I run a biocube 32 basically the same tank you have here. I also have set up with in=tank fuse and in tank media basket with chemipure, phosgard, some live rock and filter floss. The filter floss I use comes in a large bag, looks like stringy cotton and is way less dense than yours looks. just reach in the bag, grab a chunk and put it in the top of the basket. All works great and I like the stronger flow from the return pump. When I did use the cut to size filters, they seemed too dense and too much trouble for the function.Today I tried to tackle rear chamber flow problems. I have the intank media baskets and although they are great I found one major issue with them. When using a fine filter floss they clog easily and restrict flow dumping all the water straight over to the refugium.
The 10 or so holes just dont work correctly with the filter floss sitting right on them. And I'm not even putting alot of flow through it (using the mj900).
So after alot of thought here's what I came up with.
It increased the surface area almost 3 fold and it now allows the floss to sit up off the bottom allowing flow from 3 sides. I hope this resolves my flow problems for good. What do you guys think?
Sounds reasonable but overthought, with such a small volume, it probably doesn't matter at all.I've had issues in the past with that set up. One, the live rock becomes an undisturbable ditritus sink, second the heater before the probe causes the heater to shut off prematurely as it's registering the newly heated water and not the actual tanks temperature. That's why I run my heater in chamber 3 and the probe in chamber one. Probé always upstream of heater. That way the prob is measuring the water coming straight from the display and the heater is warming up the water that's about to join the display. But hey if you're having success with it good on ya just my experience with that set up.
In my 14s early months As hot as it gets here in the summer I ran 80-82, once I got a temp controller I ran 80. Now that I upgraded my fans I'm running 78 but if the fans aren't going to be able to keep up I'll bump it back up to 81. No point in having crazy swings if the fans can't keep up better off being stable at 81. The great barrier reefs annual temperatures range from 72 - 84 so not that big of a deal. Just sucks being that close to the upper edge. With that said I'm confident these new fans will have no problem.I was always told to maintain 78 to 80. Never heard of anyone pushing over 80 deg.
It might not matter that much but where it does get ya is in heater cycles. Having the heater kick on and off as few times as possible greatly increases its longevity.Sounds reasonable but overthought, with such a small volume, it probably doesn't matter at all.
Thank you! Still learning alot. I got some new filter floss coming in that I'm going to try out. I'm almost 100 percent certain my current floss won't flow correctly with the new pump so we will see how that goes.Your tank looks great and all looks healthy. Good job.