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Isn't out great to live in Florida, where our houses are on slabs so we can have massive tanks without worrying about them falling to the basement! I do miss my basement though.

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Scooter, let me know if you need help getting the tank and stand in the house.  Glad to leave the shop for a bit to help out.

 

BTW Josh did a great job on that stand!  You should have him weld up a lighting rack as well.  Then skin it to create a floating canopy. 

 

Oh and get with me when you are ready to order lights.  Even if you don't order mine, I can point you in the right direction.

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Yes, Josh did a great job!!!  After I spoke with you on the phone I called Doug and requested Josh, but wasn't sure who actually built it.  I dealt with Todd on the drawing.

As far as lights though I started buying up lightly used Radion Gen3 Pros before I found this site and discovered your lights :(  Being a former HQI MH user though I KNOW I'll need a lot of help, maybe more lights or some supplementation.  I have four of the Radions right now.  I also had a previous post asking about how high to make my aqua-scaping and Trent made it pretty clear who to ask!

Otherwise, I should be stopping by tomorrow at the store.  I just wish I had somewhere to put a free frag right now, lmao.  Huge thanks for the offer to help move the stand as well, but it's now in the living room :)  LOL, then again, I do have four 10g tanks and a 29g ready to go as QT so I might manage to make something up!

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Thanks Dakotasport, once the tank itself is here I'm thinking I'll need a crew but will have beer and pizza for all, lol.  Well, with so many who may manage to help I'm looking more forward to input on things than just moving the tank :)

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Well, tank was delivered by ABF yesterday and moved to the stand by the movers this morning.  From the stand, to the wood, to the foam, to the tank things are off just a tiny bit here and there.  Everything seems well supported though so likely just me looking for perfection.  LOL, not sure how I'd move anything to shift it all around anyway.

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I hate aquascaping.  Every tank I ever had was back when the norm was to just pack in as much rock as possible :(  My artistic talents end with drawing a stick-man. 

Anyway, made a start today.  PVC is still visible, and each will be capped off with one final rock.  Mostly looking for stability and keeping rock away from the back and sides.  IF I manage am visualizing an old fashion "Just stack the rock" sloping from each back corner, except stable.  The shelf on top of two large pukani will also stay, but orientation may change.  I still have two more jumbo pukani I'm chiseling some caves in and no clue where to put them, along with a tote full of other pukani and the corner of my pool deck covered in Marco Rocks and BRS reef saver yet.  I guess I at least had a little fun while I can't work on much else right now :)  Will need to keep stacking!

 

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LOL

PATIENCE, that's what we need, right?  I had all my plumbing visualized in my head, and now stuck trying to figure out how to do it all now that it's here :(  I'm good to go on plumbing (functionally), but it's more about what to run where, where to use flex, where to route what.  This is also mostly just venting, lol.  Looking like I'll be using more flex than I planned, but worried about the sea swirls having the support they need and stay flat on the euro bracing.  Ok, done venting :)

Looking for opinions on another matter though....  My RO/DI I got used and the membranes of an unknown age.  Is a BRS Water Save 150 gpd.  I'm still getting 2-3 TDS out though.  I had planned to do an initial fill just using that, do the leak tests, etc. and then just let it circulate while I work on the canopy.  I can dose lanthanum chloride a couple times a day to keep bring phosphates down.  Once lights are ready I'd drain it, convert the RO/DI to a 75 gpd and add the DI for a final fill. It would cost me a little more in salt, but could still be just as agressive with the LC until adding anything to the tank?

Well, now the funny story...  Most of my rock is either BRS reef saver or Marco rocks, but have some jumbo pukani.  I've been rotating rock in totes as I could just to reduce phosphates, but the jumbo pukani was too big.  LOL, the 1/4" of water to level the tank got sucked up by the pukani and the house reeked as soon as dead stuff re-hydrated!!  House smelled like a really bad fart!  So, I'm thinking I should still use up whatever may be left of the old membranes, skip the DI, live with the 2-3 TDS but mix in the salt so that pukani die-off can at least start the cycle.  Will be plenty of water changes after with 0 TDS.  MY wife also has three days off coming up soon, so she can stay busy rinsing 140 pounds of sand, lol.

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Slowly getting there!!!  Drain plumbing is done.  My Varios-8 was JUST delivered so I can work on return plumbing now, but mush of that behind the tank is also done.  Also need to hang the dual GFO/carbon canisters soon.  Came up VERY short on sand though :(  I still hope to get the tank wet by the weekend and it can start to cycle while I work on the canopy to get the lights going.  Planning on benches on each end to hide electronics as well, but that can all sit on the floor for a bit :)

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Getting there, slowly :(  Piles of tubing, float wires, or electric just hanging in the back still as well.  Once I get some hooks mounted to use as cable guides I can figure out how far each needs to be extended and neaten it up some.  Picking up a little more sand from Mike's tomorrow and hope to get it wet Sunday, a week later than hoped.  Then it can just sit, circulate, and the bit of pukani kick off a cyle for a couple weeks while I start on the canopy and benches.  Never thought I'd say this, but almost sick of working on all this since I work slow anyway but it seems like I'm getting nowhere!!!

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The RO is just a 150 gpd water saver.  I got it used and once past my initial fill I may convert it back to a straight 75 gpd.  The pic though also shows two of my Stenner pumps.  Ones a single head for ATO, other a dual head for AWC.  They are adjustable up to 85 gpd, per head, but will never run much.  I actually had issues with the dual head and can't get the water balanced using buckets on each end, so ordered a dual head, dual control, so I can balance it.  That dual head I got cheap will only need a new shaft to become a single head for the calcium reactor once I get that far.

LOL, both bins are full though, and will be filling up another trash can so when I fill the tank the RO filter and all three Stenner heads can be pumping at the same time and hopefully fill it before the pukani starts to stink!  Just a tiny bit of water in the tank for final leveling and the porus pukani sucked it right up and started to stink so had to move it back to the garage until dry, lol.

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And, so it begins :)  I was actually running behind, poking along, and didn't think I'd be filling today.  Until yesterday, lol.  Sump was mostly full and I was playing with the new Varios-8 control, not intending to turn it on though.  I started wondering what the noise was and it was up and running!!!  The pukani got stinky being damp, so back on schedule I guess and started filling this morning.  Fired up the skimmer so it can start breaking in.  Otherwise, work has now scheduled me for a couple work trips that are going to entirely throw timelines off, so I'm no longer in any huge rush to work on canopy or the benches for electronics.  It'll be awhile anyway, so I'll not make much progress other than now and then, but at least it's wet and can be cycling in the dark :)

 

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I actually got some work done today :)  After over a week I built, ummm, two boxes?  lol

Working slow, but using nothing but a Skil saw it was irritating.  Finally got a miter saw today anyway so the last few rails and stiles for trim at least went quick.  They are actually seating benches.  20x20x18.5 and have cushions for them as well.  Each has a bottom shelf for light ballasts, power strips, and power supplies.  A removable middle shelf for whatever and will mount most controllers, breakout boxes, etc on the inside sides.  Can't believe how heavy they turned out though.  Stand skin and canopy will be same basic style, other than the skin being an actual rail and stile instead of plywood with trim. Have to keep it simple due to lack of tools :(

YAY, well over a week  and I have two boxes :) I probably would have quite even before the trim was done, but HappyHourHero stopped by and just talking reef tanks briefly gave me enough energy to get back at it for a bit, lol.

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No problem on the heater loan, it's what we're all here for :)

LOL, and now I feel like an idiot.  Moved the finally finished benches in and started mounting controllers and such.  I had planned it with a shelf.  Light ballasts, power strip, and power supplies on the bottom and controllers mounted up top but could lift the shelf as needed.  LMAO, it never hit me until mounting the first controller that once mounted I can't lift the shelf anyway!!  No more shelf :(  Will mount all I can on the sides and hope all I need still fits.  Doh!

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Still more to get in there, but trying to keep it tight so I don't run out of room.  I'm pretty happy though being able to hide so much that would have otherwise taken up space in the stand, not to mention it's all now also isolated from salt spray :) This is just one on the left side of the tank.

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