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Unread 08/20/2005, 03:00 AM   #701
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Too funny Marc!


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Unread 08/20/2005, 08:26 AM   #702
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Boy, That was a lot of work.

Just kinda saw the title and started to read, and boy time flies. After about the fourth or fifth page I looked at the date and hope that the reason the thread was so long is that it was going very well and fun to talk about and that nothing very bad happened. I feel for you where your first tank cracked.

Very adventurous. I've wanted to do so serious plumbing into my crawlspace. Was worried about the temperatures though in the summer/winter causing problems. My long term goal is to replace my 75 with something monsterous but I don't have a layout that would let me do an in-wall in my home. So I'd need the monster sump for that somewhere, and the crawlspace would be awesome. I'm going to have to do some temperature tests to see how cool it gets there in the winter. It doesn't feel too bad in the summer so I'm not worried there, more worried about things getting too cold.

Lots of interesting info in there. Greetings from central North Carolina.


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Unread 08/20/2005, 09:50 AM   #703
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Thanks Trekkie!

My thread is filled with strife - it's character building

As far as the temperature control, the winter here wasn't a problem - I have 2 - 250W heaters and was able to keep the temperature pretty steady at 80. (the max during the day with all lighting firing down on the water). It might be a little different this year with the addition of the new fishroom - so we'll see how it goes.

In the summer - for instance the last few days with about 95-100 degrees and 80%+ humididity it hovers around 82.

Good luck with the plumbing - a crawlspace isn't much fun to be in - but it's worth it to have a sump and closed loop pump that you don't have to listen to

Oh - and I'll be in that sump pretty soon as I hook the next tank into the central sump system - a 50 gallon acrylic pentagon corner tank. Not sure what the theme will be but it won't be SPS. I'm thinking an agressive community tank with a couple softies.


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Unread 08/20/2005, 11:02 AM   #704
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Oh - I meant "I'll be in that crawlspace pretty soon" not sump

Oops.


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Unread 09/14/2005, 07:28 AM   #705
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OK - update time.

A few things have happened over the last month. I've battled over and over again with flatworms - and I'm almost at the winners circle...

I also put in place a water change setup.

Heres the setup:



Basically what I have here is 2 32 gallon rubbermaid tubs.
One for the topoff water (run with a kent floatvalve - hooked to an RODI unit with a 3 gallon tank - feeds the tank with a maxijet 900 hooked to a reeffantic level controller)

and one for the waterchange water. (circulation is one airlift tube and a lower bubbler (for when the water is low)



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Unread 09/14/2005, 07:29 AM   #706
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To fill the waterchange tank - I just turn the valve on the top connecting bulkhead. The water flows into the waterchange tub until it reaches that height in the topoff tank. At which point - its up to the kent floatvalve to fill up the 2 tanks until full.



As you can see, the pump that I'm using is a Velocity T1 (finally found a use for it Kip )

It's plumbed into the sump through the wall.

The other side of the waterchange equation is the pump that dumps the water out... In this scenario - it's an aquaclear 5000 - a 950 or so GPH powerhead that can turn a tub of water into a jacuzzi in a few hours with the amount of heat it puts out. Perfect for a "on for 5 minutes" type of application



The pump feeds a garden hose that runs out onto my driveway (for now). I'm going to put something a little more permanent in place at some point.




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Unread 09/14/2005, 07:29 AM   #707
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And here's the center of my little automated system - the lighting controllers.



I hit button #1 and 2 to shut off the main circulation and the skimmer. Hit button #3 to drain the sump - shut it off (syphoning does the rest). Takes about 3 minutes to drain. Then I hit button 4 to turn on the T1 and fill it back up again.

Easy as cake. Piece of pie!

I figure it's probaly about 25 gallons or thereabouts.


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Unread 09/14/2005, 07:33 AM   #708
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In addition to the automated waterchange I put in place a high tech lighting system for my sump room. The DJ controllers switch on 2 sets of lights. One in the sump area and one above the sandtrade tanks. However, that switch is all the way on the other side of the room.

So using my brain I devised a complicated high tech plan of controlling a 4 foot dual NO light. Here is what I came up with.




















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Unread 09/14/2005, 07:35 AM   #709
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Additionally,

I know, I know - the fun never ends in James' thread....

I put in place this wonderfully high tech rock curing system. I picked up some rock locally for free that had a lot of NASTY looking algae and had been sitting in a tub without circulation for about a week - so I threw this contraption together to cure it.

It's run by a mag12 squeezed through 3/4" pipe into 2 double union ballvalves running to 2 spraybars in 12 gallon "brand X" rubbermaid containers, draining to a 10 gallon "brand X" tub.

Notice the 3rd ballvalve in the chain. Perfect for waterchanges or soaking your pants for that "I just wet myself" look that all the kids are wearing now.




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Unread 09/14/2005, 07:29 PM   #710
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looking good man. keep the pics coming

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Unread 09/14/2005, 08:49 PM   #711
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OK - you asked for it.

Close up of one of my softies.... WHAT?? A softie in an SPS tank with a sandbed... ARE YOU MAD???!! Those of you that know me well can answer that one


My clowns (or at least the female) has decided that this open brain looks close enough to it's natural host - the carpet anemone.



Here's a shot of my happy and fat Red Sea Sailfin Tang. He's been hanging out with my Foxface - who's decided he doesn't want his picture taken




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Unread 09/14/2005, 08:52 PM   #712
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Finally - the fulltank shot. Which I'm not happy with. I can't get the color at the top of the tank to show up (with the high lighting). The color is starting to come back to the SPS after the major bleaching and other problems associated with the flatworm treatment.

The red coralline has really taken over the tank as you can see. It's plating growth pattern is really beautiful - and it's a nice change from the standard purple and pink (which I have tons of too...)




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Unread 09/15/2005, 05:59 AM   #713
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hey james,
that's a great idea for the water change system! unfortunately, i don't have the space resources to create something like that right now, but with your excellent pictures/description, you've given me some ideas to toy with to make something in the room i have to work with.
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Unread 09/15/2005, 07:09 AM   #714
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James,

Your sailfin looks like a cross between mine and kips. I guess he is getting his adult coloration. Did he always look like that or has he started to change as you've had him?


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Unread 09/15/2005, 07:12 AM   #715
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Glad to hear my system has sparked some creative initiative.



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Unread 09/15/2005, 07:13 AM   #716
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Ryan -

Pretty much looked that way from day 1. He hasn't really grown much either, just in width


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Unread 09/15/2005, 07:41 AM   #717
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you see it everyday, so you may not notice it as much.... but, his colors are changing... when i get home i will post a shot of what he looked like when it first arrived (if i can remember to do it)


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Unread 09/15/2005, 07:42 AM   #718
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Do that Kip, I'd be interested to see.


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Unread 09/15/2005, 07:49 AM   #719
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how's this for compare and contrast

james' juvie, the smaller... and my existing, the larger... this was back around mar-apr 05




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Unread 09/15/2005, 08:10 AM   #720
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Hey, that's what mine looks like!

Here is mine. He's much fatter now.




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Unread 09/15/2005, 08:10 AM   #721
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what is that on the glass kip? chaeto munching or algae in a scratch?


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Unread 09/15/2005, 08:13 AM   #722
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some chaeto i threw in there

my adult is a good bit larger now... he keeps adding stripes.


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Unread 09/15/2005, 08:15 AM   #723
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I've never fed them chaeto, do you feed it all the time or on occasion?


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Unread 09/15/2005, 08:20 AM   #724
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rarely if ever... it drives them nuts... they like it, but hard for them to eat becuase they can rip it apart and chew it... they act like they are slurping up spaghetti and nibbling it.


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I guess I'll have to try that.


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