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Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by richard, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. richard

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    Planning on ordering a custom acrylic filter section to fit in the back of my new 30 cm pico tank.

    Just trying to work out where to put the baffles inside and how it will work.

    I am planning on having filter wool, carbon, and rowa in section one.

    Cheato and maybe a small mm bed in section two lit from behind the tank.

    And then the return pump in the third and final section.

    Does it look right ?
     
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  2. richard

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    Any advice would be great ?
     
  3. brookesy

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    well if you ask me it looks rubbish and i don't think it will work :)
     
  4. BigBlue

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    30cm right? Not 30 gallons?
    So aren't some of the filter elements going to be really tiny?
    Id stick to phos remover, a bit of carbon and regular water changes. Why over complicate things for yourself?
    Regular water changes are the micro reef keepers friend.
     
  5. Clearwater

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    could you change the lay out a bit

    if if became a fuge with MM Cheato and was washing back in rather than pumped, it would become a mini eco system

    The cheato would be the export for Po4 a small bag of carbon for the organics

    + 1 for water changes
     
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    Any idea why? I think it looks ok.
     
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    That's not the sort of response we expect on this forum, other forums maybe.

    An odd first post and one that is of little or no use to someone asking for help and advice.
     
  8. brookesy

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    because i his brother i got to make fun of his stuff :)
     
  9. richard

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    In such a small tank I didn't want to have filters, heaters, pumps ect on show, so though it would be a good idea to have everything in the back nice and tidy.

    The reason I was thinking about the cheato was that I thought it would help balance the ph which could be a problem, not that sure on the mm though, that may be a bit OTT.

    I'm planning on doing weekly water changes, can't see way I would need to do more as a 10% weekly change out of a small tank is the same as a 10% change out of a bigger tank, and thats always worked in the bigger tank.
     
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    not sure anyone said more than 10% IMO that would be fine Big Thumbs Up

    if you didn't want MM how about LR rubble

    are you thinking of reverse lighting the fuge then?
     
  11. richard

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    I apologize for my ten year old brother, I'll make sure it doesn't happen again.
     
  12. Realist

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    Lol. Send him to bed dude :)
     
  13. richard

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    Ye I was planning on reverse lighting it, thinking about using one of those jbj nano glo led lights.

    Allot of threads I've read on picos, people seem to do several water changes a week, some even considering daily changes, suppose because its just so easy to do in a pico, but i think the 10% a week should be fine.

    Would live rock rubble be a better option than mm ?
     
  14. richard

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    Don't worry he'll regret doing it lol.
     
  15. Clearwater

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    MM is very fine silt so the surface area is huge for the bacteria so 1" depth
    will fully process the Nitrogen cycle,

    The Rubble would simply help the fuge effect, not really doing any filtration
     
  16. richard

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    That's why I was considering the mm, because of the small space it seemed like a good option with only being 1" deep.
     
  17. richard

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    Thats an interesting idea having it pump into the filter and flowing back in, better for the pods to get back into the tank.

    Only downside would be no surface skimming, and having a pump in the main tank.

    Will have a think about this.
     
  18. richard

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    In the current design, would the area be big enough to make the mm effective.

    It would be about 10cm by 5cm by 1" deep, tiny space but its a tiny tank.

    With the other option I could have a small weir at one side with filter floss in with the pump at the bottom which would then pump water into a separate fuge section, and the water would flow back into the tank.
     
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    I think this is a difficult concept, due to the size.
    The baffle plate set up, would reduce the internal size by a large amount.
    You could have weir teeth inverted, so it go's over and under.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
  20. richard

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    I have been thinking about how small the filter would be so I made a mockup using foam board, and there's hardly any space in the filter without taking too much space from the display.

    Not sure what you mean about the inverted weir teeth and going over and under ?
     
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