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Old 09-10-2011, 12:58 PM   #61
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:50 PM   #62
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It is coming along nicely! Looks great!
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Here are some shots of the final filter setup. We'll see how good it does.

  • Washable air filter from Home Depot cut up ($5 with a ton left over)
  • Nylon dish scrub pads ($2 for 6, 3 bags)
  • Body wash scrubbers, dollar general only had 6 bags of scrub pads ($1 for 2, 8 scrubbers)
  • 5oz of active carbon from Walmart ($5) in 2 knee high leggings ($4.50 for 10 pair)
  • Crushed coral
I ran out of spray paint for the spray bar but it’s probably for the better so the paint is being sprayed off into the tank.



I used fishing line to string the nylon scrub pads together. They'll be easier to take out as 1 large piece.


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Old 09-10-2011, 06:17 PM   #65
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Well I finally got water in the tank and started the pump cycle. I have a few issues. Nothing that can't be fixed but it's more of a delay and moral crusher. To fix the issues the right way I think I need to tear down a few portions of the sump.

First off, the spray bar being level allows water to drop to the ends of the PVC which is causing water to drip constantly out of the back portion of the box. I think a few beads of silicon around the bottom back 1/2 may make enough of a drip edge to fix that. I'll have to try it tonight but I can't run the pump any longer or I'll have a huge spill in the morning.

Second, my flow doesn't seem to be as intense as I would think it would be give the dual pipes. It's not horrible, but it just doesn't seem super strong.

Third, I think the refugium wall needs to be lower. I don't know wat to do other than try and grind a few slots along the acrylic's top edge. At best I'll drop it a 1/2" this way but I think it needs to go down 1"-2" for sure. This would require a tear down, cut and re-silicone. This is a small issue but I think I need more room for overflow once the power is out or siphon breaks.

Forth, the siphon does seem to be breaking when I do the power out tests. I only got to do this once though because of the spray bar drip.

Finally, as if all that isn't enough, I really needed my ball valve on the other side of the union piece in the PVC. DUH. I can't shut the valve and remove the spray bar lol. I could tear this apart and glue one in but I think it's going to have to be later or never.

sigh... I'll have to work on it some tomorrow. We have plans tonight.
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Well I think I have my leaks on the spray bar below fixed with some silicone. I got my old fish in this evening and I'm crossing my fingers. PH is a nice 7.8.







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The water seems to be much clearer already this morning. I hope it's not just the HOB doing it's thing.

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Looks great! Good work
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So here is the latest on the tank. It's been running for the better part of 2 days now. I'm sure nothing has had time to start cycling but everything is at 0 and my ph is at 7.8. The catfish and all danios were well until last night at some point. One of the danios got behind th background and sucked into the overflow. I was stupid and thought removing some of the teeth on my overflow would help flow rates but all it did was ruin it and allow this fish to get sucked up. I'm upset that I ruined the overflow at this point, I don't know what I was thinking.

The flow rate is the biggest issue I think right now. I started another thread but basically I ordered a larger 1,300gph pump and will be returning the current 700gph. The 700 i being hurt by the 5' height of the return and the number of elbows in it. I'll most likely divert a lot of flow to the refugium and dial back but the return doesn't seem to be doing the overflow justice.

I also need to cut down the teeth and the refugium wall. I'm not sure how I'm going to go about this but I need more volume to catch backflow to feel better about it and I need some more play in the tank water level due to evaporation. It appears I'm losing about a 1/4" of water in my return pump section a day. That seems like a lot but it's a very small space so it's probably only about 16oz of water or so.
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