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Old 12-25-2011, 11:54 AM   #11
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Update with Pics

Well under way. I ordered 50 lbs of base rock from reef cleaners and a large bucket of red sea reef pro salt. I choose to replace both impellars on my K3 wave pumps as one had gone bad, reserving the used good one for backup. I also ordered a RKL basic controller that I can expand as I recover from the expense of getting this tank up and running. I will be transfering 29 lbs cured live rock from my folwr.

Today I dry fit the skimmer under the sump. Was a bit of a horse shoe to get it in and elevated. Because of the way things are under my stand I am removing the PVC tail pipe return of this monster SWC OCT skimmer and replacing it with flexible return line PVC like you would use from your DT to the sump. Pics below so far.

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Old 12-25-2011, 12:06 PM   #12
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Great progress! Looking good!
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:28 PM   #13
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Thumbs up Lighting Specs.

I choose to go the LED route. This unit has the par compared to halides below and all whites, blues, red uv, are on seperate controllable channels with a timer control matched to the unit. It will run independent of my RKL because of this. My RKL will run the wave pumps, heater, return, skimmer, pumps, and refugium light. The readings were done 15" above water level. Mine will be mounted 7-10 inches above.

Here is our Par readings compared to a metal halide. This was done on a 55g tank, with a 250w metal halide and our LED lighting system.

Depth: Type of lighting: Metal Halide
light to surface (15"): peak-400 avg-350
just under surface of water: peak-91 avg-80
12" under water: peak-87 avg-80
bottom of 55 gallon tank (19"): peak-47 avg-40

Depth: Type of lighting: LED
light to surface (15"): peak-700 avg-600
just under surface of water: peak-380 avg-375
12" under water: peak-250 avg-200
bottom of 55 gallon tank (19"): peak-175 avg-165

90 total 2 watt LED's with 90 degree lenses
whites-36 10,000k
blues-34 454nm
red-8 630nm
uv-8 410nm
white -4 6,500k

Ready to hang! Fittings, D ring, and hanging wire preinstalled.

Under 8lb hanging weight including the fans

Only one cord due to the advanced built in 3 circuit timer/controller
- 1 circuit for white
- 1 circuit for blue
- 1 circuit for red,uv, and 6500k
1 timer, 8 function, 18 way adjustable.

This is alot of light that pics don't do justice to.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:54 PM   #14
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Talking Starting the RO and Define Aquascape plan

I am finally gonna start the RO tonight in anticipation of actually getting water in this tank next weekend. I have been thinking of the aquascape throughout this process and have decided on a 2 island plan with plenty of free space. I plan on dry stacking the base rock on the table first to get a good idea of the islands configuration. Then the bottom of the islands will get 3/4 inch pvc pipe 2 inches long epoxyed to raise the islands off the DT floor. The substrate should hide these and I can always place a few rock frags at the bottem to hide more if needed. I think this will be a good firm foundation in my mind for the islands and help flow and cleaners out. I will dry stack them again in the tank and play with it till I have what I want. Then again I will epoxy anything I think needs it and dry stack some of the live rock in when I add water.

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Old 12-28-2011, 10:20 PM   #15
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Well I am making RO and have finished the plumbing on my skimmer set up. I am hoping base rock will be in friday at the latest as I have 3 days off to work on the build. I am getting close and excited!
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:24 PM   #16
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Talking Tank moving Day!

Tomorrow is tank moving day! I will be removing about 10 gal of water from my fowlr tank and sliding it across a doorway to its temporary home to make room for my 72 bowfront. I then will make the final plumbing connections and locate controllers, timers and the module for my RKL inside and above the sump of the stand. I now have 30 gals of RO made and will need another 60 gal to fill the 72 tank, sump, and skimmer. The RKL and reef mix with another 50 lbs of base rock is suppose to be here tomorrow afternoon. I hope to have the 72 ready to cycle within about 5 days!
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Moving rt along. Lookin forward to pics!
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:12 AM   #18
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Moving rt along. Lookin forward to pics!
Pics coming today or tomorrow.

Things are progressing. We won't move the tanks till Saturday morning now but I figured an ounce of planning was worth a pound of cure. My base rock came in today and is wonderful. I also recieved a bucket of Red Sea Coral pro mix, aragonit substrate, and my RKL controller level 1.

Since I am starting with the basic controller I mounted a coral life timer strip and wave timer controller inside and high on the back of the stand. I also set the programs in the RKL to handle what I felt were the critical systems of the tank. The homemade fuge light and reflector are also on the RKL because if this thing were to short or something I wanted the RKL to kill power to it. My stream pump, return pump, both skimmer pumps are also on the RKL as well as the heater. My actual tank lighting is on a stand alone 3 channel timer made for that light system and it is programmed also subject to change of course. The K3x are on there own wave timer I mentioned above.

I will start taking pics tomorrow after the tanks are moved.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:36 PM   #19
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PICS! LOL.. Lots of progress today. Rinsed about 90 lbs of sand, mounted and ran all the electrical, placed the substrate and layed the base rock bones for my 2 pillar cave island aquascape. Sandy and I hauled 30 gal of RO water from my filter and have the system about 1/3 full figuring I need about 90 gal RO total for the tank,sump, and skimmer. Skimmer is raised about 3.5 inches and that leaves me just enoeph room to remove the cup. I can't even take the lid off the skimmer cup without removing the whole cup. All electrical strips and the RKL PC4 module is mounted inside and high on the back wall of the stand. Everything is plugged in ready to go with drip loops. All modules and strips have circuit breaker features. Pics are below and I am impressed with this base rock from ReefCleaners. You can't see from the pics but I took advantage of this bow front take design and was able to keep all base rock 2 inches or more from the back wall.



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Old 01-01-2012, 12:56 PM   #20
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Progress SO Far.

Well the tank is filled but still have the sump and skimmer to fill. Right now I am waiting on more RO. Later to day I hope to tune in the system and get the salinity and PH good to go. No leaks in the bulk heads and my only leak concern now is the outside the sump recirculating skimmer.
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