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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Novice seeks advice!

I have a new 28G, that I want to try a few customizations, for lack of a better word.
Filter: Eheim 2028 and Sponge Filter
Substrate: Sand
Light: Super Nova Extreme
Planted: Yes, moderate
Fish: None Yet
Experience: Novice (<6months)
Iíve seen many tanks that have many visible objects in them . Iím trying to minimize this while improving quality. Iím anal about water quality and objects in tanks (not decorations). The goal is to add an additional reservoir to it. Iím considering (because of space) placing an 9 Gallon custom made container under the cabinet, beside the filter. Why this size? Itís the available space under the stand (15x12x12) right beside the filter. I donít like the look of the heater or too many things in my other aquariums. My goal is to have the water pumped/ siphoned to the reservoir, and then the filter will remove the water with its intake hose, which will have a pre-filter attached, filter it and pump it back into the tank. I just need to have the water removed at the same rate as the filter is pumping. I have my own wood shop, and have been practicing bending my own clear PVC with very good success. So the pipes will barely be seen as well. I need suggestions on accomplishing this. Pics will be up soon!
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Never done this myself, but here are some keywords to help your searches. I believe the reservoir is typically called a refugium and you may want to search 'overflow' as that is the name of the method of pump/siphon that you mentioned.

Good luck, and I'd love to hear more about clear pvc bending as well as its clarity under water as compared to glass and acrylic.
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Never done this myself, but here are some keywords to help your searches. I believe the reservoir is typically called a refugium and you may want to search 'overflow' as that is the name of the method of pump/siphon that you mentioned.

Good luck, and I'd love to hear more about clear pvc bending as well as its clarity under water as compared to glass and acrylic.
Correct, I wil have to have an overflow it seems. The clarity under water is much better than the green Eheim hoses/tubes though! The method of bending the pipe is easy. I fill it with sand and heat it with a heat gun (22.00 at Lowes). For making smooth curves, I mold it around my rubber mallet. I also use clear PVC on m sponge filters. I have 1" PVC attached instead of theirs. I have the pipe cut at 27 degrees right at the surface of the water. I minimze bubbles this way so the DIY CO2 gets most used. Oh, I gues more pics to post!

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I would think a 2028 alone would be plenty filter for an aquarium that size; use it with a Hydor inline heater to get the heater out of the tank.
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A 2028 is more than enough filtration and I would think current for a 28 gal tank. It holds more media to sustain bacteria than you will ever be able to utilize in a tank that small. Remember, bacteria size is proportionate to the tank size and bio-load that it will produce. Once a colony has been established in the 2028 no more will produced.

Adding more filtration in the way of a sump wont do you anything. But add current, you could do that with a powerhead. Personally, I dont think you will need more current, the 2028 will probably have to be restricted as it is.

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A 2028 is more than enough filtration and I would think current for a 28 gal tank. It holds more media to sustain bacteria than you will ever be able to utilize in a tank that small. Remember, bacteria size is proportionate to the tank size and bio-load that it will produce. Once a colony has been established in the 2028 no more will produced.

Adding more filtration in the way of a sump wont do you anything. But add current, you could do that with a powerhead. Personally, I dont think you will need more current, the 2028 will probably have to be restricted as it is.
Thanks. My goal is not to increase the current, or filtration, but improve volume. Instead of having the fish in a 30, I'll have 40 or maybe 45 gallons of water. All these comments are helpful! I will be receiving a 75G Bow in 6 weeks, and that will have more mods. I look forward to building/sharing/learning.
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