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Here is a couple pics of the piping painted.

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Pic of the door assembled and stained

Here is a pic of the door that was cut out of the side. I worked on it this past weekend and got the trim pieces router'd and stained.

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Ordered the pump yesterday

Well we are getting closer and closer to getting water in the tank. The pump should be here some time this week. Once that happens, I will be able to finish up the plumbing and start to work on the electrical. The foam is now in between the tank and the stand as per the manufacturers specs. That was an experience trying to get home. Anyway, I will post more pics as I get them. I've stained the hood, and the sump door trim. I've added 2 coats of varnish, and will add another coat today. It should start shining up pretty good real soon.

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Gooooooooood Lord!!!

Well, we finally ordered the rest of the equipment today. This is what we will be running lighting, temperature control, and CO2 wise.

LCD ProheatII 350 watt heater

Milwaukee Regulator
Milwaukee SMS122 ph controller

R2 Solutions 24" Signature Series Moonlight (2) - Led Lights
4 - 96 watt Bright Kit with 2 96watt 10K bulbs, and 2 96 watt 67k bulbs.

One question that I do have is what everyone recommends for timers. I've seen a few that "might" work, but for the most part they don't have enough timing options for what I need. Any & all suggestions are always appreciated.

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Thumbs up Canopy is finished

The canopy is finished. Here is the linky....

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Lights are installed!!

Well I installed the lights tonight. OMG. I think I have retina damage!! LOL!! Here are the pics....

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post #22 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 03:44 PM
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Yup, those things will blind the sun. I LOVE them.

Great hardware work too, this is going to be a fun aquarium to work with.

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Thanks!

I decided that I am going to have to put a back on the canopy. It lets out too much of the light. By doing that, it will allow me to hide all of the lighting guts, and use the grommets that were included in the AHS lights.

I am totally digging the moon lights. What a COOL way to light your tank. I would have taken pics of the tank with the 96'rs on, but it amplified the dust that the tank has gathered while we have been working on this build. It was funny, I had the wife, help me put the canopy on the tank, and then I turned it on and thought, OMG, the tank is filthy! The lights are going to be great!

Oh btw, what does everyone use for timers? I want something that I can mount in the canopy. I was looking at some of those timers that were digital. The ones that can control your wave makers, sorry cant remember the manufacturer off the top of my head.

I think if I did that, it would clean up the install quite a bit.

Anyway, the next step is finishing the plumbing, attaching the overflow covers and installing the CO2 equipment when it arrives. I have got to install some electrical outlets in the base yet. I plan on doing that tonight, along with the pump / plumbing.

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Okay, here's a few reaaaalllly bad pics of our crummy looking 55. (Only 2 wpg, Hagen CO2) Just to show what will be going in the new tank...soon, soon, soon! (Maybe not THAT soon, but here's to wishing!) I already have "collectoritis", don't I?? In addition to what you *might* be able to see in there, I'm going to also put corkscrew vals and glosso in the new one, as well. As you can see, I've had this ongoing battle with BBA, mainly in tufts on the substrate, the filter intake, and just recently, on my driftwood. Can't wait for pressurized CO2 and decent lighting.

No aquascape was even attempted on this tank. I've just been throwing them in there and seeing if they'll grow.

I've also recently gotten my feet wet with ferts, too.

Once again, not proud of this tank, but it beats plastic for now.
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Tim came home from making corner pieces for the tank, and saw my (lack of) photography skills. So he took a couple pics that look much better.

The corner pieces are awesome! They need to be slightly adjusted in size, stained, and varnished to match the stand and canopy, but I can already tell they are gonna look fab.
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Corner Pieces Built

Here are the corner pieces that I constructed tonight. As Mel said, they have yet to be stained or varnished.



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Okay, Tim's been hard at it again today. He finished up the plumbing on the sump, stained the corner pieces, we filled the tank, and he's been tweaking how it's all set.
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Busy, busy day......

Boy what a busy day for me. I finished up the corner pieces, added bracing for the pvc pipe under the tank, finished plumbing the sump, filled the tank, started tweaking the durso's, and started on the electrical installation. We probably would have drained the tank again, but a pipe under the kitchen sink decided to implode on itself. So needless to say, I'm beat......

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Wow, I love seeing an empty blue tank full of potencial. Keep the pics coming!





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Haha! Yeah, today was pretty much the day from hell. I had to break the tank down and fix a couple leaky connections. In the end, we got all of the connections leak proof, and now the biggest obsticle is the noisy pump. Damn, sounds like an air pump with no vibration protection. Anyone have any suggestions on quieting down a noisy pump? Ours is the little giant brand.

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