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so updates will be mostly pictures as i am to lazy to write up everything for the third time :)

please just ask questions if you would like something explained or answered..

700Kg of Benibachi Black soil Normal.

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soil being added to the first of many tanks

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started to add all the driftwood i grew in the moss grow out tanks

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the 6ft twin T5HO lights i used.

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fitted up under the racks

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the power i used to run all the lights. instead of adding hard wired points everywhere.

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the climate control system for the room :)

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Awesome set up!

*Cough* God I hate you *Cough* :sorrow:

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Lol I'd like to see you swim in it loach, might leave a bad taste in your mouth ;)

Thanks triggs, should be updated by the weekend up to where it was before being deleted on

The other forum ;) then I can start adding new updates ;)

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@fishmosy. Me too ;) it was not cheap but it shows my belief in how good the benibachi soil is. It's been 11months now since the soil has been in the tanks. I use Ro water and mineral supplements and my ph is still buffeting between 5.4- 5.8 in the different tanks. So well worth the money ;)

@hexaD. Don't worry mate it's going to happen ;) just been super busy setting up the forum for you all and work has been crazy busy also.

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Droooool.......

I still can't get over that setup Dean. It's crazy :). Can't wait to see the next instalment, its so inspirational.

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Benibachi will be the soil I buy for my next tank given all the reviews here on SKF. I will have a hard enough time convincing the mrs I need <50kg, can't imagine 700.

You get what you pay for, but it still hurts when you hand over a week or twos worth of salary:sorrow:.

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Very nice Dean, I like to see solid return pluming= no leaks.

I use to work for Bay Fish and we did similar set ups in shops, its the only way to go, years of trouble free running.

The only problem we found was a build up of air at the highest point on the returns, it was fixed by adding a small bleed line at the highest point that returned to the sump. The air came from stop starting during power out of maintenance.

Nice System, so you going to build another one? by the way I thought you had to be a traidy of some sort its to neat LOL

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@fishmosy. Me too ;) it was not cheap but it shows my belief in how good the benibachi soil is. It's been 11months now since the soil has been in the tanks. I use Ro water and mineral supplements and my ph is still buffeting between 5.4- 5.8 in the different tanks. So well worth the money ;)

@hexaD. Don't worry mate it's going to happen ;) just been super busy setting up the forum for you all and work has been crazy busy also.

No kidding! Was that you playing with the site at some ungodly hour this morning Dean?

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Yes mate ;) no rest for me. I just want everyone to be happy and enjoy this forum, so a few less hrs sleep is not a prob

For me.

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Yes mate ;) no rest for me. I just want everyone to be happy and enjoy this forum' date=' so a few less hrs sleep is not a prob

For me.[/quote']

I think it's safe to say everyone already enjoys the forum dean everyone is contributing and making this an excellent learning environment keep up great work everyone

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this is how the power looks under the racks

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these are the timers i use

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this is where i sit and tie moss for hours on end

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this is my food/ test kit medicine cabinet.

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this is one side complete

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this is what the room looks like almost finished

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this is what the smaller tanks all look like. top two rows on both sides of room. 32 in total

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and the larger ones on the bottom row both sides of room. 8 in total.

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now the room was finished i needed to make it look pretty :)

from this

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i used this

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like this

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finished like this

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thanks :)

yes loach, they have been modified a little since the thread was originally started.

i should be finished them next weekend and will do another update with sumps and

Automated water change and auto top up systems :)

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Your racks are stunning.

The idea with the velcro tape and corflute is genius. I'm gonna steal that idea the day I finally do something like this.

Thanks heaps for the inspiration.

This gonna be the first thread on SKF to reach 1,000 views !

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i gotta say the final touch up to make it pretty is really the icing on the cake.. looks awsome.. very inspirational work and attention to detail

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wow!! i really can appreciate how much time you have put into that room! must have a very tolerating mrs

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