New ray tank

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  1. MariaS

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    As much as it sucks.. and its terrible to stare at an empty tank...I agree that if you snowed under, rather wait until you can do it without rushing things
     
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    so a bit of a update
    have insulated the back of the tank, painted it dark green so if it gets full of algae i will not see it. mostly cause i can not work out how to get to the back to clean it.
    water test going well
    tank is 50% full as of this morning 5am
    bought a 30watt uv filter will pipe it into return.
    will post pics as i go along just been crazy busy with work, expo for work and took a few days away as well
     
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    Glad it's going well so far
    Haha... a step ladder and some practice at acrobatics will get you to the back of the tank!
    You do get glass cleaners with long handle that help a lot but you will need step ladder as well
    If all fails... you will swim with Crumpet
    UV light is a good investment
     
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    That's great @top dog

    Im sure all will be fine
    Once full, then you know you good to go and things do move faster.
     
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    hoping to start plumbing on friday
    switch on running by sunday
    but will have to see how it goes
     
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    Will keep our fingers crossed that all goes as planned!!
     
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    @top dog

    Pleased to hear you are making progress.
    Sounds good.
    It will possibly take a bit of time for you to work out the best way to do maintenance on the tank
     
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    Can't wait to see the pictures
     
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    Just got one of my appies to finish off a in-line heater
    Has a 2kw ceramic heater in it.
    Now I just got to figure out how to mount it to bottom of the tank.
    Ideally pipe work done this afternoon, water flow by Sunday
    Will try remember to take pics as I goA4F0DBA1-EBB1-4CF3-9C62-B7F4EB936996.jpeg
     
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    Very nice....
     
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    @top dog

    Sorry if its a dumb question but i have never had one of these heaters

    You said " mount it to bottom of tank" right?
    If so, Does the outside of the heater not get hot?

    Or does it get fitted in line with your plumbing like the UV light?
     
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    @MariaS yes will work in a similar way to u.v. filter
    the element is a ceramic element and is placed in a small diameter tube witch will stay dry. the small tube is then placed in a larger tube where the water will flow around. water gets heated from small tube. I will use a thermostat to control the temperature of the element as well as control the temperature of the water. the outer tube should never get hot to the touch and i will also wire it so that if the pump is not running it can not turn element on.
    hope that makes sense
     
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    Thanks for the explanation @top dog

    Interesting, have never really seen an inline heater setup before.

    You obviously have experience with these, any pros and cons versus the conventional heaters?
    Just curious..
     
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    just had the element lying around, have used one on a smaller tank that stands in my workshop for years. temp in workshop during winter drops to around 0 but with 2kw element never loose temperature on the tank. also helps with water changes can do a 50% and get back up to temp in 1 hour.
    I only trust eheim jagger heaters in my tanks thanks to some bad experiences in the past. still run them with a thermostat for in case. So this way i am saving tone of money so choice was easy.
     
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    So this is where I am at
    Pipe work ended up far less neat than I was hoping for but on round 3 ended up with no leaks
    Filter sand is still dusty as desert despite a solid rinse but we will get there
    Tv mounted to wall above the tank witch is interesting but works
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    Very nice, will be awesome once filled.

    Is the heater run on its own pump\line?
     
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    What a great tank. Anxious to see the result.

    No Cory no glory
     
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    Looking absolutely great @top dog !!

    Oh.. Crumpet is going to love you!!
     
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    Very nice.
    Good to see the progress.
     

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