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About Parzifal

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  • Birthday 08/13/1983


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  1. 1000 gallon system!

    Ah! Need some acrylic advice. I got my system running and when filling the quarantine system I noticed there was a small leak coming from the base of my acrylic sump. If I run some acrylic welding solvent along the edge will that fill in the pinhole? Or better to just get a 40 breeder and use that?
  2. 1000 gallon system!

    I was looking for afci breakers while building! Couldn't find them at Home Depot nor lowes and online they seemed overly expensive.... i have gfci installed in all three circuits, would you and why would you reccomend the afci as well. I heard there were dual gfci/afci breakers coming out, but they were over $100 each!
  3. 1000 gallon system!

    Thanks! I'm very happy with how it's coming out, now I just need to get some salt in the system and clean up the 150 gallon to complete the system. Can you plumb the main tank and the sump/system together through the wall or floor? the pic below are the pipes doing just that. It took a bit of putty work to get the wall around them right after I cut out the access to put the pipes in, but not too bad! theres plenty of pumps that could get water to your tank on the main floor. I'm sure your wife wouldn't mind 😉
  4. 1000 gallon system!

    Totally get what your saying! Thankfully I thought of that and have noninsulation against the concrete. I was worried of water or humidity would get back there it would mold and i would have to redo everything. Good call on the foam in the outlet gaps. I will definitely be doing that. Heres an update. QT system is up, rodi is up and I've got water going to to the hopefully short term sump and frag tank. my favorite part....I don't have to carry water anywhere!
  5. Title says it all. Mine broke and I'm looking for a replacement. Please pm me if you have a pump around that style you want to sell! thanks, aaron
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    And for the final update so far! With this it's all caught up! after all the paint and silicone had dried I started on the stands. built the double 40 gallon tank stand for water changes. The top tank will be freshwater and the bottom will be salt. Both tanks have been drilled so I have to a valve to fill/empty the tanks. NO carrying water! the single 40 gallon stand will be for a quarantine system. It will be plumbed so I can add water from the main system and again turn a valve to pump it out into a drain. I hate carrying water. the frag/filtration tank stand is 7' on top and 9' on bottom. The frag tank will be 7'x3'x10" and the bottom will house two 4'x3'x20" tanks. The first filtration tank will be for bio filtration and the second will be for mechanical. ALMOST READY FOR TANKS! if you know anyone who has tanks of the dimensions above and want to sell them let me know!
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    I was originally going to paint the room but found this material called frp which I thought would work much better. it is Fiberglass reinforced plastic, waterproof, chemical resistant, non corrosive, won't flake off over time and gives the room an incredibly clean look. it was easy to cut with some metal shears and very easy to get on the walls. It was NOT easy to get on the ceiling. After cutting the FRP I used liquid nails to get it on the walls and a carpet roller to press it firmly against and get a good seal. The ceilings took a long time. I could not get the 7'x4' sheets to seal against the ceiling. They just kept falling down, very frustrating. I cut them down to 4x4 sheets that worked ok, still couldn't get them to seal well across the entire area and finally decided that fastening them with stainless steal screws and washers would work well. They went up fast after that. For the corners i put up plastic pices sealed with clear silicone. Same for the junction between the frp sheets. They are cheap and easy. after the frp was totally up I painted the floor with epoxy marine paint. 2 coats gave it a nice smooth finish that will be good for dragging tank stands over it. After that I sealed the space between the floor and the walls with a heavy coat of silicone sealant. to ensure the entire room is waterproof I put a si gel piece of rubber cove moulding around the base and sealed the top and bottom and the one seam with two heavy coats of silicone. The rooms floor itself can now hold nearly 200 gallons of water in case it spills. finally came the waterproof electrical covers. Now it's ready for some stands!
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    alrighty. It's been a month since I posted, but lots of progress! A couple posts coming in succession just to keep it organized! finished insulation and added a vapor barrier. Connected the 6 mil sheets with tyvek house tape...not the prettiest of jobs but it will work. Figured out that when working with tyvek tape make sure you put it exactly where you want as that stuff STICKS! Figured out some stuff with drywall too! Score and snap that stuff. If you use a circular saw it will cover everything in a 100' radius is white dust. i used 5/8" green board just to make myself feel better about drywall in a humid area. Due to high humidity expectations I used stainless steel screws and then mud and taped it.
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    And of course I can't forget to show off the new puppy that arrived a few weeks ago! Baby Matilda and big brother Bowie. Of course I choose the most aesthetically pleasing photos?
  10. 1000 gallon system!

    It's been a little while since I updated. Been a crazy two months and as such haven't updated the page like I wanted. But now I am! lots of progress. I had no idea how long this would take, but am glad I'm doing the work and getting the experience. i decided I wanted some electrical outlets on the ceiling, so added three of those...that brings the total outlets in this room to thirteen. Twelve of them 120v 20amp and one 250v 20amp. 120's are split between two circuits. My wife is very excited about all this electricity around water ?. the new puppy bought me some leeway though, hope I dont have to get another! To reinforce the flooring below the main display tank area I sistered the floor joists (added an additional 2x10 pressure treated board to both sides of every existing floor joist) basically making 7 6x10 crossbeams....I think that will hold the lateral load. then the real fun began....adding the additional vertical support of two 4x6 vertical posts anchored into the cement foundation and two 2x10 lamboards for horizontal support. Rented two jacks, cut some support and ratcheted them up until I had ~1/4" to play with and "slide" (more like sledgehammer) in the lamboards. Whole process took about three hours, during which I'm pretty sure I lost what was left of my hair with images of my whole house collapsing in on top of me. I think I will hire out for that from now on. Now the area directly underneath the main display tank space is completely supported on all sides by a cement wall, a steel I-beam, two 4x6x7' vertical posts all connected with horizontal tripled 2x10 beams and an additional doubled 2x10 horizontal lamboard. I added R-30 attic rating insulation around all interior walls and the ceiling. Had no idea the batting came in two different widths and of course got the wrong one. Caused more cutting, but actually worked out in the end as the spacing between the sistered joists took up the extra insulation perfectly. I took out the two lightbulbs lighting the room and replaced with 4 recessed waterproof can lighting receptacles. finally I got tired of building so went with my wife to pick up a tub to hold all the rock I have collected over the last three years. there's a picture of her crouching in the tub and one of it filled with rock. thanks for reading, next steps are to add vapor barrier, seal up the framing in case of a spill and then drywall!
  11. 1000 gallon system!

    Ugh, yeah. I want that skimmer, but with the stands I will have 80.5" of vertical height in the room and the skimmer is 81.5" according to manufacturer specs. Thanks for looking though, looks like a great skimmer and if I can figure something out I will totally go for it! if anyone has a 60"x36"x17" or 36"x36"x17" tank I would love to buy that!
  12. 1000 gallon system!

    One of the main things I learned is when pulling romex apart, make sure you pull to the side....not towards your face. otherwise you end up stabbing yourself in the face with needle nose pliers when your hand slips.
  13. 1000 gallon system!

    Alrighty. Got some work done! finished electrical! Three circuits added, all 20 amp with 13 receptacles. circuit 1 is a dedicated 250 volt 20 amp circuit. So if I want a 250v appliance I can plug it in. Woot the remaining 12 receptacles are split between the other two circuits. The top of each is circuit A and the bottom receptacle is circuit B. all wiring was done with 12 gauge underground rated romex wiring. receptacles themselves are outdoor rated tamper proof/weather proof outlets (had no idea how big a PITA they are to plug things in and out of) all housed in plastic boxes that are attached with stainless steel screws and behind the boxes are vapor barrier plastic sheathing to attach to the vapor barrier I install later. Also got the lighting done, SO much brighter with 4 recessed can lights than 1 hanging light. Looking a bit rough myself, picture to come in a bit with an explanation.
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    Yeah, umpqua valley kennels retired the brindle sire they had that produced brindle pups....im sure they will get another tho. Great breeder! i thought about steel for a while, but getting it into the basement was going to be tough, money pit stands will be wood but the main floor tank will definitely be steel, I'll reach out when looking at getting the big one!
  15. 1000 gallon system!

    Sorry. Never really laid out the whole plan for you guys! Below is what my family has described as "why are you doing this and does Kati know?" -completely remove everything from current room.... walls, studs, ceiling, insulation, lighting, electrical, flooring and replace with outdoor and waterproof rated equipment. - add lighting and three 20 amp circuits. One of which will be a 250v so i can run whatever I want. -reinforce the ceiling in basement so the 550 gallon tank on the main floor won't fall through. -plumb the main tank into the basement room through the wall -waterproof the shoe moulding in basement room (going forward I think I'll call it the money pit) With the moulding waterproofed and siliconed it will hold up to 200 gallons in case of flooding -build stands for the QT, water change, frag tank and sump tanks - lighting and actual tanks are the only things I will not be doing myself. For some reason the thought of 1000 gallons of water flooding my house does not give me comfort. Below are the pics of the room once I got the new framing up, starting electrical and the mess I have made so far....gotta remember to stay organized. Thanks for reading!