Real Reefer's 5g AIO DIY


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Helo fellow reefers!

Hope you are well. I would like to share with all of you my new 5g AIO DIY build.

The Reef :
300mm (l) x 350mm (w) x 300mm (h) - Water level 270mm

AIO box:
300mm (l) x 80mm (w) x 300mm (h).

1. Overflow chamber: 50W heater and some filter floss
2. Filtration: Seachem matrix , purigen and carbon
3. Return pump: 230gph / 880lph
4. ATO: 0.32g / 1.2L with DIY double mini switch or single switch with optical sensor.

Circulation: Return pump for now. Still trying to figure if a MP-10 or Jebao SW-2 will work. Maybe way to big?
Light: DIY 54W led build
Substrate: Caribsea Seafloor special grade
Rock: Single piece of dry reef rock
Cabinet: DIY MDF

Rock and sand cleaned in a RO / bleach solution for 24 hours. Rinsed with RO and then soaked in seachem prime for another 24 hours to neutralize the bleach.

That's about it for now. I'll post a few pics of the progress so far.

Thanks for following!!

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So the plan with this reef is to get it as stable as possible for the long run. I have integrated a 1.2L ATO chamber along with the rest of the back filtration and return pump.
I'm going to use a 6V DC dosing head with a DIY mini float switch setup for the top up. I also ordered a mini temp controller to control a 80mm PC fan for cooling.

This is the idea...

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A few more updates from my side. Rock and sand in 10l bucket with a bleach solution. With only 10min in it really shows how dirty it is.

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24 hours later

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Wil love to see the progress on this setup following along. What's the plan with the tank stocking wise?
 
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Wil love to see the progress on this setup following along. What's the plan with the tank stocking wise?
Thanks for following @Bray. I would like to go all out SPS on this one. The only problem i foresee at the moment will be flow. Flow will be the return only. That's about 880lph. Still thinking about a MP10 or Jebao SW-2. Not to sure about the actual size. The tank is quite small. :m03: I can always try and push the voltage on the flow pumps to the lowest. Maybe 8-10v giving me some room for flow adjustments.
 
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Awesome tank. Welcome to MASA. Such a nice little setup and seems like you have it all planned nicely. I do think a mp10 will be a little too big. Will also take up a bit of space. I’ll add 2 little return pumps for flow. Maybe use a mod on them to create a wider flow angle. 3D printing would work a charm. Easier said than done though.
 
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Awesome tank. Welcome to MASA. Such a nice little setup and seems like you have it all planned nicely. I do think a mp10 will be a little too big. Will also take up a bit of space. I’ll add 2 little return pumps for flow. Maybe use a mod on them to create a wider flow angle. 3D printing would work a charm. Easier said than done though.
Thanks @Charl_Stanhope . 3D printing is awesome. Possibilities are endless. I'll start off with using the return for flow and monitor the SPS. Got a like in some LPS too. Maybe a mix of the SPS and LPS. Only time will tell. :thumbup:
 
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To the followers. A few more updates. Back AIO compartment finished! I used the square for 90's and then tagged the glass on the edges with hot glue to keep it up straight. Easy to remove and clean after the silicone dried.

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Morning followers. Thought i'd share a few updates with pics. AIO and perspex front panel is in place. Return is 16mm fitted with a adjustable flow nozzle. Overflow slots are 6mm. Normally i do a 5mm but i wasn't sure if the overflow would handle the return on such a small overflow width. @Vleis Visagie confirmed that the flow is perfect and the water level pushes to about 270mm. I also covered the back and sides with black vinyl to finish it off. Enjoy!

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