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post #11 of 252 Old 05-13-2010, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Well... I don't think I want to remove the existing walls. I'd rather work with what's already there. I am almost positive the existing spot is large enough for the skimmer. Should I just skip the bio balls and go with a refugium for the macro algae, etc? How would anything be mechanically filtered then?

This is a goofy question.... but when I would go to do a water change... would I suck it out of the sump then, or the main tank? Or is it just personal preference, lol.

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post #12 of 252 Old 05-13-2010, 10:20 AM
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suck water out of main tank because of filtering and ease
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post #13 of 252 Old 05-13-2010, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that makes total sense. LOL Thanks :)

On a side note... I have a thread going about this exact same thing to get a few more ideas on reefcentral since yesterday... 200+ people looking at their DIY section, and NO body has said 1 word to my thread.... kind of hard to believe... Poo on them....

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lol i know, ppl are nosy then become to lazy to post
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post #15 of 252 Old 05-13-2010, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Some pics from yesterday....

Hubby modded and reinforced the stand. It had been sitting and wasn't very well taken care of. He added a lot of reinforcement and added the trim piece that is going around the front 3 sides of the top, to "hold" the tank in better and give it a more finished look.




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post #16 of 252 Old 05-13-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Pics from this morning....

He repainted it (it was already black) with a high-gloss valspar black, and put 2 (3 in some areas like inside where the sump is) THICK coats of polyurethane. It shines like glass now!!!!

And the last pic is the beginning of the brand new hood.








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well isnt he the handyman lol....WOOT WOOT lookin good nice and shiny im jealous ha ha
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post #18 of 252 Old 05-13-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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LOL! Thanks :D
Actually he IS quite the handyman.... he built his "shop" back there by himself... (that bldg that has Lowe's wrap on it, he just has to put in a cpl windows and the siding)

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post #19 of 252 Old 05-14-2010, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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The hood is done! It looks great. I need to get out there and take more pics but it's raining. :P As you can see by that last pic it was a pile of plywood...now its a nice hood! :D

I bought several "parts" off Ebay... it was THE cheapest.

I got a Jebo 182 II in sump skimmer. Yes I know some people have ripped them but you can't beat the price... plus I think I mentioned this earlier but I found some stuff about slightly modding them with just a little screen and they whup name brand ones of the same size LOL. skimmer link $45 vs $100+

Got a no-name overflow box... but it is designed a lot like some other ones, such as the CPR...
overflow box link $40 vs $100+

I did get a brand name powerhead... got the Hydor Koralia Evloution 750 (like the Koralia 2)
powerhead link I only saved about $3 since marinedepot happens to have this on sale... (including shipping cost on both) but I still got it cheaper and added another rating to my ebay, lol.

I am still on the fence for the type of return pump for the sump. I found one thats 720 gph adjustable.

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