View Full Version : And the build begins

09/21/2017, 12:54 AM


09/21/2017, 02:01 AM
Not sure why all the pics are not showing?

09/21/2017, 02:57 AM
Abit of background information;

The tank was originally an EA Marine 900 with an in-tank sump. This was stripped out and I was running the tank with a HOB filter and in tank Skimmer. Unfortunately, the tank failed and the structural seal was compromised. I believe this happened because the EA Marine stand was not adequate enough to support the load causing stress on the seams. I sold off all my livestock and decided to take a break from the hobby for a while I made decisions on how I would proceed with a new build.
I knew the new build had to have a bottom sump, so whatever direction I was going to take this was a must. I decided on a ghost type overflow, to free as much space in the tank as possible for aquascapping etc.
I decided on the Eshopp Large overflow because of the overall quality of build and price, and the design would allow me to install the “Bean Animal” type drain with ease.
I know I had to decide which way I was going with the tank. The size of the EA 900 was perfect for space I have got and realistically I already have the majority of the equipment to support this size system without having to upgrade all my equipment.
I had quotes for a new tank, and quotes to repair my existing tank. I made the decision to have my old tank repaired. The repair consists of a full strip down all holes drilled for the Overflow and returns and resealed and tested, and the pictures attached a some of that process.
I have made some modifications to the original stand after getting some very much needed guidance from people on here (you know who you are), I will up load picture of the stand shortly of the mods I did to improve the overall integrity of the stand.
Lighting wise, I was originally running a Maxspect Razor with good success, but I was not getting the desired results with my SPS. I have taken the plunge of investing in an ATI T5 39w x 8 bulb unit which I bought at a steal. This unit is actually overkill for my system, and the first bulb and last bulb would over hang my tank, so again I sort for some guidance on here and got some really good help and instruction how to modify the unit into a 6 bulb unit.
I will post some more pictures shortly of the upcoming build and equipment.

09/21/2017, 04:04 PM
Hey, check your ATI thread... the ATI North America guy, Keith weighed in... Because tube 7&8 are on the same ballast, all you have to do is keep those slots empty of any bulbs and you should be all set. No need to rewire apparently!

09/21/2017, 08:47 PM
Although my solution is more symmetrical (and complex)... with their solution of keeping bulb slots 7&8 empty, you will have the fixture overhang the rear.

09/22/2017, 12:45 AM
Although my solution is more symmetrical (and complex)... with their solution of keeping bulb slots 7&8 empty, you will have the fixture overhang the rear.

Hi Leon, yes I saw Keith's comments. I will see how it looks when it's up, but I do like the idea of it looking more symmetrical.

09/22/2017, 04:37 AM
See how you like it, if you don't and want it more symmetrical, shoot me a PM. Extrapolating the information based on Keith's comments, keeping the bulbs out of tubes slots 1&8 would make rewiring more straightforward and you'd still maintain 2 channel control with keeping bulbs 3&5 on the independent ballast.