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04-12-2014 02:51 AM
ua hua I got the o-rings the other day and before doing my weekly maintenance this week I replaced the primer o-ring and a couple of other o-rings on the inside of the pump head. It works like new now and was a fairly easy repair. I'm still trying to decide on a new wet/dry filter for the tank and will replace my current wet/dry and Eheim. I was thinking about having a sump custom built but the quotes I have got are more than I'm willing to spend. So right now I'm looking at the ADHI wet/dry:

http://www.aquacave.com/ADHI-Wet-Dry...tats-P996.aspx

It's a not a cheap filter by any means but way cheaper than I have been quoted for a custom built one. I would like to hear what other brands of pre-built wet/dry or sumps others use. I have used an Eshopps and Amiracle brand filters but want something with more volume and interior room for pumps.

On another note I got some really nice Ludwigia brevipes from MB2 and I'm really liking it so far. The H. Brown was almost all but eliminated as it grows insanely fast. I still kept a few stems because the color is not like any other plant. I also planted a few stems of A. reineckii that MB2 sent. I'm hoping these plants grow well because they look really nice. If you haven't seen MB2's tank you need to take a look as its one of my top 5 tanks on this site.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=541881

I will try to get some updated pictures put up next week sometime.
04-09-2014 01:47 AM
ua hua
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Originally Posted by MB2 View Post
Very beautiful and colorful tank, ua hua. Are those DW? They have a unique look!

Regarding filter leaks, if it was me, I would go for a bigger sump and don't have to touch the canister filter again. Life will be simpler a lot. I have a Mag 12 for my sump and do need to throttle down more than 50% as well to get the gentler flow I would like.
I will definitely be getting a bigger sump and at that time I will get rid of the Eheim and my current wet/dry sump. For now I will try to make the repair on the Eheim until I decide on the final plan for the new sump.

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Originally Posted by Cardinal's Keeper View Post
Ua, I have changed that exact gasket on my thermofilter pro 2 twice over the 10+ plus years I have had it. I bought two though this last time just to have a back up, which I ended up needing as the first o-ring got pinched on the reinstall and leaked. One thing I found on the second try was that it was much easier to push the pump head out the bottom, install the o-ring and then slide back up while carefully avoiding the pinch point. Pushing it out the top and then back in made it bind and pinch the o-ring more. Use lots of gasket grease to.

Any questions feel free to hit me up.

The way the describe it in the link you posted is exactly the way that I found was best.
Thanks for the tips. I should have the o-ring sometime this week and it should be a simple enough repair but if I need some help I will get in touch with you.
04-06-2014 11:43 PM
Cardinal's Keeper Ua, I have changed that exact gasket on my thermofilter pro 2 twice over the 10+ plus years I have had it. I bought two though this last time just to have a back up, which I ended up needing as the first o-ring got pinched on the reinstall and leaked. One thing I found on the second try was that it was much easier to push the pump head out the bottom, install the o-ring and then slide back up while carefully avoiding the pinch point. Pushing it out the top and then back in made it bind and pinch the o-ring more. Use lots of gasket grease to.

Any questions feel free to hit me up.

The way the describe it in the link you posted is exactly the way that I found was best.
04-06-2014 11:20 PM
MB2 Very beautiful and colorful tank, ua hua. Are those DW? They have a unique look!

Regarding filter leaks, if it was me, I would go for a bigger sump and don't have to touch the canister filter again. Life will be simpler a lot. I have a Mag 12 for my sump and do need to throttle down more than 50% as well to get the gentler flow I would like.
04-05-2014 12:56 AM
ua hua
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Originally Posted by Jalopy View Post
It's stuff like that that makes me wish I had a simple HOB. Tanks looks great. Love how clear the water is.
It's frustrating when stuff like this happens but it's not the first time nor will it be the last. It has at least got me moving forward with this new sump idea.
04-04-2014 08:24 AM
Jalopy It's stuff like that that makes me wish I had a simple HOB. Tanks looks great. Love how clear the water is.
04-04-2014 03:21 AM
ua hua Tuesday morning I woke up and checked on my tank as I always do. I looked under the stand and noticed a little puddle of water and couldn't for the life of me figure out where it was coming from. After taking out everything from under the stand I narrowed it down to my Eheim filter. I couldn't see any leaks from around the pump head and filter housing but after a closer look I could see a small dribble from the pump head where the power cord comes out. I had an extra o-ring for the pump head and filter housing and replaced it. I also put my canister filter in a plastic tub just in case the leak was still happening. I didn't see any more water dripping so I thought the leak was fixed.

Well tonight after doing my weekly maintenance I saw that the little channel where the power cord comes out had water in it again. It was a little baffling to see it was still leaking even after putting on a new o-ring so I decided to do a little searching and found that this is a common problem where the primer o-ring goes bad. The only problem now is that Eheim doesn't make a replacement o-ring for the primer button. They want you to buy a whole new pump head. I was about ready to put this filter to bed as I have had it for awhile and already have a wet/dry on the tank also. The plan has been to replace my current sump and Eheim 2126 with a bigger sump sometime in the future (which may have come sooner than planned).

So with a little more browsing I find this link from the NJAGC that shows step by step instructions with how to replace the o-ring and where to get it from. I ordered the parts needed and will see how this works when I receive them. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this using the Eheim Pro II models but if you have I would like to hear.

Even if this does fix the problem I at least have an excuse to get the ball rolling on the new sump setup.

http://www.njagc.net/wp/filtration-e...eries-filters/
03-22-2014 03:03 AM
ua hua Another little non picture update. Sometimes I think I'm talking to myself in this thread but that's ok I do that in my everyday life also. At least I'm hoping that someone that's lurking or just reading through the thread can get a little information from my rambling.

I changed my return pump to a Mag 9.5 a few weeks ago but had to throttle it back almost half way as my overflow wasn't keeping up. I thought it was strange that a pump rated at 740 gph at the head height it's running at was overpowering a overflow box that's rated at 800 gph. I was thinking of solutions so that I could run my pump without having to throttle it back. I was going to split the return to two lines(which I still may) but didn't think it would make any difference as I would still be getting the same volume of water in my tank whether it was from 1 line or 2. After doing my weekly maintenance last night and cleaning my s/s mesh that I have on the overflow box to help keep the shrimp out which it does but some still end up in the overflow box by climbing over the mesh. I decided to leave it off for awhile and run my return pump full power. It worked perfectly. The mesh was slowly down the flow quite a lot and now I have some major water movement going on throughout the entire tank. I can only hope that this added flow helps move the co2 around especially when the tank gets overgrown between heavy trimmings.
03-14-2014 05:53 PM
ua hua
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Originally Posted by The Trigger View Post
Wow man everything looks beautiful!
Thank you

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Originally Posted by tomfromstlouis View Post
I had to come back and look again. This tank is a really great example of how to deal with plant collectoritis. You've got lots of different species in there - too many by almost anyone's advice - yet the harmony and balance in that last picture is exquisite. They work together beautifully.

I do not envy you trying to keep this balance what with CO2 and all those stem plants, but let's acknowledge this much: you have grown many different plant species - some quite difficult - into a balanced and serene scape of riveting beauty. Love the textures and colors.

It is really very Dutch, but with a spare and more open feel that gives it a more angular and less overstuffed vibe that I like.
I appreciate your kind words but this tank and myself still have a long ways to go. While its true that I'm not fully cured of my collectoritis I have tamed it down considerably from the past. The Dutch style scapes are what drew me into this side of the hobby and I'm trying my best to create something similar. While its not a Plantbrain tank I have been happy with the results thus far. I'm still learning the trimming and shaping techniques which makes a huge difference in what a tank like this looks like. I spent the first few years in this hobby just growing plants and learning the growth rates and habits of certain types with no regards to actually aqua scaping a tank. The last few pictures I posted are after it has grown in after a week or two and I will try to post some pictures of what it looks like after I trimmed again this week. It takes a lot of work to maintain a heavily dominated stem tank and I have a whole new respect for those that create Dutch style tanks or hybrid style such as Toms tank and manage to keep them so well manicured and polished looking. Maybe I should take up Bonsai to help learn some of these techniques and styles.
03-13-2014 04:07 PM
tomfromstlouis I had to come back and look again. This tank is a really great example of how to deal with plant collectoritis. You've got lots of different species in there - too many by almost anyone's advice - yet the harmony and balance in that last picture is exquisite. They work together beautifully.

I do not envy you trying to keep this balance what with CO2 and all those stem plants, but let's acknowledge this much: you have grown many different plant species - some quite difficult - into a balanced and serene scape of riveting beauty. Love the textures and colors.

It is really very Dutch, but with a spare and more open feel that gives it a more angular and less overstuffed vibe that I like.
03-12-2014 09:53 PM
The Trigger Wow man everything looks beautiful!
03-12-2014 09:50 PM
tomfromstlouis Gorgeous. Splendid. Rich. Inspiring.
03-11-2014 04:34 AM
ua hua Some new pictures of the tank.

Pictures from about 2 weeks ago.





And some of the tank tonight













03-05-2014 04:50 AM
ua hua Well I got my new overflow hose and pump yesterday and after my weekly maintenance today I installed the new hose and return pump. I also replaced all the return plumbing to the tank. I was not expecting the Mag 9.5 to be so much more powerful than the Mag 7 but its almost too much for my current setup. The overflow box I have is rated at 800 gph and the Mag 9.5 is rated at 740 gph at 3' of head which is where I'm at but my overflow box can't keep up. It's not that big of a deal because for now I have it throttled down with a ball valve but I have planned on replacing my sump for a bigger one in the near future so I can eliminate my Eheim Pro 2. I have been talking to some of my buddies from my days in reefing and kicking around some ideas of a design that will work for my tank. I will either try to design something myself or will have Lifereef build me something after I come up with a design that I'm happy with. I have a few ideas of what I want to do but I'm still in the planning stages. I will also be getting a new overflow box that will be able to handle the added flow. I still haven't had a chance to put any of the new pictures I took on to Photobucket yet so maybe I will get time this weekend.
02-26-2014 04:49 AM
ua hua A little update on the tank. I finally got my camera back today and quickly took quite a few pictures but I can't post them right now because my laptop decided to crap out on me a week ago so right now all I have is an iPad. I have no clue how to get pictures from a sd card onto the iPad so I will have to wait until I can get to a computer and upload them to photobucket.

I added a FEW new plants to the tank yesterday. First of all I need to give a huge thank you to a friend of mine that i think is the most giving, funny, and just all around great guy Oleg(OVT). This is a person that knows the true meaning of RAOK is. Those of you that have dealt with him before I'm sure already know and those that haven't I need to tell you that this guy is an asset to this hobby. If I didn't live 2,000 miles from him I would definitely hang out with him and buy him a FEW adult beverages. And if I ever find out where he likes to go have dinner he will be getting a gift card in the mail. So with that being said Thanks again Oleg.

After adding the plants and doing weekly maintenance I noticed my hose from my overflow was dripping water on top of my sump. Apparently there is a pin hole in the hose right next to where it attaches to the sump inlet so I placed an order for a new hose and while I was ordering it I decided to get a new return pump. I was wanting to get another koralia pump to help add some flow now that its grown in fairly thick and keep the co2 flowing well but decided I didn't want another pump in the tank. So now I will be using a Mag drive 9.5 for a return pump instead of the Mag drive 7 that I'm using now. This should help out quite a bit with the flow.
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