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CurmudgeonlyOldMan CurmudgeonlyOldMan
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  • Posted on: 15/1/2014 18:05
Re: Refugium #1
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I built one and it cost me amazingly cheaper!

I used this design( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65yVr7DiDls ) but no check valve. Works like a charm. Very fast to set up too.


I've got everything going smoothly for half a day now :D


Have you tested it under power failure conditions, especially if you are not around at the time. Can it restart once the power comes back on and what happens if the overflow blocks, if the overflow blocks water will still be pumped back into the tank and will spill over onto the floor.
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  • Posted on: 14/1/2014 18:27
Re: Refugium #2
As Psymon has said having 2 pumps working in tandem is not a good idea at all. Even placing the pump near the surface can lead to major water on floor incidents. If water level drops, as it will do due to evaporation, one or other of the pumps will have to run dry for a period of time unless you fit an auto top up system. Again as Psymon mentioned calibrating the 2 pumps will be a nightmare and not something I would like to attempt. Your best option in my opinion is the overflow system, cost more now, but in the long run it will be cheaper compared to equipment damage and clean up costs etc. I wouldn't attempt drilling either unless you have experience drilling glass as the glass can crack quite easily and the drilling can alter stresses within the glass causing it to fail later on.
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  • Posted on: 19/10/2013 21:31
Re: LED lighting and humidity. #3
I am using TMC Tile and Strip LEDS and they are also encased in plastic housings, but the manufacturer still recommends not putting them in hoods and to keep air circulation as optimum as possible. The factor with these lights is also one of heat and they require good venting.
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  • Posted on: 27/9/2013 22:21
Re: My First Marine Tank #4
I will definitely have a look into it. Thank you Finns, (cant keep typing Finnipper, hurts my finger tips), no further ideas required everybody, thank you.
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  • Posted on: 27/9/2013 21:58
Re: My First Marine Tank #5
Thank you my good man, and I could use marginally less electric due to temperature not being so high.

What livestock would you recommend as a matter of interest?
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  • Posted on: 27/9/2013 21:46
Re: My First Marine Tank #6
Any ideas would be welcome. Ideas as in strange, unusual, venomous or stingy fish.

I have also toyed with the idea of a native shores biotope, with one cod (joking), biotope with native species.
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  • Posted on: 26/9/2013 21:20
Re: My First Marine Tank #7
You will be the first to know Suey.
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  • Posted on: 26/9/2013 21:09
Re: My First Marine Tank #8
Suey you should know my humour by now. Yes I was joking about the blue ringed and the jelly fish although I have seen them for sale once or twice on my travels around the shops of Britain.

I have seen 2 Hydrocynus goliath for sale recently along with the usual catfish & Snakeheads suspects.

Still deciding what to put in the second tank although it will be a venomous/Stingy variety of fish, smaller Lions Scorpions, Rhinopias Scorpions, Leaf fish, Wasp Fish Coral reef, that kind of thing, Still researching coral safe species at the moment.

I agree with Finnipper, there are some strange additions and omissions from the lists. No real thought gone into the selections.
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  • Posted on: 24/9/2013 22:46
Re: My First Marine Tank #9
I am still working on that whilst my tank matures ready. I am toying with a Blue-ringed octopus, nice and deadly but also hard to get off. I have even had the thought of a box jellyfish or man of war, but again not the easiest of things to find on the market. Failing that various species of Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Stonefish, Leaf fish and Wasp fish.

I have done peaceful and harmless with the occasional "watch out or I will bite you" types, so now it is time for a little more interest and danger.
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  • Posted on: 24/9/2013 21:13
Re: My First Marine Tank #10
Yes Lion Fish are predatory Stinging fish. But I mean more predatory Stinging fish.
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