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Old 03/14/2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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its hip to be square....


Hello everyone!! it is with great excitement i bring this news!!! I have finally placed an order on a new tank. I have been lurking this forum and invading everyones threads posting questions regarding my "upgrade". The tank will be 48/48/24, about 240 gallons its only a little larger then my previous setup which was 220 gallons but i think i will really like the dimensions of this tank. A friend of mine has offered to build the tank as a favor to me, its not his first choice of things to do. It will be acrylic with an internal overflow.

For flow I will use 2 MP40's, but I am unfamiliar with the pumps as i love Tunze for years, but going with a eurobraced tank i want it to look as clean as possible. Not sure of the return pump yet, the tank will be softy LPS dominate so dont need a ton of flow in there. Thinking a snapper or dart will suffice.

For filtration I will have my buddy George build me a custom beckett skimmer. I used a GEO recirc skimmer on my last tank and it ROCKED!! The sump will be a 100 gallon stock tank

Lights will be 4 Nova A4 LED's. These are chinese leds that i already have 3 and getting a 4th from a friend then ill order some diodes from reef breeders to change the spectrum of all four. Not sure of the spectrum yet so im open to suggestions.

I will be building the stand.....with much help. I posted in Rockets thread in the DIY section for help on building a stand for an acrylic tank as it might be different since the bottom of the tank has to be totally supported. With the diagonal corner to corner being 6ft I plan on supporting the center of the tank as well.

The one thing that I am lucky is having a great local forum and group of guys, and much of the equipment will transfer over from my 220!! MONEY saver!!!!
I want this thread to be informational and helpful to all, a good source of information to people. I am open to suggestions and like to hear different insight.

The livestock from my tank is currently in the stock tank and most corals suffered as i had the worst case of Dinos id ever seen and it can be and was toxic to some corals. With that said, the rock is socking in bleach water now and will be dipped in acid 2morro. I will likely pick up another 40-50 lbs of dead rock to acid dip too. Then i will put them in a brute and cycle them until the tank is ready, about 4-5 weeks I think

thanks all, lets have FUN
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Old 03/14/2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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few pics......

previos tank

stock tank and other junk....

what it looked like from the front door, pardon my disaster!!


Jasmine watching the madness of a tank teardown, she just got spayed


the goods.......

bleach + water + rocks= no more pest i hope
yup thats in the bathtub......i live alone so things like this are easier
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Old 03/14/2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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...you keep doing thinkgs like that in your bathtub and your going to be living alone for a long time bro...


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Old 03/14/2013, 03:59 PM   #4
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Touché
I'm enjoying it while I can
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Old 03/14/2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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Any recommendations on sand for the tank? I have sand dwelling fish so I want to keep that in mind but don't want super fine grain either
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Old 03/14/2013, 09:47 PM   #6
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Is it possible to add the tank size to the title of the thread?
240 gallons
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Old 03/15/2013, 07:05 PM   #7
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Acid dip 2morro then into a brute to cycle
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Old 03/15/2013, 10:05 PM   #8
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48x48x24 will look sweet. When is the tank arriving?


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Old 03/16/2013, 09:43 AM   #9
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I think it's about 4-5 weeks. He doesn't really build tanks so he's got to finish up other things and work. He's doing it in a little spare time as a favor.
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Old 03/16/2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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Congrats Corey!!!! glad to see you finally pulled the trigger!!! I will be following along.


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Glad to have you along Steve!!! Might steal a few ideas from your build!
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Old 03/16/2013, 05:26 PM   #12
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Glad to have you along Steve!!! Might steal a few ideas from your build!
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First batch in acid today.


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Old 03/16/2013, 07:17 PM   #14
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Old 03/17/2013, 12:13 AM   #15
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check out the video of the foam bubbling, sorry for the raspy voice, wasnt feeling to well
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Old 03/18/2013, 12:55 AM   #16
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Few toys for the new tank...



this should do the trick i hope, what do you guys think?
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Old 03/18/2013, 09:59 AM   #17
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They will work fine. Nice start my friend, I look forward to the progress.


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Old 03/18/2013, 10:27 AM   #18
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So am I. I have 1 32 gallon brute of rock that was bleached then dipped in muratic acid that is curing now. I'm ordering 50lbs more this week plus have about 30-40 more from my old tank that I'm getting ready to acid dip. Then I will cure it too. All rock should be able to cycle about 5-6 weeks. Then when tank gets here it can go straight in w minimal effects on the system. I hope to avoid a cycle completely this way.
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So am I. I have 1 32 gallon brute of rock that was bleached then dipped in muratic acid that is curing now. I'm ordering 50lbs more this week plus have about 30-40 more from my old tank that I'm getting ready to acid dip. Then I will cure it too. All rock should be able to cycle about 5-6 weeks. Then when tank gets here it can go straight in w minimal effects on the system. I hope to avoid a cycle completely this way.
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Are you going to be able to go 5-6 weeks without taking a shower since the rocks are in your tub????????


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Old 03/18/2013, 11:15 AM   #20
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Luckily I just used the tub to get them out of the way! Now they are in a brute trash can in corner. I'm headed to HD later it get more acid and trash can.
Did you watch that video above and see it bubble. On my next batch ill video it from the get go. It's crazy!
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yeah its pretty awesome to watch that!!!! I was amazed at the stuff that came to the surface with mine.


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Yea it's pretty nasty stuff. No wonder I had Dino's!!!!
Hope to start build ideas for the tank this week
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Just ordered 50lbs more of base rock and 80lbs of sand for the tank this morning!
Slowly but surely piecing it together.
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wow... is that from the gunk on the rock or just from the because it's acid and limestone??? that's crazy


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Old 03/19/2013, 03:26 PM   #25
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Just FYI....the acid from HD or Lowes is junk. They call it "green" cuz they pretend that it is safer. That is not the case - it is just weaker. If you read the MSDS it is only something like 10% and it costs $7 or 8 a bottle. If you go to a pool supply place (look around, there are tons), you can get it in 30% concentrations for like $10 a gallon. You use less and it goes further for cheaper. Just be careful with the stuff....it is pretty nasty.


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