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Old 03-27-2007, 05:23 PM   #31
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I used acrylic for baffles, so I could cut them myself, and a 20 gal tank. I did my sump w/ KISS in mind - Keep It Simple Stupid lol. I have a simple baffle design in my sump/fuge. I used a bubble trap after the first chamber, and an over-under right before the return pump. The last "under" baffle is to prevent water from splashing directly into the return chamber and causing bubbles to get pumped into the main. It works very well for me. Here is a pic for some ideas- http://www.aquariumadvice.com/photop...00&ppuser=2014
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:28 PM   #32
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MT, is your middle brace sliding sideways? I like that set up, BTW.
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I had to remove it when I added the sump- when I built the stand, I did not plan for it. So it's just wedged in place to keep appearence up when the doors are closed. It's not weight bearing, and I like being able to remove it, although I can usually easily work around it. Thanks!
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That's cool. I just wanted to make sure my eyes weren't fooling me.
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I looked at the pic and the whole tank looks like it's leaniing and ready to collapse. I'm just a lousy photographer LOL.
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:58 PM   #36
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Ok. So I went to my LFS and told them of my idea. They told me (seriously) "never replace the wet/dry. It's vital and gives your tank plenty of oxygen it needs." Instead, they suggested I get a tank... then pump water from the wet dry to the tank. The tank (20G) would have LR rubble, macro, etc...

Costs:

Lights: $59.99
Tank: $47.99
Pump: $49.99
Overflow box: $39.99
Tubing: $9.99

Is my LFS just giving me wrong advice? It kinda makes sense; however, I read through all of these forums and the majority agree that I should replace the entire wetdry. Ugh. Confusion.

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Eh. I was looking at this in a 36G.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=300096878120

Seems like that would give me the best of all worlds. Bioballs, refugium, LR rubble.

Anything else look good? http://stores.ebay.com/usa-refugium_...QQftidZ2QQtZkm
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:36 AM   #37
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If you want to spend the money then go for it! I would still get rid of the Bio-Balls...I don't care what the LFS says they aren't as good as the LR rubble...believe me Mother nature knew what she was doing...Man created those bio-balls remember? The second link you posted is basically what we were talking about...most of them are "kits" no tank included there..you have to buy the tank seperately!

Either way...I would not use the bioballs....
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Ya. A 36 "kit" would run me about $200.

I would use LR rubble in place of the bioballs.

One question... I read someplace else that I should put the skimmer in the return area (after the fuge) as there won't be much for it to suck up, etc. Is that true? If so, where should I place the skimmer?
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