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Saterday, september 25, 2021 - #Panoramareef - last tasks before filling the tank
Finally i manage to cut the 55cm strips and glued them. The separationrack fits perfectly inbetween the seam.
Next was drilling two 55mm holes to place the tank connectors. These will be used as surface skimmers. I will probably be using a XS sump for this purpose
I'am not a real fan of these tank connectors, so i took extra precaution by glueing them.
The plumbing will be simpel an minimal.

Now wait a few days for the silicone to cure and do a fill test.

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Same here, can you detail how you butted these panes together? That is some interesting bracing work I have never seen before. I like the egg crate divider, this creates some interested options with an in-tank divider, especially for anyone interested in non-reefsafe fish or predator fish reefs.
 

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Same here, can you detail how you butted these panes together? That is some interesting bracing work I have never seen before. I like the egg crate divider, this creates some interested options with an in-tank divider, especially for anyone interested in non-reefsafe fish or predator fish reefs.
This is how it was put together

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I hate the idea when they can get loose and leak.

I have never had that happen to me. The only time a bulkhead leaked on me was I had to cut out some old piping glued in. I cut the line, then removed and replaced the bulkhead, and then got some sand stuck in the gasket. I learned then to make sure everything is clean and to double check that no sand or debris remains. Outside of this, I have never had a bulkhead leak.

This is how it was put together
Well, I can no longer say I have never seen anyone put an expansion joint in their aquarium before lol. I thought you would have the top brace continuous across that joint, but no, looks like you built that exactly like an expansion joint in a concrete building.
 

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I have never had that happen to me. The only time a bulkhead leaked on me was I had to cut out some old piping glued in. I cut the line, then removed and replaced the bulkhead, and then got some sand stuck in the gasket. I learned then to make sure everything is clean and to double check that no sand or debris remains. Outside of this, I have never had a bulkhead leak.


Well, I can no longer say I have never seen anyone put an expansion joint in their aquarium before lol. I thought you would have the top brace continuous across that joint, but no, looks like you built that exactly like an expansion joint in a concrete building.

I had 2 cases in the past 25 years and it leaked in the sump sump luckily. It was plumbed into the bottom of the tank and I did not want to empty the tank and it did not leak on the floor so i left it that way.
Maybe that's why it's burned into my memory which make me distrust them.

Because of the length i think it was a good idea to avoid material stress this way.
 
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I did a similar thing with lots of silicone when installing an overflow box to my cube tank. I did not trust O-rings to prevent a leak over the long-term. I sleep better at night.

Perhaps I missed this, but what is the eggcrate for? Is it to divide 2 groups of incompatible fish? It looks like it could be good to use to keep non-reefsafe fish away form LPS and SPS corals. They could stay on one side of the system with softies that they would not eat.
 
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I did a similar thing with lots of silicone when installing an overflow box to my cube tank. I did not trust O-rings to prevent a leak over the long-term. I sleep better at night.

Perhaps I missed this, but what is the eggcrate for? Is it to divide 2 groups of incompatible fish? It looks like it could be good to use to keep non-reefsafe fish away form LPS and SPS corals. They could stay on one side of the system with softies that they would not eat.
Me to, i also sleep better now.

The eggcrate has many advantages.
Keep fish from corals
Keep agressive fish away from new introduces.
Allowing fish te temporary enter the section and cleanup pests
 

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Friday, 1 October 2021 #panoramareef - mounting GHL Mitras LX7206
I put some slats at the bottom of the cabinet to mount the GHL stands and have 3 already mounted. The other 2 will be installed later. I need to take them out of the EZ2Goreef and put something else in there.
After almost 1.5 years of testing on the butterflyreef and EZ2Goreef, I decided that these fixtures would be a nice addition to the panoramaeef section1.
I filled tank section1 with tap water to the point that it overflowed into section 2/3
Now it contains exactly 780 liters. No leaks!

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Saturday, 2 October 2021 #Panoramareef- saltwater mixing.
To do this, first turn on some flow pumps to speed up the mixing.
Step1 calculate water volume
Step2 calculate salts using the CRS calculator
Step3 weigh out NaCl+, MgSO4+, Mg+, Ca+ and add them to the aquarium in separate piles.
MgSO4+ and Ca+ must not come into contact with each other.
Step4 Weigh out KH+ and dissolve it in water ~50gr/L while stirring. When everything is dissolved, pour the liquid into the aquarium.
Step5 Allow the salt heaps to dissolve thoroughly for a few hours.


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I wonder how much you save using separate compounds rather than a complete salt mix? I like that you weigh dry powders with a digital scale. It is the best way to go. Measure by volume is so less accurate.
 

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I wonder how much you save using separate compounds rather than a complete salt mix? I like that you weigh dry powders with a digital scale. It is the best way to go. Measure by volume is so less accurate.

ESV has a similar 4-part salt and it is one the most expensive salt your can buy on a $/gallon basis ($120/200 gal). The NaCl and MgSO4 are the only two dry ingredients measured by weight. Everything else is pre-dissolved in a high concentration in Part A and Part B solution. The downside to it is after you measure the 4 parts and get everything done, Tropic Marin still out performs it on ICP testing relative to NSW. TM cost just under ESV ($115/200 gal), but not by much. Both struggle with reliable availability.

I have never seen DSR products for sale here, so I have no idea how the costs or ICP test results compare.

Outside purchasing the separate components from either ESV or DSR, sourcing the high quality grade salts required for reefing is very difficult, especially in small batches. If you cut the corners on grade quality, then you would be better off saving money and purchasing pre-blended salts.
 

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I wonder how much you save using separate compounds rather than a complete salt mix? I like that you weigh dry powders with a digital scale. It is the best way to go. Measure by volume is so less accurate.
It's not about savings.
It's about control. I have been using this system since 2011

I used tapwater to fill te system. With tapwater containing 5dkh and 50ppm calcium, no other salt will end up with the right values.
The price of the batch is calculated i this calculator based on EU pricing
 

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Sunday, oktober 3, 2012, #panoramareef - sandbed, seeding and feeding.
100 kilo coralsand 1-2 mm was placed into segement 2/3. 40 liter sludge from the EZ550reef was placed into segment1.
After that we daily dose 23ml easy carbon.
The water is clouded from the sand.
We wait 3 days before using a powerfilter to clear the water.
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Monday, oktober 4, 2021 - #panoramereef finishing the stand.

Sanded the planks and fitted the intermediate uprights of the frame. Now that these are in place, the purlin laths have been removed. Those legs are not going anywhere anymore.

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Tuesday, oktober 5, 2021 #panoramareef - mainflow direction.

Today i am doing the plumbing and determing the mainflow direction. I choose to do the plumbing above the tank because it's saver, easier and less powerconsuming, because there are less corners used and less pipe length required.
For the ecstatics the pipe can be hidden behind a panel later on.
Today (earlier as planned) i put in another bucket of slugde and started two powerfilter to filter out the calciumcarbonate percipitate.
Later on i placed three bucket of deadrock into the tank.
Placing of the sand did not have much effect on the Alk and Calcium 7,6dkh /430ppm
Nitrate an phosphat are just fine 5ppm / 0,03ppm


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Wednesday, oktober 5, 2021 #panoramareef - deadrock and powerfilter.
I placed an additional 75 kilo coralsand and 120 kilo deadrock that i had lying around in the garden.
The watervolume up till now taken in by sand and rock is about 200 liters
The water is clearing up slightly due to the powerfilter (next time beter rinse the sand)
On the other hand.... now is can't be tempted to rush things and get into trouble. I have to sit this one out until the water has been cleared.

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