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Old 03/10/2010, 08:06 PM   #51
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WOW incredible!!! very impressed. Very nice Bentley Continental GT!!
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Old 03/10/2010, 08:09 PM   #52
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While all the tank adjustments were going on to mount the unit on the stand the crane was used to move the new backup generator that is dedicated to the aquaria and its supporting systems. It is 17,000 watts plumbed into the natural gas line to ensure that 3 seconds is all the down time the whole system will ever encounter. It tests itself once a week and confirms by email that all systems are healthy.

After the generator was placed on its pad on the side of the house we moved the three Mars systems into the basement for deployment into the fish room.



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Peter, excellent choice. I have a 14kW nat'l gas standby that will actually power the house. We live in central FL and with the storms in '04, many homes were powerless for days. That was reason enough for a generator. What brand did you purchase?


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:10 PM   #53
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how are you going to "separate" the islands?


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:22 PM   #54
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Hi Peter,
I have to say this is the most incredible build thread I have ever seen.
I can only begin to imagine how much planning and research that must have gone into this project.
Keep up the great work ! I will be watching things progress, and learning lots from this thread.
Thanks,
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P.s We are almost neighbours... I live in Stoney Creek, Ontario.


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:25 PM   #55
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Peter, excellent choice. I have a 14kW nat'l gas standby that will actually power the house. We live in central FL and with the storms in '04, many homes were powerless for days. That was reason enough for a generator. What brand did you purchase?
To be honest I'd have to go look as I can't remember. I upgraded the power to the house from 200 amp to 400 amp then got the separate 60 amp panel for the aquaria. The panel came with the generator. It appears to be a very intelligent system providing a fair degree of comfort on top of a reasonably stable power grid except for 4 day power outages once a decade!!!!!

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Old 03/10/2010, 08:26 PM   #56
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How did you ultimatley decide to handle all the rock and storing it until you get the tank wet? I am looking forward to this build.

The wife and I decided when I upgraded to a 280G that we would design our next house around the tank.


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:28 PM   #57
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Holy F my hat. GO CANADA!

Very [email protected]! I will be tagging along with everyone else for this massive build.

I grew up in Oakville


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:29 PM   #58
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peter this just may top the puddle. By the way i think i can see your house from my back deck over looking the niagara escarpment. if not yet i will definatly be able to pick it out after dark when all those lights are giving off that 20k blue color we all love so much.


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:39 PM   #59
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how are you going to "separate" the islands?
That Matthew is an excellent question that goes to the very heart of what I hope to accomplish, thematically speaking. First I'm not totally sure yet. I can tell you that the first island is very straight forward as it will be Chingchai island. If you want to get an idea of the look and feel, apart from familiarity with Chingchai's thread, take a look at the thread by the fellow that took his old tank. If you can't see Chingchai's sculpted influence in miniture then I've missed the boat.
Having said that the next Island should honour David Saxby. His narrative on his preferences for aquasculpture is very clear and distinct from Chingchai's. so how to separate the two is still a conceptual challenge and add to that his clear preference for huge numbers of fish and there's alot of imagineering to do to solve the nature of the distance between the two. The other two candidate islands will just compound the challenge even more. But I'm working on it!

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Old 03/10/2010, 08:41 PM   #60
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Wow tagged alone.


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:45 PM   #61
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thanks for the thorough response, Peter. For a second I thought you were going to "install" four separate "L" shaped tanks, each representing its own reefer-style influenced island. i have spent countless hours admiring the tanks of the reefers that you mentioned, so cannot wait to see your progress! good luck!


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Old 03/10/2010, 08:57 PM   #62
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Hi Peter,
I have to say this is the most incredible build thread I have ever seen.
I can only begin to imagine how much planning and research that must have gone into this project.
Keep up the great work ! I will be watching things progress, and learning lots from this thread.
Thanks,
Cam.

P.s We are almost neighbours... I live in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Actually I was in Stoney Creek for dinner on sat. Thanks for the praise, there is still a long way to go but you are right, I spent a year on Reef Central doing nothing but soaking up experience and knowledge as well a sidelines of research along the way. There is no way to do this part time!!!!

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Old 03/10/2010, 09:00 PM   #63
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Old 03/10/2010, 09:05 PM   #64
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How did you ultimatley decide to handle all the rock and storing it until you get the tank wet? I am looking forward to this build.

The wife and I decided when I upgraded to a 280G that we would design our next house around the tank.
see below, and your goal is the way to go although it is like having a child as far as the commitment goes.

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Old 03/10/2010, 09:15 PM   #65
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Holy F my hat. GO CANADA!

Very [email protected]! I will be tagging along with everyone else for this massive build.

I grew up in Oakville
Thank you but hold onto your hat!!!!!!!

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Old 03/10/2010, 09:21 PM   #66
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Very nice Bentley Continental GT!!
Thats what I was thinking, it actually took me a few seconds to realize the generator was there.


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Old 03/10/2010, 09:28 PM   #67
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peter this just may top the puddle. By the way i think i can see your house from my back deck over looking the niagara escarpment. if not yet i will definatly be able to pick it out after dark when all those lights are giving off that 20k blue color we all love so much.
Well I have something very special for you ...... I have installed a special high intensity LED system that is identical to the product used to light up the CN tower. The rational is be in a position to absolutely emulate the light colour, intensity and frequency for the sunlight and moonlight over the Coral Sea to help my corals adjust to their new home.

Whatch for the glow in the near future!!!!

Thanks for the support,

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Old 03/10/2010, 09:32 PM   #68
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I started my first tank this week, a meer 55g but as far as "part time" i know what you mean, i keep researching and learning.

As far as your tank and expedition.....one word....Subscribed!


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Old 03/10/2010, 09:46 PM   #69
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Thats what I was thinking, it actually took me a few seconds to realize the generator was there.
Now now kids, cars come and go but generators? Generators are forever!!

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Old 03/10/2010, 09:52 PM   #70
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Now now kids, cars come and go but generators? Generators are forever!!

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LOL I couldn't agree more. Especially since I made my living for over 10 years installing, servicing and maintaining them.


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Old 03/10/2010, 10:39 PM   #71
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How did you ultimatley decide to handle all the rock and storing it until you get the tank wet? I am looking forward to this build.

The wife and I decided when I upgraded to a 280G that we would design our next house around the tank.
Sorry I should have said above not below......its in my answer to Jeff.

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Old 03/10/2010, 11:42 PM   #72
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This is every reefers dream!


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Old 03/11/2010, 01:05 AM   #73
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Looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing!

btw, nice wheels. Is that the FS?


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Old 03/11/2010, 02:25 AM   #74
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so big space to set the tank

pretty good and also hope can see more Pics


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Old 03/11/2010, 02:53 AM   #75
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Peter, your views of the hobby are inspirational. The foundation you have laid speaks volume of your character, undoubtedly this will be a journey for the masses to conform and become a part of. As a fellow Canadian Oakvillian (I spent a good part of my life on the corner of Thrid line and Lakeshore) you have filled me with pride. Perhaps down the road I will fly into Toronto to visit the family and if you would be so kind, take a quick tour of your of your reef. A spin down Lakeshore in the GT would be cool... kidding, I dont want to push my luck! I look forward to the progression. Oh one question, I dont know if i just missed it, but, who are the other two islands dedicated to?

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