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Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by iani, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Ian likes his toys..he doesn't skimp :p
  2. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

  3. iani

    iani Guest

    Yup, Gresh. Although, I did buy the fixture used but, after the modifications I did it will be better than new. I tore out the transformers for the t5 ballasts (220v). Replaced the t5 ballasts with 110 volts. Added 4 3" fans to the top of the fixture. And Jess is painting the skin a different color as I type this (thanks Jess). The problem with reefbrites is that they would do very poorly in a fixture like this (think heat).
  4. jimmyc

    jimmyc Guest

    Ian one thing about putting your sump and frag tank in the crawl space. You might want to put a cover over the tank because of the dust and little creatures (insects and mice etc) that like to hang out there.
  5. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Yup RB does not recommend sticking their LED strip lights into fixtures as the strip lights utilize passive cooling :)

    I can't wait to see pictures ;) Powder coated or just painted?
  6. iani

    iani Guest

    He is painting the fixture with car paint w/ a clear coat. White with silver pearls. I can't wait either.
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    So not really powder coated, but it will be baked on... So it'll be a white iridescent then? What do you mean by pearls?
  8. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    I'm painting it a real light grey almost white with a Pearl...

    I thought PC might be better but after seeing howbad the first job the prep for PC would be strip to bare metal n being 6' long its hard to find a shop with a huge strip tank that would be reasonably priced
  9. iani

    iani Guest

    Edit let Jess explain.
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    That's what I thought. I was thrown off by the "pearls" part :lol:
  11. reefdan

    reefdan Guest


    title says "very soon" but first line of the post says "not soon."

    wtf? get on with it already so i can raid your corals during the move. :)
  12. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    i can get any color in powdercoating i want(almost kandy,pearl,metalic,etc) but finding a shop with a solvent/prep tank that wont cost 100+ dollars just for prep....

    i can paint remove the bad areas(end caps) and D/A all the big areas then i can shoot a base white sealer

    then shoot a intergrated whitish silver with pearl

    then clear 2-3 times.... i dont see the need to cut and buff it when done cuz white hides alot, i just make sure that i wont leave dry spots....

    as far as Ian knows, i know what i am doing, but let me tell you in this weather were having im not sure anyone knows what there doing,LOL
  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    wow I get a couple tunzes from that garage and the whole thing falls out eh Ian? Probably felt good for Boun to move a little bit out of there :D
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Yeah wet and cold helps painting cure prefectly fine :lol:

    I have a job for you Jess. I'll let you know when it gets closer to being needed to be done.
  15. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    I am still waiting to hear the move date Ian.
  16. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    The line starts behind me! :D

    I'll give you a call in the next few days, Ian. Things have been hectic for the past week; just picked up a new phone to replace the other.
  17. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Nice thread so far Ian...can't wait to see that tank set up. ;)
  18. iani

    iani Guest

    You need to read the updated post Dan.

    I still trust you.

    Haha, it would seem like it huh Mike?

    No set in stone move date yet. We need to do some improvements on the house before we can move in.

    LOL, Eric. Yeah give me a call.

    Thanks Jim. I'm waiting for your tank as well.
  19. iani

    iani Guest

    Shot of the track actuator and the pulleys.
  20. boun11

    boun11 Supporting Member

    Pretty Cool Ian! the hardwood floor looks familiar ;)

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