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A Golden Reef Tank (v2)

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by halmus, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. NickP

    NickP Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking great bro! Bet your feeling the itch now!
     
  2. Etoimos

    Etoimos Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Your rock work looks great! I love all the depth you got with the 4" tank. It just confirmed that I'll have to go with a 36" depth on the eventual tank at the new house. Your mixing station is also a thing of beauty. lol
     
  3. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks Chris.

    As far as cycling, I still need to get test kits. I have a lot of work left to do outside of the tank. Also, I started out with quite a bit of BRS Pukani. So, I would expect be to leaching out crud from the rock for a while. My plan is to keep moving forward with the rest of the tank and really start the serious testing once I'm closer to stocking this with something. Right now, the water is visibly hazy and yellowish. That's just day 1 running all dry rock. I'm sure the water color (and smell) will get worse before it gets better.

    I don't know if that's bad practice, but I've got months of work left to do; I'm planning on just doing periodic water changes and let the tank do it's thing. I will probably grab some chaeto from a shop at some point to start getting the refugium going.
     
  4. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks Nick. Yes, I'm a little anxious to move forward.

    Luckily, my drive to do things right is winning out and I'm more focused on just finishing this major project. I still have some cabinet work to finish to call this complete after the tank is on cruise control.

    Then, it's on! Start stocking this tank!
     
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  5. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thank you Etoimos. I love having deeper dimensions side to side / front to back.

    Before I ordered the tank, I made a 3D mock-up out of thin sticks of wood. I was able to test whether I could reach the bottom and middle of the tank with various dimensions. It's a lot easier to picture the tank when you have a visual reference. Cardboard and cheep sticks of wood are your friend when you're trying to plan out a custom tank. Plus, you can use your model to make sure the tank and stand will fit into your house.
     
  6. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Alright water ftw! and man I wish I could get my wife to participate in the tank build, she always gives me dirty looks if I ask her to help with anything related to the tank. lol

    Rock work looks great. Love the pillars and the openness of it. I know what you mean about wanting a bigger footprint once you start putting rock in. It really does fill it up fast, even on a large tank. Very hard to keep it looking lite and keep it off the glass. Nice work.

    I also have been trying to figure out how to fit in the controller for my tank. I think Likely I will just use it for lights, and emergency backup stuff most likely, everything else is a surge protected plug with a manual switch as well. I am using studio and lighting bars with surge protectors. What are you using? I see several 4 outlet boxes around, which ones are those? I think I could use a few more ;)
     
  7. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks SynDen! My wife actually loves helping. She really got into the rockwork! I got yelled at for glueing together a few pieces without her around. She wasn't there for artistic oversight. There were a few times arranging things that I had to lay down the law. The rule of thumb was stretch your hand out pinky and thumb. If you can touch the glass and rock at the same time, it had to change. It was painful restricting ourselves like that. But I hate cleaning the glass when you're fighting rock and coral. I want plenty of room for growth.

    I used EpoPuddy to bond the rock. I used so much that the guy on Amazon sent me a free EpoPuddy T-shirt. It's a hideous yellow color and about five sizes too big but it was still a nice surprise when I opened the box and nice of the guy to send the bonus. I got a good laugh when I tried it on.

    I'm using Tripp-Lite Isobars for power strips. They're more expensive but have a nice mounting solution. I use them at work and I'd rather spend more on a strip when I've got 4 Radions plugged in and 4 Vortechs. I doubt they're meant to be used near water but I am mounting them high on the wall or in shielded areas safe from spray or splashing.


    Side note: I plugged in the skimmer today and an hour later I'm already getting crud out. I have to keep my eye on it. I'm not sure where it will settle in and I don't have any safety measures in place yet in case it overflow.
     
  8. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well best way to break in a new fish room is to spill the skimmer cup all over it ;)
     
  9. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I picked up the Neptune Apex system for the display tank and for the QT systems. I've spent the last month focusing on prepping for and installing these systems. After two days of finishing up minor issues and cleaning the filtration area, I can finally do another pan of the room. I had a few minor issues like a J-Guest fitting leaking due to a misaligned O-ring, I have both the display and QT tanks running on cruise control. Those minor issues are taken care of.


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  10. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I built another cabinet for the Energy Bars that support the QT systems. Like a lot of aspects of this build, I've tried to leave things modular and easily modifiable. I still need to build holders for the ReefBreeder light remote controls. They will be mounted on the second panel up. I will eventually add input buttons, switches, and/or output light indicators as needed to these panels that interface to the Apex. For example, I might add a large red "EMERGENCY STOP" button. I will be adding a cheep tablet to the other electronics cabinet that focuses on the display system. I might end up adding a cheep tablet to this cabinet so that I can tweek the QT system quickly and easily. For now, I'm going to spend some time working with things as they are and figure out exactly how I end up using the systems over time before making major changes or additions.

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  11. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

  12. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    The large cabinet for misc electronics has been prepped and sealed up. I will be mounting a tablet next to the Apex display head. Long term, I will be interfacing all of the other electronics I plan on building into this cabinet. I purposely built this cabinet larger than needed so that I can easily expand as needed.


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    I installed some equipment from Avast Marine on the MRC skimmer. I'm really impressed with their products and highly recommend them! I am considering ordering some more of their pressure sensors to use as high/low water level indicators.

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  13. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Lastly, I built some of these probe holders from scrap acrylic. I also built a small acrylic box that will be dedicated for testing probes. I've been following some of the new testing devices coming onto the market so I tried to oversize this box.

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  14. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Now that is some next level cord management for you. Nice work. Love the probe box idea, that should make them pretty easy to access, although I would be curious if there is any difference in temp, or other numbers because its not in the main flow of the tank.
     
  15. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks SynDen. That’s a great point. I had the same thought. The water supply comes from one of the two Dolphin pumps that serve as return to the display so it should be fairly representative of the tank’s water. With all of these various tanks hooked together, there is bound to be a little bit of lag in any change made. Kind of an aquarium’s version of Capacitance (term normally used in electronics).

    I did make the flow adjustable into that box. I have played around with opening up that 1/2” gate valve fully and closing it down to a modest flow rate. With the cable open fully, the water in that box is being replaced fully at least once a minute (probably more rapildly than that). I compared the measurements and didn’t see any noticeable difference. I also compared the water temp readings with the probe in that box and with the probe directly in the sump’s main flow. No noticeable difference.

    So, I’m fairly confident that it will provide a reasonable water testing point.
     
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  16. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Top notch as always! I think if I took a photo of my Apex and wire situation you might actually pass out! LOL
     
  17. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Superb work as always. Is that a shop vac mounted on the wall?
     
  18. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    This again is why this is probably the best build in Denver
     
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  19. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    So is everything online? It looks awesome. I can't believe the amount of planning and time you took to build all of this. I have two questions. 1. When do you want to host a meeting? 2. What happens if you turn the power off? I worry about one tank one sump. I'd like to do something similar on a much smaller scale and I
     
  20. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks! I've seen a few other solutions for organizing Apex and wiring that I actually like better but if everything has to be surface mounted on a wall, this is a pretty clean solution.
     

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