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gordon2726
08/13/2006, 12:46 PM
Hey guys,

I have been receiving some pms about my NC so I decided to start a new thread. Here's a brief list of equipment that I am using:

Nanocube 24 with surface skimmer (open top)
2 x 150W sunpod (20000k)
AquaC remora skimmer with maxijet 900 pump
2 x Maxijet 1200 with 2 hydro flow
Current USA prime 1/15hp chiller with rio1400 pump
Aquamatic triple pump doser (calcium, Alk/ph, top-off)
Aqua Clear 70 moded to Refugium with Coralife 18w light
Ph probe monitor

Thanks guy for viewing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube049.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube051.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube053.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube054.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube055.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube052.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/gfd2726/NanoCube056.jpg :)

gordon2726
08/13/2006, 01:48 PM
Few more information that I want to add... I have filled all the chambers in the rear of my tank full with small live rocks. I didn't use any sponge filter. I have 2 chimi pure in the rear right below the output of the skimmer and my refugium so that'll decrease micro bubbles getting into the tank....and oh yeah... I do 10G water change every 2 weeks.

LBCBJ
08/13/2006, 02:00 PM
Nice. That is by far the most light I've ever seen on a nano, ever. You should get plenty of practice at fragging ;)

gordon2726
08/13/2006, 02:57 PM
My Aqua Medic Reefdoser dose by time. You can set it to dose from sec, mintue, hour, day... It's a very easy doser to use. First attached all the plastic hoses then I measure how many ML it can dose within 1 mintue (came out to be appox 27ml with the length of the plastic hose that I have on there) than I divide the result to 60 (sec)... Anyway, at the end I figured out that I need 20 sec of dosage on both Calcium and Alk/Kh. I then set each pump accordingly. Same calculation method goes for top off.

Henry22
08/13/2006, 03:38 PM
That is one crazy nano, btw, dont you think your a little underpowered on light.

SeaSwag
08/13/2006, 03:51 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7931910#post7931910 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Henry22
That is one crazy nano, btw, dont you think your a little underpowered on light.

Thats no joke! I bet the fish wear sunscreen in that cube :)

wjhuie
08/13/2006, 03:59 PM
I dont think that you even the second sunpod.

wjhuie
08/13/2006, 04:03 PM
I like how you have the maxi jet's drilled through the back wall.

easye123
08/13/2006, 04:19 PM
haha 300w of MH and a blue tang in a 24g NC

ive seen it all..

i know people are know to be mean and stuff on this site sometimes but after seein that i know why.

gordon2726
08/13/2006, 05:11 PM
2 reasons why I am using 2 sunpods... When using just 1 sunpod, I can't adjust the lighting to cover the whole tank evenly. If I place the light at the center, it seems dark at the front/back of the tank. Also, I like the coral color under 20000k so when I switched the bulb in the sunpod from 14000k to 20000k, it seems a lot darker when using 14000k bulb so that was why I got another sunpod both using 20000k bulb. The brightness of 2 sunpod 150w using 20000k bulb... from my eye it's not any brighter than 1 sunpod 150w using 14000k bulb. Now I like the color of my corals at the brightness that I wanted.

gordon2726
08/13/2006, 05:14 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7931996#post7931996 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wjhuie
I dont think that you even the second sunpod.

I angled the 2nd sunpod to even out the lighting (sweet spot) through out the whole tank.

easye123
08/13/2006, 10:48 PM
i guees thats true... but i hope that hippos is fine

u might be fine for a couple of months but i doubt it

jbrown11352
08/14/2006, 12:21 AM
Could have set up a 120 for the same price.

CamBarr
08/14/2006, 01:09 AM
cool tank i think you still could have the same affect whith one light even being 70 watts.

Sardaukar
08/14/2006, 07:16 PM
In Before The Tang Police!

In all seriousness (:P), nice looking tank. The dual 150w pods is a bit odd but hey - whatever works for you. In the end, if your tanks inhabitants are healthy and happy, then your doing ok. Whats your plan for that hippo tang?

gordon2726
08/15/2006, 10:29 AM
Thank you. I really like the color of my corals under duel 150w (20000K) sunpod and everything (corals & fish) seems very happy. As for my hippo, he shouldl be fine for a year so when he grows up (3+ inches), I'll give/trade him away and get another baby tang.

gordon2726
08/15/2006, 10:37 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7935015#post7935015 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by CamBarr
cool tank i think you still could have the same affect whith one light even being 70 watts.

I tried using 1 sunpod with 20000K and it's too dark. I have to use 2 sunpod using 20000k to get the same brightness as 1 sunpod with 14000k.

gordon2726
08/15/2006, 10:53 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7934842#post7934842 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by jbrown11352
Could have set up a 120 for the same price.

120g FO tank Yes but that's not I wanted. I had a 120g that I gave it away about 1/2 years ago and it cost A LOT more to get the same condition/effect as of my 24g right now. To get the same condition as my 24g right now: 120g = bigger tank, more light, bigger skimmer, bigger sump, bigger chiller, more live rocks, more corals to stock up, more electricity, time...etc. So I think 120g would still cost a lot more. :)

idua
08/15/2006, 02:06 PM
I hope you’ll have better luck catching that Tang when it outgrows you tank that I did. They are very quick and very cautious that all I’m gonna say. :D

gordon2726
08/15/2006, 02:36 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7944811#post7944811 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by idua
I hope you’ll have better luck catching that Tang when it outgrows you tank that I did. They are very quick and very cautious that all I’m gonna say. :D

I had a yellow tang before this tang and I have no problem with catching him. I always hand feed my fish so they're very comfortable with me when my hand is in the tank. Sometimes, I can even touch them when they're swimming. Also, when they get to 3+ inches, it's harder for them to hide in caves. When I was removing my yellow tang, I reach inside the tank with one hand and use the net on my other hand and just pull him up (took me 20 sec.).

noschmo
08/17/2006, 04:49 PM
Nice setup and aquascaping. Too bad you can't hide the clutter including chiller but again, well sone.

gordon2726
08/17/2006, 05:12 PM
Thank you. :)

Chunks
08/17/2006, 06:00 PM
Nice setup, I didnt think that much money could fit into 24gallons! You probably could have suspended the sunpod a few inches higher and you would have gotten the same light spread as you do now, but either way it looks interesting.

Chaotic Reefer4u
08/17/2006, 09:24 PM
wow, this is plain fanaticism at it's best...

Billy1234
08/18/2006, 11:05 AM
Wow! It looks excellent. Just one picture taking tip: Lower your brightness, and up your saturation, the colors will be much more defined and you will have less "bright white" areas. Looks great though! :)

gordon2726
08/18/2006, 12:12 PM
Yeah, I am still learning my camera so hopefully, I can take some good pictures to show some true colors of my corals soon.

Ninja120
08/18/2006, 12:24 PM
What kind of fuge are you using? I am looking for 1 for my 24g nano dx also.

gordon2726
08/18/2006, 12:51 PM
I am using Aqua Clear 70 filter and mod it to a fuge.

Here's a link to a DIY fuge if you're interested:
http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=52245&st=0