85 Gallon scratch build too divorce.....Passed the point of no return so suck it up!

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So I am following 65Naja sump design but at a poor mans level.
That is when I worked out that dam draw might be in the way!

I have built frames for the ATO and AWC - notice how nicley the X-1 sits at the back...
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The sump middle brace was a gonna but F me it might stay.
The design of this roller filter is so good.. over flow goes in the the back, there are valves that lift for the reef live to exit .. dont ask.

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Yep those things... flapy things, at least these might be useful, the wife's one just seem to hang around and seem point less...
 
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UV - purchased... Life gard - 3"- 55w - high out put Amalgam pro.
Not easy to get in good old NZ, or like not available!
Not for sale here, looked in Aus.. our west island and F m $1000...robbers.

We all know Australia was colonised with criminals... seems after all these years its hard to break an old habit!
So after giving the finger to the west island, I had to look to the good old USA.
Only problem is voltage 110v - NZ is 240V, tried to find out from lifegard if the USA version can do 240vac but they did not reply..

So this is the best I could do.. try and find a picture of the ballast.... and see what the input voltage is.
99v - 264v - yep good to go.

Purchase price $299 USD down from $350 = $439 NZ
Add shipping and Fn Tax = $296 NZ
Total - $735 NZ

I did lots of research when selecting this UV, and I mean hours!
This is the best value for money, but it gets better... totally serviceable.
Its a beast...

Three things so far i have spent the cash on.
- Deltec skimmer
- X1 - filter roller - the research and testing that went in to this unit is amazing. This was not a rush job.
I read post after post... review after review.
- Lifegard UV - No point buying cheap, do it once and do it right.

Still paying for the X1 - ... drip feed to avoid suspicion...
The Lifegard - well i just had to take the hit... nice thing was the shipping cost and tax bill came later when it arrived at a shipping company in USA. WOW did not know it would cost that... sorry.. "yes right lol"
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Got bored last weekend, right lets see if these LEDs go.
Got one of the shuttle flaps out and fitted the LEDs - this is 1 of 2...
Fired it up and left it on for a couple of hours and the LED or heat sink did not get above 22C.
So no fan needed, happy that my over kill heatsinks will do the job.

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And yes.. that is the spare bed ...
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One thing not anticipated, is the power supply noise.
We can hear it all around the house, this thing is nosy.
So its going in the ceiling / roof. Finger crossed that shuts this thing up!
 
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It is Friday night, the week has ended and I am suitably adjusted for a reef build up date.
Neil Young is playing... On the Beach..

So where am I at?
Yes - lights, well the only update about them is I have started building light 2... better than above.. just tidier and the wires have solder etc.

Next on the list is a ATs.. so I decided to make one. Version 1.
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Ok it can do with a tidy up... I think it might leak.. so try again i will.
Version 2...
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Looking better but I still think it will leak.
Went to good old Steve's Led site for lights.. etc
yep another $100 land in good old NZ, priced up the acrylic, router and price is getting up there.
Oh and buy the special glue... and will it work?
Cost for DIY ATS .. Is getting up there!

I stumbled on this looking for design tips, after the wizard Mr Turbo site.... studied hard

https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/shelf-for-a-algae-scrubber.832307/

what the heck - ACS.. on Ebay.. Alge Clean Scrubber.

After watching this U tube vid, I threw my cardboard leaking ATS in the bin.
Sorry but being a sort of engineer, the skill involved in this ACS rocked my boat. I know whats involved in getting it right, and it is seldom the first attempt at a DIY option.

Oh and the price.... did i mention the price... Not sure I mentioned the price...
No I did not! $200USD plus freight - without a power supply for 240VAC.

Have you ever been there when the urge is just to great?
You know the consequences will be ...... severe but you can't help yourself and you put down that beer ... stretch across the desk for the mouse and hit BUY NOW. Pray you have not purchased 4... sit back and go.. cool.
The pain will be worth it.. This thing looks perfect!

Here is a link to the ACS... which I will update.
Folk that have one seem impressed... ok understatement!

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Sorry - did I not mention this F#cker comes with a stand if you want one, more cash of course but when you are building a reef tank is anyone counting.... Of course someone is... Wife.

So you have to lie, cheat and steal to get what you want... who said my kids need new shoes, whats wrong with the cardboard I put in them?

Back to buy now option ... it done, ACS is on its way to NZ.
Sorry, did not seem to work as well as it once used to.
But what can you do? apologise, yep done that many times

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https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/a...e-feed-back-on-r2r-so-here-is-my-take.841613/
 
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The boat has landed.... I purchased a mount for my Tunze controller in Feb... just arrived. Yesterday.
Not bad 4 months.

More fun is the beast UV turned up.. holly molly this thing is massive.
Look out wife....white spot killer!
Trying to work out how to pipe this son of a *****!

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Made this stand ...
 
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