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Old 05/15/2005, 03:22 PM   #101
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These pendants came with some visors that slide in that can cut back the light overflow. After spending $1k on these pendants, the last thing I want to do is cover them up. I really like the open feel of not having a canopy but thanks for the thought.


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Old 05/15/2005, 06:01 PM   #102
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Old 05/15/2005, 06:15 PM   #103
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you might just have to bite the bullet and buy a chiller. I know that's the last thing you wanted to hear after loosing all your 'stock. I played the raising/lowering/short photo period game for a couple months and the corals suffered. Just start saving now and buy nice big used chiller on the forums, then beg the guy you buy it from for some frags.

BTW the tank looks awesome. Someday I hop to have a 4x4x2 similar to yours. Open top and all.

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Old 05/15/2005, 09:33 PM   #104
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what kind of lights are those?
they look great hanging there.

and as for the bracing, i meant on the tank.
is it strong enough? not even a euro brace i see.


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Old 05/15/2005, 09:56 PM   #105
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The lights are Aqua Medic Ocean light series with dual halides and T5 actinics.
The tank is 1" acrylic which I opted for in order to avoid any Eurobracing. With the tank full, there is only 1/16" of deflection ie, bowing.
It is strong.


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Old 05/16/2005, 05:41 AM   #106
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You do some beautiful work. I really didn't realize how big the tank was until I saw the little guy next to it. Unfortunately I just had a chance to browse the pages, but did you also build the stand?

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Old 05/16/2005, 06:54 AM   #107
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You do some beautiful work. I really didn't realize how big the tank was until I saw the little guy next to it. Unfortunately I just had a chance to browse the pages, but did you also build the stand?

John
Thanks! It is a good size tank and a great size for a cube. Here's the link to my building of the stand.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...light=240+cube


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Old 05/16/2005, 07:56 AM   #108
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sonofgaladriel,

I have been following your thread from the start and I would like to say that you should be really proud! The tank is amazing!

Next time you have the camera out could you take a few looking under the tank at floor level. I would love to see some detail close ups of the closed loop etc.

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Old 05/16/2005, 09:13 AM   #109
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Thanks corb66! I'll gladly take some more pics of the underside plumbing for you.


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Old 05/16/2005, 09:54 AM   #110
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Excellent Diary!! Please continue to update.


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Old 05/16/2005, 11:05 AM   #111
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Excellent Diary!! Please continue to update.
Thanks Invicible569! Its been fun posting and getting all the positive responses.
Any chance I can get some frags from you to help me rebuild my stony reef? I'll pay for them of course, but funds are low after the equipment expenses.
Don't know if you read, but I lost all of my SPS last week during this move, which is why this tank is empty. I think my 10" teardrop died off late Sunday night and when I came home Monday evening, the stock tank holding all the livestock had crashed and I lost all my fish and SPS.
So, I'm starting over from scratch.


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Old 05/16/2005, 03:10 PM   #112
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I had a problem with a sea apple years ago when I was away. When I came back a week later, I lost everything except for 1 fish.


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Old 05/16/2005, 06:53 PM   #113
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sonofgaladriel,
Next time you have the camera out could you take a few looking under the tank at floor level. I would love to see some detail close ups of the closed loop etc.
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Here you go:


Here's some of the water surface aggitation going on with the closed loops!

Here's a close up of one of the 2" strainers/closed loop drain.



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Old 05/16/2005, 07:14 PM   #114
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woah. Your water looks so.....blue. No really, that picture with the surface shows a really cool color.


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Old 05/16/2005, 07:45 PM   #115
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That's the light being put out by the 4 28" T5 actinics. Here's a pic of the tank with the T5 lights on only.



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Old 05/16/2005, 08:22 PM   #116
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oh man that is SERIOUS FLOW!! looks great. what do you think of the 8way OM units?? i LOVE my 4way

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Old 05/17/2005, 12:32 AM   #117
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I love the new pics! that is a awesome tank. I think your setup will help me set up my new 150. It is 60x24x24 and drilled for a closed loop![IMG] http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/...g_reef_161.jpg[/IMG]


[IMG] http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/...g_reef_167.jpg[/IMG]


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Old 05/17/2005, 08:46 AM   #118
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The stand is one of the nicest I have seen.I know you are still doing a lot of work on your tank.I too have returns plumbed through the bottom with 45 degree elbows.You may be familiar with Apoxy Sculpt from www.avesstudio.com .This epoxy putty was used to camouflage my returns and make them look like real rocks.Apoxy Sculpt will set underwater but faster out.Mix up the epoxy ,put it all over your fittings,then embed small rocks into the putty and texture the exposed epoxy with a rock.When dry put it back in the tank.Within weeks you can not tell what is real rock and what is fake.I have my middle port sitting in the open with an acro frag growing on it.The elbow's hole is facing to the rear of the tank and can not be seen.


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Old 05/17/2005, 09:09 AM   #119
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how bout a pic of that Lloyd


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Old 05/17/2005, 10:23 AM   #120
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I guess I need to get a digital camera.The photos in my gallery do show it in the middle but not clearly.I use Apoxy Sculpt in my work all the time so making fake stuff like horn bases and lips is just plain easy.Posting a good photo,well not as easy as the kids doing it for me.Unfortunately, they are all off to school or out working.


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Old 05/19/2005, 07:35 AM   #121
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i have 2 2" drains for my closed loop where did you get the strainers from i need 2 of them myself they look real safe im going to just cut a hole in my overflows and bed them in there under the waterline so that shouldnt be a problem but i would love them


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Old 05/19/2005, 08:38 AM   #122
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I hope you slapped some sort of sealer on the inside of the stand before assemble. I would break out in tears to see a stand of that caliber ruined. Absolutely beautiful. My favorite stand.


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Old 05/19/2005, 01:15 PM   #123
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Scott from 'Aquariums Systems Designs' here in town, provided all the bulkheads and drains. I'm not sure where he got them, but it may have been customaquatics.com.
Inside and out was spray sealed. This thing should stand the test of time....I hope.
Thanks for the compliments everyone!


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Old 05/19/2005, 03:37 PM   #124
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Here's where they got the strainers, I think:

http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/.../8566/cid/2098


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Old 05/20/2005, 12:47 PM   #125
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Thanks for that link Skipper. That looks just like the ones I have.
I think I may actually have to invest in a chiller for this tank. The temp is rising to 84 degrees with all four halides on. I was able to keep my 180 at 79 to 80 degrees with the 3 mogul 250s, but these 4 DE 250's really put out the heat.
I'm wondering if a 1/4 HP chiller will bring down the temp 3 to 4 degrees on this size tank?
I've got to get some 14K bulbs too. I really don't like these 10K's at all. They're just too yellow looking and make the rock and bottom look 'dirty'.


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