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Old 05/25/2005, 04:46 PM   #26
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If you do go with the smaller filter one thing you could try is to heat the bottom parts of the legs for your light up a bit and bend it out. You are very close to fitting so it wouldnt take too much!
Was just going to suggest this!!

If you don't want to do that, i would just use the mini with some carbon and LR rubble in it, no sponge.


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:07 PM   #27
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Looks great! How many surf/beach fans are there in central Ohio?


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:11 PM   #28
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Why no sponge? Wouldn't it be okay if I cleaned it every Sunday with my water changes?


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:12 PM   #29
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Darold, not too many


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:38 PM   #30
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Yah if you clean it regularly it would be fine.


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:39 PM   #31
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Looks like a good start


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:46 PM   #32
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I would much rather go with the Aqua Clear mini because it could pull out gunk with the sponge nicely, and the carbon would really help clear the water. Plus it is small, would fit beneath my lights, and I couldn't have to have a separte fuge light. I would be very diligent about cleaning the sponge and replacing the carbon every 4 weeks(?).

Having said that, is the benefit of the fuge worth it to make me make this work? I think I can do it, but it would be a lot more work and money.

So, here is the poll.

1) Aqua Clear Mini /or/ Aqua Clear 300 Refugium?


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Old 05/25/2005, 05:58 PM   #33
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Old 05/25/2005, 06:01 PM   #34
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Sugar Magnolia - Thanks for the advice, those pads are perfect. Are you using a reverse photoperiod for the fuge? Any problems with light spillage?

bennerkla - you could always build a simple hood for the light to fit into, raising it slightly above the filter. This has the added advantage of hiding the filter and the light fixture for aesthetic reasons.


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Old 05/25/2005, 06:18 PM   #35
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How would I build the hood?


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Old 05/25/2005, 06:42 PM   #36
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DIY forum. Theres some great examples there.


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Old 05/25/2005, 06:57 PM   #37
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Shouldn't I be able to keep my nitrates down enough with water changes every week? This 300 might cause problems.


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Old 05/25/2005, 09:18 PM   #38
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Update 5/25/05
Got my thermometer and mounting legs, but still waiting for those moonlights. Nothing really turned out how I wanted them to today, but it'll all work out.
What I'm trying to decide...

=Fuge? or mini w/ carbon/sponge? Mini would be easier to set up and manage but a fuge might be better in the long run. Or would it?
=Are my lights okay if they rest on the aqua clear 300?

Thanks guys, I'll give you some more updates tomorrow. Cya.


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Old 05/26/2005, 05:36 AM   #39
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Okay my main tank has no filtration right now, just a skimmer, because the sump went out of order. It needs the 300, so I'm going to use the mini for the beginning part of my nano and see how that works out. If I do want the 300, I'll have to buy another one.

Any objections? the Fuge might be the better way to go but I need that filter on my main tank and the AQ Mini shouldn't be too bad, right? With sponge/carbon?

Hopefully I'll get my moonlights today!


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Old 05/26/2005, 07:17 AM   #40
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bennerkla,

I use an AC Mini and a Whisper Junior on my 2.5 and the combination works out really well. Why don't you try using your Mini and an AC 200 on your tank? You'll still be able to use traditional media in the Mini and have a refugium in the 200? That will provide you with more than enough flow and the filtation options would be a lot greater. I think the 200 is shorter too so you shouldn't have the interference problem with your lights that you do with the 300.

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Old 05/26/2005, 02:49 PM   #41
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Cool. I'm going to have the mini to start, and I just called my uncle and we are going to build a canopy sometime this summer. Once I get the canopy, I'll upgrade to the refugium.

My moonlights still haven't come in

My live rock should be here in about 4 days, once it comes in my tank will be set up!!! I'm very excited.

Any comments, questions, concerns?


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Old 05/26/2005, 09:14 PM   #42
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doesn't AGA make an 8 gallon tank? it may fit your lights better if you don't want to go the canopy route


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Old 05/27/2005, 03:24 PM   #43
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I don't really mind going the canopy route.

I bought a new Aqua Clear 300 filter today, so can anyone direct me towards the DIY aqua clear 300 refugium? I've searched the boards but can't find what i'm looking for. Moonlights still haven't come in but my liverock is ordered!

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Old 05/27/2005, 04:15 PM   #44
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Here are pics of my ac500, the ac300 would be the same just with a smaller return area. Its not hard, just cut the baffle from some acrylic, silicon it in, let dry and your good to go.

The baffle is 6" high.



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Old 05/27/2005, 04:26 PM   #45
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What light is that? How does your auto top off work?


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Old 05/27/2005, 04:53 PM   #46
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The light is from one of the Viaqua betta .75g tanks. Has the tiny filter and light. The auto topoff was very simple. A 1gal rubbermade jar from walmart, battery powered airpump, float switch, and some air tubing. I drilled 2 holes in the jar, put a piece of hard tubing down to within an inch of the bottom of the jar, the other hole had some tuping sticking in about an inch. When the float turned the pump on, it pumps air into the jar thru the tubing that only sticks in 1 inch, and water comes out thru the stiff length up to flex airtubing to the tank.


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Old 05/27/2005, 05:17 PM   #47
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Cool. Should i run carbon in my AQ Mini during cycling?


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Old 05/28/2005, 06:38 AM   #48
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Ben, your PM box is full. I'm DIYing another AC 300 and will have a thread with pics up either tomorrow or Monday. (One more piece to silicone in and I'll do that today.)


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Old 05/28/2005, 06:41 AM   #49
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Awesome, can't wait. Let me know.


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Old 05/28/2005, 07:47 AM   #50
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