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Haven't had the chance to play much over the last week, which is likely to continue for at least one more week due to work. Carpentry stuff is in holding pattern till I get a good amount of time to dedicate to it.

In the meantime, stopped by the LFS and scooped up a BRS RODI (6 stage) and a bucket (blue) of Red Sea salt. Plan is to transfer the dry rock aquascape into a 25gal tub and start the cycle over the next few months. Hopefully that won't be an issue, but it'll likely have to stay in the tub for at least a month and half, or close to Xmas before I get the tank ready.

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Haven't had the chance to play much over the last week, which is likely to continue for at least one more week due to work. Carpentry stuff is in holding pattern till I get a good amount of time to dedicate to it.

In the meantime, stopped by the LFS and scooped up a BRS RODI (6 stage) and a bucket (blue) of Red Sea salt. Plan is to transfer the dry rock aquascape into a 25gal tub and start the cycle over the next few months. Hopefully that won't be an issue, but it'll likely have to stay in the tub for at least a month and half, or close to Xmas before I get the tank ready.

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Solid plan. Slow and steady wins the race. Xmas is a realistic timeline, not to mention an awesome gift to yourself!
 

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Dang man, that is really looking good! Sweet deal on the inverter, I picked up 4 90 Ah 12v batteries the company was just going to toss, was planning to run at least a powerhead and the reef pi on one. With that little load should last 3 or 4 days easy. We use a bunch of marathon brand and they have been decent for the price. Can’t wait for Christmas to see how it all turns out!
 
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Dang man, that is really looking good! Sweet deal on the inverter, I picked up 4 90 Ah 12v batteries the company was just going to toss, was planning to run at least a powerhead and the reef pi on one. With that little load should last 3 or 4 days easy. We use a bunch of marathon brand and they have been decent for the price. Can’t wait for Christmas to see how it all turns out!
Haha, thanks! Yeah once i bought the salt mix for the rock cycle, I got really excited, then realized just how much more I have left to do.

The inverter is a monster, but I'm wondering if I should sell it (unit retails for 400-500) and put the money towards a generator so that wouldn't have to have a giant battery bank. Then make a diy battery backup for the mp40s just to run till I can get home and fire up the genny.
 

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Haha, thanks! Yeah once i bought the salt mix for the rock cycle, I got really excited, then realized just how much more I have left to do.

The inverter is a monster, but I'm wondering if I should sell it (unit retails for 400-500) and put the money towards a generator so that wouldn't have to have a giant battery bank. Then make a diy battery backup for the mp40s just to run till I can get home and fire up the genny.
I feel you, i am in that same boat right now, everything is ready to be put in and plumbed but there is a TON of little things to do still!
I would if it were me sell that bad boy unless you need it for something else. going from 120 AC to 12-24 DC and back to 120AC is super inefficient too. A little battery backup goes a long ways when you aren't converting it. And you can take the generator camping! :D:D
 
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Been slow going, life getting in the way.

Made progress on my lights, first fixture (trial run) is about done, pretty happy with the results. Once I'm 100% and will order parts for the matching sister light.

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The two pucks are radion clones 23 leds 69w. I bypassed the red and green leds (8 total) and added 4 mints and 3 Viosys hyperviolets - 150w per fixture at full blast. Still debating if I should add more RBs via replacing hyperviolets with 3 ups of 1 HyperViolet 2 Royal Blue for a total of 6 more RBs (14 total).

Also, went by Petco an dgrabbed a 40B for the sump. Now I need to get baffles made.
 
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If slow and steady wins the race, I'm an undisputed champion, haha.

With the light fixture done, I got back to making the power rack/cabinet for all the electronic goodie that I don't want to stuff in the tank. I was going to wait until I had more of my equipment...but yeah, I got bored, it's raining outside, and one of my baffles for the 40B kit is busted so I can't build thta out yet.

This is the end result. Need to clean up a tiny bit of paint lines and im thinking about taking the casters off as it's a bit wobbly on carpet. I don't know yet.

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Oh man, feel like it's been forever.

Sump is out together, going to run cups instead of socks, figured it's easier to just toss the floss, plus I have a ton of floss/stuffing left from when I built my speakers. I may paint the back of the sump black.

Skimmer came in, unfortunately, pump wiggled out of its place in the box and venturi inlets broke off... Waiting on replacement from Marine Depot.

Lastly.... Tank has been ordered! Was waiting to see if SCA would have a deal on the 120 predrilled for shadow overflow, but unfortunately they only had the deal on the their center internal overflow tank.

Getting so close I can taste it. I can also taste the nervousness that will come to taking care of love things.... Not looking forward to QT and all the crazyness that's going to come with the new tank. :eek:

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Getting closer and closer. Tank should be delivered Tuesday (ish).

Installed sump lighting and dropped in the sump after leak testing it.
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Skimmer taking a bath/breaking-in in a 5 gallon bucket with 2.5 gallons of water and some vinegar.

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And finally, goodies started to arrive. While black Friday has been somewhat uneventful, R2R dry goods definitely stepped up.
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Tomorrow going to start putting the "control center" together.
 
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With tank delivery quickly approaching, something else I thought of. The stand is sitting on carpet at this time. What are people's thoughts on tanks and carpet?

Would yall suggest chatting it out under the tank? Set it on subfloor? Put down couple of laminate planks?
 

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