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  • Birthday 09/07/1981

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    Rushville IN
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    225 Gallon with Fish room

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  1. I'll take 2 seats. I don't wanna miss this one. Ross
  2. 180g Acrylic Build

    wow, your colors look great!!
  3. I appreciate all the info everyone. The house keeps getting tweaked and unfortunately the tank gets tweaked also. I think im convinced on the apex and for now its going in the budget for the build. I had to scrap the idea of the screen coming down over the tank because my wife doesnt like the idea of a 10' tank covering a whole wall. Also I dont have room for a 10' screen without sitting way too close to it. Instead im going to do 2 6' tanks side by side with 4ft in between. Things could change, but thats the plan as of now.
  4. Great thought on the apex and using it for safety reason and its REALLY tempting. The main reason i might not go that route (still considering it and your argument is very tempting) is because im going to have the whole house setup with a samsung smartthings hub. Basically it does alot that a apex can do, but on a whole house system. HVAC, Lights, Plugs, Switches, Cameras, Doorbells, Water sensors, Door locks, Sprinker systems, Garage doors, and so much more. The only thing i dont think it will have is a temperature gauge for the tank itself. I will have a camera that i can manually check the tank temp myself, but we all know that they automated emails would be awesome to have. Im still thinking about it though, if money were no object.....maybe save up my Christmas/Birthday gifts for the next 10 years and get one. I would still like to hear from others though about the apex.
  5. Well I showed this plan to my wife and she didn't like it. I guess we are gonna go the big tv option rather than the projector option. So I'm back to the bigger tank but no theater. Gotta give a little to get a big tank like this... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I dont see a need for one. I dont have one on my 500g system now. Ive had one before and didnt see it added a lot. I could be convinced though if I can see an advantage.
  7. Apon Doing some research on Home theaters. Ive found that if I go with a 10' wide screen, the recommended seating is 18' back from the screen. I dont have that space in the theater room. I might need to go down to a 8' screen and that might mean a 8' viewing panel for the tank.
  8. Im in the planning stages of a new home and Im at a bit of a crossroad with my basement layout. Im hoping that someone might help me out. Im planning a 10' long, 4' deep, 30" tall In-wall Tank. There is only one really good spot for the tank to go in my basement Living room/Theater room/Man cave. It also happens to be the best place for the theater screen to go. My Idea is to have a retractable screen that comes down over the display of the tank. I love the idea cause it makes the tank and the TV both the focal point of the room. https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-Spectrum-120-inch-ELECTRIC120V/dp/B000MX5XPM/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 I know nothing about theater screens but my concern is light behind the screen. Im wondering if the screens are thick enough to use the projector while the tank lights are on. If not then I will need a way to turn off the lights while the projector is on. I am just concerned that having kids, they wont turn the tank lights back on. Here is my solution but im open for suggestions. I dont plan on running a Apex or controller of any sort. I just dont see the point and I use the Mr DJ powerstrips. So im going to have all my lights setup on a digital timer that is accessible from the theater room. https://www.amazon.com/Enerlites-HET01-C-Programmable-Programs-REQUIRED/dp/B01KG712PI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1494513354&sr=8-2&keywords=light+timer+switch+programmable Then use a spring wound timer switch as a override for the digital timer. https://www.grainger.com/product/INTERMATIC-Spring-Wound-Timer-38D063 I think this will allow kids to turn off the lights, but only for 4 hours at a time. This should be enough time to watch a movie. By doing this Im able to rearrange the basement and it really opens everything up. Any thoughts? Ideas? Thanks Ross
  9. I think it has algae growing on it. Should I be concerned? Ross http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g27/atomic081/498D6932-4AC3-4B10-893F-69431C3662E4.jpg Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I have a cheapo webcam setup that way i can watch the tank myself.

    spent all my money at the INDMAS swap....
  12. 180g - 8 months in

    Looking good!!
  13. heater placement

    Ive always wondered what others do also. I have mine in a separate sump with my skimmer. I dont like to have it/them (I have 4) in the same area as my pump. Ive had my water go low due to evaporation and fry a few heaters. I even have a ATO but at some point it will happen. As im planning a new tank, im going to try and hide 2 in the display tank, 1 in the frag tank and one in the sump. I want to be able to run a generator incase of power outage and atleast keep the temp up as easy as possible.