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Old 09-08-2011, 09:01 PM   #51
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The drip tray is taking FOREVER to drill out all the holes. I'm taking my time though so that I don't crack or split the acrylic.

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Old 09-08-2011, 09:02 PM   #52
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That piece of rock in the back looks great!
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I'm getting excited now! 1Ē of Fluorite for plants in the tank and refugium. 1:2 parts crush coral to pool filter sand. Has a nice light color and mixed texture I think.





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Looking very good man, following along!
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:42 PM   #56
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Looks great!

Will a refugium work the same way in a freshwater tank as it would in a salt? I thought the live sand and macro algae is what made it work? Also doesn't the sand go in the middle chamber?

At any rate great looking tank!
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #57
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The refugium is mostly for salt water yes. You can grow the macro and such to help filter better. However, having this in my case will allow me to grow some other fragile plants which will help filter water more that will otherwise be eaten by the cichlids.

Honestly, I have it more for a true "refuge" from the main tank vs. better/more filtration. Remember it's not a huge tank and I don't have a lot of space. It will allow me to separate any problem fish for a bit or use it for fry in the unlikely / awesome / hopeful event some breed

As for the arrangement, that's not really a set in stone thing. If you really want to use it for filtration then yes, it should probably be in the middle so all the water passes through on it's way back to the tank. I have separate valves to control the flow here as well. Again, it's mostly for fish AND I'm a newbie... we'll see how it works. If it sucks we'll rebuild right?
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I'm so amped to get this ready for water that I went ahead and finished drilling the drip tray and cutting the egg crate media trays. They worked out perfect at 6"x10". In the last photo you can see from top to bottom how I will have a mechanical filter, 1 dry bio, 1 wet bio, 1 carbon and on the very bottom probably some more crushed coral. My water is a perfect 7.0 out of the tap so it will be a fight to keep it up with water changes. Also... yeah I made little handles for the top 2 trays. Super easy.. I just used some scrap trimmings, rounded the corners with sand paper and then used weld-on. Only took a few minutes and now I can get it all out easy.






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Ah that makes more sense, I can wait to see it filled up!!
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I just busted one of the corner mounts for the trays. i guess I didn't use enough silicon. Looks like another 24hrs before water is going in
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