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Old 05/21/2012, 01:25 AM   #101
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Michael from SEA will be designing and building a rack system utilizing Ecotech's new Radion hanging kit. I wanted some type of rack though that could be raised an lowered.
Interesting. Ive seen a few different methods. A popular method is to use linear actuators, that way you can control the rack remotely. One guy did a whole counterweight rig, where the guy could actually lift a 300lb canopy with two fingers, but I haven't seen that done anywhere else. Ive also seen a few people here on RC use pulleys, so I'm excited to see what Michael comes up with.

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Old 05/21/2012, 02:53 AM   #102
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.... I am hoping that by going with LED's, I am not going to have as much algae buildup on the glass ....
Looking great so far. Will be following along.

Can you elaborate more on your statement above regarding less algae build up on the glass due to having LED's?

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Old 05/21/2012, 08:57 AM   #103
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Man if we lived a closer than a 2 hour drive away I would be volunteering my time to your build.


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Old 05/21/2012, 11:04 AM   #104
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Plumbing Done!!!

As I have posted a few times before, things are moving along like clockwork. Everything that SEA scheduled has gone on without a hitch. Because of my work schedule, Michael scheduled the plumbers to work on Sunday. Who ever heard of plumbers willing to work on a Sunday morning?

Saturday it was the drywall guys, yesterday the plumbers....

Back to plumbing. So we designed a closed loop system. Below is the cad drawing of what we had predrilled to make our lives a little easier.

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So at 8:30 yesterday morning Michael showed up with his box of bulkheads and lock line. Previously, I made the trip to the Home Depot to pick up all of the pvc, pipe fittings, elbows, couplings, unions, etc.

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The plumbers showed up shortly after 9:00 and immediately began inspecting everything and discussing the plumbing plan with Michael and me. After about a half our of going through everything, these guys went to town! I can not speak highly enough about these guys. They were maticulous, professional, careful and clean. There was not ONE DROP of glue or pvc cement anywhere! Everything they glued was primed first and then immediately wiped off. Rather than using all of the 90 degree and 45 degree couplings I bought, they heated the pvc pipe to make it more pliable.

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Here is a great shot of Rick after installing some of the lock line. Trapped in the cage!

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Finally a pic of the completed "closed loop" system. Check out how clean all the fittings are!

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Old 05/21/2012, 12:44 PM   #105
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Awesome build cant wait to see more progress. Keep up the awesome work!


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Old 05/21/2012, 12:56 PM   #106
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I had no idea that PVC could be heated and bent like that. I'll keep that in mind for a future build.

Following along....


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Old 05/21/2012, 01:52 PM   #107
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I belive its spa flex, that is how I get my spa flex to bend anyway. I usually use a heat gun so I don't get any black marks.
This is on awesome build. I thought I was a big spender dropping 6k on my 240. Maybe one day I can do a 50k build.


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Old 05/21/2012, 02:00 PM   #108
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Awesome!!!!


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Old 05/21/2012, 02:20 PM   #109
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Wow, this is a really nice build. I am following along on this one. :thumbup:


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Old 05/21/2012, 02:39 PM   #110
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Go Cats! Sophomore at UofA here!
Tank is BA, I also vote for an open house!


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Old 05/21/2012, 03:54 PM   #111
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If they heated the PVC to make those 'flex' connections, that's a first I have seen and it's very impressive.

Being a backseat driver here, in the photo of the sump in place, it appears that the filter sock holder sits flush to the top of the sump. I would be very concerned that if a filter sock clogs up, the water will overflow out the top of the sock, across the filter sock holder and over the side of the sump.

In my experience the filter sock holder should be an inch or 2 below the sides of the sump to avoid such a situation.

If i interpreted this photo wrong, I apologize for critiquing your project -- It's an impressive project that I am enjoying watch develop.


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Old 05/21/2012, 05:42 PM   #112
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I belive its spa flex, that is how I get my spa flex to bend anyway. I usually use a heat gun so I don't get any black marks.
This is on awesome build. I thought I was a big spender dropping 6k on my 240. Maybe one day I can do a 50k build.
[QUOTE=Raptor72;20276672]I had no idea that PVC could be heated and bent like that. I'll keep that in mind for a future build.

Hey guys... No, it was regular Schedule 40 1 1/2" PVC. They heated it up using a blowtorch and it became incredibly pliable.

It reminded me of one one those pool toys..."noodles". It stays like that for a minute or so before it cools. It is hot and you need to very careful not to burn yourself or to melt anything it touches.

Glad you are both following along!


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Old 05/21/2012, 05:46 PM   #113
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Awesome build cant wait to see more progress. Keep up the awesome work!
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Wow, this is a really nice build. I am following along on this one. :thumbup:

Newsath2o, Surf&turf, mr9iron: Thank you all for the compliments! I am glad that you are all following along!

It has been a lot of fun thus far!


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Old 05/21/2012, 07:59 PM   #114
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I think that the lights will be one of my greatest investments for my system. That and my protein skimmer! The lights are going to save me a ton on electricity, not to mention that I most likely will be able to avoid using a chiller.

Thanks for joining in!
cheers...hopefully one day, I will able to make the jump LOL...financially, I'm not quite there yet....a few more years and some hardworking and maybe a little luck


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Old 05/21/2012, 08:11 PM   #115
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Definately awesome tank. I am following along.


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Old 05/21/2012, 08:15 PM   #116
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Holy Cow! Awesome build! I might have missed something somewhere, but the last pic in post# 72 looks like that door handle is in a really serious place were it to ever be opened with a little too much force.


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Old 05/21/2012, 08:48 PM   #117
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Holy Cow! Awesome build! I might have missed something somewhere, but the last pic in post# 72 looks like that door handle is in a really serious place were it to ever be opened with a little too much force.
yes i questioned it too and he said something about extended doorstops as well as hinged doorstops. with a house like that i would go for the right sized solid decorative piece behind the door like a bronze elephant or a brass fish along with the doorstops.

do they make doors with slightly lower handles? that may be too awkward though


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Old 05/21/2012, 08:54 PM   #118
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yes i questioned it too and he said something about extended doorstops as well as hinged doorstops. with a house like that i would go for the right sized solid decorative piece behind the door like a bronze elephant or a brass fish along with the doorstops.

do they make doors with slightly lower handles? that may be too awkward though
Thanks. I missed that somewhere. Good idea about the decorative piece behind the door. A really nice fish would be fitting.


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Old 05/21/2012, 08:56 PM   #119
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Old 05/21/2012, 09:54 PM   #120
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Dream tank, gotta see how it comes along.


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Old 05/21/2012, 10:54 PM   #121
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The tank is coming along nicely


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Old 05/22/2012, 12:50 AM   #122
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Tank is BA, I also vote for an open house!
Thanks Moto_fish!

I am a diehard Cat's fan. Never miss a basketball game and one of these days we'll have a great football team. I graduated from the UofA in 1986.

I will let you know about the open house.

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Old 05/22/2012, 12:51 AM   #123
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Definately awesome tank. I am following along.
Thanks Ricardo! I am glad to have you joining the fun! Thank you for following!

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Old 05/22/2012, 12:55 AM   #124
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Fish head and Shaggy. Thank you very much for the compliments. I am glad that you are here! All the input I have been receiving is very encouraging. I am excited to get this up and going!


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Old 05/22/2012, 01:09 AM   #125
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If they heated the PVC to make those 'flex' connections, that's a first I have seen and it's very impressive.

Being a backseat driver here, in the photo of the sump in place, it appears that the filter sock holder sits flush to the top of the sump. I would be very concerned that if a filter sock clogs up, the water will overflow out the top of the sock, across the filter sock holder and over the side of the sump.

In my experience the filter sock holder should be an inch or 2 below the sides of the sump to avoid such a situation.

If i interpreted this photo wrong, I apologize for critiquing your project -- It's an impressive project that I am enjoying watch develop.
BigOldReef - thanks for the comments about the filter socks. I had the same concerns when the sump was designed. Because I will be running the water level of the sump several inches below the top, it wasn't necessary to lower the filter socks. If they were to clog, they still have several inches of "breathing room." Additionally, I am plenty anal about cleanliness and will probably be changing out the socks too often. The heated pvc deal was pretty cool!

Thanks for following along!

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