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Old 06-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #11
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Wow a 5 gallon reef good luck I'm planning a 15g diy cube tank for a reef. Can't wait to see how yours turns out
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:46 PM   #13
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Nice. Looks like things I do
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Yup there awesome so is the spiral black wire housing (even though its a pita) lol
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Thanks j! Any suggestions/tips???
Yw. On small tanks its all about stability and keeping up with top offs. But it sounds like an ATO will be a big help with that. I would also suggest a refractometer over a hydrometer. They cost more but they're worth it.
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Yw. On small tanks its all about stability and keeping up with top offs. But it sounds like an ATO will be a big help with that. I would also suggest a refractometer over a hydrometer. They cost more but they're worth it.
Yeah, I've been lurking around on saltwater forums and trying to do some good research. Refractometer was ordered last week and should be here the 2nd or 3rd. I actually wasn't planning on setting up the tank this weekend, but I made the mistake of going to the LFS...

Other then evaporation, but closely related to it, my other main problem is temperature. Summer is here, temps in the triple digits, and my old house doesn't have air conditioning... any experience with tank fans? I've read some good reviews on the clip on fans by Aquatek... Or possibly just a desktop fan...? Tank temp is around 84 right now. Once I get a fan running, the ATO will be needed even more. I only had to add a couple small size Dixie cups of RO/DI today, not too bad thus far. I've got the water level marked with magic marker, btw.
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Yeah, I've been lurking around on saltwater forums and trying to do some good research. Refractometer was ordered last week and should be here the 2nd or 3rd. I actually wasn't planning on setting up the tank this weekend, but I made the mistake of going to the LFS... Other then evaporation, but closely related to it, my other main problem is temperature. Summer is here, temps in the triple digits, and my old house doesn't have air conditioning... any experience with tank fans? I've read some good reviews on the clip on fans by Aquatek... Or possibly just a desktop fan...? Tank temp is around 84 right now. Once I get a fan running, the ATO will be needed even more. I only had to add a couple small size Dixie cups of RO/DI today, not too bad thus far. I've got the water level marked with magic marker, btw.
Awesome. sounds like you've thought of everything. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with fans. A house without air conditioning would be unlivable during a Texas summer. Lol. If it were me, I would just use a desktop fan. Walmart has very very small metal desktop fans. It would be really simple to mount close. The evaporation is intense. I used to have a 2.5 gallon saltwater. I couldn't keep up with it. Lol!
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Awesome. sounds like you've thought of everything. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with fans. A house without air conditioning would be unlivable during a Texas summer. Lol. If it were me, I would just use a desktop fan. Walmart has very very small metal desktop fans. It would be really simple to mount close. The evaporation is intense. I used to have a 2.5 gallon saltwater. I couldn't keep up with it. Lol!
Yeah, I can only imagine! I have an old evaporative cooler on the house, but don't use it. The previous owners didn't properly maintain it and its pretty much rusted out. I do have a wall mounted AC in the family room that cools down the house, but the bedrooms stay hot, and this tank is on our dresser... Well, I was looking for a challenge and got one! This should be fun! I HATE SUMMER!
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The best thing to do is buy some frozen plastic ice packs and place in the water if it gets too hot. Thats what I did but its a job by itsself and you need around 20 small ones to keep the temp regulated properly. Try keeping only warm water fish/corals. A fan strong enough to cause surface aggitation will only cool the tank around 3-6 degrees of the room temperature, plus it causes excessive evaporation. Only other way I can think of is create your own water cooling system with a mini freezer sealed shut with a type of sump system built in it wired into your ATO to constantly have clean water
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