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eonflux123
03/01/2014, 08:12 PM
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, or in my case, when your 2 yr old reef tank gets overrun by hair algae, time to start anew. After searching around and looking for inspiration on RC I could not chose what I wanted to build. Then I came across an octopus at my LFS and I fell in love! This cure little thing was at attention to anything happening by its cube and I made up my mind OCTOPUS TANK HERE I COME!!!! The first step was deconstructing my old tank and downgrading as it were my equipment (a 2x250 MH is crazy). After that, cleaning all the gunk and crap out of my cabinet, I have to “reset” my Live Rock. In the coming weeks I hope to guide you along my trek towards a better future!

eonflux123
03/03/2014, 02:09 PM
UPDATE:

Just got finished cooking the live rock and a lot of really gross detritus came off and am so happy it obliterated the hair algae as I was expecting! And as a good reminder, if you ever use the acid bath technique like I did, USE BAKING SODA! I could not believe how reactive the acid was after the bath.

dinger28
03/05/2014, 09:48 AM
Can't wait to see the tank setup! I always loved Octopi, and can't wait to hear how this one starts!

eonflux123
03/10/2014, 07:01 PM
Ok the rock has dried and clean, tank has been cleaned, time to plan/build the aquascape! I decided to do a rock wall and so far the pieces have been put together and now it is time to let everything cure! Here's the process of building the pieces and the material I used.

eonflux123
03/10/2014, 07:08 PM
And finally it is finished and drying! Im going to give it a weeks for the resin to fully dry then its off silicone and final placement! The hard part is almost over!

vipermaverickk
03/12/2014, 08:08 PM
Can't wait to see how this turns out.

eonflux123
03/30/2014, 01:52 AM
UPDATE: Finally able to start siliconing in the pieces in the tank and it appears that epoxy is quite stiff when dry 😜. So with that I will not have it all done till Monday-Tuesday. Pic to follow.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/30/sehy2yda.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/30/ady2u4a9.jpg

eonflux123
03/30/2014, 01:56 AM
Side Note: I was able to sell off my .reef lighting fixture for a TEK Elite 4x54! Shout out to fishdoc11 for the great communication and overall kindness!http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/30/ytahemat.jpg

Fishy 1
03/30/2014, 07:37 AM
Awsome, looking forward to seeing this running with the occy in it:) Iv like occys their so awsome.
Followiis one for sure :thumbup:

eonflux123
03/30/2014, 04:07 PM
Well sad news, I broke one of the panels that attaches to the overflow😢. So looks like it will be a week till it's finished. At least now I can tent my house (stupid California termites!)

Fishy 1
03/31/2014, 04:48 AM
Awsome, looking forward to seeing this running with the occy in it:) I like occys their so awsome.
Following this one for sure :thumbup:
No idea why I quoted myself :)

vipermaverickk
04/01/2014, 09:57 PM
Pictures not showing up for anyone else?

Fishy 1
04/02/2014, 07:34 AM
Pictures not showing up for anyone else?

Not me :(

eonflux123
04/03/2014, 03:22 PM
I have been loading the photos via Taptalk so I will try it via forum next time

eonflux123
04/09/2014, 08:03 PM
MID-WEEK UPDATE:
So a lot has passed in the past week! I have decided that the Eshopps reef ready sump has to go due to my realization that it will not fit my needs. I am having my LFS make me a glass sump. In addition, this past weekend I had the Marine Expo by my house so I was able to pick up a new return for my system for cheap! I will be posting photos either tonight or tomorrow with progress , in addition to more information!

eonflux123
04/15/2014, 05:05 PM
Well after some fines and swearing, the tank is back in its cabinet! Everything looks great, but now the annoying part of plumbing comes into affect.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0639_zpsa8dcc7c5.jpg
Also, I have attached the concept of how my new sump is going to look. Some constructive criticism on it would be very helpful. It will be all glass with a PVC water trap for the drain into the refugium. The gate on the left will be going to a UV sterilizer (forgot to label).
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0641_zps138ad9c5.jpg (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/eonflux123/media/IMG_0641_zps138ad9c5.jpg.html)

Fishy 1
04/16/2014, 08:03 AM
Looking good:)

Fishy 1
05/03/2014, 03:21 AM
Any updates mate?

Whiterabbitrage
05/03/2014, 03:19 PM
Jealous! Following.

Fishy 1
05/05/2014, 07:03 PM
There has to be some updates

eonflux123
05/05/2014, 10:22 PM
There has to be some updates
Easy Mister Mister! Sorry been busy with working the past two weekends and I have my last week of classes, so expect a large update soon all!

Fishy 1
05/05/2014, 10:27 PM
Easy Mister Mister! Sorry been busy with working the past two weekends and I have my last week of classes, so expect a large update soon all!

Good look forward to it:D

eonflux123
05/19/2014, 05:23 PM
Well I am officially on summer vacation, so here is what I have been doing for the past month! First, I finish setting up the “escape proof” top. Thanks to USA Plastics, I ordered some ¼” acrylic, latches, and Home Depot stainless steel rings. It looks great, and I have to really torque it to get the top up, and that is quite difficult for me.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0698_zpsd26124be.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0700_zps662c218b.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0697_zpsa9b42fb0.jpg

Next, I also finished caulking my sump together. It is a Visio custom sized glass tank (16”x26”13”). The baffles are 11” high, the refugium has the water barrier that I made with an ABS 3” pipe that I cut, and have it set to fit my skimmer, return pump, and return from the UV sterilizer. I also have the sterilizer plumbed, but I have a feeling I will not be turning it on due to not finding anyone who runs it for cephs on a regular basis (reef ready though!!!)

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0685_zpscd6f1025.jpg

In addition, here is an outside look at how the plumbing is set up. In addition, here is the drain that enters the sump and the riser I had to make so the skimmer sits at the correct height.


http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0686_zps300c4fa2.jpg


http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0689_zpsbef6525b.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0687_zps608ef4fd.jpg

After I measured it all in the cabinet, I took it out ( as shown) and then spray painted it to match the Sch 80 PVC so it looks clean. I used Rustoleum spray paint, so I hope it turns out great!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0696_zpsa3e0c05d.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0695_zpseb834548.jpg

That is all for now, I will be trying to post some more before Thursday, as I am leaving for a family vacation for 9ish days. If not, I will be updating in June, hopefully with substance in the tank!!!

eonflux123
06/19/2014, 09:41 PM
Hello everyone! Sorry for the late update but some health issues came about and some serious improvements to the tank happened so lets get started!!!

First, after looking back at my last tank setup, I have come to the conclusion I hate seeing unnecessary wires! So I went back to my local Home Depot, and was able to find a great product by Rustoleum. It is a rubber based spray paint, and after a coat of it, I was able to great an awesome look for my sump (don’t judge my crazy!)

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0194_zps420f355c.jpg

And now the tank plumbing is complete! However, fate can be cruel…. Apparently a cracked drain bulkhead is a bad thing, and a slip/thread return was also a poor purchase years ago. So with some focused elbow grease, and many swear words I was able to fix these two issues and now the tank is all finished!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0195_zps29a1c1fd.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0197_zpse1917c2f.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0196_zpsb04f3dc9.jpg

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eonflux123
06/19/2014, 09:46 PM
Now, its time to get creative! I came to the conclusion that since this is going to be a bimac ceph, and since I live in SoCal (one of their native regions), I decided to wait for it…. Get local sand! I know this is crazy due to the pollutants on and around most beaches, but I look some serious precautions to make this clean. So after looking like a crazy person scooping sand into 5 gallon buckets and loading them into my car, I took it home and portioned it out and washed in hot water/vinegar solution, then rinsing it to get that out. I then added some PetSmart Top Fin Crushed Coral to it to add to the already many shells that are prominent in my local beach sand. Here is the result:

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0207_zpse0d2b6d8.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0208_zps2880965b.jpg

And the result is quite astounding! I am totally in love with the look of it! I added roughly enough sand to give it a 2-3” depth (finger for visual):


http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0210_zps310ee39c.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0211_zps9e44714e.jpg

eonflux123
06/19/2014, 11:05 PM
After all of this I still have all this rock to work with!!!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0209_zps5af6a297.jpg

I had Holdfast epoxy putty to attach the rocks together. I got the pale white one so it would age with the rocks the same way:

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0215_zpse0aa1b1a.jpg

So after some mental images and scouring the internets for inspiration, I set out to work to create a rockscape. The first section I focused was the left, due to the large space there and possibilities I had with the rock wall. What I came up with was this large cavern that I hope can be a home for the little guy (like that will ever happen):

[http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0214_zpsc1f3e023.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0212_zps87206a55.jpg

And now I focused on the right side. After using almost 90% of the rock, I had a few pieces left over and a LOT of rubble to work with and this is my creation:

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0216_zps406a7f7b.jpg

And here is the overall look of the tank! I took the large white branch coral and attached it sticking out of the left rock structure to give the tank some depth:

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0219_zpsb8135546.jpg

And after putting the hood and lights back on the tank here is the look! The first light setup is the lunar pods for the night mode, and the second picture is the full daylight spectrum. The bulbs are 1xATI Blue Plus, 2x ATI AquaBlue Special, and 1x ATI Purple Plus. The picture looks super blue, but it looks in person very much like natural sunlight:

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0223_zpsa334b8c3.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c275/eonflux123/IMG_0225_zps67e53a4f.jpg

This is by far my most favorite variation of my tank, and I am looking forward to filling it with water in the coming weeks! Time to get wet!!!!

Solar Dragon
06/20/2014, 02:55 PM
After all of this I still have all this rock to work with!!!



I had Holdfast epoxy putty to attach the rocks together. I got the pale white one so it would age with the rocks the same way:



So after some mental images and scouring the internets for inspiration, I set out to work to create a rockscape. The first section I focused was the left, due to the large space there and possibilities I had with the rock wall. What I came up with was this large cavern that I hope can be a home for the little guy (like that will ever happen):

And now I focused on the right side. After using almost 90% of the rock, I had a few pieces left over and a LOT of rubble to work with and this is my creation:

And here is the overall look of the tank! I took the large white branch coral and attached it sticking out of the left rock structure to give the tank some depth:

And after putting the hood and lights back on the tank here is the look! The first light setup is the lunar pods for the night mode, and the second picture is the full daylight spectrum. The bulbs are 1xATI Blue Plus, 2x ATI AquaBlue Special, and 1x ATI Purple Plus. The picture looks super blue, but it looks in person very much like natural sunlight:


This is by far my most favorite variation of my tank, and I am looking forward to filling it with water in the coming weeks! Time to get wet!!!!



I love the rock wall. i was wondering if you could tell me how you built it?

eonflux123
06/20/2014, 11:15 PM
I love the rock wall. i was wondering if you could tell me how you built it?


Hey Solar Dragon, I used eggcrate, lots of zip ties, and this black UV pond foam I bought from Home Depot. For reference I followed Speckled Grouper's thread on their build!
http://test.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1437901

goblyn
07/18/2014, 08:55 PM
subbed! Great looking rock work!

Lucky Lefty
07/23/2014, 09:47 PM
Looks awesome!! Any updates?

eonflux123
07/26/2014, 07:38 PM
Sadly I must say the octopus tank is no more. After looking at my last electricity bill I cannot afford to keep the tank cool in this heat of SoCal. So I am going back to my initial plan of a predator/ non reef tank. Thank you everyone for the support and advice and it looks like Kermit will once again be my fantasy tank!

Fishy 1
07/26/2014, 09:35 PM
That's a shame, but its your tank so do what you must. Will you use this tank as your predator one? Give me a heads up when you start setting it up:beer:

goblyn
07/26/2014, 11:33 PM
Please post pics whenever you stock it!

Booboobear259
08/12/2014, 01:08 PM
What kind of octopus are you going to get

TheBookWorm
08/19/2014, 03:04 AM
Looks great so far! Can't wait to see the finished product.

TheBookWorm
08/19/2014, 03:06 AM
Oh...just saw not an occy tank anymore. D:

Tell us when you stock it, anyways.