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The155BowFrontBuild

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

  1. 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

    What are you supplying the water with to the calcium reactor?


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  2. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    Jeff from Lifereef, who has been super helpful, got me hooked up with the CaRx extension tube (holds more media) and a Rio 180 for the intake pump. Something like 185 gph for the feed pump.
     
  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

    So....now that I am no longer using the Apex Dos for dosing 2 part, I think I might set it up for Auto Water Changes.

    Today I carefully measured my SW mixing bin at 24g and made a mark. My salt mix (Instant Ocean) says 1/2 cup per gal so I mixed that all in. I'm going to let the pump circulate that for a while, then I want to test the SG, Alk, Cal, and Mg so I have a baseline and then add to the mix to get my desired levels.

    I'm thinking along the lines of 2 gal swapped out per day, I'm sitting at 225g of total water volume. Thoughts? More, Less, about right??

    I am terrible at regular water changes. My last box of salt mix, which makes 200g, lasted me 12 months, so I did about 8 water changes at 25g each in 12 months. If I can mix up fresh mix of salt about every 12 days I should be good, that would be about 30 water changes at 24g each (2g per day takes 12 days to use up my 24g, 365/12 = 30.4 water changes.)

    Thoughts/suggestions?
     
  4. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Seems like a cool idea. I've seen plenty of threads with people doing AWC successfully. Personally, I would want multiple layers of redundancy with float switches and leak detection alarms to feel totally comfortable with it. It's definitely achievable though.
     
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I would do 3-4 gallons a day since a 10% weekly change is a pretty good target IME.

    I would highly suggest using failsafes such as high level sump, low level sump, low level NSW reservoir, tank conductivity, and NSW conductivity (optional, not really that important). See my build thread for how to implement these failsafes.

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  6. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    In your freshly mixed SW do you have a pump in there to agitate it? I might turn on my mixing pump for 5 minutes 2x per day or something...just to keep everything mixed up.
     
  7. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have a powerhead that runs for 4 hours when I set a VO to AUTO saying that I just mixed new salt. It also turns on twice a day for 5 minutes no matter what.

    I have heaters in the reservoir, but I only turn those on when I anticipate a need for a manual water change to limit KH precipitation.

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  8. flagg37

    flagg37 Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I ran an AWC system for a while but found that my refugium did a much better job at nutrient export. I eventually even turned off my skimmer. You have a CaRx so your major elements are already being replaced. I had to dose the trace elements (particularly iron since the chaeto sucked that right up) but I gladly did that to not have any more water changes.
     
  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

    I've been making slow progress on the stand. What I'm finding is the curving wood is more difficult than I thought. I had one 1x4 glued and screwed in with L brackets (to match the curve of the bow front), and all clamped up. Came back the next morning and released the clamps and the 1x4 popped cracked and split! So today I'm trying a new approach, bending via Kerfs. So far it worked, but we'll see when it is unclamped!

    Here is the progress on the front of the stand. The 2 pillars are in, the "drink rail" will rest at the top of them, and be pretty flush with the top of the black trim at the bottom of the tank.

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  10. halmus

    halmus Cuttle Fish Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    Looks good so far! I was going to recommend trying the kerfs to help with the bend. You just have to be able to cover up those relief cuts somehow if they’re visible.

    Other option is to plane the material down to 3 separate 1/4” thick pieces (or thinner) and laminate them together on the curve. You’re welcome to stop by and run them through my planer if needed.
     
  11. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    Thanks! The kerfs seemed to have worked I got a pretty good match to the curve. I went to Home Depot today and bought some mini slate tiles that are made for back splashes, I cut them down into like 1.25 inch strips and adhered them on. So far I think it looks pretty good, but I want to see it set up and in place before I get too excited about anything.
     
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  12. 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 finished the bar top, I think it turned out pretty good. The slate across the top covers the gap between the two pieces of wood, and I think it looks nice. I added some LED string lights under the bar top for added BALLER effect!

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  13. Rigo07

    Rigo07 Prawn

    Nice job looks awesome


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  14. Djmm1177

    Djmm1177 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Nice job!


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  15. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks fantastic!
     
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  16. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Looks great. Nice work. What you going to do on the sides?
     
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  17. geekengineer

    geekengineer Copepod

    wow it looks cool.
     
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  18. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Glad it all came together. Looks really nice.


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  19. 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 use the same wood to make simple doors I think. There is only about 8 inches of space between the studs on the sides, so I'm thinking just for maintenance purposes (not storage). I have my MH ballasts under the stand and reachable, and a power strip that runs a few pieces of equipment. My wonderful wife has allowed me to use a kitchen cabinet for my storage, which is 8 ft away from tank and working out pretty good so far.

    So far everyone that has seen it (mostly non fish tank people) have asked if I am going to make a canopy. Which I think means my current lighting solution doesn't look great. So I'll address that at some point I guess.
     
  20. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    The stand is looking awesome!
     
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