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blueblue48 02-18-2008 05:25 PM

10g AIO Sketchup
 
Today i was looking through some nano/pico reef forums and decided maybe ill try one myself someday. I used google sketchup to make this rough draft of the 10g AIO. tell me what you think.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...alshowreef.png
the first little area im not sure what to do with, right below those baffles when its going into the next area (my fuge, i think maybe some chaeto in there and live sand as well as LR rubble) ill have bioballs and a sponge maybe below that. then the last area will have a pump ( if anyone has any good links to a site that will sell a nano pump, im looking for 100-200 gph, does that sound about right?) and ill need those little black directional dealies, im not sure what there called, but its a little tip going out of the sump. the main piece seperating my display tank and sump/fuge will be black acrylic and everything else will be clear acrylic. As for the lights ill just take a regular hood and fit 2 13w compacts or something along those lines, or i might fit 2 of those 20 w corafile 50/50 bulbs into a hood, unless anyone has a better idea for lights (thats still like below 50!). any comments welcome

Cody 02-18-2008 05:52 PM

I plan on doing someting similar when I get my 15-20G AGA tank, but I am putting the fuge on the side instead of the back.

For the first section, put your biological filtration. I myself am not 100% sure on what to put in that section, but I was thinking of adding filter floss or maybe even a filter. Second section should be chaeto w/ LR rubble, and the third should be a powerhead. I have the Korailla (sp?) 1 Powerhead, but people often use the Maxi-Jet.

blueblue48 02-18-2008 06:44 PM

Thanks cody, im completely new to this, so i dont really know too many terms, except the ones ive picked up on this forum : http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/lofi...x.php/f37.html
what does AGA mean? anyways, hopefully ill be able to get some live corals too, i was wondering how much watts per gallon zoas, rics, mushrooms, and a kenya tree would need? I just love the way kenya trees look

Cody 02-18-2008 07:09 PM

Hah, I have been looking at that site as well. I actually made an account, but it is mainly for questions. I am "PerculaClown."

AGA stands for All Glass Aquarium.

Most "easy-to-grow" corals need 4-7 watts per gallon to grow. Be sure you have a light fixture with a 50/50 Daylight and Actinic lights, with the Daylight at 10,000k and the Actinic a 6700k. A good link for some very good lights, but are a bit pricey: http://www.petsolutions.com/Dual-Sat...11+C99999.aspx I plan on buying the 20" feature.

I am very new to this as well, so we will be learning together. :)

blueblue48 02-18-2008 07:18 PM

Thanks for the help, yeah ive been kind of confused on all the lighting thinks, but now i know 8) . anyways ive just been lurking on that site i need to make an account before i get this project going. in my sketchup do you think the display tank will be about 8 gallons? where can i find a link to one of those tell-you-what-the-gallonage-is-by-the-length-width-and-height-is things? with the mod im doing ill have 40 watts over my ~8 gallons does that sound pretty good? definatly cant afford the satelite. Also since ill need a fuge light i plan on getting the galaxy 2 light with a 50/50 10w coralife bulb, is that enough for some chaeto?

Cody 02-18-2008 07:38 PM

We are thinking almost exactly alike. :)

I was going to use the Galaxy Light II w/ a 50/50 Coralife light for a fuge light as well. I think that would be suffiencent.

This is the website I use to figure out "gallonage:" http://www.firsttankguide.net/calculator.php

blueblue48 02-18-2008 07:50 PM

Thanks for the link. alright it says my tank is 8 gallons (8.31) and my fuge/sump is 2 gallons (2.27). this is all rough math of course. anyways i think 40 watts in 8 gallons and 10 watts on 2 gallons seems fine. now on to how to cut the acrylic? i dont have any power tools except for a drill so i was going to do it poormans way, just score it with a razor and then snap it?

Cody 02-18-2008 07:54 PM

That I have not thought of yet. :?

I know how to cut the edges for the intake to the fuge, but not that. I wa orginally going to cut the edges pre-cut. My dad is really good at engineering/building, etc, and I was going to ask him what to do. He built our basement by himself. So l will have to get back to you on that.

blueblue48 02-18-2008 07:57 PM

MY dad has a really big garage filled with tools (OMG MY SNAIL IS EATING THE FRESH TIPS OF MY RED LUDWIGIA AS WE SPEAK!!) and im sure ill get him to help. what common hardware store do you think sells acrylics? im in a decent city so i pretty much have them all pretty close by.

Cody 02-18-2008 08:00 PM

Home Depot, Sears, etc.


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