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Old 01-13-2012, 07:20 AM   #1771
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I agree completely. Ive been telling my mom that for years now.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:46 PM   #1772
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Amen to that! The number one question everyone asks me is "how much did you pay for that?"

My answer: Just enough to keep me happy until I go buy more stuff.

There are so many things I could spend money on, but providing a beautiful bio-environment for beautiful living creatures in my own living room is something I've found is hard to surpass.

+1 I agree. I'm not worried about how much I spend on my hobby, as long as I get my money's worth (meaning not cheap stuff that breaks in 2 seconds that you paid an arm and a leg for thinking is was good quality). But even with everything I have spent so far (and no I have not calculated it), I still have spent far more on my cycling, which sucks that last year (2010) I couldn't ride and this year (2011) I was so out of it from the surgery still that I didn't ride. I am so hoping this year is going to be better.

I still want to get my dog, in the kid carrier, but the mutt fights me and jumps right out just about killing me in his desire to escape. I wonder how hard it would be to pull my aquarium instead LOL, they are calm at least.

My daughter should get here in a little over an hour. Corona Extra tops to be popped very soon after her arrival. Wish us luck we get something done LOL, supposed to be a tank moving night but we haven't sat around and shot bull and had a beer in well since before my surgery. Soooooo a 12 pack for 2, and I don't drink much. Thankfully I'm home

Cheers ya'll.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:25 PM   #1773
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Ok tank is in place, lights are hung. Before I add everything back I have some tweaking to do. I'll be tweaking forever BUT I want to make sure that I don't have to move the stand anymore.

Here is my pulley system, I'm going to be cutting and burning the top end pieces also. I decided on rope versus wire.

I'm having a problem because the light cord itself and it's stiffness is the driving force of the angling problem. I need to figure a way to take the cords, make them neutral to get them out of the equation. If the cords is in back of the tank, the front right is forward, & when the cords are on the left side then it shifts it back but pulls left side down shifts fixture to left. I never knew how off 1/2" or less would look.

Suggestions??? Thoughts????? Opinions?????? Corrections?????
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:27 PM   #1774
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Zip tie the cords to the rope above?
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What's the last pic of? I thought it was a new tank? I like how it looks hanging. I might have to do it to mine.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #1776
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Really nice. I fully approve of your light setup. It is able to get out of the way easily and can be varied in height to your whim. I like this better than the canopy system I developed. While I like the clean looks of the canopy, I like the flexibility of your light system. Good work.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:51 AM   #1777
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Thank you. I just got home, been long busy day. Mr. X I'm not sure how that would 1. look (it's my living room) and 2. If I'd be able to raise it with the cords zip tied up because knowing me I'd forget to unzip them to raise it up. I am planning on putting the outlets inside the stand. So I don't know if they would be long enough to zip tie and raise.


@needmorecowbell----The last picture is a 55 gallon tank that I took out of "storage" so I could put my stuff from 75 gallon in while I changed out the stand and hung the lights. It's a few months old but to me it's still new and I'm a newbie.

@Gregcoyote. Thank you. This is much easier to pull than the wire was. I also added 2 more pulleys for the "block & tackle" approach to help with the distribution of the weight and force on the Lag screws. I have 3 rings positioned so that when the top one goes on the hook, it is in the raised position for me to get in the tank. The lower is the display height (which needs a little more tweaking) and the middle ring is for me to hold on to while I pull. My arm stretch isn't long, so when I'm pulling down I can't reach the top one to put it on the hook so the middle one is my handhold so the rope doesn't slip out of my hands while raising and lowering it.

I really like the rope better than the wire. I also am planning on using a few decorative knots to enhance the look.

FYI---My dog was instrumental in this fixture. I have struggled with getting the two ends together.....Well his choker chain gave me the idea. I used 4 14" dog choker chains to go to the first pulley. woohoot. Gotta love my pup. LOL

Now for some ice cream and sleep. First thing tomorrow, will be rinsing the sand and getting everything back out of my 55 into my 75. Then attach coral to disks. And when parameters are matched up, acclimate my corals to the display. This coming weekend I'll be acclimating the one button coral of the bunch that I qt'd separate (well sorta), he's with my encrusted horn which.............will be finally going back into the dt tank, he is almost back 100%, I didn't lose him after all even though he was nothing more than a skeleton, he came back. woohoo.
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Oh alright.
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Do you really think you are going to be raising that up often? I mean, you can just shove it out of the way if you want to get your hand in there for something.
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Do you really think you are going to be raising that up often? I mean, you can just shove it out of the way if you want to get your hand in there for something.
I'm hoping I'm only raising it once a week. I'm going to zip tie them to the lower chain which should allow me to raise and lower without unzipping and rezipping. I have time tied together already but hadn't thought of tieing them to the rope. That will bring them forward which should stop the angling. Thank you.
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