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  1. those are some good alterations! tough choice!!!
  2. That is some great news guys! great work to our team! w00t w00t
  3. Nope, I have drilled about 5 tanks. Granted, I am still nervous.
  4. I will start drilling the holes in the tank tomorrow.
  5. So my first decision to make is how many holes to drill. I will need at minimum 4. One for a feed to the external pump and another for the return. I will need another two for the Sump and return. Once I get a number figured out I need to plan on where to drill. I think I want the return from the Recirc pump to be directly in the center. That is unless I go with two returns from the recirc pump on each side. Either way I will be using those rotating heads on every return line going into the tank. I have never used them and really want to try them in this build.
  6. Parts are starting to arrive so I thought it was time to start my build thread. This is going to be a 25 gallon Nano. Hole saws arrived this week, waiting on the bulkheads to get here in the next couple days. I want to double check sizes before I start drilling.
  7. looking good! give it a few more months and you will be sitting back in amazement of your creation.
  8. You should write a review on the Diver's Den. I have been curious about ordering something from there.
  9. what happened to listening and talking to the rocks? lol though I do like what you have here.
  10. I like the Ocean Motions devices, had one on a 70 gallon a few years back. It wouldn't do much for the ramping feature that I am eager to try/experience. From what I recall the Ocean Motions device would just swap outlets, unless they have made changes to that also.
  11. While this does answer my question, I think the amount of flow from those two pumps would destroy anything in my small tank. You did give me the correct terms to "Google" though. I came across these... It is a DC2500HP Apex Ready DC Pump - 660 GPH - Waveline.
  12. My next phase of planning is going to be circulation. With that being said is there any known way of creating a variable speed pump similar to the ecotech abilities with an external pump using a closed loop setup? I plan to have 2 returns from the closed loop. I would like to have the pump controllable to some extent. I am sure I will have enough chaotic flow for the inhabitants, but would like to have calm and storm conditions at times. Any ideas? Can this be done with those Apex?
  13. I think I need to look more into these Apex controllers. lol They seem to be the bee's knees. I didn't realize they could also handle ATO, I thought they were just a light and reactor controller. Thanks for everyone's input into this thread. I think it will really help out anyone looking for an ATO now.
  14. I have searched the site a few times now and can't find any threads on Automatic Top Off setups. What top off system are you using and how do you like it?
  15. Yeah! Total props to creating the GIF. Google Photos Assistant will build them for you if you are a google user. The Aquascape looks good. I think you will really like it once you get some frags on there. It is always difficult scaping the smaller tanks to create an open sand bed look, but I think you have achieved it. My only suggestion would be a small piece of rock out front in the middle, but that could easily be done with a plate coral of some kind.