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Old 02/01/2016, 12:15 AM   #1
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Ken's Eheim Aquastyle 9 Gallon Nano

I've started work on my Eheim Aquastyle 9 Gallon Nano. Here is where I am at so far. I am probably 2-3 weeks from starting up the tank.

Tank: Ahem Aquastyle 9 Gallon Nano.

HOB Fuge: CPR Aquafuge2 - I swapped out the Rio 200 pump that comes with it for a Rio 600. Much better flow. Plus the Rio 200 seemed underpowered and would hum when connected to the pipe that flows into the huge. Not crazy about how the pump looks hanging in the main tank. May need to try to hide it with some rocks or something else. Any ideas that people might have on how to hide it would be helpful. Not sure if I can drop it lower in the tank.

Flow: Sicce Nano pump. In addition the return from the Aquafuge2 with the Rio 600 pump provides some additional flow.

Lighting: 1 Eheim Actinic LED bulb and 1 Eheim Daylight LED bulb. I am going to try these and see how they work. If needed I can either build an LED light or get something else.

Media: Marine Pure BioMedia - I cut a 4"x4"x4" block from a 8"x8"x4" block. I have the block soaking in my 45 gallon SW reef to load it up with bacteria.

Filter: I may use the original filter unit that came with the tank. I can put carbon or a PO4 media in it if needed. I fits perfectly in the Aquafuge2 compartment.

Sand: Tropic Eden mini flakes - 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep. Really like this sand. Very clean so little rinsing required and tends to stay in place better than other sands I've used.

Rocks: I am using dry base rock from Reef Cleaners. I did make an arch and used NYOS reef cement to hold the shape. Right now I have the rocks and a few loose ones in a bucket of SW with a pump, and a bunch of Phosguard in a mesh bag. I want to pull any PO4 that might be in the rocks. I am using waste water from my 45 gallon in the bucket to see if I can get some bacteria colonies to colonize the rock.


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Old 02/01/2016, 12:17 AM   #2
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Here are some additional images of the tank and the Aquafuge2.


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Old 02/01/2016, 12:21 AM   #3
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Here is the rock I cemented with the NYOS reef cement. I tossed some sand on the reef cement when it was still wet and it stuck to it. I mixed the NYOS so it was more like a creamy peanut butter so I could smear it around. Seems to be holding. The rock arch I made has been sitting in the bucket with the Phosguard for about 2 weeks and is holding together just fine.


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Old 02/01/2016, 01:13 PM   #4
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Testing my CPR Aquafuge2.

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Old 02/01/2016, 02:17 PM   #5
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I have this tank as well and would like to make it a seahorse tank


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Old 02/05/2016, 05:23 PM   #6
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Tank has Rocks, Sand and Water...


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Old 02/05/2016, 05:30 PM   #7
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My original plan was to use 1 Eheim Actinic LED bulb and 1 Eheim Daylight LED bulb. I did some PAR readings and decided to use an LED light that I built for this tank instead.


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Old 02/07/2016, 08:09 PM   #8
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I have a yellow goby I will be moving into this tank once it has finished cycling. Any other suggestions on fish?


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Old 02/08/2016, 12:15 PM   #9
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Getting a .25ppm Ammonia reading. The cycle begins.


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Old 02/11/2016, 03:37 PM   #10
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The pump for the hang on fuge, hangs in the tank vs being in the fuge. I did see some mods where people moved the pump to the fuge. My concern with moving the pump is when it needs to be cleaned. There is not a lot of room to get my hands into the fuge to remove the pump. So I needed to come up with another solution. I started looking at add on in tank overflow boxes. I found a couple that would work, but I still wasn't happy with the sizes I was finding. I had an extra overflow box and tried it in the tank, it was a bit big, but my concern was with the water flow into the box. The water needed to come in from the top, so I could still see the pipe and wire for the pump. I could put a hole in the bottom of the box, but I didn't want to mod the box I had.
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I noticed that CPR, the company that makes the fuge, makes a bubble trap box that would connect to the slide where the water flows back into the tank. The size of the box seemed to be a good size, plus it is open at the bottom. With it being open at the bottom, I could push the box up to be level with the tank top. This would hide the wire and pipe for the pump. So I ordered one. I installed the bubble trap box today using a magclip to hold it in place.

In the third picture you can see the pump to the right of the rocks.

In the fourth picture you are looking into the tank from the right side.

In the fifth picture, it is a front view, the pump magically disappears. I had to also move the rock work. I had to twist the rockscape clockwise to make it easier to get the box into and out of the tank. At some point I might cut the height of the box down. Right now I don't have the right tools to do it. Mission accomplished, the pump, pipe and the wire from my heater controller are all gone.


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Old 02/12/2016, 11:55 AM   #11
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February 12, 2016

Ammonia: .25ppm - down slightly from a peak of .5ppm.
Nitrites: .25ppm


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Ammonia: .25ppm - holding at this number
Nitrites: .5ppm up from .25ppm the day before.


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Old 02/14/2016, 05:23 PM   #13
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Ammonia: .25ppm - holding at this number
Nitrites: 1.0ppm up from .5ppm the day before.


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Old 02/21/2016, 12:00 AM   #14
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Ammonia and Nitrites are now zero. Nitrates stayed at zero. I want to see if the marine pure block is denitrifying, so I dosed enough KNO3 to raise my NO3 to 2ppm. Tomorrow I will measure my NO3 levels.


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Old 02/22/2016, 10:17 PM   #15
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Checked NO3 levels this morning. NO3 was back at zero after dosing KNO3 yesterday to raise it to 4ppm. This marine pure block looks like it is working.

Moved my Yellow Clown Goby from my 45 gallon to the nano.


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