AlexGs Basement Plywood Build 2 displays one system.

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  1. AlexG

    AlexG Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I released an update video on the 1600 gallon system today. I just wanted to give the status on the system since my last few videos have been on other topics.

     
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    Man, what a fantastic build and I give you props for filming all along the way. Way to go Alex!!
     
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    AlexG Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Thank you SeeFil. It has been a fun journey getting to this point and its only just beginning.
     
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    AlexG Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I got something new for the 1600 gallon system today.[​IMG]
     
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    Nice.
    That should help out on that monster!
     
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    Is it set up yet, is it set up yet, i ... ! ;)
     
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    AlexG Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Not yet but the plan this weekend is to get it up and running.
     
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    Nice job bro!
     
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    Thanks for all the details Alex, it’s been awesome to follow along. What lights are you running? I forgot if you’ve mentioned it.
     
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    AlexG Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Its been a while since I posted an update. I have been busy for the last few weeks with a lot of aquarium projects, writing an article, and a vacation. With the holidays fast approaching I am trying to get a few more projects started or completed by the end of the year. Unfortunately when I was on vacation something decided emerge in the form a disease and I lost a few fish. Whatever it was it did not seem to effect the wrasses as they are all looking good and acting normal. I did manage to get my puffers out and into a hospital tank. I treating with parguard which seems to be working well as both puffers are looking better after the first week. I will keep them in the hospital tank at least a month. I will also be working on getting some lighting installed on the reef tank in the near future. In case you missed it check out my article on Reef2Reef: titled Reefing After Dark: Bioluminescence in the Reef Aquarium https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/reefing-after-dark-–-bioluminescence-in-the-reef-aquarium.338847/

    It won't be long now and I will be ready to start adding corals on a regular basis.

    Update 12-17-17


    Bioluminescence Video
     
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    It puts the wires on the light.[​IMG]
     
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    ...Or it gets the hose again.
     
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    The build continues with some bubble coral eye candy.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Beautiful build.
    I too myself have done a few large(800+g) plywood builds. My first 84x48x48had some rear deflection as well. I too did some external bracing and it helped. Sold the house and had to remove after only a year.
    2nd(current) is 145”x32”x43” 860g I built differently. I used 2 1” sheets of plywood but I lap joined them together in the middle with a 6” joint. It’s way stronger that way than a single sheet the full length. Plus I carbon fiber matted the seams extremely well. My bracing of the glass was done by 2x4s for the sides and bottom and 2x6 for the top front. I then used 2x4 and 2x6’s for the cross bracing up the front to back.
    This has been great for 2 yrs but again I’m going to be selling my townhome and buying a house hopefully soon. A new build again will ensue. Hopefully going 120x48x48 or if possible 144x48x48
    3/4” glass was used in all builds and was perimeters by a minimum of 2” all the way around
     
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    AlexG Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I would love to see some pictures of your tank if you have any. I like the idea of using the lap joint on the plywood. What did you use to waterproof your tank?
     
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    I’m a tech moron and don’t know how to post pics. I can email them to you if u want.

    The first build I used sweetwaterAES Pentair 2 part epoxy cuz I built the tank on site. On this build I did bluemax rubber paint cuz I had to build it at my moms place and was worried about flexing during the move and cracking the epoxy. My next build will be on site and I’ll use the pond shield for sure. The bluemax was good too just more of a pain to work with when it came down to curing and such. 2 part has more steps to it but it dries faster and cures quicker
     
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    Another update on the 1600 Gallon system this week. I have some of my lighting installed. More to come soon on the lighting.

     
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    Good stuff, bro!
     
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    Just made it through the whole build thread, amazing stuff. Cant wait for the year in review.

    How are the puffers doing in the hospital?
     
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    Unfortunately they did not make it. They were doing good for about 2 weeks and they they took a rapid turn for the worse. Within two days I lost both puffers.
     
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