View Full Version : DeepBlueSea's return to reefkeeping

07/16/2017, 05:53 AM
This is going to be a long process... starting from 'scratch' ( I have reef experience). In no rush what-so-ever and will purchase equipment over time . Right now... use what I have in storage.

April 30, 2017- Broke out equipment that had been in storage for years and plumbed this together to re-cure rock.

Bermuda BPS-3c protein skimmer, 2 eheim pumps, two heaters, icecap 660 and some old t5 lighting.


That's a 32g BRUTE filled with old dried rock. Took 50 days for the cycle to occur.

Purchased new guts for my old 25gal/day spectrapure RO/DI and now I have a 90 gal/day unit.

Once cycled, performed a 75% water change and put the lights over. Threw in a clean up crew and letting the rock continue to cycle through typical algae blooms. Hopefully a couple more weeks I'll start to see coralline algae growing. (Purchased 3 small pieces of LR from the LFS to seed.

A few weeks later I purchased a Tunze ATO. System right now is in a set and forget mode. Just keep the ATO reservoir filled, keep an eye on pH. It's doing its thing.

In the meantime, started to build a stand. 73x26x38


Over next few weeks will skin it and figure out doors. Not sure of the tank yet. May do a 180, 150, 120, maybe 2 60 cubes side by side... maybe custom... only time will tell. Who knows this stand may not even end up being a display stand. Could go into a 'fish room'.

Threw some buttons in the can, just to have something to look at.


Hopefully this build will come to fruition. My return to reef keeping has been a long time coming.

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08/20/2017, 04:34 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170820/6727709cca688a87de4f9ff9509687e5.jpg slow and steady... the stand is starting to take shape.

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09/16/2017, 12:48 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170916/733d42cd42a60adbba2169eb69b248e8.jpgPrimed and first coat of paint applied. Planning on lite sanding and two more coats on the exterior.

Purchasing prefabbed doors...

Should be completed by end of the month.

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09/16/2017, 12:57 PM
Great looking stand

09/16/2017, 04:31 PM
Great looking stand

Thanks.. been squeezing in the work slowly. Can't wait (but will) to actually have an aquarium to place on top... been toying with the idea of actually building a 160 eurobraced myself. Not sure I have the balls to do that though. If I go standard tank, either a 120 or 180 is going on it.

May try to build a glass custom sump and ATO supply to be able to 'practice' silicone injection method. See if it's worth saving $1200 on building the tank myself.

No rush though... stilll need to install a dedicated electric sub-panel & transfer switch and venting to extract moisture outside.

Slow & steady

09/30/2017, 02:13 PM

First of many deliveries to show up at the door step.

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10/02/2017, 12:36 PM

40 breeder going to make the perfect size sump. ($50 PETCO SALE) 1/4" polished edge glass dividers, baffles etc on order. Total price with mods should run around $200. Lot better than the custom acrylics running $450+

Finished product few weeks time... Stay tuned.

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