My IM Fluval 10G ZOA build

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  1. Jeffery Kilpatrick

    Jeffery Kilpatrick Active Member NJRC Member

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    Just some pics of the tank as it comes together, I am working on the rock this weekend. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Some pics of my finished rock work
    I took my base rock and broke them up into pieces and then super glued them into a shape that I liked.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    What type of filtration are you looking at?
     
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    Filter sock, and a diy carbon/gfo reactor that I made

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    Would a 80gph pump be enough for the reactor?

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    Not sure what it looks like, probably not if your going to mix gfo and carbon together. But if it's small enough and there's isn't a ton of gfo in it, maybe
     
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    That's the reactor, It's just a small water bottle, I have the same one on my other tank with 130gph pump, and it effectively removed all of my Phosphates over the weekend. The GFO is in a media bag so it really doesn't tumble. [​IMG]

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    It's chemipure you're adding to that correct? It should be fine
     
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    No I'm adding activated carbon and phosout gfo

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    So I am getting ready to go out of the country for a few weeks of vacation and when I return I will finally be setting up the tank. So in preparation I am starting to cure my rock. It weighs 6lbs total and I have put it in a 5gal bucket with fresh salt water and added some bio-spira, in the bucket K have a power head and a heater and a lid on the bucket. I will be doing weekly water changes until I go on vacation. Hopefully when I get back the bucket would have cycled and I will have some healthy live rock..im also trying to decide what color sand I want black or white, anyone have any advice?

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    Never used black but I think it'll look nice...I would just avoid any thing fine that may get blown around
     
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    black sand is nice but something about white sand that gives me the feel of the ocean in my tank
     
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    So I'm back from vacation, and it's time to setup this new tank. One thing I did before I left was put my rock in a 5gal bucket and let it cycle while I was away.

    So when I set up the tank I used about 1.5 gal of the cycled water and the rest was new. The rock work also had good bacteria growing on it as well. I will let the tank run for about a week and test it everyday to see if I have any spikes, if not I'll put my first fish in there and let it go another week. If after all that I have no spikes then I will start adding my zoas, which I have a frag that's is spreading pretty good in my main tank. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    It's still pretty cloudy I'll get a shot of it in the morning

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    Looks great there with the brick wall behind it
     
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    Does anyone else have an issue with the return pump being loud?

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    Thank you

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    Also should I run gfo/carbon while I'm waiting to add the live stock?

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    Guess I should have worded this better, any of the nuvo 10gal user's have loud pumps?

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    Not really loud but more lousy for me, I wound up replacing the stock pump
     

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