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Old 11-12-2008, 11:42 PM   #31
 
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I'm not a reef keeper, only have a FOWLR for now... so I can't comment on your suggested coral additions.

but I encourage you to get some nassarius snails! Those guys are so cool to watch, they stay buried in the sand most of the time with their "noses" sticking up and out of the sand like snorkels. As soon as you put food in the tank, they all come busting out of the sand and running around like mad searching for morsels! They have really big feet too, and move pretty quickly for snails. In summary, they are my favorite snails
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:58 AM   #32
 
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I'm not a reef keeper, only have a FOWLR for now... so I can't comment on your suggested coral additions.

but I encourage you to get some nassarius snails! Those guys are so cool to watch, they stay buried in the sand most of the time with their "noses" sticking up and out of the sand like snorkels. As soon as you put food in the tank, they all come busting out of the sand and running around like mad searching for morsels! They have really big feet too, and move pretty quickly for snails. In summary, they are my favorite snails

i agree, they are fun to watch. i call them elephant snails
they come out of the sand in search for peanuts
lol, actually they are meat eaters, so when you feed they're on the prowl for some left overs.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:14 AM   #33
 
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Noted and will do, perhaps i should get more for each tank...?
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:54 PM   #34
 
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I got worried about the Elk Horn so i fragged it an put it into my 25g with lower ligh and lighter flow and i hope it'll do better.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:58 PM   #35
 
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I kinda got tired of my MJ1200s falling down and blowing up my sand bed and injuring my corals.. yadda yadda so i fixed this issue


and the end results


Woot no more issues with that... granted some nonfish folk comes over and move the out of tank magnet. we'll see.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:50 PM   #36
 
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Not that anyone is reading this thread... but,

I made the mistake of walking into Home Depot today and... they had acrylic and glass sheets there!!! OMG, they told me that they don't sell glass sheets anymore and last year when i checked on everything they didn't have many choices of acrylic... not anymore, so needless to say i had so many ideas go through my head as to what i was going to build and how i wanted my sump/refugium to look like. i have no plans as of yet, but i'm really excited and have many plans cranking in my head. even of a mini tank that i am wanting to make for a propagation system with an overflow box that drains in the center of the tank rather then the edges... zero clearance... maybe or mabe i can use it as a clam tank??? idk but i'm ready!
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:44 PM   #37
 
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Ug, i'm at a loss... My alk is even lower then what it was before. it was at 8dkh and now it's sitting inbetween 6-7dkh. does anyone have any idea why it would be dropping?
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:27 PM   #38
 
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what kind of supplements are you adding to your tank? I'm not the same expert that a lot of other guys on here are, but I might be able to offer some educated ideas as to why your Alk might be dropping... no promises though!

BTW, just because noone replies, it doesn't mean noone's reading the thread . I like following along with what you are doing.

As far as your desire to build yourself a sump, which tank is it for? And how big of a sump are you planning on building? I had a lot of fun building my own sump for my 90 gal, learned a lot as I did research before finalizing my design and started cutting acrylic . I'd love to chat with you about your thoughts, and offer suggestions or advice if I can!
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:55 PM   #39
 
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I'm adding alk buffer to the tank, and nothing more for now and the occasional feeding.

I see that people are reading my thread, but they could at least give some input... somthing like "hey, good job" or "you suck and stop now", anything at this point.

The sump is going to be for my 55g tank and i'm going to fit it under my small stand because the guy who made it made the thing a little wierd, oh well. i'm thinking about doing 5.5g of refugium in it and the rest to be around 20g-ish when it's full 10for sump. i don't have the measurment yet, but i wiil.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:42 PM   #40
 
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cool, yeah good job on recognizing that you should make the refug as big as you can, at least 10% of the tank's volume... thats the biggest mistake I made with mine.

I used a 30 gallon tank for the sump, and divided it into three chambers, intake/skimmer, return pump, and refug. Ended up with about 6.8 gallons of water in the 'fuge for a 90 gal tank, so its probably too small to really be effective . But I tossed some cheato in there anyways just in case it can do SOME good.

Once you start tossing in baffles and such, it really starts to eat away at the effective space you have for the actual chambers, so again I'd recommend getting as large of a tank as you can squeeze under your stand, because you'll want it. Are you gonna put a skimmer IN the sump? If so, be sure you are aware of the footprint requirements and make enough room for the skimmer chamber, and definitely baffle that bad boy off from the return pump, otherwise you'll have a shower of micro bubbles in your display.

Depending on how much plumbing you want to do, one cool design that I read about and adopted is to have the return pump chamber in the middle, and the skimmer on one side with the 'fuge on the other. Then, split the incoming water between the two outside chambers, and put valves on them so you can control how much water goes into each. That way, you can direct most of the water to the skimmer chamber, and have a real slow, controlled flow through the refugium. You won't really need multiple baffles between the refug and the return chamber, just between the skimmer and return.

Post up some measurements or plans when you nail your thoughts down, and I'd be happy to let you know what I think!
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