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Old 12/22/2017, 04:31 PM   #26
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Built a jig to hold the bigger panels for assembly. These 90 degree clamps are a great pair of extra hands. Takes a lot of worry out of getting panels at the perfect angle. Also holds up the panels to form that 1mm gap needed for #40. This is a bubble I got in my first seam for the sump . I lifted the syringe mid seam then touched it back down in the wet #40. Did not try to remove it since its an internal baffle and wont show. Live and learn. Practice, practice and practice some more. Here is the first side being welded to the back of the sump. By lifting one end of the panels the #40 runs into the seam a lot better.


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Old 12/23/2017, 06:33 PM   #27
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Working on the divider panels for the sump. Here they are being welding to the back panel. Since i had extra #40 mixed I decided to use it and made a mini tank. I can use it as a coral viewer or a dipping box.


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Old 12/25/2017, 03:20 PM   #28
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Old 12/25/2017, 05:09 PM   #29
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Very inspiring! Great job posting pics showing your progress. Jealous!

It looks like there is no walk-through between the tank and your reactors. How will you access them?


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Old 12/26/2017, 04:16 PM   #30
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It looks like there is no walk-through between the tank and your reactors. How will you access them?
Thanks. There is about 3ft from the wall that the reactors are on to the edge of the tank. I will build some stairs to climb up onto the platform. This way I should be able to reach into the tank and service the reactors. I will have a board to cover that gap you see, so I don't break a leg.


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Old 12/27/2017, 07:29 AM   #31
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Sump is almost done. Will add the top after the tank is done. I wanna be sure all the holes in the top are in the right place for the over flows and stuff. Water will flow into the chamber on the back right side, then over into the socks. Then out the bottom into the middle chamber. I left a 2" gap at the top in case the socks get plugged, for the water to flow over into the next chamber. The middle will be full of rock and some of those marine pure blocks. The water will be pumped out to the skimmer and returned to the middle chamber. Then over and thru the spaghetti mat. Then back to the tank. Simple design, no frills.


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Old 12/28/2017, 08:10 AM   #32
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Got the sump fitted. Had to shim a bit. The floor is sloped towards the drain. Plumbed the pumps and attached the ATO. Put an extra pump in the last chamber for water changes. Will used a peristaltic pump later for this but for now I will do it myself. The picture shows 2 flex tubes going into the middle chamber. The small one is from the salt mixing barrel for water changes. The large one is extra flow from the pump supplying water to the skimmer. I can open that more or less depending how much flow I want in that middle chamber and to the skimmer.


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Old 12/29/2017, 02:26 PM   #33
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Picked up the Marco Rock today. The stuff looks great. Not as lite as Pukani, but close. Great price too. Big pieces will make for fun aquascaping. Now to get with the cookin.


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Old 01/03/2018, 08:21 AM   #34
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Here is the tank acrylic. This will be fun. Big and heavy. My back is glad its not glass. I had to drill some holes in the coast to coast overflow for the bean animal. There is about a 5mm warp in one of the panels over a 5ft span. Hope this does not create a problem down the road.


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Old 01/03/2018, 10:02 AM   #35
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Exceptional build - particularly all of the DIY acrylic work...very impressive...

If I may ask, where did you source your spaghetti mat? I have been looking to replace mine in my sump and can't seem to locate any that is long enough to span the total distance with a single piece...


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Old 01/03/2018, 11:14 AM   #36
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Exceptional build - particularly all of the DIY acrylic work...very impressive...

If I may ask, where did you source your spaghetti mat? I have been looking to replace mine in my sump and can't seem to locate any that is long enough to span the total distance with a single piece...
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The mat does not span the full 30". It is only 24" long. I had to cut a small 6" piece to make it span the full length. It is supported underneath by egg crate. I will look for a longer piece if this works.

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/aquamesh-blue-3.html


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Old 01/03/2018, 06:25 PM   #37
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Been freezing here. Cold when wet. I need some feedback ideas for rock work. I took it out of the barrels to pressure wash and decided to stack a few pieces up. Sort of how I want it to look. Here are 3 views. The tall section is going near the back corner. 3 power heads will move water thru openings in the rock work. Any suggestions before I start over ?


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Old 01/03/2018, 09:53 PM   #38
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Check out "McPuff's new 300" on this forum. It's the best rock work I've seen. Post #82 has a vid of it.


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Old 01/04/2018, 07:06 AM   #39
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i hope you plan on bracing the sump.


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Old 01/04/2018, 02:15 PM   #40
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i hope you plan on bracing the sump.
Yes I will put the top on the sump when I have the tank dry fit in place. I want to be sure all holes are in the correct place before routing the top. FYI I will have a dogfish to guard my clowns.


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Old 01/04/2018, 02:23 PM   #41
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3 Pictures of work in progress. The coast to coast to over flow box being welded together. Don't do this in the kitchen, as it will smell like glue and make people not happy.
The first tank seam (2sides) are being welded. Here is the make shift jig I made to hold in in place at 90 degrees. Along with those 90 degree clamps made it easy to keep in place.


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Old 01/06/2018, 04:49 PM   #42
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I have 4 panels welded. It is now way to heavy for me to do anything myself. Time for BBQ and beer for my neighbors. Next step is to weld the bottom to the sides.


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Old 01/07/2018, 02:59 PM   #43
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Finally the 4 sides are flipped over and onto the bottom for welding. Both me and my buddy are beat. It is very heavy and to maintain a gap for solvent I used strips of teflon cut from a sheet. They are 2mm thick and compressed down to about 1mm with all that weight.


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Old 01/08/2018, 07:55 AM   #44
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How are the seams looking so far? Were you able to get them nice and clean? I find that very difficult personally.


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Old 01/08/2018, 12:11 PM   #45
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How are the seams looking so far? Were you able to get them nice and clean? I find that very difficult personally.
I tried to do a few practice seams with sci-grip #4 and pins. 1" stuff is so thick its hard to work with. They all had bubbles. So I am using sci-grip#40. Its like gear oil. I saw the builders on that show "Tanks" pouring some thick stuff when making a very thick tank seam. Maybe this is what they used or something similar. You need to have a 1mm gap for the stuff to flow into. it takes 15 min to set. Not like #4 which takes a a few seconds. And you dont use pins. I used some small chips of the stuff to keep the gap across the 5 ft span. They are almost invisible when done. I took a look at the one seam that's going to show (outside corner). No bubbles. Yaaaaaaa. Very Happy. Was almost afraid to look.


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Old 01/08/2018, 12:18 PM   #46
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One more thing. I way overfilled the seams to allow for shrinkage when drying. It causes the inside to have what looks like a silicone bead that was smoothed with your finger, like on a glass tank. The difference is that it is clear. With water in the tank i dont think it will be that big a deal. May even be invisible.


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Old 01/08/2018, 01:44 PM   #47
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This looks awesome. Also, the Jackalope in your workspace is awesome.

I would love to try a build like this, making a custom tank looks like a fun (but stressful) project.

It appears that you have two calcium reactors, or is one just the second chamber?

Are you going all kessil on this tank or other lights as well? Do you have a vent or something in that room to prevent from having one very humid fish-room?

Keep up the great work, that tank seam you showed looks perfect!


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Old 01/08/2018, 03:33 PM   #48
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This looks awesome. Also, the Jackalope in your workspace is awesome. Thanks

I would love to try a build like this, making a custom tank looks like a fun (but stressful) project. Good Fun ....Teaches me patience

It appears that you have two calcium reactors, or is one just the second chamber? It is for a possible sulfur denitrator down the road

Are you going all kessil on this tank or other lights as well? Do you have a vent or something in that room to prevent from having one very humid fish-room?

Keep up the great work, that tank seam you showed looks perfect! Thanks[/I]
Right now I have 4 Kessel 360W. I might make a couple of cannons myself to add more of a spot light on the bottom for clams.
The room has a fan/vent in the 10 foot tall ceiling, vented thru the roof. If this is not enough I can add a second one


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Old 01/09/2018, 06:34 AM   #49
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That seam looks terrific. Well done! Eager to see how this turns out. I'm pretty impressed with the tools you have... but that's what you need to do something like this the right way!

Making your own LED canons? Wow! Please create a thread for that too.


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Old 01/10/2018, 08:59 AM   #50
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Whooo Hoooo . Time to climb in the tank and finish the bottom seams. I placed wood on the outside to keep it from sliding off the platform. I jacked it up on 1 end at a time to get the solvent to flow into the joint. Its slippery inside on that paper protective covering. Had to do this barefoot. Car jack and some jack stands worked pretty good. Too bad i didn't have a floor jack. The last picture shows part of the cutouts for the coast to coast overflow.


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