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About kirk_m

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  1. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    By the hardest, I got he excess silicone out without having to cut the plumbing. I had my wife sit inside the stand and lift the bulkheads up as far as they could go after I unscrewed them. While she was holding them up, I was precariously standing on a ladder, with my arm barely long enough to reach the bottom of the overflow (thank God I didn’t go with a center overflow, as I would have had to drain the tank some and get into it to access that!), and my face periodically touching the water, to use the ONLY tool that would fit into the recess around the bulkheads — a Nickel! That’s right, Thomas Jefferson scraped away the silicone, by the hardest. It took a damned hour to do thanks to poor access, unsafe ladder use, and, middle aged bones/muscles aching. Happy to say now that I have no leaks on the return or the drain!
  2. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    So, I got the tank completely filled today, and fired up the pumps. Things looked good until I noticed I was leaking around the bulkheads. I went in and tightened them more, but the dripping from the drain and return bulkhead wouldn’t stop. Mind you, these are brand new bulkheads I bought, with new gaskets. I had to buy them, you see, because effing Planet Aquarium doesn’t seem to think that a $5000+ “Reef-ready” tank should include such trifles. Anyway, I drained the overflows and undid the bulkheads. Of course, since things are all glued now, I can’t lift the bulkheads up very much to check things, but, when I did, I found the problems. censoreding Planet Aquarium’s QC absolutely blows. Their “master builders” have silicone smears all over around the bulkhead holes! They use this BAD WORDty PVC hybrid bottom that is several different layers thick, each of different composition. Each is bonded to the other with silicone. They cut out a large recess for the flange of the bulkhead in the topmost layer so that it will sit flush against another, lower layer. The gasket sits agains this lower layer. Well, when they cut the recess out, they left silicon from the bonding of the two layers all around the hole. No chance of getting a seal, and, now, I can’t clean it off due to no room in this recess to manipulate a razor blade to clean it off. So, now I will have to cut my plumbing in order to remove the bulkheads and clean the area. censored you, Planet Aquarium.
  3. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Finally got my hands on some Pukani. Damn it’s filthy. I tried some of the jumbo pieces in for size:
  4. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    130 gallons made so far. Also, I put all the sand in the tank. I haven't gotten any rock yet. Pukani is still out of stock (dry) everywhere. I might just have to settle on using some dried up rock I have sitting around just to get things cycled.
  5. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    RODI unit...check...booster pump...check...160 gallon reservoir...check...TDS meter...check. Water making is underway!
  6. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Got the ATI Sunpower mounted to the ceiling today. Unlike @Reef Tank Greg, I didn’t opt to give myself additional attic ventilation by putting my foot through the ceiling, lol I had to screw one side into a joist directly because it was right where I needed to put the right side’s mount. I didn’t want to go that route, as I really wanted to mount it to a 2x4 straddling two joists, which is what I did on the left side. I guess it will all still hold, since I used a 3.5” deck screw to affix it to the joist.
  7. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Finished the plumbing manifold, now I need to go get some hose clamps
  8. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Yeah, I had to soak mine in muriatic acid and water for a few HOURS the calcium was so thick. I left the cardboard on since it makes sliding the sump in and out easier (and keeps me from scratching up both the stand and the sump) while I am working down there in the stand on the plumbing. Now that it’s done, I’ll remove it.
  9. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Finished up plumbing today, by building a reactor manifold. I then got my UV sterilizer all cleaned up of calcium deposits, and replaced the bulb. I mounted it to the stand near the manifold.
  10. April 2018 POTM Submission Thread (End Shots)

    Sorry, photobucket issues...directly uploaded the picture instead.
  11. April 2018 POTM Submission Thread (End Shots)

    Here's Jerry's entry... gives a whole new meaning to "side shot."
  12. April 2018 POTM Submission Thread (End Shots)

    Damned photobucket...edited to fix this.
  13. After mine cleared out the aiptasia, they started eating my rock flower anemones. I added my flame hawk to the tank, and he tore the shrimp to shreds in a few days time, ending that problem
  14. Xenia Releases air born Palytoxin

    Not buying it either...I remember something like this due to someone boiling his live rock in his kitchen, which was covered with zoanthids and palythoa. Xenia doesn't release PALYotoxin, as far as I's from PALYthoa.
  15. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Thanks, Mike. I’ll do that!