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  1. Qwickwitz

    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    Great vid! Thanks for sharing!
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    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    Wow! Thank you! That's a huge help! Its crazy the way those stands hold so much weight with what seems like so little.
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    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    Very interesting. My stand has 2 off center supports, but it sounds like the idea is the same. I think ill add a temp support to the middle, just for peice of mind, and remove one of the off center supports, which would give me enough room to angle the sump out. Is your stand currently...
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    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    The front is held up by 4 notched 1×6 boards held in place by 4 staples ea 2 in top and 2 in bottom the back is the same, and they have a brace board from front to back on the 2 middle supports. The sides are 3 1×6s held in place with the same arrangement of staples but no notches and they for...
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    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    Ok, now i have to rethink my strategy, also some math to find out exact how much space I'll need to remove the sump from the front, I'm still guna build some kind of support, just can't bring myself to remove a support with out some sort of back up.
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    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    that was my first thought, but if i remove 1 slat between the door that leaves a 40" gap between supports, now i could brace that but i would still need like 20+ inches to maneuver the sump out of the hole diagonally, maybe more, and i wouldn't really know until i was pulling it out. But on the...
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    Sump Swap Out Aqueon Stand

    I have an Aqueon 180g with a matching stand. First off idk how this thing holds the weight, with a few planks and a handful of staples it just boggles my mind, but i digress. Its time to swap out my sump i really dislike the one that's in there and i built my own, but the problem is I...
  8. Qwickwitz

    Fluvalsmart App

    Aquasky. That's the one I have on my goldfish tank. Check the app store for an up date to get the pro setting. I run my at 100% on the schedule mentioned above, because all i want to do is look at my fish and not grow algae. And I'm using the 24" light on a 48" tank. Just depends on what you...
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    Fluvalsmart App

    What model light do you have?
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    Fluvalsmart App

    I picked one of the presets and tweaked it from there. The way i started is with "tropical river" then I looked at how it had the values set and made my own. It really depends what your trying to do with your light. I wanted to keep my fish and plants happy but keep the algae growth to a...
  11. Qwickwitz

    Freshwater Sump

    I see what your saying. I do have an emergency drain, but still not a good idea.
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    Freshwater Sump

    That's a cool idea, But i don't think I'm going to add an initial baffle, just one at the end for a optional polishing pad and pretty much stick to the design that Stephan laid out for me. I like your marble sponge pre filter idea though. I was thinking of a container that was 9-10 inches tall...
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    Freshwater Sump

    Not really, i got the 40b on sale from Petco for $50 it was a good deal and it fits well under my tank, i really wouldn't want it any taller.
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    Freshwater Sump

    Thanks! I appreciate the input!
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    Freshwater Sump

    this is what he sent me when i asked him about the aqua cubes and nitrates Aquarium Biofiltration - SWISSTROPICALS
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    Freshwater Sump

    i haven't discussed the nitrate removal of the cubes with him yet, iv asked so many qustion already, but he did say that i would have enough of my foam leftover after i cut to fit to make 4gallons of media witch I'm assuming will be enough but i will ask.
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    Freshwater Sump

    I was also thinking about adding the baffels and grates much like your arrangement, possibly holding the grates in place with a piece of 1/4 glass on either side silliconed into place for support adding to the ease of removal and cleaning. Or maybe just the grates with no support.
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    Freshwater Sump

    Ok so thanks to your advice, I spent the morning doing research watching videos and talking to the owner of Swiss tropicals, I've decided to run a foam only sump that will cover both my mechanical and biological filtration needs, and like you said it will cut my maintenance way way down. I'll...
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    Freshwater Sump

    I see, i thought that all the muck and food and fish waste would get trapped in the foam and start to break down and cause nitrates to spike. So water comes in to the sump (I'm using a double Herbie drain) and then just goes straight through the 8" of foam? No baffle or anything first? Then...
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    Freshwater Sump

    That sounds way too complicated. I don't think its possible to make a sump that only needs maintenance once every few months, with that many sponges i think that nitrates would start to rise despite water changes after 2 weeks tops. I have a sump now, i just don't like it, its for saltwater...
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    Freshwater Sump

    That's almost exactly like the idea for my first build, less the the vortex of heavy debris removal, which is a cool idea but i think too complicated for me. I haven't actually built anything yet so I'm open to ideas. I like the idea of a series of foam filters from coarse to fine. Do u think...
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    Freshwater Sump

    Thanks. Got any pics?
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    Freshwater Sump

    I'm building a custom DIY sump for my 180 freshwater tropical tank. Ill be using a 40g breeder. I have most of the build figured out, I just need some advice on mechanical filtration, I would like to get my water as clear as I can, down to 50 microns or less if possible, I'm starting with a...
  24. Qwickwitz

    Completing The Nitrogen Cycle Naturally

    Great! Thank you for your input!
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    Completing The Nitrogen Cycle Naturally

    Haha! Thanks, that's pretty much what I thought. I don't mind water changes they're pretty easy for me to do and its just part of the hobby, I enjoy it.
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    Completing The Nitrogen Cycle Naturally

    How do you get the anaerobic bacteria to grow?
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    Completing The Nitrogen Cycle Naturally

    People talk about having a completely cycled tank. In my mind that means 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and here's where it gets tricky 0 nitrates, hence completing the cycle, going full circle. But in all my research we keep our nitrates low, but not gone with plants and water changes but to achieve the...
  28. Qwickwitz

    Micro Bubbles

    I just set up the Herbie overflow and adapted it to my tank, since i have 4 bottom drilled holes in two overflows, i did a 3/4 drain and a 1 1/4 emergency drain in one chamber and a 3/4 drain and the return in the other, this way i don't have to worry about one chamber getting stagnant. The...
  29. Qwickwitz

    Micro Bubbles

    Ok here's the update. I have the Aqueon Megaflow 180 gallon dual overflow tank so you understand my starting point. The overflow kit that comes with with this tank is garbage! the "Durso" style drain allows for a ton of air into the drain witch is extremely noisy and inefficient. But here's...
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    Micro Bubbles

    Thanks for the responses! I figured out im using the stock durso drain configuration which not only is super noisy but it's pulling a ton of air in to my sump. Today I'm going to re-plumb my system to a variation of the Herbie Overflow style. Ill keep you posted.
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    Micro Bubbles

    The way you outlined it in blue is already how it is now. Its just hard to tell in the pic. Is there a way to plumb it so the inlet brings less air with it? Can i do something to the stand pipes in the overflow or somthing to the lines below the tank before they get to the sump? Make them...
  32. Qwickwitz

    Micro Bubbles

    Ok, so your saying if i do somthing like this (see pic if my expert drawing) it will stop the bubbles coming into the sump completely? Because i really think that's the problem.
  33. Qwickwitz

    Micro Bubbles

    The sponge in the drip tray is new in the last 2 weeks, just since i blocked the refugium inlet, but i will give it a go. What do you mean extending the outlets below the water line? And as for the algae bloom i thought that also but i can see the bubbles or what ever it is float to the top and...
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    Micro Bubbles

    I have a 180 gallon freshwater tank with dual overflow chambers that is filtered by an Eshopps R300 sump.(i hope one day to move to saltwater that's why i have this setup) its been up and running for almost 6 months and i can't seem to get rid of the micro bubbles, I've tried lots of things...
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    Lighting Issues.

    I have 2 36" fluval 2.0 plant lights for my 6' aquarium I'm trying to find the right amount of light to keep my sword plants and fish happy, while limiting the algae growth. I have it running for 12 hours a day on the " planted" setting, should i just keep turning the light intensity down until...
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    Treating Goldfish With Ich

    Great! Thanks a lot for replies!
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    Treating Goldfish With Ich

    Tank What is the water volume of the tank? 65 gallons How long has the tank been running? Does it have a filter? About 6 months. A cascade 1200 canisters filter. Does it have a heater? I've added one recently to raise the temperature for treatment What is the water temperature? Normally...




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