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Old 03-06-2006, 07:35 PM   #41
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man.. . . been sleeping a couple of days now just figuring out how to make my tank work well if not best.

ive come across the refugium idea. and really think itll work best for me as i do not want a wet-dry filter as i feel this will just be redundant to what i have already existing.

what is your take on these refugiums?

http://www.cpraquatic.com/products/aquafugepro.html <<=== comes with protein skimmer but just doubt quality..

http://cgi.ebay.com/300-Gallon-Aquar...QQcmdZViewItem <<== this one is quite promising. with better bang for the buck but i am also not sure what kind of skimmer it has.

can you help me out please.. if i get tired ill just sit it out and just hope everything will do well with my tank with just LR and a canister filter.. .
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:14 AM   #42
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I think the 2nd of the 2 looks more promising. the skimmer on the CPR one looked a little hoky.

that said the dimensions of the 2nd one look small and seems like very little room for a fuge in the middle compartement.

I say buy the biggest tank that will fit in your stand and then spend the rest on a good skimmer.

the fuge can be added into the sump at a later date.
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:04 AM   #43
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found another one... think this one's better of the three...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:54 AM   #44
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the refugium looks decent, but the skimmer isn't gonna do much for ya. and the pumps it comes with are not quality either.

Why are you against doing what I mentioned in the last post?
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:08 AM   #45
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sorry. but no, i am not against any of your ideas. am not sure which post you are referring to. are you referring to the post with a diagram on it, or the post with a closed loop or both?

its just prolly me wanting a ready setup as i do not have the tools nor expertise to do handywork. id love to try to do it myself but the fear of screwing up and end up wasting time and effort is for me another source of frustration. mainly me being impatient.

heck i do not even have a fish yet in my tank!

are aqua c skimmers in sump or can they stand alone under the tank?
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:27 PM   #46
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i am not against any of your ideas. am not sure which post you are referring to. are you referring to the post with a diagram on it, or the post with a closed loop or both?
In fact I was refering to: "buy the biggest tank that will fit in your stand and then spend the rest on a good skimmer. The fuge can be added into the sump at a later date."

I would necessarily search on ebay for "refugium" packages, just try and find a standard fish tank thats will just fit under your main tank. then you can have a glass store cut the right size of glass/acrylic sheets that you can silicon in and make your own custom sump/fuge. It's WAY cheaper and you'll end up with a better setup. You could find a used and scratched acrylic tank for super cheap.

Don't worry about screwing stuff up. pvc pipes and plumbing accessories are dirt cheap. 20' of pvc pipe is probably $4. you can't mess up with any of the fittings I listed unless you glue them prematurely, which is why I recommended dry fitting and testing your system that way before glueing, so the only thing there is to mess up is cutting the pipe. I think you would agree that $4 for 20 feet is cheap and you can afford to make a few miscuts and measurement errors a handful of times and still have pvc left over at the end.

I'll tell ya something though, once you start doing the stuff yourself, you'll love it. This hobby has more to offer than just fish in a tank. Building your system is a great part of it. I'm sure once you get going, you'll find it is easy and rewarding.

I'm giving you a picture of a really cool sump/skimmer set-up through www.lifereef.com and a pic of my system when I was dry fitting it in the garage so you can see how its plumbed from the back.
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:28 PM   #47
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here's my tanks plumbing:
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:37 AM   #48
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thats a cool setup.. sorry did not quite get your suggestion. i was thinking you were suggesting a fuge.. .

getting a cheap tank is a brilliant idea.. .then i can get an AQUA-C EV120! thing is as you have also pointed out how to have it drilled.. am not sure ill find a place here thatll do that for me....
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i was thinking you were suggesting a fuge.. .
I looked back at the previous posts, I can see where I went wrong. I was talking about a refugium but not meaning to limit it at that. The ones you were looking at were all fairly small and had limited room for other additions.

I was just meaning to have a refugium section within a larger sump. This way you have room for expansion and maximize your system volume.

If you look for acrylic, you can drill it yourself. Glass on the other hand, not so much.
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Old 03-08-2006, 08:39 PM   #50
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went around to see if i can find an acrylic aquarium. .no dice only found glass aquariums.. will try wal-mart tomorrow..

i have a cycling question.. tank will be 2 weeks old on SATURDAY. im using 3 raw shrimps right now.. i also as you know have live rock already... yesterday, decided to put in BIO-SPIRA... checked water values today.

pH: 7.8 ( added pH 8.3 also yesterday)
ammonia: 0
nitrite: 5.0
nitrate: 80

questions:
1. do i get rid of the shrimps now? as my ammonia is 0.
2. i plan to do pwc on FRIDAY. i suppose 25% will be fine. WOULD THIS BE OK?
3. after doing pwc on FRIDAY and values are ok (ammonia 0, nitrite 0) can i add YELLOW TANGS ( how many? was looking at getting 2) and a bit of a CLEANER CREW?
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