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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:56 PM
I'm starting this thread over due to all of the photos being dumped from the previous online source. So, this is the mother of all photo dumps.

You can see the previous thread here:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2624431



The back story:

We bought the house with an unfinished basement. I brought out contractors to frame the walls, electrical, plumbing and drywall. This basically picks up from there.

I spent almost a year completing all of the woodwork. I'm proud to say my wife and I did all of the trim work, cabinetry, and stone (with the exception of the counters).

The tank and stand were ordered through Cris at Aquatic Arts in Denver. Big thumbs up to the local club and hobbyists who helped move this in and gave advice along the way!

For the last nine months, I've been working on the acrylic tanks, plumbing, and other infrastructure to make this a reality. The room itself has been a lot of work!

The pictures are mostly listed chronologically. Sorry if there are any double posts of pictures.



The tank dimensions are 4' x 4' x 3' deep. That roughly equates to the Golden ratio. If you're into math, do a search. It's a really cool and interesting topic, if you're into math.



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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:56 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:57 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:58 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:58 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:59 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 05:59 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:00 PM
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michael.lemke
07/14/2017, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the restart! Nice to see ya over here too.


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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:01 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the restart! Nice to see ya over here too.


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Thanks Mike! There are quite a few of us locals here.

halmus
07/14/2017, 06:03 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:03 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:04 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:04 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:05 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:05 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:06 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:06 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:07 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:08 PM
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michael.lemke
07/14/2017, 06:08 PM
Thanks Mike! There are quite a few of us locals here.



I've been finding that out. Been lurking over here more lately. Great to find the next level of Colorado reefers here. Lots of great info here too. Hoping to meet some of you in the coming months.


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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:08 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:09 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:09 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:10 PM
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:10 PM
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
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halmus
07/14/2017, 06:27 PM
That's it for now. I'm caught up on pictures. Major projects going on right now:

I am waiting on a few more pieces of aluminum strut to come in at Grainger. That's what I'm using to make the sliding light racks for the ReefBreeder lights on the QT station.

I'm starting the light rack on the display tomorrow. I'm waiting on a few pieces to come in for that. (Stainless steel lead screws, stepper motors, drivers....DIY automated light rack)

I'll get the frame going and then have to go back and incorporate some of the mechanical aspects later when the tank is curing.

Here's hoping Flickr doesn't follow Photobucket's lead. I'm not migrating photos again.

Thanks for following! I appreciate all the input I can get. A lot of thought has gone into this, but that doesn't mean they're all good thoughts.

biecacka
07/14/2017, 07:59 PM
Man, this set up is definitely top notch!! The attention to detail is unreal.

Are the tanks in your fish room separate? Is that why the second skimmer is needed? That MRC skimmer is awesome!

Corey

JonCubb
07/14/2017, 08:08 PM
Yeah, so I'm jelly as hell. Very clean, and well thought out setup. I'll be following along for sure.

Bdial
07/15/2017, 07:01 AM
This is probably one of the best builds I've ever seen. The planning, attention to detail, and execution is superb. im pretty sure you have more in just the plumbing than I have in my entire system. Awesome!!

halmus
07/15/2017, 08:18 AM
Man, this set up is definitely top notch!! The attention to detail is unreal.

Are the tanks in your fish room separate? Is that why the second skimmer is needed? That MRC skimmer is awesome!

Corey


The short answer: Most of the tanks are hooked together to form one big system with the exception of the QT rack isolated on the far wall. That is its own modular system. Even with the tanks that are hooked together, I'm setting it up ahead of time so that the frag tanks can run on their own with a dedicated sump with a turn of a valve or share the displays water by turning the same valve. I'm trying to make the system as modular as possible while maintaining reliability. The same with the refugium.



I will try to put something together to explain how everything is hooked together and/or stand alone.

The thread prior to the photo disaster explained it pretty well but it doesn't make sense without pictures.

After reloading that many pictures, I don't have the motivation to explain each one. I am considering a video walk through but I think I'll wait until I have water flowing. The cycling will take forever so I'll have a lot of time for videos.



This is probably one of the best builds I've ever seen. The planning, attention to detail, and execution is superb. im pretty sure you have more in just the plumbing than I have in my entire system. Awesome!!


Thanks. I have taken a lot of inspiration from previous builds here. I'm putting my own spin on their designs.


Yeah, so I'm jelly as hell. Very clean, and well thought out setup. I'll be following along for sure.


Thanks for following.

C.Eymann
07/15/2017, 08:40 AM
My word, such a great build so far, very well planned and clean looking. I second the jelly-ness.
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Arnaldo24
07/15/2017, 06:36 PM
Beat build i seen. Cant imagine the time u spend putting together a drawing of the whole plumbing.
Following along


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halmus
07/16/2017, 06:16 AM
My word, such a great build so far, very well planned and clean looking. I second the jelly-ness.
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Thanks. Clean is the goal. I'm trying to challenge myself along the way and learn some new skills. I get my inspiration from a lot of people in the hobby. Right now, I'm trying to channel my inner Bill Wann. Soon, I'll be trying to copy Ching Chai's rockwork skills. There are too many people to mention...

Beat build i seen. Cant imagine the time u spend putting together a drawing of the whole plumbing.
Following along

Thank you. The plumbing was actually one aspect of this build where I was basically making it up as I went along. I did a "back of the envelope" that was more of a flow diagram so that I knew what all I wanted to plumb together, the inputs/outputs, pipe diameters based on estimated flow rates, pumps...

Other than that, when it finally came time to plumb, I just did a lot of sitting and staring. I tried to think far ahead but didn't have an exact plan.

Mishri
07/16/2017, 09:21 AM
wouldn't the golden ratio be 36"x58"? 1.61... you've got 1.33...

edit: I plugged it into multiple calculators for the golden ratio to see if my math was wrong.. got the same results.. 3'x5' would be closer... closest to 4' i found was 32"x52"..

halmus
07/16/2017, 10:07 AM
Good call Mishri. The bottom and top 2" will be covered by counter and woodwork respectively. That leaves 32" of viewable vertical viewing area by 48". Technically, the length of the sides should have been 51.2" with that vertical viewing space.

So, I should probably tear the entire thing down and start over. It will never work. :)

I had to compromise a little when ordering the tank. It wasn't cheep to start with and I got a little price break with the dimensions I ended up with due to how the materials worked out.

Achilles Torben
07/16/2017, 11:12 AM
Fantastic. Congratulations. Can't wait to see more.

Greetings Torben

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halmus
07/17/2017, 12:11 PM
Thanks Achilles. It's still slow progress but I'm moving forward.



I worked on the framework that will support the hood and lights on the display this weekend. The entire hood will roll out and suspend off of the front end of the tank with 60" heavy duty glides.

I will build an acrylic shield that will protect the glides from splashing. Hopefully I will be able to keep that area dry enough to prevent corrosion.


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halmus
07/17/2017, 12:12 PM
The back side in the filtration room. I will be using a cable chain guide on the electric cables so that everything is well managed and protected as the rack rolls out and in. I am on hold with the rest of this rack while I wait for more fasteners.


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halmus
07/17/2017, 12:13 PM
I also picked up a few more pieces of the aluminum strut so I was able to complete the mounting of the Reefbreeder LED's over the QT tanks. The tanks are pretty dirty right now. They're also scratched because they were originally salvaged from a store years ago. I modified them and buffed them as well as I could (or was willing to). They're QT, so I'm not extreemly concerned that they aren't show quality. They do the job.


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JonCubb
07/17/2017, 05:55 PM
Lookin sharp. How do you like the aluminum framing? I've been considering it for a possible future build, but I've heard its pretty expensive.

halmus
07/17/2017, 09:01 PM
The aluminum is a lot of fun to work with. I probably wouldn't use it to build a stand out of even though I know that's totally possible. I would just worry about deflection so I would end up way overbuilding it. There is deflection calculator software available. Still, I really like a solid tube steel frame.

For other less critical frames like a hood, it's nice. I will be able to adjust the rails on top to best fit the lights I end up with. Then, it's just a thin wood facade for aesthetics that doesn't need to hold any real weight.

dave.m
07/18/2017, 02:47 AM
Maybe I missed it, but why does the light rack extend into the living space instead of into the fish room?

Dave.M

halmus
07/18/2017, 05:20 AM
Once the woodwork is on including trim and crown mounding at the top, it won't fit through the hole into the fish room.

I tried to think of all of the possible ways to access the tank and this was the only solution I could come up with. My wife didn't want the hood to extend all the way to the ceiling for esthetic reasons. She didn't want a massive tall hood like we had on our last tank, which did look odd. But, the shorter hood is also too close to the ceiling to allow flip up sides that provide enough space for me to reach all the way into the tank.

Basically, in the end, I had to find a way to move the entire hood out of the way at least periodically if I need to go snorkeling.

The wood facade will have access doors or panels of some sort to allow daily feedings and maintenance without moving the entire assembly.

JonCubb
07/18/2017, 10:33 AM
The aluminum is a lot of fun to work with. I probably wouldn't use it to build a stand out of even though I know that's totally possible. I would just worry about deflection so I would end up way overbuilding it. There is deflection calculator software available. Still, I really like a solid tube steel frame.

For other less critical frames like a hood, it's nice. I will be able to adjust the rails on top to best fit the lights I end up with. Then, it's just a thin wood facade for aesthetics that doesn't need to hold any real weight.

Good feedback, thanks!

balz3352
07/21/2017, 05:47 AM
This is the mother of all picture dump!! I love it. It be great to see now. A lot different than when I helped carry the tank down

halmus
07/21/2017, 05:57 AM
Thanks again for breaking your back to help get the tank down!

I think I need to light off some fireworks once I finally plug in the first pump to start moving water. Signal all the locals to come over and check it out.

I'm sure there have been slower builds over the years but from my perspective it feels like I'm going for the Guinness record.

Lighting will be a huge milestone. Hooking them up will be pretty simple. Dialing them in might take forever. Still, one major step towards being wet.

xoomer
07/21/2017, 09:10 AM
Mind absolutely blown!

The attention to detail has a very pleasing effect. Too often people settle for good enough. Your setup is one of the best if not THE best I've seen to date. KUDOS!

This thread should be used as a guide for striving hobbyists when designing and building their fish rooms. Your extensive skills are amazing as well. EXTREMELY WELL DONE!

Reefer40b
07/22/2017, 01:47 AM
Spectacular! If only I had the funds for this....

Those reefbreeders are wonderful have some myself good choice!

halmus
07/22/2017, 08:49 AM
Mind absolutely blown!


Thank you for all of the compliments. I have put a lot of effort into making this as ideal as possible based on my priorities. I owe a lot of inspiration to everyone out there who's ideas I'm adopting and I'm bringing some of my experiences into the mix.

Not everyone has the same priority. There are probably a HUGE number of people skimming through that would probably use the funds to have a front display twice the size and a much more reasonable filtration room.

Thanks for following!

halmus
07/22/2017, 08:52 AM
Those reefbreeders are wonderful have some myself good choice!


I'm pretty happy with those lights so far. I haven't put them to any real use, but they fit the space perfectly and are ideal for this application.

xoomer
07/24/2017, 09:06 AM
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Where did you get the "C" Channel, I am assuming its all Aluminum.

Are the pipe holders (clamps) AI as well?

Thanks in advance.

halmus
07/24/2017, 09:09 AM
I got the aluminum strut channel from Grainger. The pipe clamps are stainless. I forget now, but I assume I couldn't find them in aluminum? Or, I didn't look hard enough.

xoomer
07/24/2017, 01:37 PM
I got the aluminum strut channel from Grainger. The pipe clamps are stainless. I forget now, but I assume I couldn't find them in aluminum? Or, I didn't look hard enough.

Strut channel! couldn't remember what it was called even though I've used plenty of the steel type for facilities wiring. There are so may attachment accessories for these systems. I'll check local Grainger to see if they stock the AI so that I can use it around SW; worst case scenario I'll have it shipped. Great idea and makes organizing a snap. Thanks

BTW. Keep us updated on the progress. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

mr9iron
07/24/2017, 02:11 PM
This is a very inspirational setup to say the least. I cannot wait to see this system mature. Thank you for sharing it.

halmus
07/24/2017, 03:43 PM
Xoomer- Grainger had to order it in for me like a lot of other things. Good luck sourcing it. It's a pretty handy material to work with.

mr9iron- Thanks for following.

halmus
07/24/2017, 03:50 PM
I started off the weekend prepping for the Radions to arrive. I only have one right now to build and design from. The rest are on order. I built a wood jig to create some acrylic mounts off of. I trimmed all of the mounts to fit that jig.

I made 8 mounts. 4 over the display and 2 each over 2 frag tanks. I'm only mounting lights over a single frag tank for now. It will be a while before I need either of the frag tanks. Obviously. But, it's easier to build the mounts now while I already have everything set up.

I mounted the brackets to 8020 rails and then mounted those rails to the hood.

The final picture is the back end. I'm using cable carrier drag chain 2" x 1" like you might on a CNC. All of the power and control cabling will run through that to protect them while the hood moves in and out.

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crimsonblue
07/24/2017, 08:17 PM
Not to take away from the :spin2: of the above photo, but where did you get that grey flooring? It looks sturdy and waterproof

halmus
07/24/2017, 08:40 PM
It is sturdy flooring. It's waterproof everywhere except the seams. I taped the seams underneath with the recommended tape but I doubt that it's an impervious joint. That doesn't matter with my build on a cement slab.

It's G-floor which I ordered in through Home Depot.

dave.m
07/25/2017, 02:42 PM
Just to mess with your head a bit further... I was thinking more about how your light rack protrudes into the living space. I understand the aesthetic concerns about minimizing the size of the hood, but what if the hood stayed in place and the light rack slid separately back into the fish room? That might give you the best of both worlds.

Sorry.

Dave.M

Lizard333
07/25/2017, 03:20 PM
This build is absolutely incredible!! I'm looking through the different threads here for ideas on my 180 gallon build, and now I just want to crawl into a hole and cry!!! Very impressive!!


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halmus
07/25/2017, 04:06 PM
Dave-

That's an interesting idea. It could have been doable. However, it still doesn't solve the issue that I'll need wide open access into the tank. The internal rack would slide backwards out of the way but the wood shell would still be in my way above the tank to gain access. That's the primary problem. Of course, the internals could slide out backwards and then I could man-handle the 4' x 4' x 12" wooden hood out from the tank.

Either way, the system is in place. I'm too lazy or too anxious for progress to rebuild. Now, I'll be able to slide the wooden facade, light rack, and majority of lights out away from the tank to go snorkeling in a short period of time.

A single T5 fixture will remain static over the tank center to provide light while I do maintenance.

Hopefully it will make sense once everything's assembled and I post up a video.

Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate the outside perspective. It makes me think twice or three times about the best path before committing. In this case, I've committed already and I'm ready to be wet!

Well, my mind is ready. The tank isn't.

halmus
07/25/2017, 06:55 PM
Lizard-

Thanks for checking it out and thank you for the compliments. Best of luck with your 180 build.

halmus
07/31/2017, 10:08 AM
I'm not sure if this works for linking a video. Here's an early video of the hood sliding mechanism. I still need to go back and attach the motor, but everything internal is working as expected. I added limit sensors to both ends. I'll be using stepper motors with a microprocessor so the limit sensors will just be a safety backup in case the microprocessor looses track of where things are.

Otherwise, the MCU will count the number of steps from one end to the other, accelerate, decelerate, and interface to a remote. I'll also add physical switches inside the hood and in the back room in case I get tired of using a remote.

For now, I have everything internal set. I'll be focusing on sealing off that section with acrylic to isolate it all from moisture. Then, I'll start hanging lights. Oh ya, the lights came in!

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dave.m
07/31/2017, 02:58 PM
Have you tried getting up top and replicating working inside the tank with the light rack extended? Will you have enough room to move?

Dave.M

crimsonblue
07/31/2017, 03:08 PM
That is easily the coolest fish tank lighting on the planet!!

halmus
07/31/2017, 03:54 PM
Have you tried getting up top and replicating working inside the tank with the light rack extended? Will you have enough room to move?

Dave.M

I guess I'll need to post pictures of myself working in the tank once the woodwork is done. Your question is the whole basis for why I'm putting all of this work into moving the hood out of the way.

With the hood in place and the lights mounted, assuming a hood that can't move out of the way, I would only have about 9" max of vertical space on the side of the hood (typical side door access) to reach through and try to get to the middle of the tank and 36" down. The top will be covered entirely.

By moving the entire hood out, I only have an 8" wide beam right in the center of the tank and an approximate 20" wide open gap and 24" to the ceiling. It's basically like not having any obstacles in the way other than the natural challenge of reaching to the bottom of a 36" tank. I'm standing on the counter to service the tank (part of the plan). So, imagine standing on the ground with a tank 36" deep reaching down into it.

That is easily the coolest fish tank lighting on the planet!!

Thanks Blue!

tripdad
09/17/2017, 07:20 AM
Any updates on this build? I'm in need of a fix!

halmus
09/17/2017, 04:19 PM
Any updates on this build? I'm in need of a fix!

Thanks for the motivation and thanks for following.

halmus
09/17/2017, 04:23 PM
It's been a long time since an update. I've been working hard behind the scenes but it never seems like it's going fast enough. I've had a few minor setbacks that I've been working through. I won't mention them but I will

say that my local shop here in Denver, Aquatic Art, is awesome!

So, since the last update my wife and I focused heavily on the rockwork. This might be the most challenging part of this build for me. I've watched videos, reviewed photos, other builds, read all of literature I could find

on issues like "forced perspective, "rule of thirds", the fact that we'll appear to loose depth front to back by a factor due to refraction of light in wate. We tried very hard to keep the rockwork open and a good distance

from the glass. Even with a 4' x 4' footprint, I found myself wishing I had a bigger tank.

Here is the finished product for rockwork. We have independent boomies (spelling?) for the most part. The boomies or pillars could be removed. The arch in the rear is a little overwhelming and more bulky than I would have

perfered but it's in place. It will be nice once it's grown over with sticks.

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This is the tank with water and only a single T5 fixture turned on in the center.

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halmus
09/17/2017, 04:24 PM
I finished the mixing station for now. I made acrylic boxes for the electronics and easy access to the pump controllers. Later on, I will be integrating more electronics into those boxes. For now, they're mostly empty.

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halmus
09/17/2017, 04:26 PM
I added miracle mud, sand, and crushed coral to the refugium. The elevated portion on the right end has a deepish bed of mud covered with sand/gravel. That is intended for mangroves. The heater will be taken out and hidden later.

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halmus
09/17/2017, 04:27 PM
I installed two Vectra M1's into the overflow box. They feed back up to independent sea-swirls. That's a modified closed loop. I have these set up obviously for the added flow, but also because these will be my go-to pumps

to transfer over in the event of a power outage. I didn't want a true closed loop because I didn't want the extra holes. These accomplish almost the same thing.

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halmus
09/17/2017, 04:29 PM
I installed the four MP-60's in the dry boxes. Then, I spent a good amount of time organizing electronics. The cord management isn't complete. I'm still debating controllers and how much I'll actually run through a

controller. For now, everything that is running is plugged in directly to surge protectors. I'm labeling every single outlet and cord so that I have a good reference as to what exactly is plugged into what circuit. I'll

probably write up some documentation for further reference. That will also allow me to start tracking dates for warrenty, service, and bulb replacement.

I built an 8' tall rack that is a "corner" cabinet. It sits in the little corner where the refugium meets the frag rack. That will basically function as an IT rack. I'll have some UPS in there, the controller, and all of

the switches, meters, displays, general electronics interface. I am installing doors tomorrow. The door panels are basically modular removeable panels that I can modify and replace as I start mounting the controller and

switches. The doors themselves will only be opened when I need to modify something in the electronics. Otherwise, it is a sealed box to protect from splashing. I will probably need to vent it. That's the nice thing about

having a modular face to the doors. I can add and remove things as needed without rebuilding the entire cabinet.

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halmus
09/17/2017, 04:31 PM
I installed the four MP-60's in the dry boxes. Then, I spent a good amount of time organizing electronics. The cord management isn't complete. I'm still debating controllers and how much I'll actually run through a

controller. For now, everything that is running is plugged in directly to surge protectors. I'm labeling every single outlet and cord so that I have a good reference as to what exactly is plugged into what circuit. I'll

probably write up some documentation for further reference. That will also allow me to start tracking dates for warrenty, service, and bulb replacement.

I built an 8' tall rack that is a "corner" cabinet. It sits in the little corner where the refugium meets the frag rack. That will basically function as an IT rack. I'll have some UPS in there, the controller, and all of

the switches, meters, displays, general electronics interface. I am installing doors tomorrow. The door panels are basically modular removeable panels that I can modify and replace as I start mounting the controller and

switches. The doors themselves will only be opened when I need to modify something in the electronics. Otherwise, it is a sealed box to protect from splashing. I will probably need to vent it. That's the nice thing about

having a modular face to the doors. I can add and remove things as needed without rebuilding the entire cabinet.

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halmus
09/17/2017, 04:32 PM
Lastly, I've been making A LOT of water! Today, I finally did a final check on all of the true union valves and let the water run down into the sump. I initially had all valves turned off and then started opening one at a

time so that I could bring small sections online to monitor. Eventually, I got both return pumps running. I'm using matching Dolphin pumps as returns. One return feeds the display, the refugium, and the reactors. The other

return feeds the display and the frag tank sump. I have just the sump to the frag tank tied in and cycling with the display's water for now. Once the rock in there is cured, I could potentially isolate that system and start

running the frag tanks on their own. Or, I could turn on the frag tanks and allow the water to continue to mix with the display's for added stability.

I filled the fresh water top-off tank and have that running with the main sump. It just tops off via gravity and the float valve. That has been a stable solution in the past and is working well again.

I already conducted some power failure tests. My sump can hold the volume. I did identify one issue with the refugium during a power outage. I will need to address that later on.

Overall, with the water running, I'm feeling pretty confident. I still need to install a more perminant heater solution. I pulled old heaters from the last tank for now. They're 300 Watt.

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One major thing I haven't done yet is bringing the skimmer online. I will probably do that tomorrow or next weekend. I want to make sure I'm around to watch it for a full day in case something unexpected happens. Just

getting this water running this much is enough for now.

xoomer
09/18/2017, 05:06 PM
and a 'fix' we got!

Man dont leave us hanging for this long between updates, withdrawal symptoms are not fun :)

One thing; with this high-level of build (again, amazing!) shown here I am surprised that you didn't employ abyzz pumps as your returns.

tripdad
09/18/2017, 08:47 PM
Wow, That's a ton of update, glad to see it going well. I'm a fan of your build for many reasons but my main one is because your really going after what you want, including the room decor and woodwork. It's really cool to watch someone execute what was once just a vision into a reality, and so well.

James404
09/20/2017, 10:08 AM
This thread is simply amazing. Your attention to detail and craftsmanship is about the best I have seen on here.

halmus
09/20/2017, 11:00 AM
Xoomer- about the Abyzz pumps: I have obviously spent a lot of money on this system. However, I have still tried to consider the cost/benefit of each component. I don't like spending money just to spend money for fancy gear. For the main returns, I really only want a fixed flow rate so that controllable function of the DC pump would be wasted once it was set. The Dolphin pumps supply all of the flow I need at an impressively low power draw. They seem to have a good reputation for reliability.

I obviously am using Vectras as returns for other sections of the reef but they will be variable based on how many tanks I'm trying to supply. Again, those systems don't justify the price tag in my mind. Maybe in the future I might migrate that direction to cut down on noise. Thanks for following and for the good question.

xoomer
09/20/2017, 11:23 AM
I understand your approach; makes sense.

I am considering the Abyzz in my next build for all of its strong points; its ultra quiet, ultra efficient and has high head, not to mention its tiny by comparison to these old school pumps and it comes with 10 year warranty. The price is little too high for most budgets (including mine) but reading the reviews and seeing the feedback at different fora I get that feeling that it would be the last pump I'd need.

karimwassef
09/20/2017, 12:04 PM
Beautiful build. Great workmanship.

vadajo
09/20/2017, 12:28 PM
Amazing work. Whats your rate and would you be willing to fly to VA?

halmus
09/20/2017, 12:28 PM
Wow, That's a ton of update, glad to see it going well. I'm a fan of your build for many reasons but my main one is because your really going after what you want, including the room decor and woodwork. It's really cool to watch someone execute what was once just a vision into a reality, and so well.



Thanks for all of the compliments! Turning my thoughts into really has been rewarding! ...and exhausting.

halmus
09/20/2017, 12:29 PM
This thread is simply amazing. Your attention to detail and craftsmanship is about the best I have seen on here.



Thanks James. I owe a lot of inspiration to past builds that others have completed here.

jmsilhy
09/20/2017, 04:17 PM
I know a couple of public aquariums that could use advice from you man!!

Subscribed for the rest of your journey, can't wait for updates (grabbing popcorn)

halmus
09/20/2017, 04:57 PM
Thanks Karim and Vadajo.

Karim-I've read through parts of your thread. I need to start over and review from the beginning. You've got some major aspirations. I wish you the best with the project. It will be incredible to see come together.

Vadajo- Do you have anything being planned right now or running already? Any build threads? I'm afraid my work would would require more in terms of time than 99% of hobbyists would be willing to tolerate. 300 hours is a conservative estimate of how much time I have in the aquarium and back room and it's still not done. Another 300 hours in the woodwork out front and there are still small things to complete there. That's why the tank was dry for 18+ months.

halmus
09/20/2017, 05:05 PM
I know a couple of public aquariums that could use advice from you man!!

Subscribed for the rest of your journey, can't wait for updates (grabbing popcorn)


Thanks JM. I would love to earn a living somehow tied to the hobby but I haven't found the right opportunity. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

karimwassef
09/20/2017, 05:51 PM
Thanks. Just watch the latest videos - that'll catch you up fast :)

I'm still captive to my budget- need to clear under $50k to get started.