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Old 08-25-2013, 10:18 PM   #151
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For those interested, I started a thread to track all the changes in the room. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...18#post4147218
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:59 PM   #152
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Another "for those interested"- my reef build thread over at RC. Nothing new at the moment (except for hardware specs), but one never knows when I'll post a pic there that I don't post here.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...0#post21868890
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #153
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I am envious of reef tanks... So gorgeous. For now I may live vicariously through you

Cannot wait to see your plans come to fruition with both tanks!

Need to do a salty freshwater tank... Whatever those are called in between the two... A bridge to two worlds

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Old 09-04-2013, 12:43 AM   #154
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Brackish?

I've been momentarily tempted to do a marine planted tank with one of the biggies, but I think I'll pass. Probably.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:51 AM   #155
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Brackish?

I've been momentarily tempted to do a marine planted tank with one of the biggies, but I think I'll pass. Probably.
Brackish thank you!! Lol

Probably... Eh eh

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:04 PM   #156
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9.19 Update- Silicone City

This past weekend a friend and I spent a few hours adding more plastic sheets to the ceiling to cover spaces that had an opening directly into the structure for the floor above, running 2x4s to mount lights, and getting the 60g reef ready to play with. Over the past few days I've been playing with styro; getting it torched/shaped, painted, and glued into the tank. Now that I've got this done the next step is to get the overflow glass cut, put together, and get that into the tank.

Testing the braces-


Torched panels; approx 24x12-


Silicone-


Left panel-


Right panel-


I think I can see a little black under all that stuff...


The Two Tanks-


I've got other photos on my comp back home that I forgot to upload. I'll get those up and on here so you can see how the rest of the stuff was done. It's nothing new, but I always like seeing detailed documentation of tank builds so there must be another nut like myself out there.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:42 PM   #157
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9.20-

The silicone worked! I had to adjust the left panel a bit after the silicone had started to set. Here's to hoping it won't release when the tank's full of water. I'm taking the glass for the overflow in to get cut today. Cross your fingers that it's not tempered or insulated. 21x9x4; that's a bit overflow box! It too will be covered with styro to hide the intakes, give a unified look, and allow epiphyte planting.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #158
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Be sure to give the silicone a minimum of 24 hours, better to be like a week to cure. I cut into 24-hour silicone on the sump patches (to trim excess), and only the outer 1/8" had cured - interior still slightly goopy. 2-3 days later, still not perfect, but better. IIRC was 5 days to fully cure.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:10 PM   #159
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It's going to be longer than 3 days to cure, no problem. I still have to get the overflow made and up.

Oh, by the way...substrate's in the tank.
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Okay, so two things. One, still no sump drawrings, and two, external overflows...I may be convinced to go this route.

Sump drawrings. Stat.

Also...the styrofoam/torch thing is pretty cool.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:01 PM   #161
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Crazy,

No sump drawrings available, sorry. I talked with a bunch of folks during MACNA and what I wanted to have done was prohibitively expensive. I'm back to the drawring board on that. I've got an idea of a solution that'll do the same thing but hopefully won't cost as much. We'll see. The overflow box is going IN the tank, not outside. I still don't feel confident enough in my skills to make something that won't break and cause major problems.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #162
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9.23 update- Substrate!

I finally got the tank in a place where I could feel ok putting substrate and a little water in there. Plans are to keep it just barely covered with water until the overflow is installed, covered with styro, and all the silicone is cured.

7 boxes; 5 of 5mm and 2 of 3mm totaling 14 12.5 liter bags of Rio Cafe substrate. Oh yeah! I'd originally estimated 3" total depth volumetrically, but it turns out this stuff takes up more space than I thought, even estimating for space between grains. It turned out to be 3" in the front and about 5" in the back. The front 3-4" is 100% 3mm and the rear 3-5" is 100% 5mm. Smoothing things out created more of a gradient than I'd wanted, but it'll all work out. I may end up taking some out and using it in a different tank, but all in all, I'm happy with how it turned out.

Bags. The color difference in the pic is due to lighting, not variability in the grains.



3 bags of 5mm in the back-




3 bags of 3mm in the front-




5 bags of 5mm in the back-


7 bags of 5mm in the back and 4 of 3mm in the front-
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All smoothed out-


Front blend-


Rear-


Filling up!
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #163
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Sweet!!! It's always exciting to see water hitting a tank!

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Old 09-23-2013, 06:22 PM   #164
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When will plants get into this monster?
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #165
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Keats,

No later than a month from now. Hopefully a bit earlier, we'll see. You should take a drive up here and see it once it's going strong. I'm only 1.5hrs from Hburg. Actually, from the airport. That may be closer to or farther from you.
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