Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:34
Computer fans sometimes include colored LED lighting, purely for visual effect. I thought that I could probably utilize them not only for cooling my reef, but also to create some moonlighting for the late night hours.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:19
Over the years, I've used just about every type of lighting available for the aquarium hobby. Normal Ouput (NO), Power Compacts (PC) also referred to as Compact Fluorescents (CF), Very High Output (VHO), Metal Halide (MH) and now (time of writing is 2003) T-5 High Output (HO) are available for a reasonable price in the U.S.
The 5 in T-5 stands for the bulb size, and basically it is the same diameter as a PC bulb, except it is simply one straight tube. A PC bulb is one bulb folded in half, with a socket at the end.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:58
My 3g Pico tank ran for about a year, providing a tiny splash of color in my kitchen. The tank was later repurposed to treat infested corals, and then became the Suncoral Tank for several years.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:14
After giving it some thought, I came up with a solution! What I needed was something that would fit in a very narrow area, due to the bracing in the back of the stand. However, I had more space on both sides of the brace, which would add up to more gallons of water if utilized. I gave this a lot of thought, trying to come up with a way to install the sump within the stand without having to take down the tank in the process. After a few weeks, I finally realized the perfect solution.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:43
Early in 2003, I bought a virtually new MH setup from a member of ReefCentral.com. The only thing I was lacking were the quick disconnect cords that run from the mogul sockets to the ballast, but another person pointed me to PremiumAquatics.com. $18 later, I was finally in a position to fire them up! This is a PFO Dual 175w system, which I feel is plenty for a 55 gallon tank. The aquarium is narrow, and not very deep. Using Ushio 10,000K mogul-based MH bulbs, the tank still needed actinic supplementation.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:36
11/03/02 - New 55 Gallon Setup: It was in a home in the Azle area, and was in really sad shape. The husbandry was pathetic, merely because they didn't have someone good to mentor them.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:23
Just for fun, I thought I'd document the various images I took of my 29g over time. Here's how it all started in 1998.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:11
The plumbing of all this together is truly a jigsaw puzzle of pieces. I'll try to help you out. Basically, I stood in the plumbing aisle almost 2 hours figuring out what fit into what, and laid them out like a skeleton in my shopping cart so I'd not have to make a return trip. (Let me qualify that though... I was doing two separate projects on two tanks that same night. Shave off 45 mins. hehe)
You will need
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:03
I wanted to run a closed-loop system on my undrilled 29 gallon aquarium. My goal was to use the SCWD WAVEMAKER, and be able to replace two MaxiJet 1200 powerheads. This is how it was plumbed:
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:00
After years of deliberation, I decided it was time to expand the limits of my aquarium. I'd studied up on "Wet/Dry" systems, "Sumps" and "Refugiums." Following the advice of others, I investigated those various types of systems, and determined that a sump with refugium would be best suited for my 29-gallon tank's stand.