My 100L cube Adventure

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  1. 3dd

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    So after having to shut down my previous tank, but keeping some equipment and a spare tank I bought, after almost 3 years without a tank, the cycle has started.

    Going for a minimalist tank this time, so that I have lots of room for growth and to ease cleaning.

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    Had enough issues with critters and stuff from using live rock, so this time I'm starting the tank with dead rock that was soaked in RO for 2 years to ensure most of the nasties has already been leached out.

    Got the tank wet yesterday and this is the final result

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    that looks awesome. You going to run a sump, if so have you got pics? What size is that tank, 500mm x 500mm x 500mm??

    Nice simple aquascaping.

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    3dd Thread Starter

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    Thanks

    It's 450x450x450 with a sump. Total volume 110L but that'll change once I put the skimmer and other reacors into the sump. I'll snap a pic of the sump, although it's very empty at the moment
     
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    This is what the sump looks like at the moment, not much going on in there yet

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    Awesome. Busy trying to figure out the sump design for my new tank, so was keen to see what others are doing with their cubes. Will certainly keep an eye on this build.

    Cheers
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    Cool. Yea not really my design, I probably would have done it a bit differently, but this one seems to work.

    Will need to see how bubbles from the skimmer behave through the bubble trap, but seeing that it's not pushing too much water through the overflow I'm sure it should be fine.

    Very limited space in the sump, which might be a good thing, stops one from getting carried away with equipment :whistling:
     
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    So added a few pieces of equipment too the tank, after having to re-silicone the return.

    Very limited on space in the sump, but at least it fit

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    At least some space left for another reactor or two :whistling:

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    Not bad foam from only running one day with a new skimmer :thumbup:

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    Good job!, coming along nicely.

    How quiet is that over flow?

    Cheers,
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    Thanks man. The overflow is so so, not the quietest ever but not unbearable.

    You can see in the pic I modified an old pump deflector so the water falls into that and slows down, rather than just straight into the sump. This greatly reduced the noise; sounded like a toilet before doing that, now one can watch tv and the tank is barely audible.
     
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    awesome, still working on mine to come up with something silent but will look at this solution.

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    The quietest overflow IMO is a bean-animal, it's super quiet, built in fail safe, and you can push as much water through the overflow as you want. Only bad thing about it is that it does consume a substantial amount of space for the coast-to-coast

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    Epic thanks, will check it out.

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    So I wanted lots of FLOW and the sand didn't and then we parted ways.

    Decided to go bare bottom on this so I can add lots of flow

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    bare bottom is cool just so difficult to keep clean.....
     
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    Planning to make it a stick only tank. So i would be placing the stick on the glass, and probably a tabling acro on the middle shelf and a stag(mabe) on the top. So reasoning behind the bare bottom is that after a while I won't be able to reach the bottom to clean the sand. This way I can up the flow more and hopefully keep most detritus suspended long enough.

    Hopefully after a while the bottom get's covered with coralline, or perhaps have a dead zone in a corner so one can siphon the dirt.

    I've seen guys using a magnetic cleaner to stir up dirt from the bottom, might be worth a try, just don't know how successful it is.
     
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    Tank is looking good man.
     
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    So seeing that I ditched the sand bed and the rocks in the tank is not the best quality, I needed somewhere for the bacteria to feel safe, secure and multiply. So I opted for using Seachem Matrix in the initial pellet reactor.

    So swapped the BM reactor for a reef octo BM-300, also bought a DC pump for the reactor, and wired it onto a Tunze safety connector. Should give some safety net when there is a power outage.

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