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Old 11/08/2016, 08:03 PM   #251
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Old 12/05/2016, 04:50 PM   #252
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Looks great!!! Have any more details on how you poured the epoxy and what did you use to spread it?


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Old 12/05/2016, 06:12 PM   #253
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Looks great!!! Have any more details on how you poured the epoxy and what did you use to spread it?
He did the epoxy on page 3. By the time he's done it looks better than most pianos. Lol


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Old 12/05/2016, 06:13 PM   #254
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Here is a full tank shot, taken today:



Oh wow. That's amazing


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Old 12/05/2016, 07:53 PM   #255
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He did the epoxy on page 3. By the time he's done it looks better than most pianos. Lol
Yeah it looks really good! Lol. I was just wondering how he spread it. Did he just let it self level, tilt the tank to move the epoxy, or use a squeegee? I didn't see anything to where he mentioned it. Impressive work though.


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Old 12/05/2016, 10:20 PM   #256
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Did he just let it self level, tilt the tank to move the epoxy, or use a squeegee? I didn't see anything to where he mentioned it. Impressive work though.
Thanks! I calculated how much I needed to mix for each pour, mixed it up, and poured it all out just as the bucket started to warm. I used a squeegee to spread it all out faster, although in truth the self-leveling capability would have been sufficient, just a little slower. I then used a hair dryer to blow hot air across the surface and pop the microbubbles. Then I rotated the tank every which way and started the process over again. I wore respiratory protection when I worked over the epoxy.

One lesson learned: use a propane torch instead! Although my tank worked out, using a torch not only would have been a whole lot easier, it would have also been more effective at popping the bubbles. I didn't purchase a torch until I started making my bar ledge (as per manufacturer's recommendation) and wow is it ever easier than the hair dryer method! It also has the benefit of not blowing around dust particles. You just need to watch out that you don't burn the epoxy as it does begin to smoke rather easily.

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Old 12/05/2016, 10:38 PM   #257
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Thanks! I calculated how much I needed to mix for each pour, mixed it up, and poured it all out just as the bucket started to warm. I used a squeegee to spread it all out faster, although in truth the self-leveling capability would have been sufficient, just a little slower. I then used a hair dryer to blow hot air across the surface and pop the microbubbles. Then I rotated the tank every which way and started the process over again. I wore respiratory protection when I worked over the epoxy.

One lesson learned: use a propane torch instead! Although my tank worked out, using a torch not only would have been a whole lot easier, it would have also been more effective at popping the bubbles. I didn't purchase a torch until I started making my bar ledge (as per manufacturer's recommendation) and wow is it ever easier than the hair dryer method! It also has the benefit of not blowing around dust particles. You just need to watch out that you don't burn the epoxy as it does begin to smoke rather easily.

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Thanks for the info. I'm assuming any squeegee would do?


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Old 12/19/2016, 06:56 PM   #258
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Thanks for the info. I'm assuming any squeegee would do?
Yup, pretty much!

Here's a quick update of some new coral I've added. I met up with a hobbyist out of the Toronto area and purchased some pieces from him. His selection was incredible, so it was a little tricky picking some pieces to get started with. He threw in a small frag of the beautiful "Utter Chaos" zoanthid, so that is now front and center in the tank. Here's hoping it grows (and quickly!)...














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Old 12/19/2016, 07:01 PM   #259
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That picture with the flame angel (or hawk), wow. It has some nice color and really pops out.


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Old 12/19/2016, 07:05 PM   #260
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That picture with the flame angel (or hawk), wow. It has some nice color and really pops out.
Yeah, he's quite striking, made all the more interesting by the fact that he is so elusive.

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Old 12/20/2016, 08:43 AM   #261
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Those are not typical frags... they are nice and branchy!!


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Old 01/29/2017, 11:49 AM   #262
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Bump. How is it going. Starting mine in April. Just remodeling the basement now. Thx for everything, Chris


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Old 02/01/2017, 10:22 PM   #263
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Awesome build...looks great!


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Old 02/02/2017, 08:05 PM   #264
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Thanks guys,

It's been a little busy around here as of late so I haven't had much time for photos and updates. I have added a few more things to the tank, but for the most part I've just been enjoying watching things get established. My birdsnest is really starting to take off, which is pretty great. As for bad news, I have noticed that a slight leak has developed around one of the acrylic windows in the sump. This only becomes apparent when the return pump is shutoff and the sump is allowed to fill to the top (the added pressure seems to start squeezing water through the leak). I will have to spend a weekend draining it down and applying some silicone or other sealant around the window's edges.

Pioneer, when you say you're starting yours soon, are you referring to a plywood build as well?


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Old 02/02/2017, 10:52 PM   #265
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Great looking build Brian! I commend you on your skills! Isn't panduit just the best thing ever for cable management I had a basset growing up, he name was Smiley and she was an amazing buddy! Such personalities, everything on their own schedule. You have some of the nicest corals at your fingertips there in T.dot area, take advantage!

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Old 02/03/2017, 08:08 AM   #266
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Very very nice Brian, you should be extremely proud of yourself for taking on such a task and completing it with flawless detail.


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Old 02/04/2017, 03:48 PM   #267
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Yes Brian, My life long dream is to have one in my house. Did alittle work about 20 years ago making a 28,000 gal aquarium made out of a fiberglass pool for the Minnesota zoo for their sharks. Did a smaller 2500 gal sting ray tank. They were back in their quarantine building. 4' x 8' by 30" tall is about all I can do in my basement. I am glad I found the holy grail of plywood tanks section!


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Old 02/04/2017, 10:00 PM   #268
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I can't believe that is plywood. Amazing!


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Old 02/08/2017, 08:55 AM   #269
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Yes Brian, My life long dream is to have one in my house. Did alittle work about 20 years ago making a 28,000 gal aquarium made out of a fiberglass pool for the Minnesota zoo for their sharks. Did a smaller 2500 gal sting ray tank. They were back in their quarantine building. 4' x 8' by 30" tall is about all I can do in my basement. I am glad I found the holy grail of plywood tanks section!
8x4x30 inches is my sump size. I finnished mine a year ago.
DIY fishkeepers on youtube has a 6 part tutorial on building a plywood tank. It's a little bit of a different method than this one here, but it works the same.


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Old 02/24/2017, 05:30 PM   #270
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If 4'x8'x30" is your sump, how big is the tank?


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Old 02/24/2017, 05:57 PM   #271
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If 4'x8'x30" is your sump, how big is the tank?


+1 hohoho - my display tank is only 3' lol


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Old 02/24/2017, 06:19 PM   #272
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Wish I had a DT that was atleast that big. Couldn't imagine having a DT big enough to have a sump that big


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Old 02/24/2017, 07:00 PM   #273
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Missed a couple pictures...



Here's a quick photo of the frags which just arrived the other day, and another photo of my very stubborn carpet anemone which refused to move from its position right against my glass ... You can see that I have now positioned a powerhead straight at it in the hopes that it will concede and relocate.. I'd really rather not have to peel it off once again.









Is that a squamosa clam? I have one almost identical & couldn't figure out which type it was.


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Old 03/01/2017, 03:32 AM   #274
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If 4'x8'x30" is your sump, how big is the tank?
My DT is only 120 gallons. My sump also contains my frag area, refugium, 300 pounds of liverock, and an area for miracle mud.
It will support upgrades in the future.


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Old 09/22/2019, 06:00 PM   #275
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Please give me an update on this tank. How did it last? thank you, Chris


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