Reef Central Online Community
Marine Depot

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Special Interest Group (SIG) Forums > Nano Reefs
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 08/03/2007, 11:05 PM   #1
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
New Reefer! Sparty's new 24gal Nanocube

tropicalfishoutlet.com got me almost everything I need to get started. Unfortunately, when I went out to get tubing for my chiller, I forgot to purchase 25 gallons of SW. D'oh!

Also on my shopping list:

- Surge protector
- API SW Test kit
- Thermometer

Would a gravel vac be necessary for a SW tank? I can't imagine it working well without sucking up all my LS.

Anything else I may/may not need for a new set up?

Now the pics!

24 gallon Nanocube w/ 150-watt HQI lamp


HQI lamp/canopy:




JBJ 1/20 HP chiller:


Fiji liverock:


Live sand:


I do have a heater, but forgot to snap a picture of it.

Couple of my Tiger barbs... teehee..


Really looking forward to being a nano reefer!




SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/03/2007, 11:57 PM   #2
Tree6foot6
Registered Member
 
Tree6foot6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Canton MI
Posts: 66
Cant wait to see how everything comes togather

Good Luck! and keep us posted.


__________________
"Watch and learn" said the Carpenter to the Brain Surgeon.

Current Tank Info: 14g Biocube
Tree6foot6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 12:04 AM   #3
cherubfish pair
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Libby, Montana
Posts: 7,061
Blog Entries: 1
How many HQI's? Almost looks like their is two.


__________________
pairo chero

Thanks for looking at my build thread and subscribe to it if you already haven't yet!

Current Tank Info: thirty rimless
cherubfish pair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 01:03 AM   #4
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Quote:
Originally posted by the cattleman
How many HQI's? Almost looks like their is two.
Just one, that must be the reflection.


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 09:31 AM   #5
Illuminati
Premium Member
 
Illuminati's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Posts: 3,986
Nice looking setup, looks like your well on your way.

Interested to see how the chiller works for you and how you plumb it.


__________________
RC nTOTM creator

Future nTOTM winner :)

Current Tank Info: Biocube 16 LED
Illuminati is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 04:24 PM   #6
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Quote:
Originally posted by colinadam
Nice looking setup, looks like your well on your way.

Interested to see how the chiller works for you and how you plumb it.
It's going to be very amateur, that's for sure.

The tank is only going to sit on the counter there for a few months until we get new hard wood flooring in the family room. THEN my dad and I can get "fancy."

Little disappointed with the Fiji LR. I was hoping for 3 or so smaller pieces, not two huge chunks. Can't make the typical cave or underpass that the fish can swim under with two huge pieces.


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 06:23 PM   #7
Illuminati
Premium Member
 
Illuminati's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Posts: 3,986
All you need is a hammer and chisel and you can break it up how you want it.

I personally have Marshall Island Live Rock in my tanks, by far the best shapes.


__________________
RC nTOTM creator

Future nTOTM winner :)

Current Tank Info: Biocube 16 LED
Illuminati is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 07:49 PM   #8
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Well, having trouble with the plumbing. Can anyone recommend a good pump for the chiller? I picked up some $30 pump at the LFS, but it barely trickled water into my chiller.

Hmmm, wonder if I should've hosed down the LR before placing it in the tank. Looks like there's mud all over the place.

Anyhow, this is my cloudy tank just a couple hours after adding water.



The big black chunks on the bottom is the mud I was talking about.



Last edited by SPARTAN VI; 08/04/2007 at 07:57 PM.
SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 08:41 PM   #9
Apachie
Registered Member
 
Apachie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 54
lookin good
keep us informed


Apachie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/04/2007, 11:44 PM   #10
jlt23
Registered Member
 
jlt23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tustin, CA
Posts: 712
I use a MJ1200 for my nano chiller. I do have a separate pump for my chiller than my return. I haven't tried using the chiller pump for the return. Good luck.


jlt23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/05/2007, 03:42 PM   #11
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Having trouble locating a Maxi-Jet 1200. Is that a submersible pump?

How about a Rio Plus? http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113041

I'd have it pump through just under 10' of tubing. Is that what the "Max head" data is for?


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/05/2007, 05:15 PM   #12
NanoReefWanabe
Registered Member
 
NanoReefWanabe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 6,639
rio's have a generally bad reputation...from what i have heard...

yes a MJ1200 is a submersible pump/power head it can be used inline aswell. like in my Closed loop..

"Max Head" is the height above the pump, that the pump can pump water...the vertical lift...beyond this height the pump will fail...either burn out or shut off or just do nothing...

as head pressure goes up the flow rate goes down...ie a MJ1200 is rated for 295gph@1' and at 3' it is around 150gph...

as for horizontal..i believe that every 4' is equivalent to 1' vertical..

Max jet power heads will be found in most LFS with the smaller rios and koralia pumps...

or you can easily goggle it and buy one online...


NanoReefWanabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/05/2007, 10:02 PM   #13
jlt23
Registered Member
 
jlt23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tustin, CA
Posts: 712
Maxi-jets are generally considered a power head so that's maybe why you can't find them. You can order them here http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...N=2004+113040.


jlt23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/05/2007, 10:21 PM   #14
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Quote:
Originally posted by jlt23
Maxi-jets are generally considered a power head so that's maybe why you can't find them. You can order them here http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...N=2004+113040.
Ah, thank you both.

As for the MJ1200, should I opt for the highest GPH? It'll be pumping through around 10' feet of tubing, going up and out of the tank, and a small vertical loop before it gets to the chiller (tubing is a little longer than it should be, but necessary when we move the tank).

Thanks!


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/06/2007, 09:10 AM   #15
jlt23
Registered Member
 
jlt23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tustin, CA
Posts: 712
My NC24 is on the JBJ stand with the chiller on the floor to the right. I have the MJ1200 in the third chamber and it pumps in to the chiller and all the way back to the third chamber. Works fine. You can't adjust the flow rate on the Maxi-jets. There's probably a better way of doing it than they way I have it plumbed, but it works. Good luck.


jlt23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/06/2007, 02:01 PM   #16
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Awesome, order placed.


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/07/2007, 01:54 PM   #17
danoreef
I love ReefCentral!
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Staten Island, NY
Posts: 703
nice job. cant wait to see updates


__________________
Any Aquarium is good enough for me!
danoreef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/07/2007, 02:32 PM   #18
ILM75Dodge
Registered Member
 
ILM75Dodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Orange County
Posts: 140
Nice tank were running similar equipment let me know how it works out!! The chiller works great for my tank!!


__________________
24g JBJ Nano with JBJ HQI top & Chiller

Whats Inside:
1.25" Sand Bed Depth
40lbs live rock est.
Yellow Striped Maroon Clownfish
6 Line Wrasse
Green Brittle Star

Current Tank Info: 24g Nano Cube, 1 Koralia 1 & Koralia Nano Powerheads on a JBJ Oceanpulse, 75watt Stealth Heater, JBJ HQI Hood 20k XM, Maxi Jet 1200, JBJ Nano Chiller (with a Maxi Jet 900)
ILM75Dodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/07/2007, 05:46 PM   #19
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Quote:
Originally posted by ILM75Dodge
Nice tank were running similar equipment let me know how it works out!! The chiller works great for my tank!!
Cool, how did you plumb your chiller? Did you use the jbj installation kit tubing, or buy your own tubing?

I've been out of town for the past few days. Well, since my set up actually. According to the parents, the tank has already cleared up, but they're reporting a feathery/web-like growth. I'm guessing they're describing hair algae.

Being this is only day 4, I'm not in a frantic rush to get rid of the pest... but would like to know what live stock I could add in the coming weeks to control this. If I remember correctly, some shrimp as well as surgeon fish eat hair algae (don't think 24g is enough for the latter, so I think shrimp will have to do).

Also put in an order for a couple more pieces of fiji LR. Just smaller pieces to stack on my larger ones.



Last edited by SPARTAN VI; 08/07/2007 at 06:37 PM.
SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/08/2007, 12:04 PM   #20
ILM75Dodge
Registered Member
 
ILM75Dodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Orange County
Posts: 140
I ended up using the JBJ installation kit just because it seemed like the simplest way to do it!


__________________
24g JBJ Nano with JBJ HQI top & Chiller

Whats Inside:
1.25" Sand Bed Depth
40lbs live rock est.
Yellow Striped Maroon Clownfish
6 Line Wrasse
Green Brittle Star

Current Tank Info: 24g Nano Cube, 1 Koralia 1 & Koralia Nano Powerheads on a JBJ Oceanpulse, 75watt Stealth Heater, JBJ HQI Hood 20k XM, Maxi Jet 1200, JBJ Nano Chiller (with a Maxi Jet 900)
ILM75Dodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/08/2007, 01:29 PM   #21
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Quote:
Originally posted by ILM75Dodge
I ended up using the JBJ installation kit just because it seemed like the simplest way to do it!
Yeah, after buying some 20 ft of tubing, I'm starting to feel an itch to just buy the jbj kit. We'll see once the MJ1200 comes in. Thanks!


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/13/2007, 07:24 PM   #22
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Major set back. After getting my MJ1200, I hooked it up to the unpowered chiller to make sure everything was working. Well, the MJ1200 works perfectly, but something was apparently leaking. I didn't see anything coming from the hoses, so it must be the chiller as water was trickling out of the bottom (the feet, I guess).

Made a nice mess of things. Good thing it was on tile.

Second problem, I got back from my vacation to find a ton of brown algae. I can only guess they're diatoms, even though my family's been turning the HQI lamp every morning, and turning it off every night. Should I just let it run its course and exhaust its supply?

Thanks!


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/13/2007, 08:04 PM   #23
Jamie1210
Registered Member
 
Jamie1210's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Alhambra, CA
Posts: 1,666
Hi, I was wondering where you got your 150 watt light/canopy from? I love the closed top look, but the ones that I've seen are always open top.

thanks!
Jamie


Jamie1210 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/14/2007, 09:37 AM   #24
SPARTAN VI
Registered Member
 
SPARTAN VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Walnut, CA
Posts: 254
Quote:
Originally posted by Jamie1210
Hi, I was wondering where you got your 150 watt light/canopy from? I love the closed top look, but the ones that I've seen are always open top.

thanks!
Jamie
I purchased it from a coworker who owns Tropicalfishoutlet.com. One of reefcentral's sponsors. I don't believe he sells it on his website, but he was able to put this entire package together for me.


SPARTAN VI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/14/2007, 12:51 PM   #25
ILM75Dodge
Registered Member
 
ILM75Dodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Orange County
Posts: 140
Did you get the chiller set up well? after the set backs?


__________________
24g JBJ Nano with JBJ HQI top & Chiller

Whats Inside:
1.25" Sand Bed Depth
40lbs live rock est.
Yellow Striped Maroon Clownfish
6 Line Wrasse
Green Brittle Star

Current Tank Info: 24g Nano Cube, 1 Koralia 1 & Koralia Nano Powerheads on a JBJ Oceanpulse, 75watt Stealth Heater, JBJ HQI Hood 20k XM, Maxi Jet 1200, JBJ Nano Chiller (with a Maxi Jet 900)
ILM75Dodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:09 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2021 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.