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Old 02/26/2018, 02:20 PM   #26
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Good call on the screen - I have had numerous clownfish jump over the years.

I would have probably went with 1/4" glass or cast acrylic to keep down on evaporation, but as long as you have an ATO and don't mind the additional water use, you should be good to go.


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Old 02/28/2018, 08:21 PM   #27
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After a few days of getting used to the new system, everything is in full bloom!










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Old 03/01/2018, 12:07 AM   #28
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Very nice!


Maybe a few green BTA's for the other rock...


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Old 03/01/2018, 02:43 PM   #29
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nems look really good!


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Old 03/06/2018, 07:55 PM   #30
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These things keep getting bigger and bigger! One already split.










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Old 03/07/2018, 07:06 AM   #31
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rockryno, What are you using to hang your light from?


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Old 03/07/2018, 10:00 AM   #32
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Just a piece of conduit from home depot bent into a 90*.


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Old 03/07/2018, 04:51 PM   #33
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Just a piece of conduit from home depot bent into a 90*.
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Old 03/09/2018, 01:18 PM   #34
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Really looks good. I like the location too as you will get plenty of enjoyment. RBTA's look right at home in there.


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Old 03/10/2018, 11:29 PM   #35
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Really cool tank and I like the simple yet effective set up. Curious what diameter black pvc you used for the overflow?


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Old 03/10/2018, 11:42 PM   #36
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4" pvc


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Old 03/12/2018, 12:18 PM   #37
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Wow, I love your nem islands.


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Old 03/12/2018, 12:44 PM   #38
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Looks beautiful!


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Old 03/13/2018, 10:59 PM   #39
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Thanks!

Latest status - smallest nem moved from one side of the tank to the other in just a day. Hopefully it's settled. I have the gyre screen on just in case.




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Old 04/01/2018, 10:00 AM   #40
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Lately, I've been contemplating skimmer options.

I feed daily, and have never had this heavy of a bio load in any of my fishless SPS tanks. There are no visible ill effects beside the daily algae buildup on the glass - I have to clean Sundays and Wednesdays to keep it looking respectable.

However, my HOB filter with chaeto does not seem to be doing well. The handful of chaeto has not grown a mm in over a month, and appears to be breaking down. I have the new IM cheato grow light ($70!) that makes everything look hot pink and I don't think its doing anything. In the past tank with identical setups, I've had white LEDs over the fuge and had crazy chaeto growth.

I think I may swap the pink light out for a white LED. If that still doesn't help, I'm thinking of removing the AC70 HOB and replacing with a skimmer.

A local club member sold me a Aquamaxx 1.5 HOB skimmer for cheap to experiment with. I've heard great reviews of the skimmer and have tested it on the tank and it does a nice job. However, being a 17 gallon tank, I want to make sure I wont be over-skimming if I swap and run it 24/7.

Any thoughts?


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Old 04/01/2018, 11:05 AM   #41
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Awesome tank!! I don't think you'll over skim with the skimmer. I do think however that it will be adding a large amount of micro bubbles that will take away from the perfect tank you have right now. I know how it is when you get an idea and want to try it though. Good luck either way.


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Old 04/03/2018, 10:10 PM   #42
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sweet tank, tagging along


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Old 04/04/2018, 07:53 AM   #43
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thanks guys. I've decided to skim overnight on the day prior to the water change. I'll see how it goes for a few weekends to see if its really necessary, and until I get the new fuge light to get this chaeto growing.

I tried that method last weekend and pulled a good cup full of gunk out of the water, so Im sure its doing something. Plus that chaeto catches so much crap floating in the water, if I move it it releases it all, clouding up the tank.

If I don't see a huge difference, I'll just sell the skimmer.


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Old 04/04/2018, 01:59 PM   #44
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Very cool!


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Old 04/04/2018, 05:28 PM   #45
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Great, now I want a tank in my kitchen..
Yours looks awesome. What else do you plan to add?


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Old 04/04/2018, 06:56 PM   #46
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I like your idea of skimming at night. The amount of detritus that chaeto catches always annoyed me so I usually grow macro algae instead.


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Old 04/08/2018, 08:38 AM   #47
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Thanks guys! At the rate these are splitting, I may no be adding anything else anytime soon. I now have 14 btas. I was on the lookout for fancier varieties of btas, to mix up the colors a bit, but with some of the brighter ones being $500-$2000, it's not worth it to me yet.

I'll have to start selling the clones to build a "fancy nem" fund...


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Old 04/08/2018, 02:21 PM   #48
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If youre ever in the phoenix area youll have to let one of the people around here know. lots of rainbow bubble tips go for between $25-$50 normally.


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Old 04/14/2018, 09:05 PM   #49
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I had some time today to mess around with the skimmer. Kind of an eyesore, but it's working!







The AC70 and chaeto does nothing but collect detritus, and any slight adjustment clouds the tank. Skimmer seems to be pulling nasty stuff. I'll leave it on overnight. The problem - if I want to go skimmer only, i'll need another tank with different placement on the overflow. Hnmmm....


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Old 04/15/2018, 02:03 AM   #50
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Why not flip the tank around so the equipment is on the inside of the counter so you can stand at the end of the counter and get one more viewpoint into the tank?


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