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Old 08/01/2016, 11:11 AM   #76
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Worked on the mixing station this weekend.








The white drum over the washing machine will hold rejected water from the RO/DI unit. I don't like to waste too much water so the white drum will be connected to the cold water intake on the washing machine. I hope it will work and there isn't a specific amount of pressure the washing machine needs to operate with.


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Old 08/07/2016, 12:30 PM   #77
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Got a utility sink. Need to get that hooked up now.


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Old 08/07/2016, 12:33 PM   #78
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Old 08/07/2016, 12:34 PM   #79
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Things are starting to shape up. Picking out granite this week!

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Old 08/08/2016, 10:49 AM   #80
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Old 08/08/2016, 02:15 PM   #81
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So does the rejected water from the RO work on the washer like you had hoped?


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Old 08/08/2016, 03:17 PM   #82
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idk yet... needed 10ft of ro tubing to get to it... as of right now its on order and I will let you know this week.


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Old 08/22/2016, 11:56 AM   #83
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So does the rejected water from the RO work on the washer like you had hoped?
It works. I wouldn't give it a 5 star rating though. I think it takes the washer longer to go through a normal cycle because the pressure doesn't fill the wash drum as fast. Clothing appears and feels clean as normal.


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Old 08/22/2016, 12:44 PM   #84
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Wow. way to go. Looks like a lot of hard work!


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Old 08/22/2016, 01:11 PM   #85
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Added a 45ft hose and put my first ~100 gallons of sw in the tank





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Old 08/22/2016, 01:27 PM   #86
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Didn't work on to much fish stuff this past weekend. I put up wainscot and chair rail....

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Old 08/30/2016, 03:11 PM   #87
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Old 09/03/2016, 10:38 PM   #88
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Thanks for making one of the best tank build threads! Lots of great photos and timeline. Keep it up!


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Old 09/09/2016, 03:11 PM   #89
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Recently the hardest part of the basement has been these skirt boards and wainscot going up the stairs...

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Old 09/09/2016, 03:15 PM   #90
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Bar is looking better

Tank is kinda aquascaped...
Probably adding more rock on the right


Started cycling with some live rock and bottled bacteria...

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Old 09/10/2016, 08:29 AM   #91
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Looks like you are putting in a lot of time and effort. Always appreciated a good plan


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Old 09/12/2016, 08:46 AM   #92
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Idk if you can see it but oak trim was added to the bottom of the top cabinets because I couldn't frame the whole thing in granite... forgot to grab the trim board for the left side of the tank... It got left at the shop.

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Old 09/12/2016, 08:53 AM   #93
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Non fish related pictures and post:
Finally finished nailing in the wainscot, skirt board, and chair rail! I don't want to go up steps with that stuff ever again. It took 2 people probably 10 hours to template and cut them somewhat acuratly... Now hopefully I can get back to fish stuff.

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Old 09/17/2016, 08:12 PM   #94
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Built a step behind the tank. I am only 5 11... going to make it look nice tomorrow. The step makes life so much easier... I don't know why it took me this long to do this.

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Old 09/18/2016, 12:51 PM   #95
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Made it pretty er...




Don't worry if it looks like it's a different height from left to right. The floor slopes a whole inch and since the tank is shimmed up about an inch I built the step to match.

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What's the material you used to top off the step?


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Old 09/18/2016, 05:03 PM   #97
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Horse stall mat... really durable and has many applications in the aquarium hobby. Used it under the sump and pumps. Its a good for insulation and vibration.

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Old 09/18/2016, 06:19 PM   #98
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Great results. Awesome job. Very impressive.


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Old 09/23/2016, 03:03 PM   #99
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I did my overflow in the same fashion. I hate HOB syphon overflows.
I used just a strainer for my main syphon instead of a U bend.
How is yours working for you?


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I did my overflow in the same fashion. I hate HOB syphon overflows.
I used just a strainer for my main syphon instead of a U bend.
How is yours working for you?
Well to be perfectly honest I think the size pipes I chose could have been smaller. I have to choke the main siphon way down because 1.25 inch plumbing can handle a lot of water at full siphon. That was an extra expense for the larger spears gate valve and larger diameter plumbing parts and it could have been avoided. Another thing I could have done better was to have used black silicone to mount it to the tank. I will be putting car window tint on the back side of the tank and I will be able to see the outline of the external overflow box because I can't get tinting under the silicone now.

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