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Old 08-26-2011, 05:15 PM   #101
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got the replacement impeller today for my power head. noticeably more current. im anxious to see how a true koralia 1400 works in comparison.

payday tomorrow. im torn what to buy next...
what would be the smartest buy?
i maybe able to get a used 6 bulb t5 light from craigslist for 175. or i could buy base rock. i want to buy another power head. depending on how two work in the tank i may get a third...
should i start buying some of the supplies for my sump? carey mentioned in another thread that petco may be having a $1/gallon sale so i may look into that.
or that sc150 skimmer that tdwright1971 suggested?
we have an empty 55 but the footprint of a 40g breeder may work better. im going to say im stealing the idea from unicorn but im sure others have said it before or ive seen it before, but i had the moment of clarity to understand why when i saw it in her thread. the layout is that the fuge will be on one end the skimmer will be on the other with the inlet from the overflow and the return pump will be in the middle with a "t" and a ball valve to control a slower flow for the fuge then return the bulk back to the dt. im thinking that the footprint of the 40breeder will give me more surface area for the dsb and skimmer vs the depth of the 55 gallon.

ive only got 150 - 200 to play with maybe more if sweety pie chips in. im hoping someone can clue me in on the smarter next step.

any direction would be helpful.

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I bought a 40g breeder first but it didn't fit under my tank LOL it's 18" wide while my stand only fits up to 16-17 without any room left. But I heard that 40g breeders are great for sumps. During petco's $1/gallon you can basically steal that thing
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:19 PM   #102
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is there any pluming needed for this reef octopus needle wheel skimmer?
Reef Octopus Needle/Pin Wheel Protein Skimmer

like all i should need to do is put it together and turn it on right?
Pretty much looks like it.
I have my eyes on the bubble-magus but urs seems so much cheaper now wonder which one is better...
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i think i got yelled at by sweety pie for not planing on using the empty 55 we have. flip flop again and i am back to the 55... just for giggles we put it under the dt and its a tight fit height wise. it may be problematic to service anything in it should i be forced into using it. i guess if i watch my skimmer and return pump foot print dimensions i will have the length of the tank to still have an effective refugium.
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i only ask about the plumbing for the skimmer because they have poor instructions(no pictures or pop up books) and they made a point to say that its metric fittings. 3/4"=19mm but aside from that idk. i didnt even look at bubble magus because most look wayyyy outta my price range.

this is supposed to be a good bubble magus cone clone recomended by tdwright1971

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #105
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i think i got yelled at by sweety pie for not planing on using the empty 55 we have. flip flop again and i am back to the 55... just for giggles we put it under the dt and its a tight fit height wise. it may be problematic to service anything in it should i be forced into using it. i guess if i watch my skimmer and return pump foot print dimensions i will have the length of the tank to still have an effective refugium.
Problem is, the sump is exactly the place you will do most of your maintenance! Also, is there enough space to place a 20" high skimmer in there, pull it out and place it back in when you have to clean is? What about light for your fugue? Is there enough space? I'm basically living in my aquarium stand, hanging around in there doing maintenance (which right now is more like playing around considering there is not much in there)
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Yeah anytime you are taping off stuff to paint, its best to let the paint gel and get the tape off, if not itll leave a horrid jagged edge
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Problem is, the sump is exactly the place you will do most of your maintenance! Also, is there enough space to place a 20" high skimmer in there, pull it out and place it back in when you have to clean is? What about light for your fugue? Is there enough space? I'm basically living in my aquarium stand, hanging around in there doing maintenance (which right now is more like playing around considering there is not much in there)
its a 6 inch gap between the top of the 55 and the bottom of the stands frame. easy to work on? sure if i where to drain the water out and slide the "sump" out from underneath it. the light is planing on being one of those clip on work lights and one of those corkscrewy compact florescent from the hardware store so i may work.

im too big of a guy to fit under our 125 stand. so maybe its a good thing that i have to pull it out to work on it.
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Take top trim off, cut a few inches off tank, put trim back on, problem solved
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Take top trim off, cut a few inches off tank, put trim back on, problem solved

its been considered.
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Dunno, 6" is not much. I got 14" and I wouldn't want any less than that
But I also got a high stand. Don't like having to bend down to look at my tank...
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