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Unread 01/01/2005, 06:12 PM   #151
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nice work so far


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Unread 01/01/2005, 07:55 PM   #152
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insane how much did the hole setup cost???? I would like to have you come over and do that for me!!!!


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Unread 01/01/2005, 08:57 PM   #153
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Thanks.

A few bucks. If you're interested in what a specific item cost, I can do that for you. I'm not sure I'd like to tally it all up..




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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:38 PM   #154
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For what it's worth - based on some reading I purchased a couple of these fans:



Directron Silencer 80mm fans.. ($8 each) - 20 dB.

I was going to go without - but with a 128 degree canopy temperature (assuming I can trust the thermometer (that's another thread ) it's probably a necessity.


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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:40 PM   #155
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ya i wouldnt eather I am curious to know how much that tank cost with the built in over flow?? That is an awsome tank! Your setup is already unbeleivable. Also i dont get how your tank had a meltdown if you dont mind could you explain? ive never heard of it happening. THanks and keep up the good work


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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:40 PM   #156
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Ok - so on to the topoff system.

Here's the 6 stage RODI unit with the automatic switch and 3 gallon tank sitting in the crawlspace:




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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:43 PM   #157
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the waste pipe runs out of the crawlspace and feeds into a gutter spout (which outputs on the driveway)




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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:44 PM   #158
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the output from the RODI unit feeds into the sump room:




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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:46 PM   #159
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It runs through this room and out to the garage where a rubbermaid garbage can awaits...



I could have put it in the small room (with some shoehorning) but for 2 reasons I said no:

1 - it was full and heavy.
2 - I'm lazy.


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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:48 PM   #160
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Allright - so inside the tub is a kent floatvalve to keep it full, and a maxijet 900 to feed the tank (tried a maxijet 400 but it wasn't quite enough)



Just an FYI - the white stuff in the tank is coralline flaking off the maxijet... soon to be dead..


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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:51 PM   #161
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The maxijet pump runs back into the sump room and feeds this handy dandy ghetto style kalk mixer. It's the top of a Christmas wrapping paper rubbermaid container. It has a 1" bulkhead connected to the side (at the bottom) with a valve glued to it.




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Unread 01/01/2005, 10:55 PM   #162
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Inside the ghetto kalk mixer is the overflow to the tank - it looks like some type of carlson surge device, but it's not. Basically, the premise is that the water spills in with the MJ900 pump and stirrs up the kalk. The water level reaches the top of the container and flows into the pipe. The kalk at the bottom and the foam on the top shouldn't ever enter the pipe.

Oh - and it didn't really show up - theres a small hole drilled in the top of the U shaped pipe ( so it doesn't syphon like a carlson surge )



I haven't put any kalk in there yet (obviously)...


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Unread 01/01/2005, 11:00 PM   #163
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Here's the unit that tells the maxijet when to turn on:



It's a reeffanatic level controller.

And here's the two float switches that tell the unit when the water gets too low:



Why 2? If one fails, the other one still works... If they both fail? The maxijet pump will put probably 10 gallons maximum and then run dry - it's situated near the surface of the rubbermaid garbage can. From there it's only capable of putting whatever capacity the RODI unit can put out (supposed to be 75 GPD - but nowhere near that).

That's if the pump doesn't burn out...


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Unread 01/01/2005, 11:04 PM   #164
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ya i wouldnt eather I am curious to know how much that tank cost with the built in over flow?? That is an awsome tank! Your setup is already unbeleivable. Also i dont get how your tank had a meltdown if you dont mind could you explain? ive never heard of it happening. THanks and keep up the good work
Thanks - the tank itself with the builtin overflow was $230. The tank basically died because of a power issue. Without circulation an overstocked fishtank won't last long. When a few fish die they'll spike the ammonia levels such that EVERYTHING dies...

Appreciate the words of encouragement..


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Unread 01/01/2005, 11:27 PM   #165
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ok thanks!!! Im sorry about that but it looks like that your 90 gallon is turing into a 900 gallon with all the do dats and what nots so your looking good in my book for overstocking with coral. Your tank is awsome it has been a pleasure reading and folloing along and has givin me ideas when i move out of my parents house being that i am still in highschool that i might try the same thing.. but to a lesser extent


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Unread 01/02/2005, 08:15 AM   #166
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I'm definitely into the do dats and what nots. I'm working on getting a few thingamajigs and whatchamacallits - but you know, patience is important in this hobby.


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Unread 01/02/2005, 08:25 AM   #167
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James,

Where did you learn all that plumbing????

How'd you think of drilling a hole to stop the syphon in that top off system???

Just when I think I will put a remote sump/return I see something here I never would have thought of.

How do you get the holes in the rubbermaids without them leaking?? Is that just a 1"bulkhead with heavy silicone or do you use something else?????


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Unread 01/02/2005, 08:54 AM   #168
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James,

Where did you learn all that plumbing????

How'd you think of drilling a hole to stop the syphon in that top off system???

Just when I think I will put a remote sump/return I see something here I never would have thought of.

How do you get the holes in the rubbermaids without them leaking?? Is that just a 1"bulkhead with heavy silicone or do you use something else?????

Learned to plumb things installing pools one summer after highschool. But really, if you ever did things like Legos or other construction sets, you could figure out plumbing. It's easy.

The drilling of a hole to stop the syphon was basically an adaptation of the Durso standpipe.

The rubbermaid is just a 1" bulkhead - no silicone... You don't need it.


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Unread 01/03/2005, 09:37 AM   #169
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Ok - so jumping in with 3 feet here:

Cleanup crew arrives Wednesday,
Spiked livesand arrives Wednesday,
18 SPS frags and a RBTA from Dr. Mac arrive Wednesday
All my leftover corals from my old tank arrive Saturday.

Nothing like taking it slow huh?


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Unread 01/03/2005, 11:11 AM   #170
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James, did you ever buy those fans? I bought a pair of 120 mm fans compusa DC fans that are very quiet. They move a decent amount of air and are virtually silent. The SKU is 299936.


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Unread 01/03/2005, 11:14 AM   #171
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Oops, I just saw where you bought some fans. Sorry about that.


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Unread 01/03/2005, 11:31 AM   #172
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yeah. Thanks though. I'm still waiting on them. Hopefully, they get here before the corals do. If not - no problem. I have a couple of noisy old Radioshack fans I can fit temporarily..


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Unread 01/03/2005, 12:44 PM   #173
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Ok - so jumping in with 3 feet here:

Cleanup crew arrives Wednesday,
Spiked livesand arrives Wednesday,
18 SPS frags and a RBTA from Dr. Mac arrive Wednesday
All my leftover corals from my old tank arrive Saturday.

Nothing like taking it slow huh?
Slow...What's that? LOL


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Unread 01/03/2005, 01:13 PM   #174
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Club is doing well for being around such a short time. We have 15 members and all are active. The LFS situation around here is relatively weak (sorry Craig). I toured all of them on Tuesday with my family and they all agreed it was pretty sad. There is one store that has potential, but it's not where it needs to be.

How's your group? Maybe we could both meet up half way (say, Columbia? )
How many meetings have you had?

We'll be havng our 3rd next week at the PassPro shop
they have an 11,000 gal salt tank that one of our LFS owners
looks after.
We've had 11 and 12 at our first two meetings, not a bad start
especially over the hollidays.

I've been to most of the LFS in your area
and they seem decent, average anyway, my kids liked the
one with the ray tank.

I was loking at a job offer in that area about 1.5 years ago
that is still a possibility in the near future.

Did you know Anthony Calfo will be in
Cola. for the Feb. CMAC meeting?
I don't make it to many CMAC meetings
now that I'm living in Surfside Beach.

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Unread 01/03/2005, 01:32 PM   #175
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you'll get PM. Don't want to clog this thread up too much..


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