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Old 12/18/2004, 02:27 PM   #51
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ill tag along...

more pics plz!
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Old 12/18/2004, 02:55 PM   #52
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Is your drywall work done. If so I didn't see any firestop around the plumbing, I hope you used some. If not you'll have a fire hazard/heat loss issue from where all the plumbing passes through the floors. It wouldn't be too late to get back in there and spray some if the tank is still empty.

Just trying to help, not add to the aggrevation.
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Old 12/18/2004, 11:34 PM   #53
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Quote:
Originally posted by RSanders
Is your drywall work done. If so I didn't see any firestop around the plumbing, I hope you used some. If not you'll have a fire hazard/heat loss issue from where all the plumbing passes through the floors. It wouldn't be too late to get back in there and spray some if the tank is still empty.

Just trying to help, not add to the aggrevation.
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Explain?

Is this used any time you pass pipes through the floors? IE: with toilet drains, sinks, etc?

And if so, what material is used?

Interesting concept.

OH - and tank is empty and out on my back porch. New tank is in the garage - the paint on the back glass is drying. Plumbing is almost ready. Got 1 more home depot trip for a couple 3/4" elbows and a whole lotta gluing.


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Old 12/28/2004, 11:47 AM   #54
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OK - so here's the replacement tank for the cracked one:




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Old 12/28/2004, 11:48 AM   #55
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That's what I like to see!


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Old 12/28/2004, 11:49 AM   #56
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I decided not to drill it - and ran the closed loop imput over the top based on Melev's design...




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Old 12/28/2004, 11:50 AM   #57
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here's some of the new plumbing - the old stuff had to be sawed off to get the old tank out... GRRR!!!




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Old 12/28/2004, 11:51 AM   #58
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Plumbed up and WET!




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Old 12/28/2004, 11:51 AM   #59
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The Melev-style CL works great ... a great solution.

I'm just happy to see you back working on this again


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Old 12/28/2004, 12:13 PM   #60
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Awesome James! To all reading his log, the day he cracked his tank I got a PM with quite a few expletives!

Looks great Jamesurq. You beat me to water.


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Old 12/28/2004, 12:16 PM   #61
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James: Glad you decided to stick with it and sorry about your setbacks. But, so far, looking good with the new tank.

Nice job!

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Old 12/28/2004, 04:19 PM   #62
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Thanks everyone! - Here's the southdown cloud I created. Searched high and low and finally found a source for a few bags. The plan was to put about 100-150 lbs of sand in it - but decided to go with a single 50 lb bag.
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Old 12/28/2004, 04:20 PM   #63
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mmmmm... All that frothy goodness....




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:22 PM   #64
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big skimmer working overtime:






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Old 12/28/2004, 04:23 PM   #65
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Water in the sump starting to clear up a little. Man that skimmer works well!




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:27 PM   #66
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Here are 2 of the 3 pumps.

In the foreground a mak4 (skimmer pump)

In the background, an LG 4 (return)

The LG had a clog in it's line when I first ran it - scared me! Made me think the pump wasn't working. Kept it running for a while and it created so much back pressure that the pipe flew off. Turns out I hadn't glued 2 connections (out of about 100) and the clog was in-between them! Water went flying up all over and after I pulled out the plug I found that the clog was made from an overusage of glue - it had created a complete seal on the pipe. Knife with a long handle, and I had cut the glue out. Resealed and we're good to go. That old LG pump has been a workhorse. loud as hell - but just keeps pumping.



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Old 12/28/2004, 04:29 PM   #67
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Here's a view of where the overflow/return lines are headed. They go about 30 feet in the crawlspace and up through the floor. Underneath the floor directly under the tank, the Ampmaster pump is hooked up and running... Some really nice flow out of 4 outputs.




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:31 PM   #68
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Because of this work on the tank, other priorities have taken a back seat... Like cleaning up the garage....

Oops.




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:34 PM   #69
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1 day later - tank is clearing up.



I attribute this to a couple of things.

1 - good skimmer.

2 - added some small pieces of liverock to the tank to aid in the bacteria production.


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Old 12/28/2004, 04:36 PM   #70
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closer view:



Basically just enough sand to keep the bottom covered. I don't want it to be above the bottom black plastic band of the tank - I'd rather not see the worms from the side...


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Old 12/28/2004, 04:37 PM   #71
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Turned on the Ampmaster 3000 - nice flow with good ripples on the surface:




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:38 PM   #72
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a closeup shot in the corner - notice the nice wave patterns.




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:40 PM   #73
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The overflow - megaflow setup.

I used my own plumbing - it's actually the stuff I had from the old tank. No point in paying $50 for a couple feet of PVC.. The durso standpipe is setup with a small piece of tissue paper in the large sized hole. I find that this provides plenty of air for flow and softens the sucking sound. It's almost completely silent.




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:42 PM   #74
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The water cleared up mostly - so my first attempt at aqauscaping. I felt that I had too much rock in the last setup - so in this first attempt I kept about 40 lbs out of the tank (out of 150 total). This 40 lbs represents 1 rock.




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Old 12/28/2004, 04:43 PM   #75
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Here's a better shot of the first attempt. I wasn't happy with it - and it changed about 5 times.




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