Originally Posted by badxgillen
That switch to the pump power is something I have never done but have wanted to for extra security,to be honest the only automatic things i have is a auto top off system and that is only on one tank. I am getting envious of the fine details here.
I forget did you mention here or another thread about your upcoming lighting?
My "fail safe" ideas come from my line of work... I'm a marine mechanic and machinist by trade, but, 19 years ago got hired to run the maintenance of a mediuim sized machine shop, I regularly work with pumps, water treatment and alarms.. so it's becomes second nature to think about these things..
The lights.. i did mention it... but not in great detail...for now, the lights that came the the hoods can stay... when I added the live sand last night ( I still have a little more "grading to do when my live rock arrives)I installed a multi color LED behind one of the caves, and graded sand up to it..speaking of sand... I went with a little coarser aggrigate, my way of thinking was, that if I didn't like it, capping it with fine sand wouldnt be a big deal... conversely, if Ihad the fine sand, and it wasn't to my liking, removing it would be more work than I care to think about.. i like the coarser sand alot BTW... back to the lights.. the LED is only a 12" color changing strip, so it illuniminates the back of the cave... it looked pretty cool, although the water hadn't cleared completely yet... that LED is on a timer set to go off at 5 AM ... at 5:30 the first hood light comes on eventually this will be a softer light bulb to simulate sunrise and early morning sun...at 6: AM the second light is set to come on.. this will be a more intense light .. to simulate the latter part of the morning and day... the LED will shut off now and remain off until 5PM.. then it will turn on.... at 5:30.. the "bright" noon day light will shut down leaving the softer light lit for another 30 minutes... and 30 minutes latter the cave lights will go out...
As i said earlier I added the live sand last night, and filled the tank abput 7/8th of the way... just shy of the filter ( I had to make more water)... I installed the circulator pump on the opposite side of the return below the intake for the weir... angling it slightly upward to meet the return water that will aim downward to the front of the tank, creating a counter clockwise current.... I "hid" the probe for the digital themometer behind it....I installed the 200 watt heater low in the water colum in the opposite corner near the intake ( there is also a 150 watt heater in the sump)...
the live rock is "out for delivery" so I may have to leave work a little early today
I almost forgot.... I bought some black paper to slip under the white spots to simulate the depth of the back of the cave