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Old 06-26-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Smitty's 90g Build!

Howdy!

Finally I get to do one of my own! I'm like a child in a candy store after I've eaten half! Yippie!

Ok, now that I've gone and made fun of myself I'm ready to get down to business!

I have a 90g tank (used) with a 55g sump (used). Built my own stand (see New tank stand) and built the sump (see Yet another sump thread! Yea!).

Right now I have 110 lbs of dry rock and will be picking up 40 lbs of live rock in a couple days. I put in 100 lbs of fine sand (well, not too fine but I really like it). I have two power heads going and will have a good sized return pump (1200 gph split between coming back to the tank and feeding my fuge in the sump). Right now I have one 300 w heater that came with the tank but it isn't adjustable and is pre-set at 76 so I really don't like it. It also came with a no-name skimmer (never used). I'll give it a shot and see how it works because my wife will skin ME if I spend more money right now.

Here are the money shots:

First are the rocks all laid out to see what I have:


Got the tank on the stand (which was fun because it was so heavy!):


Made sure it was level (hehe):


Got the sand in:


Put in the rock before the water:


And finally a slightly cloudy shot (still letting the sand settle):


I put in 2 medium sized shrimp last night (see the stocking on the right) and have ammonia at 0.5 right now. Zero NitrIte and NitrAte (expected) and a pH of 7.6. Salinity is right at 1.025.

The sump isn't hooked up quite yet because I didn't have enough water made up. I was about 5 gallons shy (oh so close!) but have most of the sump full of water. Waiting for the rest of the water then can get it up and running. That is my small heater in the tank to maintain the temp (but in FL and it is hot so it isn't coming on). The big heater is in the container with the new water to get it up close to this same temp.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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looking good so far, got pics of the skimmer?
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:36 PM   #3
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Well, I'm embarrased to show it because it doesn't even have a name. I've never done a skimmer before so have no idea how they are supposed to work or look like. People talk about having to 'adjust' their skimmers but this one has nothing on it to adjust, it doesn't even say where the water level is supposed to sit. But, it came with the system so I'm going to give it a try at least.

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Looking good. it looks to me like a generic skimmer, you might get lucky though, some people do.

Keep us updated. I'd love to know how you are splitting your return pump, doesn't the water already go through an in sump fuge? Or is it separate?
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hmm the skimmer is an old style venturi not even a needle wheel, it will do the job but the skimmer can be improved big time
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Lookin' good!
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #7
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hmm the skimmer is an old style venturi not even a needle wheel, it will do the job but the skimmer can be improved big time
Well, it is already on my list to replace but I have a lot of other things (like a new lawn mower) that has to come first. I'll give it a couple months and see how it does. At least I know they used to make skimmers like this!

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Keep us updated. I'd love to know how you are splitting your return pump, doesn't the water already go through an in sump fuge? Or is it separate?
I'll post up pictures once I have it plumbed. Right now I'm still waiting on my final pump so all I have is a mag 7.5. The sump has 4 chambers: enters on the right with skimmer and eventually heater, then goes into live rock rubble, then bubble trap, then return section. The far left is going to be the fuge. The return will have a T for water to go to the tank, and to the fuge. I did this for low flow through the fuge section (shooting for 150-200 gph only. Plus I have a DSB in the fuge (about 14" by 12" and 7" deep).
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you can make the skimmer better with a little bit of DIY if you'd like
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you can make the skimmer better with a little bit of DIY if you'd like
I'm all for DIY. I'm pretty good at some stuff too! I've never worked with acrylic though so would have to learn how before messing something up.
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well the main thing is the pump

look up DIY needle wheel, you're basically using a bio ball on the pump impeller to chop up the air bubles that the venturi is pullign in into much smaller microbubbles, making the skimmer more effective.

another thing you can do is try and find a funnle type extension to add below the collection cup to lessen the turbulance in the bubble travel
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