"Giant Mini Fridge" - Red Sea E-170

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  1. revnull

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    Woke up bright an early this morning to get a start on my scape. I figured I'd just stick with the epoxy putty for now. If it doesn't hold, I'll order some emarco and try again. The plan is to create 3 structures that will lean/stack lock into each other. This should keep stuff manageable if I need to shift things around later. This also means I need to rethink my "hollow mountain" stack that was pictured previously.

    I started with the back left combining 2 similarly sized rocks that fit well next to each other. To add stability to the structure, I added rubble to select corners to eliminate tilting. I saw a youtube video where someone poked small divots into the epoxy to give it a more natural look and blend into the rocks.

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    I then added a "L" shaped piece on top that gives this structure more even height along the top while creating a slight overhang toward the front. This piece required a little more effort to get everything stable. In addition to the epoxy, I super glued small bits of rubble along the back edge to keep things fixed while the epoxy cures.

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    So far I've used ~3/4 of 1 epoxy roll and 1 tube of super glue and everything is holding together nicely. I'll continue to post pictures as things evolve.

    Software idea for any engineers out there. I'd like to 3d scan my rocks (lazy Susan and an old xbox kinect should do) and plan my aquascape on my computer. Using virtual cuts, chisels, rods, and other common tools and techniques. Bonus points for automatically recognizing mating surfaces and suggesting structures. :D Ok, I'll shut up now.
     
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    How about a flattop arch? It's tilted on the diagonal so it will fit, but I think it adds some dimension. The back of the top shelf piece locks in nicely to the epoxied tower I made. The front rests in a "V" shaped groove I chiseled out of the front tower. The front tower only has a few bits of rubble super glued to reduce rocking.

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    I like the openness, but I feel like I need to provide more places for things to hide. I think I'm going to drill out the back of Homer's Chia head (soon to be adorned with GSP). That would make a nice hiding place. Still open to ideas and critique.
     
  3. Coral reefer

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    Looks cool, but yes may need more hiding places depending on fish you will be keeping.
     
  4. revnull

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    Started up my "chaeto reactor". It's running on my biocube since there are actual nutrients to absorb.

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    Tossed it in the tank to see how everything fit/looked with sand, water, and light. Used the default Windows 10 photo editor to mock up a 3rds grid. I think things line up nicely.

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    At this angle, you can slightly see the island rock in the right rear of the tank.

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  6. kinetic

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    looks really nice! epoxy will hold that well. If you drop it or hit it against something it could crack, but I think you'll be fine!

    The aquascape looks good. Just let SPS grow out and define the final scape after a few years of growth ;)
     
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    I made the exact same mistake on my lights. Thought they would be standard 2.1mm - nope.
    Did you ever find a good 5.5 x 2.5 mm - high current, say 16 AWG replacement?
     
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    Wow, over a month since my last update. Well I still have an un-cycled (officially) tank of water, sand and rock. I've fiddled with the rock scape a bit, but nothing major. Like most of us, I bought a few things on black Friday and cyber Monday.

    The first shipment arrived yesterday. BRS ROX carbon, 2 space saver containers, Apex FS-100 flow sensor, 1" Marine Pure plate, pH calibration fluid, 1" silicon tubing to attach my manifold to my pump, and the annual RO/DI filter pack.

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    The space saver jugs are a perfect fit for the limited amount of space I have left next to my sump.

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    And by dumb luck, I can add a 3rd container next to my 5gal top off in the cabinet next to the tank.

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    On Monday, the rest of my plumbing should arrive. Once I have my manifold built and installed, I'll finally start my fishless cycle.
     
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    No, I still have not found a proper connector. I think I'm going to use a standard dry connector, the length of the power cord is long enough for me to keep the connector away from water.
     
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    Just a little addition to my RO/DI setup. My awesome wife bought me a booster pump for my birthday. I also took the opportunity to change out my filters. Next on the list, dual membrane in a "water saver" config.

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    I also cut my Marine Pure block down to size to fit into my bubble trap. As most have already said, this stuff is fragile. I used a hacksaw, dragging the blade over the block with only the weight of the saw to cut it to size. Cut's like butter.

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    It's not a perfect fit, but I like the way it turned out.

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    I decided to keep the coarse mesh filter installed over the marine pure block to catch any detritus that may cause clogs in the future.

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    Even though that bubble trap/sponge is behind layers of other filtration, just be sure you can easily rinse those things out well on occasion. My sponge in the bubble trap doesn't catch too much, but every couple months I'll squeeze it out in my just-changed tank water and it gets pretty murky.

    Looking good!
     
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    It also clogs easily. I stop using it in my sump cause it cause my ATO to overfill thinking water line is low and when I lost power water was on the floor.


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    Another piece of advice I got on the marinepure, is that seems to do more work on nitrates when it's in really low flow.

    I have my marinepure plate sitting at an angle next to my skimmer:

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    The flow on the underside of the plate is almost zero, but the flow on the top side is moderate. All my levels other than phosphates are 0, even nitrate. I'm thinking it's because of the marinepure plate having a low flow zone on the underside?
     
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    Got the rest of my black Friday haul.

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    First draft at dry fitting my manifold.

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    Given the size of my stand, I think this is the best I can do with the 1-in run for the Apex FS-100. I'm thinking I'll need some type of support for the barbed end. Maybe just a zip tie loop screwed to the top?

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    I was planning on a 3 valve manifold, but 2 seems to fit better while allowing me to keep the stock ATO container in place (not sure what to do with it yet)

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    How come you went with schedule 80
    For all that? Seems like an expensiveness manifold!
     
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    Just wanted to color match. Silly, I know.
     
  18. roostertech

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    I pretty much did the same lol. And when I priced out 40 vs 80 online, the difference wasn't much (20%?)
     
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    Fittings is fine but SCH 80 pipe has smaller ID than SCH 40.


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    I finally got around to gluing and mounting my manifold.

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    When everything was said and done, I still have access to the primary drain diaphragm valve and the stock top off container still fits.

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    A small section of silicon tube isolates the manifold from transferring any vibration to the cabinet wall.

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    I opted to run my reactor valves along the top of the inside of the stand. This leaves extra room on the left wall to mount more junk in the future.

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