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My 45 Cube

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Ok well I guess it is time to show off my tank. Still don't have much in it but here goes.

45 cube. 24x24x20

Made the stand(not my strong suit but think it came out ok)

Rapid led onyx light fixture controlled by storm controller

Reef octopus nw-150

Mag 7 return

2 jebao rw-8

Glass holes overflow with dual return kit running through a 3/4 inch squid

Stock

Small cleanup crew

2 tank bred bicintus clowns

A few zoa frags a beat up spongodes frag

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I love the rimless look as well too. Though I will tell you that it has it's downside as well. Salt on top of rim, splashes over rim when cleaning top of glass, and if you have a wave from your wave maker have to be careful. As far as the skimmer, it seems to work well. A little fickle between dry and wet skim but maybe that is me just being too fidgety.

Richard

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Degan   

That's the cost to look awesome. :) I just received my new skimmer. I got the Super Reef Octopus 1000. It got great reviews online and from friends. Hopefully it does well.

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Biggest thing I have notice with my skimmer is have to clean it often. Production seems to slow drastically around day four. This also seems to be about when the inside of the funnel is getting pretty clumpy.

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Degan   

Is it set to the right water level in the sump? One thing I did notice is that mine is super sensitive. The specs call for exactly 5.5-5.75" on mine and they mean it.. most sensitive skimmer I've ever had. Once I got it dialed in it puts the poop right in the cup. Minimal grime in the body. A bit on the wet side but manageable.

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Yeah I have my skimmer raised up to be at proper depth. I just think it needs regular cleaning every couple days. I have been thinking of building some kind of manual wiper that I can spin every day or two.

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Degan   

that is very cool and totally possible but without having a 3D printer and/or the ability to use metal it would probably be a nightmare to make and keep running.  Id have to say 160 bucks for the real deal is worth it if this is a must have.  IMHO..   

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The only thing he used the 3d printer for was the little L bracket he made. I have to believe I could carve one out of a block of plastic or maybe even by using heat on PVC and flattening a piece and bending it and get a similar result. Of course your right about worth the money if it is in your budget. Just don't know that it is high enough on my list to use my budget on it. Next thing for me is dosing pump I think.

Richard

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Degan   

I know this is straying from the original conversation but unless your planning on seriously stocking that tank in the near future you wont need a dosing pump any time soon.  regular waterchanges will sustain a pretty heavy load.  for me 20% weekly has maintained some pretty heavily stocked tanks.   another cheap way to achieve that is to just add all of your chems to the ato water..  its not as accurate due to changes in evap but as long as you stick to the low end of the target doses it will be fine.    I agree that its low on the priority list to buy an auto wiper though. I will get one some day but for now cleaning the skimmer is a labor of love. :)

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Well it has been a while since I did an update. Been running the onyx led fixture by itself and very happy with being able to control color and am able to get exactly the color I want. I also think( at least to my eye) it puts out a bunch of light. But the thing I don't like about it is there is just too much shadowing in the tank. And the way my rock is set up I think it makes it worse than what it could be. I also miss the pop the vho's I ran with last tank created. The actinic glow was way extreme compared to what the LEDs bring out. They definitely accent the flourescing corals but I don't see the glow I used too. Long story short I have been building a hood since I just had the pendant suspended. The hood will be suspended as well but will house the onyx plus four t5 retrofit. Gonna start with two ATI blue plus, and two ATI purple plus. It is the color someone else recommended as well as the color combo that was most attractive to me on a reef 2 reef bulb comparison post. I currently have the hood built and the onyx mounted in the hood. I had to add a couple pieces of wood to mount the t5s and just got done painting them, so am waiting for them to dry. Hope to have the first retro installed today and the other comes in mail tomorrow. Thanks to Drauka for ordering too many retros and posting one up at 10$ off what I was gonna have to pay since it got me moving. Been thinking about doing this for months and just needed a push I guess. Will post some pics when I get it hung back up and get all the lights on.

Richard

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drauka   

You are moving a lot faster than me on the retrofit front.... maybe this weekend on mine.  LOL, you found those retro fits cheaper than I did, BRS had them for about $30 more than the place you found so good deal on that.  

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TrentN   

That's exactly what we're thinking about doing for the 90g. I really like the group buy lights, but it's missing something. I used T8's for years on my freshwater tank and liked the fact of very few shadows.

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Well I have it hanging with the one ballast and two bulbs in. I can already tell I have to make one minor change and move the ballast because where it is now it is too high and I don't want to have to stare at it. Here is what the hood looks like. I will post pics of it over tank later, right now it is not level at all because of the first light kit being on front and throwing off balance.42ab3a676b7a9fd9bd9b30da16d24fa4.jpg

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Came home today and hooked up the second t5 kit. I love the way it looks. Just wish I had unlimited money to play with bulb combinations but not all of us can have Nolefan's wallet. Here are a couple of photos of the tank with all the lights and of the hood. Still have to clean up the power wires and clean the junk off top of stand but very happy with the addition.

Richard

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If you are talking about the screen then I made it myself. I bought an aluminum screen rail at Home Depot with the corner brackets. I cut it to fit just inside the rim of tank. Then I bought the 1/4 inch mesh, I think it is a bird mesh, and screened it with that. I cut a couple of piece of the metal and flattened them out and epoxied them to sides to hold it flush with top of tank so it does not stick up. It is not visible at all unless looking for the top. Super easy to do and I probably have ,each leftover somewhere because it comes in a huge roll if you need some.

Richard

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