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Old 12/24/2006, 01:07 AM   #151
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Very nice aquarium buddy


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Old 12/24/2006, 07:00 AM   #152
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Talking New 270 gallon Starfire

Thanks everyone, i'm going for a vengance!!!


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Old 12/25/2006, 08:28 PM   #153
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vengence sounds like a fantastic plan to me.

bigger and better than before, i like the sound of that!


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Old 12/25/2006, 09:37 PM   #154
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My offer still stands. Hit me up and if you cover shipping, I'll send you a nice frag pack to get you going.


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Old 12/26/2006, 07:06 AM   #155
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Thank you Jay24k, are you serious. No problem about shipping cost i'll cover it let me know how much.

dwhatley: The 180 is too tall and awkward, it was easier just to sell the whole system.


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Old 01/04/2007, 08:10 PM   #156
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wow i just spent like an hour reading all of the posts and i am so sorry to hear what happened. well look on the bright side thats a pretty sick setup you are putting together. i look at my little 75g everyday and i couldn't imagine going through that. just wanted to give you my .02. good luck and we will definatly need some pics when you get ready to setup. happy new year, im sure 07 will be better for ya!!!

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Old 01/24/2007, 06:46 PM   #157
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testing the closed loop

okay.. just finished hooking up the new Sequence Hammerhead pump for the closed loop to push through a 4 way Oceans Motions version 2 drum. Testing the flow, so far so good, and lots of movement.










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Old 01/24/2007, 08:11 PM   #158
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soooo, are you giving surfing lessons now?

I assume you can REDUCE the uh ... motion in the ocean?

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Old 01/24/2007, 09:33 PM   #159
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soooo, are you giving surfing lessons now?

I assume you can REDUCE the uh ... motion in the ocean?

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just mxin' the salt quickly.


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Old 01/25/2007, 12:34 AM   #160
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Did you buy those Tee fittings with all the holes in it? That's new to me. That's a wave alright!


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Old 01/25/2007, 05:07 AM   #161
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4 way OM

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Did you buy those Tee fittings with all the holes in it? That's new to me. That's a wave alright!
I drilled those holes on the "T" fittings and also on top of those black guard strainers. I wanted to create as much less suction as possible for the 4way Oceans Motions' intake so that any fish (weak) won't get suck in. I put my hand in and don't feel any suction at all, so drilling those extra holes definitely worked. The 4 bottom holes are my output for the 4 way OM with version 2 drum.

Here's the bottom photo before I hooked up the brackets and the Hammerhead pump.



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Old 01/25/2007, 10:14 PM   #162
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Rockwork

My Rockwork in progress.

Gathering all the rock pieces.


Left center hollow for the fish sweet home.


No acrylic rods or pvc, simply epoxy and Thorite cement. Don't like that "Club Sandwich" look.


Drilled a few holes to attached future corals.


Levelled a few Rockwork to rest even on glass.



Final set up before it goes in the DT.
#1 = 40 lbs.
#2 = 35 lbs.
#3 = 25 lbs.
#4 = 30 lbs.
#5 = 31 lbs.
#6 = 22 lbs.
#7 = 19 lbs.
#8 = 34 lbs.
#9 = 41 lbs.
#10 = 4 lbs. (camo rock for Tunze 6100)
TOTAL: 281 lbs.

Left side.


Right side.


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Old 01/25/2007, 10:16 PM   #163
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That is really cool. I never thought about adding putty or cement to the bases to make them stay flat on the substrate or glass.

I love the numbered pieces picture.


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Old 01/27/2007, 05:37 PM   #164
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good for you that u went bigger and better...


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Old 01/27/2007, 06:23 PM   #165
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I love the rockwork, what type of epoxy did you use? Did you somehow mix it with the cement? Or did you use epoxy on some parts and cement on others? What a great idea!

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Old 01/27/2007, 07:56 PM   #166
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I love the rockwork, what type of epoxy did you use? Did you somehow mix it with the cement? Or did you use epoxy on some parts and cement on others? What a great idea!

D

I used mainly Thorite cement (two thumps up!), expoxy was used only on small rock ledges that requires a little extra support.




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Old 01/27/2007, 08:42 PM   #167
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Was it just thorite and water? I'm assuming thats what the bucket was for, a mixing bucket. I was trying to read what was on the side of the bucket wondering if there was some special mixture or addative of some kind.

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Old 01/27/2007, 10:52 PM   #168
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Was it just thorite and water? I'm assuming thats what the bucket was for, a mixing bucket. I was trying to read what was on the side of the bucket wondering if there was some special mixture or addative of some kind.

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It's another type of cement i've used from Home Depot call "Plug Tite" by King, it is another type of hydraulic cement used for plugging water leaks on concrete. It cures very fast with in seconds and very hard to work with, I fine Thorite much more forgiving and gives you a bit more time to play with. I think it's much stronger as well. The best way is to mix a small amount to attach two rocks at a time. Just mix it with water and that's it.


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Old 01/28/2007, 02:43 PM   #169
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How long do you have to wait for it to cure? Do you just position it how you want with your hands, then support it with something while it cures?


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Old 01/29/2007, 05:00 AM   #170
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any plans to get another octopus?


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Old 01/29/2007, 08:46 PM   #171
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looks sweet whats your stock plans and what type of lighting you going to run? makes me wanna get a tank like that i'd love to go from a 20g to a 270...( if you wanna give it to me I'll take it off your hands )

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Old 01/30/2007, 10:24 PM   #172
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wow Welcome Back! Addicts will always be addicts


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Old 01/31/2007, 10:29 AM   #173
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I just read this thread from start to finish...

.. I know you've heard it a hundred times, but i'm sorry about the crash of your tank. Good on you for getting right back up and starting over, even bigger!!

Your new set-up is impressive!!! I would love to have a tank in the wall w/ a room set up just for my fish tank.. thats awsome.

Good luck w/ the new tank, and keep us posted!


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Old 01/31/2007, 10:41 AM   #174
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Sweet new setup.

I'm green with envy.

Are you worried about the cement you used on the rocks messing with your PH? I've heard that's a problem when you use cement.


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Old 01/31/2007, 05:42 PM   #175
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duhfactor: I let the cement cure overnight just to be in the safeside. It holds on it's own or other objects or clamps to hold them together.

lux_o6: The Octopus was an accident but definitely was amazing, I learned a lot more caring for that remarkable species. They require lot of more care and attention though, I don't think I would buy another one unless again with my luck another hitchhiker.

Mallyk: Thanks.

999sterling: No problem with PH at all, there's a lot of water in that tank (270 gallons) there was not a lot of cement used, PH is at 8.2. It's just saltwater and rocks at the moment cycling before I place the 360 lbs. sand which is also cycling in the vat for 4 months now. I do 25 gallons water changes within a week, plus I replace saltwater from the sump that has my liverocks and corals. I'm really just taking my time and not rushing it at all. Once the water parameters are equal with the sump and the DT, then i'll be moving all the livestock from the sump to the DT bit at a time.



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