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Old 01/27/2019, 11:46 PM   #1
alfred14
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10 gallon tank with CPR HOB fuge

My HOB is a little to big. My wife says it looks bad. I need advice on making my aquarium more presentable as well as how to better plum everything.

I currently have a 10 gallon tank with a HOB Refugium from Craig’s list. Looks like a cpr fuge with the skimmer. It’s has a pump with it that has a needle wheel and hoses to increases O2 flow. Pics will go up tomorrow morning hopefully.
My two main things are better return plumbing and ways to cover up the current visual negativities (HOB is bigger than the aquarium)
Thank you for yalls help


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Old 01/29/2019, 10:55 AM   #2
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For visuals, you can buy pieces of acrylic off Amazon and cut to fit.

Just make sure you get an adhesive designed for acrylic.


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Old 02/02/2019, 11:09 PM   #3
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The last picture of the return flow is my main problem. I need a better system but need to findout where I can get pipe that fits.
I also need to find a lower power pinwheel pump for the skimmer.


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Old 02/07/2019, 03:17 PM   #4
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If a sump is out of the question, you could consider an all in one tank. An option that would be cheep and effective with your current set up would be painting the front of the acrylic black to match the tank back glass.


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Old 02/11/2019, 04:28 PM   #5
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If u decide to sell ur HOB fuge lmk and if price is right I might be interested


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Old 02/11/2019, 11:46 PM   #6
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I actually started out with a 10 gal not knowing at the time that was pretty difficult to pull of for reef tanks.. I ended up needing a skimmer of course. So I custom designing and 3D printing a HOB skimmer that really fit the whole setup well. That was way too much effort for what it was worth, but it was cool to get it working. Anyways, could you rearrange things and put a refuge/sump underneath a cabinet stand somehow?


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