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Old 04-22-2012, 04:52 AM   #46
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Haha, I wasn't going to put much effort into keeping the critters out. In fact, there is only going to be simple screeners over the drains. If the primary ends up sucking air I will add a cap of some sort to prevent a vortex forming.

The co2 will actually feed into the return pump. It's just easier to do it that way rather than add a connection in the high pressure closed loop.

I like the overflow on the end cause lookin through 6' of water it's hard to see anyway, and from the long ends you can't see through the end pane anyway when water is in te tank.

I picked up some gorilla glue today as apparently it will glue the wood well. I want to make some branches longer and add some here and there to a larger piece. If that doesn't work out I'll try some PC-11 epoxy as per Tom's recommendation.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:18 AM   #47
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Teaser shots of my LED fixture. It's getting there.



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Old 04-24-2012, 07:10 PM   #48
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That fixture is amazing
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #49
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this whole set-up is amazing! you must really be itching to get it going! sub'd
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This is going to be beastly. The rock stack you did with the 40 pounds was great btw.
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Consider yourself subscribed, I'm in for the ride.
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Got my DIY LED fixture over the tank and half running.





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this whole set-up is amazing! you must really be itching to get it going! sub'd
Thanks guys. I'm getting so anxious it's incredible. Even the tank builder said he was surprised I'm actually waiting the minimum two weeks cure time for the tank. He said this Wednesday is good but I'm still waiting on a shipment of bulkheads from J&L and a box o' rock from PC1 so I'm pretty much stuck.

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This is going to be beastly. The rock stack you did with the 40 pounds was great btw.
Thanks, I was having a tough time getting it to look realistic. I think once I have some bigger rocks it will look better. Rather than a pile of rubble. Just wait till I have 140 pounds!

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What a beautifully built tank. This build has a promising start!
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What a beautifully built tank. This build has a promising start!
Thanks man. If I can do half as well as you I'll be happy.

Pretty much ran out of things that I can do for now so I pulled out my wood and threw together an idea of what I'm gunning for. I'll have to move it around some as I add the rocks but the idea is there.

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wow that wood piece looks absolutely f***ing amazing.

first time ive said anything close to this about anyones tank on here. damn im jealous i dont have an amazing piece of wood like that.
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Well, I got all of my plumbing in. Just have to run some errands and then I'm gonna fill her up. She's running with the closed loop but I haven't tried the overflow yet.
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wow that wood piece looks absolutely f***ing amazing.

first time ive said anything close to this about anyones tank on here. damn im jealous i dont have an amazing piece of wood like that.
Thanks dude, that means a lot. But keep in mind that it is a bunch of pieces but together. About 5 or 6 centerpieces and then a bunch of branches added here and there.
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This is freaking awesome. I like how everything looks nice and clean.
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Sloppy pics, but I had the tank running tonight.

Somehow I managed to overflow the sump, but I don't know how... I franticly vacuumed and towelled up the water and started up the system again and the incident didn't repeat. At first I thought I had too much total volume and the sump overfilled with the back flow, but when I stopped the system again the water level was a good four inches below the top of the sump. It's weird...

I'm thinking that a media back blocked the flow through of the first chamber but I'm not sure. I'm going to move the (possible) problem bag and try to recreate the mess, and if I can't I'll leave well enough alone.

My only other issue is the check valve on the returns is making a loud noise, almost like the ball is caught between open and closed, vibrating up and down. I got it to stop once but it started again when I reset the system.

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