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Lol, my kitchen and dining area that house my tank got the paint job before my old 120 went in as well. Once it's there your not moving it for upgrades so better get them done first.

Richard

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Well the rush to get the 180g up has come to an end, the experiment with the angel is over. Not that it started to eat the LPS, not that it died that I know of. It has just disappeared, it hasn't been seen for 5 days now. No carcass in the tank, no fish dried out on the floor. It just isn't in the tank anymore. I fed pellets earlier in the day and it as usual made a pig of itself, then that evening it didn't come out to eat mysis, and haven't seen scale nor fin since. We have a dimensional vortex in the tank that makes things disappear, and it's only been over the past few months. We have lost this Angel, the Forktail Blenny, and a large green BTA. Say what you want about the angel and the blenny but if the nem had died in the tank WE would have known it. I've checked the piping just in case. The over flow is full of feather dusters. There are no new denizens to the sump. The only explanation is a dimensional vortex or teleportation. Now it could still be in there just invisible.

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I never found a sign of the Bangai that I lost either,  was out one day and gone the next.  Hate to hear you lost him.  

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Beginning of new stand

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2x6 corner support 36"tall

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Front has 2x4's to support the doors. Back has 1 2x6 as piece of mind. It will have 4 doors and 1 pull-out shelf that will hold the 30 gallon ATO.

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Running into a bit of a problem with tge facing. Angie wants an old white-wash look with barn wood or at least old weathered wood. May end up having to just get some 1xsomethings and distressing the heck out of it. Then using an old trick with vinegar and a steel wool pad to gray it up.

But if anyone knows where to find about 50sq feet of barn wood please let me know.

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Running into a bit of a problem with tge facing. Angie wants an old white-wash look with barn wood or at least old weathered wood. May end up having to just get some 1xsomethings and distressing the heck out of it. Then using an old trick with vinegar and a steel wool pad to gray it up.

But if anyone knows where to find about 50sq feet of barn wood please let me know.

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Stand looks good. If it where me I would prefer to have no bracing or at least something removable for easier access. Good luck finding barn wood. Now days that stuff is a premium and cost much more. There are specialty lumber yards for that kind of stuff, if you have the coin. Sorry to hear about your fish. I hate losing fish.

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Lol the 1 back brace is just for piece of mind, i know it's not needed. The 2 front ones are for support of the doors. Still don't know what kind of facing we will have but wanted something solid to anchor them to.

Didn't get anything done today. Son's graduating so she wanted something new to wear. I hate shopping, i don't mind buying it's the looking at everthing. It takes me 10 min to buy new clothes, her ALL day and she's still not totally happy.

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Ok the stand is done. I've got a couple of people coming over this weekend to help lift the tank onto the stand. After the tank is on the stand and I've got to mount the doors on then I'll post some pics. The wife found some old barn wood in Bonify. Took a bit of cleaning but it looks good. She stained it with a "worn blue". The ends came out just like I wanted. The left one has is a sliding shelf that can support up to 220 lbs. The right end swings open and I can slide up to a 90 gallon tank in and out as needed. It's all moot tho, after the last meet at Likes2Fly's where she saw where they placed the sump in a different room, and now we have a free room, there won't be anything under the tank. Well may put a QT under there. But with placing the sump in the spare room has come more home improvements, ripped the carpet out and have to repair a few spots on the sub-flooring and will lay down new laminate flooring.

 

Things still to do:

finish repair to floor in spare room and lay laminate

buy and install plumbing

build small stand for sump

Adding an electrical circuit and outlets for tank

Get new RO/DI unit from Air, Water, and Ice. (the one we have is almost spent and looked into replacement filters for this unit and it would be over

          $100, might as well get a new one from them for $150 and the replacements are only about $40)

Buy sand (got it written down around here somewhere but I think it's around 200 lbs)

Get more rock just don't know how much right now, have over 150 lbs

Build canopy (woot woot more construction) to support lighting, I have some T5's going in there along with the 2 1st gen LED lights from Mike,

          probably going to get one more 16 inch SB LED and upgrade the boards to the old ones when I do.

get a couple of 5 packs of 7 inch filter socks from aqua-sockdotcom

We've got the Vertex Cerebra on pre-order just waiting on it to arrive

 

Ok so with all that to be done, If the tank is cycled by Thanksgiving I'll be happy. There are probably a few other thing I'm forgetting but they'll get done as they come up.

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Trent your wife made a fantastic find with that wood. It is a beautiful and you have done a great job turning it into a fantastic looking stand. Very thoughtful design to your stand as well. Great job.

Richard

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Richard she sure did an thanks. I just hope i have enough for the canopy too. She stopped getting wood after the first snake she found. As for the design I thought long and hard about how i was going to do it. Angie wanted it to look like you were in a sunken wood ship looking out on a reef. And I wanted it to be easy to get to all areas in the cabinet.

Mdw thanks, the color is because of the aforementioned, my wife sat and thought about what it might look like from inside a ship. And you aren't the only one but i gotta be patient. Need 2-4 big pukani pieces and 200-250 lbs of sand.

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Well it's been awhile since I posted something so here is a pic of the not-under-the-tank filter system. Still quite a bit to go.

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Thanks, trying to protect the house from a flood. It's 8 ft long 17in wide and 5.5in high. You can't see it in the pic but the acrylic sump on the left is elevated. Unfortunately it will only hold about 19g. I'm thinking of placing a float sensor in it with a small pump to kick on and pump the water thru the wall outside in an emergency.

 

On the 45g acrylic sump there are 2 pipes sticking out. the back one is 1.5 in it will be 90'd straight down to the 2 jabo DCT-4000 return pumps. The front one is a 1 in that needs a few 45's and will be 90'd at the other end of the 40 long glass tank. It will dump over either just some bio-balls, but wanting the marinepure ceramic balls. then thru a refugium with chato and other macroalgaes. Finally to the return pumps. Oh also the 1 in pipe will and a valve on it so I can control the flow to the refugium. At least one of the return lines will have a manifold that will feed the GFO/Carbon reactor plus a UV sterilizer.

 

The biggest quandary I have right now is the heater, I'm looking at the Finnex Tittanium TH-800w (rated for 140-265g) but it's 16+ inches long and the only place to put it is in the glass tank between the pumps, and Id be relying solely on the Vertex Cerebra for them control, no back u, no redundancy. Also toying with the idea of using 2 Finnex HMO-300's (each rated 80-100g), one at the filter sock and one between the return pumps. This will give me back up redundancy, use the controllers on the heaters as primary and the cerebra as back up, with the added benefit that is if one heater gets stuck on and for some reason the cerebra doesn't catch it, it ill take quite awhile for 1 300w heater to over heat the tank. Another thing is the plan is to keep the fish room at near 80 degrees. It'll have a window unit and a nice sized space heater in it.

 

The electrical has already been run, it was one of the first things I did, but it's on the other side of this wall. Just need to get a new box, receptacles and a little romex and that will be taken care of.

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Almost there. Way too many delays in late November and December but trying to get it done. I have the plumbing run. Finished building the canopy frame a couple of days ago. Need to finish painting it then mount it on the wall. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can do the painting Saturday. Cuz that's all I'm waiting on to get the tank wet. As soon as the canopy is up I'll have lights and can start the cycle. I'll post pics or a video tour soon.

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