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Featured Diy Aio 140 L Tank

Discussion in 'Nano Tanks (11-30gal)' started by CFR, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. CFR

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    Hi,

    I bought my first tank, an Interpet Fish Pod 120, a couple of years ago with the intention of keeping it FOWLR. Worked great for me, but then I decided that I want corals as well. I shopped around for a new tank, but they were too expensive for me. So, I thought I could give it a try and build my own reef tank.

    I bought a low iron glass tank from the internet for a reasonable price. With 80 cm of length I had enough space for an integrated sump. So I sacrificed about 1/5 of the length and I came up with this sump/refugium design.


    What do you guys think?

    Cheers!
    Chris
     
  2. jim_fitz

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    couple of things

    would want a mechanical filter first such as a sock or floss

    if you were using the sand as a deep bed filter ensure everything above can be removed as sometimes they need replacing
     
  3. CFR

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    I'm not sure I'll use sand in the sump at all.
    I'm building a media basket at the moment, which will be placed in the first compartment. The one on the right side. It will contain live rock rumble and floss.
    I guess that would make my life easier.
     
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    sounds a good idea
     
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    looks great
     
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    Thanks Jim!

    Then I installed the pump, a Sicce Syncra 1.5, the heater, a Visitherm 150W, a full spectrum LED lamp for the refugium

    and a NICREW LED light for the main tank.

    Finally, I added 6 kilos of Caribsea Life Rock and 9 kilos of Caribsea Arag-Alive Oolite Sand and after a few days I added the livestock, 1 pair of Clownfish, 1 Royal Gramma, 1 Mythrax crab, 1 Cleaner shrimp, 2 Hermit crabs, 1 Nassarius snail and half a dozen small Trochus snails.

    Cheers!
    Chris
     
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    That’s a cracking job you’ve done there, :)
     
  10. CFR

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    Thanks doug_amanda!
    I'll post more photos of the filter media basket as soon as I finish it. Stay tuned. :)
     
  11. jim_fitz

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    we love pictures
     
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    Well, as they say "One picture is worth a thousand words" :)
     
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    Guessing it’s the media basket?
     
  15. CFR

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    Yes. It's almost finished. Photos coming soon.
     
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    Yes keep them coming :):):) looking good.
     
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