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Old 03-07-2014, 08:41 PM   #16
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Fabulous tank & stand - great for a discus tank !
You've done a marvelous job. Congrats !
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:57 AM   #17
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Oh jeez.

Well, just 24hours later, and I've already found my first passenger to ride the overflow waterfall slide.

Was doing a quick eyeball of things and was rooting around in the sump, when I saw him swimming around the center chamber.

Which means he had to go through the overflow, down the drain, through the prefilter tray, through the bioball tower, then over two sump chambers. lol

Looks like I'll have to get some mesh to put over the overflow grills.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:59 PM   #18
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That a really nice setup, great looking fish.

What type of wood is that stand? (I really like it, simple but looks very nice because of the wood.)
Notice you have only 1 center overflow, I plan to do the same, are you going to use herbie type drain? Are your returns out of the overflow as well?
What type of lights did you go with?
Do you have any pictures of your sump working and what type of pump did you get?
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The stand and canopy are oak.
I didn't go with a herbie drain unfortunately. Tank is bottom drilled. I didnt' know what a herbie drain was until just now after googling. I had never run a sump setup prior to this. It has (2) 1.5" drains.
The 2 returns are on the edges of the overflow, yes. Each return is split into 2 loc-line nozzles. Return pump is rated at 2150gph at 0ft of head, so maybe a shade under 2000gph at 4ft (internal pump).
The lights are from BuildmyLED. They are the 72", 10K original (not the XB).
No videos of the sump in operation yet, as I'm still waiting for the custom filter pads to get in. The pads will be going between the baffles. I tossed all the Fluval FX5 pads and bioballs into the sump and wet/dry tower respectively, to help seed the tank.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:42 AM   #19
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Wow, good thing he was okay. Discus are so pretty. I wish I could keep up with their needs..
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:46 AM   #20
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Wow, good thing he was okay. Discus are so pretty. I wish I could keep up with their needs..
Yeah those kuhli loaches are tricky little buggers! It was one of my black kuhli's that rode the waterfall.
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:57 AM   #21
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WOW, that is a gorgeous tank and stand. You're a lucky guy!
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:23 AM   #22
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Oh my gosh, wow! What an incredible tank! Subscribed, I am looking forward to more pictures!

And I am glad everyone is okay, lol, what a ride that must have been! Fishy water park?

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Oh jeez.

Well, just 24hours later, and I've already found my first passenger to ride the overflow waterfall slide.

Was doing a quick eyeball of things and was rooting around in the sump, when I saw him swimming around the center chamber.

Which means he had to go through the overflow, down the drain, through the prefilter tray, through the bioball tower, then over two sump chambers. lol

Looks like I'll have to get some mesh to put over the overflow grills.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:36 AM   #23
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Well after several days since set-up, it's become apparent that my biggest challenge will be getting my dissolved CO2 levels back up.

Once I get a few days off work again (I work 12hr shifts), I'll have to look into sealing up the dry section of my wet/dry sump.

Also, I'm using a pair of Rio 1100's with needle wheel impellers in the return section, and I must say, I'm not overly a fan of the micro-bubble mist that's flying around the display tank. Looks like I'll have to look at plumbing the outlets into a Cerges reactor.

You can really see the micro-bubbles in these pics:
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:37 AM   #24
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Very Nice, wish I can do a 240 gallon tank!
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:24 AM   #25
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Any more pics of the sump? That thing looks awesome. I'm considering replacing mine with a custom acrylic one.
I'm curious to see more of the sump also. I've been thinking about having a new one custom built for me also sometime soon. That looks really nice.
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I'm curious to see more of the sump also. I've been thinking about having a new one custom built for me also sometime soon. That looks really nice.
I'm on the night shift the next few nights, but if I remember I'll snap some shots this weekend when I'm off.

The filter pads I ordered should be in by then as well.

I asked for 3" spacing between the baffles, as I intend to put the filter pads (15ppi and 30ppi) in there for more mechanical filtration.

Stay tuned!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:03 PM   #27
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Ok as promised, I snapped a few shots of the sump:

This is the prefilter chamber, bioball tower, and sump area below the tower. Currently using 15ppi filter foam in the tray. There is a small gap all the way around the tray for spillover, in case the filter pad plugs up.
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These are the 3" baffles, center chamber which can also be used as a refugium, and the return pump section. I asked for the 3" spacing between baffles, so I could add the filter foam for more mechanical filtration. First 2 baffles have 15ppi foam blocks, In the center (fuge), is ceramic bio media that came from the 2 fluval FX5's on my old 125g tank. The last 2 baffles have 30ppi foam. I also currently have all the filter pads from the FX5's as well, to help seed the new tank. It's been about a week and a half now, and ammonia is still undetectable.

The return pump chamber houses a Rio 1100 needle wheel, which is where I'm injecting my CO2. The mist is being returned to the tank via the return pump, which is an Aqueon AQ8000 (2113gph @ 0 head).

I mentioned earlier that I don't really like the mist blowing around the tank, so I'll be plumbing in a cerges dwell time reactor in the near future (once the filter housing arrives in the mail).
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Full sump shot. You can see my attempt to seal the dry section of the tower with duct tape.

Another thing I noticed not long after the sump was installed, was that the guy didn't plumb in any isolation valves! So I'll be doing that soon as well.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:31 PM   #30
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And today's full tank shot, with the light fixture mounting arms installed:

*edited to add* Man, my pic taking skills really suck! Stupid window glare!
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