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The lights are up!

Posted 05/15/2011 at 03:47 PM by Rotknee

Got the light hung a few days ago. The process was uneventful. The last time I hung the lights I had to use 4" screws to secure the lights to the stud. This time I used EZ Ancor Drywall Anchors to secure the lights to 3/4" drywall.

Here is how the lights were hung for my old 120G tank. "The BEFORE pic" Note these lights were hanging from a 39" rail.

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Mounting hardware

Posted 05/03/2011 at 12:21 AM by Rotknee
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I removed the plywood shelf and will be mounting my main hardware to it. I will obviously be using Vortech powerheads to move water around the tank. I have two now and seriously considering a third powerhead for the right side of the tank. The acrylic structure you see in the pic was designed and built to hold my Profilux controller and dosing units. The space in between the battery backup unit and shelf will fit my Profilux wave controller perfectly. Not 100% sure I will mount it there yet? ...
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Problems =(

Posted 04/26/2011 at 01:06 PM by Rotknee

While waiting on the bulkheads I went ahead and started filling the tank. I'll admit that patience has always been one of my challenges. I added 100lbs of sand. Specifically, 40lbs of dry and 60lbs of live CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand. I rinsed and soaked the dry sand for four days in RO water and it did very little to cloud the water. The murky looking water is the result of adding the live sand.

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Let the plumbing begin

Posted 04/20/2011 at 12:56 AM by Rotknee

Here is my first crack at the plumbing.
Of course you will notice that my return flow T'd off to another line that may get less flow. Note, in the big picture plumbing it this way would be best as any other was would have called for more elbows whereas I am now only using three.

When filling the tank the difference between flow wasn't noticeable.

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Tank is on the stand...

Posted 04/20/2011 at 12:38 AM by Rotknee

This tank was heavy!!! The problem wasn't simply lifting it; it was lifting it while keeping the padding in place and putting the tank in EXACTLY the right place. Again, my stand hugs the tank perfectly and does not extend any further than the tank itself on all sides.

My first concern when building (like it actually "built" it...LOL) the tank separate from the stand was...will it fit? As you can see here it turned out perfectly.

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