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VanJuKy
01/24/2017, 11:31 AM
I have bene asked by a number of people to start a thread on my new tank and my personal attempts at full renovations of my home. I put it off for awhile but finally decided to go ahead. The reason? I have enjoyed so many of these builds that, I would assume others would enjoy mine as well. As reefers, we tend to really like to tinker and build as well as just generally add gear to our systems.

I recently bought a house that was built in 1978 with good bones and clean lines. Unfortunately I don't really have the money to pay contractors to do the work I need.I am fairly handy and a mechanic by trade. I haven't worked on cars for 10 years but you get the drift. There are also lots of resources out there when you are determined. I have a few friends who are electricians and home builders and I will reach out for help out where needed.
The home is designed to be for entertainment, and the centrepiece will be a 300 gallon mixed reef of LPS, SPS and various other animals. Fish will be a nice selection with a definite contingent of high end species.
Now I have already started this, and am ahead of what I will start with. I will start posting some pictures to bring you up to speed. Time for internet is limited due to my work and of course building my home.
This will be a start to finish log that hopefully you will find entertaining.

First picture to bring you up is what it looked like when I moved in.

http://i.imgur.com/i6moBPO.jpg

The room where that I will tear down and put in the tank. Notice the post in the middle of the room. The beam above it is two beams and there is plumbing running inside the column holding it up.. This needs to come out and have a new full length engineered beam spanned across the room to take the load. Engineer was called.

http://i.imgur.com/U37eDsQ.jpg

The reason I put this picture win is to show you how dark the room actually is if the sun is not shining in. I am redoing the home in a bright West Coast contemporary style. There will also be a lot of tree removal happening. City arborists are involved for the permits.

http://i.imgur.com/gHnzBA7.jpg

Oh yeah, it will be a high end build. Scott (slief), I told you I would do a build thread. Here is a package from Germany. My Royal Exclusive Dream Box.

http://i.imgur.com/F0rUEJt.jpg

Demolition is coming.

VanJuKy
01/24/2017, 01:45 PM
And here comes demolition.

Bar is very outdated. I don't even drink but I want a nice bar.

http://i.imgur.com/HWkM11n.jpg

Fireplace has got to go.

http://i.imgur.com/qsSK5OT.jpg

All the old oak wood is gone.

http://i.imgur.com/oVII7lE.jpg

Will be a new bathroom through here.

http://i.imgur.com/pzI6b2k.jpg

VanJuKy
01/24/2017, 03:18 PM
This is where the tank will go.


http://i.imgur.com/OeokUny.jpg

ace_92101
01/24/2017, 06:20 PM
Looks like it's going to be a great room!

Rilelen
01/24/2017, 06:46 PM
Wow! Love the demolition-in-progress pics. Can't wait to see the final set-up - the room's really going to look totally different.

VanJuKy
01/25/2017, 09:18 AM
Fireplace and floor removed. Next is to remove the post and the two beams on the ceiling. Engineered beam will span the room.
Going to extend the left side of the fireplace insert to accommodate a linear fireplace. Basically turning the whole room around. Instead of facing towards the old TV wall, you will face the fireplace wall with the tank on the right.
The plumbing will go through the wall into the next room where I will have a fish room.

http://i.imgur.com/xdHANDZ.jpg

VanJuKy
01/25/2017, 11:11 AM
Looks like it's going to be a great room!
I hope so. It is in my mind!

VanJuKy
01/25/2017, 11:13 AM
Wow! Love the demolition-in-progress pics. Can't wait to see the final set-up - the room's really going to look totally different.
Won't even look the same! The room your looking at, the kitchen behind and the fish/laundry room through the pocket door.

VanJuKy
01/25/2017, 05:40 PM
It took three of us to do this. Five for 15 minutes while we were carrying the beams in to the house. Started by building two walls to support the floor and wall above. You have have both beams inside and on the floor/lift before you start building the walls.

http://i.imgur.com/N1elPgC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/K8iBO36.jpg

Used a lift to lower one beam and place it on the floor. Then put the new beam on the lift and raise it into place.

http://i.imgur.com/NbnhTUb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vaqghv2.jpg

New room with a 22 foot beam across it. No more odd centre pillar which throws the room off. Now we can refocus the room to the west instead of the north. This allows the tank to come in. The tank is 96" long x 24" wide and 30" tall.
:bounce1:

http://i.imgur.com/oJMteBX.jpg

VanJuKy
01/27/2017, 01:23 AM
The framing for the stand complete.The plumbing will exit the bottom left overflow and go through the wall into the fish room. Under the tank will be empty with a door on the left side for dry storage.

There used to be a stereo stand on the floor under the TV holding all the components (where the stand is built). I will build the components into the wall to the left of the pocket door. This will enable easy access to the back of all components with a door on the backside and provide a custom sleek contemporary look.

The pocket door is being thrown out and a new door and frame put in to accomplish this.

http://i.imgur.com/L9OKvos.jpg?1

kzoo
01/27/2017, 04:48 AM
Very nice, are you going to have the sump under the tank ?

VanJuKy
01/27/2017, 09:48 AM
Very nice, are you going to have the sump under the tank ?

Thanks! The sump will be in the room behind it (through the pocket door). I will demo the entire hallway, closet and laundry room and start over. There will be all new cabinets, countertops, tile floors and tile walls. Quarantine tanks and a refugium will be on top of one counter. The sump and skimmer will be underneath an open front cabinet I will build. The open front will allow for easy access as well as a live video feed. When I travel I want to have the ability to see my sump, water holding and tank with multiple cameras.

VanJuKy
01/27/2017, 12:03 PM
Fireplace being altered for more room.
http://i.imgur.com/i1Utr29.jpg?1

Kitchen is attached to the family room so it needs to be gutted as well.
Very outdated and the layout is just wrong. The fridge is in such a wrong place.
I had started doing small repairs to the wall when I decided to just start over.

http://i.imgur.com/45s9CWo.jpg?1

Going to refinish all cabinetry and rearrange some of it.

http://i.imgur.com/CI3YEaU.jpg?1.

VanJuKy
01/27/2017, 12:26 PM
This is a great skimmer! Just needs a little cleaning and it will look beautiful with the Dreambox.

http://i.imgur.com/2M4Dh9a.jpg?1

sfsuphysics
01/27/2017, 12:30 PM
Were there/are there very few lights in that living room area? The first picture I see 2 recessed lights and a couple of directional accent lights, explains why it is so dark in there. But yeah that post is in a very awkward looking spot, I mean I get why it's there, but it almost looks like there was a wall there that was removed since it looks a bit larger than door size.

That said, reef tank will definitely spruce up the place :D Definitely look forward to seeing how this turns out, and so jealous of the dream box

VanJuKy
01/27/2017, 01:04 PM
Were there/are there very few lights in that living room area? The first picture I see 2 recessed lights and a couple of directional accent lights, explains why it is so dark in there. But yeah that post is in a very awkward looking spot, I mean I get why it's there, but it almost looks like there was a wall there that was removed since it looks a bit larger than door size.

That said, reef tank will definitely spruce up the place :D Definitely look forward to seeing how this turns out, and so jealous of the dream box

That section where the bar is was an add on at some point. They also added on the fireplace and the pool house on the other side. The ceiling was there but they enclosed a small area under the house, hence the post with plumbing in the room.
They really under lit the house. None of the bedrooms have any ceiling lights in them, just outlet controlled switches. I will install 3000k LED lights through out the home. Here in Vancouver (and especially up at the foot of the North Shore mountains) it can get a little dark with the rain in winter.

The Dreambox was chosen a lot for its appearance. The sump (and for that matter fish room) will be visible to guests and not closed off. There will be a washer and dryer in there as well so it needs to look like a proper room. My wife needs to feel like it is a regular room.

sfsuphysics
01/27/2017, 11:51 PM
Ah, an add on, that makes perfect sense now.

Just be careful with the humidity, I know in my fishroom/laundry room the washer/dryer has slowly gotten corrosion everyplace any sort of scratch occurred in the paint.

ace_92101
01/28/2017, 07:49 AM
It's coming along nicely!

VanJuKy
01/29/2017, 12:59 AM
Ah, an add on, that makes perfect sense now.

Just be careful with the humidity, I know in my fishroom/laundry room the washer/dryer has slowly gotten corrosion everyplace any sort of scratch occurred in the paint.

Good point! I have a large window in there that I am planning on keeping open a bit at all times. Hopefully I will be fine. If not I will have to remedy it. I am also putting a Panasonic Whispersense fan (vented to the outside) over top of the DT to keep it dry inside the space above. Another reason I liked the Dreambox was the close fitting lids on the sump. The last thing I want is a mold problem in my home.

It's coming along nicely!
Thanks!

VanJuKy
01/29/2017, 01:07 AM
Fireplace framing and drywall completed and ready for new linear gas insert. Fire inspector has to inspect and check clearances. Fireplace installers can then put it in place, hook up the gas, electrical and venting. The remaining anchoring and covering by hardi backer board by me.

http://i.imgur.com/JuLfy0U.jpg?1

Old tile floor gone. This tile is almost 1" thick and required a ball peen hammer to break up.

http://i.imgur.com/OuZeVDo.jpg?1

VanJuKy
01/29/2017, 01:29 AM
Sump, skimmer and auto cleaner. Not shown are the R.E. 2 litre and 5 litre media reactors.
Sump is 5 feet long.

http://i.imgur.com/RfQSEe7.jpg?1

Achilles Torben
01/29/2017, 05:57 AM
Congratulations, fantastic equipment

Gre Torben

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kzoo
01/29/2017, 02:48 PM
Wow, nice

Joe0813
01/29/2017, 05:12 PM
looks like a fun little build... I love that sump

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 03:14 PM
Congratulations, fantastic equipment

Gre Torben

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I am so impressed with the build quality. When it arrived and I got to see it up close, I realized just what a great piece I bought. No buyers remorse for me. :thumbsup:

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 03:18 PM
Wow, nice
Thanks! Was not easy paying but when it arrived, I was happy. Sold one of my kids for it.:lmao:

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 03:22 PM
looks like a fun little build... I love that sump
Thanks! I hope you enjoy watching the progress of this. I have read so many of these builds with room demos and makeovers and I always loved them. I moved in to my house and decided I was going to do the same thing. My inspiration came from Reef Central. Perhaps by the time I am done, mine might inspire someone else.:thumbsup:

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 03:34 PM
Rough framing going in.

Inside I will have a motorized lift for the Radions. SteveM10 from this forum was instrumental in helping me with the selection of actuators and his design. If you read this, thanks Steve!

http://i.imgur.com/ScjnNWG.jpg?1

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 03:39 PM
Fireplace waiting to be installed.
Inspector made me make a slight change. The header was in the middle of being changed when I took this because I needed 1 1/2 inch more clearance. It won't stay uneven!

http://i.imgur.com/q5Qog1y.jpg?1

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 03:42 PM
Kitchen ceiling has old pot lights removed. New drywall going up in those spots so that I can install 3" LED's. I scraped the popcorn off the ceiling and I will skim coat the roof for a nice clean look.

http://i.imgur.com/ncMqso0.jpg?1

VanJuKy
01/30/2017, 08:42 PM
Fireplace working! :bounce2:

http://i.imgur.com/ZwwvyxE.jpg?1

Scythanith
01/30/2017, 09:19 PM
Absolutely great project! We Canadians think alike ;) Check out our basement build based around the tank when you get time (Link (http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2279526)).

Good job so far! Best of luck moving ahead :)

Scott

smokinreefer
01/31/2017, 11:25 AM
lookin good!

I'm building similar to you, except 30" wide and 24" high...
also in the GVRD!

do you have a plan for your stand? it looks like you have 2 posts in front and only one in the back? that would be ideal for me, as the only access i'll have for under the tank will be from the front of the stand.

VanJuKy
01/31/2017, 01:53 PM
Absolutely great project! We Canadians think alike ;) Check out our basement build based around the tank when you get time (Link (http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2279526)).

Good job so far! Best of luck moving ahead :)

Scott

Thanks! Your build is awesome. It is one of the threads I have really enjoyed reading!
:beer:
J.

VanJuKy
01/31/2017, 02:05 PM
lookin good!

I'm building similar to you, except 30" wide and 24" high...
also in the GVRD!

do you have a plan for your stand? it looks like you have 2 posts in front and only one in the back? that would be ideal for me, as the only access i'll have for under the tank will be from the front of the stand.

Hello fellow GVRD'er! :D
I don't have plans but what I will do is take some pictures of it and post it here. It is a little different in the fact it is built into the house. My house has the joists running parallel with the tank. The stand and tank are against a load bearing wall and then on two joists. I had to come up with a solution for this as the tank will weigh in at the 5k range when it is done.
My stand is anchored to the load bearing wall and to the floor. Underneath, in the 5 foot crawl space, I have double sistered three joists. I have a total of 10 joists that are glued and nailed together under the stand. They are then all supported by two 4x4's running perpendicular with two jack posts under them. They also have two 4 x4 's anchored to the load bearing wall side. These all go down to a couple of 4x6 laying on the concrete slab. I filled my tanks andI can barely get a ripple on the surface when I jump in front of it! I will take pictures of stand and support for you.

VanJuKy
01/31/2017, 02:09 PM
I had this installed just recently. Because I live in an area with a lot of trees we tend to lose power when the wind storms hit. This unit is 22kw. It has already been in operation on New Years Day. We lost the power about 5pm. Pitch black everywhere but the ham kept cooking and I could still browse Reef Central! Power came back on about 4am.
;)
http://i.imgur.com/t6FuzWl.jpg?1

Scythanith
01/31/2017, 05:13 PM
Good job on the generator! Is it automatic panel switch over when the mainline juice is cut? Where'd you go to buy, Home Depot or a smaller outfit?

VanJuKy
01/31/2017, 05:33 PM
Good job on the generator! Is it automatic panel switch over when the mainline juice is cut? Where'd you go to buy, Home Depot or a smaller outfit?

Yes it has the automatic transfer switch. Power goes out and then it kicks in within a minute. Obviously for us here it is run on Natural gas.
It is badged as Honeywell but it is made by Generac. I ordered mine online from Costco when they were on sale in November. What is surprising is the cost to have them installed. It cost almost 3k for install. Hydro needs to be involved for permits as well. We do have it set up as a whole house unit instead of select circuits. We put a meter on the panel in the garage and ran absolutely everything we could in the house. Lights, heaters, hairdryers, microwave, stereos, TV's, all appliances etc. and came up with just over 40amps. We would never run anything like we did for that test. Not even close. Power goes out and DT, and quarantine are not in jeopardy. Fairly easy sell to the wife too!

VanJuKy
02/01/2017, 11:22 AM
More demo. The laundry room, closet and back door hallway all get gutted. This will become one fish room/laundry. I will redo the electrical and plumbing so that the washer/dryer are on the other side of the room. Where they are will become a large stainless sink.

http://i.imgur.com/1s5SFLK.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/jixdO3C.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/XVH76Nf.jpg?1

VanJuKy
02/01/2017, 01:17 PM
do you have a plan for your stand? it looks like you have 2 posts in front and only one in the back? that would be ideal for me, as the only access i'll have for under the tank will be from the front of the stand.

Here is a picture of the stand. Drywall has been put over the front and side. The 2x6 have been anchored into the wall and floor.
http://i.imgur.com/y1ZgY27.jpg?1

Goes all the way to the concrete pad.. A total of 10 joists, 2 4x4's and 2 4x6's and two jack posts are used under the tank.

The joists were glued, nailed and then bolted together.

http://i.imgur.com/OYWkrBa.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/632NyyJ.jpg?2

20 20
02/01/2017, 01:43 PM
Last thing standing will be the tank...

Scythanith
02/01/2017, 02:18 PM
Yes it has the automatic transfer switch. Power goes out and then it kicks in within a minute. Obviously for us here it is run on Natural gas.
It is badged as Honeywell but it is made by Generac. I ordered mine online from Costco when they were on sale in November. What is surprising is the cost to have them installed. It cost almost 3k for install. Hydro needs to be involved for permits as well. We do have it set up as a whole house unit instead of select circuits. We put a meter on the panel in the garage and ran absolutely everything we could in the house. Lights, heaters, hairdryers, microwave, stereos, TV's, all appliances etc. and came up with just over 40amps. We would never run anything like we did for that test. Not even close. Power goes out and DT, and quarantine are not in jeopardy. Fairly easy sell to the wife too!

Yup that's what I found as well. Still haven't pulled the trigger on it but I know it's an eventual expense I will have to shell out for. The key is to get it before I need it haahaa!

VanJuKy
02/01/2017, 03:09 PM
Yup that's what I found as well. Still haven't pulled the trigger on it but I know it's an eventual expense I will have to shell out for. The key is to get it before I need it haahaa!

When your tank is fine and you are enjoying a movie and popcorn while it is -20 degrees out and the rest of the neighborhood is in the dark, you wont second guess it!:dance:

VanJuKy
02/01/2017, 05:55 PM
I need some advice on my tank layout. I don't want the worry of having a closed loop with all the potential for leaks with bulkheads. I do need good flow though.

Here is what my tank will be like. It will be a peninsula setup against the internal overflow. It will flow to a shallow end at the other side where I will have a nice empty space. I do intend on having a few nice tunnels or bridges.

I have all the listed pumps already. My concern is detritus under the reef.

Tank is 96" long.

http://i.imgur.com/IqdhFSV.jpg?1

A second option is to plumb the return under the rock with grey pvc. Keep the Gyre 280 up top and the MP40 on the opposite end. There is no room for pumps between the wall and tank.
What are your thoughts?

http://i.imgur.com/Ip6Z6sT.jpg?1

dave.m
02/02/2017, 01:26 AM
Running pipes under the sand like option 2 leaves you open to a back-siphon unless you utilize some sort of protection. Some people install a one-way valve at the top but these are prone to failure. If you insist on going this way make sure you get a see-through valve so you can verify the valve is working and plumb it so that it can be taken out and cleaned or replaced. Another method is simply to drill a small hole near the top that will suck air and break a siphon, but such holes are prone to encrust with salt and you must make it a part of your regular maintenance to keep the hole clear.

If you go with option 1, I would suggest you consider at one of the Gyre pumps.

To control detritus under your rockwork consider setting pieces on the bottom that will act like feet to raise the rest of the rocks up off the bottom. There are several forms of epoxy glue that people use to hold the rockwork together. Keeping an open space under the rocks allows currents to flush this space out as part of normal flow within the tank.

Dave.M

VanJuKy
02/02/2017, 11:28 AM
Running pipes under the sand like option 2 leaves you open to a back-siphon unless you utilize some sort of protection. Some people install a one-way valve at the top but these are prone to failure. If you insist on going this way make sure you get a see-through valve so you can verify the valve is working and plumb it so that it can be taken out and cleaned or replaced. Another method is simply to drill a small hole near the top that will suck air and break a siphon, but such holes are prone to encrust with salt and you must make it a part of your regular maintenance to keep the hole clear.

If you go with option 1, I would suggest you consider at one of the Gyre pumps.

To control detritus under your rockwork consider setting pieces on the bottom that will act like feet to raise the rest of the rocks up off the bottom. There are several forms of epoxy glue that people use to hold the rockwork together. Keeping an open space under the rocks allows currents to flush this space out as part of normal flow within the tank.

Dave.M

Thanks Dave,
Definitely would drill a couple of holes in the pipes. I used to only do one per pipe but when I read about someone having a snail sitting on one when power went out, I decided two would be better. I have never used so much flow in my tank so I am not sure what to expect as far as detritus accumulation. In the past when I took a tank down I was always amazed at how much crap was under the rocks. And, I was always careful about creating open rock work with small contact points. I have never been guilty of creating the rock pile that I made with my picture. I can't imagine how bad that would get.:lmao:
Still not sure what to do. I could also run a dedicated pump in the overflow box. Sort of like a closed loop without bulkheads? Just leave the return's alone.

VanJuKy
02/02/2017, 11:30 AM
Last thing standing will be the tank...

I hope so - less clean-up!

VanJuKy
02/02/2017, 11:33 AM
Fireplace covered in drywall and cement board. Cement board where tile will go. Inset is framed to accommodate a 70" television. There will be a mantle as well.
http://i.imgur.com/0Ly4yWV.jpg?1

VanJuKy
02/02/2017, 12:46 PM
More drywall work.

http://i.imgur.com/VlONS8T.jpg?1

dave.m
02/02/2017, 01:16 PM
In the past when I took a tank down I was always amazed at how much crap was under the rocks.
You can use a small pump during your weekly maintenance to blow out under the rockwork and to disturb any detritus that has settled on top of the rocks. You want to get as much of it back up into the water column to get collected by the overflow and into the filter socks. It doesn't have to be too powerful a pump, just enough to get stuff floating again. Corals love to feed on this stuff, too.

Dave.M

VanJuKy
02/06/2017, 06:25 PM
Lots more drywall and mudding work completed. Ceilings redone with new lights and wired for home theatre speakers.

http://i.imgur.com/RZCQHWY.jpg?1

The doorway into the fish room. The audio video rack will be installed on the left side to hold all components.

http://i.imgur.com/tLANAfJ.jpg?1

Kitchen ceiling redone. No more 1980's big pot lights or popcorn ceiling. New pendants over the counter. Fridge removed and new cabinet will be built in its place. Cabinets to be sealed for woodgrain and then painted white on top and stained dark brown on the bottom.

http://i.imgur.com/FPsWPaU.jpg?1

VanJuKy
02/06/2017, 06:27 PM
You can use a small pump during your weekly maintenance to blow out under the rockwork and to disturb any detritus that has settled on top of the rocks. You want to get as much of it back up into the water column to get collected by the overflow and into the filter socks. It doesn't have to be too powerful a pump, just enough to get stuff floating again. Corals love to feed on this stuff, too.

Dave.M

I just pictured a tool I will make for this! Thanks!:thumbsup:

VanJuKy
02/07/2017, 01:32 PM
Laundry room before. This will become the fish room. All Apex and Reef Genesis equipment will be placed on color coordinated boards and mounted on the walls.
Two 210 gallon barrels will be in the garage for mixing station and for the RO/DI and Reef Genesis to draw from.

http://i.imgur.com/wqXLgpe.jpg?1

Washer and dryer removed for sink and cabinets. Unfinished cabinets bought from Home Depot. They will be painted white.Full tiled back splash will be installed as well.

http://i.imgur.com/rFfLrwD.jpg?1

McPuff
02/08/2017, 06:53 AM
Wow. The whole remodel is looking really good so far. Eager to see this take shape.

VanJuKy
02/08/2017, 08:59 AM
Wow. The whole remodel is looking really good so far. Eager to see this take shape.

Thanks! Much inspiration for this build came right from this very forum. :D

VegasMike
02/08/2017, 09:59 AM
Love watching the progress of projects like this. Nice selection of equipment, in all respects.

VanJuKy
02/09/2017, 10:18 AM
Love watching the progress of projects like this. Nice selection of equipment, in all respects.

Thanks! Lots more to come.

VanJuKy
02/09/2017, 10:25 AM
I built this in the garage. Two 210 gallon holding tanks for mixing and holding as well as a Panworld 100PX pump for mixing. Water supply will come from a Spectrapure RO/DI unit. I also bought a Reef Genesis Storm and Renew which will plumb through the wall into the fish/laundry room. I will also plumb the mixing station to the sump as well. Even though the Genesis will change 5 gallons a day, I still need to be able to change larger volumes should the need arise.

http://i.imgur.com/xkrdrgD.jpg?1

NeverlosT
02/09/2017, 10:37 AM
awesome progress! Keep it up!

Pastey
02/09/2017, 10:58 AM
Nice work! We've been dealing with a remodel of sorts thanks to mother nature's propensity to flood and it's been like having a 2nd job so kudos for the progress you've made. Before and after pictures don't show the amount of work and frustration that go into it!

Oh yea and the tank build looks awesome!

VanJuKy
02/10/2017, 12:22 PM
awesome progress! Keep it up!

Thanks for the kind words!

VanJuKy
02/10/2017, 12:26 PM
Nice work! We've been dealing with a remodel of sorts thanks to mother nature's propensity to flood and it's been like having a 2nd job so kudos for the progress you've made. Before and after pictures don't show the amount of work and frustration that go into it!

Oh yea and the tank build looks awesome!

Sorry about the flood. :eek2:

It is a lot of work. I hope by showing what I have done, or what I am presently doing, it will inspire someone else.

VanJuKy
02/10/2017, 12:27 PM
Painted and tiled fireplace.

http://i.imgur.com/luR7Mnr.jpg?1

uwish
02/11/2017, 08:03 PM
looking great! nice work!

Scythanith
02/14/2017, 02:18 PM
Looking great Van!

VanJuKy
02/14/2017, 03:54 PM
looking great! nice work!

Looking great Van!

Thanks guys !!:thumbsup:

VanJuKy
02/14/2017, 03:57 PM
New floor installed.

http://i.imgur.com/xB2F90S.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/OpEWhC2.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/it9bXs3.jpg?1

VanJuKy
02/15/2017, 05:26 PM
Installed the rack and stereo components. Music will better now that its not off my iPhone and mini speaker. :D

http://i.imgur.com/r4pIjg5.jpg?1

Standing in what was the utility room looking at my two "inspectors". This will become a built in fridge.

http://i.imgur.com/dRgzVST.jpg?1

I built this cabinet section where the fridge was. In it's place will be a freezer drawer. The fridge does not have a freezer section, so there will be one inside the utility room, and a drawer out in the kitchen. The door for the utility room is now from the family room side.

http://i.imgur.com/paf0gf4.jpg?1

VanJuKy
02/16/2017, 12:07 PM
First plumbing through the wall into the fish room. I had a very small clearance to get through based on the stand and the studs in the wall. That is why it is so vertical.

I will clean up the hole with trim and insulation when I am done.

This will go to the sump that will be an open cabinet I will build. That way I can always see water levels etc when I walk in and out of the room. I am going to put a camera tied into the Apex in this room as well. When I am away, I can watch the sump, refugium, and quarantine tanks. If there is a problem I will be able too coach someone over the phone.

http://i.imgur.com/mrmNILP.jpg?1

locito277
02/16/2017, 08:40 PM
Love the build man! Love your dobies as well. Looking forward to everything taking shape!

CrayolaViolence
02/17/2017, 07:36 AM
Those are some sharp looking dobies. What kennel are they from?
Beautiful ear cropping job too. Not too many people can get those done right.

worm5406
02/18/2017, 08:33 AM
I like the pipe work too. (I like rotts and German Sheps better. LOL)

Looks like you are needing some support for those pipes though. Right now there is no water but over time they might start to sag and you don't want pressure on those unions/pipe.

VanJuKy
02/20/2017, 12:08 AM
Love the build man! Love your dobies as well. Looking forward to everything taking shape!

Thanks from me and the Dobies! :wavehand:

Those are some sharp looking dobies. What kennel are they from?
Beautiful ear cropping job too. Not too many people can get those done right.

Thanks! They are two years apart from different breeders in Washington State. Dee Run Dobermans and Wingate. Tails and ears were done when we received both pups. The trick is keeping them taped straight until they stand on their own.

I like the pipe work too. (I like rotts and German Sheps better. LOL)

Looks like you are needing some support for those pipes though. Right now there is no water but over time they might start to sag and you don't want pressure on those unions/pipe.

I like Rotts and Sheps too!
It doesn't show it but they are anchored on the other side. When they are finished I will make sure to provide support. Even though I bought leak alarms for the Apex, I don't want to use them! :D

VanJuKy
02/20/2017, 12:21 AM
Mounted the counter tops and installed an extra deep stainless utility sink and commercial faucet.

http://i.imgur.com/WSBPJgF.jpg?1

The new counter where the quarantine tank and refugium will go. As you can see the sump will be installed under it. Even though the sump has built in LED lighting, I will install under cabinet lighting as well.
All cabinets will be painted gloss white.

http://i.imgur.com/SYcRKEW.jpg?1

Finished the new cabinet for the pull out freezer drawer. The freezer brand is Fisher Paykel.

http://i.imgur.com/ZYg15c2.jpg?1

Finished the upper cabinet for the microwave as well. Sprayed the uppers with first coat of paint.

http://i.imgur.com/EoVwpjE.jpg?1

CrayolaViolence
02/20/2017, 05:35 AM
Very nice.

VanJuKy
02/20/2017, 11:36 AM
I just purchased a Tradewinds Chiller. 1/3 HP (Super) Inline. - It is rated for 400 gallons.
I am debating whether it is enough or if I should go with the 1/2 HP? System volume will be 400 gallons but we don't have the heat and humidity here as many of you have. The worst I would expect for heat in Vancouver would be 95F. It will be plumbed in the garage beside the mixing stations to keep heat out of the house. I have not decided how to feed it. I have a Reef Dart that I can use although I don't like the idea of drilling into my sump. Perhaps a Vectra L1 or M1 will be used. It will keep noise to a minimum.

I like the idea of using this brand due to the ability of any HVAC technician being able to repair it in home.

http://i.imgur.com/APpQGMR.jpg

I haven't shared a full list of items I have bought (so far) or ordered and will be using.

Tank is going to be LPS, SPS, Acans and Zoas.

Tank
Custom made 300 gallon all glass tank.

250 lbs of Real Reef Rock
120 pounds Carib Sea Reef Sand


Sump
Royal Exclusive Dream Box

5 litre Reactor
2 litre Reactor
Vertex Alpha 250 Skimmer


Here is a picture of some items.

http://i.imgur.com/GOo2tCG.jpg?1


5 Radion XRW30 Pros - Possibly a couple Kessils added in for increased shimmer effect. I am building an automated remote control lift with actuators for the aluminum rack.

Monitoring and Control
Apex Gold with the following.

DOS
DDR
Lab Grade PH
ORP
Temp
Conductivity with 2nd Temp sensor
Auto Feed
ALD
WXM - Vortech Control


Ecotech Reeflink

Seneye Reef with Web server

Mainly for being alerted for Ammonia spikes. Should there be a death that I don't notice, I want to be alerted for any issues.


Water movement

Ecotech Vectra LI - Return to tank.
Ecotech Vectra M1 - Reactors
Ecotech MPQ40
Maxspect Gyre 280


Water makeup


Spectrapure RO/DI
Reef Genesis with:


Storm
Renew




Additional:
Coraline Turbo Twist 36 watt UV Sterilizer

20 gallon refugium above sump. It will allow removal of a small amount of nutrients by harvesting Chaeto. Its main role, will be to allow a large pod population to grow and replenish the tank. I know I could benefit from a marge larger one but that requires putting it in the crawlspace below. I am not sure I want to do this.

Backup Power - Honeywell Generator 22kw with auto transfer.

Notes

If the Two part gets too expensive (which would be a sign of good things) I will opt for a reactor and save the DOS and DDR for other dosing.
I wonder if I should purchase the Vortech MPQ60 and use it or use it with the 40.


I am sure I have missed some so I will update this list as I remember.

Any feedback is welcome. :beer:

VanJuKy
02/20/2017, 11:37 AM
Very nice.

Thanks CrayolaViolence! :thumbsup:

VanJuKy
02/21/2017, 11:58 AM
More pics.

Moved some furniture back in and taped a plastic barrier between kitchen and family room while kitchen is being worked on. The door for the fish room can be closed now.
The tank still needs a door up top. I will get that finished shortly.

There are some Polk Audio (higher end of their line) speakers in the walls and ceiling throughout. On the topic of ceiling, I forgot to take a pic before the drywall went up, but I ran ducting from the center of the tank, all the way to the exterior of the house to handle humidity over the tank.

http://i.imgur.com/J7bBYyj.jpg?1

The bar cabinets have been altered, painted and a new granite top and a tiled backsplash installed. I cut and polished the granite countertop myself with a grinder and several discs ranging from a diamond cutting wheel, 100 - 3000 grit discs and a final buff disc. I will put some cool wine racks on the left and right walls of the bar space.
Installed a Kitchen Aid wine fridge. So quiet you can not even hear it when its on. Amazing.

http://i.imgur.com/tiLgj9J.jpg?2

Fish room looking out. Backside of the stereo closet. New door will get built over it as well.

http://i.imgur.com/Hh9DrgT.jpg?1

New cabinets for the new washer and dryer. I bought the pantry unfinished and built the counter/cabinet for the washer dryer. Wife picked out the blue. They are quite nice looking compared to the old ones we had.

http://i.imgur.com/1YEA6BF.jpg?2

scar79
02/22/2017, 07:23 AM
As long as you keep your house at a reasonable temperature, that chiller will be adequate. Manufacturers need to rate these assuming the system is running metal halide lighting and power hungry pumps. The more important metric which the manufacturer should be able to provide is the chillers drop down ability. Let's say your equipment room runs at 80f ambient. With the equipment you've selected, I doubt your tank would run much above 85. As long as your chillers drop down of your systems overall volume is greater than say, 10f, it'll have no problem keeping you at 78-79.

I'm looking at aqua logics delta star product info and their 1/3hp (4050btu) can drop 389 gallons 10 degrees. 778 gallons 5 degrees. You won't need more chill down more than that unless something is wrong, and then your non essential heat sources should be shutting down as well, keeping the tanks natural temp closer to ambient.

If you go with a larger chiller, you then take on a small amount of risk in the other direction - if the chiller fails on (and I've seen this happen a few times) it can drive your tank temp lower and at a faster rate, giving you less time to react.

Hope this helps

anbosu
02/22/2017, 08:39 AM
With that equipment list, unless you're running really high wattage halides I don't think you'll need the chiller much. To give you an idea, I lived in Florida for 11 years and never needed a chiller on my tanks.

serenity
02/22/2017, 12:41 PM
everything is looking great!!

VanJuKy
02/22/2017, 01:18 PM
As long as you keep your house at a reasonable temperature, that chiller will be adequate. Manufacturers need to rate these assuming the system is running metal halide lighting and power hungry pumps. The more important metric which the manufacturer should be able to provide is the chillers drop down ability. Let's say your equipment room runs at 80f ambient. With the equipment you've selected, I doubt your tank would run much above 85. As long as your chillers drop down of your systems overall volume is greater than say, 10f, it'll have no problem keeping you at 78-79.

I'm looking at aqua logics delta star product info and their 1/3hp (4050btu) can drop 389 gallons 10 degrees. 778 gallons 5 degrees. You won't need more chill down more than that unless something is wrong, and then your non essential heat sources should be shutting down as well, keeping the tanks natural temp closer to ambient.

If you go with a larger chiller, you then take on a small amount of risk in the other direction - if the chiller fails on (and I've seen this happen a few times) it can drive your tank temp lower and at a faster rate, giving you less time to react.

Hope this helps

Thanks! I will go back and look at the specs more closely. :thumbsup:

With that equipment list, unless you're running really high wattage halides I don't think you'll need the chiller much. To give you an idea, I lived in Florida for 11 years and never needed a chiller on my tanks.

You are right. I don't expect to need it much. Every now and again we get a good heat wave and it has caused problems in the past. I was using 3 175 watt halides over a 120 gallon tank but only managed to keep it down with a 1/4 hp chiller. Before the chiller I did have a time where it went up to 88F and I lost some corals. I do some travelling in the summer and I want to make sure I have my bases covered.
:beer:

everything is looking great!!

Thanks! :D

dave.m
02/22/2017, 01:20 PM
The couch placement appears to be in error.

Dave.M

CrayolaViolence
02/22/2017, 02:18 PM
The couch placement appears to be in error.

Dave.M


+5 (cause one just wasn't enough)

VanJuKy
02/22/2017, 02:40 PM
The couch placement appears to be in error.

Dave.M

+5 (cause one just wasn't enough)

Which way do you think it should go? Spin it 90 clockwise?

We might replace it with something different. Maybe a single couch or two love seats. I will put a video up why.

VanJuKy
02/22/2017, 03:59 PM
This is why I can't move that particular couch 90 or 180 degrees. Looking at furniture options.

<iframe width="853" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6eKgwMZVJvo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

VanJuKy
02/22/2017, 04:06 PM
Lots more tiling.

http://i.imgur.com/D1fqCvM.jpg?1

Microwave has new stainless surround trim on order from California.

Also the new matching granite has been installed. Not easy matching pieces. Even the slightest difference in shade makes it look off.

http://i.imgur.com/e9iXMo9.jpg?1

Building the built in cabinet for the new fridge.

http://i.imgur.com/ac793B2.jpg?1

dave.m
02/22/2017, 10:10 PM
Which way do you think it should go?
The couch placement appears to be in error.
Well, clearly the tank is the focal point of the whole room. It should be fairly obvious that the seating arrangement needs to be centred on that.

I'm not sure what the significance of the drop-down screen is. Holiday slides? Super-8 reels, perhaps?

Dave.M

worm5406
02/22/2017, 10:11 PM
I'm not sure what the significance of the drop-down screen is. Holiday slides? Super-8 reels, perhaps?

HAHA Funny. I get the screen. How will the light pollution be during a move though?

VanJuKy
02/22/2017, 10:43 PM
Well, clearly the tank is the focal point of the whole room. It should be fairly obvious that the seating arrangement needs to be centred on that.

I'm not sure what the significance of the drop-down screen is. Holiday slides? Super-8 reels, perhaps?

Dave.M

Lol, no holiday slides. :lol:

HAHA Funny. I get the screen. How will the light pollution be during a move though?

Blinds. We also only watch movies at night. Our home is up away from the light pollution of the city. I even use a 9.25" lens astronomical telescope at night in my backyard.

That and the new projectors are absolutely amazing. Clear and bright with high contrast ratios.

CrayolaViolence
02/23/2017, 02:34 AM
Turn the couch toward the tank. That's the only thing you need to be watching ;)

worm5406
02/23/2017, 06:40 AM
Blinds. We also only watch movies at night. Our home is up away from the light pollution of the city. I even use a 9.25" lens astronomical telescope at night in my backyard.

That and the new projectors are absolutely amazing. Clear and bright with high contrast ratios.

I meant from the tank. LOL

christ_pro
02/23/2017, 12:01 PM
nice built, looking forward for more pictures

VanJuKy
02/23/2017, 03:47 PM
Turn the couch toward the tank. That's the only thing you need to be watching ;)
I know, I know. :D There is something to be said about having a couch up near the tank though. Rather then seeing everything from a distance all the time, you get to sit and watch things from up close. Watching all the animals is pretty cool.

I think maybe two love seats parallel with the tank on each side of the room would be good. Possibly with a chair between them.

VanJuKy
02/23/2017, 03:48 PM
I meant from the tank. LOL
Okay gotcha. Lol :lolspin:

VanJuKy
02/23/2017, 03:49 PM
nice built, looking forward for more pictures

Thanks! Glad to have you following. :thumbsup:

VanJuKy
02/24/2017, 03:34 PM
Some pictures of the bar. Wine racks installed. Now my wife can unwind when she sees the bills for the equipment that is rolling in. :lmao:

http://i.imgur.com/TTvF7RC.jpg

The picture is from BC First Nations artist Andy Everson. It is titled "New Beginnings". It is his representation of Salmon eggs.

http://i.imgur.com/iSotzG7.jpg?1

For comparison, here is the old bar.

http://i.imgur.com/HWkM11n.jpg

GQuinn
02/24/2017, 08:09 PM
Very nice. Are you doing most of the remodel yourself?

VanJuKy
02/24/2017, 08:35 PM
Very nice. Are you doing most of the remodel yourself?

Thanks! Yes all of it myself. House prices are insane in Vancouver so my mortgage payment is pretty hefty. I can't afford to hire anyone.

VanJuKy
02/27/2017, 10:47 AM
Just a few pics. Lots of work including floor tiling and paint completed.

Fish room (laundry side). Was this.

http://i.imgur.com/KuSVaMd.jpg?1

Now this.

http://i.imgur.com/M5srvec.jpg?1

Fridge stuck out so bad and was just in such an awkward position.

http://i.imgur.com/CI3YEaU.jpg?1

Pantry was this.

http://i.imgur.com/vTFiBwd.jpg?1

Bought new appliances including a built in fridge. The fridge now looks like this.

http://i.imgur.com/5lUpQtU.jpg?1

iced98lx
02/27/2017, 11:13 AM
looking good. Clean and modern.

What make/model fridge is that?

VanJuKy
02/27/2017, 11:18 AM
Thanks. It is Electrolux ICON series. We bought the same for the gas range and then switched to Bosch for the dishwasher.

iced98lx
02/27/2017, 11:24 AM
Thanks. It is Electrolux ICON series. We bought the same for the gas range and then switched to Bosch for the dishwasher.

Thanks that is a perfect fit for what we are trying to do at the lake house. I love the Bosch dishwashers.

VanJuKy
03/02/2017, 01:07 PM
More fish room work done. Cabinets and sink section almost done.

First is the before shot.

http://i.imgur.com/1s5SFLK.jpg?1

Next is the new shot.

http://i.imgur.com/faDVWty.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/nV5lBLb.jpg?1

Since most people like to snoop in other peoples cupboards I thought I would open them up to share.

http://i.imgur.com/aPw5SOi.jpg?1

Food and some books. I have more books to go in.

http://i.imgur.com/nEaZVyU.jpg?1

Test kits, refractometer, calibration solutions as well as carbon and pHosphate remover.

http://i.imgur.com/Hv9VXNq.jpg?1

Some meds and water additives.

Meds I keep for QT are:

Cupramine
Prazipro
Kanaplex
Furan 2
Formalin
Chloroquine Phosphate
Malachite Green
Methylene Blue


http://i.imgur.com/AogjMVV.jpg?1

RO/DI installed.

http://i.imgur.com/4cuCIFF.jpg?1

Working on controllers and monitors. I have my old Apex Jr. that I will use exclusively for my coral QT tank along with my Tunze Osmolator. Installing Reef Genesis, Maxspect Gyre and Vectra controllers on another wall.

http://i.imgur.com/O0unFut.jpg?1

dave.m
03/02/2017, 01:18 PM
Oh sure, it's all neat and tidy now, but wait till you go into full reef mode... ;)

Dave.M

VanJuKy
03/03/2017, 12:22 PM
Oh sure, it's all neat and tidy now, but wait till you go into full reef mode... ;)

Dave.M

Oh I know. I have the ability to make something neat and organized look like a twister came through in the heat of the moment. :lmao:

VanJuKy
03/03/2017, 12:28 PM
I thought it would be easier to post a video of the light rack I made. It is operated by remote control. Currently I have mounted four Radion Gen 3 Pros on it. I have a fifth still to add if I need it. I am also considering adding a couple of Kessils in case of shading and to increase the shimmer effect. Also of note, I just purchased the Neptune Lunar Module with a string of 5 lunar lights to add on as well.


<iframe width="853" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L9NscNPnJn4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

worm5406
03/03/2017, 02:30 PM
I like that light rack. Are there any safety's or stops incase it gets bumped or anything?

VanJuKy
03/03/2017, 05:18 PM
It consists of two heavy duty track actuators linked together electronically, and physically (by the rack itself). I added a wireless interface from the same company as the actuators each come with a manual switch. With the wireless interface they work in unison. I exchanged messages with a reefer from this "Large Tank Forum" about his rack. He was kind enough to point me to the same actuators. Our attachment points are a little different but they are basically the same. It is pretty solid and I don't think you would need to worry about bumping it. As far as stops go, as soon as you let go of the button on the wireless remote it stops. The actuators themselves have built in stops for both top and bottom of travel.

Scythanith
03/03/2017, 09:10 PM
Can you send me (PM or on here) a link to the place where you got the parts for the setup? I'd like to possibly do something like that on my system to replace the rope & pulley system I have.

VanJuKy
03/03/2017, 09:51 PM
Can you send me (PM or on here) a link to the place where you got the parts for the setup? I'd like to possibly do something like that on my system to replace the rope & pulley system I have.

Here you go. https://www.firgelliauto.com/

VanJuKy
03/06/2017, 05:41 PM
Kitchen is almost done. It was very dated and old.

http://i.imgur.com/45s9CWo.jpg?1

Now looks like this. More contemporary and a lot more room. My iPhone camera does not do a very good job taking pictures. For some reason it seems to give a yellow cast to everything...

http://i.imgur.com/4f22znj.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ScGa1Hi.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KOvZ3Ey.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/YdCdmg1.jpg?2

http://i.imgur.com/1DZRShH.jpg?1

Freezer drawer.

http://i.imgur.com/Zw8g0iU.jpg?1

VanJuKy
03/06/2017, 05:44 PM
Bought 250 pounds of Real Reef Rock and 120 pounds of Carib Sea live sand. The guys at JL Aquatics picked out all the nice rock for me. :D

http://i.imgur.com/Ko50GE2.jpg?1

VanJuKy
03/06/2017, 10:17 PM
My daughter was scrubbing a small batch of hermits and snails for quarantine and we found three of these on them. Look like Asternia starfish.

http://i.imgur.com/3h2zwJm.jpg?1

OurCoralReef
03/06/2017, 11:18 PM
My daughter was scrubbing a small batch of hermits and snails for quarantine and we found three of these on them. Look like Asternia starfish.



http://i.imgur.com/3h2zwJm.jpg?1



Yup a asternia i don't like them but do as you please

VanJuKy
03/07/2017, 12:01 AM
Yup a asternia i don't like them but do as you please

Definitely did not go in the tank.

dave.m
03/07/2017, 01:44 AM
I love asterina sea stars, but they can reach plague proportions over time. Then they become a great excuse to get a harlequin shrimp... or two. And now that harlequins are being successfully bred domestically I expect we will begin to see them more regularly.

Dave.M

McPuff
03/07/2017, 05:45 AM
I have never had a problem with them. I like to see how big an individual will get. They usually don't last too long in my tank. Not sure what's eating them but I assume it's a combo of wrasses and hawkfish.

FishyFishy69
03/07/2017, 09:12 AM
I have never had a problem with them. I like to see how big an individual will get. They usually don't last too long in my tank. Not sure what's eating them but I assume it's a combo of wrasses and hawkfish.

Mine eat my Zoas! And nothing eats them. Like Dave said... excuse to get a harlequin or two.

dave.m
03/07/2017, 12:01 PM
From what I've read on them, there are many different types of asterinas. None of them get much bigger than a half-inch or so. Only about five percent of the species bother corals. The rest are excellent algae and detritus eaters - real benefits to your tank. A few species regularly propogate by dividing their bodies down the middle. That's why you see so many irregular shapes. These are the ones that can get a bit too popular in your tank, and invite the need to introduce a harlequin shrimp. Not a bad excuse in my book.

Dave.M

CrayolaViolence
03/08/2017, 05:21 AM
I think my melanarus wrasse eats them. I used to have a few, till got got a couple of mels, now I have none.

Aleks677
03/08/2017, 08:27 AM
Terrific. Such a grandiose work, it inspires. The luminaire lifting mechanism is very good, it will be convenient. There is an excellent program for Radion. Do you plan to use it?
Has subscribed.

chris o
03/08/2017, 11:25 AM
The firgelli track actuators are fantastic. I am using the same thing on my light rack. I love the work you have done so far.

Chris

McPuff
03/09/2017, 07:09 AM
I think my melanarus wrasse eats them. I used to have a few, till got got a couple of mels, now I have none.

I think you're right. I have one too and it's constantly picking at the rocks. I haven't seen it actually eat those starts but I would certainly pick him out of a lineup if I had to choose. :0)

VanJuKy
03/09/2017, 05:57 PM
Terrific. Such a grandiose work, it inspires. The luminaire lifting mechanism is very good, it will be convenient. There is an excellent program for Radion. Do you plan to use it?
Has subscribed.

Thank-you! I will start with the Coral Lab SPS plan and go from there.
Glad to have you following along. :thumbsup:

The firgelli track actuators are fantastic. I am using the same thing on my light rack. I love the work you have done so far.

Thanks for the kind words! :beer:
The actuators are great. Really is not a hard project to put together and it makes it so easy to have great access over the tank.

VanJuKy
03/09/2017, 06:01 PM
A few shots of some updated work on the sump. I still have a lot of cable management to get underway in there but at least I can walk in front of the sump without tripping over power bars. :D

http://i.imgur.com/uqKshBw.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/MqwFddN.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/TN4eBcX.jpg?1

VanJuKy
03/12/2017, 11:17 AM
Just be careful with the humidity, I know in my fishroom/laundry room the washer/dryer has slowly gotten corrosion everyplace any sort of scratch occurred in the paint.

I just recieved this from Amazon. It is their best selling unit with hundreds of excellent reviews. This model will pull 70 pints of water out of the air in 24 hours. You can use the tank or plumb it into a drain for direct drainage. I will let you know how it does in the fish room.

http://i.imgur.com/gp4ZZfx.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/cSLeOC8.jpg?2

VanJuKy
03/12/2017, 11:32 AM
This also just arrived. It is my Tradewinds 1/3 HP Super chiller rated for 400 gallons. I could not find the actual graph specs with drop down temperatures but I did read a lot of overwhelming positive reviews from individuals living in much warmer climates (many here on Reef Central). I don't think it will have to ever drop more then about 5 - 7 degrees F at the hottest time of the year. I am going to put this in the garage by the mixing/holding station to keep the heat and noise out of the house. The only issue is connecting the controller to the APEX Energy Bar. That would require about a 25 foot extension cord. I could go with a very heavy duty cord or perhaps run some BX cable over.

http://i.imgur.com/8fUDOmx.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/EnjEf2k.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/aMqSuFN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fXY1oQF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VTj4E9Q.jpg

VanJuKy
03/12/2017, 11:58 AM
I am a very big fan of DC pumps. I have a Vectra L1 and a Vectra M1 in my sump and they are silent. The L1 is running at 100% as just a return. The M1 is supplying the GFO and GAC reactors as well as a Coralife 36 watt UV. I have just purchased an Aqua UV Classic 120 watt with the wipers, so the 36 watt is coming off. Looks like this (it is in shipment).

http://i.imgur.com/KttgjWs.jpg?1

I will mount the Aqua UV up on the wall and have the return pump supply water through it, out to the chiller in the garage, and back into the aquarium. Unfortunately the Vectra L1 will not be enough to handle this job.
I have used the Reef Central Head Loss calculator and the Red Dragon RD3 won't handle it either. I really do not want to add any noise at all so I am seriously looking at the Abyzz 400 and 200 pumps.
http://i.imgur.com/AVszXbq.png
I know there are far less expensive AC pumps that can handle the task such as Sequence etc but the noise is not acceptable.
I have spent a lot of money and time in designing this tank so that it is silent in the room. So far I have done fairly well. I am not happy with the dual Maxspect Gyres in the sense I can hear them but at least I can dial them down at night (if I can ever figure out how to program the control unit).:(

Any feedback on the Abyzz pumps from owners would be great. Its an expensive choice so I want to be sure.
http://i.imgur.com/wvpLw7w.jpg?2
http://i.imgur.com/6HNrgIT.jpg
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VanJuKy
03/12/2017, 02:03 PM
Did some more measurements as well as reviews and decided on the A400 model. Just ordered it online. I sure hope it's as good as I read.

dave.m
03/12/2017, 02:54 PM
Abyzz are dead quiet. See nineball's thread (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18788716&highlight=abyzz#post18788716). However the power packs get quite hot so you'll want to keep them isolated.

Dave.M

VanJuKy
03/12/2017, 04:31 PM
Abyzz are dead quiet. See nineball's thread (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18788716&highlight=abyzz#post18788716). However the power packs get quite hot so you'll want to keep them isolated.

Dave.M

That is a great write up. The one thing I have learned is, it is better to cry once instead of twice. I have never been unhappy by purchasing the top of the line, of any product.

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 12:10 AM
These are the pictures from the realtor. Everything is yellow, worn out and just very old. We are going to fix that.

The front hall is old school like the kitchen was. Old very outdated tiles, worn out and torn grass cloth wallpaper over everything. It needs to be stripped back to the drywall and started all over.

http://i.imgur.com/MlAu0mk.jpg

This is upstairs looking down to the from entrance.
The old cedar railings are worn out and have horrible smoked plexiglass in it. The fan and old lighting have got to go as well as the popcorn ceiling.

http://i.imgur.com/JOT5Ius.jpg

From the living room looking out. Baseboards and door trim are all wrong. Paint is dark and from the early 2000's. All lights were turned on and a flash to take these pictures.

http://i.imgur.com/oIezWak.jpg

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 12:26 AM
First step is stripping the wall paper and removing smoked glass panels. What a night mare! This has been on since 1978. Dust everywhere.

http://i.imgur.com/YHp3Cvp.jpg


I am going to replace these doors with something very special.

http://i.imgur.com/jD9Q6jP.jpg

The popcorn ceiling was painted over. It will be very hard to remove.

http://i.imgur.com/93mQ1wN.jpg

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 12:34 AM
The walls are too high and the stairs get in the way with ladders, so we had to rent scaffolding. When we scrape the ceiling it will be a necessity.

http://i.imgur.com/wuwa9QG.jpg

1980's style fan removal. Kind of sketchy ladder use, bought I got it done.

http://i.imgur.com/Pawz96b.jpg

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 01:07 AM
Rough layout of rock in my tank.

I have gone with less rock and more intricate aquascapes in the past, but it has always been difficult to add corals. This time I am looking to have more room for a maximum amount of coral.

Again the tank looks so blue from my iPhone. I will get out the DSLR and shoot in RAW so i can post better pictures. Well at least try too. The upper door is just temporary. I will build a new door the same as the shaker style doors on my kitchen and bar cabinets. We have had a lot of crappy weather here and my table saw and compound mitre saw are under snow (and a tarp) outside on the deck.

http://i.imgur.com/jIzWpY4.jpg?1

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 04:17 PM
Took some rock out and added the quarantined corals. Here is a picture of it right now. I took it with my Canon 70D instead of my iPhone. Big difference.

http://i.imgur.com/3u2Pnpj.jpg

I will try to only take photos with the Canon from now.

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 05:59 PM
One more.

http://i.imgur.com/RkDxU0M.jpg

newreef15
03/13/2017, 06:35 PM
Looks amazing the tank and the house. Keep up the great work.

How long have you had the Achilles for ?

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 07:06 PM
Looks amazing the tank and the house. Keep up the great work.

How long have you had the Achilles for ?

Thanks! I have had the Achilles since the beginning of December. I did a very thorough QT on all fish including Tank Transfer Method, copper and hyposalinity depending on species or what was working or needed. He has grown and is eating very well. He eats pellets, nori, mysis and Mastick.

VanJuKy
03/13/2017, 07:09 PM
I took this video yesterday morning as the lights were just starting to come on. Amazing sweepers.

<iframe width="853" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KkEWPOLdjTU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

dave.m
03/14/2017, 02:51 AM
Cool. What is close to the brain that seems to be irritating it?

Dave.M

McPuff
03/14/2017, 06:45 AM
Cool. What is close to the brain that seems to be irritating it?

Dave.M

I've seen this in my own and it was proximity to LPS corals. It extended sweepers about 6-8" which amazed me as I had previously only seen about 1/2" extension at max. Even more amazing was the kill rate... everything that the brain touched would die. I had a bunch of LPS frags on the sand so I'm guessing it was the increased slime production. My guess anyway. If these corals are all coming from QT it could be the same reason as they were just transferred. Was the brain in the same QT tank?

VanJuKy
03/14/2017, 03:25 PM
Cool. What is close to the brain that seems to be irritating it?

Dave.M

Not sure. I had two Open Brains near it that it almost killed in QT. Moved them and they have grown back nicely.

I've seen this in my own and it was proximity to LPS corals. It extended sweepers about 6-8" which amazed me as I had previously only seen about 1/2" extension at max. Even more amazing was the kill rate... everything that the brain touched would die. I had a bunch of LPS frags on the sand so I'm guessing it was the increased slime production. My guess anyway. If these corals are all coming from QT it could be the same reason as they were just transferred. Was the brain in the same QT tank?

My exact observations. Potent stings on the two Open Brains. Nothing near it now. I have added Apex Lunar Lights and module and the corals are all fired up at night now.

VanJuKy
03/14/2017, 03:33 PM
Time to finally install the Reef Genesis. It seems slightly daunting (at least they way I want it installed). Mixing station is in the garage, so the Eheim pump won't have the power to supply water from the reservoir. I am still researching which pump to use. I need a pump that can deliver 1 gallon per minute to the Metering Reservoir at the required head and that draws less than 2.5A continuously. I have done basic calculations of head pressure and I am thinking a Mag 3 will work nicely. Once I have it fully installed, I will see what I really need.

http://i.imgur.com/lxx9miL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/sDTBxmD.jpg?1

VanJuKy
03/15/2017, 01:07 AM
Slow going tonight but made some progress. Bins are up but wiring is all torn apart again. Sensors/float switches and pumps need to be added. Holes need to be drilled in the counter. Panduit needs to be installed horizontally along the countertop, and all the plumbing. Thats just inside. Outside I need to get the holding tanks ready as well.

http://i.imgur.com/a6JkZyl.jpg

Xebadir
03/15/2017, 10:47 AM
The walls are too high and the stairs get in the way with ladders, so we had to rent scaffolding. When we scrape the ceiling it will be a necessity.

http://i.imgur.com/wuwa9QG.jpg

1980's style fan removal. Kind of sketchy ladder use, bought I got it done.

http://i.imgur.com/Pawz96b.jpg

Good luck with the popcorn removal. Just hoping you don't run into the issues I did - I've just had to get a guy to do about $10k of work to remove the popcorn ceilings and fix up the ceiling drywall on a ~2400 sqft house - would have done it myself but for the normal technique isn't working cause they sprayed it on to hide water damage to the drywall, also sprayed it on to bare drywall (which makes it impossible to remove and so you have to scrape it and skim coat instead), and for the coup d'etat managed to mix paint in with the drywall which again makes it nearly impossible to remove. ;) Heres hoping the soap water approach works - can highly recommend plastic drop cloth over the floor/walls just to contain the ridiculous amount of mess it produces (going 'Outbreak' level is not overdoing it my experience).

Loving how the tank looks though with the LPS - thats an amazing brain (my wife is jealous - so looks like I'll be getting one).

worm5406
03/15/2017, 02:14 PM
Is that the best placement of those two containers?

Just asking.

VanJuKy
03/15/2017, 09:11 PM
Is that the best placement of those two containers?

Just asking.

Yes it looks sketchy. As much as I don't think they will leak, I was going to have a tray with a bulkhead fitting in the middle just below it. That fitting would be plumbed direct to the drain. I still haven't decided if I am going to leave them there or put them in the garage over the mixing station.

eranaubs
03/16/2017, 06:57 PM
Two thumbs up

VanJuKy
03/18/2017, 04:11 PM
Two thumbs up

Thanks! Glad you are following! :thumbsup:

VanJuKy
03/18/2017, 04:38 PM
Just finished unpacking some items for the tank.

I bought my Ozone setup. I know there is debate about its use by some hobbyists, but I have used it for a long, long time. In the past, I have always used it in my skimmers. The only problem I have ever encountered has been a decrease in skim mate. This time, I am taking a different approach and using a reactor.

I have purchased the following:
Octopus OR-150 Ozone Reactor
Ozotech Poseidon 220 Black Edition Ozonizer
Ozotech IQ-20 Auto Air Dryer.


In the past, I have always used desicant beads in a tube as an air dryer. I would have to frequently bake them in the oven to dry them out. The auto dryer should eliminate that. I still need to figure out an air pump as the dryer needs a vacuum to pull the air through. I will be doing a little more research.

http://i.imgur.com/QSfd1Cg.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/iaDBRDy.jpg?1

I also decided to replace my 36 watt Coralife UV Sterilizer. I purchased an Aqua UV Classic 120 watt w/wipers. I originally was looking at an 80 watt but I got the most unbelievable deal on this.

I have the Abyzz 400 pump arriving in a couple of days. I have decided to put the UV and transformer on the wall in the fish room. The Abyzz will pump up to the UV, out to the garage and through the chiller. Return from the chiller will be direct to the tank. I want to avoid looping the sumo through the chiller.
I have also purposely put the chiller out in the garage to keep excess heat out of the house. I do have room for it inside but I don't think that is the most efficient use of it.

http://i.imgur.com/Arb2Su9.jpg?1

Some schedule 80 pipe and fittings.

http://i.imgur.com/ojgY7AL.jpg?2

Scythanith
03/20/2017, 11:06 AM
Looks like a quality gear list :) I also am giving the thumbs up for the panduit you have in the last pic! I used the medium width and wish I would have went with the widest option, the cables add up quickly and take up all of the space.

cwemmert
03/21/2017, 09:45 AM
Hey there. I had purchased the exact same ozone setup you have. I've run into an issue with the reactor pulling through enough air to pull the ozone into it.

Have you setup your ozone system yet? Curious as to whether or not you're getting the draw through.

I'm thinking I'll need to integrate some sort of air pump. Maybe a Y airline fitting to push some air into the lines somewhere along the way.

Let me know if you want to share ideas!

someotherguy
03/22/2017, 03:27 PM
Hello, beautiful setup so far. I'm over in Vancouver (Mackenzie Heights) and am in the process of restarting my tank. We were in Hawaii and lost power. I had battery backups, but not enough, so I lost everything :(
Anyway, I'm now getting some quotes on tanks. Who made yours? I'm currently speaking with Miracles, but wouldn't mind hearing about a few other options if there are any good ones. Also, do you get your stock from J&L?
Art

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 10:50 AM
Hey guys been super busy.

the cables add up quickly and take up all of the space.

No kidding! I am doing a bunch of cable management in there right now and it is a painstaking job to make it look right.

Hey there. I had purchased the exact same ozone setup you have. I've run into an issue with the reactor pulling through enough air to pull the ozone into it.

Let me know if you want to share ideas!

I had correspondence with Ozotech. This is what they said. "When using an air pump with this system you should connect the outlet of the desiccant air drier to the inlet of the air pump and the out let of the air pump to the inlet of the ozone generator. And do not allow the pumping pressure to be any greater than 2 PSI."
I have bought an air pump and will be working on a setup hopefully next week.

Hello, beautiful setup so far. I'm over in Vancouver (Mackenzie Heights) and am in the process of restarting my tank. We were in Hawaii and lost power. I had battery backups, but not enough, so I lost everything :(
Anyway, I'm now getting some quotes on tanks. Who made yours? I'm currently speaking with Miracles, but wouldn't mind hearing about a few other options if there are any good ones. Also, do you get your stock from J&L?
Art

Cant stress enough how awesome it is to have a back-up generator. If you can swing it I would opt for one. Easy sell to your significant other too! When the powers gone and they stay warm with all the conveniences that are happy!

My tank was built three years ago in Calgary by a guy around for awhile. Terrible customer service. I pulled it out of my office as we are leaving that facility. There is a relatively new popular builder in Calgary right now. I would search them up. Cant remember the name off hand.

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 10:55 AM
This is the cable management I am now tasked with. :eek1:

It will look good when I am done but oh boy it looks like a mess right now. The problem is every time you change something you are forced to pull it apart. Its easier to just leave apart until it is all installed.

http://i.imgur.com/chLmuFO.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 11:37 AM
Lots more work completed on the main level.
Living room gutted and ceiling work underway here. Scraping all the stipple off the ceiling and running new wiring is not the easiest task. It involves drilling multiple 4 inch holes around the ceiling to gain access to start running wires. When the cable is run, secure in place, then patching the holes.

http://i.imgur.com/mCHyjqK.jpg?2

http://i.imgur.com/TtfQBBg.jpg?1

The ceiling is done in the front entry.

http://i.imgur.com/wjftYQH.jpg?1

Skim coating the beam in the living room.

http://i.imgur.com/9XKCdl0.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 11:50 AM
Remember this ugly door? Living up here I wanted to keep with the West Coast mountain theme. I am inspired by the nature and wanted to have our entry be something spectacular. I had a local craftsman build these solid wood doors from scratch. Another local artisan glass company has finished the glass with etching and glass carving so they are 3 dimensional instead of just a flat etching. The doors will be finished in a dark espresso stain.

http://i.imgur.com/jD9Q6jP.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5GGuI38.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/gtvAhXL.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/FtWoAK3.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/lBvIV5C.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/X3Hobdc.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 11:54 AM
New light.

Replaced the glass in the bannister with clear and finished in espresso stain.

http://i.imgur.com/tR8MWGz.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 12:05 PM
Managed to get the wiring from the Reef Genesis Storm and Renew out to the bins in the garage. There is a total of 5 sensors to be placed in the two bins. I came up with this idea for installing them. They are secure and won't come undone. It gives me a true high and low reading for both the fresh and the salt water bins.
It involves four sealed bulk head fittings and 1/2 pic pipe to hold the sensor attachments.

Salt water bin.

http://i.imgur.com/OhNiv3p.jpg?1

Fresh water bin.

http://i.imgur.com/sppEwCF.jpg?2

Pump installed.

http://i.imgur.com/Mn8IcF6.jpg?1

MrineLfRlz
04/02/2017, 12:07 PM
This is the cable management I am now tasked with. :eek1:

It will look good when I am done but oh boy it looks like a mess right now. The problem is every time you change something you are forced to pull it apart. Its easier to just leave apart until it is all installed.

http://i.imgur.com/chLmuFO.jpg?1
It looks really good but i noticed where you have the uv mounted your going to have fun not getting water on all that expensive electrical equipment when it comes time to change out the uv bulbs.
Also i have the smaller 56w with the wiper and every time i wipe the sleeve it leaks water a little bit.

VanJuKy
04/02/2017, 12:41 PM
It looks really good but i noticed where you have the uv mounted your going to have fun not getting water on all that expensive electrical equipment when it comes time to change out the uv bulbs.
Also i have the smaller 56w with the wiper and every time i wipe the sleeve it leaks water a little bit.

Thanks for the advice on the bulb replacement. The UV actually has to come off (hence the unions) when I replace the bulbs anyway. They wont slide in to the unit because of other items. I know its kind of a PITA but only once a year or so should be okay. I hope!
I am glad you told me about the wipers. I will make sure I have a towel when using them for any leaks.

Rybren
04/02/2017, 04:41 PM
There is a relatively new popular builder in Calgary right now. I would search them up. Cant remember the name off hand.

Might be Concept Aquariums (http://www.conceptaquariums.ca/index.php/catalog/seo_sitemap/category/checkout/cart)

No experience with them but they have a good rep.

BTW, great build and fantastic attention to detail.

cwemmert
04/03/2017, 10:41 AM
I had correspondence with Ozotech. This is what they said. "When using an air pump with this system you should connect the outlet of the desiccant air drier to the inlet of the air pump and the out let of the air pump to the inlet of the ozone generator. And do not allow the pumping pressure to be any greater than 2 PSI."
I have bought an air pump and will be working on a setup hopefully next week.


I've searched far and wide and can't find a suitable air pump with an inlet and outlet. Any suggestions on what you found?

VanJuKy
04/03/2017, 11:00 AM
Might be Concept Aquariums (http://www.conceptaquariums.ca/index.php/catalog/seo_sitemap/category/checkout/cart)

No experience with them but they have a good rep.

BTW, great build and fantastic attention to detail.

Yes thats the one! I almost ordered a new tank a few months ago from them as I had some serious etching from stagnant salt water on my glass. I really should post some pictures of that scenario and what happened. Maybe might help some other people. It was a bit of a nightmare but I resolved it with the help of a mobile glass repair guy and some determination on my part.
I was considering scrapping the tank and opting for a 3 foot wide tank of the same length but 6 inches higher. It wasn't the cost, but all the work I had put into the room would have gone to waste. I would be tearing up new work that I had just put so much effort in to. again. Also considered the fact it would stick to far out in the room. Maybe down the road in the future I will remove the powder room I just finished and go bigger. I should post pics of that too.

Thanks for the kind comments.

VanJuKy
04/03/2017, 11:06 AM
I had correspondence with Ozotech. This is what they said. "When using an air pump with this system you should connect the outlet of the desiccant air drier to the inlet of the air pump and the out let of the air pump to the inlet of the ozone generator. And do not allow the pumping pressure to be any greater than 2 PSI."
I have bought an air pump and will be working on a setup hopefully next week.


I've searched far and wide and can't find a suitable air pump with an inlet and outlet. Any suggestions on what you found?

I bought an Ehiem pump that has the hook on it so I can suspend it because I can't stand buzzing or vibrating pumps on a hard surface. Ian going to modify the intake on the bottom so that a barbed fitting is in its place (someone else on RC mentioned this on another thread). I will then place an inline regulator and gauge somewhere in the line so I can adjust. When I do it I will post pictures.

VanJuKy
04/03/2017, 12:38 PM
Here is a little more about what happened with the glass.

The tanks sat for a few months at work with no circulation. The place is susceptible to power outages and I finally gave up. When it was brought home, it was thoroughly cleaned before installing but the lighting in the room was not in place yet. When the tank was initially filled it looked great. After the new light rack with the Radions was installed, it seemed like there was a film inside the tank. If you have ever seen the windshield of a car that is smoked in, it sort of resembled that. I thought it was an oily film left from something that had been done in the house during our demolition, painting, or renos of the family room. I tried cleaning with algae scrapers but no matter what I did, I could not scrape the glass clean. I ended up draining the tank to see what was wrong and try a different approach.

I tried every idea I could come across from RC and the internet in general. I used muriatic acid, CLR, power polishers, steel wool, headlight cleaner etc. etc. Nothing I tried would remove the etching. I talked to a number of glass people from various companies and the basic consensus was that it was damaged beyond repair and I would need to replace it. I had almost accepted the fate and was on the verge of replacing the tank (but was on the fence about the size). I wanted to change the dimensions but I really did not want to tear apart my new hard work. Total dilemma.

After more searching on the internet I called another local glass repair guy. He agreed to come out and take a look. On first inspection, he thought he could fix it fairly easily. He started by using the typical polisher with cerium oxide but was not having any luck and gave up. He opted to try this special polisher that uses a suction cup and a water sprayer attached to the glass.It was a long slow process. This tool was great and actually removed the haze... Sort of. He polished the entire front of the tank. I should note that the sides of the tank were fine. They are a different glass and for some reason not damaged. I suspect the front glass was a poorer quality.
After he polished the tank it was great except for one thing. The tool does not allow you to get to the edge. I was stuck with about a 1-1/2 inch strip down the sides. It actually stood out worse then before... Plus I now had a $400 bill for the four hours of labour.

Here is a picture after the polish.

http://i.imgur.com/JrlFjRP.jpg?1

I filled the tank to see what it looked like (hoping it would not be so noticeable).

Here is what it looked like with water (before I got through with my efforts).

http://i.imgur.com/LJYruTK.jpg?1

Still not happy about ordering a new tank and all the work I gave it one more valiant attempt. I spent about 5 hours with 3000 grit wet sandpaper and a angle grinder with the polishing pads I bought to make the bar counter top. I did not use anything rougher then about 1500 grit and used it up to the 3000 grit and final buff attachment. It was a little nerve racking as I was concerned about the arbor wheel of the grinder contacting the glass and shattering it. It is not quite as clear as the area he did when the tank is empty. At this point I believed I was more or less just going to try and feather in the difference so it was not noticeable. After all the efforts and what looked like the best I could do, I decided to fill it with water again. When I filled the tank, the entire strip actually disappeared. You cannot even see any evidence of water damage anywhere!

In the end I saved the tank and it looks great.If you have a big expensive tank that is damaged, don't give up. There are ways that they can be fixed. Some of these big glass tanks in the 3 - 7k range can and should be fixed. Spread the money on something else!

VanJuKy
04/03/2017, 01:09 PM
Here is what that strip looks like now. I just snapped this pic 5 minutes ago with my phone. No evidence! :thumbsup:

http://i.imgur.com/F7TrB2W.jpg

VanJuKy
04/04/2017, 11:21 AM
More pics.

Here is the old stair case and entry.

http://i.imgur.com/UTwuZN5.jpg

Here is the finished staircase and entry. Notice the new door on the right. That is the new powder room.

http://i.imgur.com/FNBQQ1U.jpg

VanJuKy
04/04/2017, 11:53 AM
Here is the old way looking from the living room.This was the realtors picture so none of the furniture was ours. There is nothing wrong with the old way except it is very dated and not really our style.

http://i.imgur.com/njaFmhR.jpg

Now I have created a more modern and contemporary look which is much more relevant to my wife and I's sense of style.

http://i.imgur.com/dSyhu6C.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/04/2017, 05:14 PM
Right now I am dosing with two part. As the tank grows and the calcium and alkalinity consumption rises I am considering the possibility of a calcium reactor. Not for the cost savings but purely for the convenience. After all the money I see being spent on equipment in the various threads here in the Large Tank Forum, cost savings hardly seems like a reason to give up two part.:lolspin:
What is the general feeling here about 2 part vs reactor? I can use my doser for other elements so all is not lost for that. As it is, I see the DOS container already being too small for my needs. Should I go to a reactor? I am looking at the DaStaco XtremA Model A-3 right now. Is there anyone here that can shed a light on it for me. If you have one are you happy switching over? Any feedback would be great.
This one here. I think the overall concept is awesome. Am I missing something?

http://i.imgur.com/rBMnEdK.jpg

chris o
04/04/2017, 05:37 PM
Great build thread and you have been much more diligent than I have on mine. I am in the middle of a 430 build and after much review and numerous discussions I pulled the trigger on the A3. I don’t have it running yet but if you do some searches here you will see nothing but great reviews. It has a long tested track record.

Chris

saf1
04/04/2017, 06:36 PM
Might be Concept Aquariums (http://www.conceptaquariums.ca/index.php/catalog/seo_sitemap/category/checkout/cart)

No experience with them but they have a good rep.

BTW, great build and fantastic attention to detail.

I have a 240 gallon in the garage from them. Reasonable price, quality looks good (so far), and shipping to California wasn't bad. I shopped around but in the end went with these guys. Few others have purchased tanks larger than 180 gallons with good success.

VanJuKy
04/05/2017, 12:14 PM
Great build thread and you have been much more diligent than I have on mine. I am in the middle of a 430 build and after much review and numerous discussions I pulled the trigger on the A3. I dont have it running yet but if you do some searches here you will see nothing but great reviews. It has a long tested track record.

Chris

Thanks for the kind words!
I really do like the reviews I am reading so far. I might just pull the plug and buy it.

VanJuKy
04/05/2017, 12:17 PM
I have a 240 gallon in the garage from them. Reasonable price, quality looks good (so far), and shipping to California wasn't bad. I shopped around but in the end went with these guys. Few others have purchased tanks larger than 180 gallons with good success.

They were very personable on the phone. A few places I called were not.

Darthv247
04/05/2017, 01:27 PM
nice job on the stairs! that change of glass really made it look modern.

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 12:22 PM
nice job on the stairs! that change of glass really made it look modern.

Thanks. I do think they look more modern as opposed to the Brady Bunch era now.

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 12:30 PM
Some more pics.

Back when we started this there was an awful looking bathroom/shower that had access from the other side. It was somebodies DIY attempt and not a good attempt. When we originally started pulling things apart, the old door was found by one of my daughters, (vacuuming debris below).

http://i.imgur.com/bILMPTz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ylzDjZW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/eqWCgNo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/NUTVAxn.jpg

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 12:38 PM
It is so hard to pictures of small rooms but I will do my best. I think this looks way more modern then a grungy old shower stall. And no steps to walk up into the bathroom!

http://i.imgur.com/919cYw4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kB8OmFt.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/88FWU21.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/VvdRqjs.jpg

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 12:50 PM
Here is some finished pictures of the living room. I moved the old Sand Pan gas burner from the old fireplace in the other room and installed it here. This was a wood burning fireplace that was never used. Actually, I hired a gas fitter to come out and run the pipe and hook-up.

I used a grinder and roughed up the front of the old yellow marble surface of the fireplace and used some mortar and bricks to create a more modern look. I wanted all the brown, beige and yellow out. I wanted white, gray and slate colors off set by red and black accents.

http://i.imgur.com/GUfbnpu.jpg?3

http://i.imgur.com/DdeoANq.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/aovsZGt.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 01:04 PM
I have more aquarium updates coming. I am going to do a video of my Reef Genesis Storm and Renew with the mixing station. I will show the complete system and how I have installed. I think it will be pretty cool.

This just showed up. I am adding 8 54 watt T-5 retro kits to my light rack to supplement the Radions. I think it will eliminate any shadowing as well as give the tank a nice look. Scyanith's tank looks awesome and I want to try and capture that look. I bought 8 48" ATI Blue Plus bulbs.

http://i.imgur.com/pnlgGCD.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 01:13 PM
Here is another picture. Remember this? Well there is a house in there!

The Sequoia destroyed the two driveways. The city paid for half of the removal.

http://i.imgur.com/i6moBPO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/DiQ0FsR.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/v0sUNcG.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/iv8DIuM.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/oxsb04T.jpg?1

VanJuKy
04/06/2017, 01:29 PM
Not just fish! My guys were loving the weather we had for a few days. Now its raining again. :facepalm:

He looks proud of his domain! His birthday is coming up. Time for a party for both of them. :bdaysmile:

http://i.imgur.com/FUo6s5w.jpg?1

NeverlosT
04/06/2017, 02:55 PM
The new pacific sun Calcium Reactor looks pretty nice, and comes with its own peristaltic pump. Runs on the same "pH probe-less" system as the destaco. Probably cant go wrong with either.

You and your significant other have a serious eye for decorating and remodeling. It is extremely impressive what you have achieved. Keep up the great work, and if you want to come to California to help my wife and I decorate and pick up some amazing corals, you have an open invite!

Cheers,
Ben

VanJuKy
04/08/2017, 10:19 AM
The new pacific sun Calcium Reactor looks pretty nice, and comes with its own peristaltic pump. Runs on the same "pH probe-less" system as the destaco. Probably cant go wrong with either.

You and your significant other have a serious eye for decorating and remodeling. It is extremely impressive what you have achieved. Keep up the great work, and if you want to come to California to help my wife and I decorate and pick up some amazing corals, you have an open invite!

Cheers,
Ben

That looks like quite a nice reactor. Both the DaStaCo2 and the Pac Sun are back ordered in my sizes...

Thanks for the kind words. I usually end up in LA a few times a year. Usually depends on who is playing at the Hollywood Bowl! I am contemplating a quick trip before our busy summer season begins to take in Griffiths and get some Scuba in at Catalina. Definitely not on Memorial weekend again. Did that once.
Maybe we will meet one day!

saf1
04/08/2017, 10:52 AM
That looks like quite a nice reactor. Both the DaStaCo2 and the Pac Sun are back ordered in my sizes...

Thanks for the kind words. I usually end up in LA a few times a year. Usually depends on who is playing at the Hollywood Bowl! I am contemplating a quick trip before our busy summer season begins to take in Griffiths and get some Scuba in at Catalina. Definitely not on Memorial weekend again. Did that once.
Maybe we will meet one day!

You picked a great area to go diving. Monterey and Catalina could be argued the best diving in the world. Maybe I'm biased because I live here but barring the cold the kelp forests are hard to beat.

I'll also second your decorating skills.

Edit: Nice looking dog. I always wanted to try one but unfortunately I always have GSD's. Not sure how they would work together.

VanJuKy
04/09/2017, 12:41 AM
Edit: Nice looking dog. I always wanted to try one but unfortunately I always have GSD's. Not sure how they would work together.

Just get an acclimation box like I did for introducing my PBT to my established Achilles! Only took five days in the box followed by a mirror on the front of the tank. Now they eat from the same nori clip with manners. :D

Scythanith
04/10/2017, 10:41 AM
As always things are looking great! Making some furniture out of that tree? ;) I think you will be really happy with the addition of the T5's. I like that textured wall in your bathroom, something from HD or the likes? Gorgeous pooch!

VanJuKy
04/28/2017, 10:06 PM
As always things are looking great! Making some furniture out of that tree? ;) I think you will be really happy with the addition of the T5's. I like that textured wall in your bathroom, something from HD or the likes? Gorgeous pooch!

Yeah I kind of like the pooch! Just turned three.

Sequoia grows so fast the wood is useless for furniture as the rings are two big. Makes a crappy grain.

I am going to get the bulbs installed soon.

VanJuKy
04/28/2017, 10:12 PM
So busy working I have not had much time to be here. I just finished installing my Genesis Storm and Renew. It is quite the install and I will make up a video as it will be best shown that way.

In the meantime I put together a quick video of some iPhone video from the last few weeks.

<iframe width="853" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pwgaoGicLwQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

ReefKeeper64
06/16/2017, 06:54 AM
Awesome reef and equipment!

I was wondering about your ozone generator setup. Since it deep cleans your water, I wonder if the lower skimate production is affected by using a dedicated reactor vs injecting O3 right into the skimmer. Are you seeing a difference?

Mebeknob
06/16/2017, 07:34 AM
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http://i.imgur.com/cSLeOC8.jpg?2


Would you be able to use this water on the tank? ATO?


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Mebeknob
06/16/2017, 07:39 AM
http://i.imgur.com/dSyhu6C.jpg?1


That a real Barcelona chair?!



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reefzone123
06/25/2017, 08:34 PM
holy customness batman. woah. amazing.