Dubber's In-Wall 20 Gallon Long

iadubber

New member
Well, I've been out of this game for about a year and a half. I am getting back in doing a 20 gallon long in the wall of my basement office.

Equipment
  • Standard 20 Gallon Long with Black back and sides
  • CaribSea Hawaiian Black (started with MarcoRocks fine and hated it)
  • MarcoRocks Rocks
  • Vortech MP10WES
  • Buildmyled.com 30" 14k Medium Light Fixture with tank mounts and dimmer
  • AC70 with mediabasket for eventual chemical filtration or possibly fuge
  • BRS 4 stage RODI with auto shutoff
  • Cobalt NeoTherm 75 watt heater
  • CPR Bak Pak 2

Proposed Livestock
  • One or two clowns OR
  • Goby & Shrimp Pair OR combo of the above
  • Other Suggestions?

Future
I hope to keep this as simple as I can
Probably some rics, brains, hammers, etc. Nothing too demanding.
Apex Jr
Add a 20 Long Sump and overflow

Previous Tanks
10G Shrimp Tank
20L Planted
55G Planted
2G Fluval Mixed Reef Shrimp Only
72G Bow Planted
72G Bow FOWLR
40G Breeder Mixed Reef

Here's the wall in which it will be going.

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Started the hole in the wall. Mocked up with my old 20 Long. I have a new one waiting for this project.

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Gluing and screwing the stand. Needs a few more bracing.

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And the goodies started arriving.....

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Scaping...

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iadubber

New member
My mixing station above the tank

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Did a full sand swap tonight, got my light all hooked up. Currently selling some other stuff on eBay to fund an Apex JR unit to control the light and hopefully get the module to control the MP10.

This buildmyled light is amazingly constructed and made right here in the USA!

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Pre Filling with new Hawaiian black sand

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My salt water mix drip tube at work. I have to say it worked great!

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Tank needs touched up on the black. I have the MP10 attached to the top brace now.

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That's it so far. I don't have a clear water shot. It cleared up within a day of the above shot. Just dosing ammonia now and topping off water.
 

Salty Dog24

New member
Very nice! I turned my HOB filter into a DIY fuge on my 90 gal, Chaeto is growing like crazy! I think it's the best thing I ever did for that tank. I'm thinking of doing one unsung a breeder box on my 5 gal. Love your set up, you obviously planned things out ahead of time, nice to see a good plan come together so nicely. Can't wait for more pics!
 

iadubber

New member
No new updates. Hating the skimmer still. Lots and lots of microbubbles. Hoping once some stock gets in there they will diminish. Processing ammonia pretty quick, nitrites are hanging out though.
 

iadubber

New member
Well, we have quite a few updates.

Currently in transit to my house are

Apex Jr
WXM Module
VMX Module and dimmer cable for the leds
Overflow

Bought a 10 gallon and started building my sump today.

Amm 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrates 20ppm
 

iadubber

New member
*VDM in previous post

Sump built, filled and overflow tuned up. DT looks so much cleaner now.

Still some microbubbles but 99% better than when the cpr was hanging on the DT. Still tuning and breaking in the bak pak 2.

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I decided no fuge for now. I plan to keep mostly zoas so a little dirtier water won't bother me.

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iadubber

New member
Nothing yet. I'm getting some zoas Friday. Then probably a goby shrimp pair next weekend and clowns around Christmas.
 
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