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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 10:34 AM
I am finally able to set up my dream tank when my wife gave the blessing to upgrade to a larger tank. The only condition was that it has to be housed in the garage because there just wasn't a good spot for it in the house. So out goes my car, which is perfectly fine with me :lol:

The tank was a used 300 gallon acrylic tank made by Envision in exceptional condition. I told my wife that it was too good a deal to pass up for $700 including a behemoth steel stand. I was quoted $1800-$2000 for just the acrylic tank from a local tank fabricator.

The tank was made to be viewed from 3 sides but I'll have it set up against the wall. After I got it home, all it needed was some polishing with Novus 1 and 2 to take out some of the minor scratches on the the viewable sides.

Anyways, enough typing for now. Please LMK what you guys think and any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks.

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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 10:36 AM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN8401.jpg

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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 10:39 AM
The steel stand was too short so my dad and I added another 7" inches or so. The 4"x8" are bolted to each other and the stand was then bolted onto the risers. Check out the new platform shoes. Very fashionable and sturdy. This thing ain't moving nowhere.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN8522.jpg

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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 12:33 PM
Some more stuff that I have been able to do in the last few weeks in between a busy work schedule and 2 small clingy kids at home :lol:

This was a 6' long tank that I had to cut down to about 5' to fit inside the stand.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0591.jpg

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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 12:34 PM
Some Weld-on #4 and an extra bead of #16 at the corners for insurance.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0594.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0595.jpg

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 12:36 PM
The majority of the sump top bracing will be routed out so I can fit the skimmer at one end. Still need to cut the baffles this weekend. Hopefully I can fill it in a couple of weeks for a leak test before adding salt water.

Here is the skimmer for the system, H&S A200 that I got from a buddy.

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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 12:39 PM
Some plumbing that was done last weekend.

The Dart for the return with a true union check valve and a couple of T's for other equipment such as a chiller, phosphate reactor, etc.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0678.jpg

Couple of 1" Sea Swirls at the 2 opposing corners from the overflow.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0650.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0651.jpg

Ebisan
07/18/2007, 01:46 PM
Looking good. Too bad you couldn't put it inside the house. Maybe make it inwall?

Fliger
07/18/2007, 02:13 PM
Looks awesome! Behind the H&S there are pix of some cherry doors. Will that skin the stand?

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 02:39 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10365478#post10365478 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Ebisan
Looking good. Too bad you couldn't put it inside the house. Maybe make it inwall?

Thanks. Yeah, I looked at all the possibilities and nothing worked to our satisfaction. I originally planned on it being in our downstairs home office that shared a wall with the garage. It would have been the perfect situation where I could have plumbed everything out to the garage so I don't have to deal with the noise and equipment. But it would take up so much space and the metal stand wouldn't fit through the door opening. I guess on the brigher side, I now have the tank I have always wanted and if there ever was a leak, I don't have to worry about ruining the flooring inside :lol:

JGermanow
07/18/2007, 02:46 PM
Looking Good Kenny. I agree wih Ebisan, That should end up as an inwall. will be keeping an eye on this thread. Good luck

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 02:48 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10365695#post10365695 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Fliger
Looks awesome! Behind the H&S there are pix of some cherry doors. Will that skin the stand?

Thanks Fliger. Those are actually cherry desks in my office. I had bought the skimmer and stored it there until the tank was ready. I haven't given it much thought regarding how to skin the stand yet. Don't know if I really want to spend time and money making something too nice since it's sitting in the garage. I could make it since I do have all the woodworking tools, it's just a matter of having the time.

JGermanow
07/18/2007, 02:51 PM
Just dreaming for you:D

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 02:53 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10365945#post10365945 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by JGermanow
Looking Good Kenny. I agree wih Ebisan, That should end up as an inwall. will be keeping an eye on this thread. Good luck

Thanks for the well wishes JGermanow. It would look awesome anywhere in the house but I am just glad that I get to play with it :lol:

Bebo77
07/18/2007, 02:55 PM
hey.. thats going to be a beauty... congrats on stepping up to the big boy club...

20 20
07/18/2007, 02:57 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10365902#post10365902 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
Thanks. Yeah, I looked at all the possibilities and nothing worked to our satisfaction. I originally planned on it being in our downstairs home office that shared a wall with the garage. It would have been the perfect situation where I could have plumbed everything out to the garage so I don't have to deal with the noise and equipment. But it would take up so much space and the metal stand wouldn't fit through the door opening. I guess on the brigher side, I now have the tank I have always wanted and if there ever was a leak, I don't have to worry about ruining the flooring inside :lol:

If you make it an 'in-wall', the tank and stand itself would be in the garage. That would eliminate the issue of the stand not fitting in the house, and of a ruined floor inside. Unless I'm missing something... :p

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 02:57 PM
Some more shots of what's been done so far. I am hoping that I'll find time this weekend to finish the sump and leak test the system next weekend. If everything looks good, I'll have 350 gallons of NSW delivered for the initial fill and get the tank started on the cycle.

The tank with a black back applied. It's a product made by BlueLife that goes on like window tinting. Awesome stuff. I don't have to worry about salt creep getting between the tank and backing like those ones that are just taped on. Once it was done, it looked like it's always been there.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0652.jpg

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pookstreet
07/18/2007, 03:01 PM
Thanks Gabe :D


<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10366022#post10366022 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by 20 20
If you make it an 'in-wall', the tank and stand itself would be in the garage. That would eliminate the issue of the stand not fitting in the house, and of a ruined floor inside. Unless I'm missing something... :p

LOL......I couldn't do that because the tank is 3' deep. If it was sitting in the garage, we couldn't park the minivan inside b/c the garage is not deep enough. She ain't gonna be too happy about lugging 2 kids that far out :lol:

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 03:02 PM
The Sea Swirls all plumbed.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0675.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0676.jpg

The return on the left will be fitted with a WavySea that's still running on my current 30 gallon.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0674.jpg

20 20
07/18/2007, 03:05 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10366048#post10366048 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
Thanks Gabe :D




LOL......I couldn't do that because the tank is 3' deep. If it was sitting in the garage, we couldn't park the minivan inside b/c the garage is not deep enough. She ain't gonna be too happy about lugging 2 kids that far out :lol:

Heh, I must still be missing something. Your current plan is to put the tank in the garage. I'm suggesting putting the tank in the garage. What's the difference, other than a hole in the wall you can see the tank through?:rollface:

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 03:24 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10366080#post10366080 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by 20 20
Heh, I must still be missing something. Your current plan is to put the tank in the garage. I'm suggesting putting the tank in the garage. What's the difference, other than a hole in the wall you can see the tank through?:rollface:

If I put the tank as an in-wall, it'll be at the head of the garage, therefore making the garage shorter and not allowing the minivan to be parked inside. Now the tank is placed against one of the garage side walls lengthwise as in some of the earlier pix. I get to park outside now since there won't be enough width to squeeze in 2 cars.

NYCREEF69
07/18/2007, 03:29 PM
nice tank

20 20
07/18/2007, 08:17 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10366223#post10366223 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
If I put the tank as an in-wall, it'll be at the head of the garage, therefore making the garage shorter and not allowing the minivan to be parked inside. Now the tank is placed against one of the garage side walls lengthwise as in some of the earlier pix. I get to park outside now since there won't be enough width to squeeze in 2 cars.

Ah, I knew there had to be something simple I was missing.:p Can't you just get her a shorter vehicle?:lol:

lvpd186
07/18/2007, 08:29 PM
How are you going to do the lights? If the tank is in its final resting place it looks like you wont be able to hang the lights because it would block the garage door. Anyway it looks like it will be one sweet setup. I know I would give up my half of the garage for a tank that size.

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 10:12 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10368085#post10368085 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by 20 20
Ah, I knew there had to be something simple I was missing.:p Can't you just get her a shorter vehicle?:lol:

LOL......there's no way we are buying another new car.

pookstreet
07/18/2007, 10:16 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10368192#post10368192 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by lvpd186
How are you going to do the lights? If the tank is in its final resting place it looks like you wont be able to hang the lights because it would block the garage door. Anyway it looks like it will be one sweet setup. I know I would give up my half of the garage for a tank that size.

Thanks lvpd186. The pix are actually kinda misleading. Yes, that's pretty much the final spot for the tank but there's a good 18" of clearance from the top of the tank to the garage door track. My plan is to make an open top canopy for the lights. I am thinking of using 3 250W DE bulbs in either Luminarc Minis or Lumenmax 3s supplemented with 4 6' T5HO's.

Bebo77
07/18/2007, 10:34 PM
Kenny.. is that your office on the other side of that wall?

cbui2
07/18/2007, 11:08 PM
congrats on your upgrade, but is it possible to make aleast a 2 square feet hole enough for a sneak peak?

pookstreet
07/19/2007, 10:14 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10369126#post10369126 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Bebo77
Kenny.. is that your office on the other side of that wall?

Nope, that's an exterior wall that faces the front door.

pookstreet
07/19/2007, 10:21 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10369300#post10369300 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cbui2
congrats on your upgrade, but is it possible to make aleast a 2 square feet hole enough for a sneak peak?

Thanks cbui2. LOL........I won't need a hole. I'll be in the garage most of the time anyways :lol:

BTW, which part of NO do you live in? I grew up in NO and left to go to college at UCLA. Have been out here ever since. My parents still lived there until Katrina flooded the house.

OnlyCrimson
07/19/2007, 11:46 AM
lol everybodys trying to put this thing in wall! Really nice pickup, thats gonna look great.

cbui2
07/19/2007, 03:38 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10371382#post10371382 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
Thanks cbui2. LOL........I won't need a hole. I'll be in the garage most of the time anyways :lol:

BTW, which part of NO do you live in? I grew up in NO and left to go to college at UCLA. Have been out here ever since. My parents still lived there until Katrina flooded the house.

Avondale, LA. guess that was the deal with wifey, but a bigger tank is better then smaller one no matter where its located. i still think just a porky little hole will do the job IMO :lol: maybe something similar to submarine specs :D . any new updates?

pookstreet
07/20/2007, 09:41 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10371975#post10371975 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by OnlyCrimson
lol everybodys trying to put this thing in wall! Really nice pickup, thats gonna look great.

LOL..........yeah, everyone, including myself, had their own opinions. But the one that really mattered at the end was my wife's :o


cbui2 - Yes, a 300 is much better than my current 30. Now I don't have to wreck my brain trying to figure out where to put 1" frags, at least not for a while :lol: I'll have more updates after this weekend. The plan is to cut and install the baffles in the sump. I only have time to do stuff on the weekends with a couple of little kids running around.

pookstreet
07/24/2007, 10:34 AM
Man, the weekend was almost a waste as I didn't get a chance to work on the tank until Sunday night. And then 3/4 of the way through routing out the top bracing of the sump, the bearing on my flush trim bit broke and I had to wait until Monday to pick up another bit to finish it off. Anyways, here are some shots of the progress and the finished sump.

Sump before I took it to town
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0676-1.jpg

One side removed and the other side 1/2 done
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0677.jpg

pookstreet
07/24/2007, 10:36 AM
The H&S fits nicely on one side :lol:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0679.jpg

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pookstreet
07/24/2007, 10:39 AM
The first baffle going in.........

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0682.jpg

And the finished baffles..........

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0686.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0689.jpg

I still need to make a bracket to hold 2 filter socks to the left of the skimmer. Then drill the hole for the return pump and it's ready for the leak test.

carnophage
07/24/2007, 07:00 PM
any updates on the tank, how is it doing in the garage?

erics3000
07/24/2007, 11:12 PM
Nice.. Congrats on your new tank..I just saw this thread and It looks like everyone mentioned the same things I was thinking about the placement. I cant wait to see your progress..

pookstreet
07/31/2007, 04:17 PM
Thanks Eric.


Additional work that's been done since. The overflow drain plumbing will be done tonight and the system will be leak tested soon.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0691.jpg

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cbui2
07/31/2007, 05:56 PM
looking good Kenny, will you be adding some type of mat under the pump to reduce the noise level?

cbui2
07/31/2007, 05:56 PM
bump

pookstreet
08/01/2007, 10:04 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10454822#post10454822 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cbui2
looking good Kenny, will you be adding some type of mat under the pump to reduce the noise level?

Thanks man. You can't see it but I did put an old mouse pad beneath the pump to reduce vibration and noise, not that noise is going to be an issue in the garage :lol:

erics3000
08/01/2007, 10:39 AM
Man I am getting jealous when I look at your pics. I cant wait to get back working on my tank. This is going to be a sweet garage.

cbui2
08/01/2007, 10:56 AM
my entire setup is in the garage and with only one pump in the beginning testing was loud humming enough to reach my bedroom. it was installed on 3/4" plywood supported with 2x4.
is that daddy's little girl, how old is she?

Eric you better get back before you change your mind and upgrade.

pookstreet
08/01/2007, 11:17 AM
Eric - what are you waiting for man. Get going already. I just checked out your thread and looks like you got a bit of action going on over there :D

Bart - which return pump are you using? I am running the Dart and it's quiet as heck. No, that ain't daddy's little girl, that's my son when he was about a year old :lol: He's 3 now and definitely look and act like a boy. My little girl is 15 months. And yes, she does look like a girl ;)

Bebo77
08/01/2007, 11:18 AM
How did the leak test go?

pookstreet
08/01/2007, 11:22 AM
I finally finished all the plumbing last night on the overflow drain and double checked everything.

This is from one of the 2 2" drains that has been reduced down to 1.25". Then part of it is split off to feed the H&S skimmer. I decided to install a gate valve for the skimmer feed b/c it's more precise. Still have to get a nipple and tubing to make the connection.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0695.jpg

Both drains installed. I need to make an acrylic bracket to hold 2 7" filter socks for the drains.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0696.jpg

Ouside view of the 2 drains.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0701.jpg

pookstreet
08/01/2007, 11:24 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10459516#post10459516 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Bebo77
How did the leak test go?

No leaks overnight so that's a good sign. At this rate, I am hoping to have the NSW delivered soon, just need to make the arrangements.

FILL 'ER UP!!!!!!!!!!!! It took almost an hour and a half to fill the tank/sump :eek2:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0702.jpg

Tanks/sump filled and pump running last night
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0703.jpg

pookstreet
08/01/2007, 11:26 AM
There is a LOT of water moving through this system. Water from the drains.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0704.jpg

I had to dial the return down a bit with the union valve, otherwise, it's like Niagara Falls in the sump.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0705.jpg

cbui2
08/01/2007, 03:59 PM
oh sorry, you can click on the gallery to view my 4 kids. i used 2 sequence 1000's 4300SEQ for returns. should be similar to dart i think..

erics3000
08/01/2007, 11:09 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10459500#post10459500 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
Eric - what are you waiting for man. Get going already. I just checked out your thread and looks like you got a bit of action going on over there :D

Bart - which return pump are you using? I am running the Dart and it's quiet as heck. No, that ain't daddy's little girl, that's my son when he was about a year old :lol: He's 3 now and definitely look and act like a boy. My little girl is 15 months. And yes, she does look like a girl ;)

Thanks Kenny.. I started on a weekend and then I had to leave for a month for business. I will be back next week and start working again.

I have a question about your dart. I ordered a tank with your same dimensions. I have a dart and an OM4. Does the dart have enough power to blow form one end across the tank to the other end. I am going to add some power heads for extra flow, but was wondering how strong the dart is.

thor32766
08/02/2007, 07:32 AM
sweeet looking tank!

pookstreet
08/02/2007, 10:14 AM
Bart - man, you've been busy. We stopped at 2 and they are more than enough :lol:


Eric - you must be antsy to get back into the thick of it. I don't even need business travel to take a month to get a few things done with 2 little ones running around. I was hoping the tank would be half way done with cycling by now.

As to the Dart, it's pretty strong but the main issue is the volume of flow going through the sump. If mine was on full blast, it looks like a Category 5 rapids in my sump. Too many bubbles. I had to dial it back to reduce the turbulance. So with that said, it's probably not strong enough to go from one end to the other. However, I am planning on outfitting both the SS and the WavySea with eductors that will increase the strength of the output, but not the volume. I chose these 2 devices b/c the move individually. Besides adding a Tunze Wavebox for some wave action, I am hoping that I won't need any other powerheads inside the tank. I am shooting for an overall system that's as simple as possible to be both cost and enerygy efficient.


Thanks thor32766!

erics3000
08/02/2007, 10:43 AM
I am as Antsy as I can be. Thanks for the info Kenny. I was planning on using a 75 I have for the sump. I was planning on making a tray so the return lines dump on filter floss. That should help with the bubbles. You might even be able to put some rock under the returns with a baffle on that side. Have you looked at http://www.melevsreef.com/ he has a lot of good info. For extra flow, I was thinking of getting a few penductors.I like your sea swirls They are designed for higher pressure pumps but should help a little..

jeffreylam1132
08/03/2007, 03:52 AM
Great looking setup, Kenny. You know what, I am exactly in your situation. I have a beautiful 240 gallon thinking I can put it in the dining room. Bought it home and the wife said, "Oh my God, the tank is so BIG! Sorry honey, tank is not going in the dining room." You know how it is, wife is boss. So my second option, hey it looks perfect in the garage. Nope, tank are not meant to be in the garage. I was like, WHAT the heck do you want me to do then. She said sell it and get a smaller tank and it'll be perfect in the dining room. Couldn't argued with her, so now my beautiful 240 gallon is for sale. :(

Anyway, can't wait till the tank is all setup. How are you going to be dealing with the unstable temperature in the garage?

pookstreet
08/03/2007, 10:46 AM
No worries Eric. I have a 120 that was chopped down to about 100 for my sump and it's about half filled. Yeah, I have looked at Melev's site many times. Some great ideas. I still have to add a bracket to hold a couple of filter socks, very similar to your idea of filter floss. I like using filter socks b/c they'll trap anything 100 microns or bigger and you can wash/reuse them. I may put some live rocks in there anyways, not for the bubbles but perhaps as extra biological filtration. I am still debating that though.


LOL Jeffrey. My wife first rejected the idea without looking at the tank. She actually told me I could upgrade to a bigger tank, but when I showed her how BIG, she said "Are you crazy?" So I told her if I was to upgrade, there is no sense in getting something smaller b/c it's just not what I wanted. Then she came up with the brilliant idea of putting it in the garage. Well, here we are :lol:

As for temp control, I still have to insulate the garage door and that should help keep it a tiny bit in terms of more stable temps inside. The garage is finished so that should help. I am also picking up a used Deltec Eco Cooler from a local reefer soon. It uses very little energy but is very efficient, which fits nicely in my scheme of running this system as energy efficient as possible.

erics3000
08/03/2007, 12:25 PM
Not sure if I mentioned this before. I had a friend who put insulation on her ceiling in her garage and it made a big difference. I am not sure how the house are in CA, I know my house in FL doesn't have insulation above the garage part of the ceiling. Maybe it is just because it is a new house. Just wanted to bring it to your attention if you already haven't checked it out..

jeffreylam1132
08/03/2007, 12:45 PM
Lucky you, at least your wife like the idea of going bigger and putting the tank in the garage. Mine, no comment.

pookstreet
08/14/2007, 11:04 AM
Eric - my garage is finished with drywall all the way around when we bought it. So I have no idea if there is insulation in the ceiling but there is a room above. I am sure the drywall helps a great deal. The only thing I'll need to insulate is the garage door, which is just sheet metal right now. I am planning on buying some 1" or 1.25" styro sheets and cut to fit each panel.

Jeffrey - LOL. My wife became more understanding after over 10 years of marriage :lol:

pookstreet
08/14/2007, 11:13 AM
Couple of updated shots.

Filter sock holder. I had the piece made by a local acrylic tank manufacturer SoCalCreations and added the side pieces to hold it up myself.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0710.jpg

240 pounds of live/dead sand for ~1.5" sandbed all the way around. Some rocks will go in tonight. I'll add more sand around the rockwork to make it about 2" total once all the rocks are in.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0712.jpg

erics3000
08/14/2007, 11:47 AM
Looks like things are coming along. keep the pics coming

cbui2
08/14/2007, 11:54 AM
great updates Kenny, do you have to move the skimmer aside to remove the socks?

pookstreet
08/15/2007, 11:00 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10551241#post10551241 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cbui2
great updates Kenny, do you have to move the skimmer aside to remove the socks?

Nope, there is just enough room to squeeze the socks through. I am planning as many things ahead as possible and try to think of possible pitfalls down the road. Hopefully this system will be simple, easy to take care of, and energy efficient when it's all done. At least that's the plan anyways :lol:

pookstreet
08/15/2007, 11:17 AM
Did a little bit of aquascaping last night and here is what I got. LMK what you guys think.

Took a pic of the tank before the rocks went in. It really cleared up since the last shot.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0715.jpg

This is all the rocks I have so far. Some of the pieces must have weighed 60-70 pounds each. I figured I'll still need about 100-150 pounds more to finish. The basic idea is to have a main rock outcropping against the side with the overflow. A smaller and lower island will be formed to the right. I think that will give all the fish lots of room to swim in, offering them a channel to swim between the two rock mounds.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0717.jpg

Here is a closer shot of the main rockwork. I still need to add a couple of larger pieces to build it up just slightly and maybe flatten the right side a bit so it'll have a gentler slope.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0719.jpg

kamico
08/15/2007, 01:15 PM
Wow! great Job Kenny!

cbui2
08/15/2007, 10:43 PM
those are some large pieces. how much more live rocks will you be getting?

pookstreet
08/16/2007, 12:47 PM
Thanks Kevin.


Bart - It's hard to say how much more. I am looking for one nice big piece to finish off the main rock mound and some medium/large pieces for the rock island. Could be anywhere from 100-150 pounds.

pookstreet
08/21/2007, 11:47 AM
Picked up some additional rocks this past weekend and I am almost done. Just need a couple more pieces for the island to finish it off.

The left side against the overflow
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0728.jpg

The right side island. Should I make the opening between the 2 rock piles wider or does that look ok? Like I said, I just need a couple of flat pieces to cap the island.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0725.jpg

TandN
08/21/2007, 02:46 PM
Hey Kenny tank looks awesome so far. My only concern about the tank though would be the exhaust from the min van.

Kigs
08/21/2007, 03:25 PM
nice progress Kenny :) I like the aquascape... can't wait to see that thing packed with livestock

pookstreet
08/21/2007, 09:21 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10603467#post10603467 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by tanya72806
Hey Kenny tank looks awesome so far. My only concern about the tank though would be the exhaust from the min van.

Thanks. For a second there I was wondering how you knew we had a mini van. Then I realized it's reflected in the tank :lol: Yeah, I guess it's another thing to worry about but shouldn't be a problem if we kept the garage door opened a few minutes extra to vent out any exhaust.


Thanks kigs. I kinda like the open look more to give the fish more room to swim. There are also lots of space behind and within the main rock pile to hide and such. Once it's ready for livestock, I am almost sure it'll be packed pretty quick :D

cbui2
08/21/2007, 11:00 PM
i have one of those honda van too :D

Cody Ray
08/22/2007, 12:45 AM
Couldn't you just cut the van like u did the sump? :D

Awesome tank I hope to have something similar after graduating, moving to iowa, joining the police force, finding a home with a finished basement, and finding a local company to come build the tank in said basement. Thats like what 5-6 years? lol

pookstreet
08/22/2007, 10:12 AM
Bart - we love that van, especially with kids. At first, we were like "mini van?" NO WAY!!! But with the automatic doors and all the gadgets, it sure helps when your hands are full of kids and groceries :lol:


Thanks Cody. If I touched the van, the tank goes.......LOL.........The time frame is all up to you. Whenever you are ready. Mine took a while b/c I wanted to have kids first before starting a big project like this. A basement project would be awesome.

pookstreet
09/04/2007, 02:57 PM
Finally some updates. Temps around here have been 105-110+ for over a week now. Amazingly, the tank never ran above 82 even with the garage in the high 90's. Of course, I have 2 fans on 24/7. One blowing across the sump and the other across the tank surface. Also, I don't have my lighting yet, just running 8 4' T5HO's temporarily for the time being. The MH and 5' T5HO's will be coming shortly. In an attempt to lower the tank temp and keep the garage a bit cooler, I bought about $150 worth of insulation materials and insulated the garage door over the holiday weekend. It was sweaty work but well worth it. The tank is running around 78-79 now and the garage is much cooler. Here are a few pix of the insulation going in.

Reflectix insulation to reduce radiant heat (the silver stuff)
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0775.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0776.jpg

1" styrofoam boards cut to fit each panel
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0777.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0780.jpg

And some additional foil tape for the seams to ensure a sealed air gap
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0782.jpg

pookstreet
09/04/2007, 03:01 PM
The H&S A200 in action. Nice frothy head of foam. That's with just one Eheim running. Awesome skimmer.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0765.jpg

The 1" eductor on the Sea Swirls. Nice water movement over a greater range.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0763.jpg

pookstreet
09/04/2007, 03:05 PM
Couple of shots with the temp lights on. Most of the rock work is done. Just need a couple of nice flat pieces for the island on the right.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0791.jpg

I tested the water about a week ago and ammonia was about 5 ppm. Nitrites were undectable. Nitrates was also at around 5 ppm. I have since added a yellow tang to help with any additional cycle needs and added a few pieces of browned out corals for a test run. Things have been doing well for the last 4/5 days. I am getting a little bit of algae bloom as you can see on the tank and rocks. Normal stuff.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0793.jpg

danskim
09/04/2007, 04:07 PM
Nice skimmer. I thought A200 externals used Aquabees?
I guess not?

erics3000
09/04/2007, 06:15 PM
I love the eductor on the sea swirl. Where did you get your 1 eductor at

pookstreet
09/05/2007, 09:47 AM
danskim - there are 2 versions of the A200. One with Eheims and one with AquaBees.

Eric - I got mine from a LFS. They also sell them at Premium Aquatics. I already have 2 1" eductors outfitted to both Sea Swirls. Once the WavySea is ready, it'll be fitted with a 3/4" eductor also.

saurus
09/07/2007, 12:48 AM
Whoa Kenny!! Nice job. I know this has been a long time in the making. Well worth the wait. Enjoy the setup phase. I am trying to figure out just how many rows of frag trays you will be able to fit on the sides of the tank :p. Keep the updates coming.

pookstreet
09/07/2007, 10:32 AM
Thanks Clint. And many thanks for the skimmer :D

LOL..........I can fit even more on the front of the tank. The tank will look like a complete mess when I transfer tanks but hopefully not for long since I'll be setting up a 150 gallon tub next to it just for the frags :lol:

tom obrecht
09/08/2007, 04:48 AM
I'm interested if you have had any issues with the educator on the Sea Swirl. I always thought you couldn't do this for performance issues on the SS's motor assembly?

nick540
09/08/2007, 11:46 PM
wow coming along nicely!

pookstreet
09/10/2007, 11:36 AM
tom obrecht - as far as I know, the eductors only create back pressure but should have no effect on the mechanics of the SS motor assembly.

nick540 - thanks.

erics3000
09/10/2007, 08:29 PM
thanks. I accidently bought 2 3/4 used. oh well

pookstreet
10/01/2007, 10:42 AM
Finally some updates. Things have been busy with trying to break down a couple of smaller tanks and putting the stuff into the 300. I took my time inspecting all the LPS/zoas/palys to make sure they didn't have any pests before putting them in. Definitely don't want to deal with them here. The SPS were fine so they were just transferred over.

FTS from last week
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9113.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0817-1.jpg

The electrical was done yesterday. There are 2 separate 20A circuits dedicated to the system. I will install a couple of power centers later so I can turn things on/off without unplugging them.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9182.jpg

pookstreet
10/01/2007, 10:45 AM
A female Crosshatch trigger that I picked up from a local reefer last week. Will be keeping an eye out for a male to pair her up with.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9184.jpg

Added a couple more yellow tangs for a total of 3. Already all hard at work. The Three Tangs :lol:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9193.jpg

An old chalice I've had for a while. Was bleaching from too much light in the smaller tank but is already coloring back up nicely.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0819.jpg

Couple of new Aussie lords.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0810.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9124.jpg

erics3000
10/01/2007, 12:52 PM
Wow dude filling up nicely.

pookstreet
10/01/2007, 03:32 PM
Yeah, most of those are frags and they'll go in the 150G prop tub once it's plumbed in. I needed to break down a couple of small tanks and had to put them all on the sandbed for the time being.

pookstreet
11/02/2007, 02:27 PM
Finally some updates. Work has been killing me the last month. Really neglected the tank in terms of maintenance and not much has been done to it. Still need more rocks and the new lights. Cleaned the front last night and saw a few nice colors popping up so I decided to take a few top down shots.

This one is coloring up nicely. Turning a nice shade of blue with green eyes and a green rim.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0911.jpg

I just love the color contrast in this group shot.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0915.jpg

An oldie I've had forever and the green is coming back strong since moving to the big tank.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0917.jpg

An unknown Acro
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0921.jpg

The tips on this one is turning an insane blue. The new growth is almost like an echinata but the rest of it is so different.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0941.jpg

TheSaltwaterGuy
11/02/2007, 03:55 PM
Nice tank Kenny! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Good luck!

Jar*Head
11/02/2007, 07:30 PM
Looking great Kenny....

Typhon
11/02/2007, 10:02 PM
Great setup!!!!

Just wondering are you having any issue with the penductors on the end of the SeaSwirl? How they are holding up to the back pressure?? Any leaks?

ycnibrc
11/03/2007, 08:19 AM
[QUOTE]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10365052#post10365052 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
[B]Some plumbing that was done last weekend.

The Dart for the return with a true union check valve and a couple of T's for other equipment such as a chiller, phosphate reactor, etc.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0678.jpg


Hey Kenny nice set up. One question are you missing a ball valve with union on the outlet?I only see 1 from the inlet in this picture. If you need to service the dart pump how are you going to remove it from the set?Is the check valve will stop the water drain back down?

pookstreet
11/03/2007, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Typhon, the SS's are doing well so far. No leaks that I can see. I've also added one to the WavySea that has since been installed. I may take them off the SS's in the near future though since I am planning on adding 3 Streams to the tank. I was trying to avoid do so but it's just not enough flow. The plan is to add 2x6100 on the left side and a 6200 on the right.

Anthony, the check valve right below the ball valve is a union also.

ycnibrc
11/03/2007, 03:09 PM
[QUOTE]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10879384#post10879384 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
[B]A female Crosshatch trigger that I picked up from a local reefer last week. Will be keeping an eye out for a male to pair her up with.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9184.jpg

Hey Kenny I just place an order with atlantis aquairum for a crosshatch trigger pair but I have to wait for 3 weeks. They have a very reasonable price for a pair same price for just one female at my LFS.

pookstreet
11/03/2007, 03:49 PM
Sweet Anthony. They are definitely beautiful fish to have. You'll love them. Just make sure you don't have too many small frags or colonies near their cave where they sleep or they'll rearrange them for you, whether you like it or not :lol: Mine moved a samoensis colony the size of a small softball across the tank.

pookstreet
11/13/2007, 03:04 PM
Finally put up the MH but only temporarily with PVC. Just don't have the time to build the canopy with my crazy work schedule lately. It's 3 SLS Lumenmax pendants driven by SLS Galaxy ballasts. The 2 bulbs on the right are Phoenix 14K and the one on the left is an Ushio Nepturion 14K, boy is it yellow.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9246.jpg

I've also added a few fish lately: Blond Naso Tang, Purple Tang, Powder Blue Tang, female Watanabei Angel (to pair up with the male I already have), 2 green spotted Mandarin, bunch of Cleaner and peppermint shrimp, and a ton of hermits and Tongan Nassarius snails.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9257.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9273.jpg

pookstreet
11/13/2007, 03:05 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9267.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9274.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9272.jpg

chriis716
11/13/2007, 05:49 PM
great looking tank Kenny. Love the PVC stand for the lights.

pookstreet
11/13/2007, 09:05 PM
Thanks chriis716. It wasn't my first choice but with the limited time, that's all I could do for now. I still need to build the canopy soon though. These lights just aren't enough and I have 4x5' T5's that I need to add.

edwinn
11/13/2007, 11:16 PM
kenney is that 250w or 400 w

pookstreet
11/14/2007, 10:47 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11179102#post11179102 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by edwinn
kenney is that 250w or 400 w

Those are only 250's DE. Once the T5's are added, there'll be plenty of light. I thought about using 400's but I plan to keep some LPS in the tank.

erics3000
11/16/2007, 09:52 PM
Man your tank is looking good...

Snook65
11/17/2007, 08:00 AM
Kenny, great looking tank. Keep us updated.

elvictre
11/17/2007, 07:27 PM
Love the black PVC.

pookstreet
11/19/2007, 01:02 PM
Thanks guys.

Unfortunately, I lost the Blond Naso over the weekend. He hasn't been eating since I got him. Never knew that they could be finicky eaters.

Also having problems with ich on several fish, including the Powder Blue and Purple tangs. The Powder Blue is taking it pretty hard but the Purple is still very active and eating. Also saw a little bit on the female Watanabei and Crosshatch. Hope they all pull through.

tacocat
11/19/2007, 03:04 PM
Kenny,

Get that stainless steel clamp off of that skimmer feed tube. Use a zip tie or clamp. That thing WILL rust and drip into the sump.

spleen93
11/20/2007, 04:43 AM
Hey Kenny, long time no talk. Great looking tank - love the colors! You're right about that 14k bulb though - man, that thing is yellow. :D

Spleen

ycnibrc
11/22/2007, 11:02 AM
happy Thanks Giving to you and your family Kenny. I got my tank delivered yesterday so I will bug you soon for acan frags. You have the sweetest acan colection.

pookstreet
12/20/2007, 02:07 PM
Hey guys. Been slacking on the updates. Work travel sucks and there is no end in sight.

tacocat - I'll do that as soon as I get off my lazy butt :lol:

spleen - how ya been man. Hope everything is doing well yonder.

Anthony - Happy Holidays to you and your family. Congrats on your new tank. I'll have to check out your thread soon.

Well, I lost all the fish except for a purple tang due to an ich outbreak, including the crosshatch =(

Added a couple of new corals this month and these guys are huge.

Volleyball sized Bennett tort
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9337.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9339.jpg

pookstreet
12/20/2007, 02:09 PM
10-12" diameter efflo colony with purple tips. Excuse the flatworm outbreak. I thought I was careful in transferring the corals into this tank. Oh well........

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9345.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9365.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9367.jpg

pookstreet
12/20/2007, 02:14 PM
Some other pix I took of the remaining corals in my 30G that will be transferred over soon. Something that I've said for the last 2 months :D

Pink A. prostrata
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9310.jpg

Teal blue A. loisetteae
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9308.jpg

Cali tort and the green slimer growing into each other
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/SPS/DSCN9304.jpg

spleen93
12/20/2007, 11:58 PM
Dang, that tort and the efflo are amazing!! Welcome back, Kenny. Try not to work so hard. I'm trying too and failing miserably at it. :D

Spleen

saurus
12/21/2007, 12:10 AM
Wow Kenny... I must say you do have taste! Great looking corals. I will soon make it out to check out your tank one of these days.

ycnibrc
12/24/2007, 04:10 PM
happy holidays to you and your family Kenny. Your tank is getting better and better everyday.

twelvejewelz
12/24/2007, 05:01 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10609273#post10609273 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet

Mine took a while b/c I wanted to have kids first before starting a big project like this.


Thats just classic.lol

wabio
12/25/2007, 02:11 PM
Nice work. Have you ever considered using natural lighting (Solartubes, etc.)? That's the first thing I would do if my tank was banished to the garage.

justinm0424
12/28/2007, 10:37 AM
where did you get that check valve? I've been looking and couldn't find one like yours

justinm0424
12/28/2007, 10:40 AM
nvm i found it

http://www.pondandfountainpros.com/flocontrolswingchecktrue.shtml

Thanks

FFrankie
01/08/2008, 06:50 AM
Great aquarium Kenny. I enjoyed your build a lot. I look forward to more updates. I am curious how the weather is there now that winter is on? Do you have to run heaters 24/7 now in the garage? I look forward to the new light rack build also. Great temporary idea with the pvc.
One more question, will you pull the tang out and let the system go fishless for a few months to end the ich issue?

jgskt620
01/08/2008, 02:19 PM
nice tank wow u move fast

Fish.Nemo
01/08/2008, 08:47 PM
nice brain coral!

saltydragon
01/08/2008, 08:59 PM
wow...very nice corals you got there....

pookstreet
01/09/2008, 01:13 PM
Thanks everyone and a Happy New Year to all!

Work traveling is still ongoing so only a little is done to the tank each day. But I am pretty much done with the final aquascaping. I'll try to shoot some pix this weekend for more updates.

wabio - natural lighting isn't an option because there is a room above the garage. The garage door is fully insulated and having windows there would only increase the heat problem during the summer.

FFrankie - this winter has been really mild so far no thanks to global warming but it may also mean a hotter summer coming up. Something I am not looking forward to. I don't have heaters in the garage but the tank heaters seem to be on quite a bit. The tank is hovering at 76-77 degrees. The ich issue is finally done, at least for now. The last remaining purple tang is doing fine. I had to break down a couple of office tanks recently and tossed a yellow tang in. It's been fine for the past week. Also threw in a yellow watchman goby at the same time. Any fish in the future will be added slowly.

pookstreet
01/14/2008, 01:28 PM
New shots of the tank from last night. The aquascaping is pretty much done. I am happy with the way it all came out. You can't really see the two separate islands because the sandbed is littered with frags. But once they are gone, they are divided by a channel.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9399.jpg

Left side

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9401.jpg

Right side

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9404.jpg

pookstreet
01/14/2008, 01:28 PM
Angle shot

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9407.jpg

End shot

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9410.jpg

FFrankie
01/14/2008, 01:53 PM
Very nice! i like the caves a lot. How do the two tangs get along?

pookstreet
01/14/2008, 03:12 PM
Thanks FFrankie. They get along just fine. Just a little bit of hostility from the purple when the yellow was added. More yellows and other tangs will be added with time.

FFrankie
01/14/2008, 05:01 PM
Yeah, typical purple tang attitude! When you feed nori use two clips one on each end of the tank. That will help with hostility's a bit.

erics3000
01/14/2008, 08:53 PM
looking good..damm kenny you have a lot of frags. Do you have a favorite seller?

pookstreet
01/15/2008, 12:34 PM
Unfortunately, the purple has little taste for nori. I'll have to spend some time training it soon.

Thanks Eric. Yeah, that's what happens when I have to break down my other tanks and shove everything in here. It'll look a lot cleaner once I build my frag tank and set it up. In terms of a favorite seller, not really. I've bought/traded with many locally and across the country.

Bebo77
01/15/2008, 01:57 PM
hey... where are all the fish?

pookstreet
01/15/2008, 04:35 PM
Ehhhhhhhhhh...........hiding? :lol:

Bebo77
01/15/2008, 08:32 PM
lol... is that what you call a "light" bioload.. hahahahahah

cartman5579
02/02/2008, 08:03 PM
Update?? Are you going to frag any of those Aussie Acans for the SoCali BBQ? Me's hoping so.

FOSELONE
02/02/2008, 08:14 PM
looks good pook...

pookstreet
02/02/2008, 09:58 PM
Thanks ROSELONE..........


cartman, if I make it, I'll be sure to get the dremel warmed up :D

pookstreet
02/20/2008, 04:59 PM
Some people have a Fish Room. I have a Fish Garage :lol: Finally moved out the GEO 618 Ca reactor and the MRC (gasp!) kalk reactor to the 300. The stand between the tank and the cabinet is for the new frag tank I am building.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9521.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9524.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9527.jpg

klasiksb
02/20/2008, 07:30 PM
Being in the garage like that, there hasn't been any problems with exhaust from the vehicle? You don't make her push the car out, and then start it, do you? :lol:

klasiksb
02/20/2008, 07:30 PM
DP

FFrankie
02/20/2008, 09:04 PM
The tank is really coming along Pook! I dig the light racks :)

pookstreet
02/20/2008, 10:09 PM
klasiksb - lol.......come on now, I am not that sadistic. Why ruin a perfectly good marriage over a little tank? I just push the car out myself :lol:


FFrankie - thanks, I like them too. It was a spur of the moment thing until I have time to build a proper canopy to house the halides and the T5's.

pookstreet
02/20/2008, 10:12 PM
Here is the start of my frag tank build using 3/4" acrylic. It was originally meant to replace the 2 small tanks in the office. But due to increased workload, I simply have no time to keep a separate tank there anymore. Instead, this will be my frag tank tied into the 300, sharing a common sump. Now that I have committed this to be a frag tank, it'll actually work out extremely well because it's rather shallow and meant to be view from the top. Shooting photos in this tank will be a piece of cake.

This will be a braceless tank, hence the 3/4" thick acrylic, with an external overflow. I know it might be a bit of an overkill on the thickness, but I don't want any bowing at all. The over all dimensions will be 32"Lx25"Wx16"H with an internal volume of approximately 45 gallons. The stand has already been built and the tank build started today. I am hoping to have everything glued by Friday and the actual finish work on the tank will start. That's where the hard labor comes in. Anyways, enough talk. Here are some pix from another one of Pook's Kreations :lol:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9529.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9531.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9532.jpg

pookstreet
02/20/2008, 10:13 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9533.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9534.jpg

External overflow box

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9535.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9536.jpg

pookstreet
02/20/2008, 10:14 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9537.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9538.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9539.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9540.jpg

danskim
02/21/2008, 12:00 AM
Haha wow that is a super thick frag tank!

spleen93
02/21/2008, 12:08 AM
Kenny - your new frag tank/overflow are looking sweet! Your Rancos and your Tunze transformers are looking like a fire hazard on your garage wall though ... :lol:

cbui2
02/21/2008, 12:12 AM
fish garage, hmmm i have one too. no bowing for sure, what type of glue is being used for tank?

pookstreet
02/21/2008, 11:30 AM
danskim - yep, it was originally planned as a display but now it's going to serve an alternate purpose, also equally well.

Spleen - lol.....yeah, I really need to organize that a little bit better. I am just waiting for everything to be setup so I can finally do it. My famous last words :D

Bart - isn't it so much better having a fish garage for all those unforseen spills and disasters??? I am using Weld-On 4 for frag tank build.

pookstreet
02/25/2008, 04:36 PM
Finally finished glueing up the tank.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9547.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9548.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9549.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9550.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9551.jpg

pookstreet
02/25/2008, 04:38 PM
What it looks like next to the 300.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9553.jpg

Routed the edges and chamfered the corners.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9554.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9555.jpg

Glueing the external overflow.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9560.jpg

cbui2
02/25/2008, 04:56 PM
very nice, i know that router and working with acrylic puts out alot of dust which is worst then wood dust. see why you took it out to the yard to shave it :D

danskim
02/25/2008, 05:05 PM
Very nice craftsmanship.

pookstreet
02/25/2008, 05:35 PM
Thanks guys. Yeah, it looked like it snowed here in SoCal after I was done :D

The external overflow all done. I still have to add on another piece with the routed teeth later on.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9561.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9562.jpg

FFrankie
02/25/2008, 09:30 PM
Very nice work Kenny!

pookstreet
02/26/2008, 09:39 AM
Thanks FFrankie. Couple more things and the tank should be ready for plumbing. I can't wait to set this thing up and clear the sandbed in the 300.

pookstreet
02/27/2008, 12:43 PM
The frag tank is pretty much all done. The external overflow has been glued on. A 1" drain and a 3/4" return has been drilled and bulkheads installed. And a black vinyl was put on to make it a black back. Now all I need to do is the plumbing.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9590.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9592.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9593.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9595.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9597.jpg

pookstreet
03/06/2008, 12:18 PM
Not bad for an amateur

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9603.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9605.jpg

All plumbed and running

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9608.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9613.jpg

cbui2
03/06/2008, 12:24 PM
job well done, Kenny. what type of sand is that?

pookstreet
03/06/2008, 12:35 PM
Thanks Bart. It's the Florida crush coral by CaribSea. That's what I use in my Ca reactor. I wanted something big so they won't get blown around and it's good as a buffer also.

lho
03/06/2008, 01:33 PM
Great job on insulating the garage door!

I'm looking to do the same thing, but have no idea where to start.
Could you please provide me a materials list and where you got them?

Thank you!

Bebo77
03/06/2008, 07:32 PM
hey its full of water.. cool..

FFrankie
03/07/2008, 09:45 AM
Awesome job Kenny! Not bad at all on the glue up. I like your racks also. Tell us about the lighting you have over this tank.

pookstreet
03/13/2008, 12:40 PM
Yes Gabe, now it needs a resident mermaid, like one of those in endless supply in your avatar :D


Thanks FFrankie. The lighting over the prop tank consists of a 250W SE Radium 20k in a Lumenmax II driven by a Galaxy ballast. There are also 2 x 24" T5 driven by an IC 430 for supplement.


lho, you can get the all the insulation materials from either Lowes or HD. The silver insulation is called Reflectix and comes in rolls. Good luck.

lho
03/13/2008, 10:17 PM
Thanks, Kenny!
I'll pay Lowes or HD a visit this weekend.

old95er
03/14/2008, 10:03 AM
Nice work on the frag tank.

I have a few pieces of 2 foot by 4 foot 3/4 inch acrylic sitting aroung, waiting to become a tank. . .

how did you cut the pieces down to size? Did you have someone do it for you? I tried to use a router, and could not get flat clean edges. . .

danskim
03/14/2008, 10:12 AM
I think in general you use a table saw for the long cuts and use a laminate bit on the router for the finished edges?

I could be wrong.

pookstreet
03/14/2008, 11:04 AM
No worries lho. It sure helped a lot with the heat.


Thanks old95er. Dan is correct on the initial cuts with a table saw. Usually a laminate blade or something with a high teeth count, 60+, is the best. Then you can use a router table with a straight bit to clean up the edges. You can't do handheld on this part. I actually had someone cut these for me b/c my table saw is underpowered for 3/4" thick acrylic. HTH.

old95er
03/14/2008, 11:10 AM
Yeah, I used a circular saw with a laminate high tooth count blade. I was able to get the rough cuts, just not the finish; although I was using a handheld router. . .I need a router table for another project, so I guess it's time. . .
also I have a saw table, maybe I should stop fooling around and do it right. :)

pookstreet
03/16/2008, 03:52 PM
LOL.......you are a brave man.......circular saw and handheld router :D

old95er
03/16/2008, 08:02 PM
yeah. . .brave and silly. . .often confusd. The handheld router did not work. So, table products will have to do the job

pookstreet
04/23/2008, 03:36 PM
Not much has changed lately. I did leave for 7 days recently and came back to a dirty tank, nothing more. Nothing died or grew out of control :D The pH in the Ca reactor did drop pretty low but did not affect the tank pH in any way, just made the reactor chamber really cloudy. Maybe it's time to get a controller.

Here are some new shots of the corals from this week. I wished I had a macro lense for my dSLR =(

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9663Cropped.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0497.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0555.jpg

pookstreet
04/23/2008, 03:37 PM
The original Atlantis pink polyp cap
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0668.jpg

LE Atlantis Strawberry Patch Monti
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0659.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0673.jpg

pookstreet
04/23/2008, 03:41 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0700.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9669.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0701-1.jpg

pookstreet
04/23/2008, 03:42 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0696-1.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9673.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/DSCN9676.jpg

amehel0
04/23/2008, 04:28 PM
wow awsome tank. i like your aqauscapin and you tank making skills

pookstreet
04/24/2008, 01:26 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12396388#post12396388 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by amehel0
wow awsome tank. i like your aqauscapin and you tank making skills

Thanks. Got most of my inspiration here :D

Bebo77
04/24/2008, 01:30 PM
he aquascaped?

pookstreet
04/24/2008, 01:43 PM
No, my son did. He climbed in with snorkels and all.

Bebo77
04/24/2008, 02:16 PM
hahaha... i still say you need more LR..

pookstreet
04/24/2008, 02:43 PM
I'll let him know.

Bebo77
04/24/2008, 03:05 PM
anything new going on with the tank? new FTS maybe?


Did you get the text i send you on Sat?

FFrankie
04/24/2008, 06:58 PM
Great pictures Kenny. Thanks for the update!:thumbsup:

erics3000
04/24/2008, 07:09 PM
Damm.. Kenny looking good...

cbui2
04/24/2008, 10:41 PM
i need to learn how to shoot some awesome pics too. great updates Kenny, these pics come from frag tank and are you using camera box?

pookstreet
04/25/2008, 10:31 AM
Thanks guys.

Bart - I do use an acrylic photobox that I made for my point and shoot. Once I have the funds to get a macro lens for my Canon XT, I'll make another photobox for that too. They help a lot in getting clear pix without the glare and you can leave all the pumps running.

Moonstream
04/25/2008, 01:29 PM
are you planning to put the frags on your sandbed onto the rock? the tank looks really good!

pookstreet
04/25/2008, 03:25 PM
Some frags will be moved in to the prop tank when there is room and the rest will stay on the sandbed where they'll grow out b/c they can't tolerate too much light. All of them are either LPS with a few zoas/rics/shrooms mixed in.

hk855
04/25/2008, 04:05 PM
Nice tank, cant wait till I can get something like that!

pookstreet
04/28/2008, 01:07 PM
Thanks. Just be patient. It took me a LOOOONNNNNNG time to get to this stage :lol:

pookstreet
05/22/2008, 11:06 AM
My monthly update :D

FTS
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9977.jpg

Various coral pix.......

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9981.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9971.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9957.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9915.jpg

erics3000
05/22/2008, 03:51 PM
Wow man your tank is doing great. I n another 6 months You will be overflowing with corals...How is the frag setup doing?

pookstreet
05/22/2008, 04:09 PM
The prop tank is overflowing too :D Once I clean the front pane on it, I'll shoot an updated shot of the prop.

mpoletti
05/22/2008, 04:25 PM
Very nice as usual Kenny :)

pookstreet
05/22/2008, 05:08 PM
Thanks Mark. These are just peanuts compared to yours.

mpoletti
05/22/2008, 05:10 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12594778#post12594778 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pookstreet
Thanks Mark. These are just peanuts compared to yours.

Yeah right. I have drooled over your tank for a long time. I alwqays forget that you have a thread here. Please keep it updated for us. There is a lot we can learn from you ;)

pookstreet
05/22/2008, 05:44 PM
Those are some very kind words indeed, Mark. Much appreciated. I've learned all I know from everyone here and there is so much more yet to come.

saurus
05/22/2008, 11:37 PM
I woke up at 4:30 this morning and reaquascaped because of you. Thanks alot Kenny!! :lol:

pookstreet
05/23/2008, 01:12 AM
See, that's your problem. You asked me, of all people.

spleen93
05/23/2008, 03:17 AM
Looking good, Kenny! Love the amount of open space - lots of places for fish to swim and corals to grow. :thumbsup:

pookstreet
05/23/2008, 09:04 AM
Thanks. If you have some time during your RAP trip, you are more than welcome to come for a visit.

spleen93
05/23/2008, 11:53 PM
Thanks Kenny. If the RAP SCMAS tank tour ever comes to fruition, I'd also love to be part of that. ;)

pookstreet
05/27/2008, 12:29 PM
Even if it doesn't, I'll be happy to give you a personal tour :lol:


Some updated pix of my prop tank.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9987.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9990.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9994.jpg

pookstreet
05/27/2008, 12:31 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9997.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9998.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_9999.jpg

spleen93
05/28/2008, 05:20 AM
Dang, Kenny ... very nice! Looking forward to seeing it in person in October. :)

mpoletti
05/28/2008, 09:00 AM
Congrats of the LE :D I think I saw 6 pre cut frags

http://www.reeffarmers.com/limitedkeylimemangosherbert.htm

pookstreet
05/28/2008, 02:01 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12628456#post12628456 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by spleen93
Dang, Kenny ... very nice! Looking forward to seeing it in person in October. :)

Any time for a fellow reefer.


Thanks and good eye Mark :lol: I've already traded 3 frags away. One of them went to Hugo. I wonder what I should ask for back :smokin:

Henry760
05/28/2008, 04:03 PM
Wow Kenny,I'm going to have to
pay you a visit soon!..Congrats on
the LE bro,its bout time :)

pookstreet
05/29/2008, 12:33 PM
Thanks Henry. Come on down anytime. Just give me a heads up and I'll have a frag ready for you.

FFrankie
05/30/2008, 06:11 AM
Very cool Kenny! The Frag tank is looking great!

Ratpack
05/30/2008, 08:10 AM
Very nice system you have there. I had thought about putting mine up in the garage but heat was always a concern. How is the tank doing now that the warmer months are coming?

pookstreet
05/30/2008, 10:45 AM
Thanks Frankie. It worked out really well for frags and all the algae is finally gone after I put in the clean up crew and the tang.


Thanks Ratpack. I expected the heat to be a problem so I insulated the garage door, which brought the inside temp down about 15 degrees. I am able to keep the tank temp below 81 with just 2 fans on a controller so far and we've already had a week of 100+ temp outside. So I think I'll be ok. I do have a Deltec Eco Cooler if I need it. The major difference between me and you in SC is that it's mostly dry heat out here. With the humidity in your area, evaporative cooling won't work as well.

pookstreet
07/21/2008, 12:11 PM
Not much has changed in the last couple of months. Just patiently waiting for things to grow out and color up more. Well, not exactly "patiently", but what else could I do? :D

Tank hasn't changed much. In the next month or so, I am planning on replacing the H&S skimmer with a Warner Marine AS300 skimmer. I'll have more pix up once it's in and running.

Meanwhile, here are some pix of my Chalice collection. They are finally starting to show more growth and better colors. A couple still has a long way to go in terms of coloring up.

LE Red Watermelon
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/IMG_9750.jpg

Rastafarian Echino
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/IMG_0635.jpg

Hybrid Watermelon
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/IMG_0628.jpg

Unknown watermelon
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/DSCN9723.jpg

LE Aquascene Goldeneye
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/DSCN9719.jpg

pookstreet
07/21/2008, 12:15 PM
LE Bazooka Joe
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/DSCN9736.jpg

Hot Pink Chalice
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/DSCN9734.jpg

Pook's Pastel Pink Watermelon
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/Chalices/DSCN9692.jpg

SaraB
07/21/2008, 12:27 PM
Great looking Chalices!

pookstreet
07/21/2008, 12:30 PM
Thanks Sara!

spleen93
07/22/2008, 04:49 AM
Pook's Pastel Pink Watermelon? Love the name! :D :lol: Gorgeous colors!

pookstreet
07/22/2008, 12:20 PM
Thanks M. I thought it was pretty fitting. Maybe when it becomes famous, it'll be known simply as the PPPWM :D Mr. LE did like both the coral and the name.

PoukieBear
07/22/2008, 02:10 PM
Uh, Pooky.... You spelled Poukie wrong ! :lol:

Sorry, I'm just seeing this thread for the first time. The tank looks great !

I also have a 300g, but mines not set up yet, I'm waiting until I move.

spleen93
07/22/2008, 02:41 PM
Fancy running into you here, Poukie. :lol:

PoukieBear
07/22/2008, 02:44 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13000356#post13000356 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by spleen93
Fancy running into you here, Poukie. :lol:


ssshhhh....don't tell the lounger's. One of them left the door unlocked and I snuck out without permission.

pookstreet
07/22/2008, 03:26 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13000148#post13000148 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by PoukieBear
Uh, Pooky.... You spelled Poukie wrong ! :lol:

Sorry, I'm just seeing this thread for the first time. The tank looks great !

I also have a 300g, but mines not set up yet, I'm waiting until I move.

Well, you SHOULD know better. Pooky is the masculine version........;)

You'll love the big tank. It gives you infinite aquascaping possibilities. Enough to take up all of your free time.

pookstreet
08/20/2008, 03:21 PM
PHAT BOY!!! :eek1: :eek1: :eek1: :eek1: :eek1: :eek1: :eek1: ..............

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0131.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0134.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0140.jpg

pookstreet
08/20/2008, 03:22 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0132.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0136.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0151.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0154.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0158.jpg

pookstreet
08/20/2008, 03:23 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0138.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0141.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0147.jpg

pookstreet
08/20/2008, 03:23 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0143.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0146.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0153.jpg

StripestheEel
08/20/2008, 09:55 PM
Thats a big boy!!

Looking great!

spleen93
08/21/2008, 05:44 AM
Wow! That's a nice looking skimmer. I guess Greg's impressed you?

Chrisrush
08/21/2008, 08:34 AM
Wow, that's one heck of a skimmer.

Nice collection of chalice's too. I guess I need to move to CA at some point to get these goodies.

pookstreet
08/21/2008, 10:10 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13196194#post13196194 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by StripestheEel
Thats a big boy!!

Looking great!

Thanks. Yeah, it's so big that it's going to be a tight squeeze trying to get this monster into the sump. I hope it isn't a problem :eek2:


<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13197222#post13197222 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by spleen93
Wow! That's a nice looking skimmer. I guess Greg's impressed you?

Thanks M. Actually, I was impressed from the very beginning even before WM released them. I could tell from all the pix that these were quality built skimmers. While I was picking up my skimmer, I saw a WM Ca reactor that was custom made for a store. it was a monster at almost 3 feet tall with an 8" body. Of course I ask him to make me a smaller version :lol: I don't think my Geo 618 can keep up once the corals grow out.


<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13197964#post13197964 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Chrisrush
Wow, that's one heck of a skimmer.

Nice collection of chalice's too. I guess I need to move to CA at some point to get these goodies.

Thanks Chris. You don't need to live here, just come for a visit. I know spleen is pondering a visit to SoCal during Reef-A-Palooza in October ;)

Chrisrush
08/21/2008, 12:26 PM
Thanks Chris. You don't need to live here, just come for a visit. I know spleen is pondering a visit to SoCal during Reef-A-Palooza in October ;) [/B]

That's enough of an argument for me. I'm on the next flight to SoCal. :)

pookstreet
08/21/2008, 12:52 PM
LOL.......I was at South Padre Island last week. With the heat and humidity, that's good enough reason to come to SoCal :D

pookstreet
08/21/2008, 12:57 PM
Time to swap the skimmers.......

Side by side of the H&S and WM.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0160.jpg

Because my sump water level is around 12" and the skimmer operates optimally at around 8-10" of water, I purchased some 3" couplers to raise the skimmer.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0162.jpg

Man, it was a tight squeeze to get it into the sump. Just barely made it. It would have ruin anyone's day if it was too big
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0163.jpg

PnoyReefeR
08/21/2008, 01:00 PM
Kenny nice skimmer man :D...

pookstreet
08/21/2008, 01:00 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0164.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0165.jpg

Phat Boy officially went alive on August 21, 2008 at 11:06 PDT. I'll get a short video of it soon. Stay tuned.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0166.jpg

pookstreet
08/21/2008, 01:01 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13199768#post13199768 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by reeferpnoy
Kenny nice skimmer man :D...

Thanks Steve. I like it too :lol:

spleen93
08/22/2008, 01:45 AM
Holy cr*p ... those 3 inch couplers on the bottom of that skimmer give you perspective on how big that skimmer is! :eek2:

pookstreet
08/22/2008, 11:33 PM
Yeah, this thing is a beast. Nice and phat :D


I'll get some progression pix up soon. Meanwhile, here's a short vid.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/th_MVI_0172.jpg (http://s22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/?action=view&current=MVI_0172.flv)

FFrankie
08/26/2008, 10:17 AM
Cool skimmer Kenny! I am glad it fit in the sump. How is the noise level? In the video it seemed pretty loud. Could also have been my speakers on the pc~

pookstreet
08/26/2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks Frankie. It's actually very quiet, especially with the air silencers. The noise you hear is overflow water dumping into the sump right next to the skimmer.

pookstreet
09/11/2008, 01:49 PM
Some pix from today. The Sedra 9000 High Output pumps arrived a couple of days ago. I switched out one of the pumps for the HO version and boy, what a difference it made. I forgot to open up the gate valve and it overflowed almost immediately. I can't believe the amount of bubbles the HO pump generates.

Here is the old skimmate from about 2 days worth after the full break-in period. Also, I only run the skimmer for about 18 hours.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0263.jpg

The new HO 9000
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0264.jpg

Bubble production with one new HO 9000 installed. The foam is much drier for sure.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/pookstreet/300G/IMG_0267.jpg

savethereef
09/11/2008, 02:05 PM
looks good Kenny.

KRASHPD
09/11/2008, 03:07 PM
Skimmer looks like a hard worker. Did you have to tweak it very much to get it skimming how you wanted?

FFrankie
09/11/2008, 08:34 PM
That thing is a beast! :D

roktsintst
09/11/2008, 09:10 PM
Hey kenny why do you only run your skimmer for 18 hours?

Chrisrush
09/12/2008, 07:23 AM
Kenny, what was the reason for the HO 9000 upgrade? Will that pump be standard for the WM skimmers?

kajung2k
09/12/2008, 08:31 AM
Chrisrush -- the skimmer line [as300 and a few others] have been upgraded to the HO 9000. WM sent them out I think b/c he had the standard pump. At least that was the case for me.

pookstreet
09/12/2008, 12:04 PM
Thanks Rob.

KRASHPD - it does pull out a lot of nasty stuff. Definitely much more efficient than the H&S I had before. Not much tweaking at all. It all starts and ends with the gate valve. Once it was broken in, it was really steady with foam production.

Frankie - it's a bigger beast now that I had a chance to switch out the second pump for the HO version. Man, this thing rocks.

roktsintst - I do that for a few reasons. I wanted it off during and after the period when I feed the tank. Second, my system is in the garage so heat is an issue. The period the skimmer is off is in the middle of the photoperiod. I don't know if it really does anything, but it wouldn't hurt. Third, this skimmer can easily handle a much bigger system. So the time it's working is probably more than enough to clean up the tank. If I don't need it on, may as well save some electricity :D

Chris - the HO pumps pulls in approximately 1000-1100 LPH, while the older version only pulls around 600 LPH. The new pumps are much more efficient. As for the HO pumps being standard on all WM skimmers, I don't believe so. The main reason being that certain smaller versions won't be able to handle the additional air introduced by the HO pumps. Basically, they'll blow the lids off the skimmers :D