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Old 05-06-2011, 03:25 PM   #21
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How about just putting the media into a bucket or cheap plastic container with a powerhead to keep the water moving? Feed it some flake food every so often and that will feed the bacteria and should keep the media going. Granted, it isn't the same as keeping it going in a tank but it would be a big head start once the tank is up and running again even if in a couple months.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:10 PM   #22
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That maybe an option smitty, I'll look into it.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:13 PM   #23
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Good luck! I'm working on a DIY skimmer, which is not easy considering I know near nothing about plumbing :P
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:16 PM   #24
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Are you using PVC, is it fish safe? I need something cheap I can plumb in behind my background.
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I'm using a maxijet 1200 to feed the water into the nozzle. I'm working on optimizing aeration so I can get some decent skimming going. But yea, I'm using PVC. Not using anything for the walling because it's going in a compartment in my in-tank sump.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:26 PM   #26
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Currently thinking about poking some holes in a close ended piece of PVC to get several small, very high pressure streams of water going at a slightly outward angle. Hopefully this will drive the bubbles up much easier. I may find the next revolution in protein skimming, haha.

Edit - my bad not just editing my previous post.
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UPDATE: Sold my parrots and iridescent shark this evening now all I have left is my catfish. I may just take them down to the LFS when I get back into town on Monday. Then I'll drain my water and the fun begins!
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:53 AM   #28
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So I have been looking around online at different Mbuna, here's what I have found that I like.

-Iodotropheus sprengerae ''Rusty'
-Pseudotropheus flavus
-Metriaclima estherae "Red Zebra"
-Metriaclima sp. "lime nkhomo"
-Pseudotropheus socolofi "snow white"

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:49 PM   #29
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how about a biga$$ garage bin?? one from your local hardware store that has the attached lid. hey it even has wheels for ease of transport lol
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:13 AM   #30
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Just finished draining the tank, now it's it's time to scoop out the sand and let it dry out so I can start cleaning it out. Anyone have any tips on how to get all the residue off?
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