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  1. mupwi

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    ok so it is almost a new setup.

    it started when I came back from india from a 2 week bussinus trip and found my tank green 90% of my zoas gone and 2 out of the 3 fish missing I am convinced that the "RO" water that was used for the topups by my tanksitter was nothing more than tapwater as I have never had such alge problems since using ro for topup.

    havig read up on ats's I thought now was the time to build one broke out some old lace curtains and some piping from an old hydroponic setup I built and a bedside lamp anconected it to one of the pumps in my thank and wala ats

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    I then got a call from a mate saying that I needed to come round for dinner and to come with an empty car. when I arived he showed me his new cube and told me to please remove the old 4ft from his flat and that I could have it on semi perminant loan now I have been strugiling along with a litle 3ft with no sump so this was a nice upgrade for me so the 2 of us loaded it in my car after dinner (a corsa light) and I drove home feeling like a sardine in a tin in the morning I unpact it with the help of my gardener and set it up 3 trips to the beach later and it was full with water I let the temp stabalise and moved all my lr pumps and remaining livstock over

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    so after catching up on some studying I took a brak last night and built an overflow box and driled the tank actualy much easier than I thaught

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    hopfuly this weekend ill get a chance to plumb in the old 3ft as the sump and and top up the tank till the overflow works going to split the sump into 3 sections with first chamber for a furure skimmer second for dsb witch will have the ats over it and the 3rd for the return pump. a question I have is the pump I have currently for the return is a 1600l/h is this enough the total volume of the tank and sump will be around 300l also the bulkheads in the overflow are for 16mm pipe is this big enough for the flow should I install a seconed one?


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    awesome a upgrade is always welcome :thumbup:
     
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    i suggest a minimum of 32mm for the overflow(50mm is the standard) and return pump of at least 2500lph


    2x 16mm will not be the same as one 32mm not by a long way....they get too easily clogged and you could flood your whole sump onto your floor!
     
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  5. mupwi

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    o and here is the ats after 4 days


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    Simplest ATS ever, I am truly impressed on how easy you made it.
     
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    thanks Boegie when it moves to its proper position under the display tank the top pipe will be attached to the wood under the tank and lights will be fitted eather side
     
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    as far as a skimmer goes I was looking at the boyu wg-310 but I am seing verry mixed reviews on it some are happy with it others say it is a pice of junk but for the price is it worth it otherwise it will be at least 6 months before ill beable to aford somthing like a ts1 at 4 times the price
     
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    since moving to the bigger tank I have noticed a drop in alkalinity and ph how can I corect it?(prefer natural methods rather than chemical dosing)

    is it due to difrent lighting or maby that I have crushed coral instead of sea sand in the botom these are the only real factors that have changed other than water volume
     
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