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Old 01/22/2010, 10:53 PM   #251
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Whaat does that package set people back normally?


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Old 01/22/2010, 10:55 PM   #252
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https://www.tampabaysaltwater.com/thepackage/cost.html


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Old 01/22/2010, 11:26 PM   #253
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Oh my...that is some gorgeous sponge :-O How many kinds are there?
And I LOVE your urchin.

And from the looks of it, soon we'll get great PHOTOS of them too!

*squee*


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Old 01/23/2010, 05:16 AM   #254
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d2...

Looks fantastic. I have been reading up on "the package" and yours is proof positive that it's the way to go. My build budget just changed a bit......

Thanks for the thread.....great info.


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Old 01/23/2010, 05:28 AM   #255
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Awesome tank, love the theme.


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Old 01/23/2010, 06:53 AM   #256
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Oh my...that is some gorgeous sponge :-O How many kinds are there?
And I LOVE your urchin.

And from the looks of it, soon we'll get great PHOTOS of them too!

*squee*
Thanks! I have no idea what they are yet. I need to do some research!


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d2...

Looks fantastic. I have been reading up on "the package" and yours is proof positive that it's the way to go. My build budget just changed a bit......

Thanks for the thread.....great info.
Cool! Ya, i think the positives of this rock far out weight the negatives of any bad hitchhikers. Richard provides an instant turnkey reef with a quick cycle, and it's hard to beat his customer service.


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Awesome tank, love the theme.
Thanks!
Fill me in on what "theme" it is, because at this point I'm just overwhelmed.


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Old 01/23/2010, 09:35 AM   #257
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You really put a lot if thought and planning into configuring that sump/fuge.
And the entire area underneath your tank for that matter. All the nice gate valves, even the (smart) shelves on the door
Very impressive.
Lookin' forward to the updates.
I agree, clearly this is a Designers Sump in more ways than one!
D2, I'm a landscape designer and I knew you were in the design field as soon as I saw your stand. Visually flawless! In fact I love your stand so much Id love to see it get its own build thread!
Everything about this build says Professional.

On a side note, what would it take to get you to share a copy of your plans for that stand? I'm planning a 150 cube and I find myself obsessed with the aesthetics and functionality of your stand.


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Old 01/23/2010, 11:35 AM   #258
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Looking forward to more pics! This tank is awesome.


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Old 01/23/2010, 11:43 AM   #259
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GORGEOUS!

I can't wait for more pics. I might to take a more serious look at TBS for LR, etc...

Keep up the good work!


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Old 01/23/2010, 06:21 PM   #260
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I agree, clearly this is a Designers Sump in more ways than one!
D2, I'm a landscape designer and I knew you were in the design field as soon as I saw your stand. Visually flawless! In fact I love your stand so much Id love to see it get its own build thread!
Everything about this build says Professional.

On a side note, what would it take to get you to share a copy of your plans for that stand? I'm planning a 150 cube and I find myself obsessed with the aesthetics and functionality of your stand.
Thanks!
I designed the look of the stand but I wasn't the builder. I had a local guy do it.

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Looking forward to more pics! This tank is awesome.
Thank you!

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GORGEOUS!
I can't wait for more pics. I might to take a more serious look at TBS for LR, etc...
Keep up the good work!
Will probably take some pics tomorrow.
I drove out of town this morning and got back this evening and had to do a water change. Ammonia was spiking from some sponge die-off most likely. Might have to do another water change tomorrow.
I did do some re-aquascaping tonite though. I'm liking it better now.


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Old 01/23/2010, 07:22 PM   #261
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Ahhh I have been following your thread since the beginning(lurking and no posting :P) but like everybody else has said, your tank is gorgeous/amazing.

Just wondering, where in Houston are you??? I go there quite a bit to pick up supplies for my families restaurant, I'm actually in Houston right now haha :P


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Old 01/24/2010, 01:47 AM   #262
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So far seems like you have a sponge theme going on. Not a typical looking tank, very cool and original.


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Old 01/24/2010, 08:30 AM   #263
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d2Mini - I love your stand. I can't stop thinking about it and designing one for myself!

Those sponges will probably die in the long run - I've seen in a few threads where they pretty much slowly wither away. They look neat at first, but really need to stay in the ocean.

I can't wait to start seeing this tank mature. Are both Vortechs running yet?


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Old 01/24/2010, 10:22 AM   #264
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Ahhh I have been following your thread since the beginning(lurking and no posting :P) but like everybody else has said, your tank is gorgeous/amazing.

Just wondering, where in Houston are you??? I go there quite a bit to pick up supplies for my families restaurant, I'm actually in Houston right now haha :P
Thanks! I'm in the Spring Branch/Memorial area.

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d2Mini - I love your stand. I can't stop thinking about it and designing one for myself!

Those sponges will probably die in the long run - I've seen in a few threads where they pretty much slowly wither away. They look neat at first, but really need to stay in the ocean.

I can't wait to start seeing this tank mature. Are both Vortechs running yet?
Thanks! Ya, I don't have high hopes for the delicate sponges but we'll see how they do. At least I have an instant reef until i get corals in there. Pretty cool!
I do have both vortechs going now. Still playing with different modes and stuff.


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Old 01/24/2010, 11:58 AM   #265
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Man what a great tank. Just got done reading your build. Everything was. well planned out. Love the house too......


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Old 01/25/2010, 07:05 AM   #266
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Did some re-aquascaping saturday and moved some of the sponges around sunday. I'm trying to keep ammonia below 1.0 so I've done two 25g water changes so far and will have to do another tonite. I think I got the rocks pretty much where I want them with two non-symmetrical islands which looks good but also allows the Vortechs to push water between them and then bounce off the front corner and throughout the tank. It was REALLY hard trying to fit rock in a walk around tank without just piling it all in the center! But I think it turned out kinda cool. I even have a little roof sticking out from the right side in the center.

Also got my FLOR tiles delivered on Friday!
So i laid those down on sunday, too.
And finally I also received my Vortech Back-up Battery so I installed that.

Oh and last week I got my BRS reactor going with HC GFO and ROX Carbon, and also installed my Turbo Twist UV Filter in my sump.
So I think I've now got all tank equipment hooked up and running, all my rock, sand and cuc is in, I've got some pretty stuff in the tank to look at for a while... so I think I'm good!

My next project is going to be in the garage.
Two 65g food grade water storage tanks, plumbed together, for fresh and saltwater mixing. With a hidden water line running through the wall to my tank for ATO, and another set of plumbing to do water changes direct from the water tanks. To be continued....

Here's some new pics.














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Old 01/25/2010, 07:57 AM   #267
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Awsome, this looks great! Good job


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Old 01/25/2010, 08:49 AM   #268
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Oh crap.... I'm jealous again... This is so well done and planned. I want a big cube like this. Love the stand with wide doors and lots of room. Definitely love the overflow with the vortechs compartment for the dry side. Your house is beautiful also


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Old 01/25/2010, 09:57 AM   #269
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D2, it is really coming together nicely. Concerning your ATO and 65G remote containers, where did you get your containers from and what pump are you using to pump the water? I need to do the same thing, just have not got to it yet...


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Old 01/25/2010, 11:27 AM   #270
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Really nice setup there d2. I have started my 93 cube build, here is the link. Not as fancy as your tank and equipment though.
Keep it up.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1780539


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Old 01/25/2010, 11:58 AM   #271
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The fish is a tiger goby, I've seen some pairs on LA a couple of times, I thought about getting some for a nano set up, love the tank, looks like you have a great lifestyle!


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Old 01/25/2010, 02:57 PM   #272
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D2, it is really coming together nicely. Concerning your ATO and 65G remote containers, where did you get your containers from and what pump are you using to pump the water? I need to do the same thing, just have not got to it yet...
Thanks! We have a tank-depot.com here in houston so I'm going to get them there.
Other than that, I'm still working out how i'm going to set it up.


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Old 01/25/2010, 04:24 PM   #273
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That looks awesome.


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Old 01/25/2010, 04:28 PM   #274
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That is one SWEET tank!! Well done


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Old 01/25/2010, 04:36 PM   #275
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Hey D2, I am in the Heights, and I got a piece of blue sponge that would look great in there. I saw that tank at SA and was in awe, I was even thinking about picking up its twin, but cant at the moment, anytime you have some free time, would like to see this tank in person sometime, especially filled up. 713 298 1392, text me if you ever need a hand or anything.

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