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Old 07/03/2018, 12:52 AM   #26
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This rock will have cured for a month as of July 4th. The nasty smell is gone and the rock is just about odorless. I think it is safe to say it has cycled enough to be put in the display when I'm ready where it can continue to do its thing while I get things stabilized after setup.



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Old 07/03/2018, 07:54 AM   #27
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Wow that's a great stand. Love the craftsmanship and skill. Can't wait to see the tank wet.


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Old 07/04/2018, 01:10 PM   #28
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Wow that's a great stand. Love the craftsmanship and skill. Can't wait to see the tank wet.
Thanks for the compliment.

Working on sump layout and cutting the glass baffles today. I've researched bubble traps to the point where I am totally convinced it does not matter much if the water travels over then under or under then over.. LOL. I think I see more folks using over under leaving the skimmer to the fuge and then perhaps under over to the return pump. I don't know.

Also considering putting my fuge on the far right with the return pump in the center. This would allow a deeper fuge but I'm concerned about the water overflow falling to far and creating bubbles in the return pump section. I guess I could put an over under bubble trap there as well.

Using a 40B for the sump.



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Old 07/04/2018, 04:54 PM   #29
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Skimmer partition going in. Decided to go with the larger and deeper fuge and put the return pump in the middle section.



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Old 07/04/2018, 06:58 PM   #30
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Nice work. How thick are those baffles you are adding? They look thin. Be careful, I had thin baffles (1/8 or less)on a homemade sump, they got banged moving a skimmer and cut my hand pretty good. Your stand is fantastic.


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Old 07/04/2018, 07:15 PM   #31
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Nice work. How thick are those baffles you are adding? They look thin. Be careful, I had thin baffles (1/8 or less)on a homemade sump, they got banged moving a skimmer and cut my hand pretty good. Your stand is fantastic.
they are 1/8". Thickest stuff I could find at home depot. I'll be careful.

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Old 07/04/2018, 08:49 PM   #32
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Partitions in. Set at 1.25" spacing.



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Old 07/06/2018, 11:24 AM   #33
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Got the electronics partition into the stand yesterday. Not sure it's big enough but it will have to do. Need to drill a couple holes for cords and also in the back for venting.

Tank got a bath today.





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Old 07/06/2018, 01:48 PM   #34
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Blacked out the back. Used plasti dip. Easily removable if the need ever arises.



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Old 07/07/2018, 01:38 AM   #35
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Despite the sweltering So Cal heat, which my Apex (running in the garage) measured at a peak of 107*, I got a lot done today.

I got some holes drilled in the back of the cabinet as well as into the electronics area for the return pump line and cord routing. Got the sump in place and will be hanging the carbon/gfo reactor high on the back wall probably over the fuge. I've got about 7" of width remaining for an ATO resivour which I still need to source.

I need to get a 4.5" he cut in the back for an exhaust fan.





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Old 07/07/2018, 02:59 PM   #36
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Cabinet exhaust fan installed. Carbon /gfo reactor mounted. Controllers mounted.





Might be time to start migrating into the house for final assembly.

Too flippin hot in so cal right now.





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Old 07/07/2018, 06:14 PM   #37
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Moved into the house and got it up on the stand.






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Old 07/07/2018, 07:53 PM   #38
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Looks good. Will you build a canopy?


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Old 07/07/2018, 09:58 PM   #39
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Not sure yet. Was hoping to keep it open top.
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Old 07/09/2018, 11:32 PM   #40
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Got the bottom side of the overflow drains installed.


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Old 07/11/2018, 01:00 AM   #41
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Got the return line installed. Return line will drive the carbon /gfo reactor as well as fill the fuge.

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Old 07/11/2018, 03:41 AM   #42
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Wow got a ton done since the last time I checked in. Everything looks good. I think I'm going to do the return in the middle for the 40g as well. It looks pretty good doing it that way.


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Old 07/13/2018, 12:03 AM   #43
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Wow got a ton done since the last time I checked in. Everything looks good. I think I'm going to do the return in the middle for the 40g as well. It looks pretty good doing it that way.
Hopefully the sump works well. I really wanted to maximize the refugium size. It's about 14.3 gal.

I got the fuge light mounted and connected to the apex. Messed with the settings a bit. Starting to understand how the apex works.

Been routing cables and getting everything connected. The amount of wiring is a bit overwhelming and I still have a lot to add. Really hoping I can get it organized. LOL.

I'll be taking off to Ireland next week so I'll be responsible and wait until I get back to put the water in the tank.





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Old 07/13/2018, 07:53 AM   #44
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ughh... HURRY UP AND GET THIS THING WET!!!!

Coming along nicely. Everyone has a "rats nest" of wires somewhere. It's very difficult to contain them all neatly. It always seems like every device has like 5 extra feet of wire that I don't need. I use wire raceways and will run the wires in loops to contain them.


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Old 07/14/2018, 03:57 PM   #45
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ughh... HURRY UP AND GET THIS THING WET!!!!
I know, I know... although, I was told nothing good happens fast.. :-)

Did a 5 gal water change on the curing bin. Noticed there is something growing on the sides of the bin. I keep it mostly covered so I doubt it's algae. It seems to be a brownish green color. Pulled a rock out for the pic which looks and smells great. With no mechanical filtration or carbon the water is still pretty stained which you can see based on the color difference between the submerged rock and the one out of water..

Off to Ireland tomorrow for a week.



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Old 07/14/2018, 09:04 PM   #46
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Holy crap.. What could possibly go wrong? LOL. Still need to add the 3 kessil cords and control cable. Looked like my cabinet barfed.



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Old 07/15/2018, 06:49 AM   #47
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Looking good man. Can't wait to see it wet as well. I'm hopefully shooting to be wet next weekend. Man you never realize how much goes with the tank to keep it running. So many power supplies and cords everywhere. Lol


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Old 07/16/2018, 01:18 AM   #48
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How will you hide those wires. That is my dilema. I made a cabinet placed on the side of my tank. But my wires are now all bunched up under the tank.

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Old 07/16/2018, 01:05 PM   #49
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Spiritwalker's 120 gal build journal

Looking very nice. Iím also in the process of finishing my new build. I ended up putting in a magnetic divider to hide the cords that I can remove if I need to replace anything. Iím not looking to hijack your thread just throwing out ideas


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Old 07/16/2018, 01:29 PM   #50
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Dang guys those are freaking awesome. I really need to do that with this build as well.


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