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Old 11-18-2010, 06:58 PM   #11
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Also... aren't the bio balls need to be only partly underwater.. then the top part above?
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:05 PM   #12
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IMO, pull the tank out and you'll have to clean it hardcore. That plastic polish stuff would take abit of material off so you'd have ideally no more copper in the tank. I would think at least

With that you could properly support the bottom of the tank.

Question, with you maintaining so many tanks now - I assume you take over maintenance once you fix disasters like this - do you do this as a full time job now or do you have day job.Or are lucky enough to be retired lol.

Looking forward to the thread... I enjoy reading your fixes and I learn alot from them.
Tank top is at bottom of top cabinet, so there's no room to raise the tank and lay a slab of granite.

I'd have to get inside the tank to polish this sucker!! I'd be taking a picture of that. My guess is it would need a good polish anyways. Thankfully I have experience in that.

No I only wish this was my job. I'm 37 and work full time as an Electrical Engineer and have a wife and 4 kids at home - 3, and others are all going on 9, 12, and 15.
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Also... aren't the bio balls need to be only partly underwater.. then the top part above?
Yeah, LFS sucks. It was blowing air for 3 days a few weeks ago. Flow is minimum right now. Pumps never cleaned, wrong return hose size, probably 5-600 GPH instead of 2000.

Oh yeah. Get this. I know the backflow preventers don't work, because another tank I work on has the precise setup down to the particle board the pumps are bolted to, and they don't work either (they slam closed then open up repeatedly). The locline nozzles are 3-4 inches below the surface. 60x36x4 divided by 231 cu in/gal = 37 gallons. Sump is 38. Flood on power outage even at minimum operating level. At least there's a floor drain under the tank.
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You are one busy person!

Wow...what a fail of a setup. Def looking forward to this build out.
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Anyone else on this idea? Seems good in concept. I am wondering if anyone has tried it. Posted the idea on RC too.
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I dont think the acrylic would absorb the copper so Im not sure that would help.
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In regards to the clown fish - I'm no expert but typically when a fish is struggeling to swim normal (at strange angles, upside down, ect.) it is a problem with thier swim bladder. I belive this is usually a bacterial infection but that will need to be checked up on. That at least might give you a place to start doing some research.

I can't see any of the pictures at work so i will try to remember to take a look at them when i get home for that support system.
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I spoke with a local Acrylic supplier, and in the discussion it came out that Acrylic is actually porous (it has a % of water in it) and that's why acrylic lids warp - the wet side absorbs water and expands. I made a flat lid (without any cross-braces) for a sump once out of 3/16", and it warped big time within a few weeks.

As for absorbing copper, I don't know...I suppose it would have to do with the size of the molecule, which would be related to the properties of the medication.
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I heard that on a glass tank, the silicone absorbs the copper and it's toast.
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Wow Floyd good info to know
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