500 Gallon In-Wall

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    A couple of livestock pictures I found:

    Colony of sun corals munching down:
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    Clown Gobies on an elephant ear mushroom:
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    MEETING MEETING MEETING MEETING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Yes I agree with Angie, I am sure members would love to see your tank. I know when I saw it, it was super great.
     
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    No meeting. No meeting. No meeting. I don't want him to get all the votes for meeting of the year $.
     
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    Do you still have the PVC pipes holding the rock formations or did you eventually cement them together. If the pipes are still there, I noticed the ends were open so was wondering if you have noticed any miscellaneous growth in them.
     
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    Still the same PVC pipe structure behind it. I would never be able to hold that length of arch without it. I haven't noticed anything inside of the PVC except for my eel when he was less...rotund.
     
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    Ever afraid of or even see anything elsse swimming in the pipes with the open ends?
     
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    Nah...I keep a drawer full of knives close to the tank just in case something goes awry. ;)
     
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    Its been a long time, so I thought I should start another project. I ordered a Swabbie kit last week, and figured as long as I'm installing that, I would try to build a washdown for the cup side of the skimmer. I found a few different ideas on the internet but didn't like anything I saw, so off to Menards I went. Even though it is the off-season, after a few odd looks from the staff I found the irrigation stuff and started scheming.

    I found these cute little spinning heads:

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    I wanted to make sure they were below the lip of the skimmer neck so no washdown water made it into the tank, so I assembled the heads on short stems attached to T's.

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    I started with 5 to see how it would work. Here they are all hooked up. I was going to put them outside of the bubble wall on the lid, but there is more space inside between it and the neck of the skimmer. I used Scotch (tm) tape to hold them in place for testing, but I'll have to figure out a more permanent way to hold them if this works.

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    Hooked up to the water supply, and viola!

    [video=youtube;TecP2nuLOKE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TecP2nuLOKE[/video]
     
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    Very cool. So this helps flush your collection cup automatically? How often do you run the water?
     
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    The idea is that it keeps the collection cup clean so that as gunk overflows the neck, it has a clean surface to run down rather than building up. Plus by keeping the neck clean on the outside (and the cup) you can see what your bubble column looks like all the time.

    I'm not sure how often it is going to run...I'll probably start with 4 times a day for 15 seconds each time.
     
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    I run saltwater spray on the inside of the riser and R/O on the outside of riser and rest of the cup for 10 seconds every 4 hrs with this schedule the skimmer needs cleaning every six months to clean the corners the spray does not reach, but otherwise I never touch it.
     
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    How are you feeding yours? I haven't decided if I will use a tank of RO water with a pump, or run tap water. Tab water is obviously easier, but I'm concerned that even with the sprayheads being low, some overspray will get into the skimmer neck and into the tank. If I did use RO water, I can move them up and get more of the neck.
     
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    I use R/O from a dedicated 20 gallon container feed by a Mag 7 pump it supples good pressure, My unit has static spray nozzles you may find the sprinkler heads collect a lot of gunk.
     
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    I also agree with Angie, I've seen this tank in person and meeting is a great idea or like zoolan70 and I discussed having a party bus drive around that area to visit the other members with tanks in that area. think me and the other half sat there talking with zoolan70 and watching the tank for at least 45 min.
     
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    Actually, it was seeing this that got me interested in doing a washdown. :)

    I tried to find a rotating fitting like he uses but couldn't. I'm guessing he built it himself.
     
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    Here is mine I have it set so the foam coloum rises and sheds of the top of the foam head as well.
    [video=youtube;XIhTmWgM44I]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIhTmWgM44I[/video]
     
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    Is there a blade on the inside of the neck?
     
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    Yes, Inside neck, outside neck, top of the cup and the outside wall it is a rather complete scrub


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