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Anyone have any good links to videos, pictures, threads, etc for large canopy builds? The canopy has been the one thing that I am not confident with right now as I don't have a complete plan on what I want to do.

I am tossing around the idea of using aluminum and skinning it, keeping the top open for heat, etc. Just looking for ideas.
 
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Below is a photo of what I did with my canopy. Mitras will be mounted with spacers on the flat, slotted aluminum strip. I wanted to be able to adjust side to side, fore and aft along with angle. T-slots gave me the flexibility I wanted.

I also pasted some T-slot related links I had saved.




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Anyone have any good links to videos, pictures, threads, etc for large canopy builds? The canopy has been the one thing that I am not confident with right now as I don't have a complete plan on what I want to do.

I am tossing around the idea of using aluminum and skinning it, keeping the top open for heat, etc. Just looking for ideas.

I've tagged you into someone's build thread where they a garage bicycle hoist along with the thread post numbers.
 
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Below is a photo of what I did with my canopy. Mitras will be mounted with spacers on the flat, slotted aluminum strip. I wanted to be able to adjust side to side, fore and aft along with angle. T-slots gave me the flexibility I wanted.

I also pasted some T-slot related links I had saved.




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Looks great! Thanks for the links! I will reach out for help when the time comes.
 
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I've tagged you into someone's build thread where they a garage bicycle hoist along with the thread post numbers.

Cool! Thanks! That is a great idea!
 
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Uv sterilizer plumbed in and running as of yesterday. This thing is a beast! Don't mind the wires. These are all temporary until the new tank is up and running.

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Spent all week buffing out the tank. Tank is finally done. I am going to start filling up the tank tomorrow. It is going to take a week to fill up!
 
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And so it begins!

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Very, very exciting! Gotta love the clarity of that acrylic. I'm curious how you intend to clean the inside? I'm using a Magnavore 4ER on mine. It's worked really well with the acrylicare pads. Although, I got sloppy yesterday for the first time in 11 months...so I've got a sanding kit being delivered this week.
 
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Very, very exciting! Gotta love the clarity of that acrylic. I'm curious how you intend to clean the inside? I'm using a Magnavore 4ER on mine. It's worked really well with the acrylicare pads. Although, I got sloppy yesterday for the first time in 11 months...so I've got a sanding kit being delivered this week.

Uh oh. That isn't good. I hope it's awhile before I have to sand anything. That is my only concern with acrylic.

I am going to get the mighty mag cleaner with the algae bag. Heard great things about those.
 
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Uh oh. That isn't good. I hope it's awhile before I have to sand anything. That is my only concern with acrylic.

I am going to get the mighty mag cleaner with the algae bag. Heard great things about those.
Like I said, I got sloppy. Thankfully they aren't deep scratches, so should be a relatively quick fix. If you're diligent about making sure your pads are clean, you'll be fine. Not sure about the mighty magnet pads, but I don't recommend using pads over coralline. It can break up into fine particles and make very light scratches.
 

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Anyone have any good links to videos, pictures, threads, etc for large canopy builds? The canopy has been the one thing that I am not confident with right now as I don't have a complete plan on what I want to do.

I am tossing around the idea of using aluminum and skinning it, keeping the top open for heat, etc. Just looking for ideas.
We have large aluminum selections for the canopy, all you would need is the 30 mm >>>https://www.tenecoraquariums.com/collections/aluminum-t-slot

You will like the prices
 
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Anyone have any good links to videos, pictures, threads, etc for large canopy builds? The canopy has been the one thing that I am not confident with right now as I don't have a complete plan on what I want to do.

I am tossing around the idea of using aluminum and skinning it, keeping the top open for heat, etc. Just looking for ideas.
Also consider going with expanded foam PVC instead of wood. Much lighter. Waterproof. One design suggestion is a "fixed frame" canopy. Sits on the tank. No hinges. The panels are then attached to the canopy with magnets. All of them completely removable for unhindered 360 and top access. We can help you with this also.
 
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love it.... I think I figured out why you had to buff a little of the inside of your new awesome tank...I saw you pic of the kids taking a swim...maybe they did it by accident

I made it very clear to them to stay away from all edges and do not touch the tank. They were only in there for a second. There were scratches near the back as well where they didn't even go.

It's all good though. They came out.
 
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Also consider going with expanded foam PVC instead of wood. Much lighter. Waterproof. One design suggestion is a "fixed frame" canopy. Sits on the tank. No hinges. The panels are then attached to the canopy with magnets. All of them completely removable for unhindered 360 and top access. We can help you with this also.

Great idea. Sending you a PM now.
 
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After making 300 gallons so far I realized it's probably a good time to clean out my mixing container. Gotta love Reef Crystals!

I have a 5 micron filter on the mixing container so it's not an issue. Still need to clean it though.

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It's alive! Tank is up and running and connected to the existing system. I had to throw up two metal halides just for fun. I am in love so far! It's been a long time since I had halides. My kids came in and said "WOW, it looks like the ocean" The reflection on the floor and ceiling is amazing!

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Next thing to do is run two new dedicated circuits for the lights and then order the canopy. Hopefully, I will have livestock in it by November.
 
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