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DasCamel
11/05/2016, 11:03 PM
So, for a brief introduction. Just moved into a new home with the family. Bought the house with a true lower level/basement for a new aquarium in mind. Been in the hobby for 3 years. Learned a ton, still learning. ALWAYS open to advice, tips to help keep me in check. :beer:

Interested in moving 1000 miles with fish, live rock and anemones? Here's a thread to read.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2600479

Next up, if interested is the tank purchase and repair thread.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2605385

Anyway, the fishies need a new home. Let's give them one soon.

Tank below the deck, getting abused and tested attached.

DasCamel
11/05/2016, 11:19 PM
Day 2

Started clearing the area. Ripped out carpet and a little wall we don't need.

Started laying down 624 tile, first time doing tile. Epic disaster? Maybe, jury is still out.

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DasCamel
11/05/2016, 11:22 PM
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Still alive, more tomorrow.

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DasCamel
11/06/2016, 07:12 PM
Day 2 Over


Ready for grout and sealing carpet down.
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6x24 porcelain tile, walnut finish. Tank will be on the left side, easy viewing from the couches. Thinking of adding a little edge on that side to set drinks on. Right side building shelves for water changing, supplies and a QT or two.

Need to change out furnace/water heater doors. 60" width, needs doors with vents.

Rest time, woo hoo! Tiling is very labor intestive.

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DasCamel
11/06/2016, 07:14 PM
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sfsuphysics
11/06/2016, 10:47 PM
why did you do two separate tiled areas with the same tile instead of making it one continuous installation?

I mean I get that one part the tank will be on, but less cuts less grout

DasCamel
11/06/2016, 11:30 PM
why did you do two separate tiled areas with the same tile instead of making it one continuous installation?

I mean I get that one part the tank will be on, but less cuts less grout

Good catch, few things going on.

1) End of day 1 the two of us were extremely tired. So we decided to finish the next day. Broke it into two days.

2) First time doing this, didn't think the pattern fully through. We should have started on the upper left corner. Instead started on an inside wall. Rookie tiling at it's best. We didn't keep the pattern consistent.

3) Good news is, in the first set. All the tiles are well set w/o any movement. 😊 Bonus, we kept all our fingers.

DasCamel
11/09/2016, 05:59 PM
I promise fish one day! Grout in, sealer next.

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I respect all flooring tradesman.

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DasCamel
11/10/2016, 09:58 PM
Getting closer to the aquarium, today I tested out the lights.

4 Hydra 52, and the controller for the apex. Bought two more used to keep costs down

Trying something new to get more coverage. Adding two 48" HO double bulb T5 fixtures.

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Went with these, cheap with decent reflectors built in. Worrying about bulbs, when coral becomes a factor.

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DasCamel
11/10/2016, 10:47 PM
Quick inventory
4 Hydra 52 lights
2 Sunblaze 48" HO T5 fixtures
96" x 36" x 25" acrylic tank(building overflow soon)
125g long sump, unsure of dimensions + maybe 50g sump tied in(winging it later)
Jaebao DCT 15000 return pump
Live rock currently keeping my fish in transition happy + another 200 ish pounds I need to landscape from BRS.
Power heads - Thinking of least 4. Probably modding some Jaebo. Cheap and easily replaced.
Heating- 2 Eheim 300W heaters
Apex + misc probes and controllers from old tank.
Need a top off system.
Have a rough stand, need to get it into place and up to visual par. Canopy will be built.
Skimmer-Starting with Aquamaxx EM300 (once overwhelmed will upgrade)
Plumbing Bean Animal with three 1.5" pipes.
Probably dual returns.
Sump lighting? No idea.
Bought a high speed exhaust fan to tie into laundry exhaust vent.
Water change/mixing station where laundry plumbing goes.

Weather permitting work, more incoming tomorrow.

How's everything looking? Any feedback?

DasCamel
11/11/2016, 05:20 PM
Mace and the T-800 are upset with the slow progress.
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iced98lx
11/11/2016, 06:49 PM
I think you'll really be happy with the LED + T5 combo. Slow progress is still progress!

DasCamel
11/11/2016, 07:04 PM
I think you'll really be happy with the LED + T5 combo. Slow progress is still progress!

Cool!

Setting up the TV and stereo for entertainment during construction. Getting the room more habitable is a family plus.

iced98lx
11/12/2016, 11:29 AM
Tunes are obviously required. Happy family happy life after all!

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DasCamel
11/12/2016, 11:41 PM
Got a Fire tablet on Amazon for $50. Free same day shipping. Freaky. Anyway, going to use it to control Apex via Fusion. Not going to panic looking for a phone or tablet anymore. 7" inch screen + WIFI = Win.

Added bonus, sealer applied to grout. All the speakers are up, tunes while working, priceless.

Now to polish the tank and move the stand inside. Going to place something underneath like plywood and seal the basin. Catching even a few gallons of water. Worth it. Going to get the sump out of the garage, throw some photos up.

Trevor1992
11/13/2016, 12:15 AM
This is awesome. Great read

DasCamel
11/13/2016, 11:59 AM
This is awesome. Great read

Thanks!

DasCamel
11/16/2016, 09:01 PM
Plumbing question, for a Bean would three 1.25" bulkheads using 1.5" pipes be enough for 2000---2500 gph? I'm thinking more than enough, right?

iced98lx
11/17/2016, 09:18 AM
Plumbing question, for a Bean would three 1.25" bulkheads using 1.5" pipes be enough for 2000---2500 gph? I'm thinking more than enough, right?

According to the helpful calculator on his website (http://www.beananimal.com/articles/hydraulics-for-the-aquarist.aspx) 1.25 inches in full siphon with a drop of 24 inches can flow a theoretical 2600gph.

The drop (height from drain to sump) is a lot more important than some people realize. Play with options using the "Submerged" calculator on that page.

DasCamel
11/17/2016, 12:34 PM
According to the helpful calculator on his website (http://www.beananimal.com/articles/hydraulics-for-the-aquarist.aspx) 1.25 inches in full siphon with a drop of 24 inches can flow a theoretical 2600gph.

The drop (height from drain to sump) is a lot more important than some people realize. Play with options using the "Submerged" calculator on that page.

OK cool, so with an actual drop around 36", getting a 6X turnover easily feasible. Thanks.

Spent the day bringing the tank and stand inside to dry. Also, got the saw out and 54" drill bit cutting holes in dry wall and fishing ethernet cable for the tank and computer downstairs. Across the entire house and down two floors w/o destroying anything in the walls. Actually, really surprised it worked without hiccups. I don't trust WIFI as any form of long term solution. Setting up a permanent cameras and water alarms once we get up and running.

DasCamel
11/24/2016, 03:56 PM
Kilz layer placed on the top plywood and a thin water resistant piece for under.

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Stand leveled to perfection. Used a wood planar for the first time, loving the power tools.

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Painting on an enamel semi gloss black then securing the top and bottom on. Rain limiting factor...

Once tank is in place, going to polish. Much more stable and easy to work on the stand. Back, neck, shoulder issues really suck as you get older. Another major limiting factor.

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DasCamel
11/25/2016, 11:40 AM
Great timing for Black Friday sales. Ordered bulk of the plumbing, 75 pounds more of BRS rock, and couldn't resist.

A XF280 Maxspect. Coupled with power heads I already have, should work nicely.

This time around going to epoxy and acrylic rod the live rock together. With a bare bottom and proper spacing plenty of flow to keep any debris from being trapped. While keeping plenty of hiding and sleeping spaces.

Sunny today, having friends and family help next couple days get more progress.

Added: Tunze ATO system, some bulbs for the T5 from ATI and Geis. Blue Plus and actinic. Figured the Hydra 52 have plenty of white power.

DasCamel
11/25/2016, 03:47 PM
So the sump. 72" 15" x 18". Effectively free, came with the tank and stand. With a standalone box that goes inside.

Just cleaned it out and water tested. Flimsy but functional, going to support it in the sump with wood behind a weak point, some bulging. 70% running water height to be safe.

Just noticed four bulkhead holes behind it lol. Something else to patch. Free is well, free.... More money for Black Friday toys.

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DasCamel
11/25/2016, 08:24 PM
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DasCamel
11/26/2016, 01:24 AM
Now that I have it in the final place. Thinking about using drywall and effectively framing it like an in wall peninsula tank. Anyway food for thought while building overflows and polishing. Need to figure out how to use all the space under the tank. Storage compartments also sounding nice.

Can't wait to start aquascaping.

Genius idea, may put up the lights to test and brighten up the place to polish and clean.

dave.m
11/26/2016, 04:59 AM
One idea for using space under the tank might be to enclose a separate space for controllers and other electronics so they aren't directly exposed to high humidity levels.

Dave.M

DasCamel
11/26/2016, 12:37 PM
One idea for using space under the tank might be to enclose a separate space for controllers and other electronics so they aren't directly exposed to high humidity levels.

Dave.M

I like it!

Looking at the drywall idea, that support pillar will bump right up on the corner. Not sure how to handle it, or if I like it.

DasCamel
11/26/2016, 08:52 PM
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So 36" of weir with 1" teeth peninsula end. I'm guessing not enough flow allowed?

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DasCamel
11/27/2016, 05:53 PM
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Father and daughter bonding time over power tools. Fairly sure she thinks I'm crazy. :) Cutting the holes in the external overflow. Bulkheads are huge, max flow won't be an issue..

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Life of a reefer...

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Apotack
11/28/2016, 07:00 AM
Nice build!
Be careful of the long sleeves with power tools.

DasCamel
11/28/2016, 01:50 PM
Nice build!
Be careful of the long sleeves with power tools.

She wasn't using it, unplugged and adjusting for a photo. :)

DasCamel
11/28/2016, 10:10 PM
Progress. So happy, made a 4 walled box with 3 holes.

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35" of weir cut and welded together. Coast to coast the short way. Using the board to make sure tank edge is very straight. Making attaching it with Weld On 4 super easy. Used a router and sand paper to match the edges.


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Listening to some tunes, thinking about what's next. View of the tank lying down on the couch. One day...

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DasCamel
12/03/2016, 01:35 AM
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Primer and siliconed like crazy.

DCT 15000 tested, insane flow.

Plumbing 1.5" is a new experience, my cutter doesn't fit. Just going to use the table saw.

More Sunday.

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iced98lx
12/03/2016, 08:32 AM
If you have a chop saw and the cheap blade it came with that is great for the PVC cutting. Looking good!

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DasCamel
12/04/2016, 12:49 AM
If you have a chop saw and the cheap blade it came with that is great for the PVC cutting. Looking good!

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My bad, yeah chop saw/miter.

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DasCamel
12/05/2016, 10:20 PM
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worm5406
12/05/2016, 11:46 PM
Looking pretty good.

I think those dice fish are multiplying though. You might want to get those in check.

DasCamel
12/07/2016, 12:33 AM
Looking pretty good.

I think those dice fish are multiplying though. You might want to get those in check.

Lol, that's part of the other money sink hobby. Warhammer 40k.

worm5406
12/07/2016, 08:51 AM
Ahh.... Not bad. I have kids that empty the sink on a regular basis. (HAHAHA)

DasCamel
12/07/2016, 11:27 PM
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What could go wrong?

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worm5406
12/08/2016, 07:40 AM
You could drop a rock onto your foot and break it.

I like your rock design/idea so far.

DasCamel
12/08/2016, 11:57 AM
You could drop a rock onto your foot and break it.

I like your rock design/idea so far.

Thanks, winging it so far. Thinking of putting the rest together inside the tank. Have a feeling it'll soon reach the point of being tough to move.

I ordered a some PVC pieces to connect the return pump. Waiting on that to start on the plumbing.

Mini to do list:

1) Finish rock work. Phase one. Enough to get the tank going. Tired of taking care of everything manually in the 40g breeder.

2) Polish the tank. About that time.

3) Attach weir and external overflow.

4) Divide and modify sump. Cut out part of the Eurobrace for a larger final skimmer.

5) Plumb and fill!!

6) Mount lights. Hydra 52 and HO T5.

7) GFCI repair and electrical. Multiple circuits in the area. Even an unused 220 designed for a dryer. Splitting equipment across as many as possible. So one breaker trip alone won't be fatal. Battery backup needs to planned. Seems like power outages are common out here.

8) Final cabinet work, design, canopy and rock work. Phase two.

9) Throw a party?

DasCamel
12/08/2016, 04:04 PM
Just walked downstairs. Noticed powder blue just hanging out low in the corner. Let the dogs out and went to check. Looked pale, lethargy and by looking at the fins and one spot on his body. He swam into the Magnifica. Upon inspection the Mag had 5 damaged tentacles. Anyway, damage was done. Tried to isolate but already too late. Within 10 minutes already dead. So close to his new home after 1000 mile road trip effectively two tank moves. RIP.

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worm5406
12/08/2016, 09:18 PM
Did you remove it or did the Mag take it?

Sorry on the loss.

DasCamel
12/08/2016, 09:57 PM
He was swimming poorly bouncing off of everything then passed shortly after. I had him isolated, passed few minutes after. Didn't want to fed the nems, way too messy given the situation. Anyway, going to get some help and move the project along a bit. Very least get everyone moved in sooner than later. Going to test run with tap water to get rocks clean, and get things moving along. With live rock in great condition, should be able to bypass a cycle.

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DasCamel
12/11/2016, 05:36 PM
Holes drilled in the back tank wall.
Attached internal/external overflow.
I love weld on 40! No half measures, that overflow isn't coming off.
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DasCamel
12/11/2016, 08:26 PM
Painted the back wall, layed out the drain plumbing ready to be glued together.

Didn't like the Novus polishing set, would take 3 days straight with their setup. Stealing some techniques from the automotive polishing world for clear coat to speed things along.

So polish, final rock setup, then test with freshwater.

Why am I doing this again? Insanity...

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DasCamel
12/18/2016, 01:54 AM
Polishing sucks. Serious motivational killer.

http://www.corallore.com/buffing-acrylic/

This site lays down a process close to what I'm doing. Given the large surface areas inside and out, very slow and painstaking.

Anyway, about 50% polished, technique nailed down, all equipment needed in hand, I'll post pics when done. Every pane had deep scratches inside and out. Outside easy, inside not so much. Some of the previous multiple owners damage can't be repaired, expected as much.

DasCamel
12/21/2016, 02:02 AM
Got 1/2 the rock situated in the tank, once I hit 3/4 rocks, test fill to test plumbing and more photos.


Magnifica pedestal is looking great assembled inside.

DasCamel
12/23/2016, 10:47 PM
How we looking?
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worm5406
12/23/2016, 11:24 PM
Looking good. I like the pedistal.

DasCamel
12/24/2016, 10:21 AM
Thanks!! Just fixed a small leak on the external overflow and am excited to cement the plumbing.

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DasCamel
12/28/2016, 11:28 AM
So, flow to sump won't be a problem. In fact, at full power ridiculously over board. Sump has a slight leak. Sigh. I think it's from where the two halves are joined together. What I get for getting cheap/used. :)) Easy enough fix, just waste of time.

Fine tuned the Bean Animal, with 1.5" pipes handles the flow adequately and quite easily. Easily overkill. I'll post a vid when the return line is secured.

Got a problem though, the water level in the tank is too high. It touches the center brace on the under side. (It flexes under load....) I could let it be, another thing to clean....

I placed the top edge of the weir close to the top, maybe 1/4" gap to keep fish from going over

So do I just wait to drain and extend the teeth height with a Dremel? It's already bonded to the tank. Under the Eurobrace. That'll lower the water level I guess.

DasCamel
01/04/2017, 11:01 PM
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Enough done to fill, how long will this take to fill? All the plumbing works and leak tested. XF 280 Gyre installed, playing with settings. Beginning to think I need two. Sigh.

Anyway, serviced RODI unit, water is filling 24/7. Placed a couple water leak alarms. Time to work on more things.

worm5406
01/04/2017, 11:04 PM
It might just take a while... LOL

DasCamel
01/04/2017, 11:14 PM
It might just take a while... LOL

Take a guess!

krazysvede
01/05/2017, 07:16 AM
Looking good, I like the scape!

I'd drain and dremel down the slots on the overflow a little, I had the same issue with a previous tank and it always bugged me. I finally knocked a couple teeth out completely, not the prettiest solution but it worked.

Id guess 4.5 days to fill with RO going constantly unless you have a big RO unit. :)

worm5406
01/05/2017, 07:50 AM
Is there a live webcam feed?? Nothing like watching grass grow, or in this case, watching water being made.

DasCamel
01/05/2017, 09:57 AM
Is there a live webcam feed?? Nothing like watching grass grow, or in this case, watching water being made.

We can all dream about the day it dills up.

Looking good, I like the scape!

I'd drain and dremel down the slots on the overflow a little, I had the same issue with a previous tank and it always bugged me. I finally knocked a couple teeth out completely, not the prettiest solution but it worked.

Id guess 4.5 days to fill with RO going constantly unless you have a big RO unit. :)

I'll try to do that while watching it fill. Not high on the fun list lol.

Did you use a bur or disc on the Dremel?

DasCamel
01/08/2017, 02:31 AM
So, little over half way. About 15". Going back to sleep..

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worm5406
01/08/2017, 10:19 AM
Still waiting on the live web cam. You could have stayed in bed and saw it if you had one. HAHAHAHA

DasCamel
01/08/2017, 05:08 PM
Stop inspiring the laziness before my wife takes another nut!

I did extend the weir slits though, not pretty but it should work. If it doesn't just going to cut all the teeth out and put on debris net and be done with it.

worm5406
01/08/2017, 11:11 PM
HAHAHAHA... I agree.. that is why I am divorced... Joking... got divorced before the tanks. HAHAHA..

Keep the updates coming. Glad to see all the work and updates!

DasCamel
01/08/2017, 11:34 PM
She's great, excited to see our fish in there. :) Goal is to get Hydra 52's up in the next couple days. I'll probably add salt and start heating soon.

So the Gyre XF -280 is interesting. It really does push the flow across 8 ft. I really want a second one now. Maybe next Black Friday...

Build isn't complete by any means, but soon more than functional!

worm5406
01/08/2017, 11:48 PM
Is any build complete? Unless you are getting out that is.

DasCamel
01/08/2017, 11:55 PM
Is any build complete? Unless you are getting out that is.

Once it gets skinned, Apex hooked up, with the auto top-off and mixing station good to go. Back to regular hobby mode and enjoy the fish. :)

How about crazy maniacal mode to tinkering mode?

DasCamel
01/09/2017, 01:59 PM
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So 3d printing a custom PVC slip to connect 1.5" flex to the Jebao return pump. Off to the lights. My neck and back will hate me shortly.

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worm5406
01/09/2017, 02:19 PM
On your RODI, do you have it setup as a double filter or a single filter ? Double ones can increase the output. Do you have a booster pump attached to the RODI ?

DasCamel
01/09/2017, 02:48 PM
Nah, just single without a booster. Was dealing with other stuff, going to revamp the rodi setup in the future.

I did setup a heated bucket for the pretube. Going to change the sediment filter again today. I figure, should be close to done by Wed evening. I started a tank watching thread in the main reef section for the fill.

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01/09/2017, 05:36 PM
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IvanTheTerrible
01/09/2017, 09:52 PM
You're making me jealous. I wish I could print my own parts.

- Ivan

DasCamel
01/10/2017, 12:15 AM
You're making me jealous. I wish I could print my own parts.

- Ivan

The price of 3D printers has really dropped, if you can afford to reef, you can easily 3d print!

DasCamel
01/10/2017, 06:50 PM
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Printed a better final version, smoother snug like standard plumbing.

AND

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Just little water needed to clear the overflow and fill the sump. Tomorrow mid by day should be heated, salinity adjusted and ready to start transferring.

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McPuff
01/11/2017, 07:53 AM
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Printed a better final version, smoother snug like standard plumbing.

AND

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Just little water needed to clear the overflow and fill the sump. Tomorrow mid by day should be heated, salinity adjusted and ready to start transferring.

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Maybe I misunderstood, but are you planning to get the salinity adjusted and then transfer fish in the same day? I would transfer some dirty media into sump along with some dirty water, let it fester for a week, and then do the transfer using as much of your original tank water as possible. It just makes me nervous to do it too quick. Anyway, just my opinion.

DasCamel
01/11/2017, 11:30 AM
I already have everything cycled. Zero sand. Everthing in good condition. Still going to acclimate just because IO vs Reef Crystal's.
The live rock from the other tank, zero die off equals zero cycle... Yes. I'm that crazy. Well not really, already moved everything 1000 miles in a cooler... Theory is sound.

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DasCamel
01/11/2017, 12:25 PM
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Transfer subjects. Excited about a larger home.

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DasCamel
01/11/2017, 12:29 PM
So the salinity is going to be spot on match after a little more water is added.

Bigger issue is the temp. I'm at 74.5 with a couple heaters. Heating that huge mass of water is slow. House temp is about 71.

So, no half measures.
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So I added more heaters... Terminator approves of the extra energy after photo bombing.

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roli112
01/11/2017, 12:46 PM
Ill be back

worm5406
01/11/2017, 12:52 PM
How are the lights looking?

DasCamel
01/11/2017, 12:56 PM
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The lights were a PITA. Found an air duct above a mount point. So, added a 24 across for now to bypass it. About to plug them in, need another circuit though. With all the heaters prolly trip a breaker...

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DasCamel
01/11/2017, 01:02 PM
Success temp raised by .2 degrees. Yes, .2 in about an hour... time to use another heater from the breeder lol.

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worm5406
01/11/2017, 01:05 PM
Very nice. Turn them lights on and see if they help heat it up too.

DasCamel
01/11/2017, 02:12 PM
Going need a nuclear reactor soon. Soooo, I just added another gfci to another circuit in the basement. Factoring the bathroom that's three 15 amp circuits to split the load of everything to, plus standard usage down here. Anyway, to the displeasure of my neck and back. Lights soon, hope they work lol. Haven't touched them since a test early November

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roli112
01/11/2017, 03:10 PM
should have boiled some of that RODI water

DasCamel
01/11/2017, 04:39 PM
should have boiled some of that RODI water
Good idea for later! Temp is up to 76... It'll get there, eventually.
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Made a makeshift power panel mounting board and we have light. Well, one for now lol. Using an Apex energy Bar w/o the Apex setup.

Also, first casualty. So figured out a solution to the neck and back issues.

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Get another body part to hurt more. Crushed my nail bed right in half. Remember that ice cold tap water. Savior! Plus, pain meds... Good time for a break lol. Need to recruit the family to finish up for the day. :)

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DasCamel
01/11/2017, 07:30 PM
And more lights. Haven't hooked up the controller yet. Lights are default 80%. I'll worry about the T5s in a month or two. :)

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DasCamel
01/11/2017, 07:31 PM
And more lights. Haven't hooked up the controller yet. Lights are default 80%. I'll worry about the T5s in a month or two. :)

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worm5406
01/11/2017, 11:39 PM
Wait I do not see the RO line. Where did it go?

DasCamel
01/11/2017, 11:45 PM
I fired up the return and ran out of water in the sump. :) Oops, need to add more water lol. I need to calculate heating wattage. I think adding chilled RO/DI is combating my efforts. Thermodynamics for the win!

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worm5406
01/12/2017, 12:08 AM
Ohh yes, I agree.

100g of 100 degree water and mix in 100g of 70 degree water and you will get 85 degree water. Temperature goes to cold quicker.

Just saying.

McPuff
01/12/2017, 07:18 AM
I already have everything cycled. Zero sand. Everthing in good condition. Still going to acclimate just because IO vs Reef Crystal's.
The live rock from the other tank, zero die off equals zero cycle... Yes. I'm that crazy. Well not really, already moved everything 1000 miles in a cooler... Theory is sound.

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That's awesome. I wasn't worried about a cycle at all... just acclimation. Sounds like you've got a good plan. Have you finished yet?!?! :0)

DasCamel
01/12/2017, 01:07 PM
Close, everything little snowballs into 3 more things. :)Lights good now, temp and salinity are a close match. Return pump is up and running. Going to start acclimation this afternoon.

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ADVRESOURCE
01/12/2017, 01:31 PM
Is rock close to surface?

DasCamel
01/12/2017, 03:58 PM
Is rock close to surface?
One rock is just few inches under on the right side.

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DasCamel
01/12/2017, 04:24 PM
Ok, transfering...
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DasCamel
01/13/2017, 12:33 AM
Adding the fish really helped put a perspective to size. Time to start buying and quarantining fish.

Thinking of couple of skunk clowns for haddoni, and a pair of yellow tangs.

Going to hold off a bit on corals until I get the top off, skimmer, Apex and such setup.

The T5 lights will also help balance out the light. On the photos, the phone camera is really picking up the higher rocks. Eventually, want to get Mags and Gigs up there.

Need a solution for the haddoni, got him in a glass bowl of sand. Maybe make him a permanent acrylic sandbox.

So far, so good. :)

DasCamel
01/21/2017, 11:32 PM
So have a pair of cute orange skunk clowns in the QT along with a royal gramma. Starting simple and slow. Next fish batch in Feb, thinking of the yellow tangs. Odd number seems to be preferred, so 3 it is.

So figured out the right height for the skimmer. 3D printing a stand for it. Had some spare filament around, HIPS. Let's see how the design works.

DasCamel
01/22/2017, 10:44 PM
Tunze ozmolator hooked up. Gotta say, it does make life easy. Going to buy a 55g petco tank and use that as the ATO resovior. $1 a gallon FTW. It fits underneath the stand, in the other half with room to spare. Safe to say, all the space will eventually be used.

Here's the 3D printed stand.

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7 x 7 x 7.5, can't believe I haven't printed tank parts sooner.

Next up, custom probe and heater holders. I can keep them stable and the heater top out of the water.

roli112
01/23/2017, 06:56 PM
How hard is it to design stuff to print? I'm starting to get curious but have no experience with that kind of stuff

DasCamel
01/23/2017, 11:40 PM
How hard is it to design stuff to print? I'm starting to get curious but have no experience with that kind of stuff

Super easy. Check out Tinkercad, free and web based.

I'm using a Taz 5 from Lulzbot to print. All open source. Can even 3D print to upgrade itself.

DasCamel
02/10/2017, 12:13 AM
Little update, went to Vegas for a little fun over the weekend. 40K tournament, such a blast. Anyway, my flight back on Monday got cancelled due to heavy snow and ice in Seattle. Here's the kicker, the same snow buildup caused a power outage in our neighborhood. Of course, when out of town...

Luckily, my wife and kids were home. Just recently purchased a generator, they scrambled to unpack and get it running. With some timely help from a neighbor had it running in 4 hours. Power comes on, 30 minutes after. Very proud they did all that under emergency conditions. My older daughter, stepped up to challenge and helped lead the family regarding the tank.

So I had two QT's going, told them to make things simpler and add the royal gramma along with two orange skunk clowns to the main DT. Other QT was in a marine cooler, not as worried about a temperature drop. Anyway, she kept the water aerated well and everything except for a recent addition of coral banded shrimp survived.

Skunks settled into a LTA and the Haddoni, while for the most part leaving the original clowns alone in the Mag. Pics incoming.

DasCamel
02/10/2017, 12:16 AM
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DasCamel
02/10/2017, 12:17 AM
Also setup the second xf 280, one wasn't enough for good flow for the entire tank. Two, working great. No more dead spots.

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DasCamel
03/08/2017, 08:39 PM
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So after a little leak issue couple weeks ago, got everything back on track. Weight of water and plumbing pulled apart the overflow box. Water alarm saved my booty.

Back on track with the 3 Tangs from QT transferred over today. Larry Moe and Curly enjoying their new home.

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DasCamel
03/09/2017, 01:12 AM
I dont know how you are still at ease after having a Leak lol

My family was about to kill me, happened at 4:00 am. :) Let's just say stronger than ever. Building a wood support for the overflow. Pain drying everything.

Survived a power outage and a leak. What's next.

worm5406
03/09/2017, 07:35 AM
Volcano?

DasCamel
03/09/2017, 11:45 AM
Sure, why not apocalyptic events for the hat trick.

So two pairs of clowns. Osc have started laying eggs again, first time since the move in Sept. The orange skunks are nicely hosted by the LTA and Haddoni 6 ft away. 5 ft wasn't enough. Some fights would break out. Now everyone has been OK for a weeks. Just saying, don't try 2 pairs in four feet or less.

The three yellow tangs were very small when ordered, about 2 inches. After the first couple weeks, zero aggression issues, introduced together. Fattened up nicely.

In the main DT, Larry, Moe and Curly seem to stick together for now. Even slept near each other. Wonder if they become more feisty once bigger?

DasCamel
08/27/2017, 06:58 PM
Update time! Glad to report, everything's been fairly smooth.(Knock on wood.)
Started to expand the corals, birthday time. :)

Keeping it short and sweet, photo time. See post below, aborted photobucket.

DasCamel
08/27/2017, 07:22 PM
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DasCamel
09/03/2017, 08:01 PM
So my daughter noticed something new in the tank. Good number of brine shrimp swimming in the corners. I added some eggs to the sump back in March trying to feed a Copperband. Really surprised to see them take hatch and grow. Good size.

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