Reef Hobbyist 40B

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Nav, May 12, 2014.

  1. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Yea, forgot to mention... I have two coats of grey primer on the wood before I applied two coats of black matte...
     
  2. Marc

    Marc Guest

    Primer for the PVC. You apply some before the glue.


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  3. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    OMG! Really? I didn't get any primer... I got glue and already glued all the slips yesterday night and let it dry :(

    Any I going to be ok?
     
  4. Marc

    Marc Guest

    You will probably be fine. Not a lot of pressure in the pipes anyways. But do a leak test and run everything.


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  5. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Cool, I'll probably coat the outer joins again with glue just to be safe.

    Planning on the plumbing test tonight...
     
  6. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Any idea how I can get these vinyl tubes to bend? They're super strong :(

    Its Polyester braided reinforced PVC I guess...
     
  7. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    Don't use polyester reinforced? Sorry I can't help much. But that stuff is probably for high psi applications.
     
  8. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Very little to be gained from that. I'd skip it.
     
  9. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    the bendable PVC tubes don't bend easily, but they do bend. I've never bent them more than 90 deg over a short distance and pretty much let them fall/as they were. My setup accounts for that so I don't have to worry about crazy bends.

    edit: i might be talking about the wrong pvc tubing. i got mines from flexpvc.com
     
  10. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Right now I've forced the curve tube right into the sock...

    I know @Devon is going to hate me now ;) (cos I already got the system wet to test for any leaks)

    Will post some photos of the plumbing soon (I kinda didn't do a great job at this)
     
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  11. Devon

    Devon Guest

    I don't hate you. My motto is do it right the first time. Some times we don't have enough patients. Myself included:)
     
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  12. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    My black market kidney sales operation isn't doing so well for this same reason. :/




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  13. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    You'll find out soon enough with a little more experience in the trade that pics are necessary, pretty much always. Man we love pics. It doesn't matter if were talking about Kalkwasser dosing or about how much poo our hermit craps are putting out.

    We need pics. Pretty much always. ;)
     
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  14. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yep pictures are always appreciated :)

    I used that PVC tubing when I set up my sump recently and that stuff definitely does not like to bend. It was a fight getting it to do what I wanted, but its manageable if you just keep at it.
     
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  15. Marc

    Marc Guest

    Hair dryer works well to heat the hose to help bend.


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  16. Devon

    Devon Guest

    I've used hot water in the past.
     
  17. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    I'm impatient so I use a heat gun :)

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  18. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Ok, now coming to the placement of the entire setup. I've had my 29g in the living room and haven't had an issue with the Kessil (since it's on a low level table).

    The 40B on this custom stand together is 4' 2" tall and I tested the Kessil on it and it's super spread (lights up a lot of ground outside the tank area) and it's also disturbing to watch television now (when I'm sitting on the sofa staring at the tv, I can see beneath the Kessil and it's really blinding).

    I'm in an apartment and really don't have a lot of options on placement. Any advise on how to overcome this blinding effect?
     
  19. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    It sounds like you're going to need something like a canopy over the tank.

    A simple cheap option would be to pick up a sheet of black chloroplast (corrugated plastic cardboard) from home Depot and cut four pieces to make a shield that just sits on top of the tank.

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  20. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    I actually wanted to go rimless and ended up with this. Adding a hood is going to make this even worse.

    How are others with rimless tanks and Kessils dealing with this?

    Innovative Marine, Cadlight, etc are around the same height...
     

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