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Old 05/21/2016, 12:47 AM   #1
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AV99's custom 600g Reef Savvy on site build-Lots of pictures

It has been a few years in the making, but when my wife and I decided to move to our forever house in the Summer of 2013, we encountered a small problem...the only way I could fit my dream reef aquarium into our new house was to build the entire project on site in my basement. Somehow I was able to convince Reef Savvy to close up shop for two weeks and fly up to Ohio from Miami, Fla. to build my dream tank.

I would like to start off this journey by thanking all the people/businesses who played such an important role in the process, including, but not limited to the following:

Felix Bordon and the entire Reef Savvy team (Miami, FL);
Raymond from ReefTop Aquariums (Miami, FL);
Chris Benner of Sticks N Stones/Benner's Woodworking (Lebanon, OH);
Jeff Macare of Reef Dynamics (Phoenix, AZ);
Brian Harnisch of Titan Aquatic Exhibits (Phoenix, AZ);
George Weber of Geo's Reef (Newark, OH);
Joe Reno of Marine Solutions (Waynesville, OH); &
Jenn & Jeremy Embry of Aquarium Artisans (Cincinnati, OH).


Measuring 96″L X 48″W X 30″H, the tank was delivered sheet by sheet and pieced together on top of the stand which was assembled on site by Chris Benner. Once all was said and done, the 600-gallon Reef Savvy tank featured three sides of low iron glass, a double Phantom bottom, a poly-coated aluminum bracing around the top, and a custom external overflow (added after the tank was built).



The tank is still not fully set up and loaded with SPS corals just yet, but my frag tank growout system is literally bursting at the seams. When complete, my new system will have a total water volume of around 1,000 gallons, SPS dominant all the way.



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Old 05/21/2016, 01:09 AM   #2
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Part 1- Building the foundation. Everything must first fit through a small drywall cut whole in my basement wall!!!






Part 2- The stand. First built at the factory by Chris Benner, then assembled in my basement, piece by piece with attention to detail every step of the way.











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Old 05/21/2016, 01:28 AM   #3
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That's going to be awesome! The start of a true dream tank there. Looking forward to following this one.


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Old 05/21/2016, 01:33 AM   #4
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NICE!! Excited to see how this goes!


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Old 05/21/2016, 01:35 AM   #5
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Part 3- The beginning stages of my custom built tank. Starts off with the black powder-coated aluminum frame.




Next stop, shipping all the glass from Miami, FL. to Ohio!!!











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Old 05/21/2016, 02:06 AM   #6
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That's a great start for a great tank AV99!
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Old 05/21/2016, 02:33 AM   #7
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Beautiful stand! I'm glad Reef Savvy was able to commit to helping you out with the set up.


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Old 05/21/2016, 02:55 AM   #8
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Waw, this tank has some amazing potential... Your son must be pretty stoked as well! Looking forward to see it evolving :-)
Good luck with the start!


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Old 05/21/2016, 10:41 AM   #9
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This build has been in the works for a while and finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Glad to share with you too!

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Old 05/21/2016, 10:42 AM   #10
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Me too my friend.

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Old 05/21/2016, 10:44 AM   #11
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Glad to have you along for the journey.

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Old 05/21/2016, 10:47 AM   #12
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Thanks for the kind words and yes my son is very excited too. We considered moving his swim lessons from the YMCA to my basement, lol.

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Old 05/21/2016, 11:12 AM   #13
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Oh yes, Chris Benner does amazing woodwork. And getting Felix Bordon and his entire Reef Savvy family to take time away from their busy schedules and build my dream tank was epic. Felix has an amazing family and his wife and father came along for the build as well. And when the tank was completed, Felix's dad, who is also an amazing artist, gave my family the best gift of all....he made our family a canvas painting showing two worlds coming together (ie, Sunny South Florida and late Fall/Early winter in Ohio).

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Old 05/21/2016, 12:45 PM   #14
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This build has been in the works for a while and finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Glad to share with you too!
I have a Reef Savvy on order. It's been a year now and hope to have mine soon. Only a 125 though. I have smaller dreams - and house. :-) You certainly have the A Team on your project! Can't miss with this one.


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Your son looks like he's the size of a peanut in that tank. This is going to be some kind of amazing!


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Wait until you see my son next to the mega skimmer that I purchased for this system....glad to have you tagging along!

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Amazing setup, Tim. I love the tank.


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Old 05/21/2016, 04:58 PM   #18
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Going to be a nice one! Good luck!


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Old 05/21/2016, 04:59 PM   #19
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Building the masterpiece, one step at a time.

Very innovative design on this tank....the bottom is comprised of two separate sheets of glass pressed together....can't make a tank any stronger than this one, along with the black Phantom bottom.





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Thanks for tagging along, Robby!

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Thanks! It has been a long journey...finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Part 4- Reef Savvy 600g tank built on site in my basement.























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Congrats on your dream tank too, Gary. It will be worth the wait.

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Congrats on your dream tank too, Gary. It will be worth the wait.
Thanks! I am getting anxious now. I do want to keep an eye on this one though. You have a great bunch of people working on it, I know that. So, can't wait to see what comes next!


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Wow, can't wait to see this build continue. Beautiful Tank, Reef Savvy tanks are top quality.

What other equipment will you be using? Lighting & Filtration. Thanks.


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