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Canopy and Acrylic Coast to Coast Overflow build/install complete!
Come back from vacation 4 days ago to a package I've been waiting for! The acrylic coast to coast overflow box made for me by Marc at Melev's Reef I had made to replace my DIY glass overflow. I figured while I was at it, I would also build a canopy to clean up the appearance of the tank and hang my light fixture that had previously been had hanging from the ceiling.
Pictures are as follows -
1. A before picture of the tank I took before leaving for a 10 day vacation. I shows the DIY glass overflow and as you can see inside is the bean animal design piping.
2. Skipping to the day after. As you can see the person taking care of my tank overfed a little and came home to some nice long hair algae growth on the overflow. That was the worst and only "bad" things I came home to. Being releaved that my only issue was a little hair algae. I decided that I didn't want to deal with removing the old box and spending 2 hours scraping silicone quite yet. So I cut the pieces to the open top canopy and rough fit it to the tank.
3. After the rough fit of the canopy I took that outside and took it apart to sand and paint. Thinking well the old box isn't going to remove itself and before I get all saw dusty and get paint all over myself. I better just get to removing water, and while I was at it do a large cleaning of all the equipment and change media. Long story short, after countless scrapes with a razor blade I slid the new coast to coast overflow box into the tank like a hot knife through butter. Cut holes for bulkheads and siliconed everything into place. Sorry for the hard to see iPhone pictures it was tough to get a picture because the box blends into the black background very well.
4. Another view of the overflow box while curing the silicone was curing. After I took the picture I placed a heater in the tank and kept the powerbeads running. for the sump I had a heater in that also and kept the protein skimmer running for water movement. Livestock are still in the DT hiding.
5. For the next 36 hours I did fine adjustments the to canopy, painted it, and start making some RO/DI water. But things are going to smoothly at this point, something has to go wrong. Well it did I was a jackwagon and after changing my DI resin I didn't read the print next to the arrow on the cartridge and installed it upside down. I didn't realize I did this until after making 20 gallons of water. I left it running with 0ppm TDS out and came back to 23 ppm out. I put it back together correctly, let it run with the waste gate valve open for an hour and another hour through the DI resin not keeping any water. Long story short I ruined the RO membrane (my hookup to the washer runs at 70psi), it goes into the DI resin at a consistent 253 TDS but came out of the DI at 0 ppm. After all that it was time to put everything together and fill the tank back up with water and admire my work. This is a picture of the canopy installed lights tank running. After I made sure my silicone seals were holding water tight.
6. A picture of the front of the tank. My camera decided it was going to let me take either a picture of the tank but the canopy was to dark. Or take a canopy pic and have the tank to bright. I couldn't find my little saw blades to cut the spacers the shape of the door hinges. Thats the only thing I have left to finish it to cut and paint those.
7. Overhead view of the canopy. Putting some logic into deciding what I wanted to with the inside. I chose white as it reflects all other colors back out. I have no clue if it will have any positive effects for the tank. But you can't see the white until you open a door. So I just went for it and painted the inside white.
Thats pretty much it. Thought I would share my 3 day project to make my take look better. Sorry for talking your ear off! Hope you enjoyed the Pictures!
125g SPS only reef tank
40 gallon anemone tank
w/20g long sump
Last edited by woody019; 07-31-2014 at 08:47 PM.