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RE: Poseidon's 90 gallon SPS Reef (permalink)
I'm just home from doing some running, I picked up another 80mm fan from a computer store, a ridiculously cheap hole saw set from Harbor freight, some black mesh from JoAnn's, and more stainless steel screws from Lowes.

I'm going to watch a little of the UM game and off to the basement!
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Well, I am making progress.... You would think that I would learn to draw up a plan before starting, but NO! I decide to redesign, and re-evaluate my design as I go, this results in several do overs, and LOTS and LOTS of trips to the hardware store. Anyway, here is my pitiful progress so far today:


Fans, 1 IceCap 3", one "Stealth" fan.


Fans from the bottom, you can also see my PRACTICE attempt at "brushing" the Al sheet. I decided against the palm sander method after about 2 minutes of this.


Another shot of the FANS! LOL!!! Actually this image is meant to show the "brushed" finish. I was at it for about an hour, maybe 90 minutes. This was a messy process, and took WAY more time then I thought it would. I ended up adding a little water to the process, to keep the Al from floating around in the air, and landing in my sump. So far I am happy with the finish for the most part.


This is the back wall, the larger holes are for the switches, the smaller ones, the power cords. I have grommets to keep the cords from getting cut by the Al.


These clamps really came in handy. This is how I attached the sides the top.


A shot of one of the ends. Originally that channel was supposed to be an upside down U, but the screws that hold the sides on were in the way. (Failure to plan on my part.) So I ended up rotating the channel 90 degrees, this made the mounting for the standoff farther apart... Yup, to far. Now I have to add an Al plate to each end so that the standoffs will have something to mount too.


Finally! A mounting spot! This is in each corner, and will be where I attach the sun lift too. I am thinking of going with 4 instead of 2, just to make leveling the fixture easier.

Well.... I am done for tonight. I feel like I accomplished very little, I had hoped to hang the fixture tonight, guess that will have to wait until tomorrow.
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It's looking Very nice!  Well done[]
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Well what would an electrical DIY be without some ELECTRICAL problems right? I have a short somewhere on my icecap 660 that I took off my canopy, the one that I KNOW was working fine. As soon as I plug it in, it POPS the breaker, something FIERCE! The 430 that I bought used is working fine though.

I will have to track down the problem tomorrow, as I have to be to work at 3AM! (Did I ever mention how much I HATE overtime!)

I guess tomorrow is going to be a CLOUDY day on the tank, I have no lights to put over it!
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Looks like you made some pretty decent progress to me..Everything is is looking good.You'd never know that you didn't have a plan[]
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Thanks Chad! I am going to upload some more pictures soon, these are the ones that I am most proud of! Oh, and only ONE trip to the hardware store today!
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The new canopy looks great!
 
Hopefully you can get a replacement ballast soon.
 
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Thanks AJ, I have a backup ballast on the shelf. [] I am hoping that I won't need it though... I HOPE that it is something silly that I maybe nicked a wire somewhere or something.
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I don't think that is it...

Here are some pictures from today:


Any Ideas?


Does this help?


That should give it away! It took me almost 2 hours to do all 12. :mad:


Mounted in the fixture.


Test "firing" of the 660, it worked fine... Until I "cleaned up" the wiring. :mad: I must have nicked a wire, or shorted something... It doesn't work anymore.


Ballasts mounted!


All six endcaps in place on each side.


This is what the completed fixture will look like... I need to clean the reflectors still, and maybe replace a couple. The Tek 2's that I have are pretty wide, and are difficult to get into the new fixture. I purchased some switches too, but those are not in there yet, and I have to think of something for the fans power adapter, the one that came with the icecap fan is to big to fit into the canopy.

All things considered, I made a lot of progress, now I need to make some more!
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Looking great!
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It LIVES!!!!
pictures coming soon!
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Here are a couple anyway:


This shows the 2x4 that is holding up the fixture until I can get a second set of sun lifts.


And the obligatory full tank shot. (Still no pulleys! )

I do have to think of a solution for the light leakage from between the fixture and the tank, it is rather bright from the couch!
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Holy cerrrrrap Mike!!! How did I miss this project, must have been totally side tracked by something []. That looks awesome! I did an aluminum pendant for my tank a while back, no where near as nice as yours came out though. I am willing to bet I out did you on one aspect though....cuts, blood and bandages... .gif" />

You know, you could trim it in thin oak vaneer to make Stacey happy....shhhhhh......
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The idea for the veneer is a good one. You could make a lip on it so it overlaps the outside edge of the tank and contain all the light. When done it might look much like the old canopy only with pulleys []
 
Nice full tank shot.
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Bah!  Finish it off with a stainless stand!
 
 
Will you run that over open water or use a shield?
 
 
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I know just where you can get a second set of sun lifts!!
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Thanks Mike!  If you look close, you can see a couple of spots of blood in a couple of the pictures!    Stacey actually warmed to the fixture when I brought it upstairs, I don't think she knew that it was going to look as good as it does!    (I'm pretty proud of it, this is my very first metal project.)
 
Chad, I think I am going to use some black acrylic on the tank to cover the light leakage, not sure though.  I am with AJ, I need to skin the stand, or get a stainless steel one! 
 
AJ, I was thinking of leaving it open, but then I like the idea of only having to clean a single piece of plexi instead of 6 reflectors!
 
Jarrod, I was hoping you would say that!  I'll give you a call to make arrangements! 
 
Thanks everyone for the compliments!  It means a lot!
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The fixture is officially hanging now!  I like the lifts, they work very well for my application.  I will post some more pictures tonight.  The last thing I have to do is add the vent screen fabric, and MAYBE add an acrylic shield to the bottom of the fixture, I am going back and forth on that idea.
 
I do need to do something about the light leakage too though.
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Well it is not quite "done" but it is hanging!


Full tank shot, including the Sun Lifts.




From the left side.




Details.

A full tank shot from the other day, actinics only:



Trumpets!

This project was a LOT of fun, it took a LOT longer then I thought it would though, and of course it cost more too!
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That looks Awesome!  I love the contemporary look.  I'd do the stand black or silver now.
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