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Old 04-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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new member from NY, 30yrs fishkeeping experience

hey everyone, just wanted to say hello.
i'm always ready to learn something new so any advice is always welcome.
i've had fish for 30 years + and you get attached to them quickly. each fish has it's own personality.

here is my current setup, i reciently went to pvc plumbing and i have increased my flow by 50% now i have a true 1" flow in and out of my tanks.

I use fluval Fx5 canisters, out of all the canisters i've tried, i love these the best, easy to maintain, quiet, powerful.
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here is the back view, behind the scene
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front view is still work in progress, i cut out the wall and now working on the moulding
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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ok so i have my images in 'manage attachments'

how do i get them in a post, seems it does not like linking images.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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i get it, just adding them in shows the image, lol
guess i figured it out



anyway, just wanted to say hello to all !
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:35 PM   #5
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more DIY things

here is a custom LED hood i made, and custom intakes, all pressure fit so i can interchange all my parts.

the LED's are white and blue, i can run white or blue or both.
so in the morning i have half the white's on, dimm, then slowly go to 100% in 30 min, creating a sunrise effect.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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Welcome to AA bill but from the looks and sounds of things we might be learning more from you lol by the way what do you run in your canisters and have you ever tried a sump/refugium setup
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:48 PM   #7
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the PVC project was fun, and it helped my water flow.
the pvc out is 2x as big as the fluval as you can see from the image below. I am extremely happy with the results.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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yes i have tried a sump but i was not impressed with the results. i stick to canisters, filled with BIO media. as long as your tank makes it thru the nitrogen cycle and you have your bacterial colony, the tank will remain crystal clear and the bio load will be contained.

as you can see, i have a back room for all my plumbing so i have pleanty of room for a sump, but i just never saw any additional benefits from having one that my canister can't provide already.

i don't use carbon, or ammo chips in my canisters, just one physical layer, and 2 bio layers for my media. i also always get the same canisters for all my tanks this way the media will be interchangeable. this comes in handy when you want to seed your filter, to jump start your nitrogen cycle.


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here are my canisters, i ran side by side while i was working on my second tank, i needed to keep the flow in my canister to keep the bacteria alive while i was doing the reconstruction. and i'm happy to say it worked out great
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:57 PM   #10
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oh yea, my aquarium is freshwater, that's another reason i can skip the sump. but if i ever did a marine aquarium, i would use the sump
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