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Old 04-09-2012, 04:29 PM   #21
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Following along, lookign good so far. Keep the updates coming.
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Holy crap. Where did this build come from? Here I am making drawings of what I want to do in MS Paint...this guy is going strait autocad on us!

I'm currently about to start the plumbing on my 55...which means unhooking my sump and such from my 36. That is a great idea about putting the piping down to the bottom with an elbow. I'd use that and get the pump for the skimmer under the egg crate, if possible. If not I'm sure it'll work out just fine.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:18 PM   #23
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Holy crap. Where did this build come from? Here I am making drawings of what I want to do in MS Paint...this guy is going strait autocad on us!

I'm currently about to start the plumbing on my 55...which means unhooking my sump and such from my 36. That is a great idea about putting the piping down to the bottom with an elbow. I'd use that and get the pump for the skimmer under the egg crate, if possible. If not I'm sure it'll work out just fine.
lol google sketch up is a super simple program, the drawing in this build are the first ones I have ever done. I was going to use paint and just hated that it wasnt to scale or looked good. so a quick google search and I was able to find this free program that makes doing this so much simpler. Its great to have this tool to better plan out the build.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #24
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Are you going to be selling sps too or is this just a dt?
its a DT but ill be growing out frags and what not as time goes on and hope to be able to sell them at some point so that people dont have to yank them out of the ocean.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:00 PM   #25
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I have made some changes in my lighting. I'll be doing a DIY led build from rapid led. It will give me a better color spectrum and higher quality LEDs.

I'll be getting the solderless kits. I'll have two heat sinks that are 6x9 that will have 24leds each. 6xroyal blue 6xblue 11xwhite 1xred. The blues will be on their own dimmer and the whites and red will be on a dimmer.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:56 AM   #26
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Sounds good, I was thinking of doing my own led's looking forward to seeing it
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:29 PM   #27
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I'll be ordering mine as soon as I get my tax return haha
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:57 PM   #28
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Added about 35lbs of live rock to the tank today and dosed the ammonia to 2ppm to see if it converts it. I am going to wait till the tank is cycled before moving fish and corals over because I would hate to lose any of my stuff. Only had one issue when moving rock. One of my peices with an monti that was growing beautifully fell and broke the monti into about7 peices so I guess I'll be starting some frags already...I plan on clustering them near each other in the new tank to possibly get a stair like effect.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:13 PM   #29
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Heres the canopy so far. Needs a few more braces for the doors in the front. Will be adding a 1x6 on each end of the front and 2x 1x1 braces in the front. sadly ill have to move my deer so that the tank isnt so abstucted and so that the doors can open
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #30
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My water has come down to .25PPM in Ammonia so I think im omw to being cycled a bit faster with the addition of the live rock. I picked up my mandarin today to start to train to eat frozen foods that I will be training in a 25g before moving him to the 75g. He is Large Fat and Healthy the 3 things I looked for when choosing him (Oh and also wanted a male) I think he will do well at least im hoping he will. My scooter has been eating frozen foods for 4 months and is doing well. Heres a picture of the Blue or Green Mandarin w/e you want to call it.


Also picked up a new ORA Acro can anyone I.D. it for sure? I was told it was a "ORA Bird of Paradise" Its Green stem with yellow tips and Purple polyps. got it for 20$ I felt that was a steal for a coral this beautiful.


Here is some more progress on my Canopy as well. Dont mind the rock scape...I hate it and it will not be staying like that just havent gotten to work with all my pieces of rock yet so that I can start picking what pieces I want to use and what ones I dont. I think theres close to 90lbs in the tank and I only want to have around 60-70lbs of rock in the tank.

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Looking good.... folowing along for this build.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #32
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Heres some updates from the past week

Heres the canopy still a work in progress



Heres the ATO system from Autotopoff.com I am vary happy with it. I put a 5.5g tank as a container for my water to be pumped into the tank with the ATO. The water pumps directly into the return area of my sump were the sensor is for a quick and effective response.



And these arrived today my 2x Heatsinks from HeatsinkUSA.com. They are 5.883x16" and look great. Only thing is I am not sure how to clean them up before installing the LED's
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hey, Im following along
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #34
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hey, Im following along
Sounds good. I hope that it may help someone at some point figure out an answer to their questions.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:05 AM   #35
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Heres pictures of my LED Build!!!!

The heatsink before i put the leds on. evenly spaced them and marked what color goes were.


Next I placed the LEDs



Heres a picture of how the solderless LEDs are wired super easy. By wireing them this way my blues and whites will be individually dimmable so that I can create what ever color look I want.


Heres the LED with the lens on and all wired up.



And THEY WORK!!!
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Before I go on I thought I would give the info about the build.
Rapidled was the supplier. GREAT customer service! I literally have 30+ emails with mike at rapidled. He gained a loyal customer.

LEDs:
12x Blue Cree
12x Royal Blue Cree
22x Cool White Cree
2x Red

Heatsinks I got from from HeatsinkUSA. They are 5.883x16


So next came hanging and installing the equipment into my canopy.

First I mounted all the drivers and controller onto a board then mounted that to the inside of my canopy.


Then installed the hanging equipment. and put the fixture on.


Heres how it looks. the whites are at 40% and the blues are at 70%

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Nice work! Looks great!
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Makes it look like there is no water and your fish are just floating in air!

Congrats on a great build and i love the leds! I want some for my poor lil tank
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Wow, this build is really coming along!
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Makes it look like there is no water and your fish are just floating in air!

Congrats on a great build and i love the leds! I want some for my poor lil tank
I know I Love the way the leds look! now for the real test of supporting a SPS tank...Thats what I really care about but my LEDs were $500 well spent.
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