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Old 05-20-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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I got a tank from a friend and it was a little beat up.

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I wet sanded it down with 600 - 1200.

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Then a little buff. And it almost looks like new!!


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My only question. There are some scratches inside. Now I did buff it out but will they be hidden once water goes in?
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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Awesome job. Looks great!
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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I re-did the support system for my 55gfresh to make room on the bottom for the 135g salt reef. Here are some pics of before and after.
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This is the rgb homemade LEDs that I made for my 55gfresh. I used an old t fixture.

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And I just hung the rodi unit.

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:29 AM   #5
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Here is another shot of where the new tank will be going. I am going to stagger 2x4s right next to the braces and run a 2x4 across because the ones going down are going to be where the tank will be.

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Old 09-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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I am fitting the tank now. I have to make 1 more brace then I can do the plumbing. You can see the sump in the background. I have to cut these out of the existing wall. But before I do I need to reinforce them. Slowly getting there.


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Old 09-11-2013, 07:53 AM   #7
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Looks good so far. I wish I could do an in wall build
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:09 PM   #8
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Just a few updated photos of the build. It's been a long time coming. Should be putting water in next week.



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Old 09-11-2013, 09:26 PM   #9
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Awesome work, it's really coming along.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #10
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Lights should be here Monday. They are Cree LEDs 120w full spectrum dimmable. I just have to figure out this reed keeper elite. I have the net up and running. I hooked it up to my pc but I have to use a longer USB core so it can stay plugged in. I want to be able to name all the functions because it is way easier on the pc. And I have to hook up my ato. The only scary thing about doing a sump is the chance of it overflowing. I put in loc line and anti siphon in line with the loc line. I have a 2 float switches for my ato.


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Old 09-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #11
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Just started to put sand in. I still have another 3 bags to go. I was thinking a 3 or so inch sand bed. I don't want to get a build up of gasses. Here is a pic with only a bag and a half.


Here is a pic of my current fresh that is above the new salt tank in the wall.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #12
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Looks awesome!!
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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I found a guy parting out his tank. He wants $2.50 a pound. He has like 300 pounds. Sound like a good deal? Here is a pic of his tank.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:28 PM   #14
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Everything is looking awesome . I bought my rock off of Craigslist the guy had a 180g he was tearing down and sold me about 250lb for 100 bucks I only needed about 100lb so I traded rock for fish at my lfs. Anyways keep up the good work and keep us posted
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #15
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Everything is looking awesome . I bought my rock off of Craigslist the guy had a 180g he was tearing down and sold me about 250lb for 100 bucks I only needed about 100lb so I traded rock for fish at my lfs. Anyways keep up the good work and keep us posted
http://youtu.be/1SP_93depQg

Here is a link to a video that I did on the lights I just got. There really really bright.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:08 PM   #16
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What was funny at the lfs I was talking to the guy about LEDs and I asked him if he had dimmable and he said why would you want dimmable I was like so I can acclimate my corals and turn down the light. He was like. You can just move the coral up or down to acclimate it. Old school , he didn't sell those kind of LEDs either.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:29 PM   #17
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I have started the flow from the tank to the sump. Now my question is how much flow should be coming out of my loc line returns. Here is a video. The return is 3/4 flex hose. Runs about 5' and goes up around 18".
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How much flow should be coming out of the return loc line? I just added salt today and I feel like I am able to open the return a little more. Prob because the water is heavier.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:53 PM   #19
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Anyone? Bump ?
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:58 AM   #20
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(((Has anybody ever felt like this.))) I can leave the return pump wide open. I can also leave the drains wide open. I have a pump shut off if my water level goes too low. And if I have a power outage my water will not overflow the sump. I'm just way too nervous to leave everything up and running right now. It's a scary feeling lol. Maybe this weekend I'll leave it running because I'll be home. Since I just set it up I don't feel safe leaving it up and running while I'm out of work for 10 hours.
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