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Old 10-29-2012, 06:30 PM   #16
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You could alway skin the stand later if you get tired of the open look. Looks like a fun build. You can make this your money grow out tank.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:03 PM   #17
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It looks good and has a lot of benefits like the black background, you'll never have to worry about surface scum. The planting will look good when it fill in all the way and I'm seeing hundreds of shrimp crawling in the 049.

I like the regulator and I've have never seen that Swaglok reg before or is that something you made to dress it up?
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:33 AM   #18
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Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry for the delayed response. I forgot about this thread. That Swagelok reg failed. Go figure...

The sword is finally taking off and the 049 is coming along too.

I finally hooked up the mp10 this evening. Holy crap! They aren't kidding about the 1500 gph. The waves are just too much but turned all the way down on the random setting is really useful. I'm pretty impressed.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:39 AM   #19
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Surface ripple.



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Old 11-11-2012, 04:41 AM   #20
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oh this is sweet, must be fun to play with all that tech!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:46 AM   #21
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Any real reason for that much surface ripple? Your tank pretty much has a built in surface skimmer from the overflows so there's not going to be any film. Does look cool though.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:11 AM   #22
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Yes, if you went whole hog with the Reg/CO2, you need to go whole hog with each part.

No rush however.

Tank does need some hardscape, or are you going to do the Dutch style?

No need for the Ecotech on this size of tank, yes, I have one, but it's out in the garage in storage.

I took the MP20 off the 120 Gal tank, I still use the MP40 on the 180Gal however.

At most, a small as possible micro powerhead is still smaller than the wet side of a MP10.

And all you'd ever need.

You might get some metal screen and cut it to fit inside the glass cover of that nuke powered light above your tank.

Another thing, having some nice house plants next to the aquarium on stands would look good, eg, Maiden Hair fern in say 1-2 gallon pot.
Most tropical foliage will do very well near the over spray of the MH, and there will be over spray............
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:23 AM   #23
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I love the simplicity. Many people, admittedly myself included, would find it hard to produce a scape with so little using so much (read "such expensive") equipment -- this, I'm sure, however, brings a sense of satisfaction and esoteric pleasure that very few will ever understand or experience. All in all, great job with the tank and can't wait to watch it progress.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:32 AM   #24
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oh this is sweet, must be fun to play with all that tech!
It is
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Any real reason for that much surface ripple? Your tank pretty much has a built in surface skimmer from the overflows so there's not going to be any film. Does look cool though.
I was just playing with it. The sword was completely blown over at that point.
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Yes, if you went whole hog with the Reg/CO2, you need to go whole hog with each part.

No rush however.

Tank does need some hardscape, or are you going to do the Dutch style?

No need for the Ecotech on this size of tank, yes, I have one, but it's out in the garage in storage.

I took the MP20 off the 120 Gal tank, I still use the MP40 on the 180Gal however.

At most, a small as possible micro powerhead is still smaller than the wet side of a MP10.

And all you'd ever need.

You might get some metal screen and cut it to fit inside the glass cover of that nuke powered light above your tank.

Another thing, having some nice house plants next to the aquarium on stands would look good, eg, Maiden Hair fern in say 1-2 gallon pot.
Most tropical foliage will do very well near the over spray of the MH, and there will be over spray............
I'll try the house plant thing. Maybe...

I'm sure I'll get tired of the lack of scape sooner or later. I just wanted to try something super simple. It's supposed to be a wabi-kusa.

This was originally supposed to be reef. That's why there's all of the equipment involved. I already had it, so I figured, why not? The hqi fixture is a good two feet above the tank, plus there's a glass lid in the thing. I love the look.
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I love the simplicity. Many people, admittedly myself included, would find it hard to produce a scape with so little using so much (read "such expensive") equipment -- this, I'm sure, however, brings a sense of satisfaction and esoteric pleasure that very few will ever understand or experience. All in all, great job with the tank and can't wait to watch it progress.
Thanks. I can't wait for it to progress either
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:40 AM   #25
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Time for another trim.



Sorry about the crappy photos. I have no excuse - lol

Anyone want to recommend some fish?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:43 AM   #26
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Fish? Maybe an Apisto cichlid harem?

I do have a plant suggestion, Blyxa japonica.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:46 AM   #27
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Fish? Maybe an Apisto cichlid harem?

I do have a plant suggestion, Blyxa japonica.
Hey, good call! On both suggestions. Like a mound of bylxa behind the sword or the whole back?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:52 AM   #28
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Hey it's oldpunk!

What a cool little setup. I love the way you did the stand with exposed everything underneath. It looks super sharp!
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:56 AM   #29
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Hey it's oldpunk!

What a cool little setup. I love the way you did the stand with exposed everything underneath. It looks super sharp!
Thanks! I just yesterday finally finished hiding all the wiring and making it organized. It was a nightmare.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:38 AM   #30
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Hey, good call! On both suggestions. Like a mound of bylxa behind the sword or the whole back?
Thanks! Your call, I think that both would look equally stunning.
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