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About Aquarius Marinus
Suburbs of Cleveland, OH
Aquariums (esp. marine), hi-fi audio (esp. with vacuum tubes), cars (esp. from '20s-'70s), photograp
Electrical Engineer by degree, Mechanical by occupation


Previous Tanks:

180g mixed reef with 3 250W Radiums in LumenBrites driven by Blue Wave 7 and Blue Wave 3, 2 x160W VHO (1 454, 1 Super Actinic) on IceCap 660, 2 MP40W ES, Blueline 70HD return, SRO-3000 INT, Apex Controller, 100g Rubbermaid poly sump and 55g refugium w/ DSB and cheato in basment

55g mixed reef w/ 40g sump- Refugium with DSB and Cheato, Vertex IN-100 skimmer, Current Nova Extreme Pro 6x 54W T5, 2x Koralia 4, 1x Koralia 2, Mag 9.5 return w/ SCWD


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Past tanks

by Aquarius Marinus on 03-07-2014 at 09:46 AM
I figured I'd create a short blog about my past tanks. Unfortunately, I can't find most of my pictures. If I come across them soon I will add more, but for now this is all I have.

I started my first saltwater tank in college. It was a 55g with a 40g sump. The sump had a Vertex IN-100 skimmer, a small section with a DSB and cheato. I had a Mag 9.5 return with a SCWD. The display tank had a Koralia 2 and two Koralia 4s. My lighting was a 6 bulb Current Nova Extreme pro T5 fixture. This

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Tank Entry , ‎ Random Thoughts

Fish room complete!

by Aquarius Marinus on 03-06-2014 at 03:59 PM
Howdy Reef Addicts!

I have finally completed the fish/equipment room in my basement! I built a 6' x 8' room that will hold my sump, filtration, water top off, chemicals, etc. All reef related items. I will also have a 10gal quarantine tank set up here.

I thought that the room was going to be plenty large, but now I find myself wishing it were larger, and there isn't even anything in it yet! I ended up using a high-gloss white paint for durability, even though I didn't want

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Updated 03-07-2014 at 08:32 AM by Aquarius Marinus

Questions - Need some input , ‎ Tank Entry , ‎ Equipment , ‎ DIY projects

Sump Ideas

by Aquarius Marinus on 01-21-2014 at 12:09 PM
Good Afternoon fellow Reef Addicts.

I mentioned last week that I would be writing about my sump placement at some point in the future. I like to experiment with sumps and equipment, I love refugiums, the idea of experimenting with cryptic zones or algae turf scrubbers, so I really didn't like the idea of trying to cram everything in the stand under the 24" x 24" aquarium stand. It's also harder to access and clean the equipment under there. I am extremely annoyed by salt creep,

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Questions - Need some input , ‎ Plumbing , ‎ Equipment

Lighting for 60g cube

by Aquarius Marinus on 01-14-2014 at 04:04 PM
Good day, Reef Addicts!

I have a lot of decisions to make for my new tank set up. (Rimless 60g 24"x24"x24") But there are two larger ones that are weighing on my mind heavily. The first one is my sump location (I'll do a separate blog entry on that) the second is my lighting system. I basically have my heart set on one of two options, but if anyone can convince me to change my mind, then props to them.

First option is to have 10 NO T12s.


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Questions - Need some input , ‎ Lighting

Hello Again, Reef Addicts!

by Aquarius Marinus on 01-12-2014 at 09:29 PM
I joined Reef Addicts when I was setting up my first "big" tank almost exactly four years ago. I just re-read my previous blog entries around the time I was setting up that tank. A lot has happened since then, I moved to a different state and got married! I have moved three times since 2010, and just bought my first house.

Unfortunately, my 180 reef is no more

During one of our moves (probably the most stressful one ever, our landlord changed our move-out

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