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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2018, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Shallow tank with sump

Hi everyone,
It was been a while, i was far far away from this passion and come back in force with a new custom built.

I got the tank today and i think i will place it there, what do you think ?
Also i will need to think on sometime for the support fixture light, maybe something with the stand and the wall ?
I will add door in front and back of the stand.

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Very nice, can't wait to see another shallow!


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Thumbs up on the 3-pipe Bean Animal drain system.
Peninsula builds are beautiful.

Are you using a Vectra M1, COR15/20, Sicce DC, or other for the return pump?
Keep us updated on your method of the return line placement and the flow pattern as well.
Peninsulas take a little bit of technique to get it right.

Some people are staying away from water check valves and using anti-siphon holes or siphon-stopper gadgets to prevent back flow.
What safeties and gadgets in this build are you implementing into the design (battery back-up, check valves, top off units)?

2 pumps on the market have intelligent feed modes for low flow custom return rates so water just barely comes into the display without going backwards and then resumes to full set speeds after 10 minutes.
The COR series and Vectra series return pumps can do it.

Thank you so much for posting.

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The tank will be in progress.
I will add door in front and back of the stand, also add a 35''x8''x16'' cabinet at one end to put my 5 lbs co2 and power bar etc. I will drill 1 hole 1,5'' for the pump cross to cross 2 cabinets.
The PVC will be white and blue.

I check the Vector S1, really cool pump. I'm thinking to get a Sicce, but i will reconsider my choice. At this moment, dont have enough $$$ but, i prefer to wait and get the best.
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Looks pretty awesome so far. I think you need a smaller TV stand though .
How are you lighting this?

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Very clean build! Are you planning freshwater or saltwater?
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I'm planning to go with the freshwater and specie of 8 to 12 Colomesus asellus (amazon puffer).
The light will be between Radion XR15FW (2 units) or AI prime HD FW.
In few days, i will update the stand picture, i buy some door. Look very nice, need to sandblast.
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I'm planning to go with the freshwater and specie of 8 to 12 Colomesus asellus (amazon puffer).
The light will be between Radion XR15FW (2 units) or AI prime HD FW.
In few days, i will update the stand picture, i buy some door. Look very nice, need to sandblast.
Look into The Tetraodon schoutedeni puffers. Great puffers.
The hear-say states the asellus, mentioned above, have teeth that grow quite fast in comparison to most puffers, but if the proper snails are used, it may be just fine.
A note from a friend was to snip off and discard the pointy tip from the trumpet snail's hard shell and then toss a few of them in for your puffers.
Ramshorn are crunchy too.

Pumps:
The Vectra S1 should be a good choice.
The M1 is supposedly hit or miss for when the production date was, but the customer service is said to be top notch.
The Large L1 pump was said to have heat issues as well as other mishaps.
The M1 pump is almost dead silent.
My Elos DC pump is nice, but not quite dead silent. Just a small whirr.
The Sicce DC series have some bit of negative chatter on the reef forums.
Sicce makes a DC style 6.0, 7.0, and the 9.0. Most places don't advertise the 6.0 model pump.
Reef Octopus has some good reviews. Check them out too.
If you have money to burn...Abyzz is the pump. German with a 10 year warranty. Look at the their videos just to see what makes them a step apart from the rest. Titanium parts are one part of it.

You can also run 2 S1 Vectra model pumps.
One pump to keep the water moving to the display, and the second to get the pipes full again and run silent as they resume the operational harmony they had when tuned.
Hit the feed mode on just one pump.

One pump is fine. Some reefers like the two pump option for redundancy.
The vectra S1 has the low feed mode that stays running anyways.
There are so many options to try. It's a journey.


Remember, you can always run a small Cobalt MJ900 in the sump pump chamber (last one) and return some of the water on it's own loop to the beginning of the sump for more cycles through the media without having to send it to the upper display.
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I didn't think how to setup the sump yet. Probably get 3 sock of 300 micron. Some marine pur, a block ?

Marinepure High Performance Biofilter Media - 8"x8"x4" Block

Project of the day, finishing the stand + make a huge hole for the piping! Hope does not affect the viability of the stand.
Need door stopper!
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The project is still under process, i'm 75% of my time away so dont have enough time for the current tank and i got an opportunity to buy a bow front 86''x29''x29,5'' (24'' at the end) 3/4"' acrylic material for almost 3k$, so i jump on it! I will have probably next year, i need to move before the delivery.

Tank was made for a freshwater, you can see hole on the top of it, except probably to with a bean animal too internal or external of the tank, i dont know yet what should be the best on it!
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Hello gang,

Long time i didn't update this thread. My shallow tank is still in progress and i got many improvement since the last time. Let picture talk better than word! I also find 2 used light maxpsect 8000k and order 4 atledtis PRO-I, i will be equip in light for both tank.






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