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Old 11-29-2017, 04:39 PM
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Alkalinity monitor…awesome let me know how you like it.
will do Jay. Real excited for this Alkatronic. Didn't need to buy the new APEX for theirs to help control and Jonas is awesome at answering questions, providing feedback and seems to know what the hell he's doing, all for a nice price and compact unit.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:00 PM
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alkalinity monitor…awesome let me know how you like it.
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:26 PM
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Leak Test was a success. Over 5 days holding water with a powerhead and heater so it doesn't freeze in my coldish garage (besides me overfilling it at the beginning haha rookie mistake) Seams look great. No bowing.

Tank, for the price, is a nice piece. Not a showstopper at all. A good major upgrade tank with solid bones but ugly silicone work near the overflow. All in all, I'm happy because I can hide the ugliness with my cabinet/in-wall build. For the price, I was looking for a stable tank, not a Coast 2 Coast pristine 1% tank.

My contractor is ready to start moving on building the stand. Going with solid 2x4s (as seen in pic) and a sturdy construction instead of steel. I believe I am making an economical choice.

Leak test on the sump was also a success. This Ice Cap 48XL is a beast. Beautiful design for the contemporary reefer. 2 1" drains will be increased in size to 1.5" to match my overflow. Those overflow into 3 4" socks, underneath to a dual split to either the refugium or the skimmer compartment. Includes a 15Gallon ATO reservoir!!! All for under $550. Can't beat it. Coralvue has been great replacing a cracked lid and screw for the water level plate, damaged upon shipping.

Moving along, slowly but surely.

Rock curing is a pain in the *** btw. So many things I would do to make this easier ie drains on the Brutes. But I did add GFO and a HOB to both containers and I see the diatoms starting to decrease a bit. Ammonia levels still present.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:45 AM
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Almost 3 weeks of curing 2 separate batches of rock. The batch with the Large pukani pieces are almost ammonia free. The 2nd batch, not so much. On to battling a diatom bloom. Odd, its covered to allow for ZERO light. That is the batch with GFO running. 1st batch has charcoal and sponge filters. If only I had a control batch and I'd have a nice experiment going...

Will resume 5 day water changes on the 2nd batch. Slowing down 1st batch to biweekly.

Contractor is slated to start demo and framing on the 18th. Fingers crossed.

Will move my current tank about 7 feet over to allow for construction (taking out 60% water, sump and moving on pads) Wish me luck there. Last time I moved I moved 7 towns over. I'm more nervous moving 7 feet this time around haha
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Old 02-18-2018, 12:55 PM
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Few updates.
FINALLY.
The tank is repaired, upgraded and looking beautiful. Glass Cages might be a nightmare in their customer service dept, but they make a quality tank for a great price.
The tank is now mostly LIG, and 200G. Eurobraced correctly. And the silicone seams are mint.
The in-wall stand build has also begun. Progress has been slow but its nice to see a contractor that is open to quick changes and really understands the original vision and adapts. Custom is pricey, but being a Red Sea reefer for 3 years, you learn quickly space is a premium, along with ease of access and general useability.
Stand is 4' tall, 5' wide aluminum. Wrapping in marine grade 3/4 ply and then stained/painted and poly'd 3/4"tongue and groove planking. Excited to show off this 100% original look created by yours truly. 8' vertical cabinet to the left will house the QT, frag tank and reactors. The opposite side will will bricked with a faux style brick from HD. 2 dedicated circuits have been wired so I don't blow the entire house with this mini-aquarium I'm building and generator hookup down the road.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:07 PM
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Looking good. How long until it’s wet
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Old 02-18-2018, 05:23 PM
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Looking good. How long until it’s wet
thanks Jay. At this rate, and my skill at plumbing, probably mid April lol
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:09 AM
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Things are chugging along here. Most of the structure is complete, walls are back up and ready for faux brick. I've coated all interior surfaces and exterior underneath the tank with
Kilz 2 paint (2-3 coats) and plan on putting a nice marine grade on the shelving and floor for quick cleanups of spills. The floor will also be covered in a shower pan liner for the "hopefully never" flood.
A vertical cabinet is also done with 3 shelves. Bottom for chiller and QT tank. Middle for frag tank gravity fed from the overflow box and draining into the sump, and top for storage.

I included a few pics. One of my mug being miserable adding a 3rd coat of Kilz to the 4' tall sump section.
The 2nd is a picture of the sheathing I created and will use to wrap the cabinet and canopy with. I added the third and final coat of Polycyrlic to them. About 120 linear feet of 3/4" tongue and groove pine. Water literally runs right off.
To acheive the look of barnwood without paying $8+ per foot, I decided on a technique with stains and a combination of watered-down paints and whitewashes. I am enjoying the process (long) but each piece has its own character and hopefully will look money together as a "barnwood" wall. The doors will incorporate a similar color pattern but with a chevron pattern in between shaker-style edging.
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Love the amount of work which is going into structure,,,,excellent patience

Started the process of curing my live rock. Going with a mixture of BRS Pukani and Fiji. Bought around 200lbs. At last count, I am using around 130 of it. Nice large pieces as 2 islands, tons of caves and bridges, and lots of open space for growth. Really like how the aquascape turned out.

Scrubbed the crap out of each and every piece, removed dead sponges and such with chisels, powerwashed again and then tagged each and every piece according to the placement I had mapped out previously with zip ties and plastic tags from Amazon. The tags, while tedious, will be abundantly helpful when I'm ready to place into the DT. Also, took a picture of each piece for reference. Tags are holding up well to the salt water.

Using 2 30G rubbermaids for the curing process, and a 44G Brute to transfer everything into and keep wet while I change out the water. Using a phosban reactor to remove PO4, along with Lanthanum Chloride to remove free-floating PO4 before its absorbed by rocks. Seems to be working rather well, and have done a ton of research on the method.
I have 3 pumps and 2 heaters running 24/7.
Its a pain to make upwards of 50G of RODI salt water every week or so, and drain the rubbermaids, but all in the name of successful reefing.

Picking up the tank Sunday, my new IceCap 48XL sump arrives Tuesday, and picked up a Varios 8 return pump at over 35%off retail. Thank you, Black Friday!

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Old 03-01-2018, 02:22 PM
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Finally received an awesome package today! The Alkatronic! Unboxing intimidates me, but it is solid and easily the nicest piece of aquarium equipment I own. Focustronic seems to have really perfected their product in terms of sleek design. Excited to spend hours and hours setting this up in, o...4 months
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