Scarbird's Dream 250

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  1. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

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    Hoisting down from truck we used an aluminum a-frame and 2 come-alongs. Once we had it in the air, I slowly pulled the truck out. The crew had only to balance the tank while we lowered it onto the six wheel dolly.
     
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  2. Scarbird

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    Up the ramp and onto the deck
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  3. Scarbird

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    Hoisting into position
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    Sliding in from the back
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  5. Scarbird

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    Up against the wall, resting in it's final position.:D
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    Hopefully this will keep the pic police busy for awhile;)
     
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    AWESOME!!!!
     
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    Looking good. When are you going to be ready for the tank tour? :)
     
  8. Scarbird

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    Thanks Mike
     
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    Thanks John......should be awhile.;)
     
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    Rad! Excited for ya, that thing is BEAUTIFUL! Love the giant sump!
     
  11. Scarbird

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    Thanks Kris,
    I too am very excited. I began assembling my bean animal style fittings inside the overflow box between games yesterday.
    I purchased 1-1/2" abs fittings for this purpose (pics coming), so it looks like the one in the ghost advertisement.
    I will have three 1-1/2" drains from the overflow box to my sump. I need to make a parts list next and purchase supplies.
    Anyone have any 1-1/2 #80 fittings, true union ball valve, unions, or pipe? I'm in the market for surplus. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hoisting the tank onto its final resting place brings back a lot of memories. :) I still have quite a bit of 1 1/2" schedule 80 fittings left over from my build. Hit me up if you need them.
     
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    Thanks a lot Jim. It's actually quite a relief since the rest of the build really has no schedule to adhere to. I'll be making a list of plumbing parts soon. I will pm you.
     
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    Parts assembled for beananimal style drains. The one on the right will have a ball valve in line to adjust for full syphon, allowing a trickle in the pipe on the left.
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    Wow, looking fantastic. What a job though.
    How much did that beast weigh??

    I really like your overflow setup.
    Is the overflow box inside the DT removable for cleaning?
    Looks like it could be if it attaches to those bulkheads.
     
  16. Scarbird

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    Thanks Mark, I really dig the ghost too!
    I can remove it if the water level is down 5".
    The weir is removable always, it is magnetically attached.
    I think the tank weighed around 500 lbs but not sure.
     
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    Those are some great moving photos. :)
     
  18. Scarbird

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    Thanks Denzil, glad it is over. Now for the real work!
     
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    Tap water test
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    Other interested parties
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    This weekend I was able to plumb the drains from the ghost. After a little adjustment and a few changes on the configuration of the outlets into the sump, I was able to achieve total silence and zero bubbles @ 1800 GPH. I actually have to turn off the existing 72 bow front, skimmers and all to appreciate the silence! Wife is happy. :rolleyes: Plumbing 001.JPG Plumbing 003.JPG
    You can see that the middle drain has a bit of a slope. This is the emergency drain and it will rarely have any flow. I wanted to be sure it would drain completely after each use.
     
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