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Stand is coming along. I got a nice even coat of primer on it last night. I'll sand it with some 220 and put another coat of primer on it tonight. Haven't fully decided on what color to use for the finish coat, but will either be a bright white or an antique white (the color of my current 40B stand below). Love my sump, but man that thing is huge 36x16x16. I got it used for 80 bucks so I can't complain, but it were 30" I'd be able able to fit an ATO container under the stand too. As of now I only have about 4" on both sides of the sump.

 

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We have a tank in place! I have the aquatic life hybrid fixture sitting on top just to see how it looks. I’ll be adding my Hydra 26HDs when I transfer my 40B.

 

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Low boy came in... shattered again. Completely busted this time. Actually looked like a tank that was previously returned because of damage. The bottom of the box had already been opened and the tank was set in upside down... LFS is doing everything to make it right and the tank should be here next Wed. He's going to see if he can get the supplier to discount the tank because of all the delay and hassle, so that's a plus... but since I've already paid for the tank it just means I'll get store credit. 

While I was cleaning the tank I noticed a small scratch... I filled the tank to see if it would disappear as they often do, but unfortunately it didn't. The scratch is completely invisible sitting in front of it, but as soon as I stand I see it. Granted the tank is empty and there's nothing drawing my eye away from the scratch, but as of right now it's kinda driving me nuts.

Due to space constraints and not wanting to be overly crowded I had basically decided I would only setup 1 one of the 75s and the lowboy (real life compared to scale drawings doesn't always translate very well) . I was considering selling the new 75, but now I may keep it. The only issue with that is I'll need to buy an overflow and drill the sucker. Not afraid to drill it, but a decent overflow is going to run me nearly 200 bucks... sigh.


Here's where I plan to stare at my tank and sip on cold adult beverages. Ignore the mess of wires I need some extension cords/power strips.
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A pic of that glorious scratch!!! Honestly it's not that bad, I just have a touch of OCD when it comes to the viewing panel 

 

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Low boy finally came in fully intact! Third time really is a charm. In the meantime I was able to sand and paint an old cabinet that I’m going to be using to store all my supplies and have a brute can in place for rodi

Here’s a panoramic view of what it looks like so far. Need to build a simple 2x4 skeleton stand for the frag tank then I can move on to plumbing.

 

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Built a stand for the lowboy and topped it with 3/4 ply. The bottom trim isn’t sitting completely flat. One corner and the middle of the back have about 1/16” gap. Just enough to see light between the trim and the plywood.  Shimmed the top and now it's a much better.

 

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Well I hope to get lights hung this weekend, just need to get a few hooks from the hardware store. I’m going to be using a my Hydra 26s paired with a 36” aquatic life hybrid over the 75 and a mars aqua 300w with another 36” aquatic life hybrid. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to boil the water in the lowboy!!!

 

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It’s alive!!!! :D:D:D

Moved my little 10g nano out to the shack. At least now I don’t have to sit and stare at empty tanks lol. 

Ignore the nasty looking rock. The tank has been severely neglected over the last couple months. Nothing a little gfo and water changes won’t take care of.

 

 

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I set these up on the lights over the frag tank last night. They are cheap, work as timers on each outlet, and with Alexa.

I've got them setup as a group so I can say: Alexa, turn on frag tank and all the lights come on. Or I can say "Alexa turn on frag tank T5's" and the T5's come on. I can say "Alexa, turn on the frag tank blues" and the blue led channel comes on. I can say "Alexa, turn on the frag tank whites" and the white, red and green led channel comes on. I can say "Alexa, turn off the frag tank" and all lights go out.
 


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16 hours ago, Reef Tank Greg said:

 

The mini fridge became a full size commercial fridge?

 

Loving this thread! When can we all come and take a tour. What's fire Marshall capacity on the shack?

 

 

Greg, here's where that layout change comes into play... 

 

Went to drill the other 75 and all was going well... till it wasn't.  BOOM

 

 

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Yesterday was a whirlwind of plumbing. It looks like a tornado hit but the tanks are plumbed. Only one issue/leak to contend with. Pro tip: make sure you double check all your bulkheads have a gasket in place ;Facepalm. Fixed the issue and it ran overnight without any leaks. Flow has been tuned and it’s pretty quiet, only hear a little trickle from the eshopps overflow on the lowboy. Considering this is my first go at plumbing I’m pretty happy with the results. I definitely learned a lot in the process. The one thing I don’t like is the waterline in the frag tank. The eshopps is literally as high as it can go but the water still sits 1-1.25” below the trim... even with the return pump on full blast. At this point I think I’m going to wrap some black duct tape around the outside of the tank to hide the water. 

Now to make a ton of rodi...

 

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31 minutes ago, 110reef said:

Are you concerned about humidity being very high in that small space with lots of aquariums?

Very much so... that's all coming later as I copy over more from R2R.  Needless to say a 70 pint dehumidifier is a MUST.

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9 minutes ago, ericd000 said:

Some of your images aren't coming over 

 

Sorry... I'm seeing them all and I've added them all the same way.  

 

Edit:  Can see them on my computer, but not on my phone... not sure what would be the issue, but I'll see if I can't get it fixed.

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Had a few plumbing issues to work out, cracked bulkhead nut being the biggest, but got everything water tight.  Drained the tap water and started the long process of filling the tanks with RODI.

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Well the shack is running about 80% humidity right now so I have to do something. Louisiana winters are a wet mess and the rain and tanks are giving me fits. It’s too cold to run ac and opening the window doesn’t do much when it’s misting or raining a few days a weeks.

That said I’m borrowing a 70 pint dehumidifier to see how it works. So far it’s working like a champ. In exactly 20 minutes it dropped the RH from 80% to 52% (per hygrometer) and only raised the temperature by 2 degrees... there’s a different % of RH on the dehumidifier vs the hygrometer at the 20 minuete endpoint but this was only round one of testing. As long as it’s truly under 60% I’ll be happy.

 

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I got up early this morning, let the dogs out before the rain got here, and checked on the shack since I was already outside. Good thing too, because apparently I forgot to turn my water off last night. RODI unit ran for a full 10 hours filling my 32g brute within a .25 inch of the rim!!! I got lucky this time. I'll be ordering a shutoff float valve today!

But on a positive note, I'm fairly certain the rating on my 75 gpd RODI unit is just about spot on.
 

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