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Old 04/15/2018, 02:41 AM   #51
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Thought this was a SW forum? WTH are FW catfish doing in the first pic?

Seriously though, nice looking tank!


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Old 04/17/2018, 10:22 PM   #52
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Sweet tank


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Old 05/02/2018, 12:51 AM   #53
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Watching- any updates on skimmer placement or five removal?




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Old 05/02/2018, 12:52 AM   #54
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Watching- any updates on skimmer placement or five removal?




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Old 05/18/2018, 04:41 PM   #55
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It's been a while!* I now have 18 nems from splits.* They, unfortunately, have become much more stringy rather than bubbly, but they still have great colors and the clowns love them.* I ditched the skimmer*as i didn't really see any different results with it running, and it was such an eyesore.








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Old 05/22/2018, 08:32 AM   #56
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that overflow idea is awesome - simple. I'm going to do this whenever I get my little cube going again.

Tank looks great btw - nice job, glad you got rid of the skimmer


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Old 05/22/2018, 10:45 AM   #57
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I've envied this weir idea since seeing this thread. I just can't picture how the surface skim is taken up by the pipe/pump as usually it's submerged somewhat below the water!! I understand the weir will take all the surface water, but once inside the weir how does the surface scum get taken up?

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Old 05/22/2018, 02:19 PM   #58
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I've envied this weir idea since seeing this thread. I just can't picture how the surface skim is taken up by the pipe/pump as usually it's submerged somewhat below the water!! I understand the weir will take all the surface water, but once inside the weir how does the surface scum get taken up?

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The HOB filter does all the work


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Old 05/22/2018, 03:15 PM   #59
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The HOB filter does all the work


I know to a degree as I have the same filter. It's just the mod I can't understand how the surface skim is drawn below water so the filter can remove from the water column.

As a standard weir just has a down pipe so that's easy for surface scum to drain, but I can't see how this filter enables the surface scum to be removed. Unless the pipe into the water has been modded also

Sorry it's just hard to explain lol

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Old 05/22/2018, 03:30 PM   #60
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I get what you're saying - it's not the most effective way to make sure you're getting surface scum and stuff, but it's a pretty good set-up. as the water overflows into that pipe, it will take the surface scum with it, then instead of it going right into a sump / skimmer set-up it will mix in that tube while the HOB pulls it out.

Better than nothing IMO - I've been killing myself trying to figure out a way to do something like this on my cube because I don't want to drill it or have a sump, and i don't want all kinds of powerheads pointing at the surface either.

I think this is a good set-up - I just want to know if it's quiet or not. I would assume it would be since the water height in that pipe can be adjusted and the flow rate of the HOB is consistent and not really gravity fed.


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Old 05/22/2018, 04:15 PM   #61
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I get what you're saying - it's not the most effective way to make sure you're getting surface scum and stuff, but it's a pretty good set-up. as the water overflows into that pipe, it will take the surface scum with it, then instead of it going right into a sump / skimmer set-up it will mix in that tube while the HOB pulls it out.

Better than nothing IMO - I've been killing myself trying to figure out a way to do something like this on my cube because I don't want to drill it or have a sump, and i don't want all kinds of powerheads pointing at the surface either.

I think this is a good set-up - I just want to know if it's quiet or not. I would assume it would be since the water height in that pipe can be adjusted and the flow rate of the HOB is consistent and not really gravity fed.


I'm totally in tandem with getting answers in this mod, thank you for taking the time to explore. I for sure would mod my set up for this if it adds up to be top notch.

Thanks for clarifying the specifics, just need to op to chime in

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Old 05/24/2018, 06:32 AM   #62
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Love the tank, looks great.

What kind of paint and silicone did you use on the overflow?


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Old 05/24/2018, 08:20 AM   #63
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Thanks all!

Sneeyatch is correct. The surface scum gets pulled into the overflow and just mixes as its gets sucked up by the filter intake tube.

The overflow also contains and hides the heater and ATO sensor.

The setup is dead silent. If you listen really closely, you might hear the hum of the pump for the HOB, otherwise, no falling water sounds.


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Old 05/24/2018, 11:47 AM   #64
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Thanks all!

Sneeyatch is correct. The surface scum gets pulled into the overflow and just mixes as its gets sucked up by the filter intake tube.

The overflow also contains and hides the heater and ATO sensor.

The setup is dead silent. If you listen really closely, you might hear the hum of the pump for the HOB, otherwise, no falling water sounds.
Glad to hear it's quiet - had a feeling it would be - never thought of putting an ATO sensor in there either - I'm liking this more and more.


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glad to hear it's quiet - had a feeling it would be - never thought of putting an ato sensor in there either - i'm liking this more and more.


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Old 05/25/2018, 08:13 AM   #66
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The overflow is the only area that fluctuates with evaporation, the ATO sensor has to go in there to be effective. I have the mirco ATO and it is a perfect fit.


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Old 05/25/2018, 08:18 AM   #67
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In other news, I'm a grandpa now! We have eggs, although I have no idea what to do with them.




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Old 05/25/2018, 08:44 AM   #68
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In other news, I'm a grandpa now! We have eggs, although I have no idea what to do with them.



Congrats, great news.... Is it their first batch?

Can I please have clarity on the build for the overflow design.

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Old 05/25/2018, 10:01 AM   #69
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In other news, I'm a grandpa now! We have eggs, although I have no idea what to do with them.

Nothing you can really do with them unless you're set-up to breed clowns... multiple tanks for different stages, phyto, rotifers, plus a market for them. They make great / free coral food.

I thought about breeding my maroons a long time ago, the spawned every couple of weeks - large clutches. I was even growing my own phyto and rots but didn't have the space or time to rear the larvae. I ended up breaking that tank down when I moved out of state and sold the pair to a good friend who owned his own LFS. He was breeding a few different types of clowns at the time and had hundreds and hundreds of clowns. At first they sold fast, but then he just got stuck with all of them and had to put breeding on hold - indefinitely I think.


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Old 05/26/2018, 02:38 PM   #70
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Amazing tank, thank you for the wonderful pictures.


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Old 05/28/2018, 09:12 AM   #71
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Thanks all!

I'm nowhere near ready to raise baby fish unfortunately. I guess I'll just let them go.

The overflow is a simple piece of 4" PVC pipe cut lengthwise to form a chamber that the surface scum overflows into. There it gets sucked up by the filter and run through chaeto before heading back to the display. The overflow hides the heater and ATO sensor as well.


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Old 06/16/2018, 09:33 AM   #72
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It's been a while, and a roller coaster ride with the tank, so here are some updates.

I did end up swappping the pink LED for the white JBJ nano glo on the fuge.* Unfortunately, no change in chaeto growth, and I am still battling cyano algae in there.* Not sure what to do in there anymore.

I felt like the Kessil just wasn't cutting it.* The nems were stretching, and losing color.* I've always had AI lights in the past, so I snagged a new Hydra 26HD and am in the acclimation process.* This got rid of extra controller cords from the Kessil, and has so much more adjustibility.* Glad I made the move.* Still relatively low on the settings and ramping up, but the nems have responded well so far.





After a few months with the rainbow nems, and everything was going well, I decided it was time to add a different color to the mix and I wanted red.* I found a guy in WI selling a large aquacultured Black Widow bta and he shipped it to me.* Acclimation went great and it was beautiful.* The clowns had found their new favorite nem as well -*







Unfortunately, adding the Black Widow turned out to be a mistake.* Almost a week after introduction, the BW started shrinking and staying closed a lot of the time,* The clowns refused to leave it and were very aggressive with their "loving".* It looked like some of the tentacles were damages, and actually had the white, squiggly "guts" coming out of a few.* I made a nem box out of juice bottle to keep the clowns away so it could rest and heal.



I was convinced the clowns just beat it up too much, but guys on the forums insisted that it was actually chemical warfare between the BW and the existing rainbows.* Apparently, some higher end nems cannot be mixed with other nems - despite both varieties being aquacultured.* *I thought I was safe since neither were wild, but the only option was too remove the BW and quarantine it.**



So now, I have had to move away from the simple, single*nem tank and*add an additional QT tank (temporarily, of course).* I didn't want to let the expensive BW just die, so I'll let it heal itself, and then I'll be able*to sell it to another member locally, hopefully.* Thankfully, I still have the Kessil for the QT tank.

So, that's where we are today.**


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Old 06/16/2018, 01:44 PM   #73
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Nice looking tank, nobody wanted to go with a “Catish” joke...?


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Old 06/16/2018, 01:45 PM   #74
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“Catfish”, sorry on my phone...


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Old 06/18/2018, 03:20 PM   #75
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No real updates on the Black Widow yet, just chillin in the QT tank.

However, I did get a chance to clean the nem tank and snap some new pics -*












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