Vincent's 1st Big Tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Vhuang168, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Gah, more stuff to add to the buy list :(
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member


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  3. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Very nice! I didn't realize these were inlet strainers for the pumps.
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Why not plastic?
  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    While they do make them out of plastic, the US distributor only brought in Ti ones. The price difference wasn't a whole lot and shipping them over would have cost more in shipping fees than the strainers themselves.

    Plus they are TITANIUM!

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  6. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Can't get much cooler than titanium.
  7. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yeah, I made my own from gutter guard stuff... but then again I don't have RD pumps either :D
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  8. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    The sump is looking sharp vincent! Digging the red accent! And you left yourself some good room for extra stuff and working space :)
  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That area to the right gets eaten up by his ato reservoir.
  10. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Are you going to open or add some opening to that I sense lots of moisture if you don't at least add an exhaust fan

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  11. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    It will be an open front sump. No doors. There will be holes in the back for wires etc.

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  12. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Took some additional pictures while shooting the growout coral monthly update pix.

    My TyeDye Jawbreaker. Has some nice colors coming in!


    LengSy Montipora. Growth is starting to take off and is starting to fold and cup. The purple rim was a little bleached when it 1st went in the tank but its starting to color up again.


    1 of my early additions. A Rhodactis mushroom. Its starting to develop bubbles like a bounce mushroom.


    And the Oregon Mummy Eye I picked up from @bee505. Easily 1 of my favorite chalices.

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  13. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Beautiful corals and Stand, puts mine to shame
  14. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Thanks. :)

    RO/DI storage n NSW mixing/storing station finished. Still have to refine the plumbing a little but the basics are there.


    Eventually I will have an EB8 setup here hooked up to a BOB.

    The plan is to have electronic solenoids or ball valves and have some buttons to control flow and pump. I want to be able to turn on the pump and control where the water flows from/to without actually turning any valves. That may then become something Apex will have some control over via float valves etc.

    Right now the only automated thing is an Avast Barrel Tender. It has a high/low pressure sensor. It turns on a solenoid when the low sensor is tripped and turns it off when the water gets to the high sensor. Solenoid is hooked up to my RO/DI. So this ensures my RO/DI barrel always has water. When the BOB gets installed I can do the same with float valves and a solenoid.

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  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    What pump are you using for the mixing?
  16. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Bought a used Iwaki MD40rlt

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  17. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    You may want to try an auto flush valve for the rodi with this setup. Turning on and off frequently, and without flushing will deplete di resin quickly and can be rough on the membrane(s)
  18. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I think his has that actually.
  19. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    My RO/DI has autoflush. But the system is designed to fill the container when it gets low, not keep it topped off. It only starts the RO/DI when the low level sensor is tripped.

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  20. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Primed the stand and the wall. Hoping to paint this weekend.


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