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Old 08-11-2012, 06:42 PM   #41
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OMG !!! ... So that's what the back room of sea world must look like!!..(. Or frankenstien's lab !!!..)... Kinda makes my setup look like something that the keystone cops or the kindergarten kids put together....that must take a lot of time , electricity and maintenance to keep things going,...a couple of questions,..what do you run for a electrical backup system,..generator,batteries ?? ... Are you ever able to walk away from the whole system and go on vacation without worrying yourself to death that everything is running smoothly??
Quite a setup Greg!!! You're the man!!
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I'll also say I'm impressed as well. You have a lot of stuff going on there!
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Holy god that's a ton of stuff!!!!! I want more!!!! Lol
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:41 AM   #44
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It's like a tumbleweed...it just keeps growing thru the years. The fish room goes thru a overhaul about every 5 years. But most of the gear has lasted all these years. I think my engineering background helped, but it's mostly bits and pieces.

Yes, I can leave for about a week, or more if a friend comes in. The computer is pretty dependable, the rest of the system is designed to be pretty simple, using gravity and some commercial pumps. The tank can go at least a week without feeding as they can always forage. The basic system has been running almost 20 years, so I guess it is pretty sound.

If the electric goes off while I am not home, I am in trouble. I am fixing that with a big UPS later this summer. I have a big diesel generator in the garage, but I have to be here to get it on line.

Thanks Dary...Sea World is much cleaner. And super sized.
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It's like a tumbleweed...it just keeps growing thru the years. The fish room goes thru a overhaul about every 5 years. But most of the gear has lasted all these years. I think my engineering background helped, but it's mostly bits and pieces.

Yes, I can leave for about a week, or more if a friend comes in. The computer is pretty dependable, the rest of the system is designed to be pretty simple, using gravity and some commercial pumps. The tank can go at least a week without feeding as they can always forage. The basic system has been running almost 20 years, so I guess it is pretty sound.

If the electric goes off while I am not home, I am in trouble. I am fixing that with a big UPS later this summer. I have a big diesel generator in the garage, but I have to be here to get it on line.

Thanks Dary...Sea World is much cleaner. And super sized.
The idea of having a separate " equipment" room where you can walk around and work on all your equipment without having to try and cram everything you own under your tank's cabinet makes so much sense,..no more trying to squeeze and contort yourself into a pretzel in order to install a hose clamp etc ...bigger sumps,pumps,etc.. I wish I too had a setup such as this ,but, I'm small potatoes here,.... Nice to see someone else doing what we all wish we could do,... I'm jealous but very happy with what I've done so far with my own setup.....thanks for sharing Greg .
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No problem. I had many tanks with the setup under the cabinet. I could have done most of what I wanted in the cabinet under the display thank, but my arthritis won't let me crawl around anymore and I wanted to add a fraging system when I learned how to grow coral. Easy to add tanks to a big loop like this. Had much larger versions when I had my LFS.
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Added a new frag setup on the cheap. Had a hand full of fans I put in to make a lot of current. $55 plastic tub, handful of parts and away we go.
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Nice looking setup for the cheap!
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Plumbing it out from my main system, this is the direction I think I will go instead of glass or acrylic. I can daisy chain as many of these as my pumps can stand. I am adding a second one next month and putting the DYI LED on a 6' track so it travels from one tank to the other. I want one to be set up for SPS and the other for softies and a few LPS.
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Just 10 days of coralline algae growth on the front acrylic. It can be too much of a good thing.
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