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Old 03-15-2007, 01:02 PM   #11
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I forgot about you head loss question. You to figure any 45, 90, union ball valve, ect. There is a head loss calculator on reef central that is pretty good. I think you might find the Mag limiting. Do you have 8ft ceilings in the basement? I know for me, I I figured 16ft of height with the stand height and floor joists. Plus, unless your sump is directly below the tank, you might have a little more loss.
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:29 PM   #12
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I knew you added about a foot of head height for each 90 degree bend.

According to Mag specs, two Mag 18's will push enough water current for this. I think they're actually 9 foot ceilings. The sump/fuge will be about 3' off the floor, and the main tank also 3' up. About 12' not counting any elbows.

The sump is right below the tank.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:20 AM   #13
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The tank is on-site, as is the overflow kit. They're running behind a few weeks, but the cabinet maker will have the custom aquarium stand and canopy on-site next week, and also the stand for the sump/filtration for the basement, in the next few days.

That means I need to get heaters, a few powerheads, the sump, plumbing, and pumps ordered very soon.
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Awesome! I'm glad it is coming along.
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Can't wait to see some pictures Scoot.
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Way to go Scoot. Looks like it`s coming along.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:57 PM   #17
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I'm getting ready to order some equipment - thinking about going with the dual 250W PFO lighting ballast instead of the 175W - the price jump isn't much, and I'm guessing that having a 175W in the middle, with 2 250W's on both sides, wouldn't be terribly noticable... anyone else done this?
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:26 AM   #18
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I am running 3 250's on my 180. So far all is good. I ran 2 on my 75 so I don't really worry about it. I would think a 175 in the middle might be ok. Until I got my new MH bulbs, I ran 2 old 12k's and a 20k and I could not tell the difference. It was slight if anything. I have heard that 175's are quite a bit dimmer than 250's but I would try it if you already have the 175.

I need to update my build thread. I took a long hiatus but it is running now.
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The stand has been built to my specs. It's 2x4 construction, with 2x4's plus a 2x2 every 18 inches. Very well done, perfectly level on top.

I'm heading to the house later today with some friends to set the aquarium on it. Then the cabinet maker can install the canopy and the trim around the top and bottom of the tank. Even though the top of the stand is very smooth and level, I'm going to add a sheet of blue fanfold styrofoam to take care of any tiny bumps that might be present.

I've also found out I won't have water at the site for at least another couple weeks. I've got about 6 weeks to the show (a Street of Dreams) when the aquarium has to be ready, which means I've got to move fast. I'm now looking for purified drinking water companies that can deliver 180 gallons of water to the site. Anyone else had to do this?
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I know you can get the 5 gallon drinking water bottles delivered right to your door from companies like Deer Park, Poland Springs, Nestle, etc.

Most bulk delivery water services have minimum orders of atleast 1000 gallons, atleast that I've had experience with.

The ones I get delivered at work are Deer Park.

http://www.deerparkwater.com/Product...reeGallon.aspx

Don't ask me how much it costs, I have no idea. You can give them a call and find out. I also don't know if Deer Park is in your area, but finding a local water delivery service shouldn't be too hard...hopefully.

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