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Oh, and ignore the bird's nest.  Those are probe wires and left as they were when I shifted them from the TV tray everything was on.  I'll get around to bundling them up neat in a year or two, lol.

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Wow.  I ended up with a serious case of lazy :( Or, maybe I just needed a break, lol. In any event, my goal from long ago of having at least the first few fish introduced before the kids and grandson visit within a couple weeks from now isn't going to happen!!!  I'm finally getting back to it though and working on the canopy now, and getting those lights up is really the only remaining hold up. I have a long list of other things, but nothing that would be a show stopper.  I hope to have some pics of an almost done canopy soon!!

In the meantime, it hit me that the tank already cycled from the pukani and has been sitting there just circulating for over three months now. So, I figured with no lights, and no predators it was a perfect time to get some pods going. I wish it had crossed my mind sooner. I used the new member buy one get one from Algae Barn so introduced over 11k pods, and also have enough phyto to feed them until I have other things in the tank.  LOL, amazing how excited my wife was just looking in the pod bag with a flashlight.

I'm close enough now though I think I may run by Mike's this weekend and get a thing or two to get the quarantine clock going :) Maybe a firefish, and a yellow prawn goby if he has both in right now, or just browse and see what jumps out into a bag heading home, lol.

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Ok, now I feel ill :(  I'm even one of those who double checks measurements and calculations to an extreme, and still messed it up.  With a 7 ft tank I was worried about how to keep everything tight, but still allow for a little variance for it not being perfectly square. Canopy would have sat directly on the edge with only a 1/16 margin on each side.  The trim would then match the little benches but hang down around the edges for a tight fit, prevent movement, and cover the waterline.

Well :( In trying to account for the two pieces of ply at 23/32, then my margin of error, had a co-worker double check my math.  Then we went back and forth on how big a margin and still have the trim look tight to the tank.  SOMEWHERE in the back and forth I made a typo, calling the tank 80" instead of 84", and the conversation continued.  When I made my cuts I simply referred to the last exchange :(  Dang thing is now 4 inches short!!!!
 

Due to the euro-bracing it still sets on the top well enough, and can also likely get the outside lights enough to the edge to be ok on lighting. Going to skip trimining it though.  It's now a temp canopy to get some lights and when everything else is complete I'll go back and build a new one. Only hard part is I used the 90" RMS rail integrated into it and those are $120, so I hope I can find someone used to welding aluminum when I rebuild it, lol.  My parents think it looks fine and if trim on would come within a short distance of each end, but I must have a tight fit and waterline covered, lol.

Very irritating right when I just got motivated again!!!

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I did the same thing with my glass for my sump but luckily I was big so I just had to pay a little extra to cut it down.

If you need aluminum welding look for a place that works on props from boats. The prop shop over here in FWB was always very reasonable especially if could wait a day or two till they were working on another aluminum job so didn't have to drag equipment out twice


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Thanks lobstergrabber. I'd have been calling regular welding places and never thought of places that fix boat props :)

Anywhere, here's the result. It's not trimmed yet, and not going to until I decide 100% if I'm rebuilding it anyway and no point wasting more expensive oak. Looking for opinions though. In the pic the almost 2 inch lip left on each side is visible. If trimmed it would obviously be another 3/4" less of a lip. This one, or rebuilding, would still be trimmed to match the side benches above.  One pic is top down.  The lights were not yet added to the Apex and came on dark and very blue. Lights are on an RMS rail, which in turn rests on a rack I can push fore and aft, that rests on side rails. Top has lips and will be filled in with egg crate. Back is raised to go above the sea swirls but will drape some 1/8" netting across the back. Front picture is with door flipped open. It looks like the end is white for some reason, but it is oak. The edge of it is white, but would be covered by trim.

So, opinions.  Trim it and live with it, or move on and come back around to building this again later and have the trim actually hang down around the edges?

canopy%20top_zpsge5b6hj2.jpg

canopy%20front_zpsifuoffrh.jpg

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Thanks lobstergrabber. I'd have been calling regular welding places and never thought of places that fix boat props
Anywhere, here's the result. It's not trimmed yet, and not going to until I decide 100% if I'm rebuilding it anyway and no point wasting more expensive oak. Looking for opinions though. In the pic the almost 2 inch lip left on each side is visible. If trimmed it would obviously be another 3/4" less of a lip. This one, or rebuilding, would still be trimmed to match the side benches above.  One pic is top down.  The lights were not yet added to the Apex and came on dark and very blue. Lights are on an RMS rail, which in turn rests on a rack I can push fore and aft, that rests on side rails. Top has lips and will be filled in with egg crate. Back is raised to go above the sea swirls but will drape some 1/8" netting across the back. Front picture is with door flipped open. It looks like the end is white for some reason, but it is oak. The edge of it is white, but would be covered by trim.

So, opinions.  Trim it and live with it, or move on and come back around to building this again later and have the trim actually hang down around the edges?
canopy%20top_zpsge5b6hj2.jpg
canopy%20front_zpsifuoffrh.jpg

Looking Epic dude!


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Just a little progress update, other than I take forever in general, lol.

Tank just circulated in the dark with a small cycle from some pukani I used for what felt like forever.  Phosphates and nitrates undetectable.  When I finally got the lights up I had a very brief, maybe three days or so of diatoms.  I added a little TBS rock to seed all the dry rock I used, and by the second morning hair algae had exploded :(  Phosphate and nitrates are still undedectable, so the explosion of HA utilized it as fast as it was released.  It also rapidly went from green, to brown, to a translucent yellow so I'm assuming it had utilized the majority of nutrients.  I now have only a few spots still green.  GFO has been running since the day I added the TBS rock.  I also now have some macros in the fuge.  It did return to getting a little worse while I was on vacation for a week and ran skimmerless so the house sitter wouldn't need to deal with it.  I'm just crossing my fingers I can keep it short lived and bring the nutrients back down quick.  In the meantime, while not a fix or cure all, I changed my stocking order and picked up a Foxface Lo today and is in QT. Maybe he can munch away soon.

Anyway, so far I'm up to a pearly jawfish, firefish, blue spot watchman, four royal gramma (bought 5, one was DOA and all looked half dead but recovered in QT. Shipping box was broken and HOT), three cleaner shrimp, and pistol shrimp.  I HAD a tiny yellow watchman I got at Mike's along with the pistol. It made it two days in the DT before taking a waterslide right down and into the skimmer. The blue spot I got is huge, so there will be no repeat, lol.  I'll finally be ready for coral, and a single sebae nem once I get through the algae issue. 

Since I have my own server it looks like I also need to get all my pics moved from Photobucket and start just using my own server.  I'll get around to that :)

Thanks to all for past input, or answering questions in a PM, etc. 

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