11g Nano setup

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Postby Sam » 2005-12-29 23:37

what does that do? automatically add salt if it detects a reading under whatever you set it at?
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-30 09:38

Adds freshwater. During evaporation only the water gets evaporated and not the salt, therefore the salinity increases as there is less water volume for the same amount of salt. There are different ATOs that incorporate float switches and the like but simple ones just include a seperate container for the freshwater which is continuously dripped into the tank.
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-30 09:39

ahhh, smart ^_^ I guess I'll end up buying one.
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-30 09:48

I gotta do one on the Pico, evaporation is a PITA at the minute so looks like I am gonna build a compartment into the Hood so the ATO is going to be concealed within.
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-30 09:50

I can't say I'm looking forward to evaporation with my reef. It'll be an open top with halide lighting :o God Help us all :P
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-30 09:52

lol, Very true, but I don't think it will be too much of a big problem. Evaporation tends to be less of a problem in bigger tanks, plus MH lighting can be raised higher from the waters surface so as to minimise heat transfer and evaporation.... just a matter of experimenting really.
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-30 09:58

So far I'm planning on making it about 25cm above water line.
Lighting:

1x 250w Metal Halide Unit
1x T5 Unit with Marine Tube (haven't decided on wattage yet, will need to check)
1x T5 Unit with Moonlight tube (havent decided wattage. same as above)
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-30 10:01

Nice mixture lol :P If you want to go for high wattage and want to save space then best to go for Power Compacts :D :lol:
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-30 10:09

It's not the space, otherwise I would have just stopped at the MH. The reason Ive got all them is so I can try and gradually fade the light in and out, causing less stress for fish. I know some set-ups have loads more bulbs.
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-30 10:09

Very true ^_^
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Re: 11g Nano setup

Postby koiseptember » 2017-06-10 08:27

Thats another thing I didnt mention, salinity stability. An ATO (automatic top off) is going to become your best friend .

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