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My own little lazaretto

Posted 05/11/2012 at 02:38 PM by Spaced Cowboy
Updated 05/11/2012 at 02:44 PM by Spaced Cowboy
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Wow! was it really over a month ago that I last posted here!

Ok, well things have been happening, but just much more slowly than before. Before I started stocking the tank, I wanted to get a quarantine system up and running, and that took longer than I thought it would.

The plan was to use the garden shed as the location (since we're, ahem, space constrained) and I thought I'd set up another identical auto-water-change/topoff system as I have on the main tank, so that if anything broke on the main tank, I could steal parts from the quarantine tank until I got a replacement.

So, first the shed had to be built, then have power routed to it (including permits etc.), then the parts had to be ordered and installed. Now, though, I'm getting there.

Since where I wanted the shed to sit has an easement across it, I had to get creative ... The shed was built with wheels (4 x 2000 lb capacity) so it can be jacked up and moved, if the power company ever want to get at the lines overhead. It also "plugs in" using a trailer-park junction-box. The electrician and the city all signed off on everything so it's all legit Here's a couple of shots of the shed and its wheels...

[CENTER][URL="http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/shed.jpg"][IMG]http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/sml-shed.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/wheels.jpg"][IMG]http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/sml-wheels.jpg[/IMG][/URL][/CENTER]

And inside it looks like this (left then right shots). The goal was to set it up so I could have somewhere for my electronics-type hobby stuff while we re-purpose the garage more as storage, since we've just lost a room...

[CENTER][URL="http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/shed-lhs.jpg"][IMG]http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/sml-shed-lhs.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/shed-rhs.jpg"][IMG]http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/sml-shed-rhs.jpg[/IMG][/URL][/CENTER]

In fact above left you can see some LED strip-lighting I'm trying out for macro-algae lighting over the sump. It has a colour temp of 5500K, so ought to work reasonably well. We'll see.

Finally, to the right of the desk in the above-right picture is the quarantine tank itself, and a close-up of the water-change system. I ran another 3 lines (waste, new salt water, new fresh water) from the main tanks to the shed and buried it in the ground while we were laying power to the shed...

[CENTER][URL="http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/quarantine-tank.jpg"][IMG]http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/sml-quarantine-tank.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/water-change.jpg"][IMG]http://0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/sml-water-change.jpg[/IMG][/URL][/CENTER]

So, now the quarantine tank is up and running, I can start to think about actually adding some fish
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