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Old 10-14-2012, 05:02 AM
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Ok so here it is the start of my nano thread & one of the last to start there build.

I have not totally decided which way I am going to go with this tank yet. It will be one of 2 ways, 1st would be to go with a built in sump in the tank big enough to hold my tunze 9010 skimmer ( over kill yes but what the hell ) a bubble trap & a small return pump. 2nd would be to use an old HOB filter / skimmer thingy I got with my very first saltwater system I bought used.

Started with this today:


After about an hr. I had this old tank all apart & some what cleaned up. Made a few cuts to get the pieces that I required for the size of the tank I was thinking of building & started to assemble.

Ended up with this so far:


Tomorrow I will finish up with the silicone and final clean up. I have not decided yet if I am going to build an LED light, use a Marine Land LED that I already have or purchase a SOL or Vaga.

I have a bunch of LR that is in my sump of my 165 with some decent shapes and sizes, going to use some black sand as well in my nano.

As for coral I am going to put some maxi mini's & zoas to start with. For fish I hope to find a few different types of clown goby's, a couple sexy shrimp and maybe a couple of the smaller blennies.
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Looks good .... If it makes you feel better I've been sick and haven't got much done myself... Sunday is d day and testing hopefully if the twins let me


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Looks good .... If it makes you feel better I've been sick and haven't got much done myself... Sunday is d day and testing hopefully if the twins let me


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Well at least Im not the only one draging there arse!!
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Well I got the tank all cleaned up and beaded the inside with silicone. Also decided I am going to run my Tunze skimmer just for kicks so I moved forward, cut a few more pieces of glass and put in a bubble trap.




Next step will be to put in the divider between the tank and sump/OF section, a little black acrylic and a return pump.
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Following along. this is going to be interesting.
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Bubble trap?? Skimmer?? Don't get it...can you explain.
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Well I got the tank all cleaned up and beaded the inside with silicone. Also decided I am going to run my Tunze skimmer just for kicks so I moved forward, cut a few more pieces of glass and put in a bubble trap.




Next step will be to put in the divider between the tank and sump/OF section, a little black acrylic and a return pump.
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Bubble trap?? Skimmer?? Don't get it...can you explain.
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Well Rick it's like this, all my tanks have sumps with big ares skimmers & several bubble traps to eliminate any micro bubble that might be caused by the skimmer. I don't think I can run a system with out some kind of sump compartment & skimmer as it helps to clean the water some what as well as add O2 to the water column. I think I might add a small reactor with some carbon as well.

Did that help

It will make more sense once I am finished building.
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oct15th /2012- empty tank shots:
by this date some pics of your dry empty tanks and what ever equipment you may have is to be provided.

So here is my 16 gal empty nano tank, with my Tunze 9010 skimmer in place. Also going to use a AC Jr. that I have just collecting dust to monitor temp & Ph.I will be putting my heater in the bubble trap on the skimmer side to let the water flow nicely past it. For my return pump I will be using a MarineLand MJ1200, that is if I can find where I put it.


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Old 10-17-2012, 01:48 AM
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Very nice Greg. How much you want for it
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Holy cow is that the skimmer from your old office tank?
Overkill? I think not.
What are you looking for for turnover? I have a nano pump that's rated at 300gph collecting dust if you want it. I think its a hydor. It's quite too and I'm passing through with the famjam this weekend. You could try it if you like, if not no biggie :P
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