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Old 06/06/2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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How not to build a 750/1500 gallon build thread

At 12:30 PM it finally gets to start, after to many mis-communcations from here to everywhere. Stay tuned for the unveiling... but here she is. 10' long, 4' wide and 30" tall. I already wish I'd gone deeper, but I don't intend to use metal halides so its for the best... I hope.






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Old 06/06/2009, 01:14 AM   #2
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oOo can't wait to see this up and running.

Why would MH have to do with the depth? It's all about the reflector, not necessarily the source of the light (okay fine, you'd at least need T5 or MH, not PC or VHO)


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Old 06/06/2009, 01:17 AM   #3
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since I seem to have lost my other build thread in all the excitement and delays... allow me a quick recap.

In the beginning, I made the mistake of picking up this hobby...



Then the 225 decieded to split a seam 3 days before I had to leave for a week.


I think all but 3 corals have made it, and I don't think I lost more than one fish.... but I really haven't been able to get a good inventory latley.


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Old 06/06/2009, 01:19 AM   #4
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i hope you didn't jinks yourself with the tread title. hehe good luck with the build!


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Old 06/06/2009, 01:23 AM   #5
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Then one night, after a bit to much to drink and in a foul mood... order the biggest tank your checking account will allow.

Then relize that it won't physically even fit in your living room. Next step convert the garage in to a fish room... actually next step... find the garage floor.



Then re-discover your hatred of doing drywall from the college days.



Paint everything a nice shiny blue with a black floor... notice all the dings and dents you missed.




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Old 06/06/2009, 01:24 AM   #6
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i hope you didn't jinks yourself with the tread title. hehe good luck with the build!
I worry if I follow directions.... things never work out that way. I was attempting to imply a "DO not try this at home" type idea...


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Old 06/06/2009, 01:29 AM   #7
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after 4 coats... wish you had picked a lighter color..


Then deciede you need a nice big sump to go with the nice big tank... and tear down a 10 year old 300 gallon cichlid tank. Keeping everything alive in the sump, a 35 and a 55 gallon was being a pain anyway.



then do the classic freshwater no no... Africans and south american cichlids... (most have been traded off now)




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Old 06/06/2009, 01:34 AM   #8
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This thread looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. I can't wait to see the rest of it!


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Old 06/06/2009, 01:36 AM   #9
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Back to fun stuff... dig through that pile of steel in your shop and build a stand that is way overkill.... but it was fun...



Make sure to run out of the coating material you are planning on useing then have to order more, because no one stocks it..



Then I decieded one night I didn't want a door to the fish room, I wanted it open to the house...








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Old 06/06/2009, 01:45 AM   #10
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gotta keep the fishies cool, and it really doesn't get warm enough where I live to justify a chiller... I just put in air conditioning.
step one... attack wall with a sawzall...



then shove some boards in there and coat liberally with spray foam... (ok I did a bit more than that... but anyway.



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Old 06/06/2009, 01:50 AM   #11
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somewhere along the way... figure out that petsmart wants to give you 50% off for being such a nice guy, then discover theres free shipping on orders of $60...

order 840 pounds of sand



get lots of rock from Marcorocks as well.



and a nice deal on a cute little skimmer..




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Old 06/06/2009, 01:51 AM   #12
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this is great, Im along for the ride. good luck


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Oh yeah this is going to be a fun thread!!

I cant wait to see how this all comes together!!


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Old 06/06/2009, 02:01 AM   #14
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pretend your an electrition for an evening, wire up a new sub panal... and give yourself a few plugs.

Note each box is on its own circut, and theres a 6th for the skimmer. Also 220 for the AC. I'm sure I will expand this quite a bit.



then have fun with the afore mentioned rocks...










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Old 06/06/2009, 02:04 AM   #15
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Almost starting to look like a fish room. Please Ignore the dangleing main power wire. Its waiting on someone spryer and far smaller than my 250 pound hiney to run it in the ceiling.



Stay tuned for tommorows unwrapping... and hopfully moving the tank on to the stand....

and other stuff...


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oOo can't wait to see this up and running.

Why would MH have to do with the depth? It's all about the reflector, not necessarily the source of the light (okay fine, you'd at least need T5 or MH, not PC or VHO)
Mostly I don't want to run metal halides due to the heat issues. I have enough trouble keeping my house cool most of the winter as it is. I think I turned my heat on 3-4 times last year, and I live in NW washington state. My intention is to run T-5's and experiment with some LED ideas I have.


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loving this thread so far! hahahaha


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Old 06/06/2009, 03:40 AM   #18
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My eye will definitely be glued to this thread!!


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Old 06/06/2009, 05:05 AM   #19
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A fun start by a fun author, definitely got my attention!


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Love the thread so far. Tagging along...


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A great thread indeed. Will closely watching this one.


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That stand is insane! You are one bold dude! Are you married? My wife would have had a coronary! Here's to your amazing balls for taking this on and not getting deterred when you hit a snag.


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Old 06/06/2009, 12:13 PM   #24
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never married and no kids.. unless you count the dogs..



Spike...


and 3 cats, 4 ferrets (my girlfriends) a turtle, some mice and a koi pond out back.


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Old 06/06/2009, 12:24 PM   #25
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Alright...who drank my bottle of Jack Daniels?


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