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FunFishin24
10/10/2016, 08:35 PM
Hello RC. Currently I have a 220 gallon tank. It is in the basement of our new house. With it being down there & me being so busy with the new house it has went downhill--it's my fault. I slacked on WC & actually everything that goes with this hobby-well to the best of my knowledge, which isn't much compared to a lot of folks on here!! [emoji12]. One day my lovely wife came to me & said "why don't you put it upstairs in the wall like you want". So it began.... [emoji106]
I've always wanted an 8' long tank, so I priced some new 300 gallon tanks...outta my price range. I came across this tank on Craigslist one day, for a good price & it all came together. I finally got it in my garage last weekend. 10-8-16. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/1e31ef16b6eaa26b62a26810d3d49368.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/34abe4187a387c8979a806a9baf5d1d9.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/d879cd62f3a11c0c6abea04f1a2d918a.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/163dc82391214a30c82bd082a2735af8.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/da0fec77c87cc30667a5cc1a0a23bd7b.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/fda3eb0815979397d3d93fb2f1c78c87.jpg
It is a 550 gallon, oceanic bow front. 8' long X 3' tall X 2' deep(on ends) & 3' deep (in the middle).
Came with the wood stand( I don't know if I'm gonna use it or build a new one but I'll get into that later on), the 2 part filtration system & a 4750 dolphin pump.
Now all the work begins.... I'm gonna build it into the wall & make this front room into a formal sitting room. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/3df15d22710f6b3b00d5fc1bce91844c.jpg
This is kinda gonna be a slow build because I want to try & limit some of the "wish I would've done that different" scenarios. I will probably ask a lot of questions & any tips/advice from y'all would be great. I'm really excited to watch this unfold into my dream tank!!!


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Reel North
10/10/2016, 08:40 PM
Boooom. That's a freakin BEAST.

One word of advice - make sure you have access to the front of the tank, and use pond liner up the wall and under the stand. Don't ask ;)

That's sweet.

Any questions - just ask

FunFishin24
10/10/2016, 08:49 PM
That's a fantastic idea about the pond liner--thank you. I've been thinking of front access on the top & maybe on the bottom as well. That has kinda been throwing me for a loop since I can't just use a square door, gotta figure out a way to make it match the contour of the tank. [emoji51]


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Reel North
10/10/2016, 08:58 PM
I would use very thin drywall to face the stand in the wall - new stand or the one you have.

You could then also use wood bent on a frame to contour to the top of the rounded area.

I'm sure lots of people here have done in wall bow tanks.

Just have access to the top in the wall

You can access the tank from the back (and therefore the sump) so don't sweat the bottom access

FunFishin24
10/10/2016, 09:30 PM
Speaking of access from the back( fish room), if I use this wood stand do you think I would be ok with cutting out 5 1/2-6' of the back wall and make a 2X6 header to span the distance & support the header??


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FunFishin24
10/10/2016, 09:31 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/51a938c3c680cd9eac2c65427d4c324f.jpg


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FunFishin24
10/10/2016, 09:32 PM
The picture is the front but the back is 1" plywood along with 2x4's.


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dave.m
10/10/2016, 10:23 PM
Not a good idea with the plywood back on the stand. You will want open access from both front and back of the sump, just as you will for the top of the tank. The larger the tank and stand, the more difficult it becomes to reach everything as you will need to for regular maintenance. I would suggest that you completely open the wall top to bottom since this is a bow-front tank.

Dave.M

JustAHobbiest
10/11/2016, 02:59 AM
Is it just me or does that stand look super beefy? I feel like you could have used 2x6s and saved alot of space.

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calbert0
10/11/2016, 07:56 AM
Is it just me or does that stand look super beefy? I feel like you could have used 2x6s and saved alot of space.

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2X6's have a tendency to twist over time and should not be used in stand construction.

FunFishin24
10/11/2016, 04:53 PM
Yes I am going to need full access from the back. My plan was to cut out the plywood back in the middle section & install a 2x6 header on the inside top. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161011/6df711041b73895327f28b845b04e38d.jpg
But from the last post, it doesn't seem like it's a good idea. I'm talking about a piece of osb plywood sandwiched between 2-2x6's--a real header. The span will be 5' 1". If this is not a good idea, I might have to build a whole new stand.


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FunFishin24
10/12/2016, 06:01 PM
So I cut the back out of this stand to give me access from the back. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161012/07eb6f57e8572789eb8672123f826841.jpg
This is what it would look like from the back. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161012/4e76d86261ddb2a7bb0dfac7f41d5e22.jpg
I added this 2x6 on the inside. I can't continue with my original plan due to the size of my sump. I can figure out a way to support this 2x6 if y'all this this will work.


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FunFishin24
10/22/2016, 12:27 PM
So I decided to build my own stand that would work for my needs. [emoji4]

I used 12 2x6's on end for the front which will eventually be wrapped with drywall. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/f647dcaf7bc55f9b038ff7e11126229b.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/a44e316270b808e74e28a8de104dedd9.jpg
Then built a 2x8 header for in the wall right on the foundation wall. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/d3fd113bd9b40a35d1b70824b9114b1f.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/97f00f15cdf05b60fb11c282c48b3154.jpg
Then I built a 2x10 header for the back that is attached to a 4x6 1/2" piece of angle iron that is supported by 2 7/8 3/8 thick pipe with feet on them so I can secure to garage floor. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/9a8938c7915346a2b7d1e7ce8118df85.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/71e7f4f38be5c3dc5214236efc6a3c82.jpg
Then topped it with 3/4 plywood. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/ad7bfade63c750a9eb6640d1ccd11c63.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/07a284eb6eec40ed56f4b637145236ca.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/e5f54e976b76755aa5ad0b80d87f7889.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/12dc9e98ca872899640c520535da4576.jpg
Pretty sturdy & cross fingers that it works!! Lol. It is level all around. Hopefully tank gets put on today. [emoji12][emoji106]


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FunFishin24
10/22/2016, 05:12 PM
So far so good!! Got the tank up & on stand. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/c5414d4d90e92151d1cbb73b5b935307.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/af356666a2f42e78c208d389426f7e14.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161022/c1c24b98f3c49844a1df3a09b0b892e8.jpg
Now I can start framing out the top to keep the wife happy!!! [emoji106]


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dave.m
10/22/2016, 07:11 PM
Make sure you have access from the front, both for the tank above and for the sump below. The harder it is to do maintenance the less likely maintenance will get done, and the tank will suffer for it.

Dave.M

FunFishin24
10/22/2016, 08:46 PM
Thanks Dave. I will have front access above the tank from inside to feed & simple stuff. The rest I will do from the back of tank (garage) area. I'm tryin to leave plenty of room for maintenance.


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dave.m
10/22/2016, 09:26 PM
It's not about room for maintenance. It's about room to reach (unless you're an orangutan and haven't told us).

Dave.M

FunFishin24
10/22/2016, 09:56 PM
Lol!!! I do looks monkeys but am not one. Good point, I will definitely keep that in mind as I'm building my doors on the front. Thanks.


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ddanis60
10/23/2016, 08:28 AM
Love that framing job. tagging along. are you going to re-use much equipment from the 220 or start completely over?

FunFishin24
10/23/2016, 10:22 AM
Thanks-not bad for a rookie[emoji12]. I will use most of equipment from my 220 but whatever I don't use I will sell with the tank. I have an oversized skimmer on my current set up because I was planning on upgrading eventually.


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FunFishin24
10/23/2016, 04:17 PM
Making pretty good progress. Got the cabinet for above the tank built. Gotta swing by lowes to get some drywall & the boards to cover the frames for my doors up top this afternoons. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161023/5e759f67fdb3dbcd36a9619d3d510876.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161023/9442874d448f5cbb223268982a84b5b2.jpg


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btb72
10/23/2016, 06:13 PM
Nice woodworking skills. I feel bad for you with a 3 foot deep tank. At least you can get your body over it. Invest in high quality loooong tongs

FunFishin24
10/24/2016, 11:48 AM
Lol. Yeah it's gonna be interesting placing stuff down low for sure. [emoji51]

Still have to wrap the bottom but it looks like it might come out pretty good. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161024/cbb189ecbf59cc03ab970220e97192f0.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161024/4a702727ad1f1ffdbc70f3ceaa2d7005.jpg


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whyamisofly
10/24/2016, 01:55 PM
This thread is not foolin' around! You make it look so easy!

Subscribed and can't wait to see more!

FunFishin24
10/24/2016, 07:28 PM
Thanks. I might look easy but hasn't been. [emoji106]

Got the bottom wrapped today after work. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161025/ef5b005c2f505e35b72e446cf3e7c3a9.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161025/6dfc05edd461a5678450b9776e94fc02.jpg
Tomorrow gonna cut out the holes for my doors & try to get them installed but atleast the wall is back together, should keep my wife happy. [emoji4]. Tape & texture hopefully Wednesday or Thursday & then get my carpet cut to fit & restretched this weekend.


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ddanis60
10/25/2016, 11:44 AM
looks better than the original wall. this is the cleanest bow front I've seen... and you're not even finished.

great work!

CorbinSawyer
10/26/2016, 06:58 PM
Just showed my wife this pic... she said she's onboard after our move.

So thanks for the help. Haha

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vikinglord13
10/26/2016, 11:08 PM
That looks great. Did you have to wet the wood to bend it?

FunFishin24
10/27/2016, 08:47 AM
looks better than the original wall. this is the cleanest bow front I've seen... and you're not even finished.

great work!



Thanks for the great comment. Still have to cut & install the doors but atleast the wife is happy. [emoji106]


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FunFishin24
10/27/2016, 08:48 AM
Just showed my wife this pic... she said she's onboard after our move.

So thanks for the help. Haha

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Lol. Glad I could assist in your project. Good luck!!! Keep me posted how it goes for you. [emoji4]


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FunFishin24
10/27/2016, 08:49 AM
That looks great. Did you have to wet the wood to bend it?



I did wet the back of the Sheetrock a little bit but not a whole lot. It bent pretty smooth over that 8' span. [emoji106]


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FunFishin24
10/27/2016, 09:06 PM
I'm about done on the inside & then I can start plumbing it all. Got the drywall tape & textured. The doors cut out & got the wall painted. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161028/7ddec5338cd5a3405f33042e79920506.jpg
Carpet is gonna be re-stretched tomorrow or Saturday morning & hopefully I'll have the doors done by then as well.


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iced98lx
10/27/2016, 09:11 PM
Looking great as others have said.

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FunFishin24
10/28/2016, 06:57 AM
Thanks to all you fellow reefers for all the great comments. Really makes me feel good. Can't wait to get it up & running!!


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FunFishin24
10/29/2016, 03:58 PM
Well got the doors painted & hung. Still need to trim them out but they work!! [emoji106]. 18" x 30". I can reach the bottom from the front standing on my step stool. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161029/40106064ef2bc66d51388d48f4220a09.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161029/55e96b0285e17d090a6d06f1d7a49839.jpg
Carpet re-stretched. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161029/5db19393c34f742e692fa1b78cead8cf.jpg

Almost done on the inside then I get to start the really fun part of plumbing it all together. [emoji106][emoji12]


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dave.m
10/29/2016, 07:33 PM
Make sure to paint all surfaces on those access doors and the back of the wall. A tank will produce a lot of humidity that will destroy unprotected surfaces.

Dave.M

FunFishin24
10/29/2016, 08:51 PM
Make sure to paint all surfaces on those access doors and the back of the wall. A tank will produce a lot of humidity that will destroy unprotected surfaces.

Dave.M



Thanks Dave. Will paint work for that?? I've been tryin to figure out what to do about that issue with this much water.


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dave.m
10/29/2016, 09:33 PM
If you do it properly with an undercoat and two top coats (acrylic), yes, it should be fine. An alternative would be to apply three coats of a urethane coating like Polyurethane.

Dave.M

FunFishin24
10/29/2016, 10:04 PM
Thanks Dave. Will definitely look into that. I've really been worried about this issue, especially where the drywall was cut. [emoji51]


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dave.m
10/30/2016, 02:48 AM
You can get drywall tape or a glue-on plastic edging for that.

Dave.M

Stylo328
10/30/2016, 09:31 AM
Your stand and drywall work are impressive. Tank looks like it belongs in that spot, which isn't easy with a bow-front.


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FunFishin24
10/30/2016, 11:34 AM
Your stand and drywall work are impressive. Tank looks like it belongs in that spot, which isn't easy with a bow-front.


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Thank you so much for the great compliment. I still have to trim out the doors & do a humidity control on the inside but it came out pretty good.




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FunFishin24
10/30/2016, 08:08 PM
So while I am waiting on plumbing parts to arrive, the wife & I started playing with the rocks trying to come up with a good aquascape. This is what we came up with. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161031/24331983a574741a53864d5ce5ae9cc9.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161031/46091281c29c5cfc6d6a6f2cb44cc474.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161031/e26df4958f5d220d288f436771575568.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161031/e25093ec1d3ea9fe0c37fcf631ff8994.jpg
Once I figure out what I'm gonna use, I will acid bath them & reseed with the ones left in my current tank.


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dave.m
10/31/2016, 12:51 AM
I would suggest this arrangement is too full. All the visual space and shape of a full reef has been filled in with rock. You haven't left any room for coral growth. I would remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the rock.

Dave.M

FunFishin24
10/31/2016, 08:02 AM
Thanks Dave. The plywood on the back is 6" shorter than the actual tank. I wanted to make enough holes & caves for fish to hide. What would u suggest as far as what rocks to remove. I thought I left a lot of room but crappy cell phone pics don't do justice but I do wanna leave enough room for corals to fill in. Thanks for all your advice on my build. [emoji106]


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dave.m
10/31/2016, 09:08 AM
I am referring to the height of the rockwork towards the water surface. With the rocks piled so high, where will the corals grow? A lot of people put their rocks in the same way, but when the corals start to grow they are already at the surface. This means the owner must constantly frag them, and never develops their tank beyond a collection of sticks. The corals never get a chance to become full colonies.

Dave.M

btb72
10/31/2016, 09:40 AM
I love it. I think you have it open enough and only go tall in that one part. People do minimalistic too much. I really like it.

btb72
10/31/2016, 09:43 AM
The only thing I would be a little concerned about with the towers is the places to put all the corals. With the towers you will be placing corals on top of each other.

FunFishin24
10/31/2016, 11:47 AM
What if I removed the left rock on top of the big one, that would just leave the one on the right sticking up within 10" of top of water. I will see if I can rearrange the one tower a little bit so that it isn't so straight. Thanks for the input!! [emoji106]


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vikinglord13
10/31/2016, 10:55 PM
It also seems like there wouldn't be much room for fish to swim, at first there would be plenty, but once the corals grow in it seems like it would be cramped for fish activity.

I think getting rid of that big white rock on the left and turn it into a little island (for whatever coral), then get rid of those two white rocks in the center tower island, again have a little island, and then maybe get rid of that tower on the far right... or have a third island. Might be aesthetically pleasing and allow you to see stuff behind it better - just my opinion.

For water protection, there are stains which have a polyurethane within them. You could try using those, a few coats should do the trick.

FunFishin24
11/01/2016, 08:51 AM
Thanks for all the great advice. Once I acid bathe the rocks I will then play with it a little more in the tank to make sure I have enough room for growth & activity in the long run.
Also I have always put sand in first & then rock. Do y'all recommend that approach or should I put rock in first & then put sand around rocks. I'm going with 280 lbs of tropic eden sand that will be seeded with a few cups from my current tank.


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FunFishin24
11/04/2016, 01:43 PM
Gonna get my gussets welded in the top corners of my back 2 legs tomorrow, do an acid bath on my rocks & start on let plumbing!! Got some new equipment in the mail when my new bulkheads arrived so I get together a list to see what everyone thinks. [emoji848]


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anbosu
11/06/2016, 10:00 AM
I may have missed it, but what kind of corals are you planning on keeping? If you're not keeping mostly SPS then I think your rockwork will be fine. If you are, then yeah you probably want to take some out.

FunFishin24
11/06/2016, 02:56 PM
I'm hoping that i end up with mostly sps but will have a few lps & softies as well. So I guess it will end up being a mixed reef in the end. It was kinda hard to get a real feel for the open space when we had it all set up on the old stand so I will have to play with it a little more as it all goes in the tank.


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FunFishin24
11/08/2016, 09:23 AM
Hello again. Kinda got slowed up a bit but still gaining. [emoji106]. Since this was a used tank that I purchased, I'm gonna do a leak test on it while I'm cleaning & glueing the rock work. It was full & running fresh water before I bought it. Few questions--1-how long on leak test (week or 2)? 2-- do I need to clean it with anything special since it was fresh & will be set up salt?? Thanks


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anbosu
11/08/2016, 05:45 PM
No you don't need to clean it out other than giving it a good rinse, which the leak test will accomplish. I've never done a leak test that lasted more than a few hours, but I've only purchased a handful of used tanks over the years.

FunFishin24
11/12/2016, 01:12 PM
Well the tank has been holding water for 2days now while I've been working on plumbing. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/d868026e0343579323b06a1c43267519.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/7b06fd91d2f987cddd50b47f415e00f0.jpg
Got the plumbing done last night. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/c87938b79343a4801b6acb20b8ee72d1.jpg
Now fill up filters to leak test plumbing!![emoji4]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161112/58fdb46c4f93b5b85dbf9f7194dd9f86.jpg


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FunFishin24
11/12/2016, 01:14 PM
Oh crap. I've never used silicone on bulkheads before. Used a little on all 5 in filters & all 5 leak. [emoji35]


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DasCamel
11/12/2016, 01:21 PM
Delete me

FunFishin24
11/12/2016, 02:04 PM
Delete me



???? Guess I'm lost. Sorry


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FunFishin24
11/13/2016, 09:37 PM
Well got my leaks fixed in filters. Tanks been holding water since Thursday & pump has been running all day today & everything seems to be ok. [emoji106]
Got my rocks acid bathed yesterday morning & soaked up the sun for the last 2 days. This afternoon I glued my 2 towers together with Jurassic gel from BRS. Letting them sit to dry.

Here is a rough list of what I have for this tank:
--dolphin amp 4750 for return
--SRO 5000 sss int protein skimmer with auto neck cleaner & overflow chamber with safety shut off switch.
--4, 300 watt heaters
--2, mp40qd (might get a third)
--2, maxspect gyre xf150
--icecap battery backup
--gonna use my 250 watt MH fixture for now but probably going to get 2 400, supplemented by t5.
--have a 150 gallon tank laying around that I'm going to plumb into a refugium.
--korallin calcium reactor (upgrade when I need too)
--BRS dual stage reactor for gfo/carbon
--Spectrapure ro/di unit with dual tds meter

I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff!! [emoji4][emoji106]


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noob916
11/14/2016, 12:54 AM
The build look nice. Good job on wood working skillz.

Chopper65
11/14/2016, 03:00 AM
Following along, very nice build so far, how does your wife like it?

iced98lx
11/14/2016, 08:58 AM
Looking good! that's a great equipment list, I doubt you'll feel the need for the other MP40 until things really grow in but it depends on where you position everything.

One thing, consider your usage scenario of the ball valves on your main return pump in the photos: it may make more sense to put the unions between the pump and the valve so you can easily remove + clean the pump with the valves closed leaving all the water in the sump/DT.

FunFishin24
11/14/2016, 08:16 PM
The build look nice. Good job on wood working skillz.



Thank you!


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FunFishin24
11/14/2016, 08:17 PM
Following along, very nice build so far, how does your wife like it?



Thank you. My wife likes it but is on me to trim out the doors on the front side. [emoji4]


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FunFishin24
11/14/2016, 08:19 PM
Looking good! that's a great equipment list, I doubt you'll feel the need for the other MP40 until things really grow in but it depends on where you position everything.

One thing, consider your usage scenario of the ball valves on your main return pump in the photos: it may make more sense to put the unions between the pump and the valve so you can easily remove + clean the pump with the valves closed leaving all the water in the sump/DT.



Thanks for the reply. I'm planning on the 2gyre's on the ends with the mp40's on the back wall. Just what I'm thinking for now but will depend on water movement when it's up & running. [emoji106][emoji4]


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FunFishin24
11/14/2016, 08:22 PM
Well started mixing my saltwater tonight. Hopefully I'll be able to get it set up & cycling by this weekend.


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Chopper65
11/14/2016, 09:59 PM
Thank you. My wife likes it but is on me to trim out the doors on the front side. [emoji4]


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Always something isnt it.....lol

FunFishin24
11/14/2016, 10:03 PM
Looking good! that's a great equipment list, I doubt you'll feel the need for the other MP40 until things really grow in but it depends on where you position everything.

One thing, consider your usage scenario of the ball valves on your main return pump in the photos: it may make more sense to put the unions between the pump and the valve so you can easily remove + clean the pump with the valves closed leaving all the water in the sump/DT.



Also good catch on the valve/union detail. That was how the pump was plumbed in before. I believe there are unions right at the pump inlet/outlet. When I drain everything I will definitely check into that. Good catch & thanks for the heads up. Could save me some headaches in the long run. [emoji106]


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FunFishin24
11/16/2016, 03:13 PM
Well I had to leave work to pick up sick kid from school so I took advantage of my day. [emoji106].
280lbs of tropic eden sand was a little more than I expected but looks pretty good. I went with a combination of reef flakes & mini flakes. Hopefully it doesn't move like the sand I currently have. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161116/4099ffd26a6eeac949411e919abefdd6.jpg
Started to do some rock work. Took some advice from earlier in my thread & removed some pieces but tried to stay with the original design I posted. I think it came out pretty good. Don't mind crappy pics. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161116/f38f25c69e1aeaec3aac80655a06033c.jpg
Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions. I know the rock on top of the big one towards the right is close to the top (about 8" from water surface) but I wanted to have one high point for visual appearance.


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FunFishin24
11/16/2016, 03:15 PM
A few more crappy pics!!! [emoji846][emoji106]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161116/3566bf9d024c42f0760e89accca22ae1.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161116/72fe22640d2af511b618f52131fcb8b5.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161116/283adff0b8f48b74c55d1d7a8ec5f0c9.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161116/013d76f8ff686c126df1e1105c0041a3.jpg


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FunFishin24
11/16/2016, 03:54 PM
Always something isnt it.....lol



Lol. Isn't that the truth!! [emoji846]


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whyamisofly
11/16/2016, 10:42 PM
I like it a lot! Excellent work!

sixpackgarage
11/16/2016, 11:00 PM
That's a beast of a tank. Cool build


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FunFishin24
11/17/2016, 10:57 PM
Finally got this beast full of water!! [emoji106][emoji846]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161118/7ba7e2481d4325c3294ae4099e8af1a9.jpg
Only thing moving water tonight is my return pump. Tomorrow after work I'm gonna try to get mp40's & gyre's hooked up and running along with my protein skimmer. But atleast water is moving!! [emoji16]


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CorbinSawyer
11/18/2016, 07:01 AM
This is looking great. We'll done

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FunFishin24
11/18/2016, 06:35 PM
This is looking great. We'll done

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Thank you. [emoji106]


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FunFishin24
11/18/2016, 06:37 PM
After work today I got my MP40's & 1 gyre running in tank for movement. Also got my skimmer going & boy did it go crazy for about 30 minutes....http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161119/6c2e81828138c32e1a59b2374c50ad3c.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161119/e53ae1fabb2bac0844ece5fe9dbf213d.jpg
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Chopper65
11/19/2016, 04:04 AM
Looks good, cloudy but good, Im sure the extra flow is gonna help clear it up.

FunFishin24
11/19/2016, 06:34 PM
SCORE!!! An electrician buddy of mine came over this afternoon & wired me in 2-20 amp breakers specifically for my tank. 1 is for the lights & a few outlets the other is for outlets under the tank. Had him wire 2 outlets under tank to switches. 1 for return pump & the other is for the skimmer. No more unplugging for maintenance, just flip a switch!!! [emoji16][emoji106]
Also moved 150 gallon tank into garage so I can attempt drilling it tomorrow. Hopefully it goes good & I don't shatter the glass. I'm going to use a new 45mm diamond hole saw I purchased. Fingers r crossed.


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FunFishin24
11/20/2016, 04:48 PM
Well the tank didn't break on me, so I was able to drill my hole & do the plumbing for my refugium. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161120/8879284bbec4eb21a1d2eba71a67db7f.jpg20161120/9400f02db54a58f54ecfdd8ca684a2d8.jpg
Now I'm going to build a stand to go over refugium to hold my water mixing tanks.
It is pretty nice to have an abundance of outlets to use rather than power strips. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161120/18ba86be917b9e81f11ec3fe7e39f80e.jpg
I have a brand new Reef Keeper Elite somewhere that I was going to use on my current tank but never did. Going to locate it & try to figure out how to use it. Hopefully it's pretty simple. [emoji4]


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FunFishin24
11/20/2016, 04:49 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161120/339fcebca539ed54922075b0979d7af4.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161120/b84885123c62cc63039e1c8df2c3ac81.jpg


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iced98lx
11/20/2016, 08:46 PM
looking good!!

That's a heckuva fuge, whata re you lighting it with?

FunFishin24
11/20/2016, 10:31 PM
looking good!!

That's a heckuva fuge, whata re you lighting it with?



Thanks iced. As far as lighting on my refugium, I'm not to sure yet. You have any suggestions?? Lol.


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iced98lx
11/20/2016, 10:52 PM
Kessil makes some grow/plant specific LEDs if that's your style.. D2Mini used a halide specifically built for that over his macro on his 220 build... Generic "plant/grow" LED panels (Mars aqua and others) that seem to have good wavelengths out there too.

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FunFishin24
11/22/2016, 08:21 PM
It's finally about time....took 5 days for the tank to clear up after sand, rock & water. Temp is up to 78.4. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161123/4533d3f3f61c333948f55d408f3f8337.jpg
Hopefully I can transfer everything from my current tank to new one tomorrow!![emoji4]

I got the stand built for my mixing station & got it all plumbed together. 100 gallon fresh & 40 gallon salt. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161123/10fcdc7ebdfa6d07589e5410d92d4726.jpg
It's all starting to come together!!! [emoji106]


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FunFishin24
11/22/2016, 08:23 PM
Kessil makes some grow/plant specific LEDs if that's your style.. D2Mini used a halide specifically built for that over his macro on his 220 build... Generic "plant/grow" LED panels (Mars aqua and others) that seem to have good wavelengths out there too.

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Thanks iced. Will definitely check into some fuge lights. Probably going to go with 2 separate fixtures rather than 1 long one.


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vikinglord13
11/23/2016, 04:45 PM
This is a good holiday gift.

dave.m
11/23/2016, 05:09 PM
That tank is going to look very smart once it is up and running. Not too sure about that couch in front of it, though. The couch should be turned around facing the other way, I think.

Dave.M

FunFishin24
11/23/2016, 09:56 PM
Dave. M... lmao. [emoji4]. Yes the couch is goin to the basement and will be replaced with a couple of chairs to kinda make it a formal sitting room as soon as you walk in the house. I've kinda turn the front room into a fish exhibit!! [emoji106]


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FunFishin24
11/23/2016, 09:58 PM
This is a good holiday gift.



To have my wife's support throughout this project has kinda been a good gift. I have a long Christmas list to present to her once I figure out which is highest on the priority list!!! [emoji51]. Lol


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FunFishin24
11/23/2016, 10:02 PM
Today was a pretty productive day...I got everything transferred. Fuge is up & running, just gotta get some lights & macro in it. But I'm sure all the bacteria from sand & rock from my old setup won't hurt anything. Hopefully it still looks good come morning. [emoji4]


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vikinglord13
11/23/2016, 10:48 PM
I'm not seeing how the water is going from your fuge to your tank, is it a siphon? If so, what's to stop it form overflowing if your return pump fails? it looks like all the water would overflow from the fuge

FunFishin24
11/24/2016, 08:50 AM
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Vikinglord--my fuge is fed by one of my overflows on that side of the DT. There are 2 ball valves to control the water-either to the fuge or to the sump. It then enters the fuge on the far side. The return part of the fuge is a homemade baffle of a sort to keep macro from leaving then gravity fed into return portion of sump. So if the return pump fails there will be no more water introduced into the fuge. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161124/0d8d61c022ccb3da683750fbfb7b41f7.jpgdont mind the wires. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161124/76cb259be484e32995b280dff7e68739.jpgentering the fugehttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161124/ce73de61a0cb00b69f28f49bfcf53bb6.jpgreturn gravity fed bafflehttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161124/d57a645a1f01e50fd3e510e70c52f1ff.jpgback to sump by return pump.


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vikinglord13
11/24/2016, 11:00 AM
Interesting design, thanks for the clarification. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

FunFishin24
11/28/2016, 09:16 AM
Well it's up & running. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161128/dc84f71cc183495aa0ef74fbb60aaac0.jpg
Now definitely time to restock. Between a bigger tank & the loses in my old tank, this new set up is pretty empty. But atleast what livestock was left is doin pretty good in the new environment. [emoji106]


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CorbinSawyer
11/28/2016, 03:57 PM
It's epic... great job

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FunFishin24
11/28/2016, 07:28 PM
It's epic... great job

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Thank you. Still have a lot of work to do but the holidays are slowing down my progress. When are y'all moving & is your wife still on board with your build?


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CorbinSawyer
11/28/2016, 07:44 PM
Haha. She says she is still on board as long as it is out off the way and it's automated whenever I travel. It was supposed to be February but now looks like we'll be moving around May.

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FunFishin24
11/28/2016, 08:04 PM
Lol. Well that's cool. At least she is still ok with it. Congrats. Good luck with the move. [emoji106]


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whyamisofly
11/29/2016, 12:28 AM
Holy crap, I didn't realize this tank was local! Might have to make a road trip!

FunFishin24
11/29/2016, 07:36 AM
Holy crap, I didn't realize this tank was local! Might have to make a road trip!



Lol. Not really local but yes you are more than welcome to contact me & come check it out!! [emoji106][emoji4]


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FunFishin24
12/01/2016, 05:41 PM
Well now I'm into the new tank "ugly" syndrome. Hopefully it clears up soon. Lol. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161201/7452af08576972ecf4601727090ed693.jpg


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worm5406
12/01/2016, 11:23 PM
I notice that they are appearing more toward the window side of the tank?

biecacka
12/02/2016, 10:15 PM
Wonder if the higher rock tower on that side is blocking some water flow.

Corey

worm5406
12/02/2016, 10:17 PM
Wonder if the higher rock tower on that side is blocking some water flow.
Look at the discharges. The one on the left is more toward the glass and has moved the sand quite a bit. The other one is pointed at a different angle.

Changing those would provide move flow around the surface of the sand.

FunFishin24
12/03/2016, 01:55 PM
So I was looking at my tank this morning before the lights turned on. The sand gets discolored in the spots where I added sand from the old tank first. I'm wondering if this is the cause of problems. Also there is a spot on the rocks on the left side of tank, the flat rock under the green mushroom rock, that accumulated air bubbles last night before the lights went off. The air bubbles in a brown algae make me think that this is something other than diatoms. Hope it is not Dino's cause I understand that stuff is a pain to get rid of. Thoughts??? I know in the pictures it is hard to see the flow, but there is really no dead spots on my sand where it is brown. When I feed flake food, IF it settles on the sand it gets blown around the next cycle of the gyres on the back wall.


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dave.m
12/04/2016, 03:51 AM
Bubbles usually means something is processing what is in your water and releasing gas. If it is coming from live rock it is usually bacteria releasing nitrogen at the end of the denitrifying cycle. If it is from algae it is usually oxygen.

For your sandbed, are you vacuuming your sand at all? Do you have a sand clean-up crew (e.g. conchs, nassarius snails, diamond gobies, etc.)?

Dave.M

FunFishin24
12/04/2016, 08:22 AM
Thanks Dave. No I don't vacuum my sand, I just upsized my CUC mid week but no conchs or gobies. I was thinking it was just a normal new tank diatom bloom but I'm not to sure now.


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vikinglord13
12/06/2016, 09:54 PM
It's good to see it up and running. Hopefully the brown gunk clears up soon

FunFishin24
12/14/2016, 11:16 AM
It's good to see it up and running. Hopefully the brown gunk clears up soon



Thank you. I agree. Hopefully it doesn't take to long.


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FunFishin24
12/27/2016, 06:42 PM
Well everything seems to be getting better day by day. For the most part my corals are turning around for the best. My brain & frogspawn are kinda takin a little bit but starting to look better. The sand turns a tan color by the end of light cycle but not to bad. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161228/c750543b46748a0e3390ff77c0221140.jpg
Definitely not like it was.

Can't wait to start stocking this beast. Got a lot of empty space. Lol


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FunFishin24
01/01/2017, 04:10 PM
Happy new year everyone. Thanks to another enthusiast, I was able to get started stocking. Hasn't been quite 24 hours but everything seems to be doing great. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/34e6caff0a49a7ca70a8dd4ea29366de.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/78448f487a3110aa3ae951c178f2e535.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/dc0a3d7c5c1e521290dd15bb8bf06698.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/4a26c45870ab603f6645ac6cbd9eb8ce.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/61384d5f331870d79b3f49c7745d4a32.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/53e47a5d36f66fe4fed42a373d2b7552.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/5b72929996b882e825193ceca20eb4f7.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/b2ef42c10293aa284e54ffb2bfa63fb8.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170101/b2931db9d790b043eb2de6934d022c39.jpg


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01/01/2017, 04:11 PM
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FunFishin24
01/01/2017, 04:12 PM
Still got a lot of ground to cover tho!!! [emoji14]


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Stylo328
01/01/2017, 04:39 PM
Additions look good. Congrats.


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FunFishin24
01/17/2017, 07:33 AM
Well it's been a few weeks so figured I'd say hi & post a few pics. Still pretty empty but atleast it's starting to look like an aquarium rather than an empty glass box. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/a091bb50cd9d749985a9b0bbb17027f2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/b50e23a8d9136069650b69f07f546874.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/8ad39fec253d5b209bb24e6951f5607d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/32baa8cbd1fbea3ddb269f56d867aa0b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/4080918469c785ea9c62469ca11c22c9.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/a928f36c736100055007612759983b74.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/75e703d9d78ea1a9c2c65044db6ff9d2.jpg

vikinglord13
01/23/2017, 08:29 PM
looks like we have some good progress!

FunFishin24
02/07/2017, 05:08 PM
Well it's been awhile so figured I write a little post. Got my UV sterilizer plumbed in & got my calcium reactor up & going finally. I've added a few frags, maybe like 20 or so. Here's a few crappy cell phone pics to give me something to compare to in a few months.
Left side. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/108103f73e12d0113386997d9ece4ef1.jpg
Left middle. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/674b2ad610f1f0da100971c8c00e9111.jpg
Right middle. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/11309c994d4cc23f8172d96439256b5f.jpg
Right side. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/b89c1d6bb7ff694768248737b0a7ea74.jpg
FTS. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/a6cfae1618c17e1d35f124c7f8f9221a.jpg
Pictures don't do me any justice...can't even see half the frags unless you look real close. Have to get me a better camera some day. [emoji4]

anbosu
02/07/2017, 05:39 PM
The tank is looking good! I would put the mushrooms somewhere a little more isolated unless you want them to overgrow those SPS frags.

FunFishin24
02/07/2017, 05:46 PM
The tank is looking good! I would put the mushrooms somewhere a little more isolated unless you want them to overgrow those SPS frags.



Hello. If you are referring to the rock full of green mushrooms in the back by the overflow, I think they are isolated pretty good. There is about a 6"-8" gap between those two rocks. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/77ce44f18aa97a49a8dd85cf9a659053.jpg
I don't want them to overtake my sps but I was hoping they would grow up the back wall & my frags would fill in the gap rather. What do y'all think??? Thanks.

Stylo328
02/08/2017, 06:22 AM
Tank looks great!

On the mushrooms, if they start to spread across that tonga branch you will have to address. Some Kalk slurry will address individual polyps quite well.


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FunFishin24
02/08/2017, 05:23 PM
Tank looks great!

On the mushrooms, if they start to spread across that tonga branch you will have to address. Some Kalk slurry will address individual polyps quite well.


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That's great info. Thanks.

VanJuKy
02/08/2017, 05:34 PM
Nice collection of fish - some of my favorites in there. How well do the PBT and the Achilles get along? Of the tangs who is the boss?

FunFishin24
02/08/2017, 05:37 PM
The PB & Achilles get along pretty good but there is a good size difference between them at the moment. The orange shoulder is actually the boss (strange) but him, the coral beauty & clown fish was all that was left from my old system after failure so he kinda got used to being the boss.

FunFishin24
02/08/2017, 05:38 PM
I'm worried about the sohal when he gets bigger. [emoji51]

FunFishin24
02/10/2017, 03:58 PM
After a month or so of everything being in the tank together, I noticed that my sohal tang is hiding in a hole in the rock. Upon further inspection after replacing the nori, I witnessed my coral beauty harassing him pretty bad & he went to hide. Is this normal? Anything I can do to help? They did pretty good at the beginning but now I guess not do much.

dave.m
02/10/2017, 04:14 PM
You could try watching the CB to see where he likes to hang out and then move the rockwork around a bit. That will disrupt everyone's territory and might make it easier for the sohal to find its own ground.

Dave.M

FunFishin24
02/10/2017, 08:22 PM
Well I don't know what happened overnight with the sohal. I had to remove him from the DT. When I caught him he was swimming lethargic like--downward spirals & back flips & upside down. I think the CB was picking on him cause he was easy target. Yesterday he was swimming around & eating like he had since I got him a month ago. Any ideas?? I have him in hospital tank now but don't really know what to medicate with at this point. Any suggestions? Thanks.

FunFishin24
07/09/2017, 01:36 PM
Hello all. Well I finally had time to move my furniture around the house to expose my tank. Now I have a nice sitting room!!!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170709/41698dc5828d4a32b71a4c65d46ed551.jpg
Also got some supplemental lights to go along with my halides--went with 4, AI hydra 52 hd's. [emoji12][emoji106]

FunFishin24
07/09/2017, 01:38 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170709/ebc2623b77eaf9ab18f7b9b972a7176d.jpg

dave.m
07/09/2017, 03:11 PM
That bowfront sure is a show-stopper!

Dave.M

Lytehouse
07/09/2017, 03:22 PM
I generally don't care for bowfront on smaller tanks,
but it is very dramatic and appealing on this larger tank.
Looks great for viewing.

Stylo328
07/11/2017, 04:03 AM
Tank looks amazing. Congrats!


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vikinglord13
07/12/2017, 01:14 AM
Just beautiful. I agree with dave.m and Lytehouse the bowfront gives it that extra edge