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About JMB

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  • Birthday April 29

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    Kyle
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    93g
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  1. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    The drain is 1 1/2" inches that is reduced to 1" right before the the glass. This was manufactured this way form Marineland. I would have preferred that it stay 1 1/2" inches the full length. The chart says that a 1" pipe should be able to flow 960 GPH. "The higher the level in your overflow box the less noise you will get." Should i removed the second baffle on the overflow to allow a high return to the down pipe?
  2. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    I cut off the airvent and installed a new one(1/4 " RODI tubing) which allowed me to bump up the flow rate to 2. Now I find that the overflow is not letting enough flow to the drain to allow for a high pump setting. At the setting 2 we are having alot of drip noise due to the over flow. I will see about putting course filter media to help break up the flow. I also installed a tube to the existing return discharge hole to help silence the drop noise
  3. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    So running into a flow issue. Marineland states that this tank is set up for 700gph, but the drain flow is just not fast enough. I also have siphoning that happens often. I think the air line is too small. Any thoughts?
  4. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    Almost done with the electrical planning and the leak test has been complete. I rock should be in next week. I ended up burning my first DI canister by not flushing the RO membrane enough before discharge. I have done 100 gallons and have used almost half of the first canister already. I have more DI resin on order (Anion) so hopefully by the time I get the new resin in it will be time to change and not before.
  5. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    So we ran into a problem today. I finally was able to complete a tank wattage demand excel sheet. While I was installing the GFCI (it has a built in alarm for when the unit trips) outlet I realized that the builders of the house did not isolate the wall with the electronics (TV wall) on a separate circuit and not only that they put a significant amount of outlets and lights on one 15 amp breaker. I'm currently exceeding the load capacity for the circuit by 31 watts. I have a total of 1831 watts planned out right now; so now I'm looking to be able to move items from the circuit. It looks like I will be around 85% load... ish after I complete the thinning. I'm not a huge fan of my builder right not. The crappy thing is that I have a two story house and can not run a dedicated circuit. So me and my wife spent an hour mapping out each circuit in the living room, utilities room, main hallway and study. I can not believe the way they designed the house. So I have a back up location that may work, but I still have to explore if there is more demand or not upstairs. Any suggestions? I went with your suggestions and purchased a Hanna Alk & Phos. We went with API general test kit per the suggestion of Aqua-dome. We will get the Red Reef coral specific test later after the tank is cycled.
  6. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    So we decided to go with CaribSea Hawaiian black sand and BRS reef saver aquarium dry live rock (75 lbs). The rock seems to be more sterile and should help establish a tank with less headaches for a newbie(me). We are going to try to head to tank depot today to see what tanks they have on hand.
  7. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    Thanks for the quick reply. I think why i'm having a hard time picking a kit. It seems that not one company is great at every thing when it comes to test kits. I searched BRS and other sites, but I'm un-able to tell how many test can be performed with the Hanna's before need more regent (Spelling?).
  8. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    I'm having a hard time finding a good test kits for saltwater tank parameters, any suggestions?
  9. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    I ended up going with a Belkin 10 outlet Metal Power Strip Surge Protector. It is wall mountable so that is a plus. The switch is a bigger one compared to most. I noticed that the cheaper options have a very light touch when it come to turning on and off. To be honest, I completely forgot about Fry's.
  10. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    Working on some plumbing today. I have to go out to The Tank Depot to get a RO/DI tank and I will be getting another smaller 10 gal tank for a skimmer tank. I had to increase the 1" return line to 1 1/4" to match the pump (Varios8). I'm working on a custom light stand for the AP700. After an $800.00 light having to pay another $200.00 for the light holder is crazy. Looking at using 80/20 extruded tubing. I have a large order coming from BRS that will include a six stage RO/DI system and another reactor. Once. the pluming is done I will start placing the electronics on the back plate. Still looking for a power strip that I like, HD and Lowes do not have much in the way of power strips.
  11. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    They are working out well. I originally wanted them to be center on the square tubing, but this works as well. Here are the tabs in use. I put runners to space out from the outside rim since I will be skinning the stand later. This will allow the excess cords to be between the outside skin in the back plate. On a side note I have been debating on finding a way to ground the stand. I'm replacing the outlet with a GFCI and will have a surge protector power strip, but feel I sound still ground the stand.
  12. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    So I have been working on the base and back stop for the electronics. I was wanting to use a synthetic material, but I was not able to find a suitable material at a reasonable price. I went with 1/2" sanded plywood for the back pate and 3/4" for the base plate. Both have been coated heavily with Olympic deck sealer. I will most likely also back the back pate with outside pan to help one, with water resistance and two with aesthetics. I did make one mistake. When I was gluing the back supports for the back plate I glues them to the nice side which left the ugly for the front. I will be filling the knot's with epoxy to help prevent water from pooling for any reason in the pockets.
  13. I'm so glad I took a look at this thread. Given that I'm just starting into reefing this is a must for all newbies. I will be changing my list of coral selection. Thanks for the post!
  14. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    Thank you FarmerTy!!! I could not believe it has been already over a year. Well life likes to get in the way sometimes. Right now the Carbon reactor has it's on independent pump (cobalt, AC..I think). I will most likely make a manifold tonight... again trying to reduce noise. My goal is to keep this thread alive as best as I can so I can learn as much as possible from all the reefers( Is this correct?) here. P.S. trying to type one handed while holding a 4 month old boy is surprisingly more difficult than I thought. Josh
  15. JMB

    93gal Cube Build

    Well, it has been a while since I posted or should I say made progress on the build. Lets re-cap a little. The tank and stand were completed along with the sump. I ended up changing some of the system specifications due to more recent reviews of those items. I went with the RO Varios8 return pump. It seems to be more stable then the Ecotech and is Apex compatible for future expansion. We were looking at the Varios6 but quickly realized that with a head space of 9 feet that flow rate was barely meet our standard. We are attempting to achieved a flow rate of 700GPH at the nozzle and for the pump not to run at 100%. We wanted the ability for expansion ( reactors and manifolds) as well as to limit the wear of the pump it's self. With the Varios8 we should be at or around 1000GPH which should allow for more increased head pressures and a reduce operating cycle. Hopefully I'm on the right track with this thinking. We went with the RO Regal 150-INT. Were looking at the regal 200SSS and the Elite 150-INT, but could not justify the cost of the Elite and I was not a fan of the 200SSS pump being inside the cone. We did go with theXF230, but were told by BRS that one unit would not be sufficient to proved enough flow in our sixe tank. They suggested that we get another pump to help provide a counter-flow. We only ordered one so far and will re-evaluate once the system is up and running. On a funny noted we got the Kessiel AP700 are are very happy with the build. I did not notice how ever the cost of the arms to hold the light. It's hard to justify 70 dollars per arm. Sooooo.... I'm looking into my own DIY lighting fixture. I was wanting the attachment point to be under the tank so we could have nice clean lines on top. But, given that the total cost for Kessils arms and extension kit would be around 200. I felt it prudent to look into a DIY option first. Any help in this suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have started the plumbing for the sump tank.....it's going ...well.... lets just say it is a work in progress. I will post some pictures later today. I have a BRS deluxe carbon reactor and have been thinking about getting another one for GFO. Would this be overkill for a new reefer or am I on the right track? OOoo...on a side note I ordered and placed neoprene rubber sheet (1/4) between tank and the stand. I did this for a few reasons. One the sheet will help distribute the weight evenly if there are any slight variances in the top of the stand, it will also help reduce vibrations into the tank from the equipment below, and will help reduce the overall noise from vibrations. I will also be placing a sheet under the sump tank for the purpose of reducing noise output. Since this tank with right next to both of my sofas, the quieter I can make t the better.
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