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tprize

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  1. So now the worst part of a build waiting, here is the rest of my equipment list, any help thinking through what I will need next would be nice. The Neotherm, and PMUP are on back order, but I have ordered them.
  2. Well my return pump is making a high pitches noise that can be heard throughout the room. Simplicity has been incredible, they sent out some new parts to try, and when that did not work, they are sending out a new body. Incredible customer service. Stinks I go the one bad egg, but with customer service like this that’s ok.
  3. @MrsBugmaster I think your recommendation to avoid a mandarin, is smart, I think a Midas Benny would be a good replacement. Because the Midas is yellow, I’ve swapped the goby.
  4. Absolutely will have a pistol shrimp, i am torn between more little fish, so it feels full, or one larger fish like an angel.
  5. @PaulS.46122 looks like the answer is buy zebra stripped Dartfish. People say the Firefish do well short term but will become aggressive with each other long term. Revised list:
  6. I made a little water change station over in the DIY forums as part of the build, but wanted to keep it separate since it's a bit of a mini project in the tank build, take a look.
  7. So I am in the middle of a new tank build, but this I feel like needed it's own post. I wanted to build a super cheap way to make top off water and RO/ for water changes automatically. So First the list of materials 1 x 1/4" T fitting 2 x 1/4" Shut off valves 2 x Adjustable float valves 3 feet of 1/4 tubing 1 x MJ1200 pump 1 x 1/2" union 1 x 1/2" shut off valve 3 feet of 1/2 tubing 2 x 5 gallon buckets So the first step was to use a punch and a small drill bit to drill a pilot hole, then drill a final 1/2" holes into each bucket and install the float switch. Now I did the first non reinforced area from the top for my holes, because this puts the float valve in a very sturdy position, that won't flex or bow. Now because the bottom bucket will have a lid, and a bucket with 5 gallons on top of it, you have to be able to get water out. So in one of the buckets, create a second 1/2 hole in the exact opposite side of the bucket. The easiest way to do this, is to use the handle for alignment. Next install the 1/2" union onto the Maxijet 1200, then put the Maxijet into the bottom bucket, and run a couple of feet of hose to it through the second hole. Now since we are going to put a second bucket on top, we will need to trim the lid, so that it seals nicely on the bucket. Put the lid on, take an exact o knife and mark the area you need to cut and cut. You will need to trim for the cord, the 1/2" tube, and the float valve, but the lid will fit nice and tight. This is your clean RO bucket, whenever I need water, I put the hose into the container of your choice, plug it in fill, then unplug. The 1/2" shut off valve will stop the siphon, so you won't suck the entire 5 gallons of water onto your floor. Now to feed these two, you will need a T valve, and a couple of shut off valves. Simply install these, so they line up with the two buckets. Then simply install the RO into the back of the buckets and your done. My bottom bucket will supply me with top off and RO water, while my top bucket I can take the lid off of, put a heater and a mixing pump in, toss salt in, and then use a utility pump to put it into a portable 5 gallon bucket. Then wipe the bucket out, and let it refill with fresh RO for the next water change.
  8. Yes, once parameters are stable I’ll run pods only for a few weeks, feed them phyto and let the population explode. Also I like the mixed idea will they all school mixed?
  9. So fish discussion time! This is just a quick list, probably two many for my tank but I want to stay big and pull back. The numbers I have listed are suggested school sizes, so curious to hear about your thoughts. Goals: Column swimmers, Column floater, Rock explorer, Sand fish, I’m looking for a vibrant amount of movement and fish. And please give recommendations around alternatives.
  10. Here is the aquascaping, waiting to cycle.
  11. I’m looking for an app to track things in my tank and was wondering what’s best.
  12. It was heated in the buckets, but my tank heater has not arrived yet. Got a Cobalt heater.
  13. Well, The aquascaping is done, salt is added, now I just have to wait for my heater to come in. What do you think of the look so far?
  14. I will be heading to Premium on Saturday, to buy my rock. I have built a template, so I hope it helps in my selection.
  15. I began doing some wire management, and have made it as clean as possible. the best part is all of it is removable, so in the future I'm ok. Does anyone know where I can get plastic pipe clamps locally? I want to get some for the plastic tubing, as a security.
  16. No, I am That's the old vs the new. I also installed lighting
  17. Per the feedback of forum members, I have built out a gate valve version of the 170 piping. Test fit went great, so I'm ready to glue it up this weekend.
  18. Thanks cmrun, you were right after about 5 minutes it shut off.
  19. I never thought about the amount of time, I will experiment with just holding the valve closed for several minutes.
  20. So I have ordered my Simplicity return pump, and Simplicity skimmer. I have also ordered all the plumbing pieces I need to replace the stock valve with the gate valve. It will probably be a week before everything arrives, so there will not be a lot of updates until then. The next steps will be getting my dry rock. I will need to go to Premium aquatics, and hand select the pieces I need to make a really nice tower. I plan on using Marco rock for the build, and then utilizing the Marco Cement to make it one safe secure structure. Has anyone done this before, and how did it work out?
  21. Yes I did a 3D Reef diffuser, mainly to reduce shimmer, but also to reduce the light that is going into the eyes of people on the couch. I also now need to order a bunch of plumbing for the gate valve.
  22. I will check this valve guide! I made progress and set the tank on the stand finally. I immediately ran into my first issue, The Light bracket, would not allow me to use the factory cover, because it was to big. So I had to cut out a small portion using a multi-tool, then clean the edges up with a razor blade. Perfect fit.
  23. So the tank has arrived, after weighing the costs, I think LPS will be the way to go. This will allow me to use my existing light, and use a single power-head instead of multiple.
  24. Well, got my first piece of equipment for the new tank, not super exciting, but a good American DJ individually switched power strip makes life a lot easier.
  25. Please do, didn’t know that existed.
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