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Gonna be back in the game!
Old 02-21-2012, 10:54 PM   #21
 
I was going to do a DIY auto topoff, but came across a used JBJ auto topoff for just under $50. I added a aqualifter and here's my temporary auto topoff container. The container will last like 10 days before i have to refill it. I will probably increase the size of the container to at least a gallon which will last like 25 days!
Please excuse the mess under the stand, it's a work in progress! lol


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Old 02-22-2012, 07:24 AM   #22
 
ran the ATO overnight and i must say i'm impressed with the aqualifter. That pump rocks! the ato sensors were modified and glued to a cleaning magnet so i can easily adjust the height of desired water level. The ato triggers when the level falls and the aqualifter activates. the aqualifter is almost silent when theres water being pumped but once the water is finished the pump makes a loud hum, which i like, as this will be my indicator that the reservoir need to be refilled. there is a hysteresis setting on the ATO so you wont have a constant on/off with every ripple triggering the sensor. overrall i like the setup. now all i have to do is wait for the cycle to complete, which shouldn't take long as i used LR from an established tank, then i'll add corals.

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:28 AM   #23
 
Temp tank looks good i like the log style rock
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #24
 
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Temp tank looks good i like the log style rock

Thanks!


still learning how to acclimate to LED's because i know the AI Sol's have some serious power so i got a few frags to start. I know you can actually melt corals using LED's if not careful so i'm slowly acclimating them to their new home. I cycled my tank in one week using live rock i got from an established tank. The corals has been in the tank since last week. And the tank is about 2 weeks old!







I want to make the tank look as natural as possible so i'm starting with really small frags, will eventually glue them to the rocks and hopefully be successful in growing them and having them attach to the rock naturally.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:19 PM   #25
 
And one more for reference.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #26
 
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wow i have been far to busy if i missed this one!!! welcome back and nice job there mister!! everything looks great....
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:38 PM   #27
 
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wow i have been far to busy if i missed this one!!! welcome back and nice job there mister!! everything looks great....
thanks for the kind words.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:37 PM   #28
 
update, finally got my new aquarium. i transferred everything successfully and installed most everything to get the nano running. I ordered a dosing pump from china for less than 1/2 the price of the triple dosing pumps you see selling here online or from a lfs and i'll tell you this dosing pump is worth it's weight in gold! I will review it alittle later since i'm updating the aquarium build. I'm still trying to get used toAI's LED's on the tank. They don't look too powerful but from the little experience i've had since 4 weeks ago they are powerful! I initally cooked some ric's and acans running the LED's at 20%. At first i thought i did something wrong and replaced the acans and those got cooked also! Then i realized that all the water parameters are good as i had another acan sitting at the extreeme end of the tank and those did just fine. conclusion, the LED's are powerful! Needless to say, there is going to be a learning curve with the AI's as I'm coming from MH to LED's without prior experience so I must move slowly otherwise i'll kill/spend myself out of the hobby!

Enough talking! here's some pics of my new and improved aquarium!





The namebrand of the aquarium



filter section of the AIO



and under the stand. The dosing pump is not completely installed as yet and my ato reservoir is still the juice container (but that will change as i've designed the shelf to fit the new container when i finally get it).


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Old 04-15-2012, 09:38 PM   #29
 
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wow i have been far to busy if i missed this one!!! welcome back and nice job there mister!! everything looks great....

thanks for the welcome! glad to be back!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:31 PM   #30
 
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Neat. Maybe someday I will have a saltwater tank
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