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Unread 01/12/2005, 03:49 PM   #251
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i thought it was poo-nanny... man this is going wayyyy off topic


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Unread 01/12/2005, 04:07 PM   #252
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You are the only person.I know that has an etts 700 besides myself.Do you know what size tank it is rated for?


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Unread 01/12/2005, 06:39 PM   #253
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not sure - that's a good question. I'll consult with my original paperwork.


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Unread 01/12/2005, 08:50 PM   #254
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Pumpdogs... Sorry - it doesn't say.

Here's something I thought was kinda cool. Red coralline algae on the rocks. Red with an orange edge.



I've got quite a bit of it growing - it seems to like the high lighting conditions.


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Unread 01/12/2005, 08:59 PM   #255
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Here's another patch of it.




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Unread 01/12/2005, 10:02 PM   #256
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That's pretty cool looking. If it is still around when I get mine going I'll have to trade you a piece so I can get some in my tank.


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Unread 01/13/2005, 07:15 AM   #257
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absolutely! I'm sure it will stick around. It really seems to be growing well in the high light areas. Funny - I didn't even notice it at all when the rocks first went in the tank. At first I saw a few red patches and the first thing that went through my mind was cyno - but my circulation is definitley on the high side...


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Unread 01/13/2005, 12:44 PM   #258
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I imagine your flow is going to be similar to mine. I think my pumps are rated at 1400 gph with 0 head.

When they say a 1" bulkhead is rated at 600 gph, is that just gravity drain or if you have a strong pump pulling the water out wouldn't it be higher?


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Unread 01/13/2005, 01:07 PM   #259
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put it this way, my 1400 GPH LG pump has a 1" input.

That's just gravity... Oh - and it's more like 800.

I have a 1400 GPH with zero head on the return - I figure with all the head I have it's about 700 or so. On the closed loop it's 3600 GPH with zero head.



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Unread 01/13/2005, 01:17 PM   #260
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Lots of flow! I hope my two LG 4-mdqx's will be enough for SPS.

May be closing much sooner. They will not wait until March and they will give us a better price of 2300 off if we close in January...


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Unread 01/13/2005, 01:35 PM   #261
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sweet. Yeah - those 2 pumps will be great. They're good long lasting pumps - I do have to say though - you won't be happy with the noise they put out. The new house, you got a basement?


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Unread 01/13/2005, 03:25 PM   #262
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you work your microbubbles out james?

i thought about it last nite... i turned my return flow up and it started sucking bubbles from the overflow/skimmer into the return pump and giving me more microbubbles.... i didnt have a good look at your sump setup and was wondering.. is your skimmer output or overflow exit in the sump too close to the return pump?

just a thought-just in case


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Unread 01/13/2005, 08:10 PM   #263
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James,

I need help man, these things are loud. You were right. What is a much quieter pump? I can't stand one running let alone two. This is really discouraging....


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Unread 01/13/2005, 08:28 PM   #264
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Take care of yourself and your family, I don't know exactly where you live on the map but there is some NASTY weather coming our way. There are tornadoes about 30 miles west of me and coming in this general direction!


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Unread 01/13/2005, 10:37 PM   #265
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yeah - weather is pretty rough. quiet pumps are velocity - whisper silent but apparently they run hot.

Kip - microbubbles are gone... Just stopped happenning..> Wierd huh?

Oh - traded in the froggies at the LFS. Got some store credit. Used some of it for a bucket of salt and a purple pseudochromis. Just a little guy. He's cute though.

swam around for about a minute then promptly hid in the rocks... We'll probably never see him again...


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Unread 01/13/2005, 11:16 PM   #266
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yeah... one of two purple firefish stay hidden in my tank.... i hadnt seen it in a week... thought it was dead... it made a cameo tonite

dont ya spending money on something that hides?

kinda like i spent 80 bucks on a super large order of mysis... i havent seen one da_n mysis shrimp since!

good deal on the mirco-bubbles... i think i brought them back with me... i am getting them all of a sudden outta nowhere.

my Pi tenius continues to fade ... i guess i get to wait a couple of months for it to color back up... just like the rest of my corals

you keep yours looking good so when all of mine die i can come steal frags off of ya.


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Unread 01/13/2005, 11:25 PM   #267
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Unread 01/14/2005, 11:18 AM   #268
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FWIW - Purple Pseudochromis came out for breakfast today. Looks very healthy - but a little thinner than I like. I'll have him fattened up in no time.


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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:38 PM   #269
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Back to work.

Because of the upcoming sand trade - I decided to enclose an area in the garage to house the 100 gallon rubbermaid tub. This should allow a cheaper heating and cooling cost.

How did I convince the wife? She's going to get easier access to our 2nd fridge and freezer. They were on the floor of the garage - now they'll be above the room in the garage.

The old room was about 6 feet by 4 feet - I added another 6 feet by 8 feet. Effectively tripling the overall space.

So I started by moving the fridge and freezer away and put up a few 4X4 cornerposts with a 2X12 frame.







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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:41 PM   #270
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Next: I added 2X6 crossbraces at 16" intervals.




Then I added a 1" layer of insulation.




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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:44 PM   #271
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Then some 3/8" plywood.




Here's a shot from underneath.





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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:47 PM   #272
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So I needed a door. But obviously a standard door is too big... What to do??

Went to Lowes and looked in their clearance area and picked up this pre-hung door. 80 inches tall was too big.



So I cut the bottom 6 inches off the door and installed it.




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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:50 PM   #273
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I don't know how you convinced your wife to do these things. Looks great!


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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:51 PM   #274
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Yeah my wife never falls for my little tricks like yours does.


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Unread 01/16/2005, 08:53 PM   #275
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oops - sorry about the pictures being turned....

Anyway - so in order to attach the plywood for the walls, I put some studs (they add to the strength - but are not necessary. 4X4's with 2X12's is PLENTY strong on it's own..



Of course I had to attach it to the floor. So that's where this handy dandy tool came in. What a fun thing.. It's the .22 nail gun. YEAH BABY - BOOM!~!



It makes short work of the nailing:



Oh - here's the bottom of the door that I chopped off....






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