Thanks Zane!Well done!! Everything is looking great.
For inside your hood would you consider lining it with sheets of mylar? Its a highly reflective sheet of >95% reflectivity to help you squeeze every bit of par out of your fixtures and help with colour blending. It can be had for quite cheap too.
It will be very exciting to follow this build thread as it progresses.
I will look into amazon. No free shipping for me though. Maybe brush on contact cement?I believe spray on carpet glue would work well but I would still worry about vapours given off. Mylar comes in sheets of various thicknesses.
I ghetto rigged a previous lid of mine by using tin foil and I loved the amount of extra light. The next time I am home I will have a hood built for the current tank where I will be using Mylar.
A sheet 5m x 1.2m cost me around $20 and I just used amazon.
The beauty is it is really easy to cut up and apply to your hood.
I'd be very interested to know. I was thinking about this https://www.amazon.com/VIVOSUN-Mylar-Diamond-Highly-Reflective/dp/B01MZ72PAH/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1522323725&sr=8-10&keywords=mylar+sheet&th=1#customerReviews just because it is thicker and conceivably, easier to apply.That could certainly be a good idea. It should give you a nice smooth flat finish.
I have absolutely no idea how well it reacts with adhesives but I will do some reading tonight and if I find any suggestions I will let you know. It is very commonly used in the horticultural industry so I am certain many have tried this before us.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the light works long term. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I just changed the water that my rock has been cycling in. Now I just need to test the parameters. It's kinda killing me that I have everything so close to being done and really not being able to move forward. The plus side is when I return from my vacation in May I will likely have a slump in work due to my absence and I will be able to go full steam on the set-up. Trick is, I have to stay away from the email while away.That is very similar to the one I have gone for. The thickness should certainly mean that it is durable!
That and you probably have enough to do 10 tanks including refugiums. By the way very nice grow light you chose. UFO style that I haven’t seen a bad review of yet.
My employer, myself, allows no such latitude.Try to think of it as something very positive to look forward to when you come home.
On my contracts I am very clear with the employer...do not contact me in my time off. It is something very precious to me. I will not respond to emails for them. It’s a very difficult habit to break but it is one I am grateful I managed to.
This, it will do... along with a diversion to the manifold but, this is the purpose of the return pump. We want to have the most direct route for copepods to make it to the display. There is still an issue. I'll give you a hint... Maintenance. Another hint... it is this way due to space constraints.It's going to pump the water from the fuge pretty much straight back into the display?
BINGO! But I have a workaround. Not so elegant but it will work and I will have to get my hand wet but what reefer doesn't get their hands wet. The workaround pictured below. It is a slip-fit on the interior of the bulkhead so...No isolation valve so you will need to drain that sump section to remove / maintain it?