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Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 10:08 AM
I had this grand idea to add another tank in my house , this one in the basement room where it is not an eye sore. I bought a rubbermaid tun from tractor supply for 78 dollars and used all of my spare parts from my other tanks that i had broken down or upgraded. All in all the setup looks good and is up and running perfect. Has anyone else tried this method I am running a deep blue t5 setup over the tank and don't really care for the looks of it and am thinking about switching to Chinese blackboxes. Whats everyones input on the build.

Purpose- to grow corals and frag and sell for profit online(I build websites) and sell at local swaps through reef trader and word of mouth.

Tank- rubbermaid 5 gallon agricultural tub, 100 gallon rated skimmer, eheim heater, 30lb live rock and some egg crate.

DrewHaus
01/18/2016, 11:07 AM
I've had good luck with the chinese black boxes for what it's worth. My sps are happy and growing.

Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 11:12 AM
Where did you purchase them if you don't mind me asking?

organism
01/18/2016, 11:22 AM
I've used those for frag tanks, they work great! If you're relatively good at DIY I'd recommend making your own LED fixtures. They're not too hard to make and much higher quality than the black boxes for about the same or lower price.

Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 11:22 AM
I've never messed around with building leds what is required ?

DrewHaus
01/18/2016, 11:30 AM
Where did you purchase them if you don't mind me asking?

Here is a link to something similar to what I have. I use two of them on my 4 foot tank:

http://www.amazon.com/Watt-Aquarium-Coral-Light-Dimmable/dp/B00881FXKA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453141633&sr=8-2&keywords=TaoTronics+LED+reef

You can probably find something cheaper that is essentially the same thing.

I believe mine use 3W Bridgelux LED's. The blue's and white's are independently dimmable. Never had any problems with the fixtures.

Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 11:32 AM
I was looking at some on ebay for about 90 dollars they look like a quality product the t5 fixtures just use a ton of electricity

DrewHaus
01/18/2016, 11:36 AM
I was looking at some on ebay for about 90 dollars they look like a quality product the t5 fixtures just use a ton of electricity

That's why I switched from T5's and MH lighting. You get more lumens per watt of power.

DrewHaus
01/18/2016, 11:38 AM
Plus you don't have to worry about changing bulbs! =P

Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 11:39 AM
They don't come cheap I'm looking into leds right now I could run 2 over the tank and get some good growth hopefully

Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 12:59 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160118/c52de0705f045e1db63364132046a7da.jpg

Ohioreef1700
01/18/2016, 01:03 PM
I posted a pic above

organism
01/18/2016, 03:09 PM
I've never messed around with building leds what is required ?

I think rapidLED has a guide on their site, it's fairly straightforward and if you don't know how to solder they have solderless LED's as well.

The DIY forum on here has a few tutorials too.

Ohioreef1700
01/19/2016, 10:59 AM
I'm going to try and build one I will create a thread when I get the supplies.

jrkonzelman
01/19/2016, 06:45 PM
I've used a 15 gallon rubbermaid tote as a sump for 2 and a half years now.much cheaper and has been working great so far....great idea!

Ohioreef1700
01/19/2016, 06:46 PM
It's all setup and running I have it full of corals and one yellow tang

Ohioreef1700
01/19/2016, 08:21 PM
I just moved a large gonipora from my display tank into the Rubbermaid grow setup it wasn't liking any of the flow I had it in.(and I have no room on the Sand bed).

moatdaddy
01/27/2016, 04:27 PM
I just bought a 50 g Rubbermaid and a 300g Rubbermaid for a sump. Got them on ebay cheaper than local tractor supply plus taxes. Shipped to my house too. Expect a build thread soon here and in sps forum. I have done a lot of reading on these tanks and for frags I think they are priced well and sturdy. Keep us update on yours please and thank you.

Ohioreef1700
01/27/2016, 04:43 PM
You can post on my thread get a big thread going

Nick92515
01/31/2016, 07:21 AM
People seems to have good luck with the Mars aqua leds from ebay, there's a thread on here somewhere but I can't find it now.

Ohioreef1700
01/31/2016, 07:21 AM
I ordered 2 of them they are working great

moatdaddy
01/31/2016, 08:53 AM
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l485/moatdaddy/Mobile%20Uploads/20160129_151526_HDR.jpg (http://s1120.photobucket.com/user/moatdaddy/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160129_151526_HDR.jpg.html)
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l485/moatdaddy/Mobile%20Uploads/Message_1454188600244.jpg (http://s1120.photobucket.com/user/moatdaddy/media/Mobile%20Uploads/Message_1454188600244.jpg.html)

Ohioreef1700
01/31/2016, 09:00 AM
Those Rubbermaids turned out sweet

mr9iron
06/18/2016, 03:54 PM
Moatdaddy, are those the "structural" foam rubbermaid tanks?

johnike
06/20/2016, 03:50 AM
I have the 100 gallon one for a sump, and a 50 gallon one tied into the system as a sand bed, mushroom prop, macro collection, and other stuff like Xenia.

mr9iron
06/20/2016, 06:12 AM
I have the 100 gallon one for a sump, and a 50 gallon one tied into the system as a sand bed, mushroom prop, macro collection, and other stuff like Xenia.



John, I think I am going to get a couple of them for frag grow out, and as a refugium.


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mr9iron
07/14/2016, 07:21 AM
I have the 100 gallon one for a sump, and a 50 gallon one tied into the system as a sand bed, mushroom prop, macro collection, and other stuff like Xenia.

How about some pics of your setup Johnny boy?

johnike
07/14/2016, 07:59 AM
After work Vince.

j_mazzy
07/14/2016, 10:17 AM
waiting on johns pics!

johnike
07/15/2016, 03:51 AM
Photobucket was not being cooperative, hang in there.

johnike
07/16/2016, 05:44 AM
Nuthin fancy...
http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah4/johnike/IMG_20160716_063230958_zpsbggfracv.jpg (http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/johnike/media/IMG_20160716_063230958_zpsbggfracv.jpg.html)

mr9iron
07/16/2016, 05:53 AM
Nuthin fancy...
http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah4/johnike/IMG_20160716_063230958_zpsbggfracv.jpg (http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/johnike/media/IMG_20160716_063230958_zpsbggfracv.jpg.html)

Thank you Johnnyboy! I am in the SLOW process of building a grow out system. My frag tank has turned into more of a display, so I had a larger sump built, now I have other tanks to drill and tie all together. I sometimes wonder if I need to go to fish/coral rehab.

johnike
07/16/2016, 06:14 AM
Vince, both the 93 cube reef and the 48x24 frag tank drain into the 100 gallon and are pumped back with a Blueline DC12000.
I hear you, the 50 gallon lagoon is quickly becoming a favorite with all the different stuff to look down at. All sorts of inverts, 4 fish...
:)

mr9iron
07/16/2016, 08:35 PM
John, I really like the idea of that 50 gallon Rubbermaid. I think I will pick one up for more frags and I have a 20 long that I need to drill as a fuge.


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mr9iron
07/16/2016, 08:38 PM
John, I really like the idea of that 50 gallon Rubbermaid. I think I will pick one up for more frags and I have a 20 long that I need to drill as a fuge.


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Here are a few evening pics of the drag tank turned displayhttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160717/2e648c3e2886e6fcdaba6b45f7e3dc52.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160717/0e3cfcc4825e60227884eb11adaee275.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160717/c64bbb19f327c06dac277f988bd93da4.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160717/fa8f804cd13fac20f545f1408f7977ac.jpg


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Gone Tidepoolin
08/04/2016, 12:20 AM
I got my MARS Aqua LED's on ebay from topledstore, they work great I got 2 of them 300 watts each for about $340.

Apercula
08/04/2016, 12:45 AM
Nuthin fancy...
http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah4/johnike/IMG_20160716_063230958_zpsbggfracv.jpg (http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/johnike/media/IMG_20160716_063230958_zpsbggfracv.jpg.html)

Pic doesnt show John's most important piece of equipment, his mop bucket.

johnike
08/04/2016, 05:06 AM
Pic doesnt show John's most important piece of equipment, his mop bucket.

Up yerz Dave.
:lmao: