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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:45 PM   #76
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This next shot shows the canopy that I'm working on (and the final aquascaping).

The canopy that came with the stand was MUCH to short to accommodate the lighting upgrade that I'm installing. The new canopy is about 15 inches tall - more than enough room for the lights.

The canopy (in this shot) is not anywhere near done. Many changes were made to the design. It's actually nearing completion as we speak - this progression is about a day behind...




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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:47 PM   #77
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A shot of the rear bracing:



The canopy is 1/4" plywood over 1X2" poplar.




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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:49 PM   #78
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The diagonal brace that you see in the front of this picture was just a temporary stabilizer and has been subseqently removed. I just didn't want it falling apart on top of the tank....






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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:50 PM   #79
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Here's a pretty good shot of the aquascaping (sorry about me in the glare)...




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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:51 PM   #80
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and finally a couple of other angles on the scape: this one at 45:



And this one from one side:




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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:54 PM   #81
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The canopy is nearing completion.

The stain has been applied (matching AGA cherry stain - thanks AGA!!!) and 2 coats of polyurethane. 1 more coat of poly and we're good to go.

The lights have been installed to the canopy and I'm proud to say we have our first fish. Per request of my daughter and wife, a couple "clown fish".

I'll post pictures of them later....

Until then - I'm gonna finish that canopy!


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Unread 12/28/2004, 04:58 PM   #82
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Man you work fast. I wish my setup was rolling like this. Everything looks great. Again, glad you jumped back in w/ both feet.


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Unread 12/28/2004, 09:26 PM   #83
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Looks great James!


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Unread 12/28/2004, 09:27 PM   #84
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You were able to convince your wife to cut all those holes in the wall and floor? I can't even convince my wife to allow me to cut a 1/4" hole in the drywall. Women...


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Unread 12/28/2004, 09:59 PM   #85
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No holes in the floor itself - all the plumbing goes in the wall and through the joists.... No damage to the wood floor....

Here's the completed canopy WITH LIGHTING...Big picture.. Woo hoo:




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Unread 12/28/2004, 10:03 PM   #86
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Here's a big shot of the tank alone: I'm liking the lighting. It's super bright with the 400 watter in the middle. Can you see the shadow from the center brace? I can somewhat - but most will miss it unless it's pointed out or they're looking for it specifically:




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Unread 12/28/2004, 10:05 PM   #87
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And now a closeup of the first fishy inhabitants:




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Unread 12/28/2004, 10:43 PM   #88
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great work - not only speedy, but quality! what nice rock - where did you get it?? thanks.


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Unread 12/28/2004, 10:48 PM   #89
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Thanks. The marshall islands stuff I got at the LFS - the deepwater tonga rock ( 4 big pieces on right side of tank) were purchased from exoticfish.com - he called them Vanisi.


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Unread 12/28/2004, 10:58 PM   #90
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hi James. just wondering if you ever experienced a "mini-cycle".

nice job anyways!



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Unread 12/28/2004, 11:24 PM   #91
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nope. The rocks had been cooking in tubs for a couple of months - No cycle.

I'm sure that now my lights are operational, I'll start to go through that whole algae cycle again... I'm hoping I can keep it under control like I didn't last time...


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Unread 12/28/2004, 11:44 PM   #92
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do you still have any fish left from your old tank?


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Unread 12/28/2004, 11:55 PM   #93
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Great job james, great to see you back up and running, because I don't know how I would be. Well I'm in the process of upgrading to a 90gal from a 29, and I noticed you had a dual 175mh on there, I was wondering was that a decent amount of light for your corals; primarily SPSs? (of course more would have been better, but were the animals happy with 2x175w?)


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Unread 12/29/2004, 06:01 AM   #94
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James! What a nice job turning around a really depressing thread! I don't know how you got motivated considering the obstacles I read in this thread and the other.

I cracked up when I read you used one bag of southdown when you couldn't find the amount you wanted.

The tank looks great, and the plumbing looks good. I like your idea about a larger hole in the Durso with a piece of paper towel in there to muffle the sound. I might give that a try on my 280g.


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The tissue paper in the air vent is cute, but I suspect the air flow will likely vary over time as the tissue absorbs moisture and salt creep. Here is my solution, I cut a slit in the top pvc pipe so that I can slide the cap up or down to increase or reduce the size of the air vent.



I also noticed a few posts back that the water level in your megaflow was very high and your durso intake was almost completely submersed. That appears to be very near it's maximum flow capacity. I'd be nervous that any reduction in flow might result in a flood situation. Would you consider reducing that flow slightly?


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Unread 12/29/2004, 07:05 AM   #96
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do you still have any fish left from your old tank?


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Nope - all fish, snails, crabs, worms and almost all of the corals perished.


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Unread 12/29/2004, 07:07 AM   #97
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Great job james, great to see you back up and running, because I don't know how I would be. Well I'm in the process of upgrading to a 90gal from a 29, and I noticed you had a dual 175mh on there, I was wondering was that a decent amount of light for your corals; primarily SPSs? (of course more would have been better, but were the animals happy with 2x175w?)
I had great success with demanding SPS (acros) and clams in the top half of the tank - lower light SPS, LPS and softies did fine anywhere. The new setup has added a 400 watt overdriven Radium in the center - so I'm pretty sure I can put SPS anywhere. If you're looking for success stories with 175 watters look for "playfair". He has a 120 and when you see the pictures you'll see he's done pretty well with them.


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James! What a nice job turning around a really depressing thread! I don't know how you got motivated considering the obstacles I read in this thread and the other.

I cracked up when I read you used one bag of southdown when you couldn't find the amount you wanted.

The tank looks great, and the plumbing looks good. I like your idea about a larger hole in the Durso with a piece of paper towel in there to muffle the sound. I might give that a try on my 280g.
Thanks for joining in - I appreciate the support. I guess I got motivated because I'm so addicted. When you love the hobby this much, the obsticales that come up are just speedbumps.

I'm actually liking the very shallow sandbed. I do have 3 more bags if I wanted to deepen it.. I'm not planning on housing any serious burrowers, and there arent any spots that have so much flow they're bare...

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I'm glad you are staying addicted. Are you going to restart your sand trade process to seed this new sandy substrate?

Stay in the hobby long enough, and you'll see stuff like this occur:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...73#post3995773


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Unread 12/29/2004, 07:19 AM   #100
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The tissue paper in the air vent is cute, but I suspect the air flow will likely vary over time as the tissue absorbs moisture and salt creep. Here is my solution, I cut a slit in the top pvc pipe so that I can slide the cap up or down to increase or reduce the size of the air vent.



I also noticed a few posts back that the water level in your megaflow was very high and your durso intake was almost completely submersed. That appears to be very near it's maximum flow capacity. I'd be nervous that any reduction in flow might result in a flood situation. Would you consider reducing that flow slightly?
The tissue paper reached full absorption and has continued to perform flawlessly. There have been no fluctuations in the water level. I keep the level high because I want it that way - it has nothing to do with the flow capacity and everything to do with the height of the standpipe. Example: I take the durso out, the overflow empties completely and continues to empty completely as long as the pipe is removed. I could keep the water level lower if I wanted to - but the point of a high standpipe is to avoid any turbulating water and cut down on the noise.

I think your idea of a variable hole is a good one - but it's not what I'm trying to accomplish. Any durso is going to suck air - regardless of how it is adjusted - and this will cause some sound. The tissuepaper provides a muffling to the sucking of air rather successfully.

If you read earlier in the thread, one of my major concerns was noise. The only sound that you hear now is a slight water movement where the surface is agitating and a very slight hum from the pipes vibrating in the wall. With a little insulation I'm confident I can remove the vibration - the water noise is quiet enough to not make me have to pee - so that's fine.

Thanks for the comments!


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