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Old 04/14/2018, 08:10 PM   #1
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2.3 gallon AIO build

This project is based off a tank that was given to me while i was building a stand for a 5.5g tank. It was supposed to be used as a sump but ended up being too big. Now, a few years later i came across the tank and figured Iíd make a new project out of it.
The display is roughly 1.5g

Equipment:
Cobalt aquatics neo-therm heater
Innovative marine hydro fill ti ATO
Innovative marine return pump
Cobalt mini mj 404
Ecoxotic panorama pro led strips on a simple timer and manual dimmer

The tank:




The stand and canopy:
Iíll be staining it and working on fancying it up.




With the lights:






Some extras:


Please let me know what you think.


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Old 04/15/2018, 02:16 AM   #2
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I see 3 things wrong(not wrong but not "quality" products either.

First thing is the API test kit. While they work, once you get into corals they are no where near precise enough.

Swing arm hydrometer. Again they work, just not very accurate and quite often are off by a few thousandths. Quite a few use them, but they also know how far off they are and adjust accordingly. A decent quality refractometer is like 20$ on amazon. Just make sure you buy one for saltwater and not for beer making(brix).

Third and last thing is the cobalt heater. These things are known to blow up in tanks for no reason. Search google for cobalt neotherm failures.

Again not that any of those things are wrong, they are just not good quality products.


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Old 04/15/2018, 08:16 AM   #3
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Homer,
Thank you for your reply. Iíll definitely look into upgrading my test kit, i used to use the salifert test kits with my last tank but they all expired. Iíll probably go back that route.
I have purchased a refractometer on amazon.
And a big thanks for the heads up about the neo-therm heater. Iíll have to look around and see what else i can find.
Thanks again, and good looking out.


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Old 04/17/2018, 02:00 AM   #4
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I believe they found a fix for the cobalt heaters and the new ones donít blow up.


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Bowen,
Thanks for the reply. Iíve been looking around and have seen a lot of information both ways. Iíll probably end up using it in my ďmixing stationĒ and trying to find something else.


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Old Today, 05:11 PM   #6
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I picked up some LR from a LFS i got about 4lbs which is more than I need but i figure itíll allow me some different options.



I played around with a few different ideas but ended up just putting all the rock in for the time being. I was hoping to be done with the stand by now. But itís taking a little longer than i hoped. Once the stand is finished Iíll spend a bit more time being picky about the scape.






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