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Old 04/12/2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Talking FishyBiz's 190 Tank adventure

Well I figured it was probably time to start my tank build thread on my new setup. Its taken me about five months to get where I'm at but I should have water in this thing by the end of the month. I thought about posting this in the Large Tank section but I feel its still small and plan on building something like 500-1000 gallons when I buy a new house so I'll wait until then to post in the Large Tanks.

Right now I have a 120 in my office but have two problems with it.
1) When I do a water change I have to cart the buckets pretty far from the warehouse to the tank. And...
2) When the chiller kicks on my office seems to get 100 degrees hotter.
So what's the solution???? Just build another office.
My new office backs up to my warehouse where I can drain the water by a hose and also refill it by a hose. No more lugging buckets!! Also I can put my chiller in the warehouse so I cant hear it or feel the heat it puts off.

Here are some specs:
Tank: 60l x 24w x 30t Starefire (Its really 187g but I like to round up)
Sump: 36x18x18 MRC Reef sump with built in refugium
Return Pump: Reeflo Dart
Calcium Reactor: Korallin C-1502 (This should be fun )
Skimmer: Euro Reef RS250 with gate valve mod (may also do the recirc mod)
Lights: Dont have any yet but plan on (2) 400w Radium bulbs in Lumenarc III reflectors with a PFO balast
Circulation: Right now I have (2) MJ 1200 mods but plan to replace them down the line with a Tunze setup.

I know... I know... bla bla bla WHERES THE PICS????

Here the are!
The first pic is a sketch so you can get an idea of whats going on. My old office is the one with the tank in it, and the new office is dirctly accross from it with the hole in the wall.


Next is an actual pic of the construction. (done by myself)
I added (3) 20amp dedicated circuits for the tank.




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Old 04/12/2007, 12:23 PM   #2
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Now fast farward a couple months after carpet, paint, and stuff like that.

This is what I started with. A used tank with an ugly stand. I repainted the back, painted the stand with epoxy (inside white gloss / outside black matt finish) Tons of work have gone into this thing.

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New:

Notice the hole under the stand? Its covered with a piece of drywall right now but will later have some sort of cabinet on the back.




This is where im at right now. I just got new hardware and put the doors on. The canopy has not been painted yet because it needs to be modded for the lights.


Ive been talking with Marc from marcorocks and should have some killer pieces soon. About 100+ lbs of base rock that I will seed with 100+lbs of the rock in my old tank.
By the way if your looking for base rock Marc has given me 110% satisfaction and is a great guy. Thanks Marc!

To be contnued........


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Old 04/12/2007, 12:25 PM   #3
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Nice job so far on the dry-wall.


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Old 04/12/2007, 12:29 PM   #4
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Great Job FishyBiz,

Everything looks nice and clean.

Please keep us posted!


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Old 04/12/2007, 12:30 PM   #5
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Wow - That stand came out NICE. That is a very coool tank setup.
I like.


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Old 04/12/2007, 12:38 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!
I forgot to mention... There is an auto top-off line in the wall that goes to the RO/Di system in the warehouse.

Derrell-
I hope the paint came out nice.... I own a painting company! lol


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Old 04/12/2007, 12:41 PM   #7
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Now I know why it looks so good. I can NOT paint anything right.


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Old 04/12/2007, 01:21 PM   #8
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Heres a video of me layin it down. Pretty boring stuff.



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Old 04/12/2007, 01:36 PM   #9
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That's cool. The secret is in the spray-gun.
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Old 04/12/2007, 02:11 PM   #10
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nice video! i sprayed 2 coats stain and 5 coats glaze to get my cherry wood llok with no grain. i love your black stand with white inside!


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Old 04/12/2007, 03:35 PM   #11
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nice video! i sprayed 2 coats stain and 5 coats glaze to get my cherry wood llok with no grain. i love your black stand with white inside!
Thats awsome.
My first thought was to stain everything but oak has such deep pours it was hard to get the finish off. I dyed it about three times and then took the whole thing to Dip-n-Strip because I didnt have the time to strip everything. They wanted like $600 to strip it and I was like .
It cost me nothing to paint it because one of my paint reps gave me the epoxy. Id rather spend the money on something else. But it would have looked nice stained.


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Old 04/12/2007, 05:27 PM   #12
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thats a really nice setup. good work


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Old 04/12/2007, 07:07 PM   #13
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Hey, watching paint dry is fun, j/k. Nice set up. I like having a back entrance to the stand. That should come in handy.


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Old 04/18/2007, 01:01 PM   #14
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More Pics!

Well... yesterday I installed a cabinet on the back of the warehouse wall that goes into my office. Boy was that a task. The first one I built crumbled to pieces when I stood it up. I had to go to Lowes and get a new one. I plan to plumb the chiller to the left outside of the cabinet.

This is a shot with the doors open. I plan to arange the equipment similar to the way it is right now, but Im not 100% sure how i'm going to plumb the stuff.



This is a shot from my office looking through the stand and out the cabinet into the warehouse.


Hopefully Friday I will get my rock and this weekend can get a good amount of work done.


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Old 04/20/2007, 10:39 AM   #15
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Old 04/20/2007, 10:58 AM   #16
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Wow great setup. Sure is nice to have all new stuff, bets all my used junk. Is that a RS135 skimmer?
Super looking thats for sure.
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Old 04/20/2007, 12:04 PM   #17
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Thats a RS250. I got the gate valve mod and plan to do the recirc mod.


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Old 04/20/2007, 02:39 PM   #18
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Very Nice


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Old 04/24/2007, 04:22 PM   #19
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Well I got my base rock last week. I took it out back and hosed it off first. Then I washed it twice in RO water and let dry for a couple of days.


I moved the rock around like 9 times before I got it the way I wanted. Im sure I will move or adjust it more when I bring in the 100+ pounds from my 112 gallon thats been running for over 2 years.



I also got my refugium light on. I had to mod the legs so it could slide from side to side for access.



Hopefull I can fill it this week.


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Old 04/24/2007, 05:03 PM   #20
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Hey I have the same light for my refugium. NICE.
Looks great so far. Like the base rock a lot!


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Old 04/24/2007, 07:26 PM   #21
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Looks AWESOME so far! I cant wait to upgrade this summer!


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Old 04/26/2007, 02:13 AM   #22
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Old 04/29/2007, 02:38 AM   #23
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Lets see some more pics its been 5 days


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Old 04/29/2007, 09:46 AM   #24
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lmao...all of this for some fish and corals... lolz... man... i been there before... sad thing is... ill prolly go back one day

looks hella good BTW


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Any water yet?


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