60 cube after 30 years out of the hobby

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  1. tom.antle

    tom.antle Member

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    Turned out good. And my leak test is complete. The Herbie is awesome. It is completely silent. Also got a chance to adjust the heaters and the refugium flow as well. Next step is live rock and salt water!!!!!
     
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    Well wha'dya know .. Welcome "Back" I think ... ;). Nothing like being back in the Salty "business", salty friends, salty corals and hey ... give your wife a Big Hug!!! ;) And ohh .. the BEST Salty Reef forum on the Planet Earth!!! :D

    Enjoy again ... :rolleyes:
     
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    Mandelstam Well-Known Member

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    Really cool build! I got the same feeling watching your build take off after your wife gave her approval as watching a race car disappearing in the distance after the start light turned green!

    Will follow! And welcome to the family btw!
     
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  4. tom.antle

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    Look what I got!!!!!
    The rock is in the house. I washed the sand so the water cleared in about 2 hours. The next morning it was crystal clear. Now I wait!!!!
     
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    Mandelstam Well-Known Member

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    Love the scape!
     
  6. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Looking great...looking forward to watching this one grow out.
     
  7. AJsReef

    AJsReef Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Absolutely love the stand and the light fixture. It's awesome!
     
  8. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Cyber Monday Sponsor

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    Nice job and welcome back!
     
  9. Garia666

    Garia666 Active Member

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    Ah the excitement waking up in the middle of the night wondering what life is in your little reef tank. Going down stairs getting your mobile flashlight and forget time for 15 minutes completely fascinated of what you just witnessed! Ah takes me back down memmory lane. :). Nice work and enjoy your hobby!
     
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    Haggisman14 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    That is awesome!!
     
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    That's awesome. ! . If u see this, can u post a pic or 2 of ur underneath plumbing to sump ? Reducing bushing. Female threaded barb. Braided hosing... And. Clamps. Or did u pvc it? I'm stuck and have almost same tank. URS is amazing! Hahahaha. But I'm on a budget. Thanks either way.
     
  12. tom.antle

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    Thank you all for the kind words. ckgriffin, I am working late tonight but I can get some pictures of the plumbing tomorrow morning.
     
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    This is the 29 gallon for the skimmer and refugium. It is located in the cabinet to the right of the tank.
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    Overhead shot. Flow from the display tank comes in on the right hand side of the photo. There are two bulkheads that feed to the sump from this tank. I used a combination of hard plumbing and braided tubing to ensure flexibility down the road. Also to make sure I didn’t put too much stress on the bulkheads.
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    This is the sump under the display tank. It’s 20 gallons. I added a few ball valves to the return pipe for possible reactors or UV down the road.
     
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    Had to post
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    Looked good this morning early.
     
  15. ckgriffin2000

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    It looks likes u glued ? The purple stuff.. lol..A short pvc to the exit pipe from tank.. hmmmm. I see a lot of people do that. Hard plum, I guess they say. Well, I definitely appreciate the pic. I gonna hit the "plumbing store this weekend" .. see what I can come up with. Thank u
     
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    My OCD got me tonight. I didn’t like the angle of my controls in the stand. So I got out the torch and some acrylic to angle them.
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  17. Scottsquatch

    Scottsquatch Glad to be back! R2R Supporter

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    Welcome to R2R! I really like the angles you made for your controls. That's a really good idea. You should consider putting cyphastrea on the skull in your rockwork and allow it to grow over the surface. Its a really cool look. Welcome back to the hobby and good luck to you!
     
  18. tom.antle

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    Thanks Scottsquatch. Yes. I planned on growing something on the skull. Saw some grown out in a reef store in Florida. Are cyphastrea easy to care for?? Lighting requirements???
     
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    Oh man- this is a BEAUTY of a set-up. You rock. Could you post your sump deign with baffle measurements? I’m looking to make one similar!
     
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    Which sump. There are two LOL. One is a 20 gallon high basically for the return pump and heaters. The other is a 29 gallon for the skimmer and the refugium.
     
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