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Old 11-19-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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I have set up my 40g as a reef. It has about 40lbs of live rock and 30lbs of sand. Its been running for about 4 months. Mainly SPS/LPS tank

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Lighting: Coralife 4x24w t5ho with ATI bulbs its not as long as the tank but it lights the area where corals are just fine and is just temporary till I move and put my LEDs over the tank. Or I may put a 250Watt MH over it. We will see later.

Power Head: MP10 ES

Over Flow: CRP Overflow box (Picked it up basicly for free from the LFS)

Return Pump to Tank: Mag 5

Return to Fuge: Maxijet

Sump/Fuge: I run 2x 14g RubberMaids 1 as sump 1as fuge. I just use a gravity feed to drain the fuge.

Skimmer: Reef octopus bh1000

Heaters: 2x Fluval heaters

I put a 3" sand bed in the fuge and am working on getting another inch of sand for a DSB. I will be adding chaeto when I can get my hands on some. My fuge has rather slow flow going through it and will be running a light on it.

I am getting a Reef Keeper Lite Plus for Xmass so i will be running everything off that. Sumps costs was about 35$ that includes the PVC, 14g Tubs, Builkhead, and brackets. The rest of the equipment I already had.

Cord mess is being tackled in about 15mins lol
sorry about how cloudy it is I just set up the fuge and the sand was a bit mercy.
Heres the whole system i just did all the pluming today.





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Old 11-19-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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Had a bit of a leak out of the bulkhead so I silicone it we will see how that works out.

Anyone know a good place to get some good macro algaes on line cheap? My lfs's are always out
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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Looks good!

Be wary of that overflow. I used to have one of those and I ended up moving everything into a different tank because I hated it so much. I went through 3 Aqualifters and a couple of powerheads, and as soon as your pump fails... flood. Fortunately, I happened to be home to narrowly avert no less than 5 floods.

I've heard really good things about reefcleaners.org for macros.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:38 PM   #4
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Well luckily my tank is sitting right next to my Sump Pump that kicks the water out of the house. Its literately right beside the water barrel.

What causes a flood? just the pump failing or the lose of siphon right?
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Aqualifter fails, overflow loses suction and stops draining.... and in the meantime, your return pump keeps going! lol
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Aqualifter fails, overflow loses suction and stops draining.... and in the meantime, your return pump keeps going! lol
Were you using the pre-filter
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I used whatever came with the setup. It looked just like the one in the pics above.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:49 PM   #8
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Why have an aqualifter on it? you can just put the tube under the water and you wont lose siphon
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I had the aqualifter on it to pull air out of the overflow to avoid loss of suction. I also tried a couple of powerheads. The unit was essentially non-functional without a pump attached. JME.
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I had the aqualifter on it to pull air out of the overflow to avoid loss of suction. I also tried a couple of powerheads. The unit was essentially non-functional without a pump attached. JME.
I'm talking about this little thing.

See all that gunk? That's probably what caused your pump to fail if you didn't have one on it.
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