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Scuba Steve

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Hey guys,sorry ive been very quiet over the last year. I decided a few months ago with the endless renovations going on around the house, and a beautiful young daughter who never seems to stop, to shut down the fishroom and display. It was proving to be just too much repetative work every weekend and was turning into more of a chore and to be honest, with the amount of work, i just wasnt enjoying it anymore. Over the last two months since my renovations have nearly completed, the spark for a kickass display has been re-ignited and after a long think about the direction i wanted to go with it, aswell as viewing a bit of reef porn from @raycam01_au, i have decided to go a beautiful salt display. Ive spent the last month, glued to the screen researching everything marine, and finally feel ready to start the rebuild. 

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First step was to rebuild the stand. I wasnt happy with the colonial look, and after the new tiles went down through the house, i knew it had to change. I stripped it down and skinned it in 4mm a grade marine ply. Modifed the size of the framing to adjust the size of the doors, and added a raised skirt around the door openings to have the doors sit flush instead of overlapping. First coat of primer was with a brush, but even though it was primer, i wasnt happy with the finish. So i sanded it flat and did my second coat with a HVLP. The finish was much better and proceeded to do one more coat of primer and 3 coats of high gloss ultra white oil based enamel. I then cut to size the finger jointed doors to match the new coffee tables as close as possible. Very happy with the finish and think it matches the house alot better and looks alot more modern.

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Basic power was next. The tank will be going on its own circuit so draw is really no concern. Im running two circuits in the stand, with a total of 12 rcd protected outlets. The IP65 box holds all the excess cable from the pumps, heaters etc as well as a mount for the irrigation controller and pump/wave maker controllers. Doing it this way keeps all the electrical connections together in an easily servicable area. I have also added a small powder coated shelf for the dosing pump and accessories aswell as some raceway to keep all electrical cables running to the sump neat and easily accessable, aswell as satisfying my OCD haha. 

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Thanks ray. Really enjoying the rebuild so far. Just taking my time making sure everything is spot on and how i want it. 

Scraping 5 years worth of calcium buildup off the top of the tank tomorrow. Not really looking foward to that part haha

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50 minutes ago, tdj5 said:

what fish are you going to put in there 

got to love the tangs

Not too sure yet. Ive still got to build a hood to suit the new setup, as well as sort the lighting and get the big girl cycling with some live rock. Im trying to not look at fish too much at the moment so there is no chance of jumping the gun haha. 

But your right, the tangs are dang sexy :eyebrows:

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