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Old 08-24-2012, 11:50 PM   #451
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That sounds like a sweet business opportunity. I am jealous lol. I haven't checked out your link yet but I will, given how your tanks look I'll be holding high expectations.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:32 PM   #452
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My weekend filled up so quick, that I hardly had time to get to the tank but I managed to carve out almost 2 hours to get the old lights out, sold, the lenses swapped and the lights in place. Right now the hangers are 100% temporary. I haven't crimped or trimmed the hanger wire yet. I'm not sure if I'm going to leave them suspended or if I'm going to hard mount them on a custom rail. The lights are pretty stretched out on the wire and they are only 7.5" above the tank. With the water being about 3/4" from the top I just barely made the minimum height. I think a rack bolted to the wood shelf would be better. Debatable or sure. I'm also planning on mounting the power supplies on the back wall on a wood panel... I just need time. As for programming, it's on the default natural setting until I get some time this week to play with it.















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Old 08-26-2012, 11:59 PM   #453
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Man those are awesome, the color is amazing!
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:48 AM   #454
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Having the before and after shot is great man. I'll be honest, I didn't even think about any of that...I've had my radions over my 55 for what seems like forever now and didn't realize what kind of a huge difference it is.
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Not much progress on the tank but I did get the mancave cleaned out and in shape for the opening game tonight.

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Looks great !!!!
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:27 AM   #457
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Dude it looks awesome, so jealous. Your garage looks better than my living room.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:26 AM   #458
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Dude it looks awesome, so jealous. Your garage looks better than my living room.
Thanks but I think the picture makes it look nicer than it is. If you turn around it's just another garage
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:29 AM   #459
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Saturday I took a few hours to start my rework. I had a chiller below, a rock container to the left and junk up top. So I've relocated the chiller and rock as of yesterday. The chiller relocation wasn't too difficult but it was just time consuming and annoying more than anything. Surprisingly, the flow wasn't affected too much. I had to just slightly adjust my gate valve on the full syphon a tad but that was it. The downforce pull helps a lot I think. Note the frankenstein swing check valve. I found a spot that had a good price on it but the smallest was a 1". It was also slip and I want to reuse this with a future 1" return upgrade on a larger tank so I glued on 1" male thread adaptors and then screwed on 1" to 3/4" reducers. It was another $4 or so but I didn't want to glue on a 3/4" a lose it. It's a much needed upgrade because my returns really pull a lot of water back out in a power outage. Tube is probably temporary but it's working right now. I need a few more clamps as well. It's not super clean but it's the grage and all a big experiment anyway.

I also spent about a hour relocating the 40g rock tank from the bench to the lower shelf. I had to level the shelf and renforce it. It's rock solid and ready for the coming week's install. Someone buy this stuff so I can free up some space

My plan for next weekend is to construct a box and use a dryer vent to push the hot air out into the attic and range vent in the roof. After that's done, the garage should be a lot more tolerable. The chiller is somewhat counterproductive without a vent to another location. It just makes the garage sweltering combined with the humidity. I usually keep the garage open all day with it like it is. I won't need it in a few more weeks I hope. After that, I'll drill the sump and the other 40, plumb them together and relocate the drain to the other tank. +30ish gallons on the system and a holding/grow out tank.









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In 2 weeks the local reef club is having our first "tank crawl". The first stop is my house so I'm hustling to make some progress. This weekend I cleaned out the rock tank, painted the shelf and caulked around it. I also drilled the extra 40g and just cut the teeth for the new overflow box. I'm gluing that later today and then picking up some 3/8" acrylic for the new sump and some customer builds.

After I cut and tooth some thicker baffles I'll break down the sump and reconfigure it this week. I'm making the skimmer portion a bit larger to upgrade the skimmer next year and pushing in to the fuge area. I'll remove some of the live rock from that and move it to the grow out tank so I have more room for cheato. I'm also planning to go bigger on the pump in a few months due to the chiller being raised and the 40g being plumbed in. Pics to come.... oh and I ordered a bunch of new fish and some huge coral pieces for the crawl. They should be in tomorrow with our regular order.

First iPhone5 pano of the tank as is...

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