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this is me
09/28/2016, 07:36 AM
It's time to start a build thread for this. You can call this Nicks reef 3.0 since this is the 3rd serious tank upgrade. But this is something I called a Man-Cave or In-Laws are Here cave. We should be able to finish the all the electrical and plumbing roughing this week and start the drywall early next month.

I started this project since August of last year. I had very limited amount of time on it and at some point I stalled and didnt even want to set the tank up. But I kept chipping away one bit at a time and Im starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Im hoping to finally get the tank up and running in the next couple months and let it run for a bit before moving the existing tank(Link her (http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2450494)e) content to it.

First off, lets start with the tank. The tank was delivered October of last year. Other than the initial inspection, it was crated back up and has been sitting in my garage.

Tank dimension is 72x48x24 and holds ~360gallons. It was built by Miracle. Miracle also made the stand for it. The tank is built as a peninsula set up. Large external overflow with 3 drain(planning on doing a Bean overflow). Two returns from the overflow side and 4 return holes from the opposite side. Starfire on all viewable side.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/162400336/original.jpg

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this is me
09/28/2016, 07:36 AM
Now for the project itself and why it took so long. When we built the house, we did not get the basement finished. The unfinished space is ~1200sq ft. I had an estimator came in to give me a quote on finishing it and his quote was absurd(to me). I’ve never picked up a hammer in my life but there’s no way I’m going to pay $80K to finish the basement on top of what we’ve already spent on the house and the Elos tank upstairs. I started to do some research and planned out on what needs to be done. Learned how to frame a wall or two from Youtube and see how far I can get before I call in a professional.
Original unfinished basement. Green taped marked the location and size of the tank. I had no idea if I can do this project or not but taping the concrete floor was easy! And a constant reminder of my goal.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137390/original.jpg

To-be lounge with the tank behind.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137392/original.jpg

More space
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137393/original.jpg

Most important of all. The to-be fish room
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137388/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:37 AM
First delivery of building materials. I’m using foam board to cover up the concrete walls because framing and then add batt insulation.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137394/original.jpg

More studs
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137357/original.jpg

How do I get all the studs down to the basement? In a Lexus of course! :D
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137436/original.jpg

VIP delivery
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137437/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137402/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:44 AM
Okay, stop messing around. Time to get serious and build a work table/bench.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137403/original.jpg

Gotta cover up the concrete walls first.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137396/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137397/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137398/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:45 AM
Concrete walls all covered up. Now let’s build a wall.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137406/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137408/original.jpg

Or two
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137407/original.jpg

Or three
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137358/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:46 AM
Had to crack the trigonometry look for this one.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137424/original.jpg

Hey moron, you just blocked yourself out of the fish room with that wall!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137414/original.jpg

Ceiling strapping and soffit.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137367/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:47 AM
Next is the electrical work. I use 12 gauge on all the receptacles boxes and 14guage on the lights. The 12guauge is probably overkill but it’s cheaper to do it now than later.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137361/original.jpg

Fishroom electrical
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137382/original.jpg

The 40amps wall in the fish room. I will be using metal halide and T5 as my lighting and there will be a utility sink with a pump. Gotta make sure I have enough juice.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137384/original.jpg

Lights! I’m using recess can for light to preserve the headroom. And they look great!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137378/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137380/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:48 AM
Ahhh, the monkey behind the hammer.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137374/original.jpg

Next, a utility sink in the fish room.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137418/original.jpg

Finished drain
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137417/original.jpg

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Water hook up for the sink
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137420/original.jpg

this is me
09/28/2016, 07:49 AM
Thank god for PEX! Had to buy a $250 cinch tool but it’s a hell lot cheaper than not doing it right.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137411/original.jpg

Water lines and drain line tied to the main.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137422/original.jpg

Ball valve and checked valve on the drain
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137421/original.jpg

And we have water!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137423/original.jpg

stonecold
09/28/2016, 10:53 AM
For someone that hasn't held a hammer before, you have done an AMAZING job!!

jmiotke
09/28/2016, 12:02 PM
Great story with the photos. Will be following along.

FDAWG
09/28/2016, 12:43 PM
Love the depth of the tank!

sfsuphysics
09/28/2016, 05:00 PM
Does that sink drain have a sump pump? Because the picture makes it look like the drain loops back up higher than inside of the tub

locito277
09/28/2016, 05:36 PM
Thank god for PEX! Had to buy a $250 cinch tool but its a hell lot cheaper than not doing it right.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137411/original.jpg

Water lines and drain line tied to the main.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137422/original.jpg

Ball valve and checked valve on the drain
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137421/original.jpg

And we have water!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164137423/original.jpg

Rock on man!! Its looking great!!

this is me
09/28/2016, 09:21 PM
Thanks guys!
Drywall is scheduled for mid next week!

this is me
09/28/2016, 09:24 PM
Does that sink drain have a sump pump? Because the picture makes it look like the drain loops back up higher than inside of the tub

One of the pictures shows some black electrical wires under the sink. Those are the utility pump wires. You can also see the check valve and ball valve to control the flow of the drain so that the pump does not pump too fast and goes into pulse mode. I have to use a pump! The drain line in at the basement ceiling.

this is me
09/30/2016, 09:02 PM
Nothing tank related updated. Just last chance wiring before the drywall guys come.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189161/original.jpg

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this is me
09/30/2016, 09:03 PM
Drywall guys are coming next week so I got to get my stuff together. Last chance for any wiring including burying wiring for upstairs family room.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189162/original.jpg

Two Ethernet ports for controller and something else that requires internet. Like I mentioned before, I prefer wired connection over WiFi
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189163/original.jpg

Another room with RG6 and Ethernet ready.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189158/original.jpg

I also took the chance to burying the wires from the family room to the basement ceiling for my home theater once the Elos is out of the family room. 4 pairs of speakers with 2 subwoofers routed to the rear of the room for 7.2 channel set or 5.2 bi-wire set up.
Also included 4 Ethernet ports and an RG6 cable.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189164/original.jpg

One of the rear side.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189165/original.jpg

The central hub. I will have to upgrade my switch box to accommodate all the new wires.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164189157/original.jpg

asting
10/02/2016, 07:28 PM
That's a scary way to transport 2x4s. How far to the right of your vehicle did it hang?

this is me
10/03/2016, 07:44 AM
Probably 2-3'.
Just to be clear, I was only getting the 2x4s from my garage to the basement in the rear since I didn't want to walk up and down the lawn with a couple of 2x4s at a time. I like to work smarter and not harder. :D It was never on public road like this.

McPuff
10/03/2016, 11:07 AM
Very impressive work thus far. And you've never done it before... even better.

this is me
10/11/2016, 06:14 PM
Some progress made. My goal is to get the drywall done and paint and then concentrate on the tank move. I will finish the trims and doors and floor after the tank is settled.

Picked up a bunch of insulation last week. HD has a bulk price so we picked up more than needed and insulated the interior walls as well.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272561/original.jpg

This stuff is really nasty to work with.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272563/original.jpg

Drywall being worked on. Hoping to be finished by the end of the week so we can paint next week.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272566/original.jpg

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Fishroom
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272573/original.jpg

sfsuphysics
10/11/2016, 06:25 PM
Nice job!

You're at the part I hate, feathering out the mud so there's minimal sanding...I'll admit, it's not something anyone can just pick up and do, there is an art to it

Reel North
10/11/2016, 06:28 PM
Oh baby this is SWEEEEEEET. great work on the remodel.

In law cave. Love that!

SPotter
10/11/2016, 08:23 PM
awesome build!!!!

locito277
10/11/2016, 08:51 PM
Some progress made. My goal is to get the drywall done and paint and then concentrate on the tank move. I will finish the trims and doors and floor after the tank is settled.

Picked up a bunch of insulation last week. HD has a bulk price so we picked up more than needed and insulated the interior walls as well.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272561/original.jpg

This stuff is really nasty to work with.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272563/original.jpg

Drywall being worked on. Hoping to be finished by the end of the week so we can paint next week.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272566/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272568/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272575/original.jpg

Fishroom
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164272573/original.jpg



Looking great!!


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mcrist
10/18/2016, 04:53 PM
I love the tank's dimensions and the build. Looking back I wish I would have went with a 24" height over a 30". Keep us all updated.

scar79
10/19/2016, 02:06 PM
Almost a bummer to come across a thread like this so early in the project! Great work up to this point - look forward to seeing the rest.

MHG
10/19/2016, 02:40 PM
Building permit and DIY....dont see that much... In fact never seen that. Congrats on doing it right.

homerclease
10/20/2016, 08:27 AM
This is going to be an amazing build! Keep us updated..

this is me
10/23/2016, 09:33 PM
Drywall done. Spent all week painting. Never thought painting can be so much work. Did one coat of primer and two coats of BM. I was thinking about focusing on the tank move and tank transfer and not do anything else to the basement but I think I will most likely be doing the trims. Can't stand looking at those unfinished doorway openings.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164359747/original.jpg

Tank stand unwrapped and leveled.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164359745/original.jpg

Ready for the tank move! Will cut the 3/4" plywood and foam board to place on top of the stand.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164359746/original.jpg

Raintree
10/24/2016, 12:37 AM
I'm excited to see the setup! Looking good so far

this is me
10/27/2016, 07:33 PM
Christmas came a little early today! In addition to the equipment running on the Elos currently, these will be used to run on the new system.

I'm not sure why anyone would put a bright yellow sticker that basically say "Steal Me!"
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164391953/original.jpg

What's in the box.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164391954/original.jpg

Damn, the skimmer is big! Does it fit in the sump? I planned for it but still have to make sure.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164391955/original.jpg

Whewww! Just made it. Perfect!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164391956/original.jpg

Time for a test drive. These rocks are for the new tank.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164391957/original.jpg

this is me
10/27/2016, 07:36 PM
BBK Deluxe 300 initial run. I'm very impressed by the performance of a skimmer that just came out of the box. Dead silent(except for the foaming sound)
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IvanTheTerrible
10/27/2016, 07:53 PM
Very nice build. Can't wait to see it finished.

Ivan

slief
10/27/2016, 08:51 PM
Damn. Nice build!!! That skimmer looks like it's running great already! Plenty of dissolved organics to keep it going there!

scubadan206
10/28/2016, 05:30 PM
Well done! I agree 80K was a joke of an estimate. I would have suggested spray-foam instead of regular insulation as it is much more efficient.
The tank is a great size, but with a whole fishroom I would have expected a larger sump. I think you're planning something......:frog:

this is me
11/01/2016, 08:02 PM
Well done! I agree 80K was a joke of an estimate. I would have suggested spray-foam instead of regular insulation as it is much more efficient.
The tank is a great size, but with a whole fishroom I would have expected a larger sump. I think you're planning something......:frog:

Hehehe. I think the skimmer is so big that it makes the sump looks small. The sump dimension is 40x20x18 ~65gallons.
I also will be using my previous Elos system 70 tank as a refugium.

this is me
11/01/2016, 08:02 PM
Time to say hello to this very old friend of mine.

Giesmann 72" Spectra. 3x250W SE & 4x80W T5. I bought it from a friend who was going to set up a big tank but was unable to make it happen. The light is brand new and it has been sitting in the box for almost 4 years. I unwired everything before I put into storage. Last night, I took it out and rewired it.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435432/original.jpg

Yayyy, we have dawn and dust. But what the heck? Why is the color so weird? Ooohh! looks like my friend bought some really strange combo. 2xActinic plus, 1x blue plus, 1x purple plus. Lol
These bulbs will be changed to 2xblue plus and 2x super actinic.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435433/original.jpg

For the MH, looks like he got the Elos 14K bulbs. One bulb is broken but I knew that and it's on order.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435434/original.jpg

this is me
11/01/2016, 08:03 PM
Today is a good day.
The movers came and got the tank moved. When they got off their trucks, I was concern right away. Only 4 of them! and looks very "experienced" if you know what I mean.
I was listening to them and had the impression that none of them brought a fork life or a pallet jack. Then one of the guys confirmed that there was no pallet jack on any of their trucks that they brought. Only a lift gate for power equipment. And doesn't seem that they know what a suction cup either. Oh Boy!! The 4 of them tried to lift the tank and right a way, one guy said this ain't 650lbs that the sale guy told him. It's more like 850lbs and I think he's right. They said they will need to call for more help. The phone call was made and there was no help available. I was like, this is going to be a disaster. I'm not sure if I want to watch this.

But I had to trust these guys and let them do their thing. Throughout the whole time, they were very confident and clever at using their tools and rigging experience. Metal bars to roll the pallet away from the wall. 3 guys lift one side of the pallet and the other guy slid a dolly under it. Repeat on the other side so that they can roll the pallet with the tank on it to the lift gate.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435435/original.jpg

They use the lift gate for doing the lifting to get to the height they want.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435436/original.jpg

Then they slid the pallet onto an oversized dolly with massive wheels. (I need to get one of these)
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435437/original.jpg

Time to roll it to the back
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435438/original.jpg

this is me
11/01/2016, 08:05 PM
Gotta love the oversized wheels on that dolly. Crush stone pavement? No problem.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435439/original.jpg

Strengthen the ramp
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435440/original.jpg

Again, they used their rigging experience and got the tank onto the stand without any issue. They were in and out of the property with the tank on the stand and leveled without a single scratch within an hour.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435441/original.jpg

this is me
11/01/2016, 08:05 PM
I thought I would never see the day where I can stick a hose in this tank and do a water test. But at last! It's happening.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435442/original.jpg

I can only fill the tank up to the returns line but no issue so far. The built quality is pretty amazing from Miracles.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435444/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435443/original.jpg

The beast! I will let the water sit in the tank for a couple more days to see if there's any issue with the tank before I can plumb it and aquascape it.
400lbs of sand is coming Thursday and the liverocks are ready in the bin.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164435445/original.jpg

scubadan206
11/02/2016, 08:22 AM
Give those guys a bonus. They did well.
Nothing like having the "experienced" pros who know all the tricks, huh.

biecacka
11/02/2016, 08:37 AM
Amazing looking work on the basement and on the set up of the tank. You will LOVE that skimmer, they are amazing poop cleaning machines!:lol: mine is much smaller and still keeps up with my tank very easily as they are rated conservative to say the least.
Keep up the good work

Corey

this is me
11/06/2016, 08:02 PM
Spent pretty much all weekend working on the tank.
Saturday was pretty much a plumbing day. Went to Lowes and basically bought half of their stock lol. Walked out with about $500 worth of plumbing pieces. I bought everything that I think I need and will just return what I don't need when the plumbing is done. I'm sick of driving back and forth in the middle of the job because I don't have that piece.
I completed the plumbing Saturday afternoon and waited about 4 hours to run the tank/sump overnight.

Bean Animal style overflow. I didn't use a lot of union because I know this is not final. I just want to get the tank going and tweak it after I'm more familiar with the set up. It's very likely you will change something after a couple months in.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477882/original.jpg

this is me
11/06/2016, 08:02 PM
Today, with the DLS ends, I woke up pretty early and started to drain all the tap water out of the tank. To day is our Aquascaping Day.

Dumped about 360lbs of CaribSea Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477883/original.jpg

Wife helped me flattened it.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477883/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477886/original.jpg

this is me
11/06/2016, 08:03 PM
Now it's ready for some rocks.
I took the rocks out of the bin that has been sitting there since last year. These are rocks from Bulk Reef Supply Dried Fiji Liverock and some the BRS members.

This is a killer piece
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477888/original.jpg

The King
This piece has a lot of history. It's the very first piece that I bought from Sea World Salem, NH. It has been with me for over 13 years. 29 gallons it was there, 40gallon cube, it was there, Elos System 70, it was there. Unfortunately, I started with all new rocks with the Elos 160XL and the king has been sitting in the bin.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477891/original.jpg

this is me
11/06/2016, 08:03 PM
Now for the real aquascape. I've been thinking for the past couple months as to how to aquascape this. It's a peninsula tank with 3 view-able sides. And with such a wide tank, all the 3 sides need to appealing. I always like the two island idea. However, with this tank, it will look just like two piles of rocks.
One day, while cleaning my office desk, I noticed the traveling book of Hawaii. I thought of doing the Hawaiian Islands right away. But to get the whole thing in the tank, the tank will need to be pretty long. I've been to Maui a couple times so I zoomed into the map and came up with Maui and the surrounding islands of Molaka'i, Lanai, Kaho'olawe.
The stretch looks like this and this is what I followed.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477889/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477894/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477897/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477895/original.jpg

With some water
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477901/original.jpg

I only had enough water to fill half of the tank. More coming tomorrow
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477899/original.jpg

this is me
11/06/2016, 08:04 PM
The concept map.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164478170/original.jpg

The resulting aquascape
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164477898/original.jpg

GSMclowns
11/06/2016, 09:11 PM
Very nice aquascape.

Adamc1303
11/07/2016, 02:08 AM
Really cool build thread! Very nice aquascape!

scar79
11/07/2016, 12:08 PM
Love the aquascape and concept, but I feel that once you add corals and they start to grow out, the tank may start to feel cramped as the dead space between the rock structures and between the rock and glass get filled up. I know you've already scaped and added water, but it's easier modified now than a year down the road.

Obviously just my opinion - really loving the workmanship and direction of this build. Keep it up!

biecacka
11/07/2016, 12:12 PM
Very good concept. Can we get a top down photo?


Corey

steelersfan
11/07/2016, 09:30 PM
Very nice Nick. Congrats!!!!

this is me
11/15/2016, 08:13 PM
The myth, the legend, the Radium.
Time for me to experience this legendary light.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164534634/original.jpg

this is me
11/15/2016, 08:13 PM
Let there be light!
Currently running Giesmann 72" Spectra with the following combination. I think the T5 ballast in the Spectra is over driving the T5. I've never seen Blue Plus being this white.
3x250W Radium
2x80W Giesmann Super Actinic
2x80W ATI Blue Plus
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164534627/original.jpg

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this is me
11/15/2016, 08:14 PM
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164534631/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164534633/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164534632/original.jpg

Achilles Torben
11/16/2016, 03:39 AM
Great Rockwork!

Gre Torben

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CrayolaViolence
11/16/2016, 04:19 AM
Very impressive work thus far. And you've never done it before... even better.


Exactly what I was thinking. VERY IMPRESSIVE.

this is me
12/02/2016, 08:49 PM
Update on the tank.
The tank has been running for ~3 weeks. Livestocks have been settling down for the last two weeks. No casualty so far. In fact, I've added 3 more yellow tangs and 5 more Lyretail Anthias. I love big group of fish. I rather have a group of the same specie fish than individual of different species fishes. The interaction among the group is very fun to watch.

I shouldn't have taken pictures with the feeding being active since it draws all the fish to one side of the tank.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623967/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623966/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623965/original.jpg

this is me
12/02/2016, 08:50 PM
Lots of fish. Lol
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623961/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623962/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623964/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623963/original.jpg

worm5406
12/02/2016, 09:39 PM
WOW... Nice update.

Very good pictures.

I really like this one:

http://m0.i.pbase.com/o9/30/1011530/1/164547510.eJ0rhViw._DSC5661.jpg

this is me
12/05/2016, 07:45 AM
Thanks! That Elos will be missed. The new owner of the Elos has picked up the tank yesterday.

Here's a video of the Miracle 360G. Everything is settling down. I will have to see what this single Giesmann fixture is capable of.

Watch in 4K!
<iframe width="800" height="450" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Irqt6ild-oc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

worm5406
12/05/2016, 09:02 AM
Very nice update. I like the way the anemones are placed and how they move in the flow.

Thanks for sharing and keeping us updated.

dave.m
12/05/2016, 10:30 AM
Great looking set-up. A real inspiration for us all!

Dave.M

reefmutt
12/05/2016, 01:21 PM
Late again... subscribed. I haven't even gone through this thread... I'll be back.
Looks awesome, though.

markalot
12/05/2016, 01:33 PM
Looking great!

ADVRESOURCE
12/05/2016, 03:30 PM
How long have you had your coral colonies? They have great growth. Have you always used halides and T5's vs. LED?

sahin
12/05/2016, 04:57 PM
Wow. Nick that was some impressive work done in the basement. The tank looks absolutely smashing. I've followed your tanks for some years and each time it gets a lot more impressive. :thumbsup:

this is me
12/06/2016, 07:47 AM
Thanks guys. The tank set up is still being tuned. I did my second water change last night and it didn't go very smoothly lol.
With the new set up, I decided to turn off the return pump(water drained from the return line into the sump). The sump was pretty full and it should be able to handle the back siphon from the return lines. The sump total volume is about 60gallons. I figure it would be somewhere in the high 40s gallons if I just drain the sump for the water change.
Well, as I was draining the sump, I smell something burning. You guessed it, the heaters in the sump were on and I didn't realize that. I usually have the Profilux set up such that it turns the skimmer off, return off, during maintenance but I used to drain from the display in the previous tank set up. As I was panicking on what to do, I knocked one of the heaters down from the holder and it crashes and smashed. Okay, great! I have broken glasses on the bottom of the sump and I was more worried about the potential hazardous chemical in the heater.
I ended up draining and clean out the sump entirely with a wet vac. Inspect the broken Eheim heater and all I can see is broken glass cover and metal coils. I didn't see anything ooze out of it.
When I woke up this morning, I went down to inspect the tank right away. Everything seems to be normal. I have to find a better way to do water change or at least think more carefully before doing it.

this is me
12/06/2016, 07:53 AM
How long have you had your coral colonies? They have great growth. Have you always used halides and T5's vs. LED?

I've always been a MH and T5 combo guy. They work for me and they work well. I've played with Elos LED strips and Pacific Sun LED(3 channnels) and did not like the result I was getting. Not to mention the wasted money I spent on them. Now, I can't even give them away lol. But that was years ago and now LEDs are much more capable(from what I've seen) with the full spectrum fixture.
I was actually thinking about either adding another Spectra Fixture like the one I've using now or go with 6 Radion G4 Pro. But I should really wait and see what this single Spectra fixture can do.
Heat is never an issue for me. I actually don't have enough of it. The current set up is in our basement and I kept the space at 65 degrees. The heaters are constantly on to keep the water at 76 degrees. Even with the full halides and T5 being on. I haven't seen it past 76.5 degrees. In the summer time, the basement(without anything heating or cooling) is a cool 62 degrees.

worm5406
12/06/2016, 08:57 AM
Heater Problems --

Over the years I have had all sorts of heaters. From cracked tubes to cracked housings. I have even helped one company with problems on their heaters, and got refunded because of the issue and help.

About 2 years ago I finally found one that i have had ZERO issues with. It was the Finnex 800W setup, actually two of them. I pulled all my other heaters and now only use them to heat up SW mixing station. Take a look at them and see if they meet your needs.

I have one in the sump and one in the 120.

this is me
12/06/2016, 09:08 AM
Thanks for the suggestion on the titanium heater.
It's not the heater's problem. The problem was me not being careful and drop an out of the water hot heater into the tank. I've been using these Ehiems(controlled by a controller) for many years without any issue. They're actually quite robust as I've knocked them around before when they're not on and I thought they could handle quite a bit of abuse. Just not when they're hot.

ADVRESOURCE
12/06/2016, 09:08 AM
Do you have an Apex or comparable controller? You can setup a water change mode so heaters OFF, return OFF, and SKIMMER OFF can be set. Also, if you have room in your fish room, you can do auto water changes at 2.5 Gallons/day.

My water conditions are steady and dialed in...I use the DOS dosing for anything out of wack...but, add MG daily. Otherwise, CA Reactor does the job very well.

Then, you don't have to worry about draining the sump and temperature, salinity, ph variations since the change is so minimal daily.

If your inclined, visit my post here at Large Reef Tanks to see my setup.

You have an awesome tank.

this is me
12/06/2016, 09:12 AM
Thanks Advresource.
I have a Profilux and it can be programmed. It just that I haven't gotten a chance to and I usually drain the water from the display and never have to think about the heater in the sump.
I just wasn't careful last night and still getting familiar with the new set up.

Johnseye
12/06/2016, 09:22 AM
Looks great. Similar build to mine with the Miracles and Spectra. What blows me away is that you got all that livestock and coral in there within 3 weeks. Not having read the entire thread yet I assume they were all moved from another tank? Any issues with cycling?

reefmutt
12/06/2016, 10:43 AM
Nick, I just loved reading this thread.
Whenever I find tv shows I want to watch, I will pvr the entire season and then go back and watch the episodes back to back...
Well 'Nick's Miracle Build' was JUST AS SATISFYING!
Loved watching the space come together and the tank.
My old tank was very similar in dimensions to yours.. I loved that tank. Your dimension are pretty much as good as it gets and I love the scape you did.
And serious points for discovering your handiness.
So, how much do you think you saved by doing it yourself?
Maybe enough to justify an even bigger tank. ;)
.. ok.. enough to justify another spectra..
Looking forward to watching it grow.

this is me
12/06/2016, 11:07 AM
John,
The livestocks are from this tank.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2450494

I bought all new liverocks from local members and dry fiji rocks from BRS. They have been in a rubbermaid container with a pump for over a year. I originally planned to set up the tank upgrade over a year a go. But I couldn't do it due to many reason and the tank was sitting in the crate in the garage.
After I got the tank plumbed and the aquascape completed, I let the tank ran without any livestock for a week. I did pump about 60gallons or so of the Elos tank water into the new tank as I was doing water change on the Elos. I tested Ammonia and Nitrite and they were not present. I decided to add 3 yellow tangs from my local club. After a couple of days monitoring them, I decided to moved the giganteas and the pair of clowns into the tank and wait til they picked their spot so that I can place the corals. Luckily, the gigantea barely moved more than 3" where I placed them.
I spent a whole Friday night dipping the LPS in Bayer. I like to dip the corals before going into a new tank. The benefit of dipping all the corals in Bayer is worth all the work, IMO.
I then spent the whole weekend dipping and transfering the SPS. By Monday night, the fish had been transferred and the Elos tank drained and cleaned and posted for sale.
My originally plan was to still run the Elos after everything was transferred just in case if there's any issue and I need to transfer the livestock back to their previous tank. However, with all the corals extraction and moving the rocks to catch the fish, the Elos was a stinky cloudy soup. So I decided to just drain it and clean it out.

this is me
12/06/2016, 11:16 AM
Nick, I just loved reading this thread.
Whenever I find tv shows I want to watch, I will pvr the entire season and then go back and watch the episodes back to back...
Well 'Nick's Miracle Build' was JUST AS SATISFYING!
Loved watching the space come together and the tank.
My old tank was very similar in dimensions to yours.. I loved that tank. Your dimension are pretty much as good as it gets and I love the scape you did.
And serious points for discovering your handiness.
So, how much do you think you saved by doing it yourself?
Maybe enough to justify an even bigger tank. ;)
.. ok.. enough to justify another spectra..
Looking forward to watching it grow.

Thanks for taking your time and read through the thread. It means a lot us who spent the time gathering our thoughts and put them into words and post them up.
The tank dimension is a dream. I think my wife would divorce me if I go any bigger. Lol. But seriously, I was very fortunate to have someone who is not only supportive of my hobby but also a tremendous help in setting it up.
I spent about 25K on finishing the basement so far. Half of that cost is spent on the Mitsubishi mini split system. We still have flooring and trims and doors to go. I probably won't be doing the floor until the system is more mature. I'm still spilling water every now and then and it's nice that I don't have to worry about it right now since it's concrete.

As I'm looking at this picture of the tank, the darkness is pretty apparent and it's starting to bother me. I think another fixture is in the work or at least I'm looking at ways to add more T5s.
I was looking for the ATI 60" Powermodule with just 2xT5s but I can't seem to find that any more. Thinking on adding 2x80W T5s on each side to get more light to the side of the tank.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623965/original.jpg

Johnseye
12/07/2016, 06:51 PM
As I'm looking at this picture of the tank, the darkness is pretty apparent and it's starting to bother me. I think another fixture is in the work or at least I'm looking at ways to add more T5s.

Are you running the MH at 250 or 400?

this is me
12/07/2016, 08:29 PM
Ahhhh John!
You just reminded me that the spectra fixture is capable of doing 400W bulbs!
I'm running 250W bulb with a Luxcore ballast that is set at 250W. I may crank them up to 250W HQI(300W) and see if the light is improve. Otherwise, I might try the 400W Radium.
Thanks!

reefmutt
12/07/2016, 08:47 PM
If you go to bigger bulbs, you might want to raise the fixture a few inches. It'll give a wider spread.

Johnseye
12/08/2016, 06:13 PM
Ahhhh John!
You just reminded me that the spectra fixture is capable of doing 400W bulbs!
I'm running 250W bulb with a Luxcore ballast that is set at 250W. I may crank them up to 250W HQI(300W) and see if the light is improve. Otherwise, I might try the 400W Radium.
Thanks!

Yea I'd at least run it at HQI until you get some 400w bulbs. Hopefully that brightens up the shadows.

choss
12/12/2016, 09:09 PM
Lots of fish. Lol
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623961/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623962/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623964/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/164623963/original.jpg

Nick - absolutely stunning tank and great pics. I can't believe this is what it looks like 3 weeks in. Can't wait to see it at 3 months! By the way, the Spectra looks like its covering the tank pretty well. Not really seeing shadows. Looks very natural.

Keep up the good work.

mpsti05
12/14/2016, 06:18 PM
Looks amazing sir, well done!

dtum
12/28/2016, 09:36 AM
Well done write up, great job on your basement and got to dig this Miracles tank and its dimensions.

choss
12/29/2016, 06:10 PM
Any updates?

MrsReefK
12/29/2016, 07:34 PM
Wow, absolutely stunning, sorry I'm so late to the party! Lol. Everything is looking amazing, basement included!


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Benson0219
12/30/2016, 08:28 AM
You tank looks great! Also, how you finished your basement is excellent! Great work.

foxrazr
02/13/2017, 08:41 PM
Beautiful tank Nick!!! Amazing work on everything.

Andrew D
02/13/2017, 09:51 PM
I don't know how I've missed this build until now. Amazing tank - dimensions, aquascaping and livestock absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see this one mature, although you'd never guess it's only months old! Very well done.

125mph
02/14/2017, 03:08 PM
Today is a good day.
The movers came and got the tank moved. When they got off their trucks, I was concern right away. Only 4 of them! and looks very "experienced" if you know what I mean.



So you hired some movers to help get the tank moved into the stand? How much did an hours worth of work cost ya? Just curious, I'm trying to figure out how to move my 180 which is obviously smaller :)

Reef Dude
02/14/2017, 05:37 PM
Dude, that takes some balls to sit that cordless drill on the top edge of the brand new tank as shown in the photo in your first post! Lol. Thanks for sharing this build. Basement looks beautiful, and the tank looks awesome... I love those dimensions. I enjoyed the basement build as much as the tank build.

worm5406
02/14/2017, 09:08 PM
Dude, that takes some balls to sit that cordless drill on the top edge of the brand new tank as shown in the photo in your first post! Lol.

HAHA, you don't trust your self or those around you?

McPuff
02/15/2017, 06:47 AM
So you hired some movers to help get the tank moved into the stand? How much did an hours worth of work cost ya? Just curious, I'm trying to figure out how to move my 180 which is obviously smaller :)

I don't know about his cost, but I know that it was just over $300 when I hired movers to get my 300 into my basement. For a 180, just have a couple friends give you a hand.

this is me
02/15/2017, 08:24 PM
So you hired some movers to help get the tank moved into the stand? How much did an hours worth of work cost ya? Just curious, I'm trying to figure out how to move my 180 which is obviously smaller :)

I did hire a local professional movers. With such a large tank, I did not want to risk breaking the tank or worst, break someone else.
The cost was 600$ and it took 4 of them. Very well worth it.
For a 180, I would definitely get a couple of friends and move it myself.

this is me
02/15/2017, 08:25 PM
Dude, that takes some balls to sit that cordless drill on the top edge of the brand new tank as shown in the photo in your first post! Lol. Thanks for sharing this build. Basement looks beautiful, and the tank looks awesome... I love those dimensions. I enjoyed the basement build as much as the tank build.

It's a flash light. But regardless, I should've been more careful.

this is me
02/15/2017, 08:29 PM
Thanks everyone for the comment and compliment. I've been MIA for a bit since I'm still mourning about an almost total fish loss. After I shot the video, I added a powder blue tang and a whitetail bristle tooth. For the next 2 weeks, I had some serious Ick or some sort of disease. Long story short, I ended up with letting the tank go fishess for 8 weeks. Just started to restock. The corals were not affected. I will have some pics update soon.

skanderson
02/15/2017, 09:43 PM
sorry to hear about the losses, but just found this thread. great job on the entire project. really like the placement of the rock.

choss
02/16/2017, 05:42 AM
Nick that is really sad news. Sorry to hear it. Its an amazing tank so keep your head up and I'm looking forward to seeing how you repopulate.

this is me
02/16/2017, 08:22 AM
Fish have always been an issue with me. Seems like everytime I do a tank transfer, they always give me some kind of issue. I don't think I ever got rid of ick in the water since day one of my reefing. I keep using half of the water from the old tank in the new tank so the darn thing probably still in the water til this day. But then again, I read somewhere that you will never be able to rid of ick in the water. It's always present in the water.
I just seem to have a huge outbreak during tank transfer.

j4mypets
02/16/2017, 09:01 AM
Have you ever tried the Ruby Reef products? They have a kick ick, that worked great for me. I had used it to treat a coral beauty that was absolutely covered. You use it in stages and it can be dosed right into DT. Within a week spots were almost gone, then in another week completely gone, and no other fish were affected. Worked like a charm for me. I found them by watching their videos a reef show. Great company.

125mph
02/16/2017, 11:17 AM
Very nice sps colonies. Do you have a thread that shows your maintenance work on that, what you're dosing, what you're feeding, etc.? Just curious!

BjornTurok
02/24/2017, 02:54 PM
Did I miss something or were you not putting two MP60's on here? Any reason for the change? Also love the dimensions, same exact size i've been planning for a while. How do you like the flow your getting?

thirst
02/25/2017, 06:41 AM
We're the powder blue and whitetail bristle tooth new fish?


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this is me
02/26/2017, 08:14 PM
Did I miss something or were you not putting two MP60's on here? Any reason for the change? Also love the dimensions, same exact size i've been planning for a while. How do you like the flow your getting?

I bought two MP60QD for the tank. However, upon installing the MP60s, I realize the overflow box is so wide and deep that I can't mount the two MP60s where I really want to have the flow that is good for the tank. I could only mount the MP60s toward the sides of the overflow which means, the pumps are two close to the sides of the glass. I was never happy with the flow. The other end of the tank received almost no flow even at 100% power. And we all know how loud these MPs can be at 100% despite that fact that it's a quiet drive. But I ran it anyway for about a week while waiting for the Tunze 6255s to come in.
When I received the Tunze, I install the magnet inside the overflow box and was very happy with the flow. Even at 30% power, the 6255 can push the water to the other end of the tank. I've been running anti sync pulse mode on these two 6255s and very very happy with the result of the tank.

We're the powder blue and whitetail bristle tooth new fish?


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Powder blue was added a couple days before a white tail bristle which was from another member. I first thought it was from his tank that he has for awhile. Only to find out, it was ordered from NY Aquatic and was too big in his tank.
I don't regret what has transpired, just a little disappointed at myself that I haven't learned anything from the previous 3 tank transfers that fish were the most troublesome for me. I'm slowly restocking the fish...
Been having very good result with fish from Liveaquaria and it's currently the only place I've bought from to add to the tank.

this is me
03/09/2017, 08:17 PM
Some pictures from today.

Very pleased with the outcome of the tank.

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098334/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098335/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098336/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098337/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098338/original.jpg

this is me
03/09/2017, 08:21 PM
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098339/original.jpg

Red Planet
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098351/original.jpg

This is a broken frag of the above in a much higher light. I like it!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098340/original.jpg

My Precious! Oregon Tort. Such a classic!
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098344/original.jpg

Red Dragon
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098343/original.jpg

this is me
03/09/2017, 08:25 PM
Strawberry Sorbet
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098342/original.jpg

Hawkin
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098350/original.jpg

Bubblegum
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098348/original.jpg

Samentosa
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098349/original.jpg

Pink Panther
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098341/original.jpg

Brunzy
03/09/2017, 08:28 PM
This is a stunningly beautiful tank!
Can I ask what camera you are using to take pictures with?

this is me
03/09/2017, 08:29 PM
This is my all time favorite. If I can only keep one, it probably would be this one.
Pink Lemonade
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098352/original.jpg

Another Classic. Pearl Berry
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098353/original.jpg

Acropora Sp. I'm starting to like it.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098345/original.jpg

And two very special acros to a friend whom I'm holding them for. Hope he will get the tank up and running soon.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098347/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165098346/original.jpg

this is me
03/09/2017, 08:31 PM
Well, I ran out of time, the MH turned off and I don't feel like taking pictures of corals under Halloween lighting. Will continue the update tomorrow and compile a video over the weekend.

this is me
03/09/2017, 08:35 PM
This is a stunningly beautiful tank!
Can I ask what camera you are using to take pictures with?

Photography is my other hobby so I got all the gear that a typical reefer probably don't have. I shoot with a D800 with various lenses but most are with 105mm macro lens.

reefmutt
03/11/2017, 10:36 AM
Wow! Just gorgeous shots and super healthy corals!
Love your fts shots and the macros.
Just a pleasure to look at.

thaitopher
03/11/2017, 12:36 PM
Amazing. Random question, how do you plan on installing floors in your basement with that tank already in place? Cant imagine how much the total weight must be...10,000 pounds?


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saf1
03/11/2017, 02:09 PM
This is me - really great job on the whole project. I always find it incredible some of the work people do here on this forum. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to do projects like this. I have a 240 still sitting in its crate in my garage because I can't finish my simple den with Wainscot and paint. Yet you have knocked out an entire basement.

Really impressive and the results are incredible.

Xebadir
03/11/2017, 05:50 PM
Wow - this is a seriously amazing tank. Being in a similar situation in terms of having to do work on the basement (not quite as serious as you had to though), its nice to see someone with a similar starting level of DIY experience take on this scale of project. In terms of the tank this is a beautiful build that I will definitely be keeping track of as it continues to evolve (sad to hear about the first loss - cursed powder blue tangs). Definitely inspiring in terms of the photography as well - will be looking forward to using my D800 once my setup is in place - I've been looking for an excuse to buy a 105 macro ;).

this is me
03/11/2017, 08:34 PM
Wow! Just gorgeous shots and super healthy corals!
Love your fts shots and the macros.
Just a pleasure to look at.

Thanks! Appreciate it.

Amazing. Random question, how do you plan on installing floors in your basement with that tank already in place? Cant imagine how much the total weight must be...10,000 pounds?
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Hi,
I plan on tiling around the around. It's definitely a lot of weight.

Wow - this is a seriously amazing tank. Being in a similar situation in terms of having to do work on the basement (not quite as serious as you had to though), its nice to see someone with a similar starting level of DIY experience take on this scale of project. In terms of the tank this is a beautiful build that I will definitely be keeping track of as it continues to evolve (sad to hear about the first loss - cursed powder blue tangs). Definitely inspiring in terms of the photography as well - will be looking forward to using my D800 once my setup is in place - I've been looking for an excuse to buy a 105 macro ;).

This is me - really great job on the whole project. I always find it incredible some of the work people do here on this forum. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to do projects like this. I have a 240 still sitting in its crate in my garage because I can't finish my simple den with Wainscot and paint. Yet you have knocked out an entire basement.

Really impressive and the results are incredible.

Thanks. You will just have to chip away a little at a time. I usually take long breaks between one stage to another just to recoup my energy and also the bank. lol

this is me
03/11/2017, 08:38 PM
More pictures from today.
FTS
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108704/original.jpg

Peninsula end
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108720/original.jpg

Some fish
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108705/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108706/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108707/original.jpg

this is me
03/11/2017, 08:41 PM
Tricolor
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108708/original.jpg

Hawkin
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108709/original.jpg

Upscale Microlado
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108712/original.jpg

Teal Stag
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108713/original.jpg

Blue Matrix
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108718/original.jpg

this is me
03/11/2017, 08:43 PM
Diablo
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108714/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108719/original.jpg

Blue Stag
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108715/original.jpg

Tricolor
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108716/original.jpg

Red Table
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108711/original.jpg

this is me
03/11/2017, 08:45 PM
Hawkin again. I have like 3 colonies. Everytime I break something I glue it somewhere else in the tank.
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108717/original.jpg

Top Down
http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108721/original.jpg

Gbtipp
03/11/2017, 08:46 PM
You have a lovely piece of the ocean.


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SPotter
03/11/2017, 08:47 PM
wow!!!! beautiful!

this is me
03/11/2017, 08:50 PM
Well. I ran out of time again. Actinic turned on...

http://www.pbase.com/nicksreef/image/165108723/original.jpg

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dave.m
03/12/2017, 01:24 PM
Beautiful!

Dave.M

choss
03/12/2017, 08:09 PM
More pictures from today.
FTS
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Peninsula end
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Some fish
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Simply amazing pictures. It looks like the ocean.

reefmutt
03/13/2017, 10:46 AM
Love your tank and scape.
It looks 5 x bigger than it already is.

this is me
03/13/2017, 08:49 PM
Here's the updated video.
Man, social media is brutal. Within minutes of posting it, I already got a thumbs down. Lol

Watch in 4K!
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saf1
03/13/2017, 09:12 PM
You probably already know this but people are mean, jealous, vindictive, ignorant, and a host of other things one could argue. Sometimes it is a honest mistake when they wanted to give a thumbs up and hit the wrong one, others maybe due to duration or music choice. Usually, when the later two happen, people will at least post and say way. Personally I'd just say water off a ducks back and ignore it.

I liked it. Your tank shows dedication, patience, and of course balance. Really good fish selection with some stand out corals. Attention getting for sure. If I was to give feedback I'd say you could shorten the video down. But that is my opinion. I honestly didn't mind and watched all the way through. I've said it already but keep up the good work.

worm5406
03/13/2017, 09:31 PM
Yeah there is always that one. I think they are trying for the most thumbs down award.

Your tank is looking good and I am glad the fish are back in.

Keep it up and forget about the trolls.

this is me
03/13/2017, 09:38 PM
Thanks guy.
I'm applying the stabilizer feature on the video. I think it degrades the quality of the video though. If it does too much, I'll remove it.
My wife told me that most people will get seasick watching your videos lol. But hey, I'm really trying! Hoping to get better and better at video.
I think I will just stay with the same subject instead of moving the camera through the tank.

worm5406
03/13/2017, 09:49 PM
What type camera are you using to record?

I agree to the stabilizer reducing the quality. You can see it because it cuts the edges out to make the video smooth.

this is me
03/14/2017, 07:59 AM
I use a D500 to do the 4K video. I then use Cyberlink Movie Maker to compile the video. I don't think I should move the camera by hand lol. Next one will be better. :)

this is me
03/14/2017, 08:07 AM
Alright. Looks like I will have to upload a new version without the music.
Woke up to two claims of copyrighted material on the video and therefore, the video has some restriction. What a way to waste my hour of trying to find the suitable songs in my own CD library to put on the video.

reefmutt
03/14/2017, 08:45 AM
The only thing that video makes me want to give a thumbs down to IS MY TANK!!
Loved it! Your carpet anemones are awesome. Do they ever move? I always thought they would gravitate to the sand..
they aren't haddonis are they?

YoeriV
03/14/2017, 08:49 AM
Here's the updated video.
Man, social media is brutal. Within minutes of posting it, I already got a thumbs down. Lol

Watch in 4K!


Great video and a nice tank!
I've read your startup build. There is one thing unclear to me: Do you have this beautiful tank in your basement or did I misunderstood and is this part of your living room?

this is me
03/14/2017, 09:02 AM
The only thing that video makes me want to give a thumbs down to IS MY TANK!!
Loved it! Your carpet anemones are awesome. Do they ever move? I always thought they would gravitate to the sand..
they aren't haddonis are they?

Thanks Matt. Are you kidding? Your tank has one of the best SPS collection I've seen!
They're both gigantea carpet anemones. I find they're the most stable anemone in terms of their location. You can check the December video and compare it to this one and you will see the two giganteas are pretty much in the same spot. If you swing over to my Elos tank video, you can also see the two anemones stays pretty much in the same spot for almost 2 years.
They're the only kind of anemone that I would trust in a heavily stocked SPS tank.
I do like other anemones though. I'm planning on connecting another tank to the system and do an anemones tank.

Great video and a nice tank!
I've read your startup build. There is one thing unclear to me: Do you have this beautiful tank in your basement or did I misunderstood and is this part of your living room?

Thanks! My previous tank of 200gallons was in my family room. It was too much saltwater in the living space for our comfort. When I got the approval to upgrade the tank, we also agreed to finish the basement and have the tank down there. I'm expecting to spend more time down there once it's completely finished.

mclay3
03/14/2017, 02:39 PM
Beautiful Tank Nick. Definitely going to keep an eye on the progression.

I'm curious what your experience was in moving the Gigantea Carpets. I had a very small one and it was great other than trying to move it into place. It was extremely sticky and just very difficult to deal with overall. Curious if you have any tricks.

Also, have you lost any fish to your carpets? I lost my mystery wrass :(

this is me
03/14/2017, 09:32 PM
When I first got the two giganteas, the lfs owner was not comfortable of handling them. His exact words were "they're all yours." We've became friends through the local reef club so I wasn't offended and rather handle them myself than risk of damaging them. Like an idiot, I handled them with my bare hand. The green one did not pose a problem but I got stung by the purple on the arm and I can still see somewhat of a scar even til now.
When I placed them in the previous tank, I used the aqua gloves. When I had to move them to this tank, I wrapped my hand with clear plastic bag and tried to caress both of them on the underside to make them shrink. Since I didn't want to use any of the old rocks from the previous tank, I had to try to peel them off the rock with my fingernails. I was able to do just that with the green one. However, the purple one was too large and the foot was too much for me to try to peel it off the rock without hurting it. I decided to just take out the whole rock with it attached and put it in a 5 gallon bucket for the transfer. I placed the rock into the new tank. This rock was the seed for my bubble algae and aptaisia. Actually, the aptaisia and bubble algae were already on my LPS so I probably couldn't avoid them either way. I have taken care of the aptaisia with a dozen of peppermint shrimps. They cleaned them up real good. I put 5 emerald crabs and they all hang out on one island. That island has no bubble algae. I guess I'll have to buy a lot more to take care of the bubble algae.
Do not rush when transferring anemones. If they're attach to the rock and you can't get it off, take the whole rock with you.

I have not lost any fish solely due to the giganteas. Sick fish that are weak get blown from the pump into the anemone is a goner.
I have not seen any snail shell near the giganteas either. When I had a red haddoni, under it was a snails graveyard, literally. For that reason, I'm not inclined to keep haddoni anemones.

this is me
03/18/2017, 10:40 PM
Just picked up these C-Quest Onyx pair today. I will definitely breed them and raise the fries when they're ready. This way I don't have to search the end of the earth to find the perfect Onyx pair.
Still kicking myself for not taking out the eggs and raise the fries when my old pair was laying eggs for the past year.

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XocyrusX
03/19/2017, 06:14 AM
Just picked up these C-Quest Onyx pair today. I will definitely breed them and raise the fries when they're ready. This way I don't have to search the end of the earth to find the perfect Onyx pair.
Still kicking myself for not taking out the eggs and raise the fries when my old pair was laying eggs for the past year.

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Hello.... what's your YouTube name? Some reason I can't click on the link to load. Love the build keep it up.


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worm5406
03/20/2017, 07:11 AM
Looking very good in your tank. Glad to see things are going good.

reefmutt
04/17/2017, 09:54 AM
So jealous of your anemones!
They look fantastic.

markalot
04/29/2017, 04:08 PM
Great videos. I added my thumbs UP. :D

Rene Obergfell
05/02/2017, 06:51 PM
It's stunning

cesarjimen
05/07/2017, 07:12 AM
Tank looks great! Any updates?

What do you dose?

kinggeorge818
05/07/2017, 04:04 PM
I just read through the whole build thread and I'm so impressed by your tank build and your DIY basement project!


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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:07 PM
Quick update from today. Everything is good. No complaints here.
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:09 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:10 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:11 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:13 PM
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markalot
06/04/2017, 05:18 PM
I'm speechless. Gorgeous. Hopefully you aren't done posting photos!

this is me
06/04/2017, 05:19 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:20 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:22 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:24 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:24 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:25 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:26 PM
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this is me
06/04/2017, 05:27 PM
Enjoy! Video will be posted tomorrow.

reefmutt
06/04/2017, 05:51 PM
Wow!! What Mark said. Just amazing!
Looking so good and healthy!

dave.m
06/04/2017, 09:26 PM
Some great camera work and nice shots!

Dave.M

choss
06/05/2017, 07:59 AM
Nick - stunning tank. I'm getting ready to start a much smaller build and this tank is an inspiration for me!

Rene Obergfell
06/05/2017, 08:58 PM
Great build

I have a Miracle tank and love it

cesarjimen
06/10/2017, 07:07 AM
Nick, really like you tank! Just got a 450 gal from Miracles this week and will be using some of your aquascape ideas as inspiration.

What do you dose in terms of supplements? Nitrate reduction, etc?

Can you describe in a bit more detail how you cycled your tank so quickly? I will be using dry rock and will also be transferring livestock from another tank.

this is me
06/11/2017, 08:43 PM
Nick, really like you tank! Just got a 450 gal from Miracles this week and will be using some of your aquascape ideas as inspiration.

What do you dose in terms of supplements? Nitrate reduction, etc?

Can you describe in a bit more detail how you cycled your tank so quickly? I will be using dry rock and will also be transferring livestock from another tank.

Thanks!
What dimension is your 450? That must be a sweet tank!
I don't run anything special other than carbon and GFO and a refugium. I actually have not tested nitrate in this tank. For phosphate, I tried to keep it under 0.06ppm. Most of the time, it's between 0.01-0.04ppm.

For this tank transfer, I did not use any of the rocks from the previous tank because they had some aiptasias on them and I wanted to keep the existed tank running as the new tank was being brought up online.
I got a bunch of rocks and I threw them in a large rubbermaid bin and ran it with a power head for almost a year. I think this really helps with the cycle. I also did not use the old sand and went with all new sand. I did use a cup just to seed the new sand.
To be honest with you, I went with the most simple set up and maintenance and it works for me. I use the cheapest salt as possible(IO) and change 10% of water
every week. Clean my skimmer every week. And change out the carbon and GFO every two months. This is probably the most easy tank I've ran despite being the largest tank.

maddmaxx
06/11/2017, 08:54 PM
Thanks!
What dimension is your 450? That must be a sweet tank!
I don't run anything special other than carbon and GFO and a refugium. I actually have not tested nitrate in this tank. For phosphate, I tried to keep it under 0.06ppm. Most of the time, it's between 0.01-0.04ppm.

For this tank transfer, I did not use any of the rocks from the previous tank because they had some aiptasias on them and I wanted to keep the existed tank running as the new tank was being brought up online.
I got a bunch of rocks and I threw them in a large rubbermaid bin and ran it with a power head for almost a year. I think this really helps with the cycle. I also did not use the old sand and went with all new sand. I did use a cup just to seed the new sand.
To be honest with you, I went with the most simple set up and maintenance and it works for me. I use the cheapest salt as possible(IO) and change 10% of water
every week. Clean my skimmer every week. And change out the carbon and GFO every two months. This is probably the most easy tank I've ran despite being the largest tank.

that is insanely encouraging that your tank looks this good off of the very basic routines. KUDOS...i too was wondering if you dosed. very pleased to see you havent. and i wouldnt knock IO so fast lol, ive read many a threads on successful SPS tanks using that salt...

but i did have a question about your lighting... your running the 4xt5s and the 3x250 halides? did you ever switch it to HQI settings?

cesarjimen
06/11/2017, 09:13 PM
Thananks for sharing, Nick. My new tank is 96x36x30. Lots of work to do on it.

That was smart to cycle the rock that long. I just got through bleaching my rock..

kinggeorge818
06/11/2017, 09:57 PM
What's the name of your video on YouTube because the link isn't working for me [emoji52]


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this is me
06/12/2017, 07:35 AM
that is insanely encouraging that your tank looks this good off of the very basic routines. KUDOS...i too was wondering if you dosed. very pleased to see you havent. and i wouldnt knock IO so fast lol, ive read many a threads on successful SPS tanks using that salt...

but i did have a question about your lighting... your running the 4xt5s and the 3x250 halides? did you ever switch it to HQI settings?

I have'nt had any issue with IO. Yes, their Calcium is a little low at around 360ppm. I just add a little of BRS calcium chloride. And since I'm doing it routinely, I know the ball park amount for the calcium I need. But I'm also doing only a 10% water change so the parameters is not going to be significantly affected if I'm a little off. IO alk is around 8dKH the last time I tested my batch.
I do dose BRS ALK and Calcium via dosing pumps in conjunction with my Schuran reactor. My PH would be too low if I turn up the CO2 in the reactor and the dosing system also acts a a back up if the CaRX stop running. There's so many components in the CaRx that could failed or forgotten. The Masterflex pump is easy to be noticed if it stop running(The loudest part of my entire system). The recirculation pump could fail(harder to identify). And the CO2 tank could be empty(This actually happened before where the tank was empty and I did not know about it). My point is, it's good to have dual system to do one of the most important thing in the system.

I'm using a single 72" Geismann Spectra with 3x250W Radiums and 2x80ATI Blue plus T5 and 2x80W Geismann Super Actinic T5. I started with running the Radiums at 250W with the Luxcore ballast. Then I cranked it up to 300W(HQI) for 3 months. Didn't really notice anything so I turned it back down to 250W. Getting what is acceptable colors to me on the SPS is all I care about.
I also wanted to add some additional T5s on the sides but that is kind of a low priority lol.

this is me
06/12/2017, 07:36 AM
What's the name of your video on YouTube because the link isn't working for me [emoji52]


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My Youtube channel is here.
https://www.youtube.com/user/thisisme999/videos

The latest videos I have on there is about 3 months ago. Still working on an updated video.

JonezNReef
06/16/2017, 08:18 PM
Amazing tank! This is what I want to achieve one day down the road, fat happy fish, beautifully colored corals, and the aquascape is perfect for that tank. I will be following along

andywar
06/16/2017, 10:31 PM
Impressive, artwork, congratulations!

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mclay3
06/19/2017, 08:51 AM
What is your routine for keeping the sandbed clean? I've been debating barebottom due to the sandbed issues and required work associated with them but would still prefer sand.

Thanks looks great.

this is me
06/20/2017, 07:36 AM
What is your routine for keeping the sandbed clean? I've been debating barebottom due to the sandbed issues and required work associated with them but would still prefer sand.

Thanks looks great.

I have about 6 fighting conch that patrol the sandbed. For the most part, they do a great job. If I see some patches that need attention, I just take my algae scraping stick(which I don't use to clean the glass), and go back and forth in the area and get the flow carry the detritus away.
Bare bottom has it own challenges. The one thing I can get used to bare bottom is that it does not look natural.

reefzone123
06/25/2017, 08:15 PM
great attention to detail. woah awesome efforts.

reefzone123
06/25/2017, 08:15 PM
your tank dimension is outstanding.

fixingstill
07/05/2017, 09:43 AM
Nick,
Back in Feb, you had a total fish loss because of the ich or some sort of disease. Then you go fishless for 8 weeks. Since then, when you add fish, do you QT them first? How and how long do you QT new fish?

this is me
07/07/2017, 09:37 PM
Nick,
Back in Feb, you had a total fish loss because of the ich or some sort of disease. Then you go fishless for 8 weeks. Since then, when you add fish, do you QT them first? How and how long do you QT new fish?

Hi,
Yes, I've lost a lot of fish back in February after adding a couple of questionable tangs that have some ich spots on them. After I left the tank fallow and before adding new fish, I invested in an UV sterilizer(80W Pentair) and reintroduced a couple of yellow tangs from LA. I'm not trying to sell any UV sterilizer but I believe it does help with keeping the fish clean of diseases. I've slowly restock the fish without any issue. I did lose a Magnificent Foxface which was really weird because it was fat and eating. After about a week later, the fish suddenly stopped eating and quickly died. I think it was due to cyanide poisoning(?)
So to answer your question, no, I still have not done any QT with new fish. If I have more time and know what I'm doing with QT, I probably will give it a try. But I'm very bad with QTing fish and have killed a couple in the process.

choss
07/08/2017, 02:28 PM
Nick,

I apologize if you answered this earlier in the thread but what sand are you using and are you happy with it?

this is me
07/08/2017, 04:19 PM
I use the Carribsea Seafloor Special Reef Grade Sand.

https://www.petsmart.com/fish/decor-gravel-and-substrate/gravel-sand-and-stones/caribsea-aragonite-aquarium-reef-sand-16742.html

It says it on the bottom right of the bag.
It's a very good sand and I like it a lot. Coarse enough to withstand very strong flow for SPS tank but fine enough for sand dweller like my leopard wrasse.
I would use this sand again.

this is me
07/28/2017, 09:47 PM
A video update.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YaL53EWUhM

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Looking back at December 2016 video.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=377053&stc=1&d=1501299776.jpg

And yesterday. 07/28/2017. Roughly 9 months in.
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this is me
07/28/2017, 09:51 PM
Some of my favs.
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choss
07/29/2017, 01:18 PM
Wow. Things are looking fantastic!

reefmutt
07/30/2017, 08:43 AM
Beautiful!
Corals look perfect.
Love that first shot that red coral is nice.

launchnukes
08/01/2017, 07:15 PM
Beautiful photos and an amazing tank!

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markalot
09/15/2017, 11:33 AM
I missed the July update, fantastic. How are things going?

this is me
09/15/2017, 02:10 PM
Hi Mark,
Thanks for following. Things are continue to do well for the most part. Since adding a trio of Regal Angelfish and a pair of Interrupta Angelfish, the LPS(Acans, brains, and acnthrophillias) are taking a hit. But I'm not too worried because I'm more into the angelfish than those LPS at this point.

Here's a video showing the pair of interrupta mating behavior.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDZPK0PV3c4&t

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markalot
09/15/2017, 06:32 PM
Cool fish, thanks for the update!

flobees
09/16/2017, 07:02 PM
Hi Nick, I have been doing some research for a new tank, Thinking of going with Miracles can you tell me about the tank what is the time frame and also how much for the tank and stand. also shipping cost. Are they easy to work with? Did they help you with the design or did you do it all. Thanks

this is me
09/16/2017, 09:09 PM
Hi,
Derek at Miracles was very easy to work with. The first tank they built and shipped to me was unacceptable and I was very disappointed. I think the detail is in this thread somewhere. Or maybe it's in my previous build.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2450494&page=4
Long story short, the first tank they built had some serious silicone job issue and I had to send it back and requested a new tank. Derek agreed and got the second tank and shipped to me. The quality on the second tank is significantly better than the first tank but overall, it's not as good as the Elos quality I used to. However, I didn't think it would matter as long as the tank is sturdy built and it was very high quality.
The price Miracles quote is always include shipping. I thought their price was very reasonable. I PM you the price I paid for the tank and stand.

this is me
09/19/2017, 07:58 PM
Fish having a field day with the nori tonight.
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sahin
09/22/2017, 03:14 AM
Hey buddy. I watch the video on YT yesterday. Tank looks stunning and I really love the fish collection. :thumbsup: Awesome work. :)

this is me
09/22/2017, 07:17 AM
Thanks Sahin! You really need to give the update on your tank! :D

reefmutt
09/22/2017, 03:42 PM
Nick, your tank is awesome in the true sense of the word.
All those fish and the huge colonies amazing!
Those sexy angels barely look like adults. Very cool.

deazwe
09/24/2017, 07:14 PM
Both I and my wife are in awe at this aquarium. recently upgraded our 26gal bowfront to a new 60 gallon cube and the fish and coral are thriving. I will post some pics in a few.

this is me
09/25/2017, 07:50 AM
Nick, your tank is awesome in the true sense of the word.
All those fish and the huge colonies amazing!
Those sexy angels barely look like adults. Very cool.

Thanks. I've been growing the SPS out. I haven't done any major fragging since the tank move. I like to see how they grow out. One of the YBR still have the false eye on the fin. It's just a baby when I got it at LA.


Both I and my wife are in awe at this aquarium. recently upgraded our 26gal bowfront to a new 60 gallon cube and the fish and coral are thriving. I will post some pics in a few.

That's how it starts. Small upgrade at a time and eventually you'll end up in the 300+ gallons. My first saltwater tank was from 2002 with a 29gallons. Upgraded to oceanic 40gallons cube then to Elos 70, then to Elos 160XL. and now this. You never know with this hobby. Someday you wake up and realize your tank is too small.

McPuff
09/26/2017, 02:24 AM
That's how it starts. Small upgrade at a time and eventually you'll end up in the 300+ gallons. My first saltwater tank was from 2002 with a 29gallons. Upgraded to oceanic 40gallons cube then to Elos 70, then to Elos 160XL. and now this. You never know with this hobby. Someday you wake up and realize your tank is too small.

So true. And good luck if you decide to downsize. I did that when moving to my house. Went from a 180 to a 120. Well, that lasted a few years and now I have a 300. Oops! :0)

Dr. Jeffles
09/26/2017, 11:43 AM
Great video! I'm going to have to start feeding nori, it looks fun.