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nightOwl
03/13/2017, 09:55 PM
It’s been a while since I have had a real tank. My previous tank (180) ended with some phosphate issues and a massive crash. I lost all of the corals in the tank! It was a painful experience but I have been able to live vicariously through a few friends in the hobby. Their encouragement and support have helped me realize its not how you fall down but how you get back up on the horse and try again. With that said I am ready to get back up on the horse!

Since my crash in 2013 a lot has changed. We moved from VA to MD (2015) and while I was a huge adjustment I tried to stay positive about not having access to as many great LFS within 30 mins of our home. While house hunting I decided since I had to move my next house would have to accommodate a full fledged fish room. This did not sit well with the Mrs. at first but she knows how important the hobby is to me and eventually helped find a perfect home that would accommodate a fish room. From my old set up a few of my fish survived so once we moved I set up a temporary tank and a few months later moved the fish over. Shortly after purchasing the new home I started framing for the fish room area but things slowed down drastically as we were between two homes. The past few weeks things have picked back up and now with a deposit officially placed on new tank I figured I would start my build thread.

I talked to a few builders before finally deciding to go with Derek over at Miracles. I was quite surprised at how much quotes varied between builders. But the communication has been great and he has answered every question I have had with no hesitation. Response via email has also been outstanding...it's great to send an email late at night with a question and wake to a response. Estimated delivery time was between 8-9 weeks. It has been about a week or so since I ordered the tank.

I like taking pictures so like my other tank build thread most updates will be accompanied by pictures. I will try to dig up some old pictures to catch everyone up to where I am currently am sometime tomorrow.

Tank Specs
-82" x 40" x 26"
-Main display area is around 72" x 40" x 26"
-All edges machine polished
-Tempered bottom with 4 holes in the overflow section
-Starphire on two sides and one end
-Black Divider panel with 1-1/2” teeth at top
-Vertical strips of glass in each corner for added strength
-Eurobraced
-Four holes drilled in overflow section
-Black silicone seams
-Peninsula style tank but only on side viewable through the wall

Fish Room Plans
-9.5' x 13.5'
-Utility sink
-Water storage/ mixing station
-Cabinets of some sort

There will be a ton of DIY on this thread, tons of pictures, and few bumps along the way. Hopefully this time around my tank will not end in disaster.

ycnibrc
03/14/2017, 09:26 AM
Wow congrats I just finishing my 360g build so now I can seat back and watch others. The part I hate the most is the plumbing it will be much more complicated with the fish room.

worm5406
03/14/2017, 10:03 AM
Oh very nice. I am glad things worked out between you and the Mrs. Happy Reef = Happy Wife.

This should be an interesting build.

nightOwl
03/14/2017, 03:10 PM
Let's Catch Up
Brand New Basement - 05/9/2015
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To test how responsive the wife was to making changes to our new home I started off with a small project. I added a door to access the unused space under the stairs leading to the basement. The builder wanted $600 for this modification and I could not justify it any way I tried to spin it.

From this
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To this
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The unfinished part of basement when I am finally done this will be broken into three areas
1. Walk-up bar and viewing area
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2. Fish Room
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3. Utility area
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From left to right - Fish Room, Walk-up Bar, Utility - 05/10/2015
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Began Framing - 06/21/2015
I also ran some new wire for lights. If you look back at the pictures on 05/10/2015 there were only two lights in the unfinished area of the basement.

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In the picture below you can see a few things. The big lima bean shape is whe builder was supposed to have leveled my floor for me. The floors were really uneven and during our 30 day I had them level the floors. More on that later! You can also see the old light fixture in this picture that is no longer being used. Instead the fish room has two 6 inch cans, the walk-up bar/viewing area has two 6 inch cans, and the utility section has one light at this time.

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serenity
03/14/2017, 04:01 PM
looking good.. I found out when I built our home last year, NOTHING IS LEVEL period!

nightOwl
03/14/2017, 04:14 PM
Let's Catch Up - Part 2
06/23/2015
Started running electric in the framing.
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I framed out the three areas, framed doors for access to both areas (fish room and Utility), framed out soffit around the metal beam, plumbed the walk-up bar and fish room for hot and cold water.

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08/16/2015
I framed around the window and began testing the outlets in the fish room. I also added a direct line for connecting my RODI unit. I also started the plumbing for the utility sink. This was changed later.

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10/29/2015 - Basement flood
This was a night one of the debates was on and I had intended to make about 20 gallons of water for a water change. I remember my wife calling me at 8 and running upstairs to watch the debates. The next morning I woke and realized I did not remember cutting the water off.

This is the culprit - 300 gallons a day with a booster pump
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Over two inches of water in the basement in the unfinished part the carpet and padding was completely soaked and at this point I realized just how much they had not leveled my floor. You know its bad when you call in Servpro. My wife was very calm about the situation...for the next week I slept very lightly as I was afraid I would be murdered in my sleep...lol. I remember saying "Honey well we got the flooding out the way." No claim was filed...I did the right thing and paid out of pocket!

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01/05/2016
Made a prototype of the tank to see how it would sit behind the wall.

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01/25/2016
First layout of where the water mixing station and new sink placement. The area to the left will have my frag tank and a place to store QT tanks for fish.

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nightOwl
03/14/2017, 05:03 PM
Wow congrats I just finishing my 360g build so now I can seat back and watch others. The part I hate the most is the plumbing it will be much more complicated with the fish room.

ycnibrc - Welcome aboard. I am hoping to keep plumbing simple. I may have two separate systems but still not sure.

Oh very nice. I am glad things worked out between you and the Mrs. Happy Reef = Happy Wife.

This should be an interesting build.

worm5406 - Larry don't let me catch you and your upgrade progress...lol. Welcome aboard. I am trying to make sure she does not run any interference. She almost pulled the plug on the upgrade since I was dragging my feet.

looking good.. I found out when I built our home last year, NOTHING IS LEVEL period!

serenity - Welcome aboard. It's amazing how unlevel and un-square a house really is. I have been doing the work myself so I can see where they have not been as accurate as I thought. The cool thing is since this is not my real profession I gave myself a pass on being super perfect. As long as I come close to what they did I am good. I am learning mud and molding hides everything :).

Xebadir
03/14/2017, 06:00 PM
Hah - I'm glad i'm not the first (nor probably the last) to flood a basement because I forgot to turn off the RO/DI unit. Glad to see that you managed to clean it up though. Looking forward to following along on your build.

Speaking of non-square - I find it almost depressing to own a level with my new place - there is one place where the previous owner obviously decided to literally cut some corners. I think its good your not putting too much of it on you and working within it (need to remember that).

How are you planning to finish the flooring in the new section? If tile or vinyl if its too much out might be worth putting a concrete waterproof sealer and self leveling compound or similar just to straighten things out.

As a final Q - how do you find that Rigid Mitre saw? I was looking at getting one for some framing and redoing the baseboards on my place.

dave.m
03/14/2017, 07:09 PM
Instead of leveling the floor perhaps you should have dug it up and installed floor drains first... just in case. If you're putting in a fish room with a sink you're going to need a drain for it anyways so why not get the whole thing done at the same time?

Dave.M

Sambo107
03/14/2017, 07:18 PM
I like the frag tank and QT design, are you plumbing the frag tank into the display?

SPotter
03/14/2017, 07:51 PM
thats all you have gotten done in almost two years???????? get moving on it!!!!!

:spin3::spin3::spin3::spin3::spin3:

tommyhere777
03/14/2017, 07:54 PM
Nice

tommyhere777
03/14/2017, 07:56 PM
Awesomeness

SPotter
03/14/2017, 07:57 PM
Awesomeness

the march to 50 meaningful posts :spin3:

nightOwl
03/14/2017, 08:42 PM
Let's Catch Up - Part 3

01/16/2016
Air King DH55 Dehumidistat Switch arrived
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02/04/2016
Started cutting hole for my viewing area
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02/23/2016
Re-plumbed the utility sink. Instead of cutting the concrete and doing a floor drain I am using a utility pump - Liberty Pumps 404 1/3 HP. Due to the way the french drains were laid in floor and the placement of main sewer drain. I could not cut into the floor without major reconstruction. My builder made a mistake and forgot to let me know the placement of the main drain was behind the line to sump pump and some slab vent. When I asked for the site plans the builder let me about the issue.

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Sink in place
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03/02/2016
Vent for fish room arrives
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03/06/2016
Frame in place for viewing area
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08/14/2016
My hole saw arrived a few days earlier and my wife was in the kitchen when I opened the box. The conversation went something like this. Her - "Honey what is that for. I am a little concerned you need to cut a hole that big." Me - "It's to cut a hole in the back of the house for my vent." Her - "Maybe you need a smaller vent." Me - "To late I can't return it." I left the kitchen before she could ask anymore questions...lol.

I was a little nervous about drilling through the house but it went pretty well. Once I had cut the siding I was at the point of no return so it had to work. In the end it turned out very nice.

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bobbravo2
03/14/2017, 09:22 PM
Nice energy recovery ventilator!

savvybuckeye7
03/14/2017, 09:32 PM
Following along!


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nightOwl
03/14/2017, 09:34 PM
Hah - I'm glad i'm not the first (nor probably the last) to flood a basement because I forgot to turn off the RO/DI unit. Glad to see that you managed to clean it up though. Looking forward to following along on your build.

Speaking of non-square - I find it almost depressing to own a level with my new place - there is one place where the previous owner obviously decided to literally cut some corners. I think its good your not putting too much of it on you and working within it (need to remember that).

How are you planning to finish the flooring in the new section? If tile or vinyl if its too much out might be worth putting a concrete waterproof sealer and self leveling compound or similar just to straighten things out.

As a final Q - how do you find that Rigid Mitre saw? I was looking at getting one for some framing and redoing the baseboards on my place.

Xebadir - Welcome aboard. The sad part is that I have flooded the basement a few more times just not as bad...lol. What's even sadder is I have two auto shut-off kits somewhere around here.

I have now given up on trying to find square rooms in this house. Our sit in tub is so un-square when I pointed it out to the builder he was like looks like we missed that one.

For the floor in the fish room I will probably use some of the stuff you put down in garages. The walk-up bar area I think it will be tile or some of the new stuff that is waterproof that looks like wood. If I do tile I was thinking of doing a mosaic in the center with a seahorse similar to my last stand.

I love that miter saw. I have had it for many years now and it has worked flawlessly for many years. If you can get a sliding one. I had to buy sliding one recently to be able to cut wider material.

Instead of leveling the floor perhaps you should have dug it up and installed floor drains first... just in case. If you're putting in a fish room with a sink you're going to need a drain for it anyways so why not get the whole thing done at the same time?

Dave.M

dave.m - Welcome aboard. Due to builder error a floor drain would have been more expensive than I was wanted. The floor needed to be leveled when I first moved in. When I showed it the builder they admitted that it was outside of their tolerance for QC.

I like the frag tank and QT design, are you plumbing the frag tank into the display?

Sambo107 - Welcome aboard. I am still up in the air about the frag tank being part of the main display since It will be on the opposite side of the tank. I am still up in the air about how to plumb it and have it return back to the main sump under the tank. Any ideas or suggestions?

thats all you have gotten done in almost two years???????? get moving on it!!!!!

:spin3::spin3::spin3::spin3::spin3:

SPotter - Welcome aboard. Steve I am still updating the progress...lol. Remember one year does not count as we were between two homes...lol.

locito277
03/14/2017, 09:35 PM
This is gonna be fun!


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nightOwl
03/14/2017, 09:36 PM
Nice energy recovery ventilator!
bobbravo2 - Welcome aboard. I like the vent. It is very quiet!


Following along!


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savvybuckeye7 - Welcome aboard.

This is gonna be fun!


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locito277 - Welcome aboard. It's gonna be gonna be a fun ride for sure.

nightOwl
03/14/2017, 10:07 PM
Let's Catch Up - Part 4
09/28/2016
I finally got some drywall put up. Drywall is a pain in the butt especially hanging it by yourself. The fish room has the mildew resistant (green) drywall. I figured since its going to be a high moisture area better to take some precautions.

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02/11/2017
And then there was mud. I hate mud! Mud and sanding is the worse but the end results are great.

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I forgot when I swapped the door out but I added the 48" French door to enter the room. I think it will make the entrance grand when entering the back area.
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gioNVA
03/14/2017, 10:16 PM
Glad you're back in. Can't wait to see the progress.

nightOwl
03/15/2017, 07:47 PM
Glad you're back in. Can't wait to see the progress.

gioNVA - Francis Welcome aboard. I'm glad to be getting back in man. I am hoping I can get back to having healthy corals once the tank is up and running. Hopefully your tank is doing well.

nightOwl
03/16/2017, 03:59 PM
Let's Catch Up - Part 5
02/11/2017
Had my buddy Tom39 (Tom) come by and help me with ceiling seams. I had pretty much completed all seams but the ceiling seams were giving me issues. Tom was kind enough to come by on a Saturday and literally spend the whole day helping me.

02/20/2017
Finally got around to putting some primer on the walls in the fish room. The first coat was soaked up by the drywall. So I will now need another coat.

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I need to move the sink and finish the drywall behind the sink. Once that is done I can add the last coat of primer and then apply some paint.

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03/02/2017
Ordered my new tank. Below is the description on the invoice:
82" X 40" X 26" HIGH CUSTOM
AQUARIUM 3/4" GLASS A/A
STARPHIRE 2 LONG & 1
SHORT TEMPERED BOTTOM
WITH 4 HOLES 2-1/2" INLINE
5" OFF END FULL WIDTH
BLACK DIVIDER W 1-1/2"
TEETH INTERNAL
EUROBRACE 4-1/2" WIDE
EUROBRACE VERTICAL
STRIPS

And with that we are all caught up on my progress.

Brunzy
03/16/2017, 05:23 PM
Great looking room! It looks like you are coming along fast here!

SPotter
03/16/2017, 07:07 PM
what did you decide for the stand???

nightOwl
03/16/2017, 08:24 PM
Great looking room! It looks like you are coming along fast here!

Brunzy - Welcome aboard or good luck on the post minimum.

what did you decide for the stand???

SPotter - Steve speaking of stand I was working on a design today. I was going to share :).

03/16/2017
Stand Design v1.0
I worked on my stand design a bit today! I sent it over to my builder to see if they have any concerns. This may change but I will share version 1.0. The stand as designed has a top rail made from 2" x 4" steel. The rest of the stand is made from 2" x 2" steel. Corner gussets are 4" x 4" triangles. Top and bottom gussets are 1.5" x 1.5" squares. All have 1/4" holes that I will use to attach the front and top. The stand will have a 3/4" sheet of plywood on the top and the face of the stand. The foam pad will be 5/8" from what the builder said. Overall dimensions of the stand is 84" L x 42" W x 39" H. The stand will have removable self leveling feet. Another feature it will have is a walk-rail. This will be great since I will have no front access to the tank. With the walk-rail I will be able to access the front of the tank with out any issues.


https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3838/33483803775_b4c5928ccd_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T1RfiD)2x4Stand-with walk rail (https://flic.kr/p/T1RfiD) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2848/33355611481_79711f8158_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SPwecF)2x4Stand-with walk rail-top (https://flic.kr/p/SPwecF) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2844/33355611631_4b3b94f8ea_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SPwefg)2x4Stand-with walk rail-side (https://flic.kr/p/SPwefg) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

Dragon1979
03/19/2017, 09:05 AM
Following

worm5406
03/20/2017, 07:00 AM
So did you get any work done this past weekend??

Cant slow down on this you have to keep moving forward.

Tom39
03/20/2017, 08:02 AM
I agree with worm5406, what progress if any were you able to make this weekend?

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McPuff
03/20/2017, 08:15 AM
Those are nice dimensions for the tank. Looking forward to seeing this progress. Don't be surprised how much time you spend looking in through the sides of your tank in the fish room. :0)

nightOwl
03/20/2017, 08:58 PM
Following

Dragon1979 - Welcome aboard.

So did you get any work done this past weekend??

Cant slow down on this you have to keep moving forward.

worm5406 - Larry stop being funny. We (including you) were out framing a workout room this weekend.

I agree with worm5406, what progress if any were you able to make this weekend?

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Tom39 - Tom welcome aboard...that goes for you too...lol. We (including you) were out framing a workout room this weekend.

Those are nice dimensions for the tank. Looking forward to seeing this progress. Don't be surprised how much time you spend looking in through the sides of your tank in the fish room. :0)

McPuff - Welcome aboard. Part of the reason I ended up getting Starphire on the end and the back was because I knew how much time I would spend looking through the tank. I like taking pictures as well so I am expecting to get some great shots through the clear glass. On my old tank that was in the wall like this one I spent a lot of time looking at the corals from the end of the tank also.

03/17/2017
I found out I don't have to change my stand design. Derek at Miracles signed off on the design which is great. I sent the stand design off to a local company the same day to see if they could do the project.

I also realized I had not posted the schematics for the tank. The main display area is roughly 73.75" x 40" x 26". The other area if my overflow section. I plan on using a Herbie Overflow setup. Bulkheads will be provided by Miracles as well.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/749/33460692646_2b79a457e2_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SYNNaU)82x40-w-4-holes (https://flic.kr/p/SYNNaU) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

03/18/2017
No progress was made in the fish room. Saturday I spent the day with some buddies (worm5406 - (Larry), Tom39 - (Tom), and RJT - (Richard) framing out a workout room and running electric for Richard. I did however do a 30 gal water change on my temp set up to try to fight some nitrate issues.

03/20/2017
Today I spoke to Chuck over at Capitol Heights Iron Works and they will be making my tank stand to my specifications. It's something exciting about designing something and then having it built. As they make progress I will post some pictures. Hopefully the end product turns out like I envision it in my mind. I am I am debating if I should get it power coated or not. If I don't powder coat it I have seen a few things people use to protect the metal. I did my down payment today so once the material arrives he said it will be about 3 weeks to complete. Things are slowly coming together :).

worm5406
03/20/2017, 09:07 PM
worm5406 - Larry stop being funny. We (including you) were out framing a workout room this weekend.

03/18/2017
No progress was made in the fish room. Saturday I spent the day with some buddies (worm5406 - (Larry), Tom39 - (Tom), and RJT - (Richard) framing out a workout room and running electric for Richard. I did however do a 30 gal water change on my temp set up to try to fight some nitrate issues.


Yes and we did have fun! Even if we did not have a dust pan.

nightOwl
03/21/2017, 07:50 PM
Yes and we did have fun! Even if we did not have a dust pan.

worm5406 - Larry I am still chuckling about us not having a dust pan and the look on Richard's face when we asked why we could not use the one from upstairs in the kitchen.

ddanis60
03/24/2017, 12:07 PM
Following and looking forward to build updates! great clean work.

worm5406
03/29/2017, 09:31 PM
Any progress?

brownmarc
03/30/2017, 09:57 AM
Following along and paying close attention as I am looking for a house in MD with Fish Room Space lol. Great work by the way!!!

nightOwl
03/30/2017, 08:54 PM
Following and looking forward to build updates! great clean work.

ddanis60 - Welcome aboard.

Any progress?

worm5406 - Larry work has gotten pretty crazy so I really have not made much progress.

Following along and paying close attention as I am looking for a house in MD with Fish Room Space lol. Great work by the way!!!

brownmarc - Welcome aboard. Look for a place with a morning room and an unfinished basement area. I knew I was set as soon as I saw the morning room with the unfinished part in the basement.

03/23/2017
During my ultra excitement about my stand I forgot to take into account the width of my fish room doorway. I am working with my stand builder now to revamp my stand design. This is what I sent over to him:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2876/33362700580_b3a1d7856f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SQ9yxw)2x4Stand-two parts- 3 (https://flic.kr/p/SQ9yxw) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3846/33362701450_2e31123b3a_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SQ9yNw)2x4Stand-two parts- 2 (https://flic.kr/p/SQ9yNw) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3846/33362701450_2e31123b3a_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SQ9yNw)2x4Stand-two parts- 2 (https://flic.kr/p/SQ9yNw) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

I also worked on my back wall table. I need to take pictures of the work I did. During the process I found out how uneven my floors really are. I built a temp stand for my sink as well but after doing a water change in my temp tank the sink is a bit high. I am going to redo the height. With the amount of space left over I am going to go with two 65 Gallon Norwesco Vertical Tanks.


03/24/2017
I put project on Thumbtack to get a quote for how much it would cost to have the floor leveled. I am going to get an estimate to see how much it will run. based on the number of shims I will have to use I have to come up with a better plan.

iced98lx
03/30/2017, 09:00 PM
Subscribed.

Consider DIY floor leveling? Mix N Pour leveler is easy to use.

nightOwl
03/31/2017, 05:59 AM
Subscribed.

Consider DIY floor leveling? Mix N Pour leveler is easy to use.

iced98lx - Welcome aboard. That is the plan. The area has so many spots that are uneven it's it had to mix enough in one shot to fix the issue. If their estimates are two high I will need to rent one of those cement mixers so I can mix several bags at one time to do bigger pours.

iced98lx
03/31/2017, 09:00 AM
if you can wrangle some friends, you can mix 5 gallons at a time and pour while they are mixing the next one etc etc.

SPotter
03/31/2017, 12:02 PM
I would only worry about leveling the area where the tank stand will be. had this issue with my tank back in NJ. that tank was 72x36 so we built a form with 1x2's that was slightly larger than the tank footprint. poured the mix into the area and leveled it out. I don't see a need to do the entire area of the room.

halmus
03/31/2017, 12:55 PM
I would only worry about leveling the area where the tank stand will be. had this issue with my tank back in NJ. that tank was 72x36 so we built a form with 1x2's that was slightly larger than the tank footprint. poured the mix into the area and leveled it out. I don't see a need to do the entire area of the room.



I feel better about what I did with my tank after reading this. That was almost my exact same process recently. I propped up the critical points with metal shims to level and then filled everything in to the forms with self leveling.

I used some heavy duty double sided tape to secure the forms to the floor (cement) and contain the leveling cement as much as possible.

I also ran a layer of duct tape on the inside of the forms prior to pouring to help them release easier from the cement.

Capped everything off with the trimwork to hide the ugly.

nightOwl
03/31/2017, 03:01 PM
if you can wrangle some friends, you can mix 5 gallons at a time and pour while they are mixing the next one etc etc.

iced98lx - This may be an option if the estimate comes back too high. Great option if renting a mixer is more expensive than I want as well.

I would only worry about leveling the area where the tank stand will be. had this issue with my tank back in NJ. that tank was 72x36 so we built a form with 1x2's that was slightly larger than the tank footprint. poured the mix into the area and leveled it out. I don't see a need to do the entire area of the room.

SPotter - I have thought this as well. The problem is the back wall were I plan to have the frag tank has some issues as well.

I feel better about what I did with my tank after reading this. That was almost my exact same process recently. I propped up the critical points with metal shims to level and then filled everything in to the forms with self leveling.

I used some heavy duty double sided tape to secure the forms to the floor (cement) and contain the leveling cement as much as possible.

I also ran a layer of duct tape on the inside of the forms prior to pouring to help them release easier from the cement.

Capped everything off with the trimwork to hide the ugly.

halmus - Welcome aboard. This is why sharing really helps. It's funny how most of the issues we encounter as reefers someone else has already experienced.

03/23/2017 - Continued
The uneven floor issue I have is I would have to make both sides have some type of raised area. So instead I just want to make it even. Also If I make any changes with the back wall layout I would have to make another raised area. In the picture below you can see the skeleton of the back table and the sink platform. The back wall I was thinking I would do in three parts but since I need to lower the sink I will make it in two parts. The area to the right of the sink is where the third part was going to go. Instead I will have a single platform where the sink and the two water containers will rest on.


https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2889/32946711733_3cdbc9d982_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Scovy2)20170323_181044 (https://flic.kr/p/Scovy2) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

Tom39
03/31/2017, 04:21 PM
Henry, if you cover material costs, I will fab and weld you some adjustable legs for the frag tanks and make you a sink support that hangs from the wall which will eliminate the need for legs on the sink.

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nightOwl
04/01/2017, 04:40 PM
Henry, if you cover material costs, I will fab and weld you some adjustable legs for the frag tanks and make you a sink support that hangs from the wall which will eliminate the need for legs on the sink.

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Tom39 - Tom I will text you for more details on the legs. The sink will be OK because it has the utility pump under it.

04/01/2017
Not much progress today. Things are kinda on hold until I have the guy comes out next week to look at the floor. I have moved the back wall stand out of the fish room so space is kinda tight. I did mange to make the top and bottom parts for stand for the water storage and sink today. I cut the legs as well but did not attach until I follow up with Tom about his adjustable legs idea.

I spoke to Chuck over at Capitol Heights Iron Works about my stand modifications. The price did not go up too much so if you are in Maryland and need some custom work done so far the experience has been great. They are very reasonable price wise. Hopefully next week he will be able to start and I will go by the shop and take some pictures of any progress he has made and post back here.

nightOwl
05/17/2017, 08:30 PM
So I have been a little behind on updating this thread. Work has been really busy but I hope to get back on track.

General Updates

04/04/2017 - Frag Tank Ordered
I decided that since I was already getting my main display from Miracles I would add a cool frag tank as well. So I measured how wide my back table was and had them build me custom frag tank.

Frag Tank
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04/13/2017 - Uneven Floor and Back Table
So after talking to a few contractors I came to the conclusion that it was not worth the money to have the floor leveled. I can use that money on something else like a cool sump. So the back table that I had nailed and glued together will be taken apart and I will try to reuse the wood where possible. I talked to Tom (Tom39) and we decided I will just measure each leg independently and make the cuts as needed.

I am also going to redesign the area to the left of the sink. I plan on using two vertical 65 gallon tanks. I picked them up this past weekend and they are in the garage so I will try to get some pictures before the weekend but wan to see if they fit.


04/13/2017 - Stand Construction Underway

My good buddy Chuck over at Capitol Heights Iron Works called me to stop by and I went by their shop to see some of their progress. So far this has been a great experience. If any questions come up or he is unclear on something he does not hesitate to call and ask me to stop by. The pictures below are the initial progress. The first two parts of the top are well underway and things are looking good.

Stand Bottom
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Stand Top
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2848/34372957055_3ac8118eb6_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UnqoAB)IMG_0454 (https://flic.kr/p/UnqoAB) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

Stand Top
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4179/34372955215_80568e5e14_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Unqo3T)IMG_0455 (https://flic.kr/p/Unqo3T) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr



04/23/2017 - More Primmer and Paint
For my final coat of drywall primmer I choose some BEHR All in One Primmer Sealer. I used this stuff before and I liked the way it sealed some wood I was painting for my last stand. My good buddy Steve (SPotter) recommended Sherman Williams Water Based Epoxy for the fish room. I decided to use it on the walls matching the existing walls in the house. Eventually It will all flow together and hopefully look like it was part of the house originally.

Primmer
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Paint
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2824/33562407813_e304aa9691_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T8N7xF)IMG_8752 (https://flic.kr/p/T8N7xF) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr



04/29/2017 - Walls Finally Painted
I finally got the walls painted and most of the face plates back on the outlets and the fan grill installed. Minus a few imperfections overall I think things turned out pretty good. I stood back and patted myself on the back and felt pretty proud of the work I have done so far.

Walls finally painted
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Tom39
05/17/2017, 08:51 PM
Looks great! At this pace, I think that you will finish your build before I finish mine.

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nightOwl
05/17/2017, 09:07 PM
General Updates Continued
04/29/2017 - Floor Etching
While trying to decide on what I wanted to do with the floor I decided to try some concrete stain by BEHR. The stain is a two part mix with a one gallon base and then two smaller quarts to use. Before using the floor has to be etched and cleaned. I tried a dry form of an etching chemical but ended up using straight muriatic acid to really get the job done. I recommend a really good respirator mask (don't try the cheap ones...I almost passed out), open all windows possible, have a fan bringing in fresh air, have a another sprayer filled with a baking soda mixture, and do not have any metal tools around or near the room where you are using the acid. On contact with the concrete the acid creates a yellow cloud and starts fizzing and any metal that the cloud touches will appear to be rusted and it does not come off. I prepped the walls with plastic and went to work and filled my new sprayer with the acid. To stop the acid you need to apply the backing soda mixture to neutralize the acid. Make sure to clean the flow well.

Concrete Stain Base
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2863/34372778045_e867e5a390_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Unptoe)IMG_8772 (https://flic.kr/p/Unptoe) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

Accent Stain
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Sacrificial Sprayer
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Drylok Etch (not really strong)
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Floors Prepped and Walls Taped
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https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4182/33562377593_cc781ac669_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T8MXyD)IMG_8780 (https://flic.kr/p/T8MXyD) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr





04/30/2017 - Updates on Tank
I talked to Derek and asked if there were any updates on the tank and the pictures below are what he sent over. He also mentioned that they were starting on my frag tank so things should start moving along pretty fast.

Tank - 82" x 40" x 26" :) this baby is gonna be huge
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https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4173/34726947885_48700382b3_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UUGFJM)IMG_2630 (https://flic.kr/p/UUGFJM) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

nightOwl
05/17/2017, 09:21 PM
General Updates Continued
05/08/2017 - Stand Updates
Chuck gave me a call about the stand and asked me to stop by. He had a question on how I wanted the walk rail attached and if the idea they had about making bracket to hold the walk rail. The pictures below are the current progress and hopefully should not be much longer before they are done. The stand will still need to be primed and I think I will have them use some Rust-Oleum Black Hammer paint. I am not sure if I will need to add a protective layer over top of it but I liked the look on a sample piece of metal they showed me. The stand will be screwed together once everything is in place. They still have to make the leveling feet, drill holes in the gussets, and finish the walk rail but things are coming along pretty good.

Top of Stand with Walk Rail Sleeve
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4167/34582917991_5ef9789141_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UFYuEK)IMG_8784 (https://flic.kr/p/UFYuEK) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

Walk Rail Sleeve
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4156/34673511886_4d05e81daa_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UPYP5s)IMG_8785 (https://flic.kr/p/UPYP5s) by LifeThrough_TheLense (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lifethrough_thelense/), on Flickr

Bottom of Stand
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I will try to make some more updates tomorrow. I need to charge the camera battery and get some pictures of the floor in its current state.

nightOwl
05/17/2017, 09:23 PM
Looks great! At this pace, I think that you will finish your build before I finish mine.

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Tom - You are well ahead of me...you have water in yours! I am jealous about how fast you were able to add an addition onto your house and set up a tank in the time it has taken me to finish one room in the basement...lol.

SPotter
05/18/2017, 11:17 AM
awesome update!!!! glad to see you went with the one part epoxy. How do you like it?

nightOwl
05/18/2017, 11:55 AM
awesome update!!!! glad to see you went with the one part epoxy. How do you like it?

Steve - I like it a lot so far I have seen where stuff just kinda wipes off without any issue issues. When I did the floor I got some stain on the walls and was able to wipe it off with no issues. The places where I let it sit that is a different story...lol.

nightOwl
05/18/2017, 09:00 PM
General Updates Continued
05/02/2017 - Ordered Sand For Tank
I guess I am old school on a reef tank is not a reef tank without sand so after a few discussions with various reefers I decided I needed sand in this tank as well. In the past I have had fairly deep sand beds but this time around the sand bed will not be as deep. I also plan on getting a sand sifting goby or some other fish/critter that keeps the sand overturned. The sand under the rocks has always been a detritus pit but I think I may have a solution. I have have been reading a few threads about using epoxy mixed with sand to keep detritus from settling under the rock.

I plan on having a few base pieces where the sand and epoxy mix will act as the base and the larger rocks will set on top. Detritus will not be able to settle in the sand and I can just use a turkey blaster to keep it from settling. Well that is the plan so we will see how it turns out. I need to find the right epoxy to use and place an order. PetsMart had a sale on CaribSea Aragonite Aquarium Reef Sand that I could not pass up so I ordered a few bags. Each box contains one bag. When the FexEx guy arrived last week I felt bad and helped the guy unload the truck...lol. They have been setting in the garage for a week or so. Please excuse the box of cooking oil...that's for tailgating season.

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05/10/2017 - Started prepping Lumber for Back Table
I started cutting some boards for my new back table. The top and bottom rails and the runners. The legs will be cut individually. One tool when making my stands I have always used was a pocket hole jig. I had a small one but once I started planning for this upgrade and after seeing Tom (Tom39) use the K5 when he helped with the ceiling drywall I brought one. I have had this a while but wanted to show point out its a great tool to have.

Future Back Table
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Pocket Jig
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05/13/2017 - Picked Up Water Storage ContainersWhile home for Mother's Day I visited AgriSupply to pick up two Norwesco 65 gallon vertical tanks. They had the best prices that I could find without paying for shipping and I wanted to see them in person before purchasing them. They have 1-1/4 threaded drain opening so I need to pick up some plumping parts and figure out how I will plumb them together. This will give me the ability to do a 65 gallon water change or 130 gallon if something goes really wrong.

Model: 45192
Capacity: 65 gallon
Polyethylene construction
Height: 43 in.
Diameter: 23 in.
Fill opening: 8 in.
Outlet/drain: 1-1/4 in.
Self-vented, slosh-proof lid

65 Gallon Vertical Tank
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05/18/2017 - Floor Update
I have been working on the floor and think I am almost done with making it look random. I am going to let the floor dry out another day or two and then look to add the sealer. Tonight I had planned on touching up the walls near the bottom where I got stain on the walls but ended up painting the whole room again. The floor came out much darker than the sample was on the BEHR pamphlet. I am not sure if it is because it is indoors or the sample was really off. Overall I think I like the way it turned out but I am not sure how durable it will be. In any account it will look cool for a while :).

Floor
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Up Close
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worm5406
05/18/2017, 09:23 PM
I really like the forward progress Henry. All that work looks great and I cant wait for the build trip/date.


I see that you have a dust pan to use, too.

nightOwl
05/19/2017, 07:34 AM
I really like the forward progress Henry. All that work looks great and I cant wait for the build trip/date.


I see that you have a dust pan to use, too.

Larry - I am getting excited about the progress again man! You better get that garage cleaned out the weather is not excuse anymore. Yea I have a big dust pan...lol. I may post a picture in my next update for Richard...lol.

nightOwl
06/05/2017, 03:04 PM
General Updates
05/23/2017 - Floor Update
I finally finished sealing the floor and I hope it will stand up to the use of traffic and normal wear and tear from buckets and such. I also put down my base trim. I ended up buying some adhesive and a spreading tool to make sure adhesive was spread evenly. I did not have a roller to run across the trim once on the wall but ended up using a candle to roll along the trim. As the candle rolled over the trim you could hear the suction taking place. Hopefully this is glued on well. After the trim was put down I added a some clear caulk along the floor and bottom of the trim.

Walls prepped and first coat of sealer down
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Goes on milky white but clears up clear
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Touch up paint and trim finished
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05/25/2017 - Tank Update
I talked to Derek and the tank is done. I would have had it on June 1st but the logistics did not work out. I will plan to get the tank on Father's day weekend and round up some people to help move the tank into the basement through the egress window. I am a little worried I can see the glass on the frag tank but I guess they ship things all the time so hopefully it will make the trip from Canada to the US safely.

All crated up

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05/25/ - 06/01/2017 - Water and Sink Station
So the back table and the water and sink station have been through a few changes. I now finally have a layout that should work. I had to make some modifications again due to space issues. The back table also will be changed once again to accommodate getting a 48 inch AquaBox sump in the space for my frag tank.


Proposed layout
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Work in progress - will have two 22" L x 17" W x 10" H drawers
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05/31/2017 -Sump update
I have been trying to find someone to make a custom sump but prices are just ridiculous once you get over 48" and factor in shipping. One good thing about local clubs is people do some great work or know of some people that can match quality of some of the big manufacturers. I emailed a few companies but did not hear back anything from them and almost began to get frustrated about the process. Finally I found Pure Reef Systems and I have been in talks with Brendan about a custom sump and top-off container. We worked together to design the sump and I am now waiting on a quote for a sump and top-off container.



06/02/2017 - Stand Update
My stand was finally ready to be picked up and I was really looking forward to getting this stand home. I picked up the stand from Capitol Heights Iron Works and was told by Chuck before arriving two people would be able to manage the stand. When I arrived to have them load it on the truck I finally realized how big this thing was and how heavy it was. Lucky for me Richard (RJT) does not live far and had already agreed to help me get the stand into the house. I let him know upfront we may need some extra hands and the stand was heavier than I expected. When he arrived and saw it on the back of my truck I could tell his first reaction was "I should probably get back in my car, pretend he did not see me and go home"...lol. As we were about to pull the truck around back one of my neighbors saw us and came over to see what I was doing and ended up helping us. We unloaded the stand in two parts and were able to bring it through the egress window with room to spare on my homemade ramp with stopping points. Thanks again Richard for not complaining, not running when you saw the stand, and helping me out!

Capitol Heights Iron Works crew
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Ramp I quickly threw together
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Front view
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Side view
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748S911
06/06/2017, 07:42 PM
Looks amazing... can't wait to see it filled up!

SPotter
06/07/2017, 07:32 PM
Looking great Henry!!!!! Really excited for you!!!!!

nightOwl
06/07/2017, 08:33 PM
Jesse - Welcome aboard man.
Looks amazing... can't wait to see it filled up!

Steve - I just reserved my UHAUL a few minutes ago so I am all set for next week.
Looking great Henry!!!!! Really excited for you!!!!!

WillisT
06/10/2017, 06:15 PM
Keep us updated please

nightOwl
06/22/2017, 08:51 PM
General Updates

06/09/2017 - Water Storage and Sink Updates
I have finished painting and all that is left to do now is the add a piece of trim along the bottom edge of the stand. I think it turned out pretty good. I have removable supports for the sink since I need to be able to remove the utility pump from inside the sink. I also also added a removable front access panel so that I can check on he pump. Finally two fully extendable drawers. I need to finish the back table before I can fully put it in place.

Water Storage
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06/16/2017 - Tank Stand Update
I decided this go around that instead of plywood I would use a PVC sheet for the top of the stand. I bolted it in place with some stainless steel screws. I cut the sheet a little bit larger than the top and then used my router and a flush trim bit to get it to size.

PVC Top on Stand
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06/17/2017 - Tank Update
I must say Miracles did a truly amazing job. I had heard people complain about the seams on their tank in a few threads so when I ordered I let Derek know that was one of the main things I would be inspecting. I must say that there are no issues on this tank and I am super picky! I figured the only way to help companies get better is to let them know what people are complaining about. Because of the size of the tank I had to pick it up from the depot in Elkridge, MD. I wanted to try to get a curbside drop off but was unable to. I took a half day on Friday, picked up my U-Haul, and headed to the depot and had them load the tank in after inspecting it. When I initially opened the crate the guy running the forklift asked did I run an aquarium or business. I told him it was for my home and he said “Huh looks like it's for an aquarium or doctors office” with a confused face…lol. It’s always funny when people outside the hobby try to figure out why we want a tank so big.

For a tank this size Derek recommended 8 people to carry it. I starting texting a few buddies a week or so earlier and even put a post on a local forum for possible help. Once I reached 8 people I was excited and prayed no one backed out. My thinking was for everyone to arrive on Saturday morning around 8:00 AM EST eat some Krispy Kreme donuts and be done by 9:30 AM EST. Tom (Tom39) and Richard (RJT) were the first two and the other guys are my buddies outside the hobby. Since I had already did a dry run with the stand I figured my ramp would come in handy once again. On Saturday we moved the crate from the U-Haul onto a trailer, drove the tractor around the back of the yard and backed the trailer up to the egress window, and unloaded the tank. This was after we had to build a few temporary supports from spare 2 x 4’s, scraped some bark off my tree in the yard with the trailer and the tractor, oh and found out that ants make huge nests in colored mulch. Said ants will also cover your shoes and socks crawl up your leg and bite you…lol. Once inside we placed the tank on the side, lifted it up on some homemade dollies I made, pushed to the fish room, and finally lifted the tank up onto the stand. The only issue we had was when the tank was let down on my finger and in my mind I said “Hmmm my finger feels like there is a lot of pressure on it.” When I looked down I realized the tank was on my finger I very calmly said “The tank is on my finger”. No one seems to notice until became a little more animated…lol. Once everything was in place I handed out McDonald’s gift cards and we started cleaning up. We were all done by 11:30 AM EST after starting around 8:30 AM EST or so.

Oh they ended up packing the frag tank inside the crate. The tank is much heavier than I thought so I am very impressed with the frag tank as well.

My U-Haul
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Tractor and Trailer (Tom's)
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Tractor (Tom's)
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Damaged Tree
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Tank
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Tank with Walkboard
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06/17/2017 - Lighting Update
I have spoken with a few places about lighting and the options out there. Im still a hold over from the MH era but I was convinced to try LED’s. I decided to try Reef Breeders I spoke to Logan a few times over the phone and he was very straight forward when answering my questions about the lights and what they could do. I sent over my specs and what I planned to do with the tank long term. Heavy SPS dominated! Based on his suggestions I was told I could light the tank with 3 fixtures but if wanted to make sure I had great PAR and coverage four units would be the better option. I ended up going with 4 -32” Photon V2 fixtures and 24” Photon V2 fixture for the frag tank. I hope I have enough light…lol.


06/21/2017 - Back Table Updates
The back table has been built, primed, and painted. There are few little things I still need to do but I plan on painting the stand with another coat of paint then adding the accent pieces for the trim. I decided that I wanted a nice cabinet for storing stuff in for my back wall as well so I started making the cabinet. I am debating on if it will have sliding glass doors or regular wooden doors. I have two shelves already made and just have to drill some holes to make some adjustable shelves.

Primed and Painted
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06/22/2017 - Sump Updates
Pure Reef Systems is officially building my sump for the main display. I sent my deposit check to Brendan last week and he has ordered the materials. I checked my email a bit a go and he sent over the specs for what we have designed so far and now I just need to review and send back to him for the official build. I think the sump is currently 52.5” x 22” x 15- 3/8" white PVC sump with acrylic windows. The ATO will be 30" x 15" x 15-3/8" and both will be made of 3/8" material.

FireReeferSteve
06/22/2017, 10:29 PM
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xoomer
06/23/2017, 01:58 PM
Very nice built!

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748S911
06/23/2017, 02:19 PM
Henry, anytime you need some help let me know. I was super busy last two weeks with work, off tuesdays and some Sunday's. I can't wait to see this in person filled with corals and fish. I know who to call when i build my own fish room in the future lol.

reefzone123
06/25/2017, 07:58 PM
holy custom work batman. beautiful tank. applaud you for your efforts. thanks for sharing.

nightOwl
06/26/2017, 06:04 PM
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FireReeferSteve - Welcome aboard.

Very nice built!

Subscribing for more ideas.

xoomer - Welcome aboard.

Henry, anytime you need some help let me know. I was super busy last two weeks with work, off tuesdays and some Sunday's. I can't wait to see this in person filled with corals and fish. I know who to call when i build my own fish room in the future lol.


Jesse- Thanks for the kind words. I will let you know when is ready for prime time. Hopefully you won't be on tank #4 by the time I get water in this baby...lol. Plus I need to see what corals you have now...lol.

holy custom work batman. beautiful tank. applaud you for your efforts. thanks for sharing.

reefzone123 - Thanks for the kind words. Just trying to do my part to help add to the hobby and the economy...lol.

nightOwl
07/05/2017, 04:07 PM
General Updates



06/27/2017 -Equipment Inventory
I started to pull out some of the stuff I had purchased for the new tank even though I am a ways away from putting water in the main display. I snapped a quick picture to see what I had and I still need a lot of stuff :(. I need to order my skimmer sometime this week and I will be going with the Simplicity 800DC. I have talked to a few people and the skimmer gets pretty good reviews. I have also talked to the people over a Simplicity and they have been really nice and helpful each time I have spoken with them. I am currently using their 2100 DC pump on my "temp" (going on two years now) set up I have.

I still need the following:
Sump - Ordered
ATO Container for Main Display - Ordered
ATO Container for Frag Tank - Ordered
Skimmer - Need to Order
Ball Valves - Researching Cepex
Dry Pukani Rock - BRS is currently out of the 18" plus pieces

Once I get the items above I think I can make some progress with the main display

A Few of the Items I Already Have
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1" Sea Swirls
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07/02/2017 - Back Table Updates
I finished my trim work on the back table. All my edges have a outside corner trim on them now that is PVC. I also added a PVC backslash wall on the back table. I had some 3/4" PVC from the sheets used to make the top of stand and the the bottom piece. I did a test fit then caulked everything in place. I did a test fit of my sump for the frag tank and looks like things are coming together.

Legs Without the Trim
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Back Table Without Back Splash
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PVC Back Splash
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07/03/2017 - Cabinet Updates
I finally mounted my cabinet that I had built and only have a few minor things to finish. The shelves have to be primed and painted, fill in nail holes, and cut holes for the sliding doors, but its pretty much done. I made a jig and drilled some holes so I can have adjustable shelves. Overall dimensions of the cabinet are 36" x 21" x 12.5". Its rock solid and hung on the wall with two heavy duty anchors that can hold 238 lbs a piece. Its also screwed with two 4 inch screws in one of the studs. I also replaced my temp cords to the right of the cabinet with the real ones I will be using.

Holes Drilled for Adjustable Shelves
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Mounted in Place
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Final Touches Still Need to be Done
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nightOwl
07/05/2017, 04:25 PM
General Updates Continued
07/03/2017 - Frag Tank Updates Updates
I placed the frag tank in place marked the location of the holes and realized my support rungs for the table were in the way. After some adjustments I finally found a location where I could drill and be able to run the drain lines. I ran out to home depot to pick up some plumbing parts and hopefully will make some progress in the next few days. In the process of seeing how things would be in place I opened my 24" Reef Breeder light. I am new to LEDs but this thing seems bright especially reflecting off the bottom of the tank with things painted all white.

Sump for Frag Tank
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LED Testing - 24" Reef breeders
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Plumbing Parts
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Frag Tank in Place with Sump
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The room is coming together...

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SPotter
07/06/2017, 07:16 AM
Wow Henry everything looks amazing!!!! Really coming together now!

nightOwl
07/07/2017, 11:06 AM
Wow Henry everything looks amazing!!!! Really coming together now!

Steve - It's taking longer than I want but I want things set up the way I want before I try to start messing with the water to avoid all the dust that comes along with sanding drywall and stuff. I am waiting on some plumbing parts now so I probably should work on the outside room a bit.

nightOwl
07/09/2017, 10:20 PM
General Updates

07/09/2017 - Frag Tank Updates
I started plumbing the Oceans Motion that will reside on the frag tank. I found a new place called Supply House for plumbing parts that has next day shipping and low prices. This was my first order and I need another order to do some other plumbing in the fish room. I ended up getting the initial plumbing done for the overflow, the oceans motion, and the sump. I also decided that the styrofoam under the tank was an eye soar so I added some trim.

Plumbing Parts
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Before
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After
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Initial Oceans Motion Plumbing
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07/09/2017 - Cabinet Updates

I have finally finished the cabinet over the frag tank. I caulked the trim, touched up the places that needed a little touch up paint, drilled the holes for the sliding doors, added a decorative edge to the shelves, and added the divider for the cabinet. One less thing on the list!

Edge Before
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Final Cabinet
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07/09/2017 - Main Display Updates
I had a few packages arrive on Saturday from Premium Aquatics with the new salt I will use on the new system and 100 lbs. of dry Pukani. I requested large pieces over 14" and overall I am pretty pleased. I had two very large pieces over 16", two medium long shaped over 14", four to five pieces over 12", four over 10", and the rest were 8" and under. The boxes were packed excellently and there was little to no breaking when I received them. In the past I had have Pukani rock arrive and there was a lot of smaller pieces and breakage. I started playing around with some aquascaping and the framing of the tank.

I also started the plumbing for the second Oceans Motion that will be on the main display. I need more plumbing parts and they will arrive hopefully on Wednesday. I will have to wait until my sump arrives to really truly complete the plumbing but at least I have started.

Packages
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Aquascape Front
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Aquascape back
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Aquascape Top Down 1
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nightOwl
07/09/2017, 10:26 PM
General Update - Continued
Main Display Continued
Aquascape Top Down 2
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Oceans Motions Plumbing
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Oceans Motions Plumbing
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Overflow Plumbing - the fourth hole will allow me to do 20 gallon water changes at time.
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Megabyte
07/10/2017, 07:07 AM
Looking good.

nightOwl
07/10/2017, 11:43 AM
General Updates - Continued

07/08/2017 - Water Station Updates
Last night I was tired and forgot to do my update on the water station first so this is in the wrong order but oh well. Saturday I worked in the basement for a little bit while my wife was at class. I wanted to mount my RODI machine and after trying a few places I put it on the end of the back table below the window. My unit is a 300 GPD its the same unit that caused me to flood the basement when we first moved into the house. In order to mount the unit I had to take things apart. I had what I thought was my permanent sharpie but that was not the case. I got a little side tracked doing other stuff and then I realized the pen I used was not permanent and when I was pulling the hoses apart the ink got smeared. AquaFx units have a phone number on them so I unit so I called and hoped someone would be able to help. It was close to 5 PM when I called and all the technicians for the day had gone. Barbara was so helpful...she searched for the cell phone number of one the guys and told me give him a call. I felt a little bad about calling someone on who was off but wanted to put the unit back together. I called Doug who was off at this point but did not hesitate to help me with reconnecting all the tubes back to the correct places. He walked me through step by step on how to connect the tubes and even offered to FaceTime me when I seemed a little confused. I give AquaFx (Barbara and Doug) an Outstanding Customer Service award for working after hours! Right now things are temporarily in place until I figure out how I am going to plumb the water storage tubes together.

The blue tape on the wall is where another cabinet is going to go. It will be roughly 48" x 12" x 14". I may do something similar to the other cabinet or have cabinet doors on this one.


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McPuff
07/11/2017, 07:43 AM
Have to say I'm super impressed with the amount of work you've done and the patience you've displayed.

nightOwl
07/20/2017, 04:46 PM
Have to say I'm super impressed with the amount of work you've done and the patience you've displayed.

McPuff - Thanks for the kind words. It beats my day job and helps give me something to look forward too in the evenings after sitting behind a desk all day :).

nightOwl
07/20/2017, 09:08 PM
General Updates

07/12/2017 -Water Station
I am also getting closer to reconnecting all the parts needed to make RODI water again. I am hiding my booster pump under the sink area so I made a little stand for it and had to extend the wires a bit. I clipped the wires added a new three foot section of cord then used some quick connects and then shrink wrapped the connection area. Once I plugged every thing back up the booster pump came on and I let it run for a bit to make sure everything was fine. I have a high pressure auto stopper but I need to find it. I can not remember where I put it and its been in storage somewhere for over two years now.

Booster Pump Stand
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07/14/2017 - More Plumbing Parts arrived
I ordered some more plumbing parts for the returns and for the the water station. I don't think I can go wrong with more unions. Each Oceans Motion is going to take a minimum of four and then there is the other plumbing I will need for the plumbing under the tank. I also ordered a spare heater for the frag tank. I want to keep the the temperature pretty stable so I will be using two 250W heaters. I also ordered another 300W for my main display.

Plumbing Parts
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Lockline for the Returns
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Plumbing and Light Rack Parts
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07/14/2017 - Light Rack
I had been waiting for my order to come in with my sliding closet door kit and it finally arrived. On my previous tank I used it for my light rack and on this one I figured it would be a useful addition as well. Instead of sliding front to back like on my last tank I decided to slide from right to left.

The rack is built with 3/4" x 1/8" thick aluminum L Channel. I picked up a few pieces, some eye bolts, nuts, 1/2" rivets, a new saw blade, and washers and I was able to get a good idea of what it would look like. The lights themselves weigh much more than my old MH reflectors so I wanted to make sure this thing was sturdy. I still need to figure out how I will mount the ballasts and add some support to the middle but this is pretty much done.

I had some left over yoga mat laying around from my water station base so I have been using that as my foam padding for my projects. Each rail where the fixture sits has a strip of padding so there would not be metal on metal contact. the rack is built with a slight ability to adjust the lights roughly 4 inches in either direction. I ended up cutting out a grove due to the fact fixtures have a cord on one side.

Dry Fit Spacing Check
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Inner Support Strip
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Not Bad For a Miter Saw
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Height Check
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Fixture End
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Light Rack
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nightOwl
07/20/2017, 09:21 PM
General Updates - Continued
07/15/2017 - Fish Room Window
I finally made a trip to Home Depot and picked up some casing for the window and now my window is framed and all it needs is the piece of casing to go under the window sill and be painted. Once I caulk the window and plug all the holes from the finishing nailer that will be one less thing I need to do on the back wall. I am getting excited because this is winding down my construction projects for the fish room and the next step is real plumbing and focusing on the tanks. The picture below is a dry fit where I had to re-cut the top casing because I over cut the piece after not taking into account the length with the reveal on each side. I will take an updated picture after all the painting is done.

Window Framed
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07/16/2017 - DIY Sea Swirl Bracket
Buying items used is often a gift and a curse. Sometimes all the parts are not present so you are left with a few options. Forego using the item, save it as spare parts, contact manufacturer and buy the part, or my favorite DIY. I reached out to the manufactures of the Sea Swirl and inquired about the bracket that was on my other Sea Swirl that is great for Eurobraced tanks. The price was not bad but when I added it to my cart and estimated the shipping I figured this was perfect time to try acrylic bending. After a couple of YouTube videos and some quick measurements I went to the garage to get some scrap black acrylic, my heat gun, and my tap kit. I cut me a strip that would allow multiple tries at bending. The first attempt failed but I learned the more clamps the better to get a nice looking edge. The second attempt worked and I made it all the way to the final stage then realized I need to drill holes. When I tried to drill the hole for a phillips head screwdriver it broke. The third attempt I feel I was fairly successful. I measured and drilled the screw holes before making my first bend along with adding the recessed area so the top of the screw was not higher than the acrylic. After I made the final bend I drilled the screw access hole and tapped the plastic with tap wrench. Below is what I was able to produce.

Before
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After
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Clamps Are My Friends
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My Bracket
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07/19/2017 - Equipment Update
A while back I talked to the guys over at Simplicity about the skimmer options they provide and although I have used Reef Octopus in the past I wanted to try something new. I contacted a few people on here that have the skimmer and got some really good feedback. Some had used the same skimmers I have in the past so that was great to see they took a leap of faith as well. I currently use their DC pump on my temp set up and the customer service has been really good when I contact them with any questions. The price point and quality is what made me give them a try and so far so good. Hopefully it will be the same with the skimmer. Although my sump for my main tank is not complete yet I know I will be washing a ton of filter socks between the two tanks. The frag has two and the main will have three so that's 5 a week. I ordered 20 to start off with.

I also received a partial shipment of my ball values from U.S. Plastics. The 1-1/2" true union are huge. One arrived missing the blue tab on the handle and I gave them call regarding the missing part. Customer service was very easy to deal with. Hopefully my 1" ball values will be off back order soon. This is holding up plumbing progress for the frag tank and water station.

I needed some more 1/4" Quick Connect bulkheads and my order I placed about a week ago arrived as well. I will be installing these on my two ATO's and my new sump for the main display.


Skimmer
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Filter Socks
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Cepex True Union Ball Valves
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1/4" Quick Connect Bulkheads
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Tom39
07/20/2017, 10:44 PM
You have been busy Henry. Everything looks great. If you keep going at this rate you will be up and running in no time at all.

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nightOwl
07/21/2017, 05:55 AM
You have been busy Henry. Everything looks great. If you keep going at this rate you will be up and running in no time at all.

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Thanks Tom! I am just trying to beat Larry in getting set up...lol. This weekend is going to be busy but I am going to try to get some of the rock in a bleach bath so it can soak for a few weeks.

McPuff
07/21/2017, 06:39 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35659818760_bca57dd91a_c.jpg

This is exactly what I need for a small project I'm finishing today. Hope I can find it at HD. :0)

nightOwl
07/21/2017, 07:09 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35659818760_bca57dd91a_c.jpg

This is exactly what I need for a small project I'm finishing today. Hope I can find it at HD. :0)

McPuff - Hopefully you can find them! I had to order online since I did not want to pay a premium for one. What project are you working on? I may buy some more today as I saw some cool dosing containers I may try my luck with...lol.

JonCubb
07/21/2017, 07:53 PM
Very nice. One of these days, I swear, I'll have a fish room of my own.

McPuff
07/23/2017, 02:43 PM
McPuff - Hopefully you can find them! I had to order online since I did not want to pay a premium for one. What project are you working on? I may buy some more today as I saw some cool dosing containers I may try my luck with...lol.

No luck at HD nor Ace. Oh well. I made due with a couple rubber gaskets. Just had to get some 1/4" pex through 1/4" acrylic as a feed line for an in-line tank.

crimsonblue
07/23/2017, 03:13 PM
How does this differ from a standard bathroom vent fan? I am in the pre-pre-pre-planning stages of a future house (also in MD) and have been stuck with the different ways people have been suggesting on properly venting fish rooms.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3828/32628582673_2b53387c88_b.jpg

crimsonblue
07/23/2017, 03:15 PM
^ Aren't you also worried about bringing in humid air into the fish room during the summer time?

nightOwl
07/31/2017, 06:44 AM
Very nice. One of these days, I swear, I'll have a fish room of my own.

JonCubb - It is a great thing to have. My fish room is small but I hope it will turn out like my original vision. So far so good.

No luck at HD nor Ace. Oh well. I made due with a couple rubber gaskets. Just had to get some 1/4" pex through 1/4" acrylic as a feed line for an in-line tank.

McPuff - That's great news! Sounds like my kinda DIY project!

How does this differ from a standard bathroom vent fan? I am in the pre-pre-pre-planning stages of a future house (also in MD) and have been stuck with the different ways people have been suggesting on properly venting fish rooms.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3828/32628582673_2b53387c88_b.jpg

^ Aren't you also worried about bringing in humid air into the fish room during the summer time?


crimsonblue - I have the ERV connected to a dehumidistat so it does not function like a normal install. Fish rooms are notoriously humid and the main thing I am trying to do is exchange fresh air from outside to inside the house. During the summer in our area it's gonna be a bit tricky since we are in a zone where the humidity is an issue in the summer months. From the Fall though the Spring I should see some benefits. I think with the bathroom fan they are mainly for exhaust so me its a little different than a standard bathroom fan. If things get out of hand I have the ability to unplug the fan and I also have a dehumidifier I brought when I decided to build a fish room. Let me know if you need more info.

Chrisrush
08/12/2017, 05:32 AM
Coming along great. I'm definitely following? Why build the stand in 2 pieces? Door / height restrictions?


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schudini
08/14/2017, 08:03 AM
Wow, amazing work. I'm in MD too, remodeling a basement & planning on a shared fish/laundry room.

With a tank that big, what is your fish stock list?

Following the thread.

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MarylandTang
08/21/2017, 04:38 AM
Dying for more pics. Get everything finished this past weekend? =)

nightOwl
08/22/2017, 07:52 PM
Coming along great. I'm definitely following? Why build the stand in 2 pieces? Door / height restrictions?

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Chrisrush - I had a door restriction and window restriction. My egress window would have been cutting it close. With the leveling feet I would have barely made it as I did not take into account the amount of space they would have added. There was no way I could have gotten it in through the door frame of the fish room and I did not want to redo drywall :(. I may still run into issues since my skimmer is a bit taller than the two part stand design I had. Cleaning the skimmer is going to be a slight issue but I will make it work.



Wow, amazing work. I'm in MD too, remodeling a basement & planning on a shared fish/laundry room.

With a tank that big, what is your fish stock list?

Following the thread.

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schudini - Let me know what part of MD you are in. Have you started decisions on your stand? I had a local place make mine and pretty happy with the results. When planning make sure you plan for your stand height including leveling feet in regards to doorways...lol. I have not really thought about fish list much but I know it will be filled with wrasses :). I think once I get some water I will get motivated to make the list...lol.

Dying for more pics. Get everything finished this past weekend? =)

MarylandTang - Sorry no real progress the last few weeks. I was waiting on some parts to arrive and have been crazy busy with work. I will do a picture update maybe late tonight or sometime this weekend. I keep forgetting to bring my camera upstairs after putzing around in the basement..

nightOwl
09/03/2017, 08:04 AM
It's been a while since I have provided an update but things are slowly coming along. Work has been keeping me pretty busy and the "Honey Do" list has been growing during the summer months.

07/20/2017 - Polishing Wheel Arrived
I had been in talks with Derek about my concerns on cleaning the glass of the tank when water was finally in the tank. Since this is my first time paying this much for a tank I was extremely nervous. Derek sent me a polishing kit that should help get out any minor scratches that are sure to come eventually. He shipped it out himself and notified me to be on the look out for the package. This will be a much needed item along the way with keeping the glass scratch free. Fingers crossed! It looks like a cloth polishing wheel and some type of powder stuff.

Miracles Polishing Kit
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07/26/2017 - More Plumbing Supplies Arrived
I ordered my ball values at the same time but the 1" values were on back-order. They finally arrived and as with the 1-1/2" values they are so easy to turn right out the box. This may actually be one of the cases where you get what you pay for...lol. I am hoping they stay this easy to operate. Now when I am in the Big Box Stores and walk past the values I giggle to myself.

Cepex 1" Values
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07/29/2017 - Picked up Sumps and Auto Top Offs
As I mentioned before I had called around to a few places to get quotes on a custom sump and two ATO containers. I finally choose Pure Reef Systems. The sump and ATO's are made from PVC and boy are they heavy. They are located in Midland, VA so I told Brendan I would drive to pick up the items verses having them shipped. I was trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. He had sent over a few pictures during the build process so I was really anticipating seeing them in person. Craftsmanship was top notch! The Friday before picking up he sent a picture of the water test.


Custom Sump Final Specs - 52.5" x 22" x 15-3/8" white PVC sump with 3/8" acrylic windows
3 - 1 1/2" PVC pipe hole returns
4 - 4" filter socks
2 - cord management holes in equipment area
4 - 1/4" dosing bulkhead holes in equipment area
1 - Triple heater holder
1 - probe holders (4)
1 - adjustable water level from 6"-12"
1 - triple bubble stop
1 - water level marks
1 - 1 1/2" pipe hole in pump area
2 - cord management slots in pump area
Poly carbonate covers
1 - 1" pipe hole in refug area
2 - 1/4" bulkhead holes in refug area



Frag Tank ATO Specs - 20"x 18" x 15-1/4" white PVC sump with 3/8" acrylic windows
Gallon marks
1 - 1/2" CPVC pipe hole
2 - 1/4" bulkheads holes
6"x6" access hole
Poly carbonate cover

Main Tank ATO Specs - 30"x 15" x 15-3/8" white PVC sump with 3/8" acrylic windows
Gallon marks
1 - 1/2" CPVC pipe hole
2 - 1/4" bulkheads holes
6"x6" access hole
Poly carbonate cover

ATOs and Sump
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Water ATO For Frag Tank
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ATO in Place Under Frag Tank
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07/31/2017 - Under Main Tank
I choose 3/4" PVC for the base for the bottom of my stand. No issues with rot ever :). The problem was after I did all the measurements to make the board fit under the stand I could not fit the whole board in at one time. I had to cut it down the middle in order to make it fit. Welding joints on the stand also played a small part in throwing off my measurements. While it may not be my prettiest work I think it will do for now. I have not decided if I will make a retaining wall or not but once I get all the items dry-fitted and in place with the sump and ATO I will figure something out. I used some PVC transition glue to create some supports to prevent the two parts from not lining up properly and sag between the joint. I let it dry overnight and the next day set up a jig so I cold make one long seam and then drop the other side in place. I routed the edges flush with the stand where I could and it did not turn out too bad.


Left Side in Place
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Supports Clamped in Place Before Drying Overnight
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nightOwl
09/06/2017, 06:06 AM
07/31/2017 - Continued
I have been using the Simplicity brand of pumps on my temp set up for over year or so and the one issue I did have was quickly resolved with great customer care. I love that it is easy to get a person on phone very quickly and each time I have spoke to someone there I have been impressed. For my main tank I chose the 3200 and for the frag the same model (2100) I have on my existing temp set up.

3200
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2100
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08/02/2017 - Finally Assembled Skimmer
First impressions out of the box I can feel the skimmer is not using thin acrylic for the walls and it looks amazing. Assembly instructions were easy to follow and that is always a plus. I have spoken to about 5 or more real end users of this skimmer and all have been impressed. The price point and quality makes this skimmer a great deal. Time will tell if its up the job on my tank though. From a few people they said it needed to be submerged in closer to 10" of water so my adjustable baffles in my sump will work out perfectly. In my old sump I had to build a stand for the skimmer. In this setup I will just adjust the water level until its dialed in.

Simplicity 800 DC
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08/03/2017 - Finished the New Cabinet and Added a Shelf Above Sink
My second cabinet turned out just as great as my first try. Sliding acrylic doors and adjustable shelves with a laminate bottom. During the process of construction I kept finding myself needing a place put my soap and test tubes when doing water testing. The shelf is now used to hold my booster pump for my RODI unit.

Cabinet and Sink
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08/19/2017 -Plumbing for Water Storage Tanks - WIP
After using the water storage tank for quick water changes I finally got around to doing some actual plumbing of the tank. I may end up changing the position of the ball valves so that they don't accidentally get hit when people visit the fish room but this is the start. I have used a ton of unions and ball valves to make maintenance easier. I am going to be using my old Reeflo Dart/Snapper Hybrid for the mixing and being able to get fresh and salt water. The pump is below both containers so it will always be primed there is gonna be some mixing of the fresh and salt water but I am cool with that. This is a work in progress. Eventually I will finish the plumbing once my flexible pvc arrives.

Freshwater Tank
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Saltwater Mixer Dart/Snapper Hybrid
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08/20/2017 -Electrical Extensions - WIP
Since my apex will be mounted on the wall between the frag tank and main display I wanted to have a way to try to keep my wires somewhat organized. In my last set up this worked well for me. Each individual outlet is will be connected to an outlet on the apex. Essentially I have neat looking extension cord system...lol. I broke the tabs off each outlet and ran individual 14 gauge wire through a 1" conduit. There are currently 4 outlets on the left side of the tank and 8 on the right. I may need to add more later once things start getting plugged in. All the individual wires will terminate in the gray box and I will use individual cords to finish the run.

Extended Outlets Left
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Extended Outlets Right
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nightOwl
09/06/2017, 08:16 PM
I switched memory cards in my camera so my dates are out of order...

08/19/2017 - Added Shelf to Hold LED Ballasts
I made a modification to my light rail to hold the ballasts but due to weight concerns I decided to make a shelf where they could sit. I added a third support to my light rail but even with that the weight just felt too heavy. My next step is to figure out some type of cord management system for the cords when I push the light rail to the left.


Shelf
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08/21/2017 - Bleaching Rock - WIP
BRS Investigates is one of my favorite YouTube series to watch. I have used acid baths for my rock in the past but noticed the rocks seemed to be eaten away more that I would have liked. After spending so much for my beloved Pukani I was a little leery of an acid bath this go around. After watching the episode on different ways to cure rock I am definitely done with acid baths on Pukani. The roock costs too much and losing 10% or more in weight is throwing money away. The bleach method showed great promise so that is the method I selected. I went down to Wally World and picked up about 6 gallons of bleach. I put my rock in the two 30 gallon trash cans and and started to fill with water. After it was about half way I put on my safety goggles and gloves and poured in the bleach the foaming action began almost immediately and when filled there was a dirty bubble bath for the rock.

Trashcan 1
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Trashcan 2
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08/23/2017 - Main Sump In Place - WIP
Due to making the stand in two parts and having a big skimmer collection cup maintenance on my skimmer is going to be a pain. The skimmer can only be removed from the back side of the sump and only when the ATO is not in the way. Right now the ATO is just sitting on the floor until I figure out all the plumbing under the tank. Once again I used unions to help break up sections over 3-4 feet in length. This will also allow some flexibility if I want to swap out sections with modifications. Everything is dry fit right now. I am working on final placement of my drain lines. I need to find some scraps of acrylic to place under the unions above each hole in the sump. Once all the plumbing is done I will slide the ATO in place behind the sump. The ATO has the gallon markers on the end so I can see how much water is in there at any given time.

Main Sump
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Sump Side View
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ATO
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09/03/2017 - Saltwater Mixing Helper Prototype - WIP
Because I want to have my salt water mixing done fast and thoroughly I started thinking about how when I pour salt in the tank it will sink to the bottom. When I mix in my buckets I just stir the salt with my hand for a bit then let the pump run for a few hours. Since my arms are not long enough to reach the bottom and I do not want a pump in the storage tank I started thinking about how I could make sure the salt that was on the bottom of the container would get mixed. My protoype turned out a bit too big for the bottom of the tank but I think I am on to something and how it will work. To get into the tank I had to cut in half which means the final product may end up using an union for the two parts. In the picture with the pipe on the octagon you can see my first attempt without using a pattern. With my pattern it goes pretty quickly and I have a system down where I can make a bend and secure it in place in about 4-5 mins or so. Next steps will be to drill holes on the outside and inside of the mixer.

Template 1
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Octagon Template
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Prototype
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09/04/2017 - Walk-up Bar Cabinets - WIP
I found out that the same type of cabinets in the kitchen upstairs was going to be much more than I expected. The wife and I shuffled down to Lowe's and looked at some ready to pick-up cabinets. I will go with a dark color like upstairs but will save a nice amount and wifey can see I am making progress as she has implemented a Thanksgiving deadline for the main tank to be up and running.


09/05/2017 - Drywall Sanding -WIP
I spent some time sanding the walls in the area outside the fish room and noticed there are few places I still need to get squared away. The ceiling is a pain in the butt and I still need to address a few places around the lights, outlets, and the sprinklers. I hope to have this wrapped up in the next week and the walls primed by the end of next week. Once those are primed I can finish the framing of the fish tank and be one step closer to no more construction projects.


09/06/2017 - Neutralized Chlorine in Trashcan 1 & 2
I dumped about 3 cap-fulls in each trash can but when I went to look for an ammonia test kit I could not find it. I may run out tomorrow and get one after visiting the gym. If all the chlorine is removed I will change the water tomorrow let it sit overnight then test again. If there are no traces after that I will start the cycling process next week.


With that we are now all caught up...

SPotter
09/07/2017, 06:59 AM
Now that's an update!!!!!! Can't wait to see water in the tank!!!!

nightOwl
09/08/2017, 02:15 PM
Now that's an update!!!!!! Can't wait to see water in the tank!!!!

Steve - I'm trying to get on track and get things moving...lol.

nightOwl
09/25/2017, 02:44 PM
09/16/2017 - Outside of Fish Room Finally Primed
It is amazing what priming a room does! I still have a ways to go but now I can get back to focusing on the fish room. The only thing I really need to do if fix 3 spots on the ceiling.

From This
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To This
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09/17/2017 - Painted the Room
With the first coat of paint on it is really starting to look like a room instead of a work in progress. I am very happy with the way things turned out. Unless you are looking very closely you can not see an seams on the wall. The ceiling still has the three spots to fix before I paint the ceiling but the walls are done for now.

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09/19/2017 - Installed doors and Tank Trim
I managed to find some time to install both doors, the trim around the face of the tank and the trim around the french door leading the main room area. I put on a few outlet covers and the vent covers and now the only thing left in this area is the floor, the walk up bar, and paint the new door.


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nightOwl
09/25/2017, 03:07 PM
09/20/2017 - Plumbed Water Storage Tanks
I finished plumbing the tanks together. There are a lot of values but basically I can get water from either tank by gravity. The Reefflo Hybrid is set up so I can pull water from the fresh water tank and push it to mixing tank. Once the water is pushed to the mixing tank I turn another value and I can circulate the water in the mixing tank. I tried it out and mixed up 40 gallons of water. I still need to test that there are not leaks at the uni-seal. The pressure of the water is less than I thought it would be but the water mixes all the same.

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09/21/2017 - Backsplash in Frag Tank Area- WIP
After thinking looking at my temp set up and salt spray that is bound to happen when moving things around in the frag tank I decided I needed a backsplash. I ran out and got some Mastic from HD and went to the garage to get my trowels from a previous project. This is also a way to get some practice for the backsplash in my walk-up bar area. I plan to finish this in the next few days.

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James404
09/27/2017, 12:20 PM
Great build so far. The fish room is really coming along, looking forward to seeing it progress.

jmsilhy
09/29/2017, 02:15 PM
Man this is awesome!
Following along.

Out of curiosity, where do you get your PVC sheets?

Tuffyyyyy
09/29/2017, 03:16 PM
Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! Thank you for all of the pictures.

nightOwl
09/30/2017, 09:04 AM
Great build so far. The fish room is really coming along, looking forward to seeing it progress.

James404 - Thanks and welcome aboard.

Man this is awesome!
Following along.


Out of curiosity, where do you get your PVC sheets?


jmsilhy - Thanks and welcome aboard. I had to special order the 3/4 sheets from 84 Lumber. No place around me seems to carry the 3/4 in stock :(. I called a bunch of places and finally found 84 Lumber.

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! Thank you for all of the pictures.

Tuffyyyyy - Thanks and welcome aboard...more to come :).

nightOwl
09/30/2017, 09:37 AM
09/26/2017 - Backsplash Finished
The backsplash is finished and sealed and the frag tank is back in place. I also started working on the control panel for the frag tank. I thought I had some extra cords but could not find them. I ordered some new cords to connect the modules and they should arrive by next Wed. My goal it to do a leak test by then. I think it turned out pretty good for what I am going to be doing...LOL. I am still a little up in the air on the edge. I cut tile to put on the ends with my trusty tile cutter but I am not sure if I will add them or not. I have not decided if it looks like it is too much space on the edge or not. You can see in the second picture below.


Backsplash
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Backsplash
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Backsplash Up Close
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09/28/2017 - Frag Tank Updates - WIP
I am getting very close to being able to put water in the frag tank. While working on my frag rack for the frag tank I convinced myself I needed a mini lathe. I chose to make the legs for the frag rack from 1/2 CPVC. It seemed like a great idea at the time until I started making legs. I had to use my Dremel and do each one by hand. After three or four of them I had the feel of it and was able to do them pretty quickly. I removed about 1/4" of the material so that i could fit into the egg crate and support the frags. I like the way it turned out and may end up painting it but for now its done.

Plumbing has also been completed. The only thing left are small things like adding thread sealant on the loc-line nozzles and figuring out the height of the water in overflow section. I am trying to use BeanAnimal style so we will see how it works out. There is not as much height under the stand as I thought so there are two quick 90 degree turns which from my research could be a problem. We will see :).

Legs
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Frag Rack
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nightOwl
10/07/2017, 06:10 AM
09/29/2017 - Cycling of Rock - WIP
My cheap salt came in and I hauled some water from the basement up to the garage. In hind site I should have cured the live rock in the basement. Carrying water from the basement to the garage sucks! I mixed up 50 gallons of salt water in the salt water mixing station. With all the bends in the plumbing the water pressure is not a great as I thought it would be. As a result of the low pressure I may scrap the internal octagon I had planned on using. It may be something I add later so we will see. It's been so long since I cured rock from scratch I am not looking forward to it at all. I threw some flake food in each container and will probably add some shrimp later to get the process really going. I did not add a heater yet since the garage stays pretty hot. I put the trash can lids on each trashcan and crossed my fingers.

10/03/2017 - Frag Tank - Wiring
I tired to calculate the number of outlets I will need for my frag tank and it started to increase more than I initially thought. I may have to scale it down to be more basic.

Since I know cord lengths were not going to reach all the way to the control panel I added 8 outlets under the tank. All the outlet ends cords terminate into a box I built and then the plug ends are ran through a hole in the top of the table. I used foam to "plug" the hole so the cords don't move. In the picture to the left of the gray box you can see the 1-1/2" PVC pipe I used to run the cords through. I used a coupling on the top side and so far it seems like this may work out well. I caulked the PVC pipe in place in case there is a water spill so no water would drain directly down to the wires. I now have 8 individual controlled outlets that I can just plug into the corresponding Apex outlet

Under Frag Tank Wiring
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10/04/2017 - Frag Tank - Bean Animal Plumbing - WIP
I finally finished the plumbing and added some RO/DI water to the frag tank. This was my first leak test for the frag tank as well so I am happy to report there are not leaks. I have to do some more fine tuning but I think I should be able to make the overflow pretty silent. The tricky part is since it's internal the water from the weirs make a crashing sound and trying to adjust the pipes to the right height is harder than I had thought. All in all it looks like the pump I am using is too powerful as the majority of the sound is coming from the water entering the sump. I will probably have to to t-off my pump and feed the water back in the sump in order to reduce the amount of water being pushed into the display or get a smaller pump. For now I am going to see if I can come up with a way to make the top quieter and then work on a solution

Top Down
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Overflow Box
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10/06/2017 - Main Control Tank Panel - WIP
Today I managed to create the box I will use for the main control panel. I marked out in painters tape where the panel will go on the wall. Currently its 34" W x 28" H. I forgot my camera in the basement while I was working in the garage so I will post a picture on my next update of what the frame will look like. It will open from the top or side or maybe I will use a french cleat like the frag tank. I am still trying to figure that part out :(.


Main Tank Control Panel
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sdweller
10/07/2017, 08:36 AM
This looks like an awesome project !
Sea Dwellers

Flatrack01
10/09/2017, 11:28 AM
Awesome build! Where are you in MD? I'm in Millersville and have a 315 gallon system with fish room. Noooo where near as nice as yours :)

nightOwl
10/10/2017, 12:42 PM
This looks like an awesome project !
Sea Dwellers

Thanks sdweller!

Awesome build! Where are you in MD? I'm in Millersville and have a 315 gallon system with fish room. Noooo where near as nice as yours :)

Flatrack01 - Thanks. I am in Capitol Heights MD. I am still adjusting to not having 3 great places to buy corals and fish within 30 mins of me from living in VA. Did you end up doing a build thread? Mine is small compared to some others but it works for me...LOL. I think we all want more space!

Flatrack01
10/10/2017, 01:15 PM
Thanks sdweller!



Flatrack01 - Thanks. I am in Capitol Heights MD. I am still adjusting to not having 3 great places to buy corals and fish within 30 mins of me from living in VA. Did you end up doing a build thread? Mine is small compared to some others but it works for me...LOL. I think we all want more space!

Haha yeah I hear ya. I did not do a build thread strictly out of laziness, but I have always considered doing one after the fact because I'm constantly tweaking things.

You should check out Fintastic Aquariums in Frederick (yep, its outside of 30 minutes lol). Its a small store but they have really nice stuff there and are great to work with.

nightOwl
10/15/2017, 07:49 PM
Haha yeah I hear ya. I did not do a build thread strictly out of laziness, but I have always considered doing one after the fact because I'm constantly tweaking things.

You should check out Fintastic Aquariums in Frederick (yep, its outside of 30 minutes lol). Its a small store but they have really nice stuff there and are great to work with.

Flatrack01 - I may add them to my field trip list. I looked at their website and the prices are pretty good!

10/10/2017 - Curing Rock - WIP
I finally got around to checking my ammonia levels in the my trash cans for my rock that is curing. The ammonia kit said 8 but I think its higher...LOL. My garage stinks so I know something is happening. The cycle is officially underway. I may need to do a small water change to help move the process along. I also ended up buying some bacteria to add once I move it in the main display. When I looked back at my pictures of my first aquascape I realized I wanted another large rock piece or two. ON my latest BRS order I asked for large Pukani. The customer service rep I spoke to was great and told me he would go to the back and make sure I had a large piece or two. When they arrived I was very impressed. They are large with a great variety of nooks and crannies. One thing I will have to do is to bleach this rock for sure. There is some dead material on the rock that is not fully dry so even though it is dry rock there are still some things decaying. The rock also has that smell of rock that has been out of water for a while but not completely dry.

Ammonia Test
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Bacteria
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Rock 1
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Rock2
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10/11/2017 -Control Panel -WIP
I made some updates to my control panel. I added a center brace and some corner braces. I will find the studs in the wall and then mark them so I can attach the unit after I prime it. On the left side I plan to cut two areas that I can feed the cords in. My cords have a variety of lengths. I have six fairly short, four really long, and two medium length cords. I will have a total of 12 individually controlled outlets.

Control Panel
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12 Outlet Junction
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10/13/2017 - RODI Upgrades
Maryland water sucks! My TDS meter is running around 240 -260 on the incoming side. I noticed no mater how many times I was changing the filters my TDS on the out line was still ranging around 12 or higher and what ever they are treating the water with killed most of my corals in my temp set up. It looks like a few may hang in there but for the most part they are on the decline. The filters below on the current system are from only 2 weeks of use.I am not sure if it is related to the chemicals the water company is using or if the DI resin is old. Either way I decide to add a second DI resin chamber. Turning my 5 stage into a 6 stage RODI unit. I thought my existing bracket could hold two chambers but the holes would not line up for two units. Temporarily I am just going to have then on the back table. I removed the old membranes and as I suspected they were swollen. When I talked to the water company they mentioned they had flushed the system in the last few weeks due to some type of algae and sediment bloom. I found a place on Ebay that sold DOW membranes for a pretty good price. So I decided to change out the membranes as well. I essentially replaced all the internals of my unit and added an additional chamber. The unit ran so much better when I flushed it for the first time.

Current System
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New Chamber
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New Membranes
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nightOwl
10/15/2017, 07:52 PM
Continued

Inside the box
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BRS 6 Stage Kit
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Temp Set Up
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nightOwl
10/15/2017, 08:41 PM
Main Tank Plans
So with the main tank I have a few things I need to get finished before my rock cures. I am hoping that the two new pieces of rock will be adding will allow me to make another structure or make the structure a little higher or just give me some other options.

I invested in three Triton water tests after talking to the water company and not feeling like the water quality in my area will be resolved for a while. According to them there are a few factors that may be causing my issue. Ranging from water main breaks, flushing the system due to algae blooms or sediment bloom. They also mentioned because our neighborhood is fairly new it could be a plumbing issue. My plan is too send off one test when the tank is officially up and running then one every 2 months.

I also ordered some Epoxy Resin for my planned platform for my rock structure to sit on. From previous tanks rock that sits in the sand becomes a detritus playground. the platform will be made from egg crate and foam then covered in sand and epoxy.

Water Test
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Planned Aquascape
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MarylandTang
10/16/2017, 04:36 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4513/37634999836_8748d15013_c.jpg

This picture is making me lose my balance! :spin1:

Are the tape marks or the wood pieces level?

nightOwl
10/16/2017, 05:34 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4513/37634999836_8748d15013_c.jpg

This picture is making me lose my balance! :spin1:

Are the tape marks or the wood pieces level?

MarylandTang - LOL the tape marks are level. I had it hanging on the edge of the outlet cover while I figured out how far my short cords would make it...lol.