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Old 04-20-2017, 06:07 PM
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I had some time yesterday to put together the manifold. I used all cpex valves for this, so it should last a lifetime.

TBH I don't even know if I'll run something off every valve but I put in extras so they're there if I need them.

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The return pipe is 3/4" and T's off to 1/2" valves. I will be using a way over sized return to make up for anything I could possibly run off of the manifold.


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Good planning on the manifold! It looks really good too! :0)

You won't regret having extra valves even if you never use them. But chances are, you will.
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Manifold looks great dude! Way to go with the over abundance of valves and options! It will serve you well, trust in that!

Your project is coming along awesome!

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Old 04-27-2017, 07:27 PM
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This weeks project was new dosing liquid containers.
I was looking for something that looked nice and matched the rest of the plumbing and was shocked to see how much the salt water branded containers go for.

I ended up buying these glass water bottles for $1.50 each. I used a razor blade and acetone to remove all the labeling, took about a minute each.

I then drilled a whole in the cap for a push connect fitting, these were $2.50 each. After that I painted the cap red to match the rest of the plumbing.

I used some mailbox stickers to label them

To finish it off I used some extra rodi line I had laying around. All in all I think they turned out pretty cool for $4 a piece. I made four incase I end up needing more down the line.


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That's pretty cool. :0)
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That's pretty cool. :0)
Thanks, you know you're a true reef junky when you have just as much fun messing with equipment as you do with the live stuff lol
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Nice build , looking good


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Thanks, you know you're a true reef junky when you have just as much fun messing with equipment as you do with the live stuff lol
Yes, I totally agree. My wife, on the other hand, isn't too amused by it. :0)
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Yes, I totally agree. My wife, on the other hand, isn't too amused by it. :0)
I know how that goes lol
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The guy who was originally going to build the stand for me was on a much different timeline, after three months of waiting I had someone else build one for me.

This is the last piece of the puzzle. Going to pick it up this weekend and paint the inside and start plumbing!
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Taking down the old tank tonight, starting to install this all tomorrow
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Taking down the old tank tonight, starting to install this all tomorrow
Sweet dude! May the force be with you, in your transition!

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Old 05-14-2017, 10:19 PM
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Ended up being a week of headaches. After putting the aquarium on the stand for the picture above I realized the tank trim was not completely flush with the stand! I ended up having to tare all the trim (caulked) and top plywood (also caulked) off. After taking it all off I had to plane and sand the entire top of the frame to get it completely level. That sucked to say the least.

But, one week later and the tank sits completely flush on the stand and everything is leveled out now. I would much rather take care of any potential problems now when they're easier to fix. Last thing in the world I want is to come home to a flooded house and an empty tank all because I was impatient and rushed.
Hopefully I don't run into any more big speed bumps.

I do not like to use GFCI outlets because I feel like they can cause more harm than good when it comes to aquariums. That's my opinion and I don't want to start an argument about it on my thread lol. I ended up finding one of these heavy duty outlet covers at ACE for around $10. I feel confident it will keep any water out of the outlet.


I got the sump under the tank and will start plumbing tomorrow.


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