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Old 09/18/2017, 05:06 PM   #101
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and a 'fix' we got!

Man dont leave us hanging for this long between updates, withdrawal symptoms are not fun

One thing; with this high-level of build (again, amazing!) shown here I am surprised that you didn't employ abyzz pumps as your returns.


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Old 09/18/2017, 08:47 PM   #102
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Wow, That's a ton of update, glad to see it going well. I'm a fan of your build for many reasons but my main one is because your really going after what you want, including the room decor and woodwork. It's really cool to watch someone execute what was once just a vision into a reality, and so well.


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Old 09/20/2017, 10:08 AM   #103
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This thread is simply amazing. Your attention to detail and craftsmanship is about the best I have seen on here.


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Old 09/20/2017, 11:00 AM   #104
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Xoomer- about the Abyzz pumps: I have obviously spent a lot of money on this system. However, I have still tried to consider the cost/benefit of each component. I don't like spending money just to spend money for fancy gear. For the main returns, I really only want a fixed flow rate so that controllable function of the DC pump would be wasted once it was set. The Dolphin pumps supply all of the flow I need at an impressively low power draw. They seem to have a good reputation for reliability.

I obviously am using Vectras as returns for other sections of the reef but they will be variable based on how many tanks I'm trying to supply. Again, those systems don't justify the price tag in my mind. Maybe in the future I might migrate that direction to cut down on noise. Thanks for following and for the good question.


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Old 09/20/2017, 11:23 AM   #105
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I understand your approach; makes sense.

I am considering the Abyzz in my next build for all of its strong points; its ultra quiet, ultra efficient and has high head, not to mention its tiny by comparison to these old school pumps and it comes with 10 year warranty. The price is little too high for most budgets (including mine) but reading the reviews and seeing the feedback at different fora I get that feeling that it would be the last pump I'd need.


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Old 09/20/2017, 12:04 PM   #106
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Beautiful build. Great workmanship.


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Old 09/20/2017, 12:28 PM   #107
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Amazing work. Whats your rate and would you be willing to fly to VA?


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Old 09/20/2017, 12:28 PM   #108
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A Golden Reef Tank (v2)

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Wow, That's a ton of update, glad to see it going well. I'm a fan of your build for many reasons but my main one is because your really going after what you want, including the room decor and woodwork. It's really cool to watch someone execute what was once just a vision into a reality, and so well.


Thanks for all of the compliments! Turning my thoughts into really has been rewarding! ...and exhausting.


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Old 09/20/2017, 12:29 PM   #109
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This thread is simply amazing. Your attention to detail and craftsmanship is about the best I have seen on here.


Thanks James. I owe a lot of inspiration to past builds that others have completed here.


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Old 09/20/2017, 04:17 PM   #110
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I know a couple of public aquariums that could use advice from you man!!

Subscribed for the rest of your journey, can't wait for updates (grabbing popcorn)


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Old 09/20/2017, 04:57 PM   #111
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Thanks Karim and Vadajo.

Karim-I've read through parts of your thread. I need to start over and review from the beginning. You've got some major aspirations. I wish you the best with the project. It will be incredible to see come together.

Vadajo- Do you have anything being planned right now or running already? Any build threads? I'm afraid my work would would require more in terms of time than 99% of hobbyists would be willing to tolerate. 300 hours is a conservative estimate of how much time I have in the aquarium and back room and it's still not done. Another 300 hours in the woodwork out front and there are still small things to complete there. That's why the tank was dry for 18+ months.


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Old 09/20/2017, 05:05 PM   #112
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I know a couple of public aquariums that could use advice from you man!!

Subscribed for the rest of your journey, can't wait for updates (grabbing popcorn)

Thanks JM. I would love to earn a living somehow tied to the hobby but I haven't found the right opportunity. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.


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Old 09/20/2017, 05:51 PM   #113
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Thanks. Just watch the latest videos - that'll catch you up fast

I'm still captive to my budget- need to clear under $50k to get started.


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