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post #11 of 22 Old 02-12-2008, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks for the input Matt.

Just got to shovel a few more people's driveways and there is the Powerhead and Bulbs. :)

Then off to the LFS for some LR.
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post #12 of 22 Old 02-12-2008, 09:59 PM
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Hah, I hear that about the driveways. I used to cut grass for my money during my PS2 days. A game took me like a week of work.

Come do my freakin' driveway, this snow is relentless.

Canada ftl.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #13 of 22 Old 02-12-2008, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Canada, eh? :)

We have gotten a ton of snow here in Colorado the past 2-3 months. My area is supposed to get 9" on Thursday.
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post #14 of 22 Old 02-13-2008, 08:52 AM
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man, I feel bad for both of you guys, I live in Florida and go about my day wearing shorts and flip-flops . Though I have to admit, usually during Jan and Feb, it gets cold for these parts (30-50 F), its just been pretty warm this year. 8)

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post #15 of 22 Old 02-13-2008, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, Florida. :)

Ok, on-topic now. I want to have a solid-color background. I have been thiking about painting the outside of the back-side black. Thoughts?
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post #16 of 22 Old 02-13-2008, 05:12 PM
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hmm, I'm not experienced with backgrounds (I've always left my aquariums "uncovered" on the back and sides), but thats mostly because I've been worried that whatever I attach to the back will either have air bubbles or will start coming off after a few months. I've never thought about painting it though.

If you are going to go forward with that, maybe consider using spray paint instead of brush- or roll-on, to avoid streaks. That is, of course, unless the tank is already set up with water in it and whatnot... I've heard that you aren't even supposed to wipe the outside of a tank with windex (so trace amounts of the windex don't somehow end up in the tank water). If that's true, I'd imagine spraying spray paint on the tank would be 10 times worse.

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post #17 of 22 Old 02-13-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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The tank is completely empty. No light fixture, no filter cartridge, no gravel or water. I only have the Heater and Filter intake tube in it.

Hmm, maybe paint isnt the best. Maybe Colored paper.
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post #18 of 22 Old 02-13-2008, 07:59 PM
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I dunno, don't decide against it just on what I said, I hope someone else chimes in as well as I'm curious to hear what others think. I had never thought of paint before, and its a pretty good idea.

I bet since the tank is empty, there is no "danger" in using spray paint (only if it was all set up, I wasn't sure there was any way to be sure some of the spray or fumes wouldn't get in the water). I do still think brush or roll-on would streak though.

But anyways, since I've never used any kind of paper or other backing, I'm the farthest thing from an expert on the topic :) Hopefully someone else will come along and set us both straight.

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post #19 of 22 Old 02-13-2008, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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I have seemed to be wrong on the tank size again. It is an Eclipse Corner 5.

I already added blue con. paper to the back, and it looks prety decent.

I have been reading a lot of stuff on Nano-reef forums, and here is what I found.

-1 of those 50/50 Bulbs I wanted wouldn't be enough. Here is a DIY plan to how to put in two if I decide to do that: http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/inde...lipse+corner+5 . And here is a person who used a single light fixture that is pretty large for the tank size: http://www.oc-creative.com/reef/foru...?TID=2395&PN=1

-I read that I don't half to have a filter in the tank as long as I have a decent CUC, a Powerhead that promotes flow through the whole tank, and a PS *if needed.* How would that sound?

-If I decide to keep the filter in, then I would take the Bio-Wheel out, and instead of the filter cartridges, I could add LR rubble.

-I am going to have a Powerhead two light fixtures, and a heater. I am set on that. Will I need a small fan to add to this set-up?
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Wow, a corner 5 gallon? Hmm, that's going to be slightly difficult to work with/manage. Cody I would suggest you do not proceed with a 5 gallon, this is going from a nano-reef to a pico-reef - which I have no experience with. Water parameters may be difficult to maintain - specifically the SG with all the top-off you will be needing, and I also think heat could become an issues. Considering the size of the tank, temperature swings could go wild, and for reef tanks that's a big no-no. Thermostatic heaters aren't always reliable btw. They work well, but you need to take the room's temperature into account as well.

If others can help, then please chime in, Cody will need it.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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