My Drilled 22g

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I got this sweet little tank from another member on here and decided I didn't like the blue background.

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When I started pulling the background off I realized that it went underneath the top frame. The silicone on the edges was pretty worn so I decided to reseal the whole tank. I like the look of black silicone on the seams so I ordered some specialized black aquarium silicone that supposedly is the same red Sea uses to make their large rimless tanks.
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I picked up some cobalts, 150w and 100w from another member. I also picked up a eshopps wet/dry filter with the intentions of putting it on my 120g planted FW tank and using my current 29g diy sump for the reef tank. The Jager heater I use for FW wouldn't fit and the 29g is longer than this reef tank so the stand would be wider than I'd like. Homemade sump it is.IMG_20190729_131546.jpg
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As for the stand, I've worked for a custom furniture builder before so a small stand is something I can put out in 30 minutes.IMG_20190802_161737.jpgIMG_20190802_165623.jpg

I did not take a picture of some of the extra supports I put on the stand but they are there. Everything was clamped, wood glued, and pocket hole screwed. This stand is solid. IMG_20190804_163601.jpg
Water testing the sump, not super pretty but I'd put money on it holding for 15 years.
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I originally wanted to box the stand off however with the stand stained I think it looks great. I don't have any kids yet and my dogs stay out of my office for the most part.
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I am running the aquastation 2500. The flow through the sump seems like a good bit.
 

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So this is how the tank sits now.

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Been cycling the live sand and dry rock for 8 days. I got a huge bag of cycled matrix from another member and threw it in the sump yesterday.

I have an ato on the way. Possibly buying a skimmer tomorrow, I need to get one that can scale up but is also less than 22" tall. I would like to get a nicer light but that will have to wait.
 

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Pick up a used reef octopus nwb-150. Is there a break-in period for used skimmers? I might have to raise it up a bit but I only have about 4 in to play with between the top of the skimmer and the bottom of the tank.IMG_20190806_150706.jpgIMG_20190806_151756.jpg
I read the manual but still can't get the flow right. I know this is pretty oversized for this tank. I just know in a year or two I will be switching out my 120 fresh water for saltwater
 

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I have the exact same skimmer and it looks like the water level in the sump is pretty much the same too. However, the output seems really low on yours. Does it look like it's been cut or shortened somehow? The top of the red adjustment knob is (at most) 1" below the black plastic ring on the skimmer neck where the collection cup sits. I've also added a 90° elbow on mine to direct the water output below the surface of the water. You would need something similar if the output assembly was up higher where mine is. The center of the output "hole" is almost lined up with the first step down on the skimmer body. I don't know how big of a difference that would make and it seems like the lower the output, the lower the water column in the skimmer would be but it's still a pretty big difference between the two.
 

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I have the exact same skimmer and it looks like the water level in the sump is pretty much the same too. However, the output seems really low on yours. Does it look like it's been cut or shortened somehow? The top of the red adjustment knob is (at most) 1" below the black plastic ring on the skimmer neck where the collection cup sits. I've also added a 90° elbow on mine to direct the water output below the surface of the water. You would need something similar if the output assembly was up higher where mine is.
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So it looks like this one is shortened. It is about 4" lower than the ring. I put a rack in to raise the skimmer 2 1/4" It's not overflowing but the bubbles don't look as fine as they were when it was at the full 10" of my baffles. Do you think raising the outlet would help me put it back on the bottle of the sump? This is my first skimmer so I'll have to learn the nuances.
 

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It actually looks pretty good. The bubbles will start really fine and as they work their way up the neck they turn more into a true foam. I think yours looks pretty good now. If you don't change anything, you'll start to notice a film develop where those larger bubble are starting to form. However, it looks like your bubble line is a bit too low. I'd let it run like this for a little while and start slowly closing the gate valve to get the water level in the body of the skimmer up.

There's always a line in the body of a skimmer where the really fine bubble start to turn in to a froth. The gate valve allows you to raise and lower that level and it will in turn produce a "dry" or "wet" skimmate. Your "froth" seems to start right around the bottom of the red adjustment knob. If this were my skimmer, I would leave everything the same and close the gate valve a 1/4 turn. At this point, you'll be getting think gunk starting to form right around the 1" mark of your rule and it will continue it's way up the cup. Ideally that would start a little higher up in the skimmer body do you can clean the gunk out easily be removing the collection cup. It's looking good right now though, just raise the water level in the skimmer a hair and see how it does.
 

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My $20 ATO. Still need to grab a shut off valve for it.
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Thanks to @bobz for the screen tutorial and @Steve Burton for the screen
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Just moved over the fish, rock, corals and some of the sand from the 10g.
I need to grab some epoxy to finish my scape for now I just tossed everything over.
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I still need to move over the temperature controller and a few other things and hide all the wiring.
 

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My $20 ATO. Still need to grab a shut off valve for it.
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Thanks to @bobz for the screen tutorial and @Steve Burton for the screen
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Just moved over the fish, rock, corals and some of the sand from the 10g.
I need to grab some epoxy to finish my scape for now I just tossed everything over.
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I still need to move over the temperature controller and a few other things and hide all the wiring.
Man I love it so far, I really love the way you do a lot of diy and just thinking outside the box. Great job bro!!!
 

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Raise the skimmer up a little so that the outlet is on top of the water line. Hope it makes sense
 

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Yup. Raise it a little higher so that the water coming out from the skimmer is on top of that water line (where that skimmer sits)
 

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Unfortunately If I raise it up any higher it is going to be within a half inch of the bottom of the tank. Jcook54 thinks that the vertical output pipe has been shortened on this skimmer. When I get home I will check and see if it looks cut. If so I'll get a replacement pipe and hopefully that will work.
Does this look too wet for skimmate?
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