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Old 12/08/2013, 05:03 PM   #76
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well, since it's been acid bathed, bleached, and soaked in RO/DI for a few months... Probably just drain it, rinse it and toss it in some saltwater and start to a cycle. I've got a chunk of live rock in my little tank I'll probably throw in to start it moving.


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Old 12/17/2013, 10:46 PM   #77
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I have some live rock I could swap you to get some more life/started. Just let me know. I pulled from 3 tanks when I started mine. I think diversity is important and underrated.


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Old 12/23/2013, 12:39 AM   #78
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I have some live rock I could swap you to get some more life/started. Just let me know. I pulled from 3 tanks when I started mine. I think diversity is important and underrated.
Thanks sir I will likely take you up on that. No readable phosphate for 3 days now so getting ready to drain and refill with fresh for a week l
ong soak. after that if still no phosphate i will toss it in the stock tank with salt and a light and get a cycle started and start curing it. really hoping all the work pays off with less phosphate leaching.


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Old 12/29/2013, 11:33 AM   #79
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Phosphate free according to my meter for a while now. Would like to drain, refill, and measure again in a couple days but I think I'm just being a bit retentive so tomorrow I am putting it in saltwater and starting the cycle.


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Old 12/30/2013, 10:56 PM   #80
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Let me know if and when you want to get any rock.


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Old 01/08/2014, 12:14 PM   #81
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Rock is out of it's soak:





and now we'll let it dry and start epoxying. When that's done, one last RO/DI dip then into the saltwater for cure/cycle.


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Old 01/08/2014, 01:38 PM   #82
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Nice progress, what style of rock work will you be going for?


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Old 02/09/2014, 07:39 PM   #83
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Sonicboom:

Probably one bonsi tower of rock, some open space, then a bigger arch/twin tower setup on one side. The wife "has ideas" so you know what that means.

Finally getting water in the "sump" to start curing rock in saltwater.






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Old 02/09/2014, 08:09 PM   #84
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Nice, one of my favorite styles. Can't wait to see the progress.


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Old 02/17/2014, 11:10 AM   #85
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small hold up, the bulkhead on the 'sump' tub leaked, I pulled the water out and just now got to fixing it up.

Bonus points if you can make out any of the 'structure' of the future scape




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Old 02/17/2014, 11:13 AM   #86
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If your bulkhead is on a curved surface I suggest trying a uniseal, look it up on amazon. Nice bonsai on those two center pieces. Will look great with corals on different levels.


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Old 02/17/2014, 11:21 AM   #87
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If your bulkhead is on a curved surface I suggest trying a uniseal, look it up on amazon. Nice bonsai on those two center pieces. Will look great with corals on different levels.
Thanks love how the towers turned out, will have to assemble the arc later.

The bulkhead is on a perfectly flat surface, just the one that came with the tub (sort of known for not being installed properly from the get go) A little fiddling and presto!

Taking care of some honey do list things so I can keep going on this project.

Arrived the other day:
  • Another 300w Finnex Titanium heatin tube
  • 300w Jager for the temporary sump
  • overflow box (!!)
  • netting for tops
  • membrane flush kit for RO/DI
  • refill of DI resin

Should be ready to make a lot of water now, and have everything to get the actual tank part of the formula done.

The wife even admitted it was time to get this thing installed.


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Old 02/17/2014, 11:36 AM   #88
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Have you rethought the idea of not using a skimmer after all your research? IMO it would be the first and most likely the most important piece of equipment for the over all health of a salt water tank.


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Old 02/17/2014, 11:38 AM   #89
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Have you rethought the idea of not using a skimmer after all your research? IMO it would be the first and most likely the most important piece of equipment for the over all health of a salt water tank.
Hey Dave- my experience in my biocube has certainly changed my mind on the skimmer- I'll certainly have one along with my ATS.




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Old 02/17/2014, 11:58 AM   #90
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Cool. Everything else seems like your on point, now get going on it and set it up.
Don't be cheap on your skimmer purchase, get a good one. Buy once cry once...


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Old 02/17/2014, 01:41 PM   #91
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Cool. Everything else seems like your on point, now get going on it and set it up.
Don't be cheap on your skimmer purchase, get a good one. Buy once cry once...
Ha, indeed.


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Old 02/17/2014, 03:22 PM   #92
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following this build getting more ideas for my 180 like the progress so far. The fun of leaks and aqua scapeing now lol. hopefully no more leaks


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following this build getting more ideas for my 180 like the progress so far. The fun of leaks and aqua scapeing now lol. hopefully no more leaks
if that's the last of the leaks I'll be thrilled!


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Old 02/17/2014, 03:50 PM   #94
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Things look leak free for a bit, I hope.

How is the sump going to look? Any ideas?


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if that's the last of the leaks I'll be thrilled!
Hope so leaks are stressful even ones that are simple to fix and we over think them.


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Old 03/10/2014, 08:47 AM   #96
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Things look leak free for a bit, I hope.

How is the sump going to look? Any ideas?
Well, the idea of how the sump will look is starting to take shape...



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I think I'll run this as the sump below but then tie the tub for some more water volume once things get moving. This lets me cycle the rock in the tub and keep that separate (and running) while installing the tank/sump combo. Then do a 100% water change on the rock by transferring it to the now running (and salty) new tank/sump. Hoping to have the stand design done this week and start construction next.




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Old 03/11/2014, 05:29 PM   #97
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water change station gets one step closer to completion- two 105 gallon vertical tanks purchased.


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Old 03/11/2014, 09:14 PM   #98
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well well, look what followed me home!




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Old 03/29/2014, 12:24 PM   #99
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Old stand has been removed from house, wife and I had a pow-wow. She wants to build it "against" the wall with a traditionally trimmed window look so the tank is sitting flush to the wall on the other side and avoid tying the stand into the wall. It certainly simplifies stand building into two pieces: the window framing and the stand building. Now I'll just follow a slightly modified version of the traditional 2 by stand to give me space to get the sump in and out.


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Old 03/29/2014, 09:52 PM   #100
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Modified plan in place now. Hopefully finish master closet #2 this weekend to pave the way for fish tank work.


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