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Old 12-19-2010, 02:09 AM   #31
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the fish I plan on having are a powder brown tang, 3 resplendent or lyretail anthias(haven't made up my mind), a mandarin, 2 snowflake clowns, and a mccosker's wrasse. would that overload a 10x13 screen?

As far as the screen goes, I am assuming wider is better than longer, due to getting more flow across more surface area? And thank you for the slot size tip. (plastic canvas, 7 mesh) is 1/16" thick, is this a standard size and most common? And when I go and rough up the screen, should the first inch below the slot be left smooth to help keep algae from growing near the slot? For lights, would a pair of cheap ebay t5ho's work? I have the plumbing parts, but not the detail parts yet.

And is there anyway to improve on a hob overflow, my wife started filling the tank, and it has about 80 or so gallons of water and I would hate to throw that out if not needed.

the one I have now, does not use a tube, but still gets an air pocket and slows the flow from time to time. Could I drill a hole where the air pocket forms and silicone another tube to hook to the aqualifter pump? would this help or hurt?
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side note-i would choose either the mandarin or the wrasse. they are both going to compete for the same food.
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the fish I plan on having are a powder brown tang, 3 resplendent or lyretail anthias(haven't made up my mind), a mandarin, 2 snowflake clowns, and a mccosker's wrasse. would that overload a 10x13 screen?
The 20x7 screen on the 125 reef I maintain has:

Blue Hippo/Regal Tang 6"
Engineer Goby 10"
Flame Fin Tang 5"
Scopas Tang 5"
Pair of Black & White Clowns, 1-1/2" & 2"
Pair of Ocellaris Clowns, 1" & 1-1/2"
Blue/Green Chromis 2"
Banded Jawfish, 4"
Yellowtail Blud Damsel 1-1/2"
Scooter Blenny 2"
Starry / Snowflake Blenny 3-1/2"

And probably one more that I'm missing. I think your bio-load is fine for a 10x13 screen.

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As far as the screen goes, I am assuming wider is better than longer, due to getting more flow across more surface area?
It doesn't make a difference what the dimensions of the screen are. The flow rate per inch across the screen is what matters, and that depends on the width of the screen and the total GPH being supplied.

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And thank you for the slot size tip. (plastic canvas, 7 mesh) is 1/16" thick, is this a standard size and most common?
Pretty common. I got mine at a fabric store (Jo-Ann) but I've seen it at Michaels also.

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And when I go and rough up the screen, should the first inch below the slot be left smooth to help keep algae from growing near the slot?
Leave the section that is inserted into the slot smooth, as well as about 1/2" or so of exposed screen.

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For lights, would a pair of cheap ebay t5ho's work? I have the plumbing parts, but not the detail parts yet.
No, any old T5HO won't do necessarily. Get these bulbs if you're going T5HO. They are $4/each when you buy 8 and are the correct spectrum.

T5 2Ft - Grow Bulbs 24W HO 3000k

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And is there anyway to improve on a hob overflow, my wife started filling the tank, and it has about 80 or so gallons of water and I would hate to throw that out if not needed.

the one I have now, does not use a tube, but still gets an air pocket and slows the flow from time to time. Could I drill a hole where the air pocket forms and silicone another tube to hook to the aqualifter pump? would this help or hurt?
Not sure what you're describing here.
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Sorry, i meant the fixture itself, what I've read says the lower spectrum lamps do perform better for ts application.

I was worried that only a certain section of the screen would, would recieve good flow as it matures. Like some pics i have seen where the top 2/3 of screen will have algae and the the bottom will be almost bare.

The overflow box I have, has the nipple on top for the airline, this nipple is about an 1/8'' away from where the air pocket always forms. I wondered if there was a way to put the airline tube right where the pocket always forms, if that would cause any problems? I put a pic of the box, to the right of the nipple, where the water turns down, is where the bubble forms and the nipple won't catch it.

Doug, the tank will have around 180 lbs of live rock. Would that not support two pod eating fish?
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i suppose it would.
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Here are a few pics of the base rock finished up. Hopefully, by the end of tomorrow, the sand will be settled and we can start to move everything else in.
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looking good so far, keep up the good work.
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everything is in. here are a few pics. the 2 islands didn't happen because I had way too much rock. now get to work on the ats.
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yep. looks like you managed to aqua scape leaving very little in the way of dead spots.
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