Introducing Thomas’ New Signature Sump – the Frag Fuge! (Video)

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We’re very excited to debut Thomas’ own signature sump– the Frag Fuge! Designed by Thomas himself, this sump allows you to keep your frags out of your display tank!

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Introducing Thomas’ New Signature Sump – the Frag Fuge! (Video)

    1. MamboJahambo

      I'm running a 6 US Gal nano reef tank. 2 occy clowns paired for mating. 5 lbs of live rock, plenty of mechanical filters and 1 carbon pack, 1 bio media pack.
      2 Acan lords, 1 candy cane coral, 1 Blasto frag and crystal clear water, been up for 3 months and doing flawless.
      Calcium 435 PPM
      Alk 11 dKh
      Ph 8.3
      Ammonia 0 PPM
      Nitrite 0 PPM
      Nitrate 10 PPM
      Mag 1340 PPM
      Using an Aquaclear 20, rated for 5-20 US Gallons.
      50w heater
      300 GPH powerhead. (or roughly I think lol)
      All my rock and sand were dry and I used the fishless cycle to start my tank. Did not use any bio boosters in a bottle. and no protein skimmer. I went heavy on the hermit crabs to help combat excess food in my tank since i don't run a skimmer. Also have 1 Turbo snail, 1 Ninja star snail.
      Do you have any tanks running? I'de love to hear about yours!

      But to answer your questions. I think the hobby has advanced quite a bit, to the point where keeping fish and corals in a small tank is possible and can even thrive now. Given proper management and water testing, Keep your levels appropriate and WC's and everything will work out, Atleast for me so far! We will see in a year or two XD

      Reply
    2. Thomas B

      Demont Venable in my opinion, up to 40 or 50 gallons is pretty small for a reef, and I consider them Nano, however, most agree 35 gallons or less is Nano.

      Reply
    1. MamboJahambo

      I'm running a 6 US Gal nano reef tank. 2 occy clowns paired for mating. 5 lbs of live rock, plenty of mechanical filters and 1 carbon pack, 1 bio media pack.
      2 Acan lords, 1 candy cane coral, 1 Blasto frag and crystal clear water, been up for 3 months and doing flawless.
      Calcium 435 PPM
      Alk 11 dKh
      Ph 8.3
      Ammonia 0 PPM
      Nitrite 0 PPM
      Nitrate 10 PPM
      Mag 1340 PPM
      Using an Aquaclear 20, rated for 5-20 US Gallons.
      50w heater
      300 GPH powerhead. (or roughly I think lol)
      All my rock and sand were dry and I used the fishless cycle to start my tank. Did not use any bio boosters in a bottle. and no protein skimmer. I went heavy on the hermit crabs to help combat excess food in my tank since i don't run a skimmer. Also have 1 Turbo snail, 1 Ninja star snail.
      Do you have any tanks running? I'de love to hear about yours!

      But to answer your questions. I think the hobby has advanced quite a bit, to the point where keeping fish and corals in a small tank is possible and can even thrive now. Given proper management and water testing, Keep your levels appropriate and WC's and everything will work out, Atleast for me so far! We will see in a year or two XD

      Reply
    2. Thomas B

      Demont Venable in my opinion, up to 40 or 50 gallons is pretty small for a reef, and I consider them Nano, however, most agree 35 gallons or less is Nano.

      Reply
  1. Gabor P

    Hey Thomas ! Yeah your shirt looks good and these filter too. You need to make more and often videos. But one tip : Try those funny thing you do at the end to a minimal or even giving hint with the colour. I know you have a wife and a cute daughter but some people may be don't I got called once gay for it like keeping fish and the name Guppy cause the name most people understand so …… like not so macho etc. But I laughed to though some may say khmm you know ! On the serous note : I would like an update on your beautiful monster tank in your basement and yes try to make some more instructional videos ! Take care Thomas and your loved ones too !

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Gabor P here is an even better tip: don't stereotype. Just because someone is flamboyant, doesn't mean anything other than that they are flamboyant. Much in the same way, colors have no gender; they are just colors. I fully support the LGBTQIA+ community and personally, would not get offended if someone mislabeled me as gay. It would simply be inaccurate.

      I am proud to be me and will not change anything πŸ˜‰

      Reply
    2. Gabor P

      Thanks bud ! Yeah I did grow up too …. but yes people are people. Yeah I'd be lying if I say I never cry …… but where nobody see it. Sorry it went to political …… let's just stay with fishes. and be more positive. Stay cool and I can't wait for your monster tank update !

      Reply
  2. Gabor P

    Hey Thomas ! Yeah your shirt looks good and these filter too. You need to make more and often videos. But one tip : Try those funny thing you do at the end to a minimal or even giving hint with the colour. I know you have a wife and a cute daughter but some people may be don't I got called once gay for it like keeping fish and the name Guppy cause the name most people understand so …… like not so macho etc. But I laughed to though some may say khmm you know ! On the serous note : I would like an update on your beautiful monster tank in your basement and yes try to make some more instructional videos ! Take care Thomas and your loved ones too !

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Gabor P here is an even better tip: don't stereotype. Just because someone is flamboyant, doesn't mean anything other than that they are flamboyant. Much in the same way, colors have no gender; they are just colors. I fully support the LGBTQIA+ community and personally, would not get offended if someone mislabeled me as gay. It would simply be inaccurate.

      I am proud to be me and will not change anything πŸ˜‰

      Reply
    2. Gabor P

      Thanks bud ! Yeah I did grow up too …. but yes people are people. Yeah I'd be lying if I say I never cry …… but where nobody see it. Sorry it went to political …… let's just stay with fishes. and be more positive. Stay cool and I can't wait for your monster tank update !

      Reply
  3. 00corin00

    Do you make something like this for a freshwater tank? Do you suggest I use this sump for a freshwater set up?

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  4. 00corin00

    Do you make something like this for a freshwater tank? Do you suggest I use this sump for a freshwater set up?

    Reply
  5. P. Gibbons

    Hey Thomas! I am a beginner and I love the outdoors, I want to bring the outdoors in by getting a fish tank and add my small catches! I have watched a lot of videos and the only thing I can’t find is what to do to make logs and rocks fish safe? Feed back and or a video explaining would be great. Also food? Worms? Fish flakes? I’m planning on minnow trapping some small bluegill and green sunfish and maybe some bass! Thanks in advance for any feedback!

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      P. Gibbons sterilizing wood from the great outdoors isn't easy, and often leads to high waste and nutrients from organics trapped inside the pores or holes in the wood. The older the piece, the more breakdown it has experienced. It is also tricky if the wood is too new as it will still contain oils that can foul the water (cedar, pine, and the like are the worst for that in my experience). Rocks are easier; a good stiff brushing and bath in boiling water and they are good to go.

      I will caution you to check your local and state/provincial laws regarding collecting and keeping native animals as it is prohibited in many places.

      Reply
    2. P. Gibbons

      Thomas B ok thanks and we have already done that! We are all good. And last thing are there some woods that are way easier to use?

      Reply
  6. P. Gibbons

    Hey Thomas! I am a beginner and I love the outdoors, I want to bring the outdoors in by getting a fish tank and add my small catches! I have watched a lot of videos and the only thing I can’t find is what to do to make logs and rocks fish safe? Feed back and or a video explaining would be great. Also food? Worms? Fish flakes? I’m planning on minnow trapping some small bluegill and green sunfish and maybe some bass! Thanks in advance for any feedback!

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      P. Gibbons sterilizing wood from the great outdoors isn't easy, and often leads to high waste and nutrients from organics trapped inside the pores or holes in the wood. The older the piece, the more breakdown it has experienced. It is also tricky if the wood is too new as it will still contain oils that can foul the water (cedar, pine, and the like are the worst for that in my experience). Rocks are easier; a good stiff brushing and bath in boiling water and they are good to go.

      I will caution you to check your local and state/provincial laws regarding collecting and keeping native animals as it is prohibited in many places.

      Reply
    2. P. Gibbons

      Thomas B ok thanks and we have already done that! We are all good. And last thing are there some woods that are way easier to use?

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Tristan G Uhhh… thanks for your concern, but I don't think it's fair to jokingly throw around eating disorders. I am actually a lover of food who happens to have a ridiculous metabolism. πŸ˜‰

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Tristan G Uhhh… thanks for your concern, but I don't think it's fair to jokingly throw around eating disorders. I am actually a lover of food who happens to have a ridiculous metabolism. πŸ˜‰

      Reply

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