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08/09/2017, 08:48 PM
Hello Reef Central,

This is my first post on this forum. I have been researching and building a reef tank for almost a year now. I bought this used 100 gallon fish tank with stand. (Hopefully I get the pictures on here correctly)



I want to share with you how I have and how I am trying to turn this back into a beautiful reef tank. It has been a lot of work and there is still more work to come.

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08/10/2017, 11:32 AM
The first thing I did was I cleaned the tank.


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08/11/2017, 04:50 PM
Okay, I want to get this thread caught up to where I'm at now so I can get some input on ideas I have.

After cleaning the tank I sanded, stained, and sealed the outside of the canopy and stand. I then applied a product called "Red Guard" on the inside of the stand and canopy. Red Guard is a water proofing sealer that is used in bathrooms before the tile is laid to water proof the floor and walls being tiled. I'm hoping this will protect the inside of stand and canopy from any water damage.

Pictures after applying the stain:


Pictures of the sealer:


Picture of the inside of the stand painted with Red Guard which is pink until it dries:


Picture of the stand after sanding, staining, and sealing:


There is still more catching up to do...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170811/307dee5682e0bad6fa401040e1afd7d6.jpg

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08/12/2017, 06:35 AM
I bought a Shadow Overflow from Synergy Reef. I thought it wouldn't be a good idea to put the overflow right in the middle of tank because of the large piece of glass on top of the tank would prevent easy access to the overflow. So I mounted over on the left side right above the Sump. I also drilled two return lines on the right side of the tank. On the far right side I drilled a hole for draining the tank during water changes. I drilled it low enough for about 20 gallons to drain. My plan is to run a hose either outside or to a drain. After draining I can attach the hose to a pump inside my salt water mix tank and pump new salt water back into the tank. Hopefully it will make water changes easy. Is this a good idea or bad idea?




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