Bear may be getting salty again
so everything is in the planning stages at this time but it looks good to get back into salt in the next few months... i thought it would be a good idea to have a place to get out my thoughts and work out details...
gear i have right now
2 - 2bulb T5 HO lights with 10k and true blue actinics in each
multiple pumps (may need others have not decided if i want low or high flow yet)
gear i am getting in the short term
40 breeder to convert into an AIO or a Biocube 29 (trade pending)
considering a HOT skimmer (i hesitate due to risk of leaking) may go with internal if i can find strong and small (must be AIO tank)
cover for the tank to accommodate the fact i have cats and a dog who love to try and go fishing when they can..
1/2"-3/4" of live sand no more!!
40 ish pounds of dry rock and 10 ish of live (long cycle = more time to research potential stocking
once cycled ...
nice mix of snails
????? trying to stay away from crabs this time around but i really do like them so not completely off the list yet...
ive thought about an AIO tank when setting up my newest one. a cool idea IMO would be to add a false wall to the 40 cutting the tank in half making your display 18'' x 18'' and viewing the tank from the side panal of glass. it would stick out 3 feet from a wall though but your sump section would be awesome AND allow room for a full on in tank skimmer.
ofcourse its just a thought, what this thread is for right?
and look into porcelain crabs.
all thoughts welcome my man!! i am considering all options LOOOOOOOOONG before i start to build..
i just love cube tanks, ofcourse everyone has their thing... but i would love to see a cube tank. lol
really considering having it sit "normal" with the sectioned of portion a box on the right side picture it like a overflow box that goes from the mid point to the right of the tank and all the rest of the tank is available to play with...
hang on im drawing a picture. ;-)
this shows the top down of a 40 breeder. the red X for intank skimmer and the red arrows showing water flow back to tank. middle section could be refugium, and third return pump/heater(s) which both could possible be more narrow compared to the first section for skimmer, depending construction.
just another idea.
ohh i like that i will keep this in mind
ok with your idea blended with min lets look at a few flaws and try to work them out shall we?
1st i want to move the skimmer "box" to the middle of the tank now for the skimmer i am looking at i need 8x10" box this would be the over flow into the chamber and the skimmer.. next up would be a narrower section from the box to the right 5" from front to back and ~10" from box to right side of tank. in this 5" area would be the heater, bubble trap and return pump(s)....
issue with both designs - skimmer would inhibit a cover
lights using legs would also inhibit cover use
(yes this must be an AIO no sump options .... )
here is my basic plan.. now still dealing with the accommodation of a skimmer... in tank if possible to accommodate space and reduce the risk of leaks...
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