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Old 04/17/2005, 11:27 AM   #26
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A little more progress on the tank and the plumbing. I was having problems with the lack of space I have on the side of the tank where all the plumbing and the closed loop pumps are. I wanted the closed loop pump and the Gen-X PCX 55 pump to be up as far as I could get them so I will not loose much head. It should be worth the extra effort


The area will have a access door on the side and the whole stand both sides will be drywalled in. My return pump and sump will still be located in the basement.

We got the braces on the tank also installed the small overflow box but still have to get black plexi around it. Also got the Starboard in.


Here are a few pics of the progress.













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Old 04/17/2005, 12:45 PM   #27
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Looking good, lots of progress!


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Old 04/17/2005, 05:58 PM   #28
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Old 04/21/2005, 09:33 PM   #29
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Little more work done. Tank is almost full of RO/DI water. Finished the plumbing of the 4-way. Educators still have to be installed.

Think I will have enough flow?














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Old 04/22/2005, 09:10 AM   #30
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Nice looking rig - very clean.


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Old 04/22/2005, 09:23 AM   #31
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probably part of the most exciting thing about setting up a new tank is when you first add the water to it...i don't know what it is about this hobby.,but it does get ya excited..

can't wait to see this thing up and running..awesome planning job so far..


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Old 04/22/2005, 07:35 PM   #32
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That is a nice looking setup! Hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions.

What is your stand made of, looks like a black plastic stand (I've always liked them).

The gang valve you have on the top pump, what sort of valve is that, never seen anything like it. Is it electric, so the different ports open and close giving you a random pattern? Also, where'd you get the black pvc? Is that sch. 40 or something else?

Very nice!

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Old 04/23/2005, 04:50 AM   #33
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Mad Scientist, Thanks

Triggerfish, This is so true LOL. Can't wait to get the water up to the overflow.



reef-fossil,

The stand is from my old setup skinned in plywood. It will be covered with drywall and built into the wall painted to match the walls.

The valve is called a OM 4-way. Yes it is electric. Uses a drum inside that turns to give random flow into the tank. The black pipe is not PVC it's ABS. I used this because it is black. Looks better with the sides of the tank that I painted.

Thanks again for the comments allot of planning has gone into this tank. More updates to follow.


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Old 04/23/2005, 08:43 AM   #34
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I was testing the Penductors with the Gen-X Pcx55 pump. Wow shoots all 8' across the tank then comes back under. I moved the pump however just under the living room floor. The fan on it was to loud.


I made a nice cover from some leftover black plexi I had from my overflow. This should keep splashing and noise to a minimum.

Here is how I did my overflow pipes (Dursos).










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Old 04/26/2005, 10:00 PM   #35
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I did a few changes to my pump setup. I first got rid of the dart was having problems with it. I upgraded to the Hammerhead. I moved both the Gen-X PCX-55HP and the Seq under the floor in the living room. No noise no heat very please with the outcome. I should have done this from the start My flow is crazy in the tank. I added 5 Large show pieces of LR. My water is still a little cloudy from the salt. Stable at 1.023.


I will take some new pics tomorrow of the tank.


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Old 04/27/2005, 12:32 AM   #36
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Wow. I'm really impressed. It makes the 125 I just built look like a nano. One day after I graduate and finally get some real money I would love to put together a set-up like yours. Tell a bit about your equipment. i.e. Protein skimmer, sump size, are you using a fuge?, lights. I look forward to seeing some more pics. Jim


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Old 04/27/2005, 09:06 AM   #37
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Looks awesome HD.
I just put a eductor on my 90 and with the genx and half the tank doesn't have sand anymore, lol. Worth the flow increase though. Those things are incredible!


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Old 04/30/2005, 08:20 PM   #38
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Nocturnal,

Yes they are great! i have ton of flow with them and the Hammerhead on the 4-way.


Here are a few pics of the tank got my lights up. Pics are not the best I need to box in the top of the tank. That is the next project


The fish picked them up from my LFS. I had the regal from my old tank. The large Naso with streamers came in from Hawaii. The LR are big show pieces (Haitian) I'm waiting for more to come in from my LFS.

















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Old 04/30/2005, 08:24 PM   #39
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WOW! Looks great!


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Old 04/30/2005, 09:25 PM   #40
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neat project, the tank looks great


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Old 04/30/2005, 11:39 PM   #41
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Thanks,

I hate how the pics came out! They look washed out from the VHO's blasting out. I have to get my butt in gear and drywall around the stand and above the tank. I think for the time being I will get some poster board and put it above the tank to keep the light in. I hate watching T.V and having 660w of VHO lighting blasting in my face


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Old 05/01/2005, 08:35 AM   #42
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how many pounds of live rock is that so we can get an idea of how huge your tank is


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Old 05/01/2005, 10:00 AM   #43
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In the tank I have 5 very large pieces. The rocks are the size of a large watermelons


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Old 05/01/2005, 11:47 AM   #44
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Nice tank. Keep the pictures coming!


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Old 05/01/2005, 12:24 PM   #45
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sweet. Im moving in with you.


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Old 05/04/2005, 11:03 PM   #46
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I put up some poster paper above the tank temp to block the light. Took a few shots with just outside light in the room. This gives you a idea what a difference Starphire glass makes.















I did my first siphon today! Wow did I have allot of debris snail poop collecting on the side of the glass and the Starboard. Since this is the first time I have gone BB you just do not see this stuff when you have a sand bed. Yuck glad to get this stuff out of the system.


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Old 05/07/2005, 12:45 AM   #47
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Another small Update. My LFS just got in fresh uncured Haitian LR. I was able to pick my rock and clean it before I purchasing it I picked out 150Lbs the stuff looks great! I did bring one big piece home and added it to the tank. Was cleaning of all sponges. I hope to add more after it has cured. I would like to get the rock work done I will post some pics soon.


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Old 05/07/2005, 09:44 AM   #48
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Sweet tank and even cooler that you built it yourself.. Also what kind of skimmer are you running or going to run on this tank?


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Old 05/07/2005, 11:32 AM   #49
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Using 2 Gen-X PCX40 pumps one for each injector.


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Old 05/07/2005, 10:22 PM   #50
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what do the penductors actually do? and where do you get them?


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