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New house (sorta), new tank!

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by apex_seeking, Jan 16, 2022.

  1. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

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    A couple of small leaks and a few issues but it’s up and running!

    For those running a bean animal, what is the secret to tuning? I’ve run a dual drain previously and I had no problems getting the siphon going and the bubbles purged but I’m getting a lot of air still in my drain.

    Also, I am running two danner mag pumps. One is almost silent and the other is pretty noisy. I pulled it apart to make sure there wasn’t anything caught in the impeller but it’s still loud.

    Suggestions?


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  2. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Could be several things. Would be helpful to know series of mag pump, vertical height, size of return lines and drains to estimate flowrates and full siphon rates.

    A pic of the bean animal setup would also be helpful. Relative height of each pipe is very important to get it working right.

    I was told to start the bean animal up with the valve nearly closed and then open it up a 1/4 turn at a time until you get only a small amount from the durso line and no cycling between full and no siphon.

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    Last edited: Apr 9, 2022
  3. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

    I got the bubble situation solved. I just had too much water going down the secondary.

    The mag drive is a danner 2400 series. It’s connected to a 1” vinyl hose for about 2 feet then hard plumbed with 1” pvc. Both pumps are identical and plumbed the same way. There is a T about 4’ up from the noisy pump to feed the fuge. They are both set to run at 100% as of right now.


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  4. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

    I picked up a second matching pump. Swapped it in and still noisy. I’m starting to think maybe it’s something to do with my plumbing.

    The pump that’s silent is running straight to the tank and the one that’s making all the noise is running from the sump, T’ing into the fuge and up to the tank. Maybe it’s something to do with the T. I don’t know.

    Any ideas? I’m open to suggestions. My family says it’s not that loud but maybe they are trying to be nice after all the time I’ve put in. It is substantially louder than the secondary pump.


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  5. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

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    The newest tenants in their new home. Happy and qt’d and healthy.


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  6. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

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    Got a pack of chromis in qt.

    I’m trying to be good but I want to get some life in the tank. It’s tough to stare at a nearly empty tank.


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  7. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ya, always the toughest part, but it pays off in the end if your patient
     
  8. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

    Lost one chromis to uronema. But I was prepared for the possibility of losing a few so we just move on. The rest are looking good so fingers crossed the rest pull through QT.

    After looking at the rockscape for almost a month I decided that I needed a little change. So I added a slightly larger rock to the center. I think it’ll highlight whatever I stick there better and provide a better transition from tank bottom to rock for the coral to grow out.

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    After
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    Thoughts?


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  9. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I prefer the larger center rock
     
  10. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like the larger rock a lot more You could even try interleaving (but not actually touching) with a support structure like this to add even more focus there. MASC%20-%20Marine%20Aquarium%20Society%20of%20Colorado1489184189.jpg

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    Last edited: Apr 27, 2022
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  11. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

    Lost two more chromis. At this rate, I might lose the whole bunch.

    But, on a positive note, despite trying to be patient, I did pick up a rainbow from scchase and whoa…! Stunning. Thanks for the hookup! 67304904748__91EBB18F-74F8-4C0E-B3A2-CD634401B0BC.fullsizerender.JPG


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  12. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ya, chromis are a fickle fish. Hopefully some make it through, but you never know with those guys
     
  13. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

    Woke up the other night to the anemone attacking the Nero 5 power head. I’m assuming he let go of the rock and floated into it. Fortunately I had installed a guard and after turning off the power head, he extracted himself….

    ….only to float into the gyre! This guys a kamikaze bta.

    While I have guards on the gyres, he did manage to get tangled up pretty good.

    I got him placed back on his rock and he’s been opening up and healing just fine. I believe it was the gyre settings at night that he didn’t like. I’ve since adjusted them and all seems well. IMG_3534.JPG




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  14. apex_seeking

    apex_seeking Copepod

    *Updates*

    The other morning I averted disaster when I heard gurgling coming from the sump. I discovered my non clamped return lines were about to pop of the pumps. That would have been disaster. I had clamps but was too lazy to install them. I can be my own worst enemy sometimes.

    I scored some great frags from Zacoff (thanks!). That let me play around with my lens kit and try snapping some pics.

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    I did end up loosing more chromis. I’m down to 5 which makes me nervous since all the research I’ve done leads me to believe they will eventually pick themselves off until there’s one. But what can ya do?


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  15. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    yep we are all our own worst enemies, and yep that is how chromis roll.
     

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