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  1. MP10 WES and LET 24" T5 Retrofit Kits

    I can meet anytime this weekend. Work in DeFuniak, Monday through Thursday
  2. Curb pick up bowfront project (finally started)

    Heard both schools of thought on this, I don't see how it could hurt. Looking good so far.
  3. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Nothing new to show right now. hoping to get some friends by this week to move the tank off the stand than add the foam and get the tank back on the stand, then I can start the plumbing. I did check the gap between the tank and the stand and its small enough that the thinnest part of a wood shim wouldn't fit so the foam should more than suffice in feeling the weight evenly distributed.
  4. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    The last of my order from BRS made it last night. 100 lbs of Pukani dry rock 2016 Apex Apex Auto Top Off Kit New RO/DI filters and a few other odds and ends One of which was a new pressure gauge for my RODI, funny thing is the water system i am on now is tiny compared to Valp BUT - the TDS is a good 50ppm lower and the pressure is a good 15psi higher and I am on the end of the line for this water system. No wonder my RODI has been working so fast.
  5. Curb pick up bowfront project (finally started)

    Mine showed up last night too. Always a good time to stock up when that sale is going on.
  6. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    I have a sheet of that same stuff. Was just going to go without it till I saw the gap. Better safe than sorry with this much water.
  7. Sealing plywood

    I always just use multiple coats of Kiltz primer and sealer
  8. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Got some work friends to come by last night and moved the 240 onto the stand. Was happy to see it in place. THEN, I start looking a little closer and there is a gap between the bottom of the tank frame and the stand along a good portion of the front and back glass. Now I get to arrange help again to get the tank off the stand, add foam and then set the tank back on top of the stand. I had been debating on the foam before getting them to come by and ended up thinking it wouldn't be needed...guess I should have went with my original plan that included the foam. IMG_20171129_173110 by drauka99, on Flickr That thin line between the black frame and the wood is the gap at its worst.
  9. MP10 WES and LET 24" T5 Retrofit Kits

    They work great. Just to small for my tank.
  10. MP10 WES and LET 24" T5 Retrofit Kits

    I do, I think Richard was running 4 bulbs on that 45 cube an a Onyx fixture, 6 would be plenty of light for anything.
  11. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Thanks again to Lobstergrabber (Richard) for coming up to the middle of nowhere and helping build a stand on Saturday. IMG_20171104_125924 by drauka99, on Flickr got one coat of primmer/paint on it on Sunday. Stand will be skinned in oak and stained to match the rest of the trim in the house. IMG_20171105_130651 by drauka99, on Flickr All lumber is 2" x 8". The plywood is 3/4". To say it is built like a tank might be an understatement.
  12. What is this and how do you get rid of

    Looks like cyano
  13. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    So with the 93 busting a seam I am moving ahead with the 240 build a bit faster than I had hoped. (I was considering ordering a custom tank instead or a 180) I ordered the overflow box. the company has a new kit that was just coming on the market when I was looking before. When I emailed them my questions and requests they basiclly said - here's the new model that covers all those ideas. Modular Marine 3600gph overflow - 36" internal box This weekends plans include some repair on a big sump I have, placing stabilizing stands under my house (off grade residence) where the tank and sump is going, and possibly beginning the stand build. Most of the stuff I need to do the build wont be here till next week so I might as well knock out what I can.
  14. I have an overflow for the 240 I bought a while back ordered and have talked to a glass shop about drilling the holes. For the price its worth it for me to let them do it, since they are experienced. I do think I am going to build a stand for the 240, the one that came with it is a normal freshwater stand and is only 2' tall or maybe 28". I want closer to 36" height. Plus that helps with plumbing into the other room. Thanks, Richard and Aaron, I'll let y'all know if I need a hand.
  15. Update #1 Rhomboid jumped the first night after the move. I had left the screen top at the other house and figured i would be ok for one night. I was wrong. Update #2 As of Halloween the 93 Cube is no more. At 5:45 am as i was driving to work and my Apex sent me an alert that the tank temp had dropped. I had refilled the ATO that morning and just figured that I had moved the temp probe and it was out of the water. I have a camera on the tank that I can access remotely so once i got to the office I logged into the camera and was able to see that the tank seam had popped. The temp drop was from the sump emptying. I was able to leave work quickly and got home to the MP40s splashing water everywhere and the tank still leaking from the seam. I rushed and setup a 20 long I have as an emergency tank with the water left in the tank and about 1/2 of the rock. All the fish and inverts seem to have made it. I dried the floor with towels and have fans galore drying everything out. Also have a window ac in there turned down to help dry out the air. I was lucky to have a mixing barrel with some mixed SW in it and was able to throw the rest of my rock in there to keep it cycled. I do not think I will have a rimless tank ever again. I had worried about the seam that popped in the past but I had brushed it off as paranoia. Right now i am trying to decide how I want to proceed with the replacement. i didn't want to be rushed but a 20long isn't a long term solution for the fish I have.