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GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 11:36 AM
After reading "Gone Solar" and some other threads here I've decided to give it a go myself. The fact that we were putting a new roof on the building during my planning worked out perfect.

There was a bathroom that had been sealed off for over 20 years by the old owners. I had tried to break into it but the doors had been nailed in and finished off to look like a regular wall. As they tore out the old roof we were able to get into the room through the roof and kick the door open from the inside. It turned out to be 2 seperate very small bathrooms. We have no need for more bathrooms and they are very small so we really had no need for the extra floor space. So I decided to use them for a new in-wall tank. I've always liked in-wall tanks so here was my chance to built my own.

The tank measures 78"L x 30"D x 24"H which comes out to about 243 gallons. Its 78" long because it has a false wall for the over flow. I'll post a picture later so you can see what I'm talking about. Tank is drilled on the bottom for a CL.

Equiptment that I have so far.....

snapper for return pump
hammerhead to be used with a 4 way OceansMotions
Ac/Jr with Dc8, temp and PH probe
90 gallon sump
3 14" solatubes

still looking for a skimmer and some actinics.....

This is a view of the wall where the tank will sit
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_0937.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_0938.jpg
this is a view of the roomfrom the back
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_0939.jpg
this is when we broke the door down
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_0928.jpg

token
01/27/2009, 11:39 AM
Hidden rooms! Sounds like fun!

Good luck!

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 11:42 AM
this is when we were cutting out the holes for the tubes
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1156.jpg
cutting out the wall
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1169.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1170.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1175.jpg
picture of the tubes on the roof
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1173.jpg

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 12:08 PM
had to knock another wall down to connect both bathrooms
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_0934.jpg
it was to difficult to integrate a stand with the existing wall so I had to knock the entire bottom wall abd built a stand
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1186.jpg
stand built
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1188-1.jpg
stand is painted with oil based primer
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1209.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1207.jpg
stand is covered with sheet rock, the green one of course
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1215.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1214.jpg

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 12:12 PM
tank arrives......here you can see the false wall for the overflow
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1181.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1180.jpg

BigJay
01/27/2009, 12:13 PM
Nice build thread so far!

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 12:45 PM
tank on the stand in the wall......
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1217.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1218.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1221.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1233.jpg

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 12:49 PM
picture of my sump
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1222-1.jpg

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 12:51 PM
tubes set in place over tank
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1231.jpg

redfishsc
01/27/2009, 01:00 PM
Get out the SPF, this is gonna be a bright one!

Looks great man! Can't wait to see some corals living happy!

fox2589
01/27/2009, 01:07 PM
looks pretty sweet!..cant wait to see it finished!!

Alicia75
01/27/2009, 01:27 PM
Wow, thats exciting. Will the solar power run the tank and house power?

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 01:44 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14255593#post14255593 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Alicia75
Wow, thats exciting. Will the solar power run the tank and house power? that would be nice.......:D it will just light the tank.

7808
01/27/2009, 01:47 PM
do those have some kind of reflective tunnel inside or what?

LobsterOfJustice
01/27/2009, 03:05 PM
Why did you choose to leave the overflow exposed rather than covering it with wall?

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 03:25 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14256400#post14256400 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by LobsterOfJustice
Why did you choose to leave the overflow exposed rather than covering it with wall? it is not exposed it has a wall that runs from the front to the back wall. So the size of my overflow is 6"L x 30" D x 24"H.





edit: Ok I know what you mean, from the front huh....its not going to be exposed, its going to have a thick frame that will cover the overflowfrom the front.

hobogato
01/27/2009, 03:48 PM
looking great so far - gonna be a fun one to follow!

we are gonna have to talk about your choice of tank building brew tho - a setup this nice deserves a much better beer than that.......

seapug
01/27/2009, 05:03 PM
Very nice. Those solar tubes are pretty incredible. Keep us updated with the progress.

Fig70g
01/27/2009, 05:35 PM
WOW! That looks like a great place for a tank! I hope to have the sam in wall build, with the ability to show the length and one end.

Tagging along!

davocean
01/27/2009, 05:52 PM
Cool, this will be a nice build thread to follow!
Those 2x6 studs look like old school FULL 2x6, or opt ill from pic?
I'm sure you or whoever took in consideration that span, but I sure like having a center support at front.
I'm also curious on how your reach will be for cleaning that front glass.

spleify
01/27/2009, 06:03 PM
Oh man I can't wait to see this thing come together!!

Keep up the great work, and the updates.

Ilsimen
01/27/2009, 07:20 PM
Can't wait to see how it turns out!

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 07:23 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14257751#post14257751 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by davocean
Cool, this will be a nice build thread to follow!
Those 2x6 studs look like old school FULL 2x6, or opt ill from pic?
I'm sure you or whoever took in consideration that span, but I sure like having a center support at front.
I'm also curious on how your reach will be for cleaning that front glass. your right about the studs, they are full size not like todays. Are you reffering to the span on the stand? The top stud is a 2x8 and it should be ok for the size of tank. I love the fact that my stand is wide open.

Since the tank is only 24" tall I shouldn't have any problems reaching the front of the glass for cleaning. I would have loved to have gone 30" tall but I feared not being able to reach the bottom.

GUILLO1
01/27/2009, 09:07 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14256719#post14256719 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by hobogato
looking great so far - gonna be a fun one to follow!

we are gonna have to talk about your choice of tank building brew tho - a setup this nice deserves a much better beer than that....... yea your right hobogato but after what I've spent on this build thats all I could afford. :D

r-balljunkie
01/28/2009, 03:33 PM
Dude, Sweet.

Sweet, dude!

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/ashton_dude_sweet.jpg

GUILLO1
01/28/2009, 04:27 PM
I'm trying to decide which skimmer to get between the MSX cone and the Hurricone. Which one should I get for my system???? Here is a link http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=14265247#post14265247

Squidward5
01/28/2009, 06:35 PM
Looks like your puzzle is starting to come together nicely. On a skimmer choice, I like the MSX I know you would not regret it, you also might want to check out the MSX/Octo Extreme lineup. They are a little nicer on the pocket book and would be great with your upcoming setup. I have a total gallons of 215 with a high sps load and I run the Octo 200 Extreme and it is still over powered IMOhttp://reefdepot.net/store/catalog/images/Reef%20Octpus%20Xtreme%20200.JPG

tkeracer619
01/28/2009, 07:55 PM
Are those schedule 40 bulkheads in the bottom pain? If so, you should rethink that before filling the tank. Check valves notoriously fail so make sure they are easy to swap out for regular cleaning and that you have extras on hand.

Setup looks awesome! Go with the octopus extreme, you wont be disappointed.

GUILLO1
01/28/2009, 08:18 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14267094#post14267094 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by tkeracer619
Are those schedule 40 bulkheads in the bottom pain? If so, you should rethink that before filling the tank. Check valves notoriously fail so make sure they are easy to swap out for regular cleaning and that you have extras on hand.

Setup looks awesome! Go with the octopus extreme, you wont be disappointed. yea the bulkheads are schedule 40 but I'm not understanding what you mean about the check valves.:confused:

GUILLO1
01/28/2009, 08:20 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14266349#post14266349 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Squidward5
Looks like your puzzle is starting to come together nicely. On a skimmer choice, I like the MSX I know you would not regret it, you also might want to check out the MSX/Octo Extreme lineup. They are a little nicer on the pocket book and would be great with your upcoming setup. I have a total gallons of 215 with a high sps load and I run the Octo 200 Extreme and it is still over powered IMOhttp://reefdepot.net/store/catalog/images/Reef%20Octpus%20Xtreme%20200.JPG I originally wanted to go with the Octo extreme 300 but then the Hurricone and MSX cone came along. I need to make up my mind cause my tank is ready for water.

tkeracer619
01/28/2009, 08:31 PM
Schedule 40 bulkheads are prone to cracking since they are cheaply molded. I would never rely on a schedule 40 bulkhead to keep all the water in the tank. One cracks the entire contents of the tank drains on the floor. I would re-drill the bottom for sch80 bulkheads or use a schedule 80 that fits the current hole. It will be a whole lot easier and cheaper to do this now then to wait till one fails and the house needs lots of repair.

If the returns are what is plumbed through the bottom and there is no check valve once a power failure or pump failure happens the entire contents of the tank will drain. If the plumbing through the bottom is just for a closed loop then you are ok as long as your bulkheads hold up.

GUILLO1
02/02/2009, 11:28 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14267429#post14267429 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by tkeracer619
Schedule 40 bulkheads are prone to cracking since they are cheaply molded. I would never rely on a schedule 40 bulkhead to keep all the water in the tank. One cracks the entire contents of the tank drains on the floor. I would re-drill the bottom for sch80 bulkheads or use a schedule 80 that fits the current hole. It will be a whole lot easier and cheaper to do this now then to wait till one fails and the house needs lots of repair.

If the returns are what is plumbed through the bottom and there is no check valve once a power failure or pump failure happens the entire contents of the tank will drain. If the plumbing through the bottom is just for a closed loop then you are ok as long as your bulkheads hold up. Well I'm taking a chance with the cheap bulkheads:confused: :confused: I hope I don't have any problems.

GUILLO1
02/02/2009, 11:31 AM
The tank is full of water and some rock. I am not to happy with the aquascape so that will change. Here are some pictures I just took a few minutes ago.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1284.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1285.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1287.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1286.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1281.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1280.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1273.jpg

rsisman
02/02/2009, 11:47 AM
I love your solar tube idea. It looks nice and really bright. I am now thinking of putting one of those if I had a place for it.

Kreeger1
02/02/2009, 11:57 AM
Your gonna trim out the drywall edges right? Please don't let that butchered drywall show :)

Looks amazing other wise. I'm jealous and wish I could have solar tubes...next house!

GUILLO1
02/02/2009, 12:01 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14301013#post14301013 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Kreeger1
Your gonna trim out the drywall edges right? Please don't let that butchered drywall show :)

Looks amazing other wise. I'm jealous and wish I could have solar tubes...next house! yea the edges will be covered with trim.

Kreeger1
02/02/2009, 12:26 PM
Figured so, Man thats gonna be one sweet reef soon. Keep up with the details and pictures!
Erik

mborn
02/02/2009, 01:09 PM
Very nice!

an411
02/02/2009, 01:16 PM
Very impressive I wonder if one day we will all be switching to a system like this. I am sure it helps alot when considering the electric bill. I have not seen much on the results of coral growth on a system using just solar light.

melev
02/02/2009, 03:14 PM
That LR is really nice, with a bunch of nice pieces.

jbird69
02/02/2009, 03:26 PM
I think the aquascape looks really nice. Great build!!

luv4paws2
02/02/2009, 04:15 PM
It looks good with the island on the end. Just needs some caves or maybe a bridge/shelf connecting the middle island and the stack in the center. Would give the fish something to swim through, mine love taking laps through the cave.

sanababit
02/02/2009, 04:25 PM
very nice tank, i am in for the ride

sana

r-balljunkie
02/02/2009, 07:29 PM
what would be ultra green, solar panels, battery pack to help with ancillary loads!!!! man, next house i get, definately considering solar.

funny, my company is all about green, thats how we put food on the table.

Platinum LEEDS certified aquarium (for those of you who know what LEEDS is)

c

Dante_JoseCuerv
02/02/2009, 08:11 PM
I love the benefits of natural sunlight. It has the whole spectrum and gives perfect color. If only I could get a solar tube for my tank at home.


Congrats on going the au-natural route, you won't regret it.

Ilsimen
02/02/2009, 08:19 PM
Looks awesome so far. Can't wait to see how it looks fully stocked!!!

Alicia75
02/03/2009, 12:22 PM
still following...looks amazing. Can't wait to see what you stock it with.

Rich D
02/03/2009, 12:50 PM
I love the build, the solar tubes look great. Ive always wanted to go solar, but instead of using the tubes to mount a mirror that could reflect sunlight, I think if somebody could come up with a curved mirror design it could work very well for corals.

Eel-byte
02/03/2009, 01:07 PM
Nice build, i think I'll tag along just for the progress.

mrkalel
02/03/2009, 01:18 PM
Very cool setup, do you really feel that SPS corals will have sufficient light?

Hampton
02/03/2009, 01:41 PM
Very cool. Interested to see how the corals do.

E.intheC
02/03/2009, 01:50 PM
tagging along... very neat looking setup.

Alexander180
02/03/2009, 02:04 PM
Looks like you have quite the setup coming along there. I love the solar tubes. have you purchased any supplemental lighting yet?

GUILLO1
02/03/2009, 02:15 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14309605#post14309605 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by mrkalel
Very cool setup, do you really feel that SPS corals will have sufficient light? I sure hope its enogh light.

GUILLO1
02/03/2009, 02:15 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14309922#post14309922 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Alexander180
Looks like you have quite the setup coming along there. I love the solar tubes. have you purchased any supplemental lighting yet? I haven't figured out what I can fit for supplemental lighting.

LoudProudNPunk
02/03/2009, 02:32 PM
love the color of the all natural light.

Dante_JoseCuerv
02/03/2009, 02:35 PM
You should have more than enough light. What sunlight has that artificial lighting lacks is spectrum. It covers everything from infrared and radio waves all the way up to UV. My guess, based on where you love, is that you should have enough light for SPS corals.

melev
02/03/2009, 03:07 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14310154#post14310154 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Dante_JoseCuerv
My guess, based on where you love, is that you should have enough light for ______.

Fill in the blank! :lol:

IndoorOcean
02/03/2009, 05:22 PM
melev quote:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Originally posted by Dante_JoseCuerv
My guess, based on where you love, is that you should have enough light for ______.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Fill in the blank!


Good one!:lolspin:

Dante_JoseCuerv
02/03/2009, 06:08 PM
Huh, guess I made a funny... who knew?

Anyways, you guys know what I meant. I was just saying that based on where the OP lives, there should be more than enough light for SPS corals. Haha

aalhait
02/03/2009, 07:14 PM
I was thinking of adding these tube skylights to my setup. I have 2x250W 20K MH and a Solaris I48 light which is enough lighting... Solaris alone was not enough. But adding the MHs it was good enough.

Now my thought was to add the solar skylights (perhaps 2) and adding some mirrors to reflect the light around the current lighting system. Any thoughts?

chachijoe75
02/03/2009, 07:28 PM
Se ve cabron Guillo, tagging along.

GUILLO1
02/04/2009, 10:57 AM
my tank is viewable from the front and the side. I also wanted to have a view from inside the fish room. You know when a fish is MIA and you wish you could look from behind the tank. The problem was that you could also see the back wall and door. I thought of the different options like tinting the back wall or painting it. I decided to make a cover out of cloth that is velcroed on so I could take it off anytime. Here is are some pictures of the tank cover, it came out better than I expected and it only cost like 10 bucks.

this is a close up of the velcro, the part that goes on the cloth was sewed on
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1289.jpg
here it is layed out on a couch
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1291.jpg
excuse the dirty tank, I haven't gotten my cleaning magnets
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1292.jpg
here is a view from behind
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1294.jpg

sanababit
02/04/2009, 04:09 PM
hahahaha, very nice guillo, man i should of tought of that before i painted mine and installed it in a wall, lol, it's a pain to work because i cant see what i am doing, you gave me an idea of removing the bottom part of the painted tank so i can see behind the tank and cover it like you did...great idea, keep em coming...

Sana

JMBoehling
02/04/2009, 04:24 PM
Very nice! Welcome to the "Solar Tube Club" ;)

Jim

GUILLO1
02/04/2009, 04:56 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14319054#post14319054 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by JMBoehling
Very nice! Welcome to the "Solar Tube Club" ;)

Jim JM your tank is also responsible for my solar venture.

str8salt
02/04/2009, 06:05 PM
Can't wait to see it with coral in it.

luv4paws2
02/15/2009, 08:00 AM
Update??

K' Family Reef
02/15/2009, 08:20 AM
:thumbsup:
very nice set up!...

here is another thread (from large tank forum)
using solar power... being that these are becoming so popular thought would post it for reference.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1563053

regards

GUILLO1
02/19/2009, 08:38 PM
My tank is doing great. It went through a very quick cycle and I only got very little brownish algea on some rocks which is all gone.

I have 5 fish in there now and I will add some more later on. I also added a few corals which seem to be doing well with just the tubes. I have not bought any actinics yet.

I made a stand for my skimmer out of egg crate. I also made a shelf that will work as a frag rack and will also keep the cheato in place.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1321.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1322.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1367.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1365.jpg

sanababit
02/19/2009, 09:09 PM
nice sump, what skimmer did you end uo buying?, keep photos coming

sana

jbird69
02/19/2009, 09:14 PM
Sheesh! your sump looks better than my DT :-)

Suuuhweeeett!

GUILLO1
02/19/2009, 09:15 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14437359#post14437359 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sanababit
nice sump, what skimmer did you end uo buying?, keep photos coming

sana I went with the hurricone 2 internal.

Que pasa por Tijuas???? Nothing but killings I bet.

MarkusII
02/19/2009, 11:39 PM
Hello GUILLO1,

you could have done the construction for the skimmer entirely out of egg crate. Thats more stable. (at least I would have connected the feet of your construction as well with T pieces and tubes).
Take the plate you have used as basis as well. From another piece of egg crate (about as long as the platform and in the hight you wish to have the entire construction or it also works with two smaler pieces) You then just have to cut out the outer ends of the last rows of squares. Thereafter you are able to stick this egg crate piece into the upper egg crate platform - and for better stability you can fix it with the zip tie you used to connect egg crate and PVC. (hope I did explain it understandable with my english)
So you can also make stepped frag racks as well as underconstructions for the rockwork.

regards

Markus

GUILLO1
02/20/2009, 09:15 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14438324#post14438324 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by MarkusII
Hello GUILLO1,

you could have done the construction for the skimmer entirely out of egg crate. Thats more stable. (at least I would have connected the feet of your construction as well with T pieces and tubes).
Take the plate you have used as basis as well. From another piece of egg crate (about as long as the platform and in the hight you wish to have the entire construction or it also works with two smaler pieces) You then just have to cut out the outer ends of the last rows of squares. Thereafter you are able to stick this egg crate piece into the upper egg crate platform - and for better stability you can fix it with the zip tie you used to connect egg crate and PVC. (hope I did explain it understandable with my english)
So you can also make stepped frag racks as well as underconstructions for the rockwork.

regards

Markus yes I could have done it with just egg crate but since I am experimenting with my new skimmer I wanted to be able to lower or higher the stand. I just change the legs to what ever height I want. As far as it been strong I say it is as strong as an all egg crate stand. If you see the 1st picture I say I over built it with all those legs.

faze07hd
02/20/2009, 09:53 AM
nice set up so far!!! a guy i know down here in the sunshine state put inbetween his tubes 24" vho actinics. The sunlight looks great, but with the actinics being supplemented, im sure it would look even better, but like peeps said before, its what you like.

MarkusII
02/20/2009, 12:13 PM
Hello,

well to me the inclined feet did not look to stable; egg crate feet can also easily be changed in size...

but there exist always solutions for something - just wanted to mention my variant for other readers as well.

regards

Markus

sanababit
02/20/2009, 03:06 PM
simon guillo esta de la chingada tijuana, so how much did the solar tubes cost? and if you are ever in tijuana then come pick up some frags for free to get you started....

sana

GUILLO1
02/20/2009, 04:22 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14442734#post14442734 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sanababit
simon guillo esta de la chingada tijuana, so how much did the solar tubes cost? and if you are ever in tijuana then come pick up some frags for free to get you started....

sana the way things are right now on the border I'd probably have to smuggle the frags across.:D

zenzence
02/20/2009, 05:06 PM
very cool very cool please post pics when you get it up and running

sanababit
02/20/2009, 10:22 PM
simon guillo, hahahahah, i tried the other day to cross some live rock with mushrooms and declared it, they sent me to secondary and almost went to jail because i was trying to take accros something that is illegal, they told me something about CITIES and its laws, i told them that i did not know anything and thats why i declared the items AND they came from my aquarium AND they where bought in the U.S., long story short, they let me go because i declared them, they didn't confiscate them, i got to take it back to tijuana and place it again in my water box.... i still take small frags accros in a water bottle or cup, as far as they know its just a glass of water, anyways if you are interested let me know....

Sana

wakesetter
02/24/2009, 10:34 PM
great thread...where exactly is your store (address) and what brand tubes did you use?

GUILLO1
02/28/2009, 08:45 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14477063#post14477063 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wakesetter
great thread...where exactly is your store (address) and what brand tubes did you use? its on the 600 block of n Broadway. Your welcome to stop by any time.

GUILLO1
02/28/2009, 09:05 PM
I was able to hang from the ceiling a T5 retro kit that I had on my old tank. Its an 8 bulb unit so I had to angle it so that it wouldn't block the tubes. It only has 5 bulbs right now because I accidently broke 2 and one don't work. The bulbs are about a year old so I will be getting some new ones soon. I will also add another 2 bulb retro kit on the front on the tank.

picture I just took with T5's only

tomorrow I'll take some pictures during the day to get the tubes and T5 lighting together.

front view
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1375.jpg
side view
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1376.jpg
this is the retro kit hung from the ceiling
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1379.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1378.jpg

VaderWS6
02/28/2009, 09:17 PM
You're going to be saving some MAJOR $$$ with that setup! Great job! :)

GUILLO1
03/01/2009, 04:46 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14506692#post14506692 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by VaderWS6
You're going to be saving some MAJOR $$$ with that setup! Great job! :) thats the plan...

melev
03/08/2009, 02:38 PM
Still would like to see that picture of the tank lit with sunlight.

Getting those T5s to fit must have been fun. ;)

acceler8
03/08/2009, 04:16 PM
Why does all your funiture still have tags? Did you build your tank in a furniture store?

I love the solar tubes, and it's a nice size tank. Thanks for sharing!

Snapper66
03/08/2009, 05:28 PM
Wow that is Awesome.

Anemonebuff
03/08/2009, 05:48 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14564675#post14564675 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by melev
Still would like to see that picture of the tank lit with sunlight.

Getting those T5s to fit must have been fun. ;)

Ditto!

GUILLO1
03/09/2009, 09:12 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14565293#post14565293 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by acceler8
Why does all your funiture still have tags? Did you build your tank in a furniture store?

I love the solar tubes, and it's a nice size tank. Thanks for sharing! Yes, the tank is set up in a furniture store.

GUILLO1
03/09/2009, 12:00 PM
I mounted another 2 bulb retro kit from the wall to light up the front of the tank. SO I am pretty much set as far as lighting goes.

Kind of hard to tell from the picture
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1386.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1384.jpg
here is a picture of a frag it started to die when I had it in the sump. Once I put it in the tank the polyps came out.
it looks like SPS will be ok with the tubes.

The one on the right was dropped of by a local reefer named mike (soliddetail) on Saturday.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1387.jpg

GUILLO1
04/03/2009, 11:41 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14564675#post14564675 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by melev
Still would like to see that picture of the tank lit with sunlight.

Getting those T5s to fit must have been fun. ;) here are some pictures I took this around 9:30am with only the tubes
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1399.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1395.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1396.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1398.jpg

GUILLO1
04/03/2009, 11:48 AM
these are with the tubes and 2 80watt t5s on
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1401.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1402.jpg
this is with the tubes and all the t5s on.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1414.jpg

GUILLO1
04/03/2009, 11:53 AM
here is my latest livestock addition....
an African Leopard Wrasse. I took a gamble on him since they require a sandbed and I don't have no sand. I've had him since Monday and he is eating brine shrimp and pellets like a pig.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1418.jpg

DaytonaJoe
04/03/2009, 01:16 PM
Looking absolutely amazing. When I've settled down and saved some money up, I'm going to incorporate these solar tubes in my dream tank. I can't wait

widmer
04/03/2009, 01:55 PM
You guys really make me wish I were a homeowner. If you can just hang on for maybe a decade or so, I'll certainly have pics of my interpretation of the solar reef.

PS GUILLO1, I might have heard somewhere, that for some of the fish who need a sand bed, you can fill a small tupperware or similar container with sand so it looks like a little litter box, and put it somewhere out of the way in the tank. You might consider giving this a try, that's an awfully beautiful fish.

GUILLO1
04/04/2009, 11:47 AM
it looks like my beautiful African Leopard Wrasse has found its little sand bed. Here is a picture of the piece of pvc with a 90 degree elbow filled with sand.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1422.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1423.jpg

GUILLO1
04/07/2009, 09:39 AM
my nephew stopped by last night and put the molding on the tank. I made it look so much nicer.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1425.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1426.jpg

swegyptian
04/07/2009, 10:03 AM
That heavy molding looks great! And how big is that PVC elbow?

GUILLO1
04/07/2009, 10:41 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14777612#post14777612 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by swegyptian
That heavy molding looks great! And how big is that PVC elbow? thanx.....the elbow is 2 inche diameter.

wakesetter
04/07/2009, 06:37 PM
the tank looks much better with the molding on it. i saw it last week before the molding was on it and thought it looked kinda funny. good job, interested in seeing the growth that you get.

RobbyVonAwesome
04/07/2009, 07:56 PM
Subscribed!

GUILLO1
04/08/2009, 10:13 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14781067#post14781067 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wakesetter
the tank looks much better with the molding on it. i saw it last week before the molding was on it and thought it looked kinda funny. good job, interested in seeing the growth that you get. yea it did look kind of dull with out the trim. Trim still has to be painted.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1431.jpg

Fig70g
04/08/2009, 11:13 AM
I have been following this thread as well, and the tank looks amazing! I just set my system back up after moving (only a 70g) and I went BB and love the look of it! Your tank positioning is exactly what I would like to setup in the future, with the full length and also a side being visible on a corner. Excellent work, keep the pics coming!!

Mr. Brooks
04/08/2009, 01:16 PM
Tank looks incredible man. REALLY like the solar tubes with supplemental lighting.

Reefer Brian
04/08/2009, 05:08 PM
Looking awesome Guillo, the molding is a nice finishing touch. I still have the anenome if you want it.

Cadu
04/08/2009, 07:06 PM
i really like it. i'm impressed with this solar tubes. what are you going to keep ? softies ? stonies ? mix ?
congrats

kylemagoo
04/08/2009, 07:23 PM
so what are you going to do when the sun transitions into a red giant? bet you didn't think about THAT.

but seriously, tank looks awesome!

Brewen
04/08/2009, 08:09 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14777879#post14777879 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by GUILLO1
thanx.....the elbow is 2 inche diameter.
Hey GUILLO1 the tank looks awesome, I need to stop by sooner then later. So the pvc sand bed seems to work for the wrasse good deal I was courious if it would or not.

SolidDetail808
04/08/2009, 09:00 PM
Looking awesome! I'll have to make it down to your shop for another look. The trim really puts a finishing touch on it. Great job!

flomojo
04/08/2009, 09:37 PM
Great seeing you and your awesome setup in person Guillo. That leopard wrasse seems to be doing just fine. I'll bring over some GSP you want next time I stop in. Keep those pics coming.

GUILLO1
04/08/2009, 11:46 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14788618#post14788618 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Cadu
i really like it. i'm impressed with this solar tubes. what are you going to keep ? softies ? stonies ? mix ?
congrats going to start off as a mix reef and if all goes well go more stonies later on.

GUILLO1
04/08/2009, 11:54 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14787832#post14787832 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Reefer Brian
Looking awesome Guillo, the molding is a nice finishing touch. I still have the anenome if you want it. yea I want it Brian

GUILLO1
04/13/2009, 08:27 PM
I finally got a video of my African Leopard Wrasse diving into the sand in the pvc elbow....Not the best video but its really cool to watch...



edit...can't figure out how to post the video without showing all my photo albums.

GUILLO1
04/19/2009, 01:13 PM
here is the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1vhzfLTpbI

melev
04/19/2009, 06:24 PM
That's funny. Talk about diving into a cup!

Electrobes
04/19/2009, 06:35 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14790642#post14790642 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by GUILLO1
going to start off as a mix reef and if all goes well go more stonies later on.

Go all softie! ;)

I like the set up and really love the rock work you have!

GUILLO1
05/14/2009, 09:39 PM
its been a while since I last posted. I just added 11 new fishes last night. I got them from a local refer who is going to take some time of. I also got a bunch of new frags all over my tank.

So far I am very impressed with the tubes. All my corals are doing great and i am getting some really good growth.

Here is a photo i just took. I'll try and post some more really soon.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1452.jpg

andrewk529
05/14/2009, 09:50 PM
cool tank

ZC
05/15/2009, 10:29 AM
awesome tank! Have you ever used a par meter to see what kind of light you are getting down in the tank?

jefathome
05/15/2009, 10:56 AM
LOL... you gonna take the plastic covers off those lamp shades?

What is this, grandma's house? ;)

Great looking tank. Yours and a few others recentyl posted on here convinced me to go solar as well. Now I jsut need to convince the wife. ;)

GUILLO1
05/15/2009, 12:37 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15016576#post15016576 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by jefathome
LOL... you gonna take the plastic covers off those lamp shades?

What is this, grandma's house? ;)

Great looking tank. Yours and a few others recentyl posted on here convinced me to go solar as well. Now I jsut need to convince the wife. ;) The tank is in a furniture store. So the plastic stays on the shades till someone buys it. Yea tubes is the way to go, i'm saving lots of money on electricity and its only been like 4 months.

GUILLO1
05/15/2009, 12:40 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15016447#post15016447 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ZC
awesome tank! Have you ever used a par meter to see what kind of light you are getting down in the tank? No I haven't used a meter yet. I would really like to know what my readings are. I would imagine that they are really high between 11 am and 2pm.

SnowManSnow
05/15/2009, 01:39 PM
ive gotten natural sunlight in a few tanks over the years, and honestly its awesome. Your corals will absolutely love it!!

congrats~

kaylo
05/15/2009, 07:27 PM
Thats awesome. I never knew these tubes existed. I'd imagine that they wouldn't be as effective here in New England as the are out west or down south.

Were they fairly inexpensive to purchase and install?

If I ever get my house and do the in-wall tank I dream of, I will look at this for my lighting to save on electricity.

H.Veras
05/15/2009, 09:27 PM
+1 guillo... i got no words for your tank..... solar tube is awesome i wish i could get some of those...

GUILLO1
05/19/2009, 05:55 PM
I ordered some colored stage light film to put on my tubes to see how the clear sun light would color up. It is very easy to add as the bottom covers just clip on. Don't pay any attention to the crooked cutting of the film because its not noticeable when its on.:D I did not like how it turned out. The film is just to dark and I believe it blocks too much light, maybe if the plastic film was a lot more transperant it would be better. Here are a few shots of the tubes with the film.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/P5190009.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/P5190010.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/P5190011.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/P5190012.jpg

kaylo
05/19/2009, 08:34 PM
These come in more colors and shades than you can shake a stick at.

http://www.rosco.com/us/filters/roscolux.asp#colors

We use them for concert and theatrical lighting at work.

Looks like you have a pretty dark shade of blue there.

GUILLO1
05/19/2009, 09:16 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15042312#post15042312 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kaylo
These come in more colors and shades than you can shake a stick at.

http://www.rosco.com/us/filters/roscolux.asp#colors

We use them for concert and theatrical lighting at work.

Looks like you have a pretty dark shade of blue there. I got mine from rosco. I got number 357 royal lavender, its just hard to see how dark they are from the online samples. I wanted something that would put out some good flourescent colors. Had I known that someone was familiar with these films I would have asked for some suggestions. Looks like I spent nearly $30 for nothing, but atleast I tried and hopefullu someone who goes with the tubes wont make the same mistake as me.

GUILLO1
05/19/2009, 09:18 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15019277#post15019277 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kaylo
Thats awesome. I never knew these tubes existed. I'd imagine that they wouldn't be as effective here in New England as the are out west or down south.

Were they fairly inexpensive to purchase and install?

If I ever get my house and do the in-wall tank I dream of, I will look at this for my lighting to save on electricity. they cost me around $1000 and when I installed them we were actually putting in a new roof so it didn't cost me anything for the instal.

kaylo
05/19/2009, 09:34 PM
Yeah, the colors are really hard to tell what they are without the light behind them.
I am partially colorblind, so I went the audio route at work and i'm not much of a lighting guy anymore.

If you look up a dealer local to you from that link I sent, you can get a free swatchbook in-store that shows you exactly what you want to get. The gels are expensive, so thats the way to go if you or anyone else want to get some.

Most of the lighting guys at work live off the swatchbook. There are a few that know them all by memory which I think is crazy.

Thats not too expensive for 3 tubes. There is a dealer here in CT who installs them, so I guess they aren't so crazy to have in new england.

How bright are they on the rare overcast days you have in Cali? We have overcast days for weeks at a time out there, thats why I ask.

Reefski's
05/20/2009, 05:44 AM
way to go!

especially here on the coast we get many overcast days or at least mornings this time of year. June Gloom.

where on the coast are you? how close to the coast?

one big concern i have for your tank; the intakes for your closed loops. could you describe it in more detail? in the early pictures it looks like a T on the bottom of the tank. is there screening over it to keep critters out? if so how do you clean it? it will need frequent cleaning. i found in my setup which is similar that i needed a lot more surface area on the intakes than i originally thought.

Carl

GUILLO1
05/20/2009, 08:21 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15042764#post15042764 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kaylo


How bright are they on the rare overcast days you have in Cali? We have overcast days for weeks at a time out there, thats why I ask. even when its cloudy they still pull in light. Not sure how high the par would be.

GUILLO1
05/20/2009, 08:40 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15043968#post15043968 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Reefski's
way to go!

especially here on the coast we get many overcast days or at least mornings this time of year. June Gloom.

where on the coast are you? how close to the coast?

one big concern i have for your tank; the intakes for your closed loops. could you describe it in more detail? in the early pictures it looks like a T on the bottom of the tank. is there screening over it to keep critters out? if so how do you clean it? it will need frequent cleaning. i found in my setup which is similar that i needed a lot more surface area on the intakes than i originally thought.

Carl I live in Santa Maria, which puts us around 11 miles off the coast.

the T is for the return lines only and its hooked up to a snapper pump. My closed loop has all flex pvc and it has no T or elbows on it.

I too had to change my CL intake a few times. At first I had it just in the center with a 2" T. I noticed that the side of the tank close to the overflow didn't have that much flow. I new that crap would most likely accumulate under the rock there. So what I did I extended the intake all the way under that stack oc rock work close to the overflow wall. So I have 2 intake openings towards the center and 1 close to the overflow. For a screen I used pvc caps and I drilled holes to prevent the critters from going in. The intake suction is pretty strong and crabs get stuck all the time.

Reefski's
05/20/2009, 09:15 PM
i think you need more surface area on the intake to keep the flow up and keep the critters from sticking to the holes.

i first had 2" screen that was almost two feet long. the 2" stuff wasn't enough surface area so i used 4" wide stuff instead.
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l58/reefski/screentoosmall.jpg

Carl

GUILLO1
06/22/2009, 04:01 PM
A friend of mine just got a brand new Apogee Par meter and he brought it over earlier today. The readings we got around noon blew us away.

So my friend says that the sun will put out 2000 par. Well we got way over 2000 right underneath the tubes. A few times it actually peaked at 3000 which is the max reading on the Par meter. Wow we couldn't believe the readings we were getting but we saw it with our own eyes. My friend and I were and are very surprised with the amount of par the tubes put out.

He let me borrow it so that I could do a whole days log. That is the new feature on the Apogee Par meter. I will let it take readings all day long to see how the Par fluctuates during the day. I also took some new pictures with the new Giesemann bulbs that I got. I'll try and post them later on today.

GUILLO1
06/22/2009, 04:03 PM
My friend just made a post about the Par readings on my tank.......

"So.. solar tubes.. ROCK!!! Pegged my meter at noon, which tops out at 3000 PAR. This is PER TUBE (He has 3 tubes on his 300G tank) at the bottom of probably a good 10-14' of tube.

Just for some sort of scale, noon time sun at the top of a reef in nature is around 2000 PAR. This puts his tubes at 1.5x the strength of the sun on PAR output at its peak. Now since they are solar tubes they are at the mercy of nature, clouds, passing plane, etc so PAR isn't a constant like it is with MHs.. but from his awesome corals growth he has going now along with good PAR readings I can honestly say that any tank from now on.. for me.. I will be going Solar Tubes instead of MH lighting. Save a ton of $ on electricity for lighting as well as chiller."

ReefWreak
06/22/2009, 05:04 PM
Awesome build and awesome thread. I'm definitly subscribing!

Any PAR readings with those blue covers on, or even pictures of the tank with them on? If they deliver PAR readings higher than most tanks get with their halides in full swing, and make the tank look bluer, then it's a win-win. I just worry about the spectrum that they're filtering out. I've seen it be kind of difficult to get corals to color up under natural sunlight, but who knows...

GUILLO1
06/22/2009, 05:17 PM
yea we took some readings with the blue film and it was not good. The readings were really low like 50-60 Par. The film I got is really dark and thick, I would like to find something thin and not as dark.

I do have some zoas that have lost their color but it might be from too much light.

cory6776
06/22/2009, 05:49 PM
looks great

GUILLO1
06/23/2009, 07:09 PM
some recent pictures with actinics only.....
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1493.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1492.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1489.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1490.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1486.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1485.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1477.jpg

GUILLO1
06/23/2009, 07:09 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1478.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1480.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1507.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1506.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1503.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1504.jpg

Western_reefer
06/27/2009, 10:28 PM
Its lookin' good!! Can you post a few pictures with just the tubes with the blue color filter?

GUILLO1
06/30/2009, 10:19 PM
I just took some pictures of my tubes from the roof and it looks like ET is coming home...........
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1551.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1552.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1558.jpg

GUILLO1
06/30/2009, 10:21 PM
My newest addition to my tank.....A Blue Jaw Trigger fish........
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1550.jpg

GUILLO1
07/01/2009, 11:31 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15269029#post15269029 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Western_reefer
Its lookin' good!! Can you post a few pictures with just the tubes with the blue color filter? yea I'll take some pictures today.

crooks
07/01/2009, 11:33 AM
Can you also post some pics that arent just atinics only?

GUILLO1
07/01/2009, 11:41 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15239190#post15239190 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ReefWreak
Awesome build and awesome thread. I'm definitly subscribing!

Any PAR readings with those blue covers on, or even pictures of the tank with them on? If they deliver PAR readings higher than most tanks get with their halides in full swing, and make the tank look bluer, then it's a win-win. I just worry about the spectrum that they're filtering out. I've seen it be kind of difficult to get corals to color up under natural sunlight, but who knows... I have the par meter with me for a few days and will do all kinds of different PAR readings. I'll post when I'm all done.
This is the highest PAR reading about an inch under the tube

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1538.jpg
This is the 1st reading I got an inch under the tubes but like you see in the picture above the Par reading kept on going up....
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1520.jpg
this is the reading I got right above the water about 12" below the tubes
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1515.jpg

GUILLO1
07/01/2009, 11:44 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15287657#post15287657 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by crooks
Can you also post some pics that arent just atinics only? yea man.....I will take all kinds of pictures.

GUILLO1
07/01/2009, 04:05 PM
I made a rod holder for my friends PAR meter. I didn't finish till after 1pm so I couldn't take some noon time readings. I will take some tomorrow for sure. Here are a few pictures of the sensor holder....
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1567.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1563.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1565.jpg

kolokefalo
07/01/2009, 07:43 PM
subscribed, I am really looking in to a solar tank.

GUILLO1
07/21/2009, 11:25 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15290343#post15290343 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kolokefalo
subscribed, I am really looking in to a solar tank. go for it you won't regret it.

KKamy
08/04/2009, 01:17 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14506499#post14506499 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by GUILLO1
its on the 600 block of n Broadway. Your welcome to stop by any time.

Guillo1

Maybe I missed it somewhere, but what brand solar tubes and what size did you use?

KKamy
08/04/2009, 01:21 PM
Oh, and any thoughts on the amount of sunlight provided in in Virginia, approximately 37.41 degrees N.

GUILLO1
08/04/2009, 01:40 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15472207#post15472207 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by KKamy
Guillo1

Maybe I missed it somewhere, but what brand solar tubes and what size did you use? i went with the brand Solatubes and I am using 3 14inch tubes. Look at solatubes website they show how much light different areas of the country will get through tubes.

KKamy
08/04/2009, 02:01 PM
Thanks for the quick reply :)

I'm going with a tank with these dimensions, 72L x 24W x 31H. I was wondering if 3 of the 14 inch tubes would do. Judging by the pics you posted, it looks just about right. I'll go dig around Solatube's website and see what I can find.

Thanks!

GUILLO1
08/04/2009, 02:47 PM
make sure you make room for some actinics. They are very important becuase the tubes bring in so much white light.

Henryreef
08/04/2009, 03:08 PM
wow cool thread and build :thumbsup: good luck!

KKamy
08/04/2009, 03:34 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15472705#post15472705 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by GUILLO1
make sure you make room for some actinics. They are very important becuase the tubes bring in so much white light.

I believe I'm giong to build my own LED array for the supplemental lighting, even more energy savings :)

pledosophy
08/04/2009, 03:35 PM
Great thread. Thanks

GUILLO1
08/05/2009, 09:45 PM
got some new corals at IMAC this weekend.....here are some new pictures.....
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1623.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1637.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1628.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1642.jpg

GUILLO1
08/05/2009, 09:46 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1645.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1652.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1649.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1618.jpg

GUILLO1
08/05/2009, 09:47 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1619.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1634.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1629.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1627.jpg

KKamy
08/05/2009, 09:54 PM
Very nice :)

CubeNoob
08/05/2009, 10:33 PM
That last picture is a special "Garrett Acropolis Graft". The pigmentation of one coral has now spread into that coral from touching and is changing it to green. Pricey pieces right now, not to many of them out there and there is a waiting list for them.

The sunset monti in the picture is at the very top 6" of his tank almost directly under a tube and look at the growth and coloring. I always tell people the sunset is one of the few montis that actually seem to do better the higher you put it, and your tank with your 1000 PAR at the sunset proves that. It seems to actually be turning more red than orange, I bet from more of the red wavelengths hitting it because it is so high.

Looking really nice.. with you keeping on top of the important parameters, ca, alk, mg, phosphates, and nitrates your tank is really starting to take off. Those actinics really helped with everything coloring back up. Just look at where you were 10 months ago and where you are now.. what a rush huh?

Edit: Hey, that top down pic with the big sunset, never really noticed what type of monti cap that was with it, I think that is the same cap I just bought, the strawberry patch. I am definately grabbing a piece of that off you tomorrow. You can really only see that cap from the bottom up because it is so high in the tank, top down it looks awesome!

GUILLO1
08/19/2009, 04:08 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15481480#post15481480 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by CubeNoob
That last picture is a special "Garrett Acropolis Graft". The pigmentation of one coral has now spread into that coral from touching and is changing it to green. Pricey pieces right now, not to many of them out there and there is a waiting list for them.

The sunset monti in the picture is at the very top 6" of his tank almost directly under a tube and look at the growth and coloring. I always tell people the sunset is one of the few montis that actually seem to do better the higher you put it, and your tank with your 1000 PAR at the sunset proves that. It seems to actually be turning more red than orange, I bet from more of the red wavelengths hitting it because it is so high.

Looking really nice.. with you keeping on top of the important parameters, ca, alk, mg, phosphates, and nitrates your tank is really starting to take off. Those actinics really helped with everything coloring back up. Just look at where you were 10 months ago and where you are now.. what a rush huh?

Edit: Hey, that top down pic with the big sunset, never really noticed what type of monti cap that was with it, I think that is the same cap I just bought, the strawberry patch. I am definately grabbing a piece of that off you tomorrow. You can really only see that cap from the bottom up because it is so high in the tank, top down it looks awesome! the grafted piece fell off on the special grafted coral I got from Steve Garrett. He isa good stand up guy. I told him about it and he is going to give me a replacement coral at the next frag show.

GUILLO1
08/19/2009, 04:12 PM
I just notice how much my corals are growing under the TUBES.....Here are a few pictures that show the growth I've gotten in about 4 months time....
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1387.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1647.jpg

jdhuyvetter
09/04/2009, 11:55 AM
I haven't followed up on this thread in a while. I had tubes installed over an existing tank this February. My PAR readings are about 750 at the waterline (145 pm today) and about 1600 at the tubes. I lose about 10% from the tubes and another 10% from the acrylic filters I put in. I went with the lightest blue I could find. Cost me about $85 for four of them. Not nearly as blue as yours, but better than the yellow.

David - Miami
09/15/2009, 10:40 AM
Any updated pics?

salty joe
09/15/2009, 12:08 PM
jdhuyvetter,
Is that 1600 reading the PAR at the bottom of the tubes? How far from the waterline is your tube?

jdhuyvetter
09/15/2009, 12:18 PM
Yes at the center of the bottom of the tube. Tubes are about 13 inches from the waterline. There are pics in my solar tube thread....Gone Solar Too.

I don't want to hijack Guillo's thread. I just posted my PAR readings in response to an earlier post. We have different approaches using the same product. He started from scratch (I definitely wish I had). My tank was up and running for nearly 2 years before I made the switch.

Guillo, on a side note, the pic above is really blue. Is that in the evening with actinics or the middle of the day with your blue filter? My blue is very light and I have been toying with going with a slightly darker blue tint on my diffusers.

JCR's Reef
09/27/2009, 09:52 AM
Really diggin the solar tubes and the whole tank. Nice work

GUILLO1
10/02/2009, 01:29 PM
Any updated pics?
I'll try and get some recent pictures SOON......

On a side note I came in this morning to the shop and as I was turning on the lights I looked at my AC Jr controller and the temp read 121:worried: I realluy surprised me for a bit and I took a look at my corals to make sure they were ok...I don't even run a heather right now so I thought it was really weird. I guess the temp probe gave out.

Boy it seems like there is always something to buy in this hobby...It never ends.

GUILLO1
10/02/2009, 01:32 PM
Guillo, on a side note, the pic above is really blue. Is that in the evening with actinics or the middle of the day with your blue filter? My blue is very light and I have been toying with going with a slightly darker blue tint on my diffusers.
I took out the blue filters completely and as far as when I took those pictures I'd say they were taken at night with only the actinics on..

matt & pam
10/02/2009, 07:55 PM
I've had to replace the temp probe twice in 3 years on my AC Jr. FWIW

GUILLO1
10/03/2009, 05:38 PM
I've had to replace the temp probe twice in 3 years on my AC Jr. FWIW
well I took the temp probe out today and noticed that it was covered with algea. I cleaned it up preety good and as I was cleaning it the temp lowered. Once i got it really clean I put it back in the water and it went right to 78 degrees. So i guess it just needed some cleaning. Lucky for me I hadn't ordered a new one yet.

matt & pam
10/04/2009, 11:02 AM
Mine had minimal growth. Don't know what happened, even stripped the black coating to expose the epoxy covered probe and didn't notice any corrosion or otherwise. Nice that it came back to life with a little cleaning.

GUILLO1
12/17/2009, 02:10 PM
going to take some new pictures today:fun4:

melev
12/17/2009, 04:37 PM
Way to tease, Guillo1. ;)

crooks
12/17/2009, 09:02 PM
Did you drop the camera in your tank?

Eel-byte
12/17/2009, 09:36 PM
Nice progress on the tank, updated pics would be great!

GUILLO1
12/18/2009, 09:24 AM
Way to tease, Guillo1. ;)

I was going to take pictures but I had forgotten that it was interceptor treatment day. I'll take some today for sure.:fun2:

GUILLO1
12/18/2009, 07:25 PM
ok finally took some pictures...........They were taken with actinics only and no photoshop color correction was done...
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1676.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1677.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1694.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1693.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1681.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1701.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1702.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1703.jpg

asl4me76
12/18/2009, 07:27 PM
What's the name of the pink coral there dominating that photo?

GUILLO1
12/18/2009, 07:40 PM
What's the name of the pink coral there dominating that photo?

its a Setosa but like I said it was taken with only actinics on. That is not the way in looks in person.

GUILLO1
12/18/2009, 07:48 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1709.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1708.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1711.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1713.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1715.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1714.jpg

GUILLO1
12/18/2009, 07:57 PM
sorry for the bad pictures:sad2:
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1672.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1695.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1697.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1690.jpg

sixtygallon212
12/18/2009, 09:04 PM
Awsome setup! You did a good job with the equipment.

rcypert
12/18/2009, 09:12 PM
Did the leopard wrasse die?

GUILLO1
12/18/2009, 09:14 PM
Did the leopard wrasse die?
nope.........he is still kicking. He is very fat and healthy:lolspin:

stigball
12/18/2009, 09:49 PM
I have been over to see his tank throughout the build and it looks awesome. His leopard wrasse is big and fat. He has a bare bottom set up and put a 2" tube inside for it to sleep. His coral look great. He has a amazing setup with great growth.

rcypert
12/18/2009, 10:02 PM
That is awesome. I was curious where he was sleeping.

K5reefer
12/18/2009, 10:46 PM
Im super bummed my leopard wrasse jumped out of my tank along with my powder blue in the last 2 months

melev
12/18/2009, 11:43 PM
Looks great. So these were actinics with no sunlight (aka night shots) ?

danrobberg
12/19/2009, 01:35 AM
that setosa is sick! mine grows so slow but its my favorite coral. i only have one branch on mine. my blue hippo tang broke the other two off and i couldnt find them to put on plugs. mines about the size of a quater and ive had it six months and the guy i got it from had it for a while too. how does yours grow and what kind of flow do you give it? anything else special you do for it? ive never seen one that looked like yours, i would be so happy if mine turned out half as nice as that one

SolidDetail808
12/19/2009, 04:55 PM
Guillo,
Some of those corals look familiar...LOL. They look way better in your tank than it did in mine. Glad to see your tank growing. Are you free this week? I would like to come and see the tank. PM me you work schedule. Great work in your tank!

Mike

agsansoo
12/21/2009, 12:23 PM
Can we get a updated FTS ? :D

GUILLO1
12/21/2009, 12:48 PM
Can we get a updated FTS ? :D
I guy with a better camera and better picture skills said he was going to stop by this week. I'll have more nicer pictures to post when he stops by.

jrainey
12/21/2009, 04:26 PM
Amazing tank!

todd141
12/21/2009, 06:58 PM
this tank is unreal.....please, a FTS?

GUILLO1
12/21/2009, 07:07 PM
this tank is unreal.....please, a FTS?

Mike stopped by earlier today and took some pictures. He is going to post em here when he has time.

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 06:41 PM
took some pictures today with some sun light and actinics on...Again I'm not to good at taking pictures.....
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1724.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1722.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1728.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1730.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1729.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1735.jpg

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 06:45 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1736.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1727.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1737.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1737.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1739.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1740.jpg

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 06:51 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1756.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1755.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1757.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1763.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1766.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1764.jpg

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 06:55 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1769.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1772.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1777.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1773.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1774.jpg

Reefski's
12/22/2009, 06:59 PM
sunlight really works! imagine that!

Beautiful

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 06:59 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1779.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1781.jpg
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http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1791.jpg

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 07:04 PM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1793.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1794.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1797.jpg

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 07:05 PM
sunlight really works! imagine that!

Beautiful
It sure does work..............LOL

swenholz
12/22/2009, 07:49 PM
I am glad to see your tank doing so well. My current build (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1743394) will use natural sunlight as well, but a slightly different set up. Are you still using the blue light gels on the solar tubes? Congrats on the spectacular tank.

Stanley-Reefer
12/22/2009, 08:08 PM
I love penninsula tanks. Yours looks like it was meant to be part of the room. VERY NICE!

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 08:19 PM
I am glad to see your tank doing so well. My current build (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1743394) will use natural sunlight as well, but a slightly different set up. Are you still using the blue light gels on the solar tubes? Congrats on the spectacular tank.

No I dont run any blue light gels. I felt like it was blocking too much light and I took them off. I'm going to check out your built in a minute.

GUILLO1
12/22/2009, 08:20 PM
I love penninsula tanks. Yours looks like it was meant to be part of the room. VERY NICE!
Thank you Stanley:bounce3:

NaClH20NMYVEIN
12/22/2009, 09:52 PM
AMAZING!!!! That about covers it! :thumbsup:

agsansoo
12/23/2009, 08:32 AM
sunlight really works! imagine that!


Who would of thought ! LOL

Thanks for the FTS GUILLO1. Tank looks great !

GUILLO1
12/25/2009, 12:42 PM
looks like we have a new title for my thread. I did the 3rd and final treatment of interceptor yesterday. Those little red buggars are no match fo interceptor. LOL I will do like a 60 gal water change tomorrow and will probably start doing weekly water changes too.

thebanker
12/25/2009, 01:02 PM
Incredible tank, inspiring build. Dude, TOTM material here.

GUILLO1
12/25/2009, 01:10 PM
Incredible tank, inspiring build. Dude, TOTM material here.

no way man..........I have a long way to go to even be considered. Maybe in a couple of years.:lolspin:

david pinder
12/25/2009, 01:15 PM
Ok you have me convinced, having 7 21inch solatubes installed next week. Did you have browning of corals initially from the sunlight>.

GUILLO1
12/25/2009, 01:24 PM
Ok you have me convinced, having 7 21inch solatubes installed next week. Did you have browning of corals initially from the sunlight>.

Not really becuase I hardly had any corals when I set this tank up. I did notice some softies browning when I 1st set it up. You are putting 7 21" WOW what size tank you got?

Daniel Reef
12/25/2009, 02:15 PM
Do you get moonlight from the tubes at night? If so, I would love to see some pics of that. Great tank!!

GUILLO1
12/25/2009, 02:37 PM
nope no moonlight in the tank at night. I am not sure if you saw this picture this is what the tubes on the roof look like at night
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1551.jpg

Daniel Reef
12/25/2009, 04:02 PM
Why do they glow?

david pinder
12/25/2009, 08:28 PM
my big reef is 1200 gal 4 21s are going there 2 on a 350 and 1 on a 600 where my softies are. Am running 92 t5s and the thought of going green. Anyway your tank looks great so Im gonna give it a shot. Live outside of Houston and there enough sun here. Will continue to watch yours keep up the good work.

GUILLO1
12/26/2009, 02:50 AM
Why do they glow?

they glow because the light of the t5's penetrates up the sola tubes at night.

GUILLO1
12/26/2009, 02:53 AM
my big reef is 1200 gal 4 21s are going there 2 on a 350 and 1 on a 600 where my softies are. Am running 92 t5s and the thought of going green. Anyway your tank looks great so Im gonna give it a shot. Live outside of Houston and there enough sun here. Will continue to watch yours keep up the good work.

damn you have a lot of big tanks. Not sure if 2 on the 350 and 1 on the 600 are going to be enough.

david pinder
12/26/2009, 08:16 AM
I only did 1 in the middle of the 600 because its just softies will add more when I can afford them. May have to add more on all three tanks we will see how it progresses and go from there. My main tank is a 1200 gal 15 ft long 4 ft wide. 21" puts out 1450 wts. Will still be running about 35% of my t5s. If I need more will just turn more on. Love seeing this tank thread its really encouraging. Cutting back on an $800 elec bill will help.

b16drag
12/26/2009, 07:16 PM
nope no moonlight in the tank at night. I am not sure if you saw this picture this is what the tubes on the roof look like at night
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii178/6uillo1/IMG_1551.jpg


These would come in handing when I need to signal to the aliens! :bounce3:

LPino
12/26/2009, 10:43 PM
What a great build! Definately an inspiration

theisdept
12/28/2009, 10:15 AM
Found your Thread yesterday. Been catching up reading.
Very nice job. Love the Solar Tubes.
I've been researching using solar tubes for about 4 months now.
I'm going to use them in my next build of a 250 tank w/60 or more sump.

GUILLO1
12/28/2009, 11:56 AM
Found your Thread yesterday. Been catching up reading.
Very nice job. Love the Solar Tubes.
I've been researching using solar tubes for about 4 months now.
I'm going to use them in my next build of a 250 tank w/60 or more sump.

very similar size to my tank to mine except mine has like a 90 gal sump.

salty joe
12/28/2009, 02:42 PM
http://ces.pratt.edu/pratt/courses/engine/mainie4.jsp?aicc_sid=03996346CEAE586A977DC3A0442698BF&aicc_url=http://localhost:8080/pratt/courses/aicc/chkcgi.jsp?sid=joenorris:DL0615&userid=joenorris&bookmark=&course_num=DL0615

I wonder if we would be better off using spectral aluminum for the light tubes to skew the light output towards the blue end of the spectrum, rather than the tubes provided by Solatube?.

GUILLO1
12/28/2009, 08:12 PM
http://ces.pratt.edu/pratt/courses/engine/mainie4.jsp?aicc_sid=03996346CEAE586A977DC3A0442698BF&aicc_url=http://localhost:8080/pratt/courses/aicc/chkcgi.jsp?sid=joenorris:DL0615&userid=joenorris&bookmark=&course_num=DL0615

I wonder if we would be better off using spectral aluminum for the light tubes to skew the light output towards the blue end of the spectrum, rather than the tubes provided by Solatube?.

link would not work for me

ReefTECK
12/28/2009, 09:15 PM
Wow sweet! I didn't see any final posts of your par readings from inside the tank, I want to know what your getting at the bottom, and middle of the tank, both directly below and off to the side of your tank. I'm a couple months out on recieving my new A.G.E. 190 aquarium. This might be a good option for me.

salty joe
12/29/2009, 07:00 AM
link would not work for me

Me neither.

It compared the non-metalized coating that Solatube uses in their tubes with a metalized coating and specular aluminum.

Solatube's coating is spectrally neutral-white light in, white light out.

Specular aluminum skewed the white light in to blueish greenish out.

The metalized coating skewed white light in to yellow/ pink out.

As I read further, it looks like specular aluminum will not deliver as much light as the non-metalized coating that Solatube uses.

erics3000
01/06/2010, 10:23 PM
Great job all around. What do you do for calcium?

2 TAZ
01/06/2010, 10:47 PM
I wish you the best of luck. I installed 2 14" sun lights over a 180 gal and a 6" frag tank. The 180 is also lit by t5s but under the sun tunnel the t5s stop. After 1 year most of the coral died under the tunnels in the 180 gallon except mushrooms while they flurished with the t5s. In the 6" frag tanks the coral did much better but still not nearly as good as under the t5s. After 1year I discountinued using the sun tunnels and went back to artificial lighting. The roof that houses the sun tunnels is partially shaded by pine trees I do not want to cut down, that may have lead to thier demise.

Good luck

saintperez
01/07/2010, 07:55 AM
When installing these tubes you seriously have to take into account your geographic location and how much sunlight you have. For me in S. FL. it's a great solution, in NJ, I'm not too sure.

GUILLO1
01/07/2010, 12:49 PM
[QUOTE=erics3000;16336713]Great job all around. What do you do for calcium?[/QUOTE
I'm doing the 2 part....I have a reactor just havent gotten around to installing it.

29reef
02/28/2010, 12:47 PM
How about some new photos. I've heard that your tanks been doing good.

camaroboy8691
03/16/2010, 04:29 PM
how about some new photos. I've heard that your tanks been doing good.

xxx222222

GUILLO1
03/16/2010, 05:05 PM
not doing to good right now......I treated my tank with Chemi Clean and my tank crashed.

camaroboy8691
03/16/2010, 05:52 PM
not doing to good right now......I treated my tank with Chemi Clean and my tank crashed.


:sad2::sad2:

i hope you get it back into shape . i read your thread from front to back today ..... plaining on doing the same thing ... even tho im in pa anything to safe a buck and conserve energy is good !

Scungili
03/16/2010, 06:03 PM
So, so far nobody's had trouble with UV bleaching or nuisance algae growth? I'm in Tampa Bay Florida, how many tubes would I use for a 6' 180 gal tank?

Thanks, to all you pioneers in this hobby.

BTW, why did you have to use Chemi Clean? That stuff sounds harsh.

camaroboy8691
03/16/2010, 06:10 PM
So, so far nobody's had trouble with UV bleaching or nuisance algae growth? I'm in Tampa Bay Florida, how many tubes would I use for a 6' 180 gal tank?

i have read from this company http://skylightguys.com/index.asp that there cover blocks UV light .............this is who i am going with when i buy mine .

also the algea ... kinda thinking the same becuase of maybe a lights out for a few days . but an easy card board cover would work to block the light .

i have a 96 long by 48 wide . i plain on using 4 16" tubes . should work very well . im gonna stagger them also . not put them inline since mine is so wide .


Thanks, to all you pioneers in this hobby.

abslutly , thanks everyone . i love this setup and will work awsome !

BTW, why did you have to use Chemi Clean? That stuff sounds harsh.

Scungili
03/16/2010, 08:18 PM
Has anyone tried regular skylights?

I want to go solar, but I don't want the ugly bumps on my roof. (being that you can see it from the front) I've been meaning to put some skylights in my house and I could just frame on in directly over my tank and I have some ideas on how to work in the actinics.

pledosophy
03/16/2010, 08:36 PM
not doing to good right now......I treated my tank with Chemi Clean and my tank crashed.

That sucks.

I am sorry. I have really enjoyed your thread and it has inspired me. I hope you dive back in with both hands in front.

If there is anything I can do, I want to hear it. I don't have the nicest corals, but some are pretty cool to me, and I will gladly send you some frags to get you back up and going.

Please PM me and we can work out the details.

Sorry for the heartache.

Kevin.

TitusvileSurfer
03/16/2010, 09:17 PM
Your tank crashed?! Oh my gosh! This is one of my favorite threads. :( I hope you can save your animals.

Scungili
03/16/2010, 09:22 PM
Please share what were the events leading to your crash? Why did you have to use Chemi Clean? Why did it crash your tank. I'm really sorry to here this, hopefully it wasn't a total waste...


(BTW what does a "crash" mean exactly)