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Old 02/16/2011, 10:13 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by KafudaFish View Post
Ok. I have been following all of these threads lately and it does spark my interest.

Honestly I don't care how I get the water clean: ATS and carbon bag vs. skimmer and bag, I just want it to work. I think along the lines of tools in a work bench. All can be used for the right job at the right time.

Also I want to look at my tank not care for it if that makes sense.

I am setting up a 37 gallon FOWLR DT and a 20 gallon high sump.

Putting it at 50 gallons total I will need:

lighting: 2 x 23 CFL in metal reflectors (have)
screen: 50 sq. in. double side lit or 100 sq. in. single side (would have to add more lights correct?).
not sure since I am in the sump design phase right now.
flow: will probably T off my overflow pipe and adjust with a valve or could do a second pump like above though gravity = no cost.

Has anyone split a ATS into two parts single sided so that there is at least one part lit 24/7 like cheato.

Such as midnight on 4 pm off for one
4 pm on 8 am off for the second.
I am in your exact shoes; I don't care what works, just as long as it gets the job done. Hence why I am doing this ATS experiment.

I put the ATS on my 40 BR which houses a pair of clowns, eventually a nem, and some frags. It does have a skimmer and new ATS at the moment.

My 100 gallon has an skimmer rated at 1.5x tank volume, refugium w/ deep sand bed, and chaeto. My nitrAtes are 0, PO4 is 0.07 (which was last taken an hour after feeding, and I dont rinse my food) Hanna checker was new, so I only have one reading. I have ZERO algae in my display; I have to feed the crabs and snails algae sheets. I have such little growth on the glass I only have to mag-float it every 7-10 days. I cannot complain about my tank; dumping a skimmer cup once a week is the easiest thing in the world to do.

I am curious what happens on the ATS/40 BR tank. Shutting the ATS down, scrubbing algae off the screen, replacing bulbs every 3 monthas, etc seems too much work at the moment (I can be lazy ), but I am willing to try new things.

220 in-wall reef, 10 clown pairs, 4 fry tanks, 18 grow-out tanks

Current Tank Info: 220 in-wall reef, clownfish breeding/growout system, 20L coral QT and 29 fish QT
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