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Old 01-16-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Nano Cube Modification - External Sump


Hello, all:

I am modifying my JBJ Nano Cube 28-gal HQI. I am ditching the rear sump, in favor of an external sump, situated below the display tank, in the aquarium stand. I am also building a separate refugium, in a side tank (a BioCube 14), which will share the Nano Cube's sump. In the end, I will have a side-by-side tanks, one a refugium, and the other a live reef aquarium, both mediated by a common sump.

Here is my diary of the mod, beginning with Phase I: removing the sump-partition wall located in the rear of the Nano Cube 28. Other phases will be posted sequentially, as they are completed over time.

Hope this proves helpful for anyone who seeks to do the same. Your comments, suggestions, and insights are welcome! Thanks!

















NEXT PHASE COMING SOON: PHASE II - PAINTING THE TANK IN PREPARATION FOR DRILLING BULKHEAD HOLES...
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:44 PM   #2
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Keep up the great work! Nice to see how detailed you are being with this project.

Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
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Keep up the great work! Nice to see how detailed you are being with this project.

Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Thanks, Scruffy. The finished product is full steam ahead. Stay tuned for Phase II and III postings in short order.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:57 PM   #4
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Nano Cube Modification Phase II - Painting Tank Before Drilling Holes for Bulkheads


Howdy:

As promised, here is the documentation diary for the next phase of the modification to my Nano Cube 28-Gallon HQI: Phase II--Painting the Tank Before Drilling Holes for Bulkheads.





















NEXT PHASE COMING UP: PHASE III - DRILLING GLASS HOLES IN THE NANO CUBE FOR BULKHEADS AND PLUMBING TO EXTERNAL SUMP FOR INTERCHANGE OF WATER WITH STAND-ALONG BIO CUBE, SERVING AS A DEDICATED REFUGIUM.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:31 PM   #5
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How did the tank turn out??? I have the same tank and I am really wanting to add a sump. What size pipe did you use for the over flow?
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:49 PM   #6
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Wow! This is an amazing thread! Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:03 PM   #7
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wonder if you can drill a Bio-Cube....
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:26 PM   #8
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huh, this is a cool thread! tagging along!
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:32 PM   #9
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huh, this is a cool thread! tagging along!
I wonder since he said the next step was drilling the tank, and he has not updated in almost a year, I think he may have broke it, he put so much work into this thread I doubt he would just abandon it with no reason...

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Old 12-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #10
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wow, didnt even notice. You may be right!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:12 AM   #11
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Nope, he didnt break it.... he just disappeared off the face of the earth fro some reason...

See his drilling video:
http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums/...lon-hqi-3.html
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haha, well there you go then....
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:38 AM   #13
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project progress


Hi, like yourself I am trying to set up my 18x18x18 tank so I can have a external sump but I am finding that most pipework on offer is ok for the much larger tanks and looks I little over the top for the nano tank set up and also the sump I want to use is about 12x9x9 ive made the compartments for refugium, protein skimmer, bubble trap and return pump, I bought a pump for returning the water back to the tank and found that with the smallest piping and connectors available 22mm, the pump I bought 100lph just could not push the water up the pipework being a very small pump. I would rather find a way of using smaller gauge piping than a larger pump that may be too strong for a nano tank ? I was just wondering how you are getting on with your project ?
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Welcome to TRT!

in a lot of cases a pump has a rated head pressure and it will only pump water to that height and stop, no mater the pipe diameter. You might need a "bigger" pump, to get the height you need.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:00 PM   #15
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Howdy, all. Sorry for not responding. I'm seldom on this site, anymore. The dual-aquarium setup worked fine, but was disbanded. I wanted a bigger tank with greater capacity. I now have a 75-gallon reef aquarium. In hindsight, using one of the twin cubes as a dedicated refugium was lame. It was an eyesore and not as efficient in removing nirates as is the algae turf scrubber in the sump beneath my 75-gal on aquarium.
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