Reefer 170 reborn

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  1. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    After long lurking I finally pulled the trigger and re-started my tank. First step is done - livestock homed in the rubbermaid container, and tank sat with acid water for couple days. Looks really clean now - couple more water refills and will start cycle!


    I have a question to you guys - my tank sits on the tile second floor - really easy to clean, doesn't leave stains etc. However all noises from the tank got amplified and sound really loud underneath.
    Any ideas what to put under the stand to isolate noise?
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  2. Gablami

    Gablami Guest

    Always exciting starting a new tank :). Do you know what equipment is making the noise? Is it the overflow? Is it the skimmer? Is it the return pump?

    Different acoustic sources will have different techniques to reduce noise. Placing padding under the stand may not always be the best option.

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  3. Julius Chen

    Julius Chen Supporting Member

    Dont have direct experience but couple of these may help?

    If sources of noise are inside stand, I’d try put the dampening pads between sump and stand.

    Dc pump and skimmer create a lot less noise.

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  4. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Maybe it's just me I would just placed the Rubbermaid container on floor if anything knocked it your power plugs is right under. I know it's temporary but still be safe than sorry

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  5. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    The stand has all kinds of isolation - there are rubber under sump, tank, on the side of the sump. Stand sits on the tiny silicon pads, but might be not enough.
    The equipment is very quite - you can't hear anything staying next to the tank. It's just a floor by itself - I can hear cat walking on the first floor and the tank is right above my bed.
    I think it's simply lack of sounds-proof under the tiles. And since I will have empty tank there is chance to put some sound-proofing under it.
    Thanks! I'm also excited to try fresh start!
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  6. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Sparkling clean!

  7. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Hmm, I drove around looked for sound proofing and the only thing I found is home depot flooring underlayment, but it’s sold in 100sq rolls only. Definitely too much for my needs! There are also something called “acoustic insulation sound board”- not sure if it will work with tank sitting on top of it.

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  8. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I’ve used the acoustic sound board (not for your application though). I wouldn’t use it. It’s very porous and a bit delicate. I would think that it would breakdown and disintegrate over time with that kind of weight (not to mention if it got wet).
  9. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    Costco has rubber flooring tiles for about $10
  10. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    I decided to put cork liner, it did reduced noise, much better now. Time for another wash!

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  11. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Rocks in place - eager to get some water in:

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  12. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    that bin full of water on the chair still makes me cringe...
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  13. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    I know :( Thanks god nobody walks there and those chairs very strong. Not sure about bin though...
  14. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    Really nice aquascape

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  15. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    Same here! That is a huge failure waiting to happen.

    @Eugene I might have missed it, but why isn't the bin on the ground?
  16. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    because he wants to prove how strong those chairs are.
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  17. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    Daredevil! Living life on the edge.
  18. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    @Eugene where did you find sheets of cork liner? Seems like a good idea for new builds.
  19. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    I have found almost exact size - 48x24 in ACE Hardware. There are also thicker 12x12 tiles. I fold it and glued two layers together. I also saw some in Michael's.
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  20. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    4 day of cycling - ammonia 1.5ppm, nitrite 1ppm...


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