Lawrence's first (90g) salt water tank

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  1. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    A better image of our amazing rock work, courtesy of Johnny.

    Next photos, Kold Ster-Il setup and water in the tank.

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  2. Corallus

    Corallus BAR Sponsorship Coordinator

    I know what you mean, I ended up using hard PVC for my first ever reef plumbing job and it wasn't as bad as I thought it wold be. I swapped out my return pump for a smaller one, which left it about an inch above the floor of the sump, so I folded up a piece of neoprene and made a kind of pillow for it. In my case, with the hard PVC, I didn't want to stress the joints with the weight of the pump, but that may not be an issue for you. Sounds like you're almost there!
  3. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Wow, it's awesome to see the reincarnation of Brandie's original 90 gallon tank. The 'scape is absolutely beautiful!
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  4. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    If we can ever get the canisters unstuck from our Kold Ster-Il, we will get water in it, too!! We owe it to Brandie to do it justice, after all that happened with her 210.

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  5. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    So close and so far... We don't have good seals, so we are dripping. Which we could live with to get water in the tank... But the TDS reading is higher than before filtration. So we have some flushing to do. Or something.

    We started at 39 pre filter, and first water out of filter was 49. 10 minutes and two buckets later, 45. We'll fill one more bucket and call it a night.

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  6. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I don't see an RO membrane. What are in the canisters?
  7. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    This is a Kold Ster-il setup not RO/DI. Our tap TDS is <40 ppm, and we want a 0 waste water approach. A few other reefers in the club do it, we've been consulting with them privately. @gimmito is our hero tonight. And generally on this.

    Ideally, the filters would get us down to 0 ppm or close. We may have crap filters though. One is torn.

    So much for filling our tank this weekend!

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  8. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Gotcha. Not familiar with Kold Ster Il. Read up on it and it sounds interesting. But it would never work for me. My tap tds is >350.

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  9. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Brief update: this weekend was massive progress, but still no water in the tank. Likely suspect: the filters went bad in the year that they hung out in the basement. One of them appears to have a little mildew. Or something. We'll talk to Poly Bio Marine and/or Filter Guys tomorrow and rejigger everything.
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  10. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Hang in there're almost there.
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  11. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    Thanks for the kind words...I like getting to see this one again. Really looking forward to seeing this wet!
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  12. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Us, too, Johnny. Us, too.

    In the entrepreneurial world, they talk about enjoying the "fast fail." We are working on that.
  13. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Just a big public thank you to @Coral reefer , @Kensington Reefer and @gimmito for the last three days of answering a whole lot of newbie questions! Just ordered new filters and a DI setup, and hoping that gets water in the tank by next weekend!

    We are learning by the bucket load. So to speak.
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  14. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Hopefully those buckets are filled with water not money.
  15. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Well, as we still don't have water in the tank, I guess it is the latter.
  16. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    I was gonna say WOW he did a professional level aquascape. Check out the overhangs!

    Great job on jestersix's part.

    I'm liking your aquascape!
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  17. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    That is great rockwork! Those tiers make for a lot of space for attachment and also for lower light corals below. You are giving me some good ideas. Currently my tank is mostly a giant pile of rocks.
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  18. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Ya'll are just reminding us how excited we are to get water in this thing. And then living creatures. :)

    New Kold Ster-Il filters, plus a dual-DI unit en route by this weekend... plus triple inline TDS meter so we can geek out a bit regarding what is/isn't removing solids. Bit of a hiccup in my/Betsy's schedule but we should be ready to get water in by next week. FINALLY. Lawrence is reading up on the AquaController, while we are waiting I got the unit setup on our network. Then we'll focus on PS and ATO setup. And getting our Brutes for ATO and mixing salt water.


    Is it too early to start thinking of our first add to the tank?
  19. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    No way. It's just part of good planning. :)
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  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Not at all. Having a plan is good. And especially if you don have a quarantine setup you could start adding things pretty soonish

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