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Old 04-24-2012, 10:33 AM   #61
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Lets see.....free trip to Florida......chance to see your set ups and maybe the new store...... LOL

My wife is in Daytona right now. Wish I could have gone along but.....
Lol. Excuses excuses
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:30 AM   #62
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following along, great build. and to mimic everybody else's comments, your attention to detail in the plumbing is amazing.

Thanks. I have to admit, it is surprising to me how everyone is commenting on the plumbing. I didn't realize plumbing was all that sexy. LOL Guess it comes from 30+ years in the electrical trade. It only takes a minute longer to make it look nice usually.

Have it full of tap and running in the driveway right now while I work in the house. I run out and check it now and again but so far, no leaks and it seems to be doing great. Hopefully tonight, I can post pics of my DIY ATO (have to remove it from the 45 gal) installed and some of the electrical ready to go. Not sure I will make it but the current plan is to do the transfer on Thursday night.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:34 AM   #63
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Thanks. I have to admit, it is surprising to me how everyone is commenting on the plumbing. I didn't realize plumbing was all that sexy. LOL Guess it comes from 30+ years in the electrical trade. It only takes a minute longer to make it look nice usually.
the true reasoning(in my head) for mentioning it is that most people just slap some pipes together & don't think ahead of how they're going to work around in that area & how it'll look because it's hidden under the stand. out of site, out of mind you know.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:37 AM   #64
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the true reasoning(in my head) for mentioning it is that most people just slap some pipes together & don't think ahead of how they're going to work around in that area & how it'll look because it's hidden under the stand. out of site, out of mind you know.
You are exactly right. I hate having to reach around stuff and fight to access it. Especially when I am down on the floor. With my knees, the less time I spend down there the better. LOL
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When i was getting ready to order my mew tank i had the options of how i wanted them to set up my overflows, size of bulk heads etc.... In my case for my 135 i elected to have one massive internal center overflow with a 2 inch bulkhead., that feeds into two 1" pipes which runs into the sump... Its super easy and clean but doesn't look nearly as cool as your nuclear reactor looking setup.
Will you be able to access the plumbing from behind your tank once its setup? I think in the perfect world it'll be neat if you could actually walk behind your tank for maintenance etc.
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When i was getting ready to order my mew tank i had the options of how i wanted them to set up my overflows, size of bulk heads etc.... In my case for my 135 i elected to have one massive internal center overflow with a 2 inch bulkhead., that feeds into two 1" pipes which runs into the sump... Its super easy and clean but doesn't look nearly as cool as your nuclear reactor looking setup.
Will you be able to access the plumbing from behind your tank once its setup? I think in the perfect world it'll be neat if you could actually walk behind your tank for maintenance etc.
The tank will be angled in a corner with both ends pretty close to a wall. The right side where the overflow is will be next to the fireplace so I can reach around and get at the valves and unions. The union on the return line was located as low as possible so I could reach through the stand (maybe) and get to it. Won't be easy but it was the best I could do. I put the valves in the discharge lines of the return so I can regulate flow. I knew if I put one in the 1" riser I would never be able to reach it.

Here is a video I took while on a smoke break a few minutes ago. LOL It was intended to show how quiet this is and how much flow I am getting but the iPhone really magnifies the sound. Trust me, it is whisper quiet. Love the Bean Animal Overflow method.

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #67
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Tomorrow is the day. By the time I crash tomorrow night, I should have this thing up and running. My biggest concern was keeping corals alive because I have not received my new LED fixtures yet. I had pretty much decided I would leave my suspended T5s hanging and leave the canopy off the tank. But, my favorite LFS had an anniversary sale and I won one of the drawings. Tonight I picked up a 36"-48" Marinland Reef Compatible LED fixture. While it would not be a good solution long term, it should keep me going until my other fixtures arrive in a few days. I love it when a plan comes together. This fixture sells on Amazon for like $300.00.
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Things are still looking great! I do have to agree with everyone on the plumbing, great job. I just finished my first try at hard plumbing my 55 yesterday. Was not as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Had no leaks first try at it, so I'm happy. My only wish would have been having room under the tank to put the sump, rather than behind to hide most of the plumbing. But with it all out like it is and being hidden behind the tank, I'm not too worried. That and I can see all of my work anytime I walk behind it for maintenence. Really cool setup.

Oh, and I liked how you described your leak. When I got my return pump plumbed together, I picked it up and ran up to my parent's house with a bucket of tap water. They came back from eating out just in time to see me firing water off their porch. Lol.
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LOL Yup, I bet very few can put a tank together and not have at least one woops. That is why I did it in the driveway. I knew better. LOL When it first happened I couldn't figure out what was going on. Then it dawned on me that almost the entire flow from the 1600 gal/hr pump was trying to go through the skimmer. Blew the cap right off it. LOL
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And so we begin. Tank and sump are empty. Taking a quick break to run out and pick up dinner for my daughter and I because I know I won't have time to feed her later. LOL I guess it is more important to keep her alive then the fish and corals huh?
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