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maleci 09-16-2010 08:17 AM

Nanocube 28g overflow/fuge
Well I decided to try adding a 5g fuge under the 28g nanocube stand. I got one of the marineland 5g kits with the led lights to drop under the stand. I don't really care if the fuge is setup as a sump/fuge combo as I already have the skimmer and heater setup on the built in sump area behind the nc. What is the best way to safely plumb the marineland to the nanocube? I've looked at the CPR CS50 overflow to keep the siphon running to the fuge but wouldn't 300gph be too much water turnover for a 5g fuge? Also I'm unsure about what powerhead to pick up for the return line any suggestions. Again sump filters aren't the primary reason for the fuge, I more want a place to grow some macro and pods without predation since I would like to try my hand with one of the ORA mandarins after the tank is established better and want a nice breeding pod population that he won't chew through between prepped meals.

Thanks in advance.

kitten_penang 09-17-2010 03:15 PM

hmm you should ask bearwithfish he's good with sw tanks and stuff

pretzelsz 09-17-2010 03:26 PM

I don't see why you need the sump...It sounds like you have an all in one tank that already has a built in sump in the back. If you are set on the idea then I have no clue wait for bear. You could also make a Pico-reef all you need is a AC70 and a Mini jet 404 some chaeto algae and boom you got yourself a Pico. I might be making a 2 gallon Pico later on and attaching it to my future 55 gallon predator reef so I don't have to do alot of RO top off.

That is what I would do...

maleci 09-17-2010 03:54 PM

Well mostly I want a fuge to help maintain a pod population and add some extra water volume. After the tank gets more mature I would like to get an ORA mandarin. While they eat prepared foods I want to make sure there is a maintained breeding population of pods to help supplement his diet.

pretzelsz 09-17-2010 04:00 PM

eek.... I don't know if a mandarin sounds like a good idea or not. I would say you need a bigger tank because they will clear you out FAST so i have heard. Wait for an expert is what I say.

maleci 09-17-2010 04:04 PM

Yeah the normal wild ones are picky eaters but apparently ORA has the captive bred ones eating prepped meals before they sell them which should help at least supplement their pod diet.

pretzelsz 09-17-2010 04:07 PM

I heard about that but I would be cautious I never really belive right of I like to hear other people who have had an experience. Don't trust THE MAN...LOL

maleci 09-17-2010 05:36 PM

I guess they are still pretty new so there seems to only be limited feedback so far. However I got 6ish months before I would be ready to consider adding it so I'm guessing by then there will be more public feedback.

pretzelsz 09-17-2010 05:56 PM

Ya here probably will be in 6 months so ya based on what you hear go ahead or not then

maleci 09-17-2010 05:58 PM

That's the plan. More just trying to kinda plan ahead so the system gets time to develop beforehand.

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