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Post by matt_longview on Tue 07 Jun 2011, 1:45 am

Those of you who have seen some nice setups and media racks please give me some advise. I first of all want to make my media rack black so the light from my fuge doesn't go through into my tank. second, I want to use egg crate for the shelves to maximize flow... I would love to have a filter sock instead of filter floss or pads (bubbles are still getting stuck under them), if possible. I also want the to shelf that holds the floss or spock to be removable without taking out the whole thing so I can easily spin my cheato daily.

Any thoughts, ideas or concerns?
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Post by matt_longview on Thu 09 Jun 2011, 2:17 pm

Alrighty... I'll be ordering in the black acrylic for this and the mods to my 10g today. Any suggested places to purchase?
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 25 Jul 2011, 12:13 am

Just to update this. I built my rack and placed it in today. I LOVE it. If I had known it would make this dig of a difference I would have done it forever ago! The flow is so much better through this one, the water height in my display dropped almost a quarter inch! Should have done this forever ago!
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Post by DonnieP on Mon 25 Jul 2011, 7:41 pm

Sorry Matt, I just found this thread, did you find the black acrylic? If mind serves me right someone informed you about the eggcrate shelves many moons ago. Neutral Just a thought but to stop that light from the back what about a 1/16" layer of black abs sheet? It could be cut into pieces you could work in there, just a thought.
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 25 Jul 2011, 8:58 pm

I did find the black acrylic. Snagged it from ebay. Made the rack out of the black acrylic and black egg crate. Looks great. Works great. :-)

I absolutely waited long enough. I just didn't realize how much of a problem my diy media rack really was. This completely solved my flow problem and my ATO problem. In a few weeks when I get my new pump I'm going to plumb it in different to allow me to keep the ATO switch installed in a better spot.
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Post by DonnieP on Mon 25 Jul 2011, 10:02 pm

I also want the to shelf that holds the floss or spock to be removable without taking out the whole thing so I can easily spin my cheato daily.

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Why you wanna spin the Chaeto? I never touch mine, the water flows through it just fine, I see no need to bother with spinning it. When I trim, I cut the Chaeto in the middle and remove the top half and just let it grow again, works great for me.
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Post by matt_longview on Tue 26 Jul 2011, 12:18 am

I haven't been. I was for a bit and it seemed to help it grow faster, but I haven't been been for awhile now. I was trying that when I started to get some algae growth.
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