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Old 08-30-2011, 02:14 AM   #16
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:51 AM   #17
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I'm working on it. It's sitting on end in my living room at the moment. I need to get a new piece of foam and some 3/4" ply before I can set it up.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:54 AM   #18
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:58 AM   #19
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use both pumps as return, you could even goi get a couple other pumps instead, like two little giants or iwakis love the lights
beautiful piece of wood by the way
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:24 AM   #20
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use both pumps as return, you could even goi get a couple other pumps instead, like two little giants or iwakis love the lights
beautiful piece of wood by the way
I'm actually thinking I'll use one for the return and one for a closed loop, and run the co2 through it. I need to see if I can mod the eheim for a needle wheel or something. I heard there is one that will fit from another pump, a Sedra or something, but I'm not sure which.

It's actually 15 or so pieces!
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:06 PM   #21
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I don't see why you need 48 XML's unless your doing a high-light setup...I have 12 XP-G's running at 700mA on my 55 and they are just as bright as 4X24W setup and they're 8" above the tank with no optics. They are over a 22" heat sink, and cover 3/4 of the tank with plenty of light.
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I don't see why you need 48 XML's unless your doing a high-light setup...I have 12 XP-G's running at 700mA on my 55 and they are just as bright as 4X24W setup and they're 8" above the tank with no optics. They are over a 22" heat sink, and cover 3/4 of the tank with plenty of light.
I'm using 28 XML for main lighting and 24 xpg for supplementation. The XML max out at 1500 mA and the xpg at 1A.

The XML are cool white with 40 degree optics. 12 royal blue xpg and 12 neutral white xpg with 60 degree optics. This way I can adjust the colour temp from very yellow to very blue. The pendants will be as close to the ceiling as possible.

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I was helping my landlord put up a new fence today and after we dug the holes out I realized I should steal some of the clay for a MTS substrate. I was going to use ADA AS but it is much too expensive locally, but I have lots of black flourite. Probably enough to use only flourite. I will pick up some topsoil and start mineralizing it, maybe tomorrow. The clay is on a tarp all broken up to dry it out and I will crush it to powder.

I will also be picking up some 5/8" or 3/4" birch ply so I can skin my stand and cut a piece for under the tank. Right now the plywood is only 1/4" so it wouldn't add any support to the bottom.
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Not much progress yet. I'm picking up silicone Monday so I can reseal the tank. The MTS failed hard because the weather went cold when I was half way done.

Things are moving slowly.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:44 PM   #28
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Broke down the tank today to rebuild and make some changes to the overflow. Ended up chipping the bottom pane (I think it was a chip hidden in silicone) and chipped the back panel really bad. It most definitely needs to be replaced. I'm at my wits end with this darn setup. The only thing really holding me back at this point is the tank. I'm at the point where I might just fork out $1200 for a new one.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:22 AM   #29
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I also made some progress on the stand. I'm working on skinning it. I need to find a good way to paint the panels and protect them from water.













For anyone who hasn't checked my LED build thread:

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Lined up a builder to build my tank. He will be doing it for $500 and it will be built on site. Having it changed so it has a peninsula style weir with an external overflow box. Two 3/4" returns, one on each side of the box. He's also replacing the chipped panel.






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