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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 14th 2011, 1:58 pm

Here's some pics of the tank and stand I just got for free Very Happy There are a few extra holes in it, but I'm going to utilize all the holes towards the bottom of the tank for a closed loop and hook the auto feeder into it. Some of the holes I will have to patch though still.

Tank is made of 3/4" and measures 66"x20"x36"





Had a couple coldwater friends come over and help me figure out where to place this in the garage. I patched over about 7 of the holes in this thing, and started spray foaming in the rockwork. I'm going to use just one of the 110 gallon lobster tanks as a "sump" for this tank.

It will have a closed loop on in that will have a secondary 1/2 horse chiller and the auto feeder I made hooked up to it. It will also be able to utilize all the filtration, and chiller from the lobster tank.

I have from the 15th - 21st off from work for a minor surgery, so I should be able to finish this up and start water testing it by next weekend.

After this tank goes up, I get to start working on the smaller tank for inside the house Very Happy

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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 14th 2011, 1:59 pm

Update on this tank:

We got almost all of the spray foam background done now. Its turning out really cool by spraying it in and then piling rock salt onto it to give it texture. We're also making large piles of spray foam and then packing rock salt around and on top of it while it expands and its making some cool structures.

Its weird, but I dont think I know of anyone who has done a spray foam background directly onto the back of a large acrylic tank, other than public aquariums. I was talking with my buddy last night about this and the only reasons we could think of why was that most people:

1) Already have their tank setup and try to do the panels of foam and then put them in the tank.

2) Most people spend a lot of money on a big acrylic tank and dont want to "ruin" it if they mess up.

I guess thats the plus side of getting a free tank and already having 2 established tanks to hold your livestock Very Happy
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Post by Hero on July 15th 2011, 5:16 pm

Pictures would be nice Very Happy.

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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 15th 2011, 6:02 pm

Pufferfreak wrote:Pictures would be nice Very Happy.

I know, I know..... Razz

I'm waiting until its totally finished with spray foam and I can wash all the rock salt off so that the texture is more visible.
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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 17th 2011, 12:53 am

Heres a couple pics of what I have done so far on the foam rockwork. The hands in the pictures are my 3 year old sons, he really wanted to help daddy with the fish tank today Very Happy

The tank is turned on one of its sides right now so I could get it spray foamed. The water in the pictures is from me spraying out the rock salt, I just let it sit in there until it disolves and then I shop vac it out.











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Post by moto826 on July 17th 2011, 4:27 pm

looking good I'm getting tired of my reef thinking about GoING cold for good this time
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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 17th 2011, 5:15 pm

moto826 wrote:looking good I'm getting tired of my reef thinking about GoING cold for good this time

Yessssss......come over to the dark side.........
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Post by Hero on July 23rd 2011, 2:32 am

Cold side Razz. The background looks nice by the way!

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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 23rd 2011, 2:44 pm

Pufferfreak wrote:Cold side Razz. The background looks nice by the way!

Thanks, I'll try and post some more pics today. I got a lot more done on it over the last few days. I'm at the point where I need to attach my large pieces, fill it with water to get all the rock salt off, and start painting it.
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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 24th 2011, 1:12 am

Gots some more work done on the spray foam rock work.
















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Post by Hero on August 22nd 2011, 2:09 pm

AquaticEngineer wrote:Gots some more work done on the spray foam rock work.
















That's going to look amazing when it's filled up! It must be by now considering its been a month since you posted these pictures.

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Post by AquaticEngineer on August 22nd 2011, 2:11 pm

Pufferfreak wrote:
That's going to look amazing when it's filled up! It must be by now considering its been a month since you posted these pictures.

LOL, you'd think it would be right?

I decided to do the foam rock over the overflows on the other side, so once thats all done I can start plumbing it.

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Post by Hero on August 22nd 2011, 4:23 pm

Excellent. Are you planning on having kelp in this tank?

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Post by AquaticEngineer on August 22nd 2011, 4:56 pm

I think I will have kelp in the tank since I an lighting it with individually positional track lights and differing strengths of LED lights. I'm going to spotlight the area with the kelp and the areas with with photosynthetic anemones, I'll use lower output LED spot lights with more blue in them to accent the lower light areas.
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Post by Hero on August 23rd 2011, 1:29 am

AquaticEngineer wrote:I think I will have kelp in the tank since I an lighting it with individually positional track lights and differing strengths of LED lights. I'm going to spotlight the area with the kelp and the areas with with photosynthetic anemones, I'll use lower output LED spot lights with more blue in them to accent the lower light areas.

That will be interesting. I expect great things! Laughing

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Post by AquaticEngineer on August 23rd 2011, 5:02 pm

Pufferfreak wrote:
That will be interesting. I expect great things! Laughing

I hope I wont dissapoint Very Happy

I just got a little extra cash from selling a tank I got for free last night so I should have enough money to get the little things I need to finish it up.

I also got a 1 horse chiller, a Precision Marine Recirc Skimmer, a couple little giant external pumps, an Iwaki External pump. Also got some stuff I dont need that I'm going to sell, like a CA reactor, a 400W PFO electronic halide ballast, and a dual 400W PFO electronic halide ballast.

All for free Happy Dance
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Post by Hero on August 23rd 2011, 11:02 pm

AquaticEngineer wrote:
Pufferfreak wrote:
That will be interesting. I expect great things! Laughing

I hope I wont dissapoint Very Happy

I just got a little extra cash from selling a tank I got for free last night so I should have enough money to get the little things I need to finish it up.

I also got a 1 horse chiller, a Precision Marine Recirc Skimmer, a couple little giant external pumps, an Iwaki External pump. Also got some stuff I dont need that I'm going to sell, like a CA reactor, a 400W PFO electronic halide ballast, and a dual 400W PFO electronic halide ballast.

All for free Happy Dance

Lol at getting stuff for free than selling it Laughing. When do you think you will have the tank up and running by?

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Post by AquaticEngineer on August 24th 2011, 10:55 am

Pufferfreak wrote:

Lol at getting stuff for free than selling it Laughing. When do you think you will have the tank up and running by?

I'm hoping to be able to work on it this weekend. I'm going to try and mock up what I will need for the plumbing on it and go by home depot. Once I have all the plumbing pieces and the concrete to level out a spot in the garage, then its all a matter of finding time to do it.

So yeah, hopefully this weekend it will be ready for full water testing.

Hopefully.
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Post by Hero on August 25th 2011, 9:21 pm

AquaticEngineer wrote:I'm hoping to be able to work on it this weekend. I'm going to try and mock up what I will need for the plumbing on it and go by home depot. Once I have all the plumbing pieces and the concrete to level out a spot in the garage, then its all a matter of finding time to do it.

So yeah, hopefully this weekend it will be ready for full water testing.

Hopefully.

Hopefully. Then I will have something to look forward to this weekend Very Happy.

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Post by Hero on September 11th 2011, 4:39 am

Updates?

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Post by AquaticEngineer on September 11th 2011, 11:25 am

Got the closed loop plumbed last night, one more trip to home depot and I should be water testing it.



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Post by Hero on September 11th 2011, 6:03 pm

Nice job on the plumbing. Is that two chillers I see, or a mini-fridge and chiller?

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Post by AquaticEngineer on September 11th 2011, 6:08 pm

Mini fridge on the left for the auto feeder, chiller on the right, and the tank will also be plumbed into one of the 110 gallon lobster tanks that has a 1/2 horse chiller and all the filtration.



Basically, the 200 gallon will be a flow through system and the 110 will act as the sump/filter with a backup 1/2 horse.
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Post by Hero on September 11th 2011, 6:14 pm

AquaticEngineer wrote:Mini fridge on the left for the auto feeder, chiller on the right, and the tank will also be plumbed into one of the 110 gallon lobster tanks that has a 1/2 horse chiller and all the filtration.



Basically, the 200 gallon will be a flow through system and the 110 will act as the sump/filter with a backup 1/2 horse.

I assume that is what the empty hole above the plumbing is for then. Your tank should be very clean. Very Happy

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Post by AquaticEngineer on September 11th 2011, 11:05 pm

That was actually one of the old drains that was cut into this tank. It was swiss cheese when I got it. I patched over most of them, and you cant tell at all when you look into the tank.



The connection to the 110 will be made through two overflows I put in to skim the surface water, and a return running into the side of the tank.



In this first picture the cluster of barnacles to the bottom left contains the return that will come from the 110 gallon tank, and the next three photos show the overflows that will dump into the top of the lobster tank.






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