Gav's Aqua Oak

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@Asco1104  I'm hoping so , I was thinking about the Prime's , but by the time i get 3 , I'd be the same cost as two hydra's , I'd also looked into 2 ecotech radion xr15w pro's , but I think I'll go for the hydra's . How are you getting on with your Prime's , why did you need to add a second one ?

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Reply #16

I guess I could have sold the prime and bought a hydra but it got a unused one cheap from eBay.
They are easy to use and quiet, only issue I have is its abit too far away from my router and they drop out sometimes. 
It's because my weir is in the middle and blocks a lot of light so I got one each side wich is much better spread, and light hungry sps :)

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Reply #17

It will probably work out better for you with the Prime's as you could adjust the spacing to suit for either side of your weir . I'm sure you get plug in the wall WiFi boosters which can extend the range if it becomes a pain dropping out . Did you pair them to run as master and slave or are you running two separate lighting programmes ?

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Reply #18

I have ditch trying to set it up over my network, set them up as parent and child so they run the same, I just connect straight to the parent light and they both adjust :)
Only benefit of having them on a network is to access them on the cloud, per small I don't see the point of adjusting it when you can't even see the tank. 

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Reply #19

Just to update , pipework all arrived now bar one bulkhead , went for upvc pipe  , also ordered my pump so it should hopefully arrive this week , went for the DCS 5000 . Getting closer all the time , can't  wait 😀

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Reply #20

So in the last couple of days I've emptied the tank , my fish are all away and everything not needed has been removed , This morning I have fitted my sump into the cupboard , it was supposed to go through the door after giving MHA all the dimensions of door and cupboard and telling them what tank stand it was for ........ It Didn't !
So off came the back of the cupboard and in it went , I'm not sure if this is going to be ideal in the long run but it's in now .
I've a question about the bubble trap in the sump does it matter which way around it works over then under or under then over ?

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Reply #21

I would swap them round so your return pump is on the right no chance of bubbles then :)

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Reply #22

I have mine the other way round Gav, as Marty said, the bubble trap won't work that way around, and it gives you more room for reactors etc.

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Reply #23

Thanks guys , I was hoping that it would be the other way round as you say as it gives me more space for other things , today's task is going to start to plan and build my weir box , @Marty , I noticed in another thread that you have built boxes before , do I take take my weir height to the required water level line or should the box be mounted / cut a little lower to accommodate for a bit of rise when the pump is running ?

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Reply #24

Have it at the required height and allow for the weir comb :)

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Reply #25

Ok thanks @Marty , is there anything else I should look out for ? I know I need to take into account getting fittings and back nuts in and out , and I need a linear length of 14 " to get the correct flow across it .

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Reply #26

So after a bit of thought , a lot of measuring this is what I've come up with for my weir box , I've decided to go down the toothless method due to the small amount of room I have between the water level in the tank and the height of the glass sills within the tank and that there just won't be the space for teeth around half the box , so I will make a mesh box to sit on top to stop any thing getting in there once I get it in the tank . I've gone for a high level weir box and going to take my pipes out the back at high level so as not to narrow down the tank footprint . 😀

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Reply #27

Looking good, you could get some removable combs and cut it to length.

 

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Reply #28

Thanks Tim , I think I'm going to give this a try for just now but I have looked into them , I've got quite a wide sill at the back to support the sliding doors of which leaves only a 15 mm gap between the water level and the underside of glass the glass sill , I don't want the tank level banking up on the underside of the sill when the pump running .
I've made it a foot long and six inches wide and five deep , so should also give some good surface skimming   too .
My diamond drill arrived today so I should get the tank drilled in next day or two , and I've dry fitted a little bit of pipework in the sump cupboard .
Also my filter sock and braket arrived yesterday , so things feel like they are starting to take off .
Can't wait to get some RO water in and give it all a test  and a clean 😀
One thing I did notice was on my glue tin was that it takes 20 days before it is suitable for potted water !!

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