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fishkeeprian
09/21/2017, 12:54 AM
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fishkeeprian
09/21/2017, 02:01 AM
Not sure why all the pics are not showing?

fishkeeprian
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.

LQT
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!

LQT
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.

fishkeeprian
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.

LQT
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.