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Old 12-03-2007, 11:09 AM   #111
 
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That's an Artist's masterpiece, isn't it?
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:48 PM   #112
 
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That is absolutely stunning Steve.

What's the green thing at the bottom of the first picture? And do you have any recent full tank shots?
Thank You Miss Katherine. The "Green Thing" at the bottom of the first pic are Green Star Polyps (GSP). And why yes, I believe I do somewhere. Let me look when I'm home.

And thank you Blue, and Mirta.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:51 PM   #113
 
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Well, here is the most recent full tank shot. Ive neglected the back glass
for a few weeks so pardon the dirty background. I'm in the process of
finishing a new stand and sump, so the change-over will give me good
opportunity to do a thourough cleaning.




Here's a look at my new sump as it sits awaiting the test run. Ive
incorporated a few new ideas into this sump over the previous. The inlet
section is covered to drastically reduce the Salt Creep from inlet and
skimmer bubbles. The increased width of the bubble trap slows the water
travelling through it thus allowing for more of the finer micro bubbles to
stay within the covered chamber. It also allows for easier cleaning of that
section. The Flex-hose in the return section should eliminate noise
transfer from the return pump. Suction cups were also installed on the
base of the return pump to reduce noise transfer. Ive also incorporated a
filter sock and bracket to reduce the detritus build-up in the sump. and
finally, the tank was upgraded to a 30 gallon long, allowing for 33% larger
chambers.

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Old 12-03-2007, 09:20 PM   #114
 
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That's quite a big improvement there, Steve.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:37 AM   #115
 
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That is just simply beautiful.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:19 AM   #116
 
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Your tank rocks my socks!!
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:05 PM   #117
 
Salt Creep

I would think that a totally uncovered sump would be a nightmare for salt creep. Do you think it would be possible to cover the entire sump or fuge to help combat salt creep even more? The only issue I could see is that the full top would prevent Oxygen exchange as the sump is where most of the exchange occurs in a SW tank.
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:40 AM   #118
 
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Re: Salt Creep

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I would think that a totally uncovered sump would be a nightmare for salt creep. Do you think it would be possible to cover the entire sump or fuge to help combat salt creep even more? The only issue I could see is that the full top would prevent Oxygen exchange as the sump is where most of the exchange occurs in a SW tank.
The biggest issue with salt creep comes from the high quantity of bubbles that enter the sump from both the skimmer, and the inlet pipe. In my original sump, which was completely open, I had a big issue with the creep around the first section, but little if any in the area of the other sections. Covering anything beyond the first section really was a mute point. As a second point, any acrylic covering the refugium would have both dust settling on the top, and a hazy film from condensation on the bottom. That would block the light from entering the fuge and would slow the growth of the macro algaes. That in turn would reduce my nutrient export, and would provide the opportunity for the undesirable algaes and cyanobacterias to flourish.

And yes, the oxygen exchange issue is also a factor to be considererd.
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:54 PM   #119
 
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ok, so, after 15 hours spent on moving the tank to the new stand, plumbing the new sump, cleaning the glass and the substrate, and re-scaping the rock, we have the newest update this was at 08:00 this morning. The Actinics were the only lights on at the time the photos were taken so please excuse the image quality.



The whole system


And the Specialty door handles. :D Gotta love 'em!
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:53 AM   #120
 
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Sapphire-blue! Fabulous! And the door handles are perfect!
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