Show Me Your Control board for your Apex Display!

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  1. FLSharkvictim

    FLSharkvictim Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a new APEX classic, two EB8 power bars, Net Gear WIFI box that Apex recommends. I'm trying to custom build some type of control board so i can mount all my gear as well as my Tunze controllers for my 6055's pumps, my Skimz DC160 controller and a ICECAP Battery back up.

    Please free free to post your pixs on how you mounted all your gear on your control board. I am trying to build something like this! See below:


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    FLSharkvictim Well-Known Member

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    I think this Besta Shelf case I found on Ikea's website might work out after all! What I like about this is it has a smoked glass for the door so you would still be able to see in there some what/.
    Spec are the following: Width: 23 5/8 " / Depth: 15 3/4 " / Height: 25 1/4 "..

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    Here's mine

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    I have my vortex, biopellet, and return pump controllers mounted on the side of the cabinet and hood. I like the blinking lights. It impresses my guests Lol
     
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    GHL and Ecotech components here but same basic thing.
    I decided to run the electrical raceway around the perimeter of the mounting board.

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    Wow can you mail order from Ikea? What the model number again that would work for me
     
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    Waters "...in perfect isolation, here behind my wall." R2R Supporter

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    Here is mine....there are some more components located behind the tank in another room also.
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    Nice job everyone.
     
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    Keep em coming, this is a great inspiration thread! Maybe one day my apex will look half as good!
     
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    Here is my control board. Just build it so not finish inside. Inside there is 2x dos and 2x DDR

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    Here's mine

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    Good looking work
     
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    I simply left a "service loop", for the lack of a better term, in the cables. So when I slide it out, I have slack on the cords. The one thing I learned was not to zip-tie "all" the lines together. As an example, the first time I wanted to pull the return pump for a cleaning, I had to cut the zip ties in order to free that plug! So just think about things you will want to remove on a somewhat regular basis and leave those lines free. Hopefully that makes sense.
     
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    Thanks, that's very helpful.
     
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    FLSharkvictim Well-Known Member

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    Started working on my control panel for all my APEX gear, skimmer controller, pump controllers etc etc.
    This custom sheet of plywood will go inside of my cabinet that I have on order and it will sit next to my display..

    Tank Info:
    120 Mixed Reef
    Apex Classic Controller
    ALD Module w/ 2 Low profile probes
    Ecotech M1 pump
    Skimz 163 DC Montzer Series skimmer
    Custom sump / Refuge
    2 TUNZE Turbelle Nanostream 6055's
    2 AI Hydra TwentySix HD LED Fixtures
    Celestial C35W Maxspect Refuge Spotlight
    Aqua UV Ultraviolet Sterilizer 25w
    BRS Dual Media reactor
    Eshoops IV Master & Slave Doser
    Tunze 3155 Auto Top Off


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    FLSharkvictim Well-Known Member

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    Starting to come out real nice!! Main Apex module, WIFI NetGear box, and the ALD module all have been installed....

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    Still a work in progress. I dont have as much going on as you do so I was able to get away with a smaller design and incorporate it into one of my side cabinets. I made a tilt down door/board and chose to mount the EB8 on the back because I hate looking at everything plugged into it. IMG_8441.JPG IMG_8442.JPG IMG_8443.JPG
     
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    I know this is an old thread but any chance you could post a link to where you get those nice fittings to allow the wire to pass through the board ???
     
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