BADFISH 20 Gallon AIO

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  1. pelphrey

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    I recently transferred my 27 Gallon Cube into a BADFISH 20 Gallon AIO tank, I documented the entire 27 Gallon Build ( https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/27-gallon-cube.207744/ ). A few months back I was looking on eBay and came across a brand new BADFISH AIO Kit and bought it immediately. I sat the kit on a shelf for 5 or 6 months and finally decided to get this project moving. Basically I moved from a sumped 27 Gallon into a 20 Gallon AIO. Why would I do this? I found out how addicting this hobby is and I am going to parting ways with the cube to eventually get a bigger tank. It may not make sense to go from the cube to the 20 long, but I have a decent amount of equipment I can offload in order to fund the upgrade project. For the time being this is the tank I am working with until I get the "Bigger & better" tank!

    For those of you that have never heard of the BADFISH AIO Kit - It was made years ago and become pretty popular. At some point the person in charge of making the kits stopped making them and they became hard to find. AIO kits these days are very expensive, I got lucky searching online!

    Future plans for this tank - Redo rock work, I ordered new dry rock. Figure out a new way to mount the kessil light fixture and get the heater out of the tank and into the AIO kit. May have to purchase a new smaller heater. I'd like to add the Tunze 9004 skimmer to this system as well.

    Details of the tank -
    Standard 20 Gallon Long
    BADFISH AIO Kit
    MJ1200 return Pump
    1/2" bulkhead and loc line
    Vortech MP10WQD
    Kessil A160w w/ Spectral Controller
    Ehiem Heater
    JBJ NANO GLO Refugium Light
    JBJ Auto Top Off
    Currently using Macro Rocks. Just ordered 30lbs of rock from @reefcleaners
    Middle chamber of the AIO houses pond matrix
    Tank is running bare bottom
    Top Fin Stand - PetSmart had these on sale for $55 and I couldn't pass it up! I originally built a 2x4 stand and got in a hurry which resulted in the stand not being level. The Top Fin stand works perfect with the small cabinet in the middle.

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    The BADFISH AIO 20 Long Kit

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    Test Fit
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    With the "Sump" area cover on. I am unable to use this cover since I have the JBJ NANO Glo Light on the tank
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    Top lid on
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    I ended up cutting the return hole out to accommodate a 1/2" bulk head
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    Chaeto in the drain section with the JBJ NANO Glo Refugium Light
    2 Hand fulls of Pond Matrix in the middle chamber with the reversed ATO switch (This switch will shut off the pump if it is triggered)
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    This Kit really makes the 20g an awesome tank
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    I hope I can transform this into the vision I have in my head!
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    I really want to get the heater out of the tank and into the sump, this will have to wait. I want one of the neo therm heaters since it will fit but after the reviews I've seen I don't want to add this heater until I have a temp controller of some sort.

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    Lets take a look into the BADFISH 20 Gallon AIO Reef Tank. In this video we go through the details of the AIO and what my future plans are. I do still plan to upgrade to a bigger tank but this will be many months or maybe a year down the road. For the time being I will focus on creating the best 20 gallon reef tank I possibly can.

     
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    In an effort to get the Kessil goose neck off the side of the tank I ordered some 80/20 this morning in black. I noticed on the website that it said "This item requires a longer lead time. Please see the shipping schedule for expected lead times". I am in no rush and I wanted all black so the wait is fine, but was I surprised when my cell phone rang 20 minutes later. It was a rep from 80/20, she wanted to verify that I saw the shipping schedule for the parts I had ordered and that the lead time will be 8 days. Now that is customer service at it's best!! I've never ordered from 80/20 before and I didn't spend that much money so I didn't expect to get that phone call. It will be probably 2 weeks before I get the parts I ordered, judging by the customer service I don't believe I will be disappointed!
     
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    Good job!
     
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    After some UPS delays I received my Reef Cleaner dry rock that I ordered. The first package was "damaged" and UPS claimed they tried to deliver and I refused which in turn sent it back to Florida. The status should have been updated stating that UPS decided to ship it back to Florida. Regardless John at Reef Cleaners is excellent to work with and I told him to not worry about it until after the Holiday weekend. I still think it is strange that we order rock online and have it shipped to the house, I laugh each time I do this knowing that UPS has to pick it up and move it! Not to mention receiving 30 LBS of rock and 30-40 LBS of salt in one delivery!

    I have a 5 gallon bucket with a power head running at all times mixing 5 gallons of salt water, you can also see the reef crystal residue on the power head I was using. I don't think that the RC had anything to do with the pump failure, it was just a cheap pump. But the RC salt does leave a nasty residue!


     
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    Over the weekend I took all of the macro rock out and redid the tank. I ended up cutting the bottom off of my base pieces so that they sit securely on the bottom. I had planned to cut the Reef Cleaner rock that I ordered, but I figured since the Marco rock is established I would just cut it and put it back into the tank. I also worked on getting any coral left on plugs removed from the plugs. I ordered the Large @Bulk Reef Supply bone cutters awhile back and these work great! I was surprised how easy it was to remove coral from the plugs. I ended up gluing the coral to rock rubble.

    Got my equipment cleaned up and mounted inside of the cabinet.
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    A few frags -
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    Newest addition. Finally a SPS frag. Got this from a local guy.
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    80/20 should be here this week for my new light mount.
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    Top down view
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    Also picked up this Santa Monica Algae Scrubber from the same local guy with the birds nest. This is the Drop .2
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    He sold me his old Hydor Slim Skim Nano Skimmer. I am not running a skimmer so I figured I would give this a try!
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    Selcon for the fish and corals!
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    Birds nest starting to come around!

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    I decided against cutting the reef cleaner rock, I'll keep that rock for my new tank... When am I getting a new tank? I haven't decided yet, I am still trying to figure out what direction I want to go in. I did take all of the Marco rock out of the tank and cut the bottom off all of my base pieces. Cutting the Marco rock with a hacksaw was very easy to do. Much easier then I thought it would be! I also decided it was time to remove as many pieces of coral that were on frag plugs OFF of these unsightly frag plugs. Using the BRS large bone cutters this task was also much easier then I thought it would be. I highly recommend the BRS bone cutters, or any bone cutters!

    Running bare bottom sure does have it's pros and cons. I do like the overall look of the bare bottom tank. I don't have any inhabitants that rely on the sand. Biggest con to running bare bottom is the fact that you can see the waste on the floor of the tank. Luckily for us BB people this waste typically ends up settling in one location of the tank and is very easy to siphon out when doing water changes. An important pro is the fact that I can run VERY high flow in this tank and I don't have to worry about sand being blown around!

     
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    Your tank look awesome man!
     
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    Thanks! It is slowly coming together!
     
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    Cool kit!
     
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    Thanks! I got very lucky one evening searching eBay. I bought it and it sat on a shelf for months until I finally had a use for it. In the end I plan for this tank to become a dedicated frag tank. Until then this is my only tank and I am having fun with it!
     
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    Received my 8020 at the beginning of the week. Got around to putting it together and mounting it on the tank stand last night. It was very easy to put together, as long as you know what mounting hardware belong to what fastener! All in all I have to say that the 8020 light mount is MUCH better then the Kessil goose neck, especially since I had the goose neck on the side of the tank. I'll have a full video on the 8020 coming out in the next couple of weeks.

    For those interest this is the order that I placed with the hardware. To better help you purchase from the 8020 website I would suggest a few things. First choose your Framing Option first. Once you decide on your Framing Option use the Series of your frame to better sort your Fasteners (I used external fasteners). Second when you are buying fasteners pay attention to the Suggested Hardware tab at the bottom of the page. The Suggest Hardware will give you the exact part number you will need.

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    I went with the 4 slot frame so that I can hide wires in the slots of the frame
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    Had to make the hole bigger on the fastener I bought. Right now I have zip ties holding the light to the 8020
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    Unboxing the 8020, building my light frame and finally video of the 8020 mounted to my tank stand and over my 20 long!


     
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    Picked up the Hydor Slim Skim Nano Skimmer from a local guy along with the Santa Monica DROP.2 algae scrubber. Traded him a few frags for a small birdsnest. The birdnest seems to be doing well in my tank. If you aren't using selcon I suggest you look it up and the next time you place an order on BRS you pickup a small container. Selcon was recommended to me by someone with many years of experience and spoke highly of the product.


     
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    Recieved my container on Friday from Rural King for my water storage. I don't have any initial plans to store salt water. This is the ACE Roto Mold 40 gallon container -

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    Container came with bulk head. I had to buy the 3/4 threaded fitting and 3/4 ball valve
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    Container comes with gallon markings. I took a marker and wrote over them for better visibility
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    The 90 is not glued in for removal. I didn't want this sticking out and possibly getting broken off
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    Birdsnest doing great!
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