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teddyzaper 03-18-2010 09:48 PM

teddys 10gal nano reef build
 
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Ok, so after months or really wanting to start a tank i have finaly done it! im planning on takeing this as slow as it cna go mainly because of money.

i have already run into some problems but i think they will pass. the first problem was the skimmer. the skimmer i bought doesnt work when it came..... before i rush to conclusion and tell everyone not to buy it, i will say some good things about it. I think the taam rio nano skimmer wouldve been a great skimmer if it had worked. I think mine didnt work simply from motor malfunction.

Good things about it:
1. the collection cup is huge for the tank size its rated to, no overflowing!
2. it has a lot of nice open space to place whatever you want in there, i bet u could even get a small piece or LR in there :lol:
3. very simple to start (mine started then would stop)
4. simple directions.

Bad:
1. of course has to be the fact that mine wouldnt work!
2. the bubbles look like they would just flow right into the tank.

So my way to fix this problem is simply to buy a new one. the one they have at the store cost $150, but its a HOB (which i prefer) and its suposedly really nice. i will go and get the info on it when i go into town next time.

My second problem is my light failed on me. it worked for at least 3 yrs (with new bulbs) withought any problems. the second i turn it on over salt water it flickers then turns off. It isnt the bulb because i tried the other ones, so i took it apart and it looks like some wires were severed and the balast looked fried. i think its just because the light is very old (over 10yrs).

I am wanting to make a light. I would start off by getting the caseing which will be a clamp on, then i will use the reclector from my old light and stick it in there. after that i will take the balast from the old light (if it still works) and wire it to some conectors and buy some T5s and get it all connected. i will probably be taping the balast in the inside top of the stand and have the switch next to it. I need some suggestions on how to do this, it may seem like ive gotten it figured out but i dont


Ok so now on to the actual tank and what i have setup. The tank has a 2inch sand bed and the salinity is around 1.024 which is what the store recomended. I currently have 5.4lbs of LR and i personaly think they look AWSOME!


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tell me what u think? this isnt actualy where the LR will be set up its just that i need to buy about 5 maybe 10lbs more of LR.

I think i have yet another problem, or at least my dad says so. im just happy im able to keep something alive. There is this coral in my tank that keeps moving around. it started on the very back of the rock and has now moved to the front. i really like it but if it has to go like my dad says it can easily, it looks like i could just pick it up with some tweezers or something.


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im just happy my tank can sustain life with just the light from my window and skylight.

This is just a different angle of my favorite piece


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im almost done typing i promise.

This is the second most exciting thing for me, i think this is an algea bloom. the white sand is turning slightly brown! this picture doesnt show much, but at least its another view to my LR :lol:

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anyways thanks for reading!
please post comments and helpful details and answers below

petabread 03-18-2010 10:50 PM

That coral thing is actually a polyp. They do not need that much light and they spread like crazy.

fishesfriend 03-18-2010 11:00 PM

The coral thing is aptatia (wrong spelling, please correct) and its bad. After your tank is set up you can add peppermint shrimp and they should clean it up for you. For the sandbed you ethier need >1" or 4" - 6".

What size tank is it?

onefish2fish 03-18-2010 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by teddyzaper (Post 346609)
I am wanting to make a light. I would start off by getting the caseing which will be a clamp on, then i will use the reclector from my old light and stick it in there. after that i will take the balast from the old light (if it still works) and wire it to some conectors and buy some T5s and get it all connected. i will probably be taping the balast in the inside top of the stand and have the switch next to it. I need some suggestions on how to do this, it may seem like ive gotten it figured out but i dont

what kind of balast is your old light? the T5s wont fit a clamp on light as T5s are long tubes rather then screw in bulbs. the T stands for tubular and 5 the size of bulb. Your better off saving for a new balast, reflector, and bulb and having a metal halide setup or retrofit t5 setup if you want to build your own lights.

the moving "coral" you see is aptasia, but i dont suggest getting peppermint shrimp for the problem. im personally not a fan of getting a problem to fix a problem. i say this because not all peppers will touch it and some find corals more tasty. alittle 100% lemon juice in a squirter carefully shot into its "mouth" ( the center ) but be careful not to bump it with the squirter first because it will retract back into the rock. the lemon juice doesnt always work but it can be done practically for free. i wouldnt squirt to many in one day or to much at one time as it may effect pH. they also sell store products that kill these pest anemones.

teddyzaper 03-19-2010 12:28 AM

ill definatly try the lemon juice. as for the lights, i think they are old T8s. i am planning on making a light lika a metal halide clamp on but put T5s inside. ill also probably get a fan because its only a 10gal tank so that wouldnt be good to get it to hot. the balast wont work now that i think bout it. i dont want a screw in light because those are imposible to find.

teddyzaper 03-20-2010 04:23 PM

ok, so amazing news, i just got a lot of money, about unlimited amount.

give me the best of the best! ima get a submersible heater, water test kit, salinity test (better one), lighting, and skimmer.

for lighting i was looking at this, i really like the style of it and it sounds good.
http://www.aquaticlife.com/swingarm/index.html

u guys please help me on the skimmer, preferably under $200

fishesfriend 03-21-2010 01:09 PM

What size is the tank(in gallons)?

teddyzaper 03-21-2010 02:03 PM

10gal

fishesfriend 03-21-2010 02:44 PM

I think the lights you have choosen maybe to strong and bleach corals( i'm no expert tho). Most people have 2 1/2 - 5 watts per gallon, your sitting at 15w per gallon.

teddyzaper 03-21-2010 08:00 PM

ok so after some more consideration i have chosen this.

the skimmer:
http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaC_Nan...AC3431-vi.html
the light:
http://www.marinedepot.com/JBJ_K_2_V...JB9111-vi.html
and a filter for my 50gal FRESHWATER tank. i only put this in because if someoen has had bad experience please let me know
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewIt...5&size=220%20C


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