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Old 11/05/2017, 09:44 PM   #76
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I haven't posted in awhile as life has been crazy. My mom ended up in the hospital a little over two months ago with some very life threatening problems and thankfully it looks like she is going to make it. Unfortunately she had to amputate her leg, she had multiple strokes, a leaky heart valve, and she has liver sorosis. All of which stemmed from sepsis. The lesson I've learned is don't wait when you start to feel sick and feel like something is wrong. We're hoping that she has multiple years to live as she is only 59. But with all this I'm adding an addition to my house and moving her in so that my wife and I can help her out. Needless to say the tank project took a complete halt.

Now that I can breath a bit, I decided today was a good day to coat the bones of the wood stand with primer so that I can put a couple coats of paint as a sealer. I'm hoping this will protect the structure that's going to be holding 5,000 lbs of water.

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Old 11/06/2017, 02:03 PM   #77
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Old 11/06/2017, 02:50 PM   #78
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You’re a good son!!
Stand looks great.


Current Tank Info: 53x32.5x26 190g dt 60g of sumps 3 tank-100 gal frag system 4x AI prime 6xt5 3x150w mh. 4x maxspect gyre. Skimz Dual internal sicce pump skimmer Deltec PF601s ca rx+Kalk stirrer
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Old 11/06/2017, 07:56 PM   #79
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Originally Posted by reefmutt View Post
You’re a good son!!
Stand looks great.
Thank you and yes family is always first.

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Old 11/06/2017, 08:33 PM   #80
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Wow that is some heavy news. Good to hear everything is ok.

After about a 16 year break from fish keeping,
Wow, how things have changed.

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Old 11/10/2017, 06:26 PM   #81
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Glad to hear mom is better. And totally understandable to delay a fish tank build. Now the build is a priority due to its natural nature to calm and relax us.


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Old 11/10/2017, 09:04 PM   #82
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Incredible build so far. Good on you for taking such good care of your mother, I hope that her recovery continues.

I think the most critical things with rockwork are:
1. Of course, the looks, and remembering that less is more
2. The flow. Try not to build lots of walls that will eliminate flow, unless you want a lot of powerheads.

Speaking of powerheads, where do you plan to mount yours? I have a cube tank that is viewable from all 4 sides and I have a heck of a time locating the powerheads so that they dont disrupt the view badly (vortechs cannot go close to the surface, or the substrate).

Keep up the great work! Please dont skimp on sump/filtration/equipment pics, those are my favorite part.

Oh one idea too, once the emergency drain pipe enters the uniseal on the sump, end it there so that it ends above water level, that way you can hear it when it is flowing.

I like the vectra L1 a lot for a return, works pretty well, though there are other awesome options too.

Will you use a substrate or go bare-bottom?

What kind of corals do you like? SPS? LPS? all?

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Old 11/10/2017, 09:47 PM   #83
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Looking forward to the system taking shape. Glad your mom is better.

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Old 11/11/2017, 10:57 AM   #84
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I’m from Houston as well looking forward to see this filled up might have to come by and check it out one day

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Old 11/12/2017, 12:32 PM   #85
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Incredible build... love the tank!

180 Gallon Reef Tank, Elite Aquatics Sump, Kessil A360we LEDS, AI Hydra 26 HD LEDS, Reef Octopus OCTO VarioS-6 Controllable DC Circulation Pump, Skimz Kone SK204 Skimmer, Vortex MP40 Powerhead.

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Old 11/13/2017, 10:09 AM   #86
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Nice build! Sorry to hear about your mom but glad she is doing better. I'm just south of you. PM me if you need help with anything!


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Old 11/13/2017, 02:06 PM   #87
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Nice build! That is gonna be so nice to have such a wide tank!

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Old 11/17/2017, 02:19 PM   #88
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Best wishes to you and your mom.

Nice build. Can't wait to see it filled with water.


Over the years I've learned enough to know that I know very little and have a lot more to learn.

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