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  1. Mknightryrder's PA 150

    It's crossed my mind a time or two, but I just haven't gotten around to it. I know it's going to have to be a custom door and jam just cause of the dimensions... For now, I like that it doesn't have one cause it does give me a little extra space when in there working.. A door swung open is going to take away from that little bit of extra space. Luckily, it is "around the corner", so if the light was off in there you wouldn't know it existed.
  2. For Sale - $600 Tank plus All Livestock, Live Rock, Coral,

    Sweet tank! Its ashame you are having to take it down and part ways with it... If you get another tank in Houston, don't be afraid to let us here at BRK know about it! We love tanks and lots of pics! GLWS!
  3. Mknightryrder's PA 150

    Got the uv sterilizer in a more convenient spot for me to service it. Plus, it fills from the bottom up now, so water should be all the way around the bulb now. I took my top tank trim off and drilled a hole through it, so the return from the uv sterilizer would dump back into the top of the tank vs recycling it back through the sump... Also, got the DIY Chaeto Reactor going. I put a small ping pong ball of chaeto in it that I had in my sump. Guess it's a waiting game now.
  4. IM Nuvo 40 build

    Nice! That furniture looks like it was made just for that tank! How I'm supposed to check your build out when you got a Mathews hanging on the wall!!! Lol
  5. Twinn's 250/300g DD build

    It says it will turn Red if it is absorbing Aluminium. Tell the G-Man to get ya some! I keep a few on hand just in case, but I've never tried one out.
  6. Twinn's 250/300g DD build

    Minus all the set-backs the tank is still amazing! Fish look happy and healthy! Sucks to hear about the mishaps and support issues... Hope they get their poop in a group! I know you mentioned running Cupi-sorb to try to pull the Aluminium out, but have you thought about trying a Poly-filter pad? You know the ones that change colors when they absorb the bad stuff out?
  7. MarineLab ICP-OES Test

    Man that's pretty neat! Sucks about the aluminium, but I bet that is one thing that one would never assume was their "problem" unless this test was performed. I've never heard another reefer recommend checking aluminium levels, because it could be causing problem X.... They don't test for No3 Nitrates? I'm not seeing it. I see Phosphurous and Phosphates under Nutrients, but no Nitrates.
  8. Mknightryrder's PA 150

    I came home today to a mp40 tripping out. It was vibrating wildly against my glass. Somehow it had walked/vibrated up the side of my tank. Luckily, I put the little sticky square zip-tie cable holder whatchamadankie down low. It was acting as a leash holding back the psycho powerhead. I could under stand it possibly doing this and sliding down, but nope this bad boy went against gravity! This particular mp40 (leftside) made a quite a bit more noise than the right side one since the install. I assumed it needed time to settle in, so I didn't think much of it. I tried moving the wetside up down left right (contra haha) against the motor but it never got quite like the right side did. So after I got the Apex to power it down, it pulled the wetside out the tank and took it apart. I found a few pieces of tiny magnet shards stuck to the impeller where it goes into the white ceramic. After cleaning them off and putting it back in the tank it is as quite as the right side now. I guess the debris got on it at the factory and the quick rinse I gave it didn't knock them off the other day. Hoping these suckers don't walk around again like an anemone! On another note, my BRS order came in today. I picked up 20lbs of Tonga simple branch rock just to try out. This is def some nice rock! I can't wait to get it cured, so I can make a few more places for sps! I pulled a few dead sponges, a crab, and lots of dried up algaes off it with tweezers, blasted it with hot water hose bibb, and have it in bleach water with a powerhead now. I'll let it sit in this a few days and then soak it in Prime before I cure it in saltwater. I'm in no hurry. I plan on redoing the plumbing on my UV sterilizer this weekend cause it needs it... I messed up and have it laying on its side attached to the bottom of my tank stand. The inlet and outlet are on the sides of it, so the entire tube does not fill up with water. I'm only treating like half the water that goes through it. I'm going to move it around to the fish closet. I'll add onto some of my return line and add a cpl more valves for the sterilizer and the chaeto reactor I finished up tonight. Plus, instead of sterilized water cycling back through the sump,( like it is now) I'm going to run the outlet of it up the back of the tank and into a loc-line nozzle. We fixing to see what kinda Umph this Fluval SP4 return pump has!
  9. Diy chaeto reactor

    DIY chaeto reactor complete! Now I just need some chaeto... I picked up a softball sized piece at MACNA, but it's about the size of a ping pong ball now. Maybe! I used the same lights as @saltyfish808 in my build. I had a synergy sm2500 reactor lying around and tons of pipe! I used a piece of 8" sewer pipe to use as a sleeve to block light spill and to mount the leds to. The pipe was green so I hit it with some white spray paint inside and out. In order to get it tall enough to gravity drain back into my sump it needed a stand. I used a 6" sewer cap to set the reactor on. Pending how hot it gets inside of the pipe, I might install a pc fan on the top blowing down across the reactor/lights and out the bottom vent holes I drilled into the pipe. All in all, this was a cheap DIY project and it was fun. I was on the fence about buying or building an algae scrubber.. I have everything but the lights to build a scrubber. I figure i will try the reactor out first and see what all the Buzz is about. I'm hoping this addition will help me balance my nutrients out a little better.
  10. Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon Drilled w/ Sump

    You going to love being able to remove the door cause of the rare earth magnets! Makes getting down in the stand so much easier to work on stuff in the sump! Go check out my build thread on how I recessed rare earth magnets into the stand and door panels for installation ideas. Good luck with it man! You almost there!
  11. Mknightryrder's PA 150

    HAHA! I look at plans everyday with my job. I always look at them and say yeah, " that room could be the fish room and the tank could go here", OR " if that wall was moved out to here and that closet was a tad bigger the tank could go there and the closet would be a nice fish room"... I'll never look at another set of plans the same... It's just so much easier to have a room dedicated to the hobby then to try to jam everything under the tank in the stand!!! One day I want a fish room like @saltyfish808! #GOALS!
  12. ... This guy here!! lol Yeah Kirk don't let this kick in the satchel get you down man! As stated above your tanks have been a real inspiration to many including myself! It sucks that ole' Murphy had to show up when he did. I'd imagine you were not too far away from getting ready to kick this epic 300 build off, since y'all just got moved into the new house... Which is Beautiful BTW! You def need some blue lights illuminating out of the living room windows of it!
  13. November 18 parade of tanks

    You suck @saltyfish808! Nov 17,18,19 is the 3 day firearm season in Illinois!
  14. Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon Drilled w/ Sump

    I posted yesterday about how I'd seen this on Facebook page and how awesome of a system this is going to be.... However, you were still adding more build posts with pictures to this thread, so I deleted my posts. I didn't wanna mess a good story up! You got it going on Man! That pile of reefer-gear pic you included is impressive, and you putting it all together nicely! When you going drill this bad boy? I'm curious to see that overflow in action!
  15. Mknightryrder's PA 150

    Just to try them out. Man I tell ya I hope they worth it, cause it took me Sunday evening/ well into the night, and then Monday evening to get my Apex Firmware updated, wxm installed, mp40qd's installed in/on tank, drivers, and then get them programmed through APEX Fusion. Hardest part was the firmware update. I was still running a version that came out when Fusion came out... been procrastinating.. Anyways, that took the longest. I did get a little pissy that the pump motor is permanently attached to the driver. You can't separate the two, so wire management would be easier. I ended up putting the drivers under my stand since it was a pain plus a mess trying to mount them neatly on my power wall... yep pissed me off a little... Hopefully they worth it. I left the two RW8's on each end down low. They pointed behind the rocks towards the overflow box in center. I noticed a nice bit of detritus was back there that the different programs on the Mp40qd's was kicking up. I'll leave the jebaos on for awhile so i can get these dialed in. I've had elevates nitrates for a few months now and hoping a change in flow and adding a chaeto reactor will help. I could def see the advantages of running the Mpqd's for the wider/broader flow.