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Old 04-15-2010, 10:39 PM   #61
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Haha thanks. It's small, but i'm sure it will get the job done.

ilostnemo: Sure, there's tons of other pendants out there that will fit this tank, but you gotta think, it's only 18 inches lengthwise, so not many powerful light FIXTURES will fit it, or give me the light i need for the coral i want. This tank is 18 inches deep as well, and that's a lot of water. There aren't many other lighting options i could go with if i wanted to keep any coral i want, plus a clam, so metal halide was the best decision. How come you don't like MH's? They are great lights.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #62
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I'd cut teeth in that box if you're capable, that way you can keep it as high as possible in the tank
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #63
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:28 PM   #64
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I'd cut teeth in that box if you're capable, that way you can keep it as high as possible in the tank
Yeah, i most likely will. It will be a little tough, but i think i can manage. I had to cut all the pieces of my acrylic sheets today in order for them to fit the 10G, so i used a hacksaw. I looked around for a coping saw.. but i don't think my dad has one. The hacksaw did just fine, but the hacksaw has an end, so i had to turn the sheet over when i got to the halfway point of cutting. Was a real pain.. but nothing too serious. Screwed up the first cut a tad, but the rest of the cuts were pro

I'll take a picture of the sump in a little bit. Just letting the last piece dry before i can move it around. Just as a note though, when using a hacksaw, acrylic chips are pretty hot lol. Found out the hard way. They don't leave marks or anything, and they cool down extremely quick, but it freaked me out the first time i got it on my hand because i thought it was going to burn me up. Also got my acrylic rods today too. One 6ft 1/2" piece and one 6ft 1/4" piece. Not sure i'll be needing all of it, but they were only 3$ each so it wasn't a big deal to get the extra length.

I might try and use a handsaw for cutting the teeth in the overflow box, but if you look real hard at the picture, you can see this square block that is on the inside. It's in a pretty awkward spot.. and doesn't leave me much space to put teeth.. which really sucks. Not sure what i'll do.
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Glad to hear that you are starting up again soon. Sure you don't want to order live rock from LA again? lol
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:19 AM   #66
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Glad to hear that you are starting up again soon. Sure you don't want to order live rock from LA again? lol
HA! Right. I'll be sure to get more from them when the time comes. NOT. :p

Oh thom.. your such a kidder!
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:42 AM   #67
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they produce to much heat and cost alot of money compared to t5s lol
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:40 AM   #68
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They don't produce THAT much heat.. I mean, maybe 2 or 3 or 4 of them would, but one doesnt have that much heat. Plus, just put a small fan across the tank and your good to go.. not that hard. To get the same intensity of MH's, you would need a lot more bulbs. You only need one for MH. ;D
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Update!

Check out my new sump/fuge! For the first time making one of these, i think it's pretty sick. I made sure to use a good amount of silicone so it wouldn't falter over time, as you can see by the pictures lol. But i'd rather have it strong and stable, then pretty and weak.

Big thanks to neilanh for helping me through the whole sump setup part. He helped me a lot. Thanks neilanh!

Still have to go back in there and clean it up a bit with a razor blade, but for the most part, it's pretty much done.

From left to right; Return section with heaters and return pump, after the bubble trap is the refugium which is L shaped, then the little square in the right corner is where the water draining from the main tank goes in to. It might look small but it's a 6"x6" area, so it's a decent place to fill up with some LR rubble. I'm happy with the overall design and build.





Hope no one says i did something wrong! Lol. I had to tear it down twice to get it right haha. Ripping up the silicone was a real pain since i let it dry not knowing i messed it up.. TWICE.

Alright so now for a few questions.

I really don't want to put a DSB in there.. maybe only like 2-3" but if it's a bigger benefit to the tank in itself, i guess i will. Also, can i put 1-2 mangroves in there or do they need really intense light? I hear that mangroves do wonders for nutrient export, even more so than chaeto, but i'll let the experts tell me so.

I also need some macro algae suggestions because i know there's a good amount of there and i'm trying to fit whatever i can in there. It won't be 24/7 lighting, so caulerpa is out since it goes sexual without 24/7 lighting. I'll be keeping the refugium light on during the night when the DT light is off to help keep the pH stable.

Whatd'ya guys think?
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Nice Kev. How big is the sump in LxWxH and Gallons?
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