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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 1:30 pm    Post subject: thrlride's 5 gallon hex Reply with quote

I went to Walmart, God I hate that place, and bought a rebadged eclipse 5 gallon hex tank. $29.99 for the tank, light and filter. I then bought a 50 watt heater for an additional $15.00.

I am going to my LFS today to get a 50/50 PC light to replace the incadescent fixture.

I should be able to add water and sand tonight.

I'm not sure yet how I am going to handle flow. Since it is narrow and tall I might do a MJ1200 as a closed loop and make a calfo like manifold for the top.

Decisions, decisions....


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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan this powerhead might do the trick for ya.

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merchant...unze_pumps
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

230V? Is that right?
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure, sems high though. I guess i will need to email them and ask.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just 80 gallons an hour? The mini jet 420 has 130 gph. That's what I have in my 3 gallon nano at home.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, but it is so tiny, that is what is cool.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to check it out.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a horrible pic of the tank. The Nextel camera phone is just 'okay'

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured you got the other 5 gallon that they have, but this one should be cool.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

better than my camera phone. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't even have a camera phone.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the size of the hex and the incadecent bulb ought to be easier to fit a PC then the other. Just unscrew a 15 watter and screw in a 20 watter.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just opened the lid to my copier and made four blank copies. Perfect black background for the tank. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh - now that's reefing on a budget. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my companies budget. :D
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now the nano has water, sand and rock in it. One nassarium snail made the trip from the 90 to here.

I need to get a magnet cleaner now. I've got bubbles on the acrylic I need to get off...
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah = I"m trying to figure out how to keep the walls of my little tank clean - with the curved front edges - I'm stumped....

Toothbrush, maybe?
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's got to be tough. Could you fabricate something? Like, get the cheap magnet, pull the scraping material off and then glue on a curved piece then reattach the scraping material?

I wonder if I have to get the acrylic one or if the regular one will work for me. The tank is either acrylic or plastic.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a chopstick, and wrap some cotten gauze around it. Secure that with a rubber band. Instant cleaner. Plus if you are good with the sticks you can use them to move rock around.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

problem is - it has to be long enough so that my hands don't go in the tank. The second my fingers go in - instant overflow.

I'm planning on running the water ALL the way to the rim. Looks cleaner that way.

Also makes it easier for someone to keep it topped up when I'm not here.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They make some big chopsticks. I think that will be the only way you can move rock.

On my 2.5 I used to remove a cup of water to aquascape.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to remove water from mine too. It's a pain...
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More updates. Pictures to come tonight or tomorrow...

I don't know if I mentioned this or not but I replaced the 15 watt incadescent bulb with two 20 watt PC's. I had to fabricate two aluminum braces to hold them but it turned out pretty good. Not too bad for a vise, hammer, hacksaw and a bench grinder.

I have a leather, some zoos, anthelia, some yellow polyps and some mushrooms in there as well as a black and white percula.

I am still thinking about making a closed loop for it but I'm fighting heat issues now.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet you are with 40 watts of light.!

You beat me to corals.... Good job.

Any corals I'm putting in will need to be cut frags to avoid any flatworm migration... Sad
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol
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