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Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-24-2013, 01:10 AM
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Maybe I should fix the TV...:lol:

Maybe I should fix the TV...:lol:
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-16-2013, 01:44 PM
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Baby Bristlenose Plecos!

So after being away for about 6 weeks for work, (Thankfully my wife did a couple water changes for me:-D) I noticed something fluttering around in the tank. When I looked closer I realized it was a...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   11-10-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
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Lion Fish Mouth Size?

After scouring the inter webs for days every article/forum/website states that the Lion fish will and/or could eat any fish that could fit in it's mouth. Not one ever states the size of said mouth. I...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-16-2013, 10:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Reef tank circulation question

So I've done some research and from what I've gathered the following. Post your responses and opinions please...


FLOW RATE
Tank type = (# times tank capacity)
FO = 10 X laminar
FOWLR = 20 X...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By VerdantGrotto
That's true. I've never had to use one but I...

That's true. I've never had to use one but I imagine you could set it to feed a little every few days? Fish can go awhile with out eating. At least with freshwater anyway. I'm still new to SW so...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Ugh. I'm about to go work out of state at an Oil...

Ugh. I'm about to go work out of state at an Oil Refinery Shutdown... This means they'll be shutting down a good portion of the Refinery to perform Maintenance and Repair tasks. That being said, I...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
If anyone has any additional Tips that could be...

If anyone has any additional Tips that could be beneficial for those using these steps as a guide please feel free to post them.

Thanks and Happy Reefing!
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By VerdantGrotto
In my opinion, Auto-top offs and Auto-feeders...

In my opinion, Auto-top offs and Auto-feeders seem like they'd be a necessity in your situation. I would also consider getting an Oversized Skimmer and including a drain like previously mentioned. It...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Completion

You now have a customized sump that cost a fraction of what a Pre-fab one does.

I was looking at sumps on the internet and the size I needed cost anywhere from $200 to $400. This build was...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 14

Once the sealant has been placed on one side of the final wall, remove the tape. This next step will be the most difficult step of this build.

When you apply the sealant to the inside of the...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 13

Now two of the walls are secure and it's time to set the third baffle wall.
Using the masking tape marks as a guide, set the third wall with masking tape on the sponge filter side. It'll be easier...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Easy modification of the Sponge Filter

When you've applied the sealant to the second side of the 2 walls I would wait a few hours to let it set up. The Baffle walls should be secure at this point so it should be ok to proceed with the...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 10:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 12

The following morning, remove the tape from both of the baffle walls. You can then apply the silicone to this side. Remember to don your vinyl or nitrile gloves, these actually make it easier to...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 11

Clean Up

When you're finished with one side of the two walls and letting them set, clean and store the silicone.
Immediately cap the tube and set aside. You should then use several Q-tips and...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 10 continued...

Immediately after applying the bead of silicone, stick your finger in the bottom corner and run it along the bead. This will force the sealant into the joint and create a nice uniform bead. Repeat...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 10

Starting at a bottom corner, firmly grip and squeeze the tube until the sealant starts to flow. When this occurs, slowly move up and/or along the joint to apply an even bead of silicone. The bead...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 9

With two of the walls secure and your equipment ready, don vinyl or nitrile type gloves. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the instructions on the back of the container.

Depending on how wide...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 09:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 8

Almost ready to apply silicone.

Remove the 3rd wall (the one between the sponge filter and where the utility pump will be).

Now that you've got only two walls in the sump, secure them on one...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 08:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 7

Gather your equipment and set the sump and the tools on a work table with plenty of space to move around. Once you're ready, make a mock up of the finished product using the masking tape, a measuring...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 6

Using the baffle walls as a guide, trim the size of the sponge filter to fit your sump. I recommend having the filter approximately 1/16" to a 1/4" too big. This will have your filter fit nice and...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-13-2013, 07:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Step 5

Once you have the tank clean and returned to the work table, grab a notepad and a pencil. You'll need to measure the length of the ID and record this info. You'll also need to record the dimensions...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-10-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Tip

When rinsing the tank out with a garden hose be sure to do this over soft grass, cardboard or a wood deck. This will minimize the chance of damaging the glass on hard surfaces such as Bricks,...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-10-2013, 01:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Tip

By using a razor blade you can get the bulk of glue used to affix display signs off. Finish removing glue with rubbing alcohol (Evaporates quickly). I found it's just as easy to use Lens cleaning...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-10-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Tip

Only use clean dry towels to dry the water off after rinsing. The key here is to not contaminate any portion of the tank with detergents or chemicals.
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-10-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,780
Posted By VerdantGrotto
Tip

Always carry the tanks by the base. Firmly gripping the trim. If the tanks are too large then ask for help. I'd rather ask for help then ask for a broom to sweep up a bunch of glass...
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