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Old 10-03-2011, 09:56 AM   #191
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Thanks everyone, before starting this project I had kept FW tanks for about 3 years, so I've had quite a few fish die on me (especially in quarantine). I try to do the best I can to treat them, but when a fish dies I don't beat myself up about it (when I first started I kind of did lol).

In other news, I'm starting to gather the parts to build a DIY top-off system for my display tank. I've been entertaining the idea for a while, but now I've committed myself to it. I find myself having to top off somewhat frequently, and the fluctuations in salinity, while minor, kind of annoy me. So hopefully with this system I'll be able to keep things more stable AND do less work. I'll keep you guys updated on that project as it progresses.

I'm also thinking about getting my first coral for the 75G. Something really hardy, I was thinking maybe a mushroom but I'm open to suggestions. I'll check all my water parameters before doing so though.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:08 AM   #192
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Keep us posted how you do the ATO. And I'm interested in coral suggestions too
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:20 AM   #193
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I've got a thread in DIY for my ATO. Dead simple. Interested in seeing your work.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #194
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I've got a thread in DIY for my ATO. Dead simple. Interested in seeing your work.
Cool I'll check it out
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:39 AM   #195
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I've got a thread in DIY for my ATO. Dead simple. Interested in seeing your work.
I just read through that thread of yours. So nice and simple, good work!

Unfortunately I don't really have the space for a gravity operated system. My original plan was to buy a pair of float switches and have one of my engineer friends help me out with the setup. But so as to not bother them and for convenience purposes, I just ordered this little system. It wasn't too much more expensive than buying the parts on my own, and it is semi DIY lol.

Top-it-Off Kit Deluxe

Also, I already have a pump I could use (one of those Marineland powerheads), and the holding container shouldn't be too expensive.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:19 PM   #196
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Well, came home to find the clown attached to the filter intake. He was gasping really heavily, color was pretty much gone. Eyes clouded, upside down, fins all mangled.

There's absolutely no way he would've pulled through, so instead of letting him slowly die out I prepared a little cup of ice cold (cheap) vodka and put the poor little guy out of his misery. It was pretty much instantaneous. Never a pleasant thing to do though.

I'm starting to think that maybe I'll set up the empty 55 I've got as my quarantine. That way they'd be exposed to less stress and more stable conditions. I also want a kole and/or bristletooth tang at some point, and they probably wouldn't last all that long in a 10 gallon QT...
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sorry about your loss.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:13 PM   #198
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Alright everyone, I've got another question for you. If I end up setting up that 55G as my QT, it might have to be in my garage.

The weather's getting cooler, but the temperature in the garage is still probably going to be in the 80s. When I was curing my live rock in there, the max temp was around 86-87 (but this was during Miami summertime).

Anyways, do you guys think the temperature in there would be too hot for my QT? I suspect my max water temperature would be around 86.

I'm figuring that the higher temp would probably be less stressful than the cramped quarters of that 10G, especially for larger fish like tangs. What do you guys think?
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Not only would the high temp be bad news for the fish but the fluctuations in temp will be really bad news. I suspect that in the garage it would have a big swing over a 24 hour period.
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Not only would the high temp be bad news for the fish but the fluctuations in temp will be really bad news. I suspect that in the garage it would have a big swing over a 24 hour period.
+1. I have read this on multiple sites.
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