BillT's 20 gallon

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by BillT, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Let there be light!
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  2. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Woooo nice set up!

    Message me when youre all cycled, I got some free corals for you if youre interested.
     
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  3. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    You may be better off with narrower optics and mounting it higher with the sol blue on a tank that small to reduce light hittin the sides and spilling out
     
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  4. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Thank you much! I'm certainly interested.

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  5. BillT

    BillT Guest

    So you are thinking that I should go with the 40 degree lenses?
     
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  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Maybe. You might get more algae growth on the walls with the stock lenses. Personal preference I guess
     
  7. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Waiting on the cycle, I decided this would be a good time to add this:

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  8. BillT

    BillT Guest

    So strange not having a sump...here's the new look:
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  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Hey, I've got one of those.
     
  10. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Awesome! How long have you had it and what are your impressions?

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  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Since about November. I read all kinds of reviews about how quiet it is, and maybe it is, in comparison to other skimmers (this my first one), but it is the loudest piece of equipment I have running on my tank. That is probably the only thing I'm not impressed with. I did have micro bubbles for like 4 months when the literature said it should only take about 8 weeks to break in, but now it produces very little.
     
  12. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Okay, good to know, thanks! I'm used to having a skimmer in an enclosure in the sump so I hear ya..no pun intended. The micro bubbles suck, but I'll have to wait it out.
     
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Do you have it draining into a bucket or something? If you turn the collection cup around you can have it drain back into the skimmer if it overflows too. That's the way I have it. It's only needed it once when for some reason there was a bunch of really thin skimate that was produced.
     
  14. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Since the tank is cycling, I have almost no skimmate. I have the collection cup to the top position with a drain hose in a bucket, but have had no problems with overflow. BTW, I had forgotten how frustrating cycling is, lol. As far as noise goes, are you using the stock "T"? I read that people are draining the output to a foam filter with low noise and good results...might be worth a try for you? I'm going to give it a shot, but the noise is pretty minimal for me.
     
  15. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    I'm using the same skimmer with excellent results and mine is quiet. I did end up buying the bubble controller because the microbubbles were driving me crazy. For the first month or so I had the skimmer cup at the top position as well, but now it sits about halfway down and I get a heavy "dry" skim. I have to clean mine at least once a week, but I have a pretty heavy load in the tank.
     
  16. BillT

    BillT Guest

    @Bruce Spiegelman What size tank do you have? My bubbles are a bit crazy, but so very new.
     
  17. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

  18. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Nice!
     
  19. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    It's going to get bigger soon. I went too small to begin with.
     
  20. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Wish I could say the same...apartment life sucks! Want to buy but too damn expensive here right now. I guess I'll get sick of it and jump....ahhhhhh! :)
     

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