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Offline Kenn

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kenn's 37 Gallon build
« on: February 01, 2010, 22:48:28 »
OK

After much planning and saving, my soon to be 12 year old is ready to start his "Fragging Display Tank" :)

First thing that was purchased :
 
37 gallon tank : Purchased from jungliztkruger

sedona matching stand and canopy

custom acrylic sump built by blown76mav and jungliztkruger

mag7 return pump and plumbing (includes a union and ball valve)

hang on back overflow with drain plumbing

its a retrofit PC lighting has 4 65w bulbs and reflectors and ballast comes with 2 switches and power cords so you can have daylight and actinic on separate timers. 2x65 on each cord. and the lighting is mounted inside the hood.




Here he is with the new set up.




We are moving the sump behind the tank and stand and are going to add a custom (that means we are going to make it :)) enclosure with an egg crate style top to allow for ventilation. This decision was made, due in no small part, because of the change in plans for the skimmer. I must say blown76mav and jungliztkruger did an awesome job building a sump that fits TIGHT but not too tight. However, I foresaw future maintainability issues, so I decided to do the behind the stand thing. as this is still under construction, pics of that part of the build will be posted later.

We knew going into this that the sea clone skimmer would only be a short term skimming solution untill my son could save the money to buy a larger more efficient unit. Little did we know HOW short the term would be :laugh:. After some crazy meeting arrangements (all my fault) we finally got hooked up with riderc82. He donated a Coraline Supper Skimmer 220 body (the pumps epoxy fill that they use to seal the motor failed). all I can say is OMG  :o (my son's expression when he saw it). just a little bit of a size difference  :laugh:



So now, as you might have noticed from my other post, we are looking for a pump for the skimmer.

My options are a MAG 5 equipped with a needle wheel impeller or an OME spec pump that is also equipped with a needle wheel impeller.
Have to make a decision on this this week.

Well...I think this is all for the 1st post from me. Nick however is writing a little post that he wants me to add, so that will be posted soon. ;D
 
« Last Edit: February 12, 2011, 17:24:40 by Lazylivin »
Currently doing a 75g build | http://ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=16275.0| tanks of the past : 26g Bowfront LPS and Fish| http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=4858.0 || 37g a little of everything | http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=7751.0

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Offline jungliztkruger

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 23:31:48 »
 ;D

I am very much looking forward to watching this build as it progresses!

Offline Rayman

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010, 23:57:18 »
very nice glad to see you and your soon enjoying this together , and nice skimmer upgrade.

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 00:14:41 »
It's nice to see that kids still need us every now and then. Looking forward to the final product.

Offline HUNGER

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010, 08:22:52 »
very nice cant wait to see it up and running
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Offline xXTheWendigoXx

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2010, 11:07:11 »
Having used both the SeaClone and the Super Skimmer I'll tell you that while the SeaClone would probably be more then adequate for that size tank, but the maintenance required to keep the stupid thing happy would drive you bonkers. Those things are TOUCHY! The super skimmer is a good snag. I have an Eheim pump attached to mine and it's working wonders.

Offline Kenn

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2010, 16:12:17 »
Today is the day we get started with the build ... hope to post pics through out the day  :laugh:

Any way. got the skimmer pump in and the media reactor so off to the garage to cut the lumber for the behind the tank sump area ... and do my sons B-Day party ( 8 yrs old ! HAPPY B-DAY JAROD ! )

What a snow day !
Currently doing a 75g build | http://ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=16275.0| tanks of the past : 26g Bowfront LPS and Fish| http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=4858.0 || 37g a little of everything | http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=7751.0

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."   < K >

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010, 17:17:13 »
Looking forward to following this!  What a fun Dad and son time!

Offline HUNGER

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2010, 19:05:57 »
thats cool tell him happy bday
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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010, 19:46:27 »
This is much more constructive than the potato cannons I made as a kid.

And a great way for you two to spend some time together.

Offline Kenn

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2010, 20:30:02 »
Thanks Everyone. we took a break from the party \ build for a few. I love the time this lets me spend with the two still at home ( 8 & almost 12 ;) )

This and the astronomy  ;D tomorrow the tube for the Dobsonian Telescope Build !
Currently doing a 75g build | http://ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=16275.0| tanks of the past : 26g Bowfront LPS and Fish| http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=4858.0 || 37g a little of everything | http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=7751.0

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."   < K >

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2010, 22:41:08 »
Question: with 4 65 watt PC, 2 are actinic and 2 are 10,000k. Should I change out 1 of the actinic lights for another 10,000k ?

How useful, pros cons, would it be ?

Kenn & Son  :)

Also ... Water going in the tank tonight !  :thewave
Currently doing a 75g build | http://ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=16275.0| tanks of the past : 26g Bowfront LPS and Fish| http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=4858.0 || 37g a little of everything | http://www.ohioreef.com/index.php?topic=7751.0

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."   < K >

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2010, 22:44:45 »
I think you should keep it balanced. The actinic lighting makes the colors of the coral, and fish stand out more.

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2010, 22:47:03 »
water tonight! i bet you guys are so excited

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Re: Dragoon431 37 Gallon Build
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2010, 23:18:47 »
i would keep it balanced to
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