From Reef to Nature Aquarium a journey

Ed Wiser

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I hate cleaning filters :eek: Nice breakdown.
Don’t suppose you could do a small video showing the flow of your es-150 in the tank could you?
No worries if it’s tricky, it’s not hugely important, more to satisfy my curiosity :D
Cheerio,
Ady.

Will try to. The spin pipe on the tank currently spreads the water out so much. I will be doing a whole video of the 1200 model as there are hardly any videos out there on the flow and the filter itself.
 

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So today I took off the ADA Aquasun 301 and put on a ONF nano light.
I have been real happy with the ONF light on my small bowl in the kitchen.
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I like how the Christmas Mose it longer on the bowl

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Where in the 30c it grows compact.

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So let’s look at the ONF light.

The box is fun getting open the flap is glued shut.

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Inside you have the light and the tank mount
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There is a sticker with info about the light.

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I remove that as I don’t want it blocking any light.
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This is the light mounting bracket
for the light.

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So you screw the light to the arm of the light

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Power supply box.
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Since I am in the USA I installed the US power plug.
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Next with a flathead screw driver you tighten the mount to the tank.

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Light on tank now the hard part fishing out the ADA power supply and installing the ONF power supply.

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Before
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After

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Ed Wiser

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I hate cleaning filters :eek: Nice breakdown.
Don’t suppose you could do a small video showing the flow of your es-150 in the tank could you?
No worries if it’s tricky, it’s not hugely important, more to satisfy my curiosity :D
Cheerio,
Ady.

Put a stem in out flow so you could see the amount of flow coming out of the pump.

 

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Well after a few weeks of life I was able to get the stand and ADA 120P 50 into the living room. I finished prostrate cancer treatment. Then father in law fell with a bleed on the brain that would not stop. He died a week later. An yesterday our 15 year old dog died.
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Well after a few weeks of life I was able to get the stand and ADA 120P 50 into the living room. I finished prostrate cancer treatment. Then father in law fell with a bleed on the brain that would not stop. He died a week later. An yesterday our 15 year old dog died.
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Wow sounds like your had a very hard time lately, glad your finished treatment really hope it all went well. Horrible to hear about dog and father in law hope your all ok now.

back to aquariums love the 120p looking forward to seeing what you come up with ed.

Best of luck mate

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Dean it’s life. Aquariums just make it fun. Takes your mind off the issues that come up
Thats great to hear ed get cracking then and get some updates going

Really looking forward to this ed best of luck.

Dean

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So I having working on getting my lighting mounted to the stand.
The Mitras flex stand require tow holes drilled into the stand.
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The slot holds a nut that allows you to move the bolt up and down to adjust the height of the light over the stand. Minimum suggested height is 7.5 inches. I set mine at 10 inches.
So after drilling the holes 12 inches from the end of 4 foot stand both ends I drilled and upper and lower hole.
In the above picture you see the trick that they don’t mention in the directions. Screw the bolts into the nut so that you can easily Aline the bolts with the drilled holes.
I then added a 1/2 pvc cap and drilled a hole for a spacer. This is for the of the tank lighting that will be on the rear of the tank.
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The treaded knobs secure the light mounts to the stand.
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The next step is making the board to mount a power bar and the two ballast’s for the to lights.
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Here is how I am laying it out. This panel will be mounted to the back of the stand with stand offs and threaded knobs. An the wiring will be secured to the rear of the panel. This keeps the inside of the stand clean. All other PLC and dosing for the aquarium is outside in my garage making it easy to work on the tank.

Getting closer to finishing this long project. :)
 

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So I finished mounting the electrical panel.
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This gives the electrics in the cabinet a clean look. Hiding all the wiring makes for a safe install also.

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I use 2” desk grommets to cover the wiring.

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I used 2” pieces of grey pvc to stand off the panel off the back of the stand.

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Installed these led lights that turn on and off with motion too.
 

Deano3

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looking good ed, looks great so far i need some in cabinet lighting too so will look into that. Glad its coming along lookomg forward to more. Also wiring etc looks very very tidy.

Dean

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Filip Krupa

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Nice write up & nice to hear your Mrs enjoys it too. Makes our life so much easier :D
I am only slowly recognising how amazing it is to have and care for plants around the house. We are creatures evolved in the outdoors, I think we forget that sometimes.

Also, Im not surprised that learning new things is what kept you in the hobby. Everything gets boring after a while, especially if things keep going wrong, then you cant help but drop out.
I keep a few spare ideas of what to do with my large tank, in case I get bored with running a high tech planted.

Thanks
Fil
 

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Fil, you need to find something new after a time to grow in the hobby.
One can get into space where the aquarium becomes a chore and you never want to be there. As your aquarium will suffer.
 

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Agree that looks cool, interesting to see someone using a reactor.

Dean

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