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Old 09/23/2018, 05:37 AM   #26
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That looks absolutely amazing. Following - I have to see the end result


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Old 09/23/2018, 04:06 PM   #27
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Filled it today (as much as I'm going to manage filling it for testing at least) so far it holds water.

Now the fun will really start KIMG1040.jpg

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Old 09/23/2018, 04:40 PM   #28
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Thanks to all you guys following along
My goal was building a cool system and to document the proof that I built it for better or worse. In the past I've done builds and while I don't need everyone to know that I built them it's nice to have proof when your accused of lying . I had no goal of having people follow this but I've gotta admit I find it awesome that there's even one other person out there that thinks what I'm doing is cool and has some appreciation of the effort I put in.

Thanks to all those who have been chatting with me to smooth out my ideas and fill in the gaps in my experience. You guys know who you are and this project wouldn't be half of what it's turning into with out you.

The next step will be building the lighting system. This part is 100% NOT my design. Two of my reef bros out there were kind enough to completely tell me how they would light this tank as far as the spectrum and exact sin waves I should find and include in each diode and what quanity of each. So I will basically just be making their ideas work from an electric standpoint. Thanks guys!!


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Old 09/23/2018, 06:29 PM   #29
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Thanks to all you guys following along
My goal was building a cool system and to document the proof that I built it for better or worse. In the past I've done builds and while I don't need everyone to know that I built them it's nice to have proof when your accused of lying . I had no goal of having people follow this but I've gotta admit I find it awesome that there's even one other person out there that thinks what I'm doing is cool and has some appreciation of the effort I put in.

Thanks to all those who have been chatting with me to smooth out my ideas and fill in the gaps in my experience. You guys know who you are and this project wouldn't be half of what it's turning into with out you.

The next step will be building the lighting system. This part is 100% NOT my design. Two of my reef bros out there were kind enough to completely tell me how they would light this tank as far as the spectrum and exact sin waves I should find and include in each diode and what quanity of each. So I will basically just be making their ideas work from an electric standpoint. Thanks guys!!


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Old 09/23/2018, 06:55 PM   #30
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Lol watch out, when my tank looks awesome you'll be flooded with pms for design ideas .
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Old 09/24/2018, 07:32 AM   #31
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That is really impressive! Looking forward to more!


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Old 10/23/2018, 08:24 PM   #32
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Well....
Update time!
Here's the light build so far. I made this giant aluminum heatsync.
Had tons of help on this one; from the light selection, lay out, improving my soldering skills, double checking all my math and the rational of the electric lay out!
Thanks so much guys!
Now I just have to roll up my sleeves and wire everything in and build the enclosure for this mess. One decision I made up front that I'm very glad of was to wire everything through the back.

**One note--I attempted to use some two part epoxy made for metal to metal adheasion this did not work under any stress at all.KIMG1129.jpgKIMG1128.jpgIMG531392299.jpg

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Old 10/24/2018, 06:56 AM   #33
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You're not messing around! I like it.


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Old 10/24/2018, 09:40 AM   #34
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You're not messing around! I like it.
I'm hoping to accomplish an acro and euphyllia heavy set up in their relative areas (hence the drop off). instead of buying a setup and trying to make it work for the stock this is my attempt to build with the specific stock needs in mind. Hopefully with all the help I've received from guys who auctually keep the species I've done a halfway decent job considering the different species needs.

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Old 10/24/2018, 08:21 PM   #35
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You have some amazing vision for this. I like how original it is. I just started here, but Ill be keeping my eye on this one! Nice job!!


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Old 10/24/2018, 08:41 PM   #36
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The tank caught my interest but that light captured my attention (May or may not have stolen a DiCaprio line lol)

Following along for epic updates!


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Old 10/27/2018, 01:50 AM   #37
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Wired everything in tonight. Set up everything with the blue fish mini. except the night lights, right now those are only always on anyone have a recommendation for manual dimming I'm open to suggestions?
Pics are blue fish, only night lights, white, white and blue, and cyan. KIMG1152.jpgKIMG1151.jpgKIMG1154.jpgKIMG1155.jpgKIMG1157.jpg

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Old 10/27/2018, 01:55 AM   #38
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Here's lime, amber, and all on. All pics were taken at 1% due to much stronger giving way too much glare for a pic. Sry the all look blue, the string of six blue is bright compaired to the rest at 1%.
Out of 198 LEDs I did have one amber arrive not working so I have the space ready and waiting for the replacement.KIMG1158.jpgKIMG1159.jpgKIMG1160.jpgIMG1771004805.jpg

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Old 10/27/2018, 01:57 AM   #39
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Oh, and the uvs.. can't forget them KIMG1156.jpg

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Old 10/28/2018, 02:22 PM   #40
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Well here's the basic frame I made for the light housing. I plan on connecting the Plexi glass and adding a plastic vineering so it's light weight and durable.

I also ordered a potentiometer to pwm out made for small DC motors to try on the blue night lights.IMG1357502064.jpg

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Old 11/03/2018, 09:48 AM   #41
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Favorite led layout ever


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Old 11/03/2018, 10:23 AM   #42
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Following along....man, you weren't kidding about your acrylic fabrication skills when you were looking at my 1974 TruVu 55 build!

I'm inspired by your plastic skills. I've just made an overflow box for the herbie I'm adding on mine, per your advice. I appreciate the help. Your project is awesome.

Do you order your Weldon online, or purchase locally?


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Old 11/03/2018, 11:10 AM   #43
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Haha @Bpb!! It's your layout, or how you told me to do the layout
Thanks though, for all the help and the compliment. The lights are looking py sweet if I do say so myself.

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Old 11/03/2018, 11:14 AM   #44
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Following along....man, you weren't kidding about your acrylic fabrication skills when you were looking at my 1974 TruVu 55 build!

I'm inspired by your plastic skills. I've just made an overflow box for the herbie I'm adding on mine, per your advice. I appreciate the help. Your project is awesome.

Do you order your Weldon online, or purchase locally?
Thanks! And thank you for being a reasonable diyer and checking out who your getting advice from, too many people don't.
I get Weldon on line, it's not sold locally unless I drive to the nearest acrylic fab shop and buy off them and they buy online lol.
See, I told you I like the fun shaped tanks

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Old 11/03/2018, 11:20 AM   #45
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Started closing up the frame. It's starting to look like a real fixture now
I'm a little annoyed the seam on the butt joint slid while curing. It's not as clear as I'd like but for something I'm not going to see I'm not going to cut it out and redo it.KIMG1193.jpgKIMG1191_2.jpgKIMG1190.jpg

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Old 12/10/2018, 05:07 PM   #46
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I got the fans in and the housing all painted up IMG108038177.jpgIMG1959041495.jpg

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Old 12/10/2018, 05:21 PM   #47
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Meet the dragons

So, one of my goals for the new dt is to have it full of awesome fish. I absolutely love the "dragon" type fish (scooters mandarins) and have been working to see how many my tank could potentially support. I'm currently at four. each fish has been carefully selected for it's interest in prepared food (before purchase each at least nibbled at frozen food). Two of the four will even eat pe pellets at this point. They have been slowly added months apart while also monitoring pod population and agressive between fish.IMG1281081048.jpgKIMG1354.jpgKIMG1357.jpgIMG529856299.jpg

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Old 12/11/2018, 08:07 AM   #48
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Hang on... you've got the tank up and running... and no pics?! This is unacceptable! :0)

This is a seriously great build. Really impressive. But we need more pics. :0)

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Old 12/11/2018, 11:29 AM   #49
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Hahahaha!
No
The tanks not up yet, I had the old dt for 2+ yrs and pulled all the stock into the sump for safe keeping and have been qt and aquiring some of the new coral and fish. Current sump is roughly 135gals of water, ats, and 70+ lbs of rock and two bioblocks for pod farming. The holding section is roughly 60gals. As I said this will be a long drawn out build, it's been planned for with minimize swinging to the tank since I want to keep the current stock
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This is a seriously great build. Really impressive. But we need more pics. :0)

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