Hefton's new tank build.

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  1. Hefton

    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to update, of where things are currently at.

    I now have the ATO up and running. I am using a Hanna dosing pump to pump water from the RO tank directly to the flow from the inline tank.

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    This is where the top off (left), and Ca reactor injects back into the system.

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    I added a shelf under the DT to keep things off of the floor. A Profilux II will be used to aid in some of the control as the other controller is in the basement.

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    The lighting for the tank is ordered, but will not be in for probably another month or so. Due to the 48" width of the tank, I ended up going with two Sfiligoi Exaggerte pendants. Each pendant will house a 250w and a 400w bulb.

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    Next on the list is to figure out how I want the pendants to hang. My idea is to suspend a solid platform from two pieces of unistrut. The platform will ride on rollers, so it can be removed easily (well maybe with two people). My thought is this will provide a solid surface for the two pendants, as well as any future lighting if needed. Add a crown around the platform leaving a small gap to the ceiling, and replacing the current flood lights with a low wattage flood or possibly leds to provide a dimmable lighting effect.

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    That's the plan at least :smile:.
     

  2. ucantmakeme

    ucantmakeme Green Tips save lives

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    this thing is sick so far.... unbelievably clean equipment room... cant wait for more updates!!
     
  3. ziggy

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    i agree. cant wait for more updates. sweet build!
     
  4. gbcichlids

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    One of the cleanest and organized setups I have ever seen. Very nice and look forward to any updates.
     
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    Nice lines and the tank progress looks immaculate. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to updates...
     
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    very nice build going on, I had a question, I have a very large tank given to me, and can not figure out how to move it. can a tank this size be dis-assemble, and reassemble on site? even if it takes a professional glass man? or will i need to figure out how to get a fork lift in to move it intact?
     
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    very nice, love the look of the lights
     
  8. Hefton

    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    Its definitely not easy moving large glass aquariums. Prior to moving this one in I had to construct a pallet that was exactly 32" wide. Just wide enough to support the tank, and fit through the doorways. Once the pallet was built, I flipped it on its side, and then forked it through the doorway. Once in the house, the tank was wheeled to the location on 4 wheel carts.

    Regarding disassembling and reassembling. Its possible, but it is a lot of work removing all the silicone, and prepping the glass for reassembly. I personally would only leave this to a professional.

    What are the dimensions and approximate weight of the tank you are referring to?
     
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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys for all the compliments. :smile:
     
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    Nice meeting you tonight Brad, and thanks for the tour of your setup. It's every bit as good and then some in person, as what I saw on here. I may need to enlist your help in the future on my new setup. Thanks again. Tim
     
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    72 x 36 x 28 over 1/2 " glass
     
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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    If it would physically fit, I would opt to move it intact, as opposed to rebuilding it. Just my opinion.
     
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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    Tim,

    It was also nice meeting you guys. Let me know If you need anything.

    Brad
     
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    I am beyond impressed!
     
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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    I did get a little work done on the structure that I will mount the lighting pendants to.

    Two short pieces of Unistrut that are bolted into the floor joists.

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    This is part of the unfinished structure that is rolled into the unistrut. I still need to add the crown molding around it bringing closer to the ceiling. The purple is the unpainted drywall.

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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    The molding is on, and a couple of coats of primer. It actually doesn't look like it , but there is about a 1" gap between the ceiling and the top of the crown for the blue light to spill out.

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    looks good!!!!
     
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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, now all I need are my pendants.
     
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    Really looks nice, that's a unique idea to have the blue light come out of that space. But I wouldn't expect anything less after seeing the rest of your setup.
     
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    Hefton Well-Known Member

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    I finally received the pendants.

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    Each fixture houses a Sfiligoi 14k 400w and a 14k 250w bulb.

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