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post #11 of 27 Old 12-09-2014, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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the only thing remaining was the crown... the rest of the worm got consumed..

I have to use the pitcher and water for my fresh water tanks, it's not the end of the world to have to fill the nano... I've been doing it 2 times a day to keep my SG. from wide swings... I use the ATO in the big tank to dose the Kalc..

I like the Aqua C HOB skimmer.. it's slim and compact... it's a little noisy but the micro bubbles are almost gone... according to the manufavtuer it will quit down when if is broken in fully... I bought the skimmer package for it but it looks awful in the tank.. so I'm just letting the pump and screen be visible.... it skims well for a simple devise and it's still not broken in..

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The skimmer will probably smooth out, as you mentioned ,after it has been running for a few weeks. As far as the skimmer pump,I have been waiting for some one to come up with a sort of aesthetically pleasing cover that you can attach such as a hollowed out resin cast piece of live rock.

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The skimmer will probably smooth out, as you mentioned ,after it has been running for a few weeks. As far as the skimmer pump,I have been waiting for some one to come up with a sort of aesthetically pleasing cover that you can attach such as a hollowed out resin cast piece of live rock.
Been working on a hide away idea....the pump hanging there is just butt ugly!

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Maybe a fake plant or some mangrove roots.

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Maybe a fake plant or some mangrove roots.
there's always a way.... I like the mangrove roots idea. I've got 6 of them growing in the 'fuge.... might have to do a transplant!

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You will have to get creative for a holder\brace for the tree itself but you are a handy man, you will whip up something I am sure. The seahorses would like the roots I bet.

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You will have to get creative for a holder\brace for the tree itself but you are a handy man, you will whip up something I am sure. The seahorses would like the roots I bet.
since you mentioned it, you put the wheels in motion.. I've got some black Styrofoam here at the shop... I'll make a slit in it and slide the stalks into it allowing for adjustment...I'll form fit it between the HOB filter and the skimmer... I'll be able to adjust the height of the plant by moving it up and down like I did when I started them in the fuge... as awlays.. thanks for a great idea!

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The foam will even allow for a firm grip but permit growth without constricting itself.
Clever.

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post #19 of 27 Old 12-11-2014, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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finally pictures!

I made a mod on the skimmer last night.... when I bought the AquaC nano HOB... I read many reviews for it ( and others) and determined that the best option was the 1200 gph cobalt pump instead of the Cobalt 900 that came with it.... after thinking about it yesterday while I re-plumbed a pump in our waste treatment room at work, I bought a 90 degree elbow at Lowes on my way home and substituted the 90 for the factory straight fitting , thus allowing me to turn the pump body up so about 1/3 of it was out of the water and the intake strainer pointed down... thus making the pump assembly much less visible.. because I went with the larger Power head, I feel that what I loose with the 90 will not effect the performance... I monitored the pump body that was out of the water for over heating and after running all night it was still room /tank temp...I'm still going to grow the mangroves because there are many benefits involved.. I need to transplant a few from my sump...

Pardon the bubbles.. the skimmer is still breaking in.... I couldn't get the fighting conch to cooperate it remained buried in the sand during the photo shoot..
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I Like It! Nice open scape with a good focal point. It looks pretty bright too,is that with just a T-8?

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