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Old 10-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Just wanted a place to document my tank;
Members robably noticed my thread's regarding Cycling and dates back a year.
My tank has been cycled and matured for a year; I finally have my plans and time to get this project completed.

I'm not going to start from the beginning, as that will be too many pictures.
I'll start from this point on.
Regardless, you have probably seen my other pictures from posting all those questions about cycling in previous threads.
If I have time, I will collate everything.

Aquarium:
[2] x Marineland 20 Gallon Long; One for Display and One for Veggie Filter.
[2] x Marineland Glass Cover.

Technical Equipment:
[2] x Top Fin 20 HOB Filters; Modded.
[2] x Top Fin 100W Submersible Heaters.
[4] x Top Fin Thermometers.
[1] x Marineland Double-Bright LED Light Unit.
[1] x Marineland Maxi-Jet Powerhead 600.
[1] x Marineland Utility Pump 3000.
[2] x Toms Aqua Lifter Vacuum Pump.
[1] x Pen Plax Air Gauge.

Filtration Accessories:
[4] x Fluval Pre-Filter Sponges; Placed on all Intakes of Equipment.
[X] x Fluval Water Polishing Pad.
[X] x Fluval BioMax.

Decor:
[X] x Fluval Shrimp Stratum.
[X] x White Lightning Silica Sand.
[2] x Malaysian Driftwood.
[X] x Indian Almond Leaves.
[X] x Alder Cones.

Plants:
[X] x Amazon Frogbit.
[X] x Amazon Swords.
[X] x Amazon Micro Swords.

Livestock:
[2] x Apistogramma Cacatuoides
[15] x Black Neon Tetra
[5] x Panda Corydora

Goals & Objectives:
a. Will make an overflow and return out of PVC for Veggie Filter.
b. Set-up baffles in the Refuge Tank.
c. Get more plants; however still obtain the minimilist view.

Overall, I had spent endless nights and days researching for this project.
I swear, I pulled out my hair on so many occasions.
Even though my set-up is not complete, I still love my tank.
Oh, no one told me this hobby was expensive.
FML.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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Forgot to mention; I made the stand.
Didn't take pictures of the process.
But it was a very big step I just completed about a day ago.
Endless runs to Home Depot; killed me.

I made the stand because I will be alternating my lights on a 12 hour cycle.
12 hours on for the Top; 12 Hours on the Veggie Filter/Refugium.
Did a light test last night with all the lights off and it does its job by keeping the room dark with the lights on the Veggie Filter/Refugium.
Also, hoping that it will reduce. if any, noise that my plumbing will make.

By the way, I will be creating my plumbing out of PVC in the following week.
Just need to research more on what type of plumbing to use.

I keep on getting different answers from everyone; such as, PVC is not pottable and ABS is. Everyone tells me that or the opposite, vice versa.

Really confused.
So, I don't know which to choose.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:15 PM   #3
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The most safe to use is PVC that is rated for potable ( drinking ) water.
Make sure you use the correct cement for the type of PVC you use,
do not use silicone.

Some PVC piping is not rated for potable use, so read the label.

Some people have used ABS for years without incident, others have had bad experience.
Years ago, I had a black ABS tube in the bottom of my tank, but plecos kept dying every few months, I got rid of the tube and no more deaths.

Most black ABS is for drains and waste pipes, so the formula to manufacture them is not very strict.
PVC is used to deliver drinking water.
Why take a chance, just spend a few dollars more and use PVC ( potable )
to eliminate the risk to your fish

Here are some extracts of discussions of ABS vs PVC on the Canreef Aquatics forum:
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/arc...hp/t-3319.html
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So; I went to Home Depot today.
Looked at the plumbing section.

They don't have any potable PVC.
Yet alone, anything in 3/4.

Is there a really good place, or even cheap, where I can get PVC fittings in 3/4.

Also; on the subject.
I have the Marineland 3000 Utility pump.
GPH @ No Head = 775.
GPH @ 4 Feet Head = 500.

If i went with a DIY Overflow out of PVC in a diamter of 3/4.
Will my GPH be adequete enough?
I want to make sure the water level is always above my overflow; due to noise levels.

I heard somewhere, during research, that a 3.4 PVC DIY Overflow will handle 600 GPH.
That would mean my pump at even 4 feet, which it wont be anyways, won't be enough to ensure my water level is above my overflow.

Blah. I really need to find someone that I can pick his/her brain before I go out and buy the wrong sized PVC.

Who wants a free Timmies?
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Update:
Went to JJ Downs to get all the parts needed.
Best place EVER!

I am in the middle of still getting my plumbing complete; as life took control of priorities.
Anyways; looking to have everything completed by this weekend.

Will upload pictures of the final product.
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So; I completed the plumbing.
Everything is running smoothly.

I'll post a video when I get around to it.

I am just monitoring the water level for the next 24 hours.
Before my mind can be at peace.
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So; I just finished the installation.
Pictures have been added.

Some were taken during the construction phase and filling up the sump.
However, my blueprint that I worked so hard on didn't even work as how I thought it would.
So, I ended up making adjustments.

So far, I am getting around 300 GPH on my return.
I added some more BioMax to get seeded so I can enlarge my bio media.
Also, I got to go shop for some plants now to add to the refugium.

I am still waiting on my tank dividers, so; those will go in at a later time.

Surprisingly, there is no micro bubbles even without any baffles in my sump.

Anyways; enjoy.
I'm going to record a video soon because my friend wants to see.
When I get that done, I'll upload it on here.

Thanks.
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Im just curious as to what the whole point of the veggie sump is...? Realistically, On a much larger tank I can see why someone would use a sump but on a 20 long...? I gotta ask why Just seems like overkill
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Very nice setup. The extra water volume the sump provides will provide a huge buffer for your water quality, even more if it's filled with plants as you suggest.

I can't help but notice in the one photograph that the water level in the sump is very high. If your power goes out have you allowed for the syphoning of water through the overflow and return pipes such that your sump will not overflow?

Also, you may have considered this, but I will mention that Krylon Fusion spray paint is widely used by reefers inside their tanks and would allow you to paint the in-tank pvc black if you so wished, at some future date.

All in all a very smart looking setup and I look forward to seeing your updates.
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