- Aug 23, 2018
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Hello reefing peeps, i have been wanting to do a build thread since i started working on my 75, but that project is on hiatus for various reasons. i have however, got a 14G running to get my feet wet in reefing.
Before getting the 14G, i took a spare 10G and started learning the ways of the salt, testing, and mixing water. this was intended to be used to cycle some rock so that when i get my 75G up, it would reduce cycle time. That WAS the plan, until life happened, and the 75 went on hiatus. so i started thinking about keeping the 10G permanently. After having it in my room for a few weeks i felt that my dislike of rimmed tanks is starting to manifest itself, and i started shopping around for a rimless option.
10G with first clown, named Pablo (R.I.P sorry i didn't make a screen lid earlier)
i had originally wanted to try an 11G cube that i found at my LFS (Bigal's in Toronto if anyone's interested), but found this 14G and fell in love with the dimensions. 50cm x 33cm x 35cm, or 19.7" x 13" x 13.8". This tank is a Chinese brand called YiDing. they have a huge selection of tanks that are actually very high quality.
I decided on this 14G as i have had both a 10G and a 20G in my room separately over the past years, and found that 20G was too much, and the 10G left me wanting more, and this tank has more forward and backward depth than a standard 10G, which would make scaping easier. the 10G i was using, has been turned into a sump.
This is the tank as of writing this post. Jan 27, 2019
This tank currently is sitting atop of a Seapora Empress stand, jerry-rigged to accept plumbing and a sump. if anyone is wondering, i would absolutely NOT recommend the Empress stand, more on this later.
Tank - 14G YiDing Low iron
Sump - DIY 10G sump with DIY glass baffle
Overflow - Eshopps Eclipse S
Filter - DIY socker holder + 200 micron mesh socks
Skimmer - RDC 150 Hang on skimmer
ATO - ancient washing detergent bottle gravity feeding into float valve
Return pump - Jebao DCP-3000
Wavemakers - 2 x Jebao SW-2
Light - Micmol Aqua Mini 60W
Algae deterrent - Flipper Nano + Vertex Simplex
Salt - Reef Crystsals (WANT TO CHANGE TO FRITZ RPM FOR PARAMETERS)
Dosing - Reefsupplies generic 2 part (STILL IN PROGRESS)
Dosing pump - Jebao DP-4 (NOT IMPLEMENTED YET)
Photography - Huawei G8 with orange acrylic piece.
Salinity - Generic refractometer from Amazon with Brightwell calibration fluid.
Alk - RedSea Foundation Pro
- Hanna Alk egg
Cal - RedSea Foundation Pro
- Hanna Cal egg
Mag - RedSea Foundation Pro
NO3 - Salifert
PO4 - Salifert
Feed livestock every day around 7-10pm
Terrorize Algae every other day or as they become ballsy and show their faces
Clean pumps every month
Change filter sock every weekend
5G water change every weekend
Cheapo BTA i found colored up nicely