Max's Shallow Reef: An epic adventure of corals, fine beer, nonsense, and general insanity.

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  1. MaxDamage984

    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Yea I have one of those too. They are very handy


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    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Did you add additional holes vs drilling out the existing hole wider?


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    Rikki Reef Member NJRC Member

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    im not exactly sure on your setup but what i did was use a rubber furnco removed metal clamps to slip onto the other end of pipe into sump to add an extension piece of pvc a( bubbler per say) so its under the surface of the water and i put a lint trap cone for washer machine slop sink style in the top upside down inside over flow box sound has traumatically droped
     
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  5. MaxDamage984

    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Guys great news!!!!


    I made the hole in the cap slightly larger and it no longer gurgles and surges!!!

    It now whistles like an incoming freight train!!!



    ...my dog is staring at it and howling in admiration.



    ....My wife is wearing headphones and googling divorce attorneys.


    Ideas gentlemen?


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    njtiger24 aquariums SECRETARY Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    Yes buy one of these and change your hobby from fish to train

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    Mikeamadio Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Try cutting back return pump with ball valve.
     
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    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Will that damage the pump?


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    Mikeamadio Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    I personally never had a problem .My old system was ran like that for 10 years in which I only switched pumps to run more reactors .

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  10. MaxDamage984

    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Guys more great news!!!

    I stuck an airline tube into the hole at the top and it no longer whistles. It is quiet, but now I get wave like surges going into the sump.

    My wife is enjoying it as she says it reminds her of waves crashing on a beach....

    .....I'm not enjoying it.


    So from all this, one can deduce that the hole needs to be bigger to avoid the "waves" yet needs to be silenced with an air hose.

    Option 1: proceed with the following
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    Valve to tone down my pump output and hopefully get rid of the wave effect.

    Option 2: drill out a larger hole in the durso cap to accept a 3/8 air hose instead of 1/4 and put a valve on that to control the air input and output and leave the return pump flow as is.

    What says the crowd?


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    Either way should work, I think the easiest would be option 2
     
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    Mikeamadio Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    I've had no luck with option 2 I've had to remake durso and lower pump flow but people..do have success with both.
     
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    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Alright so I have found a perfect way of quieting a durso pipe while looking infinitely stylish and clean.

    Gentlemen, I present for your delectation:

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    Boom!!

    ... Through careful engineering and countless tests I have achieved level of noise that was optimal to the surroundings and can now be hence forth known as the "Max Method"

    ...I move that a nobel prize is in order?









    Oh please . While he mucked about with this god damned tank trying to come up with a god damn solution, running back and forth to Home Depot like a chicken without its head, causing undue stress on our bank account and marriage, embarrassing himself in front of our neighbors and their pets, the infernal contraption quieted itself down likely due to a break in period....

    -(not totally deaf yet) Wife


    ....I will give him this, the air tube makes it quite a bit quieter than without....
     
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    trio91 Director at Large Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    Looks nice n neat
     
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    Well done man!!!!!!


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    Chapter 9: it's cyclin' time!

    Ok so we are ready to create life in the tank. For this purpose I procured some liverock rubble from my LFS and a sacrificial shrimp pictured here:

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    I sat there chanting dark chants to appease the reef gods before offering a sacrifice.

    After that, the sacrificial shrimp was placed in a special sacrificial enclosure:

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    And then placed in the sacrificial chamber:

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    Let us pray gentlemen for good ammonia and for quick nitrates. Let us appease the reef gods so that the tank my cycle quick and there shall be no hiccups. Let us be humble in our quest and let us be brave.

    ...amen


    ... I had too much beer


    ... at least it's not salmon this time...
     
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    Update: the sacrificial shrimp seems to have been accepted by the benevolent reef gods.

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    Ladies and gentlemen: we have ammonia...

    Let us raise a beer stein to such momentous occasion and drink and be merry.



    ...and there is no smell because #notsalmon


    ...wife still is a loving and benevolent wife. She brings not words of despair and anger but words of support and encouragement...
     
  18. freshoffthegrill

    freshoffthegrill Active Member NJRC Member

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    Awesome build, I like the shallow reef set-up. Best of luck.
     
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    Nice build, I've got a very similar DT setup a few months further along. Now I wait for you to screen the top, not sure best way I should frame around the gooseneck brackets
     
  20. MaxDamage984

    MaxDamage984 Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    I’m actually not putting a top on it. The whole idea is to be able to look from above as well. Gonna make it a coral/invert mostly tank with maybe some cardinals. I think the top would ruin the look of it.


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