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All I loose is the box on the right and upto the level on the return. It is about 1.5 gallons and my tank has enough of a buffer.
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I haven't received any written complaints from the inhabitants.
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Astride,

what is that big ball on the left side? a sea apple?
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To the left of the return? It is actually the inside of the sponge on the return. I dropped it in when I was puting the piece around the return and a bunch of pods moved in so I left it.
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