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Old 04-08-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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My Discus Planted Tank Project


So I have had a good run with this tank in the past using 2x 35w canister filters, and upgraded to surface skimmers in the past to cut down the proteins on the surface. The power Bill is always high and I changed to LED Aquarium Tubes 6 months ago.

The Tank has had its fair share of problems and I invested recently in Reverse osmosis Filters. The purity of the water has improved the water quality 99%, and since I have had my overflow box I setup a flow system to feed the water into my tank around 12 hours a day.

Now I am going to reduce the running costs even further and have just finished setting up an overflow system to cope with the constant addition of my new Reverse osmosis system that is turned on when I want to clean the water.

I will be building a Sump from 4.5mm acrylic and running a good quality pump of 3000 liters per hour. At the moment my canister filters are hooked up the the bottom of my over flow box and the extra water escapes from my overflow box through a separate overflow I drilled myself , then goes through pipes to the back patio drain, and I plan on having an emergency overflow on my sump too in case of power failures or siphon breakages.

The biggest project ahead for me is the welding of the acrylic I have just ordered.

I plan on completing the project around April 20th and will update the progress continually.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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This is my Overflow Box, I modified it to allow excess water to escape out into a network of pipes leading to the outside drain that my pool overflows into.

I am also going to setup auto dosing so I can cutback my time on delivering the nutrients and conditioning electrolytes to my tank as this has become a new chore which defeats the purpose of having such a maintenance free setup.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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Default A quick modification

I have decided to change the height of the center of my bubble wall. can anyone see any problems with this?

Unsure if it will affect the water levels?
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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Bio balls will work better if they aren't submerged. I wouldn't imagine that lowering the center baffle would matter too much: you'll probably end up lowering the water level in the return section of the sump a bit.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:47 AM   #5
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Default New DIY Sump for my tank

Well my planned Sump took a little turn when I Built it last night. Instead of sticking to the original baffle walls I decided to bend some of the sheets to create a weir effect.

Its my first time using Acrylic and I must say it was not easy, but patience plays an important role when you use Weldon #16 as the Drying time is twice as long as #3 or #4.

I am waiting for the cure to be over and then I will do a leak check and mock run to check everything is going to work.

Here are some pics.
The Pump end is on the Right in the picture.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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So I got the Sump up and running with a new Devil Diablo 3000l/hr pump (I ran my canister in this pic which was taken before I installed my new pump)
Runs smooth as a babies bottom after I installed a stockman pipe and 25mm overflow pipe with a ball valve and fitted a valve on the return. I am pretty impressed with my overflow box which is meant to be 2500l / hr and still has room to take another 2000l or so per hour. I am sure the 15mm valve on the return takes a little from the pumps performance but I thought the overflow would have no air in the top at full capacity.

I also run pressurized C02 into an inline atomizer on the return pipe at 3.5 bars of pressure to keep up with the constant addition of Oxygen.
Still have a few too many bubbles entering the sump but I am gonna try and iron these out.

Just wondering if I can feed water instead of air into my stockman pipe to lessen the air intake?? Has anyone tried it before?
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