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The155BowFrontBuild

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    You can seal the stone where you can wipe salt creek off with a damp towel. Silane/Siloxane will keep moisture from entering, but can affect the look slightly.
     
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  2. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I think you should just use cinder blocks as a stand.


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  3. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Would look nice next to the hillbilly hot tub @MuralReef was trying to get me to set up!
     
  4. flyfish

    flyfish Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    It’s looking great Chris
     
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  5. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Looks like I am getting a dino outbreak. Brown sludge with air bubbles in it. No stringy stuff yet, why I thought dino instead of diatoms (but it's been a long while since I dealt with either so I could have those bass ackwards). I'll check water params tomorrow, but wondering if it could be a mini cycle from the move/new sand/some new rock that was running in a bin for the last 18mos.

    I can run some carbon and RowaPhos as well. Any other tips or tricks?
     
  6. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    It shall pass.

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  7. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Any move will have a bit of a mini cycle. You are always disturbing some areas that used to be anoxic and creating some new ones... nobody can get the rock touching the sand and each other perfectly. I would just wait this out.
     
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  8. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I got the supplies at Home Depot today to rock the stand. One picture with the Hardiebacker attached to the stand, and another of the “California Gold” stacked stone. Little bit of progress!

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  9. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    All done with the stacked stone! I like it a lot, but more importantly the wife really loves it. The sections between the stone are for wood trim to break up the stone so it isn’t just a wall of rock. And then across the top will be a ledge...like a bar ledge to set glasses on.

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  10. Craigar

    Craigar Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    It looks amazing good job
     
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  11. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks good Chris!
     
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  12. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Nice what did you do on the sides?
     
  13. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I’m going to put cabinet doors on the sides, will match the other wood on the stand.


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  14. Legonch

    Legonch Emerald Reef Supply M.A.S.C Club Member Featured Sponsor

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  15. Djmm1177

    Djmm1177 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks good


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  16. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Nice work! What’s next?


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  17. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Well, I think I need to decide on wood stain color and wood type. Then I can make the doors for the sides the trim down the front by the stacked stone, and the bar ledge. And then I need to think about my canopy. Right now it is just hanging lights, but there is a lot of light spillage into the room. When the lights shut off at night we spend 5 minutes talking about how yellow everything looks after having out retinas baked in blue light for hours! I might try to find something to make a valance or shade out of, maybe the corrugated roof that was mentioned in this post post #58.
     
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  18. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I've also added a Calcium Reactor ($300). Been up and running for about 2 weeks. There have been several versions of it running since then, the regulator I received with the CarbonDoser unit was toast. So I ordered another regulator off of eBay($85). It arrived and worked well, had a solenoid and a needle valve that was really sensitive. But I couldn't stand staring at the CarbonDoser just sitting there like a worthless heap. After many, many, many conversations with @jda123 I took a calculated gamble on another regulator off of eBay ($55). This one is a Victor-450B that I believe was originally for an Oxygen tank. The first bit of good news was the CarbonDoser screwed directly into where the needle valve was, no adapter needed. I did need an adapter to the tank, but that was easily found on Amazon. I still didn't really know if the CarbonDoser worked 100%...so I held my breath and turned everything on, and it is perfect! I have been adjusting the seconds per bubble over the last few days, and at 5 SPB I am getting about 24 dKh effluent.

    I do have the Apex monitoring the pH, but I fall into the camp that doesn't really trust the pH probe to stay accurate without constant calibration. So my plan is to monitor the effluent as primary means, and Apex pH monitoring as secondary means.

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  19. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Your build is coming along nicely. I like how you designed the stand right down to the initial framing. The finish is looking great. Keep the pictures coming!
     
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  20. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Thank you! It is coming along nicely in my view. I added some SPS over the weekend courtesy of @Djmm1177 so I am off and running!
     
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