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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 1:49 pm

Interesting build :)

I like the led fixture and the fact that you can modify the unit easily if needed which I think is really important.

Looking forward to how this build comes together.
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Postby Paddy » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 3:16 pm

timmmysli wrote:Interesting build :)

I like the led fixture and the fact that you can modify the unit easily if needed which I think is really important.

Looking forward to how this build comes together.


I don't know if I was doing it wrong but I found that aluminium tubing from Bunnings near on impossible to pull apart once I had it together, I wouldn't want to be trying to pull it apart
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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 4:53 pm

It all depends on how keen you are to get it apart lol

I'm using the same stuff.

Mor to the point, if you want more leds/light then you can just add more :) Thats the great thing about diy leds, you can change what you want.

1:1 ratio sounds good but maybe a few more whites might be needed seeing that you have the xr-e's :poke: lol
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Postby Dan » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 6:22 pm

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1:1 ratio sounds good but maybe a few more whites might be needed seeing that you have the xr-e's :poke: lol


Don't say that :guns:


I also like the idea that you can simply and easily add another row of heatsinks and lights very easily if we need to. We will start with the 36 and see how that goes.

Has anyone used a small amount of Red LED in their tanks?? I've been told its good but have not seen it used very often :nut:
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Postby Lutjanus » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 7:48 pm

Excellent work so far Dan.

I have the same sump configuration as you have designed from Dennison also :clap:

Its build quality are second to none.

I really like the design of your stand with the removable side.

My tank is the same dimensions as yours, so will be watching this build with great interest.
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Postby Dan » Thu 03 Dec, 2009 6:30 am

Picked up the tank and sump from Dennison yesterday, top notch build quality. :clap: Can't say the same for my quick shots of it on the garage floor :roflmao:

Will get a few coats of black acrylic onto the back wall over the next few days. Tank & Sump also need a good clean.

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Postby Deek » Thu 03 Dec, 2009 9:52 am

Looking good Dan

I like your euro brace, nice and clean.
I am still trying to work out how to do my euro.

What made you go with those extra corner braces? I would not have thought your tank was big enough to need extra.

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Postby Dan » Thu 03 Dec, 2009 1:34 pm

Yeah its good. Dennison said thats how you do the flat euro bracing all the way round and it makes sense. Didn't realise you could get away without the corner pieces. Anyway I like to live on the safe side
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Postby Deek » Thu 03 Dec, 2009 3:28 pm

Check out this tank (great build too!) - tank is towards the bottom of page 1
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showt ... ht+stealth
I have come up with 6 options for my euro, with this one being the weakest, but it looks pretty good IMO.

Looking forward to seeing your tank full of water. :poke: :thumbsup:
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Postby Dan » Fri 04 Dec, 2009 6:46 am

yeah thats what I was looking for, clean and the brace at the same level. Pretty much the same as mine we just have those strengthening L pieces in each corner.

Deek wrote:Looking forward to seeing your tank full of water. :poke: :thumbsup:

Hopefully I can pick up all the plumbing on Sat and have it plumbed up over the weekend. Also looking at progressing with the light so don't know how much will be done. :nut:
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Postby Dan » Sat 05 Dec, 2009 8:43 am

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:( :( :(

I'm just not meant to have a sump...

I think I woke up the whole neighbourhood last night with F#&K F#%K S@#T because this is the damage I did to my BRAND NEW NEVER SEEN WATER SUMP with my knee walking through the house in the dark. I forgot it was sitting in the hallway :wall: :wall: :wall:

Knee isn't looking much better than the sump either to make things worse

This hobby was never meant to be easy...
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Postby PaulG » Sat 05 Dec, 2009 8:51 am

Bad luck with the sump Dan.

On the up side though, at least its not too much work & cost to get dennison to replace the broken pane.

Fixing your knee however... that could be a little more difficult
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Postby Dan » Sat 05 Dec, 2009 8:55 am

PaulG wrote:On the up side though, at least its not too much work & cost to get dennison to replace the broken pane.


Oh thats great, I was going to ring him this morning and pray he can just replace the pane rather than needing a whole new sump. Always look on the bright side eh?

All my plans for plumbing it up today and doing a fresh water test went right out the window last night. Lucky the cricket is on this weekend :roflmao:
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Postby Dan » Sun 06 Dec, 2009 2:22 pm

The LED build has begun.

This is how the framework will look. Most of the connectors have not been fixed in yet as the drivers, dimmers and wiring will be run though the aluminium tubing.
The aluminium tube has a ledge on it so the heatsinks can sit in place and a piece of tempered glass will sit on the ledge of the lower frame to keep out the salt & moisture

Each heatsink will hold 6 Cree LED's

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Postby Dan » Sun 06 Dec, 2009 8:27 pm

Here is the tank all cleaned up and with 5 coats of gloss black spraypaint on the back. Very happy with the smooth gloss finish and it matches the weir perfectly.
The quality of a Dennison tank is second to none and so is his customer service :clap: :clap:

Have to make a few mods to the stand (cut the plumbing holes etc.) and it will be ready to finally mount on the stand.

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Postby Deek » Sun 06 Dec, 2009 8:50 pm

Mate, the tank has cleaned up very nicely!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
That Euro brace looks fantastic. I really like gloss black background, I regret the blue I used on my current tank.

I'm very interested to see the LEDs come together too.
How many watts in total will you have? And what MH light setup would it compare to do you think?

:cheers: Derek
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Postby Dan » Sun 06 Dec, 2009 10:50 pm

Thanks!

We have 108 watts of LED light and it should roughly be around 350-400 watts equivalent from what i've read. Hopefully :-s

Can anyone verify this?
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Postby Dan » Tue 08 Dec, 2009 6:25 am

Tank's in place :thumbsup:

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Postby coral1 » Tue 08 Dec, 2009 7:04 am

looking good
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Postby fritzy » Tue 08 Dec, 2009 7:31 am

:withyou: very nice dan! :thumbsup:

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Postby valkyrie73 » Wed 09 Dec, 2009 9:35 pm

looks great!, silly question but what do you use to clean your tank?

I am getting into marine and bought a 3ft tank today (was going to get a 2ft and do Nano but wasn't much more to get the 3ft.

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Valkyrie73's family 3ft mixed reef tank http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=211087
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Postby Dan » Thu 10 Dec, 2009 6:27 am

valkyrie73 wrote:looks great!, silly question but what do you use to clean your tank?


All good. Just cleaned up some marker on the glass with metho and removed a few stray silicone marks with a razor blade.
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Postby zeebull » Thu 10 Dec, 2009 1:49 pm

great looking build.
Cant wait to see some life in it

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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sun 13 Dec, 2009 4:05 pm

Update?

lol

I've read in other builds that 1 watt of xr-e leds at 750-1000ma is roughly 2-2.5watt's of MH equiv.. In terms of lux its very close but that means shut I guess lol Some of that figure was from the % of pur that xr-e's output. Can't remeber where I read that it was a while ago.

Other users on the RC led write up thread and on the nano thread talk about optics increasing it again.





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Postby Dan » Sun 13 Dec, 2009 9:31 pm

Right an update ;)

Had a really productive day with the light. Got all the heatsinks drilled, tapped and LEDs secured down.
Next we need to get all the wiring & drivers into the metal frame and add the finishings - tempered glass, chrome dimmers & hanging kit.

Hooked just a few of the suckers up to a battery and OMG they are insanely bright & we've only seen 1/3 running at once :o Really looking forward to getting it over my tank :pirate:

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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sun 13 Dec, 2009 9:35 pm

Hey they don't look bright at all :poke:

lol Hows the eyes

Good to see it comming together.
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Postby Dan » Sun 13 Dec, 2009 9:41 pm

timmmysli wrote:Hey they don't look bright at all :poke:

lol Hows the eyes

Good to see it comming together.


:nut: - pretty much say's it all.

My eyes think they are pretty bright. Still could not look directly at them with a welding mask on :devil:
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Postby Dan » Tue 22 Dec, 2009 9:22 pm

We managed to get the plumbing done over the last few nights, now quite anxious to get the tank wet and see how many joints are actually water tight :roflmao: as its our first time working with plumbing I'm sure some will leak.

The T is going to be connected to the inlet of the chiller once I take it off the current DT.

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Postby Mxett » Tue 22 Dec, 2009 9:24 pm

schweet job there mate
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Postby fritzy » Tue 22 Dec, 2009 9:43 pm

:withyou: looking good guys!

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