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bwhit1406
06/12/2017, 07:52 PM
My last tank went well, and like every tank there was things I liked and disliked about it. I broke down the 150 before we moved into our new house with the thought of going bigger. But as fate would have it a smaller tank came available at the perfect time which fits the space well and saved me a ton of money. The Tank is a custom miracles 90 gallon rimless. The previous owner took excellent care of it and even got tank of the month before breaking it down. It has been a month since we have moved into our new house and its time to get this thing going.
The plan is to use a similar lighting setup as 150. 250 DE halide 14K Phoenix, 2 Kessill Tuna Blue 360's, 2 ATI aqua blue T5's. 2 part on dosers and a ReefOct SRO 5000. I grew SPS like crazy in the old tank. I have acro colonies being held for me so I won't be starting from frags.
First order of business is to tile the area where the tank will be. I have included a picture where I used a cardboard box to figure out how I wanted the tank to sit.





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bwhit1406
06/12/2017, 07:53 PM
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170612_201941_zpsxnn9flfs.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170612_201941_zpsxnn9flfs.jpg.html)
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170612_202036_zpsmagjibcg.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170612_202036_zpsmagjibcg.jpg.html)

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bwhit1406
06/12/2017, 07:53 PM
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170612_202128_zpsnskvopmw.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170612_202128_zpsnskvopmw.jpg.html)

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bwhit1406
06/12/2017, 07:56 PM
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2553534

Link to 150 thread

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Reeferman1019
06/12/2017, 08:46 PM
lookin good following thread


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MK3_LUV
06/13/2017, 12:12 AM
Nice! Looks promising!

What are the dimensions of the tank?

bwhit1406
06/13/2017, 05:11 AM
Nice! Looks promising!

What are the dimensions of the tank?
36 x 24 x 24. External overflow

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dimasv
06/14/2017, 05:12 PM
Nice! Following

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bwhit1406
06/18/2017, 04:36 PM
Had a little time to play around with the first step in the process. Laid out the tile and cut the carpet. I hope to get the tile set this week, but this is the look i am going for. Tile matches other downstairs tile.
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170618_181853_zpsdawnnulr.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170618_181853_zpsdawnnulr.jpg.html)

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Crack1sWak
06/20/2017, 08:55 PM
Can't wait to see what it turns into.

bwhit1406
06/21/2017, 07:02 PM
Can't wait to see what it turns into.
Me too lol. Small children and other house projects are slowing me down but I plan to have some progress this weekend.

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Crack1sWak
06/21/2017, 07:08 PM
Something is always getting in the way. It's just how you find time to balance which is the key. But don't rush anything because the last thing anyone wants to do is start fresh because they didn't wait.

bwhit1406
06/21/2017, 07:11 PM
This is the longest I have been without a running tank for the last 9 years, starting to get the shakes lol

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Crack1sWak
06/21/2017, 08:08 PM
I took down my previous tank for I want to say for six months and it was very boring. Just don't rush it or you could regret it.

Crack1sWak
06/22/2017, 09:26 AM
What is your strategy to get the build done? What I more mean is what is the next step that you are going to start on? I have looked through your previous tank threads and have seen that you don't have issues keeping tanks and they look good when you have them. I now also see why you miss having a running tank because your 150 Gallon looked amazing before you tore it down.

FireReeferSteve
06/22/2017, 11:53 AM
Following.... love the tank shape!


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bwhit1406
06/22/2017, 05:32 PM
What is your strategy to get the build done? What I more mean is what is the next step that you are going to start on? I have looked through your previous tank threads and have seen that you don't have issues keeping tanks and they look good when you have them. I now also see why you miss having a running tank because your 150 Gallon looked amazing before you tore it down.
Step 1 is the tile
Step 2 is to modify tank plumbing a little
Step 3 is to build canopy
Step 4 mount equipment
Step 5 plumb lines from tank location to garage
Step 6 set stand and tank in place
Step 7 aquascape
Step 8 fill and then cycle
Step 9 retrieve my livestock

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Crack1sWak
06/22/2017, 05:36 PM
I have to say I like the plan and seems like you know exactly what needs to happen for your build to get done.

bwhit1406
06/22/2017, 05:37 PM
I have to say I like the plan and seems like you know exactly what needs to happen for your build to get done.
Thank you, I am not changing up too much on this one.

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Crack1sWak
06/22/2017, 05:38 PM
What is your time schedule that you think you will end up being on with getting it done?

bwhit1406
06/22/2017, 05:38 PM
Following.... love the tank shape!


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Thanks I actually had an opportunity to get a bigger tank at a steal but this one fits really well

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bwhit1406
06/22/2017, 05:40 PM
What is your time schedule that you think you will end up being on with getting it done?
Going to try and finish as much as I can this weekend. Got family coming in a month so I want it to be at least running by then.

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Crack1sWak
06/22/2017, 05:41 PM
It always is nice to have family in town to look at the tank. From what I have found they don't seem impressed when it is just setup with no water.

bwhit1406
06/22/2017, 06:32 PM
It always is nice to have family in town to look at the tank. From what I have found they don't seem impressed when it is just setup with no water.
I learned that people tend to like the things in your tank that I care the least about. That kenya tree and snail are amazing, lol

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bwhit1406
06/24/2017, 05:34 PM
Got the tile set, need to grout it and tack down the carpet edges.
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170624_193113_zpsuaz2ggqo.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170624_193113_zpsuaz2ggqo.jpg.html)


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Crack1sWak
06/26/2017, 10:32 AM
That is looking good. I was wondering how it would look and it looks better than I expected.

bwhit1406
06/26/2017, 07:07 PM
Thanks, got the grout in I will fix the carpet tommorrow. Managed to dig out most of the equipment I will need from all of the packed up boxes of reef stuff in the garage.

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Crack1sWak
06/26/2017, 09:55 PM
Glad to see that you are moving right along on your build.

bwhit1406
07/01/2017, 08:16 PM
I had an opportunity to play around with my plumbing today. I am reusing most of the connections from the previous owner but am changing the pipes into the sump. I added 2 valves for siphon and open channel. I will have the emergency drain go straight down into the return section.
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170701_212046_zpsjxjdxdiw.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170701_212046_zpsjxjdxdiw.jpg.html)

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bwhit1406
07/02/2017, 02:15 PM
Got some of my Reefkeeper equipment and dosers mounted.
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170702_160023_zpsclpy338j.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170702_160023_zpsclpy338j.jpg.html)

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Crack1sWak
07/02/2017, 09:44 PM
I like the look and how it is coming together.

bwhit1406
07/03/2017, 05:29 AM
I like the look and how it is coming together.
Thank you!

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bwhit1406
07/08/2017, 11:38 AM
Got the frame for canopy built last night hope to get it all put together tonight

http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170708_110234_zpsw01yuabm.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170708_110234_zpsw01yuabm.jpg.html)

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bwhit1406
07/09/2017, 05:39 PM
Framing for canopy is complete, need to mount the lights and figure out support to wall.
http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx165/bwhit1406/20170709_184701_zpszpxmfold.jpg (http://s752.photobucket.com/user/bwhit1406/media/20170709_184701_zpszpxmfold.jpg.html)

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Crack1sWak
07/11/2017, 03:00 PM
I like the look. What metal are you building it out of?

bwhit1406
07/12/2017, 06:15 AM
I like the look. What metal are you building it out of?
Thank you, it is made from Aluminum and stainless hardware. Going to paint it black and then figure out the skin

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bwhit1406
07/15/2017, 06:40 PM
Got some major progress done today! Finished plumbing and mounting components, finished the canopy frame and got the tank and stand in the house.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170716/65b9e5a2f60132bee510b9b80f0f9d80.jpg

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bwhit1406
07/16/2017, 05:37 PM
First draft of aquascape, I want to have fewer coral this go round and let them growout without competing for spacehttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170716/c15d9c8dce9fbee6326bb5c5de664bc5.jpg

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bwhit1406
07/30/2017, 04:35 PM
Got the brickwork cemented together, changed it up slightly. Installed wall penetrations to garage for water change and top off. Also cut the skin for the canopy. Making RO, so hopefully I will be cycling by the weekend.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/4e901e25e7eac97a92523d68a1930b32.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/18f84cbd3e2d75cd33a983491b8f4fcf.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170730/23863abe569275c053bc9191f461e798.jpg

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bwhit1406
08/04/2017, 08:18 PM
Tank is filled and pump is running! Got to get the salinty and temp dialed in and I will start the cycle

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Crack1sWak
08/04/2017, 09:48 PM
I like the look. The tank is coming along very nicely.


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bwhit1406
08/05/2017, 05:14 AM
I like the look. The tank is coming along very nicely.


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monks600
08/05/2017, 05:19 AM
That scape looks really good! Wish I could have that sort of imagination when it comes to scaping... I literally plonked the rock in and hoped for the best lol! [emoji23]


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bwhit1406
08/05/2017, 07:59 AM
That scape looks really good! Wish I could have that sort of imagination when it comes to scaping... I literally plonked the rock in and hoped for the best lol! [emoji23]


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ClownMan727
08/08/2017, 05:50 PM
Looking good. I really like the way the canopy is coming along. What kind of fish you thinking about for this tank?

bwhit1406
08/08/2017, 06:43 PM
Looking good. I really like the way the canopy is coming along. What kind of fish you thinking about for this tank?Thank you! I kept all my smaller fish from the 150, but since I have sand in this tank i want to add some fish I could not barebottom. Current stock would be Clowns, wrasses, pajama cardinal, dottyback.

Some shots with one kessil onhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170809/57be38f9144a445697f754e05aad68de.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170809/bd8818ac40a8bff5c9409875c2662ac6.jpg

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bwhit1406
08/11/2017, 06:42 PM
Just letting the tank do its thing added 2 more blocks of xport no3 bricks for a total of 3. Been busy with a work project, here is a picture of its brain.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170812/ba3fc69dc13e3384c27e5e02cab47217.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170812/505a5a2257be488a713ce07d2f1c923a.jpg

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Bulldog88
08/12/2017, 06:46 AM
Vey nice looking build, following along.

bwhit1406
08/12/2017, 09:27 AM
Vey nice looking build, following along.Thank you!

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bwhit1406
09/03/2017, 08:15 AM
Tank is coming along nicely, but this last month has been long days and short weekends for me so still alot of detail work left for the tank. I have had the chance to add some clean up crew, and a few small fish. No issues so I plan to start transferring my fish this week. I also traded the SRO 5000 skimmer for a SRO 3000. Once I get all the fish in time to start transferring the corals!

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bwhit1406
09/03/2017, 04:32 PM
Here is a couple pictures of the first tank inhabitantshttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/e8a91620d11fc2f18163f5ee442ddcc8.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/b5c36cb3ae5cd5c2eaa7ff970757d9be.jpg

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bwhit1406
09/21/2017, 07:08 PM
Made it through power loss from Huricane Irma! Hopefully adding some more fish and some coral this weekend

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bwhit1406
09/27/2017, 05:11 PM
Found out my buddy that was holding my coral colonies did not do as well in the storm. I ended up with 2 colonies that survived but not in great shape. He was nice enough to cut me some generous frags from his main system to help me start over though.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170927/0289e6ed8b6b9a4ed1b8743575317605.jpg

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bwhit1406
09/29/2017, 03:04 PM
Better picture with the halide onhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170929/b061d276d9d7190b83f85d4f8b15bf51.jpg

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reefmutt
09/29/2017, 04:21 PM
Looking good, so far. Nice light combo.
Nice scape!
That ‘brain’ shot makes my brain hurt.

bwhit1406
09/30/2017, 06:15 AM
Looking good, so far. Nice light combo.
Nice scape!
That ‘brain’ shot makes my brain hurt.Thank you, thank you, lol

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