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Old 12-23-2011, 02:06 PM   #631
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Got all my plumbing parts and have started putting it together. Also got the eggcrate all dremmeled out and it fits perfectly!

I'm hoping they will return the ro/di unit tomorrow, it will take me about 2 days or so to make enough water.

I do have a question though, is there anyway to test the plumbing without filling the entire tank? I also didn't water test it as I assumed it was good since it was still in the original store wrapping and shrinkwrap.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:21 PM   #632
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the only way i can think of is removing the drain stand pipe so it just the bulkhead fitting at the bottom of the tank and then filling it up to where the water will fill the overflow from the one of the bottom screens. thats assuming that your overflow has those cutouts at different depths.

i dont know if any of that made sense for you.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:52 PM   #633
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My screen intake pipe and the stand pipe are built in together. here is a picture of the setup....

What if I just fill the overflow up with water and see if the water drains down and if there are any leaks in the plumbing? I know i cant test the return for leaks though. :-(

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Old 12-23-2011, 02:58 PM   #634
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i suppose you could do that.

may i ask why you dont want to fill your tank up with tap water and then siphon it all out when your done leak checking? im assuming you have one of those siphon water change rigs that attaches to your sink.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:29 PM   #635
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omg. i can be such a ditz sometimes. I didn't even consider doing that. LOL

It's only like 10 feet from my ktichen sink too.

Gonna see if the boyfriend likes the idea and go from there. Then I can leak test and plumb test at the same time and not have to wait for the ro/di unit.

Twitch, you are the BEST!! Thanks!!
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Went in a bit of a different direction. LOL

Filled the tank with all the ro/di water I had on hand, about 70gallons worth and the rest I used tap water for. Phosphates are testing at .25 so it's not too bad.

other than some further adjustments on the return line the system is up and running perfectly. Got the water levels just right on the first go.

I plan on maybe adding the 75lbs of live rock tomorrow and the rest will be base. I want to stay around 125lbs or so, nothing crazy, I want lots of room for lots of fish.

Put the 55g 4 bulb T5 on the tank to see how well the light penetrated and I think it looks excellent. What do you guys think? Here are some pictures.



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Went in a bit of a different direction. LOL

Filled the tank with all the ro/di water I had on hand, about 70gallons worth and the rest I used tap water for. Phosphates are testing at .25 so it's not too bad.

other than some further adjustments on the return line the system is up and running perfectly. Got the water levels just right on the first go.

I plan on maybe adding the 75lbs of live rock tomorrow and the rest will be base. I want to stay around 125lbs or so, nothing crazy, I want lots of room for lots of fish.

Put the 55g 4 bulb T5 on the tank to see how well the light penetrated and I think it looks excellent. What do you guys think? Here are some pictures.
I agree, the light looks really nice with that tank!
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smart thinking, looking great carey.
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Carey, I know it's in here somewhere, but how tall is that stand?
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:49 PM   #640
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The stand itself is actually 30" tall. LOL The tank is a few inches taller than me without the lights even on top. Does give you a really good straight on view of the tank though. And lots of room underneath for the skimmer and other future toys.
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