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post #1981 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-13-2012, 01:55 PM
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I have heard of people who use those body wash scrubbies in their sumps. You get them at the dollar store. I think they have 5 packs for a buck. As far as making the most of the sump, throw a shop light over it, and put some anubias or some floaters. Extra bio filter. The reefers set theirs up kind of like that. They call it a refugium, because reefers are "special" people.....lol
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post #1982 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-13-2012, 09:55 PM
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I actually went out and bought both months ago...the dish scrubbies and the body scrubbers. I've had them sitting in a bucket waiting to be used for awhile. But with the poret foam they're absolutely zero chance for any bypass. Also, I've read in different forums that biological filtration is more effective with slower flow rates, so if I spread out the flow coming out of the pump across the whole surface of the poret wall then it definitely would be one of the best if not THE best bio filter around. Not to mention it's nicer to look at and doesn't need to be rinsed for months on end. Plus, if I ever decide to ditch the sump, I don't have change anything. I can leave the foam walls right where they are and stick a PVC uplift tube from behind the wall and up over the top into the fish section and run the MHF with an airpump.

Bill...the refugium idea is definitely something I've thought of, but if I'm running plants I'm more than likely just going to stick them in with the fish since the fry will feed off of them and it will protect them from getting eaten. It would on the other hand be a nice growout chamber for anubias like you said with the high flow rates and I can adjust the lighting in the sump to be "dimly lit" so it's perfect for the anubias.

Ok....enough typing...more doing. I gotta find my glass cutter so I can make some lids for the two 40 breeders because I'm losing a lot of water from evaporation.
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I actually went out and bought both months ago...the dish scrubbies and the body scrubbers. I've had them sitting in a bucket waiting to be used for awhile. But with the poret foam they're absolutely zero chance for any bypass. Also, I've read in different forums that biological filtration is more effective with slower flow rates, so if I spread out the flow coming out of the pump across the whole surface of the poret wall then it definitely would be one of the best if not THE best bio filter around. Not to mention it's nicer to look at and doesn't need to be rinsed for months on end. Plus, if I ever decide to ditch the sump, I don't have change anything. I can leave the foam walls right where they are and stick a PVC uplift tube from behind the wall and up over the top into the fish section and run the MHF with an airpump.

Bill...the refugium idea is definitely something I've thought of, but if I'm running plants I'm more than likely just going to stick them in with the fish since the fry will feed off of them and it will protect them from getting eaten. It would on the other hand be a nice growout chamber for anubias like you said with the high flow rates and I can adjust the lighting in the sump to be "dimly lit" so it's perfect for the anubias.

Ok....enough typing...more doing. I gotta find my glass cutter so I can make some lids for the two 40 breeders because I'm losing a lot of water from evaporation.
I'll take 2 of those 40b lids please!! Lol
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I'll take 2 of those 40b lids please!! Lol
Haha...if i could find my glass cutter then maybe. I bought it specifically to cut the sheet glass i got and now I lost it when I actually wanted to use it.
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post #1985 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 12:18 AM
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Haha...if i could find my glass cutter then maybe. I bought it specifically to cut the sheet glass i got and now I lost it when I actually wanted to use it.
Found it Made a couple lids so far but without a guide my cuts are far from straight haha. The glass is very thin window pane glass so I'll likely cut two more the same size and run a bead of silicon around the edges to glue them together so it's twice as thick and will be able to hold stuff without me being worried about it breaking.
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post #1986 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 06:11 PM
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Found it Made a couple lids so far but without a guide my cuts are far from straight haha. The glass is very thin window pane glass so I'll likely cut two more the same size and run a bead of silicon around the edges to glue them together so it's twice as thick and will be able to hold stuff without me being worried about it breaking.
Cool. Never did trust myself cutting glass. I am prone to slicing myself to shreds at work. I can only imagine what i would do to myself while handling cut glass........lol

Took the 75 down to low light and no co2 for 2 weeks to rid myself of nasty brown algae. I removed all the plants i wanted to save from this ordeal. I think tonight i'm gonna swap out some substrate and replant. I did have a few plants that i wanted to save melt, but that's no biggie. Wish me luck. Lol
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post #1988 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-19-2012, 01:30 AM
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3 male (as far as I can tell) bosemani rainbowfish for free or whatever extra fish stuff you have laying around...
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post #1989 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 08:09 PM
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why ppl breed this thing?
any idea?
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why ppl breed this thing?
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They are outstanding for controlling insects in your garden. Unfortunately, the males only live until they mate (female eats him afterwards) and most only have a lifespan of a year.
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why ppl breed this thing?
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Because their awesome! haha Plus theyre endangered last time I checked, so breeding them to increase population is cool
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3 male (as far as I can tell) bosemani rainbowfish for free or whatever extra fish stuff you have laying around...
i don't need the rainbows, but what kind of stuff are you looking for?
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post #1993 of 3014 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 10:26 PM
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Because their awesome! haha Plus theyre endangered last time I checked, so breeding them to increase population is cool
i know some mantis species are endangered, but i do not believe the common praying mantis is one of them. in fact, you can buy egg sacs online very readily.
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I thought I heard crickets on here but then realized all of the Preying Mantis' had eaten them....Where is everybody?
Tough weekend for PA Professional Sports teams.
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