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jlehigh

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280 In Wall Project (new pics!)

Hey all,

I am just beginning to build in my 280 in-wall and thought I might as well start posting as I work through the process.

This is a co-op project I am doing with my Cuz Stan.

http://community.webshots.com/album/111565911tRzrGO

Note: The pic of the one side of the stand shows the stand upside down. The 4X6 is actually on top and the 2X4 is the bottom plate. I will be finishing the stand this evening.
 
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G~

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keep us posted!

looking great so far.

what are you going to do about the transition area between tank and wall? are you doing a frame?

G~
 

jlehigh

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I am actually combinding a few ideas. I am using 3/4" Birch plywood for the stands platform. Instead of cutting it to 30" wide to be plum with the stand I am extending it into the room and will support the additional width with L brackets. The height will be about that of an average bar and I will put a laminate finish on it to match my office furniture and put bar stools with it. This way I can read/observe/hangout infront of the tank.

The rest of the tank will be plum with the finished wall and will be lined with trim also stained to match the furniture. Yes I will probably put a 2X4 frame around the rest.
 

jlehigh

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Rough Display plumbing

Attached is a rough Idea of my plan for the display tank. I think I would like to give the 8 way ocean motions wave maker a go. Note: this was done in paint and nothing is precise but the just id there. One concern I have is not enough flow being pushed through the spraybar. Let me know what ya think..
 

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Hey Just wanted to apologize and let CarlS know the ocean motions config above is almost exactly mirroring his plan on the Oceanmotions thread we had a while back. I am planning to make a few changes but the core scheme was CarlS's smarts. Thanks for your contribution CarlS!

Just giving credit where credit is due.. Hopefully some of you reefers gleam info out of me from time to time too ;)

Thanks,
John
 

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Hey Jlehigh,
The design does look great. I'm sure everone is waiting to see how the OM system works out for you. :) I think you probably have enough input to the spray bar. My only concern would be the 7 second interval between plumbing rotations. It would be great if it could be modified to change the timer sequence." IE" longer between changes? Or maybe with the shorter cycle this will help to keep water moving in all areas of the tank. Your inwall looks very nice in deed. Congrats!
Scott
 

jlehigh

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thanks szidls! I really appreciate the feedback.

I am going to call the OM guys to ask about the duration. It would be an excellent feature for their product if not now, in future versions. 15 seconds would seem better to me...

btw: sorry for the late reply.. I've been out of town without INTERNET!!!! Gosh I hate that.
 

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I hate to ask this question but It has been haunting me for 2 weeks.. sometimes being a newbie sucks!

Anyway.. I know there is a drain calculator to calculate how much volume each pipe diameter can drain. But does anyone know the flow limitations of 3/4", 1", 1.5" PVC as far as what can be pushed through them with a pump?

I want to be sure I'm not blasting fish against the tank wall like insects to a windshield ;)
 

jlehigh

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Hey Fellow Reef Nuts,

Here are a few newer pics of my 280 inprogress.

The MH lighting track is a procust called B-line. Basically an industrial lighting system. I have serious spacial contraints above the tank so the lights are mounted on rollers enabling me to move the lights along the track out of the way.

The Pump shown is a Dolphin 4700 which will be driving a closed loop utilizing the 8-way ocean motions wave maker.

The sump ain't purdy but it will work well as a sump/refugium.

Enjoy.
 
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