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Offline eslatts11

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eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« on: February 04, 2019, 23:15:37 »
Started on my fish tank room build this past weekend! Sort of went with the its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission theory, think shes coming around :D Will hopefully support a 180g+ display tank somewhere down the road.

Planning on doing an epoxy floor at the moment. Was thinking about doing a tile floor but the epoxy may be easier and more cost effective. I am also going to install a new 20 amp breaker just for the room to power all of my pumps, lights, heaters, reactors, etc. Had a hell of a time trying to run the 12-2 this past Saturday. In my tri-level home, its almost impossible to get to the far end bedroom in the basement with a run (panel is located on the other side of the house in the garage). Both 14-2 wires I chased up to the attic above my second story ended up only stopping on the second story and not dropping down all the way to the basement. Still never found how or where the dang basement 15 amp breaker is ran down from. I ended up finding a gap in my living room wall that will allow me to drop it into my hot water heater room then I am going to run it between the basement ceiling and 2nd story floor along the central air ducting. I found a nice RJ11 phone wire going to my soon to be fish tank room that I can use as a fish wire. Only thing I'm waiting on now to do the run, is a dang 54" auger drill bit to drill through this pesky horizontal 2" x 4" they put in between the stud. I was able to tie into my basements bathroom faucet drain line and hot/cold tonight.
 










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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 19:51:53 »
That size of fish room is going to be a dream.  My one suggestion is to find a place to put a control panel for a future apex or controller.  I have my apex and all modules mounted to a piece of wood I mounted on the wall behind the tank.  Makes it easy to access and looks impressive:)
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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 00:04:08 »
That size of fish room is going to be a dream.  My one suggestion is to find a place to put a control panel for a future apex or controller.  I have my apex and all modules mounted to a piece of wood I mounted on the wall behind the tank.  Makes it easy to access and looks impressive:)
Jeff

Yep definitely going to do this. I was thinking right on the wall above the sump. Right now I am trying to decide how many gang's of outlets ill need to put there for the module mount board and how many to put on the wall behind the fish tank. I know i'll be plugging in mostly a combination of a few Neptune Apex EB8's and EB4's - so I can't think ill need that many outlets at the wall? Probably will follow suite for an outlet height of 48" on the module mount wall which the exterior basement walls already have them at. I will remove the current 1 gang outlet at 1' foot up, that is just asking for trouble being right next to the sump.

Can anyone recommend how many gang's of outlets and at what height for behind a 180g (72x24x24) on 36" tall stand. Once the tank is in place I will certainly need the ability to access the outlets, so between 36" and 60" is kind of a dead zone.


Got the 12-2 line ran today for the dedicated 20amp breaker, holy crap was that a PITA. I've ran wiring before where there was no drywall in yet in a remodeled home, that was easy but this... this was difficult. Had to buy a specialized 54" auger bit to reach down inside of a wall and drill through a horizontal 2" x 4" going from the first story attic straight to the water heater / sump room in the basement. Also, purchased a WIFI boroscope snake camera that aided in the fishing of wire through the auger holes. Got it done though!!



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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 21:54:24 »
20 amp GFCI breaker and all outlets installed along with the center ceiling light! Now onto drywalling and mudding/sanding!



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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2019, 21:03:01 »
Drywalled yesterday:


Mudded first layer with tape today:


Used a 6" x 9" access panel to run my piping through the wall. I found that I can actually do a full pipe straight through, so my plan is to just use a 45 degree fitting at both ends and will allow for less flow interference (no need for 90s)!



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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2019, 22:11:02 »
Gonna be nice when you are done.
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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2019, 01:50:43 »
That is coming along great! Did you decide what you are going to do with the floor yet?

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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2019, 02:42:31 »
Gonna be nice when you are done.
Jeff

That is coming along great! Did you decide what you are going to do with the floor yet?

Thanks! Believe I am going to go with your1dayfloor.com for sure. They were great to talk to at the Dayton Mall Home Expo and for my little room, seemed like they are the most fair with their minimum pricing compared to others!
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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2019, 14:09:01 »
Excellent choice! Looking forward to pics

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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2019, 00:45:08 »
Finished up the mudding/sanding and paint is finished. All new 20amp outlets have been installed and old outlets replaced. Norwesco 75gal storage tanks came in for my mixing station and just started the flooring! I ended up going with waterproof vinyl plank flooring instead of finishing with an epoxy floor.





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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 09:43:01 »
Looks like it is coming along nicely.  :)

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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 22:33:19 »


Looks really nice so far - Your finished Salt room should look great!

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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2019, 23:51:07 »
Looks like it is coming along nicely.  :)

Looks really nice so far - Your finished Salt room should look great!

Thanks guys!

Finished up the flooring yesterday and baseboard tonight! Just need to fill some corners and nail holes with some white wood filler then should be all set.

Next on the agenda:
  • Install slop sink
  • Mount RODI
  • Mixing station stand + plumbing
  • Create workbench



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Re: eslatts' Fish Tank Room Build + Display Tank
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2019, 00:14:08 »
Very nice. Would love to have a dedicated salt room like that.

 

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