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  4. Darn, can’t make it, I’m going to be on vacation with my grandkids.
  5. The June meeting will be June 11th from 4pm - ?? Craig Martin (cmrun) and his wife Connie are the host again this year . The address is 921 Arrowwood Drive in Carmel IN. The summer social is a pitch in so please reply if you can make it and what you will be bringing. We hope to see everyone there!
  6. At the past couple of meetings we have discussed getting a group together for MACNA https://macna.org/macna2022/ We would go up Friday and come back Sunday. Depending on Chicago traffic it is 4:30 to 5:30 drive. And of course at some point would hit a local brewery and casino. Some of the club members have booked at Hyatt which is connected. It seems to be cheaper if you book through Macna site versus direct unless you have points
  7. Loving the chalice! How are you controlling nitrate/phosphate?
  8. Sad I missed it! Anyone have pics from the meeting? Mike has one of the nicest setups in the group and it is great to get inspiration off of! Hope the tank is doing well!
  9. Maybe once I can get a little return on investment, the wife will let me upgrade the stand. She said the tank is beautiful, but needs fish now, lol. For those of you that know me, my life is always... active... I was talking to someone on Facebook about fish, and guess what! My Facebook got hacked and banned. Good things Facebook has a chat/support team to call (they don't at all... it has been a nightmare). Oh, well. Another thing to add to the list. Wish I could have made the last meeting, but life is always busy with a 5 year old, 20 month old and a demanding career. Hopefully, I can start attending actively soon again.
  10. Might add a few fish soon. Nitrates are near 0, ammonia and nitrites had a mini cycle. Everything is looking good though! I did the whole 90% planning and still 50% winging it, lol. I had a small leak on the main drain on the left hand side due to a bad seal. I added more sealant and let it sit for a day. It seems to be good now. I installed the chaeto light, but ran into a major issue with it... I tightened down the PVC disconnects too much, so when I bumped the plumbing, it moved the bulkhead and got sand into the threads and seal... It took a few days after work and a few tools, and a sore neck and back to loosen them up, clean them and reinstall them... Got the fuge light installed though! Murphy's law, am I right? My thought for the skimmer issue was to cut the end off from the side of the stand and make a door on the side, but looking more into it, it will be really hard to reinforce well and not worth the effort. I might try cutting the acrylic and making a door... We will see. I also might just leave it as is and clean the skimmer body with a shop vac and a scraper. We will see! Light are installed and ready. I'm going to 3D print something to keep the lights on the hood when I lift the hood. I might eventually upgrade the lights to be installed with tv wall mounts. We will see! (Media bag was moved below to the sump today)
  11. Thanks Mike, great meeting and great food. I was impressed we had 4 new members show up. I hope you new members continue to come to the meetings.
  12. Thanks for hosting Mike! Tank, fish room, and your house look amazing!!
  13. Mike Everything looks great. That sump is still outstanding and well thought out. Thank You for hosting
  14. A lot of changes recently. New video up now!
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  16. The tank and your home have had a lot of upgrades and improvements over the last year. Everything looks great! Thank you for hosting!
  17. Late response, but I will be there tomorrow!
  18. I subscribed, nice presentation on your videos too.
  19. Eldest graduates college so no me.. Have fun everyone!
  20. If your idea is to upgrade the whole set up at that time keep that one. Lol. I would cut the acrylic out right in front of the skimmer and replace with a larger thicker piece that is threaded on one side. Gasket one side of it. And it will become a removable pane. Just need to drain the sump a bit. Pull the pane. Pull the skimmer body. You shouldn’t need to pull the body out very often anyway. I can’t even remember the last time I pulled my skimmer body out. With an external pump I just pull it and clean it.
  21. Starting to come together and looking good. The skimmer will be a problem the octo has a wide body not sure how you get it out unless you are able to cut an end pane in the stand and put the sump on runners so you can slide the sump in and out of stand from the end if it becomes necessary.
  22. I’ll be there. Looking forward to checking out Mikes tank.
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