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nolefan   

Came home today and hooked up the second t5 kit. I love the way it looks. Just wish I had unlimited money to play with bulb combinations but not all of us can have Nolefan's wallet. Here are a couple of photos of the tank with all the lights and of the hood. Still have to clean up the power wires and clean the junk off top of stand but very happy with the addition.

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looking good man ... Hey easy now it's my wife's purse not my wallet let's get that straight lol

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Nice thing about new lights is it opens up real estate I didn't have before because of the shadows. I saw a spot earlier I was trying to figure out how to get to it to glue something down there. I will figure it out.

Rich

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Well here is a quick update. I have been dosing vinegar to help beat a small nitrate issue. It was not off the chart but close to 40. I have been wanting to feed more and have stepped up feeding. My nitrates are now below twenty but the drop plateu'd a bit but I am loathe to up my dose any unless I can spread it out further through out the day. I am currently doing it just after lights come on and about an hour before the lights go out in two doses a day. Even with mixing kalk in the vinegar to reduce the ph swing I don't want to up the dose any.

Fast forward a little and as talked about in another post I have ordered a Neptune Apex. This will allow me to monitor ph for the first time( color issues can't do ph test without help) it will also let me with the use of a brs 1.1 ml per minute pump to automate my vinegar throughout the day and up the dose with less concern for ph.

It is also going to allow me to gain more control over my Jebao Rw-8's through the use of a Jebao to apex module. I will finally be able to randomize the flow completely(with a little code work) and not have to have them going up to 100% all the time which is a bit much for the fish and sand. I notice when the pumps are off(or turned way down) my fish come out and spend more time in the open. So now I can run random flow at much lower rate 90% of the time and ramp it way up a couple times a day for ten minutes or so for nutrient export as well as program it to do the same after a feeding. I can also turn them down at night to just stir the water a little instead of blowing the same all the time. Can you tell I am excited lol.

It will also allow me to improve my top off system via float switches and create a better water management system for top off reservoir and automate filling my mixing barrel when needed with less chance of me flooding the house.

I am also going to be completely redoing my sump with Degan's help. He is in the process now of helping me design and plan out a new custom glass sump that he has been gracious enough to offer to help me build from scratch. It will allow me to maximize my space inside my stand which in hind sight could have been planned better.

My tank is now approximately 15 months old and I enjoy it more all the time. I really look forward to the expansion and will continue to post and add to the thread as I add each piece.

Richard

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Wendy, I actually picked it up from Bluewater Zoo in downtown FWB. It's a marineland tank so nothing fancy. I don't believe this one can be ordered drilled though, I drilled it myself. I was wanting one like Matt has in office but they quit making that tank, at least the drilled version.

Richard

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Yeah that is what Matt was telling me a few weeks ago. He said they stopped doing drilled in anything under a certain size for some strange reason. But you were able to drill it, so at least we know it is not tempered.

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I looked real hard and did my research and it looks like the bottom is tempered but the 4 sides are all good. I think I will always want a bigger tank but if I get one I will have a hard time parting with this one. I really enjoy the dimensions. The only hindsight I have is I think I would have done a different type of overflow if I knew then what I know now. Just a little noisier than it needs to be. I have a few plans to change things up though so hoping that will quiet it down.

Richard

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Is the outlet set to auto? It must be set to auto for the code to control it rather than on or off.

Moved this here Brad so we don't blow up the contest thread. Yes it was set to auto. We tried resetting code manually as well as with the wizard.

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Fallback OFF

Set OFF

If Time 20:30 to 20:40 Then ON

If Temp > 84.9 Then OFF

Min Time 030:00 Then OFF

This is the code we were using. We were just trying to run it for ten minutes so we could get a base line to create the real code. But we could not even get this to come on on time.

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drauka   

Weirdest thing was when we would manually switch it to on and then off during the programed time, that it finished out the program but was offset. Really really weird.

Richard, you may want to try it in the advanced code entry and remove all the hysteresis and temp saftey. Shouldn't change anything but at this point it's worth a shot.

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After resetting aquabus this morning I unplugged the doser and plugged in fuge light. Changed time on the exact code we used last night and fuge light kicked on and off at exact programmed time. Just have not gotten off my rear change plugs back and reset time again.

Richard

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Fallback OFF

Set OFF

If Time 09:00 to 09:10 Then ON

If Temp > 84.9 Then OFF

Min Time 005:00 Then OFF

I just ran this code and it ran successfully from 9 to 9:10 and 59 seconds. I actually think this is correct and if I want ten minutes you actually set for nine because is going to run till the end of the ninth minute. I have it manually on now because it takes forever to prime and as soon as it does going to reset the times for nine minutes and watch the cycle to verify working correctly.

Richard

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drauka   

I would remove the temp saftey and change it to a low pH saftey for the vinegar. I definitely recommend setting it for hourly as long as the pump is running atleast 1 minute. I was seeing some decent pH dips on my graph and it was perfectly aligned with the vinegar doseing when I have it dosing 2 and 4 times a day. With it set to hourly there is no visible dip.

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Ok, so today all is well with low/high voltage ports working as they should. Probably would have thought to reset the thing last night had not been tired and frustrated. I have figured the dosage of the pump to 1.25 ml per minute and have it set now to dose for 1.2 min at the top of each hour for a total of 40 ml a day. Thank you Drauka and Bigdog for your help thus far. I am sure will be more questions especially when I try set up powerhead control.

Richard

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Ok so I finally decided my cheap diy plastic tote of a sump is not doing what I need it to do. Gets messy and is impossible to clean effectively, flexes, and has to large of a water volume in pump area which causes the water volume to drop and rise too much with the ato. So with Devon's help with measurements and a little push I ordered the glass and built a proper sump from scratch. It went together pretty smooth and is definitely not clean enough of a silicone job for a display but should be fine for a sump and hold plenty well. So here is a quick progression of pics from plans through final product.

Basic plans that Devon created glass cut measurements from

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The glass pile

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First two pieces which were honestly the toughest. Luckily I have my nine year old on spring break so she held the first piece while I dropped the seam for piece two and placed it on.

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Once the first two are on the others balance each other and it's just like throwing together a 3D puzzle

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Here is the final product. The block of wood is just setting the baffle height till completely dry. It's still taped together and has all the little black pads the glass company put on it.

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Tomorrow I will clean it up, pull the tape and pads off. Will probably cut the silicone trim from outside but think I am gonna leave it a little messy on the inside to remind me of my first tank building experience. Please feel free to comment.

Richard

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The glass was $130 for the eight prices cut to order and the edges ground down. You pay almost as much for that as the glass. I did not price acrylic but I think would have been about the same or more for acrylic unless I cut it myself which I have not had much luck with.

Richard

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bif24701   

I really like the design it's nice and compact. My first DIY sump I made from a 40 breeder, still doesn't look as neat as yours.

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Nice,   let me know if you need any help changing out the sumps.

Will do. Probably fill it up Saturday morning to double check seams and going to build float switch holder while it's on table out back and I don't have to be hunched over in stand.

Richard

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drauka   

very much recommend that.  heck you can probably bend the acrylic right there on the sump for the hanging bracket and get a nice clean, tight bend over the top glass

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