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  1. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I got my pH and salinity probes calibrated and everything is online. Control panel is finished for the time being. No plumbing leaks, so salt and sand went in last night. I'm still waiting for the tank to clear up and I also have to adjust my salinity. I still need to play with the scape some too. 2017-12-17_11-59-40 by Jensen Esneault 2017-12-17_11-59-19 by Jensen Esneault
  2. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Well, with all these epic builds happening I've been motivated to finally begin planning my dream build. It's been on my mind for the longest time, but havent been motivated to start planning with several other home improvement projects going on including construction of my outdoor kitchen next year. This will take a few years to complete, but I figured I'd go ahead and start a thread, so y'all can help me out along the different stages of planning and then building. I've decided to go with an 8x2x2 240gallon tank. Not 100% on the manufacturer at this time. I have a greenhouse/courtyard area between my master bathroom and carport shown below. I'd like to tear it down and properly enclose the space with insulation and electrical. After enclosing the space I'll have approximately 15.5'x7' to build an equipment/sump room. The tank will be in the living room where my 90g is currently, and will be plumbed directly through the wall into the fishroom behind it. Sadly, once the 240 is up and running my 120 will be broken down. The 90g will likely be moved into my fishroom to be used as a separate system for emergencies, or plumb it in with the 240...not sure yet. Thinking about using a 150 gallon Rubbermaid stock tub as my main sump. I think these industrial poly and acrylic sumps are rediculously over priced. It's my dream build, but I'm not looking to risk not being able to pay my mortgage for a nice big sump. Lol
  3. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Water is going in today! Praying for no leaks...I definitely suck at plumbing. 2017-12-16_12-47-59 by Jensen Esneault Sneak peek at the control panel. Not finished yet. I'll probably add another power bar. I also saved room at the top right to add another SW-8 if needed in the future. I know when my 120g was packed with SPS I had three or four WP-40s going full blast at one point... 2017-12-16_12-48-35 by Jensen Esneault
  4. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    All plumbing has been glued in place. Working on reprogramming the Radions and getting all of my controllers into the control panel box tonight. No water yet!
  5. Twinn's 250/300g DD build

    Damn, that looks awesome! Very modern looking.
  6. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Yes. I realize it's overkill, but I have them laying around I'll turn the overall intensity way down to around 40% or so. We'll see how it goes. Cool, I'll have to checkout your progress.
  7. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I stopped at the Lowes on Millerville since the Lowes just off of Siegen didn't have 1/2" double union valves. Millerville didn't have any either, so I just bought 3 more 3/4" valves and will reduce them to 1/2". I refuse to pay $60 plus shipping for three 1/2" cepex valves from BRS...I completed dry fitting the plumbing after work today. I ended up having to make a quick trip to the Home Depot by my house for one dang 3/4" elbow. I'm going to sleep on this plumbing arrangement and if I don't think of any other way to improve it I'll probably glue it all together after work tomorrow. Depends on how my day goes tomorrow though. The valve on the manifold all the way to the right is for my return. The three valves in the middle are for reactors or any other equipment I might add in the future. The valve all the way to the left will be for water changes. I have a window to the left of the tank, so all I'll have to do is run the hose out the window and open up the valve. I'll put a quick connect fitting like a john guest or similar on that valve. I can close off the return flow as well if I need more pressure when doing a water change. 2017-12-14_05-37-09 by Jensen Esneault 2017-12-14_05-36-42 by Jensen Esneault I also got the tank cleaned up this evening. Sprayed some vinegar on it intermittently and let it soak while I was working on the plumbing. After I was finished with the plumbing I scraped all the coralline algae and other crap off of the glass. Looking much better now...The spots you see on the glass are vinegar droplets. I sprayed the glass down one last time after I hit it with the razor blade. 2017-12-14_05-37-32 by Jensen Esneault Currently soaking my skimmer in a 5g bucket of vinegar to get it good and cleaned up. I also plan on soaking my reactors and any other old equipment I plan on reusing for this build. My biggest fear is that some kind of residual contamination from the flood is going to prevent this tank and its inhabitants from thriving, or worse, killing everything I try to put in it...
  8. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I wanted to have a bigger ledge around the tank and didn't have enough plywood left. I needed the bigger ledge to put the crown moulding around the top of the stand. I also wanted to hide some of the black trim at the bottom of the tank. I siliconed the cutout portion really well and used premium exterior paint that is supposed to be impervious to ice/snow/water so I should be okay. I put five or more coats of paint on the top just for that reason.
  9. And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Any updates on your tank @ericd000?
  10. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Just wanted to give y'all a look at the finished stand. Im definitely no can't see all of the drips and screw ups in the picture. Lol My goal is to get water in the tank and begin the cycle this weekend. Im still waiting on some equipment and my salt to arrive though (I went with the Fritz RPM Pro salt mix). I want to have all or most of my equipment installed with the holes drilled in the control panel before I put the sump under the stand and add water. With my luck I'd bust a hole in the sump trying to do so afterward...Started pouring up the ro/di tonight!
  11. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    A little bit more progress made this afternoon. I got the stand door panels sanded and painted. I also installed the control panel and got it painted. Stand is now complete. Next up, plumbing! 2017-12-13_04-00-39 by Jensen Esneault
  12. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Thats the dilemma, turn the lights on and screw with your fish, and possibly corals ( though corals not in your case ken) and get it done or just leave as is. I've done both, and haven't seen any negative effects just turning the lights on, but its the principal...I like to leave alone.
  13. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Yeah, running out of tank light is the worst. Especially on those days you get home from a store or frag swap later than expected, lights are out, and you just want to dip and get your frags in the tank!
  14. My First Build 75g

    Cool. My personal preference is a minimalist scape, but I like that. I bet the family can hardly wait!
  15. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    These are the valves I'm going to use. 2017-12-11_06-50-21 by Jensen Esneault
  16. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I'm using the red double union valves from lowes. They're easier to turn. I used the valves you're referring to on my 120g, and I agree, they suck!
  17. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I made a little more progress this evening, but I ran out of daylight...I bought all of the plumbing with the exception of a few 1/2" valves for my reactors. Lowes was sold out of them. I still need to put another coat of paint on the stand and finish sanding/painting the doors. Getting close though! 2017-12-11_05-40-16 by Jensen Esneault
  18. Fraghouse corals
  19. Fraghouse corals

    I talked to him at the last Fragniappe. I was blown away by the SPS at his booth and circled back to stare several times. I plan on ordering a mystery frag pack from him as soon as my 30g tank is ready. Nice score Jerry!
  20. CO2 Scrubbers

    Has anyone ever used a CO2 scrubber on their skimmer to raise pH? Do you have any pics of a DIY CO2 scrubber you might have made, and how did it work for you? I never used one on my other tanks and they were fine, but I'm thinking about giving it a try on my 30g build. I'm not interested in chasing a target pH number, but if it'll regulate my pH a little higher and give me a little more growth I think it might be worth giving it a shot. Seems like the cost of this color changing media is astronomical though...I did find some "high grade granular soda lime" on Amazon for a reasonable price, but has anyone ever used that stuff?
  21. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    My Radion mounts came in today. I couldn't stand it, I had to put them on the tank. 2017-12-07_05-34-00 by Jensen Esneault
  22. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I just wanted to add the equipment list for this 30g build here so it's all in one spot. Aqueon 30g long tank (used to be the sump for my old 90g reef)Two Radion Gen1 lights on RMS mountsCoralvue Icecap sumpEhiem compact 2000+ return pumpTunze Osmolator 3155 ATOFinnex titanium heater tubeTwo TLF Phosban reactors (1 for carbon, 1 for GFO)Reef Octopus NW-110-6520B Skimmer (equipped with the aquatrance 1000s pump, not OTP)Jebao DP-4 dosing pumpJebao SW-8 powerheadDA Reefkeeper Lite Ecotech ReeflinkHanna checkers for Ca, Alk and phosphorusPukani rock from BRSCaribSea special grade sand
  23. upgrade from 25 Gallon Hex to 180 gallon

    Wow, the tank and equipment looks good cleaned up! That robo-tank controller looks interesting. Definitely not for me though because I'm not tech savvy.
  24. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! Just got back from Georges filling my cup up! . I can't see your pics Steve for some reason, but that's awesome if you can recycle some pallets to build what you need.
  25. xr30

    My 120g was 60x18x24 and I only used two radions for the majority of it's life. I did add two reefbrite strips at one point, mainly to even out the look of the lighting, so It didn't look like I had two spotlights over the tank. It all depends on what corals your growing and how much light you need. Also, if your scape is something like two islands I don't see the point in adding a 3rd strong LED light over the middle of the tank just to shine on the center brace and sandbed.