RSM 130d reboot

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  1. Wizard$

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    Hi

    I am rather ashamed to say my current tank(RSM 130d) has been neglected (for various reasons) and is looking rather pathetic. My plan is to reboot this tank so would like some input on my ideas. Firstly, all current livestock will be moved to anther tank that I bought but have not yet commissioned - plan is to move current water, some liverock,existing filter media, no sand (sand to be disposed of) and then livestock, and do regular water changes to assist with possible nitrate build up.

    Question one - problems with the above, or tips?

    Then the reboot of the RSM 130.

    I want to empty the tank completely and give it a thorough clean, and try and buff out any scratches as well, then start fresh with new sand, liverock, water, and cycle from scratch. Hardware wise - the lights have already been upgraded to LED, controlled with APex controller. I plan to add a chiller (already purchased), as well as TheWaterboy UV ALGAE-X , 3 IN 1 REACTOR (already purchased). I am seriously considering adding a sump, to increase water volume, reduce live rock in display tank, upgrade skimmer, include area for refugium. etc

    My questions re the above.
    1) sump - has anyone on this forum done this to a RSM or boyu TL 550 - did it make a substantial difference?
    2)overflows - tunze has one that some guys overseas have used - siphon based - seems to come highly recommended - is it worth considering this option vs drilling? (It seems the back glass is not tempered and can be drilled).
    3) What happens to the back area (current filtration area) of tank if I add a sump, can I use the area for pod growth/liverock (no lighting)?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. viper357

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    I would also use Seachem Stability during the transition, it's excellent stuff.
     
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    OK not a TL550, but a Nanocube 24g, same as a TL450
    [​IMG]

    60L Daro tank added as sump.
    Filtration chambers at the back removed, slimline overflow fitted.
    DSB and in the green basket cheato.
    Bubble Magus skimmer.

    System can be left on its own for a week without issues. Stable enough.

    I reckon that is a big advantage.


    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/nano-tanks/31859-gesiggies-fascination-17.html
     
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    Wizard$ Thread Starter

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    Thanks Viper347 and RiaanP

    RiaanP - you drilled the back of the nanocube? And you cut out the back chamber? I assume I could do the same for me RSM130....
     
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    yes and yes.

    On the nanocube it gave a lot of extra real estate. But note that your lights might be a problem due to the rockstack moving backwards. As we were replacing the PL tubes anyway with a LED unit, it was not an issue on the Nano.
     
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    Wizard$ Thread Starter

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    Thanks RiaanP. How much of a mission was it removing the back panel? What tools did you use? How did you remove the plastic bits at the top?
    I would like the additional real estate as the RSM is not as deep as I would like.
    Lighting should be okay with LED upgrade I did.

    I would like to see pics of your overflow too if you don't mind!:m03:
     
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