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Here are a couple updated pics of the sump area:

 
 
 

 
 
 
I'm seriously considering getting rid of the frag tank and table and putting in a 55 gallon drum of Man Made Live Rock. I don't use the frag tank for anything any longer and It just creates a bunch of salt creep from the surges coming down.
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How many gallons is your system?

You know as soon as you remove the frag tank you will want it again.

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It's hard to say exactly but it would fall somewhere between 450 and 500 gallons. Adding the 55 gallon drum would probably leave me with about the same volume once the is inside it. But I'd have a lot more filtering capacity than I do now.
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I'm thinking of building some DIY-Rock Plates to put in the back corner around the overflow to hide the box somewhat and give me some more options for  mounting frags.
 

 
The red outlines the area that I'd like to cover. I'll use eggcrate as the lattice to to make sure it's strong and won't break. For the mixture I'll probably use mostly perlite instead of Oyster shell just to keep the weight down so they are easier to handle and get into place.
 
I'm not going to be able to make this as one big piece though. In order to get it into my tank it will have to be probably in 4 different sections. That is going to be the hard part. The final assembled pieces will need to be stable and not look like it's made of 4 different pieces.
 
 
 
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I can't believe that picture is only like 2 years old. My fish are huge now!  
 
I just wish I still had that Chips colony... Man I loved that thing!
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You could build the full assembly on a bench with a PVC skeleton (4 sections) that will disassemble/re-assemble in the tank. You can attach the rock how you want, dry, attached really well, and not break your back putting it in and clear the tight area above the tank. Glue all the joints except where it comes apart, these could be couplers only glued on one side.
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You know what...I hadn't even considered using PVC in this . That's hard to believe!
 
What I had been thinking was to connect the eggcrate together to make the frame.  Then using clippers cut it into four pieces but not use straight lines and even offset the joints between sections. If the whole thing was flat it would be broken up something like this:
 

 
I'd then place a strip of plastic wrap in between each joint. As I apply the rock mixture to the panels I can then push that plastic wrap back and forth to create a jig saw of sorts that should also serve to break up the line between panels.
 
That's what I HAD been thinking at least...
 
 
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Time for a few updated pictures. I took these the other day later in the evening when just the actinic lights where on. Ad teh glass really needed a good scraping.

 

 
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Here is a cool pic of some of he sponge growth in the sump under my tank
 

 
 
I had another one that I accidently corrupted when I was tryign to crop and resize it. I'll have to get another shot tonight.
 
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Cool sponges Chad!  How are the panels coming along?
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Very Well Mike.  I put the bottom two panels on in the tank:
One went in last Friday and one last night.. I'm going to check the PH on the tub with the other pieces in it tonight. If the PH is safe then I might be adding the top two panels tonight.

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That looks GREAT! 
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Thanks...Hopefully In the next day or so I'll have the other pieces in! Then It will be time for another FTS.
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Updated FTS with all the lights on:

 
Man I really need to get some frags and get some corals growing out again!
 
 
 
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The panels look awesome!  Let me know if you want frags of anything I have.
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Looks very nice!  Very natural.   

Are you thinking of going down the whole back as well?

It must have taken a few shots to get that FTS without the emp.

I have some brown and green button poylps you could have if you wanted to experiment with their existance with the emp.


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Fishtal

The panels look awesome!  Let me know if you want frags of anything I have.


I'm not that picky Tal
 Any good growing SPS will do.
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Well it looks like it's time to do some more planning...I've really been in need of a new skimmer for some time and recently the opportunity to came by to get a skimmer that would be oversize for my system at a pretty good price. When I say oversize I mean it's going to take up some major floor space. So it looks like I'm going to have to do some moving of tanks and plumbing in the basement.
 
I really wanted to get the area around my sumps walled in and seperated from the rest of the basement and crawl spaces as well this winter to make temp control easier. Last winter I had a heck of a time keeping my temps up. So I need to sit down and plan out how to get my walls where I want them and move equipment around to get this monster skimmer in there as well.
 
Sounds like it's time to fire up Visio!
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Cool!  It will be neat to see you squeeze in a large skimmer.

Would sheet styrofoam around the underground fish room help?

There is a place in Adrain that is supposed to have great prices and  foam up to 12" thick.

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