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Old 09-19-2005, 01:15 PM   #11
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Sounds like everyone has the same problem I had. The rubbermaid containers tend to be wide and shallow. My stand (and I imagine many of yours) needs something thinner, longer and taller to fully utilize the space. I ended up using a 72 liter (about 18 gal, I think) made by Sterilite. I couldn't fit anything wider but it could be almost a foot longer and at least 8" taller. But hey, it was less than $10.
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Old 09-19-2005, 01:31 PM   #12
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I used a rubbermaid for a number of months with perfect success! Cant beat the price!

If you can fit a clear one under there it looks better, IMO. I had a green.... then I changed to clear..
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I saw a tank online that had two 100 Gal rubbermaid containers in the basement, daisy-chained together. Must be nice to be able to run everything into the basement.
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Old 09-19-2005, 09:53 PM   #14
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Here is a recent pic of mine. Is getting cleaner but still a mess
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*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
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Here is a recent pic of mine. Is getting cleaner but still a mess
Okay, I'm a simple freshwater person, not a saltwater person . . . YET. Could you explain that setup to me? I don't understand why so many pipes are needed.
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Old 09-20-2005, 01:04 PM   #16
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I don't understand why so many pipes are needed.
Looks scary huh?? I felt the same way at first, and still do sometimes..

He has pipes running from his tank upstairs down to the sump (the rubbermaid tub) then he has pipes running from the sump to he Propogation tank and back into the sump. The pump on the outside takes water from the sump and pushes it back up to the main tank.

It looks more confusing due to the prop tank being plumbed in to the main...
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Thanks Rev. Lets see if I have this right: So the propogation tank is that 20 gal looking tank to the left in the photo. And there is a second pump inside the main sump (rubbermaid) that pumps water into the propogation tank. Then the pipe "drilled" into the side is the drain pipe. What all grows in there?

Also, why does the "feed" line to the propogation tank split off to that black hose?

Third . . . (I know, I know) what is the smaller container for on the right?
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Anything you could put into the main can grow in there. Normally it is used to frag coral and grow them for trade, resale, ect...

As far as the black flex line goes, I think he has that setup to make water changes easier...I think....

The small container looks like a small refugium (fuge). It would house macro algae which would be used for nutrient exportation. (make water quality better) It can also house critters that cannot be kept in a reef tank safely...crabs, mantis shrimp, ect...
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LOL, Thanks for the back up Rev. I did not know there were replies

The 20L to the left is my frag tank. There is a Mag7 in the big tub that supplies water to it and the PVC coming out of the glass is the drain. The T before the 20L that has the vinyl tubing on it is for water changes. I designed this to make it easier. It does somewhat but it is not perfect. I shut the frag tank valve off and open the other valve and this lets me use the Mag7 to remove the water for me

The container to the right is my top off water. I have 2 floats in the sump that tell the pump in that clear container to supply water to the system for evaporation.

My refugium is actually in the sump. You can't see it in that pic except the light that is setting on top. I put an acrylic sheet window on top of that insulation board to let the light in. I have a second refugium behind the 20L that you cant see either that is on its own little system ... a 10gal system

The frag tank holds pretty much everything that is in my main except for SPS. I have mostly leathers and zoos that I either don't have room for or just wanted to remove from the display. I have some corals in the refugium as well. Too many leathers at the moment

Let me know if you have any more questions
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Your very welcome ellisz!

OOHHH I was right on the water change! :P

PBirdsong: This setup is advanced, and would be something someone new to SW would probably learn in time. The sump concept is very basic on a normal set up. Water down into the sump and back up into the main from the pump.
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