The Evolution of a Filtration System Part 2

Discussion in 'Filters, Pumps, etc..' started by Wrassman, Mar 16, 2003.

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  1. Wrassman

    Wrassman Peppermint Shrimp

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    [shadow=Black, 2, 300]This is the bio-load, as of today, Sunday, March 16, 2003. Before the end of the month, it should be quite a bit more than this:[/shadow]

    [shadow=black, 2, 300]Corals:
    Colt Coral
    Toadstool Leather
    Cabbage Leather
    Finger Leather
    Encrusting Gorgonians (2)
    Purple Fan Gorgonian
    Brown Polyp / Green Centers
    Brown Polyp / Brown Centers
    Green Polyp / Green Centers
    Brown Sea Mat
    Yellow Polyps
    Green Goniopora
    Red Mushrooms
    Green Striped Mushrooms
    Brown/Green Hairy Mushrooms
    Metallic Mushrooms
    Red Button (Scolymia)
    Yellow Lobophylia
    Large Hawaiian Feather Duster
    Bubble-tip Anenome
    Large Flower Anenome
    4 small "unknown" anenomes
    [/shadow]

    [shadow=black, 2, 300]Fish:
    Checkerboard Wrasse
    Carpenter's Filament Wrasse
    Yellow-tailed Tubelip Wrasse
    Mimic Tang (juvenile "Chocolate Tang)
    Maroon Clown
    Scooter Blenny
    Black Sailfin Blenny
    Orchid Dottyback
    Strawberry Pseudochromis
    Flame Angel
    [/shadow]

    [shadow=black, 2, 300]Inverts:
    Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    Peppermint Shrimp
    Gray Serpent Star
    Many Scarlet Hermit Crabs
    Many Blue-Leg Hermit Crabs
    Many Turbo/Astrea Snails
    Many Nassarius Snails
    [/shadow]

    [shadow=Black, 2, 300]Well, I've told you about my monster protein skimmer, and you've seen my ridiculous bioload (for a 58g tank). I just wanted you to know, that I do "cheat" a little. As my signature says, I have a 20g DIY sump with a refugium. Its' baffled so that the refugium sits in the middle of the sump. I enjoy showing pictues of it, as often as possible, so one more time, this is now the "BEFORE" picture:[/shadow]

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  3. CheckMateKingll

    CheckMateKingll Feather Duster

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    That is why I like hangin with you,, [smiley=thumbs_up.gif]
    I learn something new almost everyday, hehe
    I will start to increase my Bio-Load to half of what you have, Wrassman,,,,,
    Cause, i'm [smiley=wacky.gif]
     
  4. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Whoa cool. I see someone discovered the shadow effect!  8) Nice Wrassman.

    If you can't read his text very well click the 'light-switch' on the lower left side a bunch of times.  ;)

    Wow, Wrassman, you got a lot in that tank. But let's talk about that sump. C'mon I'll bite.  ;D
     
  5. Wrassman

    Wrassman Peppermint Shrimp

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    As I said, that picture is my "BEFORE" picture of my sump. I have been using bio-balls in the "from tank" side for years now (probably 10yrs or so). I used them as a cheap alternative to live rock. The only way they can work that way is if you keep them sumberged 24/7. I was using other parts of my system to reduce the nitrates produced by the bio-balls (not much, I thought, but measureable).

    Then I started hanging out with my German friends at meerwasserforum.com. After a few conversations with them, I realized that I was definitely producing MORE nitrates than I should, and that if I would remove the bio-balls that I would have nitrate levels that were not measureable.

    So, that brings me to the next chapter of my series, which requires a new picture, and an explanation of what it is I'm trying to accomplish NOW. ;D
     
  6. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Jeez what are trying to build up suspense Wrassman, or is that going in part 3?
    Let's see the new pics!

    ;D ::)
     
  7. CheckMateKingll

    CheckMateKingll Feather Duster

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    Matt,
    That's why I love that guy [smiley=iloveyou.gif],
    He keeps you on the seat of your pants [smiley=thinking2.gif],
    When you think you know it, [smiley=stop.gif]
    Here comes Wrassman, with a different point of view...
    Exciting, huh... [smiley=laugh.gif]