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I have no mechanical background, but I love to learn and get the sense of satisfaction from doing things myself. so I picked up some things along the way and aim to keep my ears open and my eyes peeled whenever the real world learning or teaching process commences.

Growing up I was always taught to fix what you had, now everyone's way is buy it new. I quite often benefit from this unused material and utilize parts from one piece of equipment to create a fully functional unit...This I call Frankensteining.

It is preferred by me over the other terms such as Jury Rig or Ghetto...However comical those may be.

Maybe one day I will post up some of my "Ghetto" setups again. The corals sure can't tell I am not using any high dollar equipment. Just Hand dosing, reactor less, tap water, Franken skimmer setups. I won't hijack this thread though, just mentioning this because I do like to work on things, or is it called tinker. Last weekend I got to go to a acrylics equipment builder and learned a few things there. Thats were I got my becket skimmer.

Back to the original thread and topic, still envious of your systems...Make me remember that I need a new House...Just need to finish paying this one off.
 

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I have no mechanical background, but I love to learn and get the sense of satisfaction from doing things myself. so I picked up some things along the way and aim to keep my ears open and my eyes peeled whenever the real world learning or teaching process commences.

Growing up I was always taught to fix what you had, now everyone's way is buy it new. I quite often benefit from this unused material and utilize parts from one piece of equipment to create a fully functional unit...This I call Frankensteining.

It is preferred by me over the other terms such as Jury Rig or Ghetto...However comical those may be.

Maybe one day I will post up some of my "Ghetto" setups again. The corals sure can't tell I am not using any high dollar equipment. Just Hand dosing, reactor less, tap water, Franken skimmer setups. I won't hijack this thread though, just mentioning this because I do like to work on things, or is it called tinker. Last weekend I got to go to a acrylics equipment builder and learned a few things there. Thats were I got my becket skimmer.

Back to the original thread and topic, still envious of your systems...Make me remember that I need a new House...Just need to finish paying this one off.
Not a hijack... if people read this thread and learn anything we have attained our goal.. I never posted this as a "look what I did" thread... I did it to choreograph my journey along the way... in a lot of ways this is your thread as well... you have contributed greatly to my success and growth.. and for that I thank you!

I.... like you.. came from a make "do" back ground.. anyone that has followed this thread from day one knows it and can see the changes and progression... my next upgrade will be the auto mixer for the ATO... damn thing clogs way to regular... I'm not quite ready to drop $200+ on that new Reef octopus auto Kalk stirrer until I see a few reviews.. the one I have now works as long as you clean it every 3 weeks or so
 

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Looking fantastic Roccus :thumbsup: Those pics of your upgrades have my head spinning. I can only imagine how much that cost you but the results are obviously well worth it.

Keep up the good work.
 

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Looking fantastic Roccus :thumbsup: Those pics of your upgrades have my head spinning. I can only imagine how much that cost you but the results are obviously well worth it.

Keep up the good work.
Lucky for me I do my own work and engineering. .totally cost for the 3 tanks was just about $1000...and took about 12 hours of labor. ..each upgrade makes the job of maintaining the 3 salt water tanks eadier...
 

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Final refinements.. I mounted gauges for the incoming and outgoing pre filters to allow me to see the pressure drop and know when change is needed ( 10 lbs is about if before it starves the pump).. I also added 1 for the pressure pump that boosts the incoming pressure to the membrane from 65 to 100..

I've included 2 TDS meters and probes...1 monitors the water coming into and leaving the membrane.. the other monitors the 2 D/I cartridges ( I buy in bulk and refill my own)when I see TDS's showing from the first D/I cartridge I switch it out and replace it with the one that was second in line and add a new one to the second position.. this way I can maximize my resin use because the color will change even before all the resin is spent...
 

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What kind of pressure gauges did you go with for your reactors? I would love a recommendation on purchasing a couple. And Very good idea on the DI resin with the additional unit that is rotated out, efficiency is always good. Your setup is starting to remind me of some of the Oregon State University Marine Science Center tanks, back ups, fail safes, and as much thought into the life support systems as the aquarium itself.
 

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What kind of pressure gauges did you go with for your reactors? I would love a recommendation on purchasing a couple. And Very good idea on the DI resin with the additional unit that is rotated out, efficiency is always good. Your setup is starting to remind me of some of the Oregon State University Marine Science Center tanks, back ups, fail safes, and as much thought into the life support systems as the aquarium itself.
the gauges are made by Ashcroft... the two outside are 0 - 160 PSI @ 2".. the inside is 0 -160 @ 1 1/2"... I use a lot of them here to monster filtration and pump pressure on out etch machines..
 
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