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BKPKY: 250 Gallon Room Divider (aka Tank 3.0)

Discussion in 'Large box of water' started by bkpky, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. Rmcaum

    Rmcaum Director Staff Member

    That works, but you have to physically remove the algae once it grows.


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  2. billw

    billw Treasurer Staff Member

    Mine voluntarily released itself and went down the overflow into the socks. No manual removal necessary. A fenced overflow may complicate things though!
     
  3. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    Not doing much, but doing a little. Had a window of time today and the supplies on hand to work on quarantine station. When done, the water mix station will be covered by doors. The top half will be for quarantine and will have drop down doors with plexiglass and will be insulated with foam board. The garage is fully insulated but for peaks and valleys I am able to open up air flow from the water heater and home smarts closet located behind this setup which is conditioned with HVAC. I am using a 30L all in one that I had in storage for fish quarantine, and a 20 gallon all in one for coral quarantine. The build has to go up higher. Its been hard building around the water tanks, utility sink, and garage shelving!

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  4. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    What do I do on a rainy day when stalled on a project? I rethink and redo. I haven't been happy with my wiring. It's hidden but a jungle in the wall and was already getting hard to add or replace gear due to wire crowding. Here is to demolition!

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  5. bkpky

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    Yeah, does not appear much different and my wife must think I'm crazy for the extra work. But... the wire is much more organized, I can access the back side when needing to change out any wire (rather then cram and phish). The door is hinged and I have much larger entry grommets where needed most. I pondered waiting to post until the trim and paint is finished and I dealt with a few straggling cables, but it's been two weeks since I tore into it.

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  6. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    Some new progress! As summer is drawing to an end and I'm not on my bicycle as much (and I've got more aquarium itch) things are in motion again. My water change / quarantine station is ready for finish work (trim and paint), plexiglass in the doors and to be wired to the apex at the main tank! May have water in quarantine tanks by end of this next weekend! You might ask why the garage? I don't want a bunch of tanks except main in the house. My garage is insulated and I plan to only quarantine fall, winter, spring (not summer). The quarantine section is also insulated with foam board under the plastic wall liner and I the option to vent from AC conditioned space directly behind.

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  7. billw

    billw Treasurer Staff Member

    Nice work!
     
  8. MrKickalot

    MrKickalot Vice-President Staff Member

    Looks awesome!!
     
  9. Rmcaum

    Rmcaum Director Staff Member

    Looks really nice. Good luck catching a fish standing in a ladder though. ;)


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  10. MrKickalot

    MrKickalot Vice-President Staff Member

    Just drain the water... They give up pretty quick... haha
     
  11. billw

    billw Treasurer Staff Member

    That's the way I get them!
     
  12. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    Yeah, its a bit high! The top Q tank is planned for coral which fortunately will not run from me! Probably will end up building a small little platform to stand on when doing major observation or work on the lower Q tank!
     
  13. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    Did a round of water testing last evening! Display tank seems to be pretty ready to me... Will finish up Quarantine holding area this weekend and just might consider ordering a few fish on Monday. Looking to source everything via Live Aquaria Divers Den... Have my cloroquine on hand... Closer than I have been! Need to do a bit of work to get Phosphate down and PH up. I haven't hooked up a fresh air source to my skimmer yet.

    Alk 6.2
    Mag 1600
    Calcium 555
    Nitrate 0
    Phosphate .18
    Salinity 34.9
    PH 8.11
    ORP 353
     
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  14. Rmcaum

    Rmcaum Director Staff Member

    You pH is fine, but your dkh is bottomed out. Raising that will inevitably raise your pH a little. Use some lanthanum to erase your phosphates before you add critters. You can by small increments or just scrub it and let that rock raise it back up a little.
    At 6.2 even coralline will die off, if you've made it that far yet. That is basically your sand and rock is dissolving level. Easy to fix.
    What are your long term dosing plans, 2 part or Ca rX?


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  15. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    Long term plans are calcium reactor. I am baking some baking power to make sodium carbonate to use in conjunction with baking soda to get the ALK up. I am using Tropic Marin Pro Salt which is designed for CA reactor use. It is supposed to mix at 7 dkh. I am going to run another alk test to make sure I ran it correctly or to see where the mix comes in. Will test my mix water also to see where it stands compared to the tank.
     
  16. MrKickalot

    MrKickalot Vice-President Staff Member

    I have a 4 gallons of Calcium Chloride mix that won't raise your PH. I got it off Keith and can't use it because dosing keeps my PH up.
     
  17. bkpky

    bkpky Club Member

    I retested Alk. Display Tank = 6.8, Storage Container = 7.2
     
  18. Rmcaum

    Rmcaum Director Staff Member

    6.8 is a lot better than 6.2. I try to keep mine above 7.5 just in case my testing is off or I fail to maintain the dosing system so I have a couple of days before it drops too low.


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