The hood light is not working
Pumps have to be replaced was planning on upgrading
Stand is rubbish and I will through it away tomorrow. The stand had serious water damage and was particle board. It swelled and all the screws are rusted.
new lights. Ideas welcome
New pumps suggestions
Won't need a stand we got plenty of places to sit it in the office.
I see it came with the upgraded InTank media basket, that’s crucial. (The stock one is garbage, and the intank upgrade was like 40-50$). I would recommend drilling as many extra holes in it as you can, water flow is going to be an issue.
for the returns: DONT UPGRADE, see above.. (water flow is an issue!). The ones that come with it work just fine. They are each rated for 268gph I believe, working together you get about 20x turnover. It says 28g but once you put in rock and sand you end up with closer to 26g water volume.
For filtration: I have a small filter sponge on top (the 30g size from petco fits perfectly, but I had to cut it in half to get better flow).
In the middle chamber I put Purigen and a couple media pure spheres, in the lower chamber I keep a bag of Matrix biomedia and a bag of phosguard. I also hang a bag of carbon above one of the return pumps so my kenya leather doesn’t poison everything else
I don’t use a wave maker, there’s plenty of flow from the 2 returns imo. Put your ATO sensor in one of the chambers above the returns, that’s where the water level will rise/fall. I keep mine a couple inches below the baffle.