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how far does the system have to sit from the wall with the plumbing and overflow box
The plumbing sticks out about 8.5 to 9in , but we have it sitting in near the front windows in our lobby - so it's about 22 inches between the tank and the wall/windows.

for this build, the space was less of a concern than if it where sitting in my living room at home. If that where the case, i think I would have tried to make it a but more compact.

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Thank you for this great topic!
It was my inspiration for wanting a Melev's reverse check valve myself.
Looking forward to a post where you test this siphon break :)

Yme
I have actuality tested the Reverse Chekc Valve Setup already - spoiler alert.... it works! :p

I've been so busy this past week, i have not had a chance to gather up the photos and videos to post about it - but i will this weekend.

The tank right now is just quietly sittin gon the fornt lobby and doing it's tyhing while it cycles and is getting ready for the livestock.
 
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Adding a little bio diversity to the tank today.

It's so sterile - never really started a tank like this before. So I scooped some sand from both the Display tank and fuge from the house tank and added this muck to the sandbed in the new tank.

Turned the tank a bit cloudy, but I'm sure it will clear out soon enough :)
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Time to start thinking about lighting.

I want the light mounting apparatus to be as minimalist as possible, so a rack that spans the tank is out. I conaiderd hanging a rack over the tank, but the drop ceiling complicates that a bit.

So, I decided on a cateler light rack. It's simple and nearly disappears. And the best part is, I was able to build this using left over pieces from a previois project.

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The main challenge for this rack was attaching it to the tank. Options included drilling a few holes in the stand, which would be easy, but I hate doing it, of I didn't need to.

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3D Printing for the win

So I came up with a design that would mount the rack, without drilling holes and use a 3D printed strap to hold the cantilever in place.
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Quickly printed up a prototype and tried it out
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The strap goes around the steel beam aluminum extrusion. The nut keeps it attached.


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The start keeps the rack from falling over, while the weight (which isn't much) rests 9n the glass

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The end result is a simplist lightbrack suitable to hold up a single, and capable light.

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I mounted a si gle Radion XR15 I had laying around just to see the tank under some light. It's not the light I'll end up with bit really love the way it looks under light

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