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So, I have limited space, and weirdly I found a tall skinny 20 gallon that fit perfectly. Too perfect. So I got a cheap 10 gallon for a sump and have begun the madness again.38d7fdd9abf88c416b5cd47434a9f2d0.jpgc0cf723ef708bb11e799e4abd0aef993.jpg

 

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So, I have limited space, and weirdly I found a tall skinny 20 gallon that fit perfectly. Too perfect. So I got a cheap 10 gallon for a sump and have begun the madness again.38d7fdd9abf88c416b5cd47434a9f2d0.jpgc0cf723ef708bb11e799e4abd0aef993.jpg
 
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Drilled holes for the bulkheads on the sides. The shelves need to be flush to the wall. So this IS going to look a little ghetto. But hey, what can one do whithout remodeling a house? Lol9f58fd6529b3ec9127277900042b10fe.jpg

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Drilled holes for the bulkheads on the sides. The shelves need to be flush to the wall. So this IS going to look a little ghetto. But hey, what can one do whithout remodeling a house? Lol9f58fd6529b3ec9127277900042b10fe.jpg

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And chalkboad black for the back. Gives a nice soft darkness to the tank. don't need no shinny or dull darkness, soft darkness, for the tank in the bedroom. :)821e15935ec61214b65527dbc208c503.jpg7bb34bd431b8c824a1bd247c2facbadc.jpg

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All plumbed in. Checking water levels and for leaks. Then will arrange the rocks. Got 22 pounds of cured live rock and 12 pounds of real reef rock from exotic aquariums in Sacramento. 70a22da7608bae98f690728290539f76.jpg

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Rock is placed. I like how the cheap cured live rock makes for a natural base. Eventually it will all blend together.26be12ade0272f5075baba76e311b17b.jpg

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Doing good. Moved a rock out and am happier with the rock work. Though I will most likely arrange it again and probably break a few pieces up.

the pump I have works great with the height it lifts and the 1/2inch overflow seems to keep up pretty well with about 300 gallons per hour. So, 15 full tank cycles every hour. 10 was my target so I am very happy with the cycle time. Added a hydor smart level to the main as a backup water level control. Hides very well, gotta get up close and really look for it to find it.

 

Upgraded one of the two power heads with an old one I had, cleaned, and got working. So now there is a koralia 1050gph and a 450gph. Together they we crazy turbulent. So I picked up a hydor wave maker. The first ten minutes kicked up sooooooooo much detrius that I will keep this as it is. A bit over kill in water flow being 52 times the water volume. But, it is working. I have a couple free corals from ipsf.com and a 6 pack for cheap I picked up from aquarium depot. The blastos, toadstool, duncan, and acan are happy and seem to not mind the surge of water flow every 30 seconds for 30 seconds.

 

Put the acan and duncan in yesterday, both opened up and ate moments after placement. Also, the golden midas blenny, is an awesome fish. Just saying.

 

Also this week I got my shipment from indio pacific sea farms. A clean up crew and micro and macro floura and fauna start up. Cope pods and macro algae and zooplankton oh my. Now I need a bigger sump......50eb2ef0fa6c74699892ebd39cc53d0b.jpg6842e48d9bdd65efe04434427aa812c6.jpge2d38787a06d64f0ee08fe4e7d3eb45e.jpg63ac873dd6729312a5b0200b70e5bc6a.jpg7ccd9fd80fdf53cd71c5656a58831d24.jpg5ea42ad130df6510b90e692bebea3a5e.jpg9f97066bf52d03f794441194d863e308.jpg4fe3a88752d9463633a3d4765ccc4995.jpg0befa44933e21cbadc960c80bad7551a.jpg205335806cf2659bd9d2c78dabe9a2bb.jpg516a67fa13722defde6fce6b2bdc3096.jpge4f4c7c43f288fa98da4f570e821b413.jpgcca41050ef99543f90644a815867e68f.jpg270e3ea315ab679927f2f27304bc05a5.jpg

 

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Put an old led array I made for a different grow operation on my tank to see how well these leds work on a tank. For being a light that is only half working, it is doing a good job of lighting the tank. Too bad it is not ling enough and too wide. Also 150 watts of these leds might be a bit much if they all were on. So, I think for now I will retro fit the hood the aquarium came with. Now, how to set up this array for such a narrow tank. How many watts should I use? 60-100 watts? This is probably the most difficult decision. Even though later on I will build a new hood and this is just temporary. I think 70watts should do fine no?a7114f6fb5921b3c45cebbeeaff344ea.jpg04017e911530b07bb3c5b2bf857555b8.jpg

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Put this together this week. 'The Fuge' is a 5 gallon bucket fluid reactor. Using an air pump to move water up through the 4 2liter bottles and knitting mesh. This water movement over the mesh creates an algae scrubber. The bottles I have filled with 4 types of macro aglae. Chaeto, caulurpa, tang heaven green and yellow. Also put a bio block in the bottom for extra denitrification. A fluval nano grow led and the strip led from the original tank hood is what I got to light this bucket reactor. If needed I could replace some of the macro algae for bio pellets, carbon, or even gfo. But probly never will. 21f7f40381205a659d67492158014310.jpged0d694215abc093c403ff369b89a5e2.jpg940d0d9eaf52d93838065c2004b171ce.jpg9b0649a5af7b4ef3f3c4d4e6e1e1b70f.jpg14811b7420bd143615e885f021c2574c.jpg3c07519c0e3175e49efba1a81fd4f790.jpg318a11cc4481daaddba6b9d4cbc534de.jpg38b159861ee3894a8b68393cb75e48d3.jpg6e709fac8f7e290b9fd636046a0a0529.jpg

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So far, things seem to be going pretty good. Only a month and a half old tank. That digi on top I can watch grow it is crazy. Everything for the most part seems pretty content with life. A few things still need to find their happy place. Lost a few zoas and moshrooms. Which is weird because they tend to be the hardiest. List the red dragon frag to RTN. Did not make it through quarantine. Oh well, everything else seems happy, for now...2e9c354a1a5215b7641457e62b283a21.jpg3ad5987b0b61a8276ab0959b5cf6a1a2.jpgd3c072bde55611b76e5dd36d5e6d759f.jpgd6e147454d287527b65b0fc5038f98b0.jpg4e52063df11b4170f85f27b134e407dc.jpga95ef15b06d3933a1f69b8bc3d690a22.jpgff2293bdb7598a9bb2a19884307da65f.jpg0ca9e0e9d503fcfa3801ec3f34ecb187.jpgf945176cf8ec837087fe8197ac246e9c.jpg

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sooooo, it has been a while sence i have updated this build thread. so, here is a video that shows what it looks like last month. will post new pictures soon. my filtration has been cut down to just a sump with sand and rock and a refugium with mineral mud, marine pure balls and cheato. everything is happy and growing. i ordered some led strips to add more blue to the tank for color. 

 

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