Sorry for the lack of updates... we've been having nice weather up here and the missus wants to have our garden scape redone, again... I feel that this is going to be a slow build due to the to do list the wife set up for me...
A happy wife is a wife which does not ask too many questions on the "specials" i pick up
I would of have liked to go with another brand of selenoids but my lfs gave me a great deal and I don't like loosing time for support issues. Is there something I have to keep an eye on with this unit?
I am planning on running 8 X T5'S, will this be enough? I was also thinking of going the MH route.
Here are some present pictures (I don't have a good cam yet so please bare with me) of the work in progress:
Front of the aquarium, this is what you see as you come down the stairs, the walls are made of Birchwood and I am planning to paint it white (I am redoing my "man cave" as well
This is the side view with panel removed (I had a sump there before, removed for storage place).
This is my control panel which splits out 3 circuits to the room going through GFCI's. Each receptacle in the tank room is controled from here (timer and/or switch). I believe in redundancy and am scared of controllers due to the fact that if your unit is defective your whole tank can crap out (this happened to me with my reef once, mucho dinero...).
This is the tank which I will use as a sump. I'm still debating on how I'm going to split the sections still...
This is the scaffolding which I'm adding, this will make trimming easier (the stand is 34" before styrofoam and 30" tank). I'm a big boy (6'4") but this will make maintenance easier (should of done it years ago). You can also see different electrical boxes which are being relocated (lighting and sump).
Here is a shot of the vinyled walls and ceiling. This is where I am going to put the lighting (obviously
). The wall to the right swings upwards for access and feeding from outside the room.
Finally this is the space under the aquarium which will be used to store by aqarium stuff and ferts for dosing machine. That is also a water drain you see there which came in handy on many occasions
I'm debating on the overflows for this tank. I'm wondering if I should drill 2 holes on the back of the tank to build an external overflow with 2 dursos (1,5" plunbing each) or if I go with internal. I already have 2 holes in the bottom from the previous setup that I can either reuse or block up...
So many things going on in my mind...
I'm entertaining also a theme for my decor... Avatar, I saw a couple of tanks and I really like the floating mountain idea and those huge trees...
Still too early in the build to go on about that for now.
Cheers for now (it is raining out right now