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darkreef
01-04-2014, 12:51 AM
99 gallon tank.

Concepts custom built tank.

48X24x20 display with a partial coast to coast overflow 2 return holes 2 drains.

44x24x16 sump , 2x 4" filter socks , skimmer and reactor department , refu .ato

48x27x30 custom built aluminum stand by me :)

Idea for this tank is mostly LPS large sand bed garden and zoa filled rocks with few different kinds of bird nest at the top

darkreef
01-04-2014, 01:01 AM
Still have lots to do , but the sides and doors on the stand and plumb the tank . Maybe make a canopy

Problem #1 find a truck to pick up my tanks
Solution - pay a friend with a van a box of beer !

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Problem #2 sump is same with as display , no go for wood
Solution - build your own stand in the shop

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Problem #3 stand be to big for my car to bring it home and to big and heavy
Solution - build a stand I can bolt together at home and fits in my trunk with aluminum

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Problem #4 sell fresh water take and make room in my small apartment
Solution - kijiji

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Madreefer
01-04-2014, 01:02 AM
Looking good!

darkreef
01-04-2014, 02:34 AM
Looking good!

Thanks lots or hard work and more to come .
Waiting for my pump and new refractometer in the mail.

wreck
01-04-2014, 02:53 AM
Wow that tank is goin to be awesome!!

darkreef
01-05-2014, 12:26 AM
Bought a few things over the week or two for the tank .

New refractometer
Ato
Wp25's
220gallons worth of salt
Few new frags

Problem #5 the pump I ordered two weeks ago , is not coming got the call today saying they don't stock them . Looking at the Diablo DC pumps now .

riceboy
01-05-2014, 01:31 AM
Very nice. What light are you planning on running. I love the large sump gives you plent of room to put reactors and should be easy to clean the sediments.

darkreef
01-05-2014, 05:23 PM
Very nice. What light are you planning on running. I love the large sump gives you plent of room to put reactors and should be easy to clean the sediments.

Yep ! Planning on running two hydras .
Have a sol on my small tank and love it so

Madreefer
01-05-2014, 06:13 PM
You going to run two tanks? If not than run all three AI lights.

darkreef
01-05-2014, 06:20 PM
You going to run two tanks? If not than run all three AI lights.


Well ai have a spread of 24x24 witch two would be just fine .
Not sure if I will keep sps , I just have bad luck , heater decided to break a few weeks ago and lost all my sps ... accept my birdsnest and monti's

darkreef
01-09-2014, 07:00 PM
Well the plumbing is almost done and the side panels and doors are almost finished .

Tank should be ready to fill by tonight if I find check valves !
Pictures coming soon :)

reefwars
01-09-2014, 07:05 PM
Check valves at concept if you need :)

Coming along nicely eh;)

darkreef
01-10-2014, 12:32 PM
Check valves at concept if you need :)

Coming along nicely eh;)

You bet , my apartment looks like a hurricane hit it though . :)
Got the check valves , fergot the gate valve and a few 45s .

Going to get it wet tonight hopefully :)

darkreef
01-12-2014, 05:34 PM
The tank is wet ! , well 10% full lol .

Bought a gate valve and a few unions off Denny yesterday . Glued the union on without the nut . Ya spent three hours with a screw driver and hammer . Union was destroyed but my 20$ gate valve made it :) . All plumbed .

Problem #6 - no 1" gate valves .
Solution - reduce to 3/4

Problem #7 - glue union on without putting nut on .
Solution - chisel glued union off while everyone tells you to give up .


I also went out and bought a 200$ Lego red five x-wing star fighter plane for the top of my canopy :) nerds rule

darkreef
01-31-2014, 12:22 AM
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Start with the base , my boyfriend plumbed the top of the tank and I plumbed the bottom . He did most of the work to the tank since I was at work :)

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Add egg crate to the side panels for wiring

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Keep the cats away ? Naw just making a mess

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Magnetic front doors . (Cat proof so far)

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Done !

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Water is in , salt is almost up , temperature is still raising

May add some sump rock tomorrow

darkreef
03-08-2014, 11:55 PM
<--Tank update -->
Cycle finished .
30 lbs of live rock .
W25 added
2 chromis and 8 snail crew .
New skimmer

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<--still in holding tank-->
Lionfish
30lbs of live rock
Coral
Snails
Fire shrimp

Equipment
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New life line
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darkreef
03-15-2014, 06:08 AM
Update!

So my boy bought me 70lbs of pink sand for Valentine's day .
Finally came in so added that tonight. Still cloudy but clearing fast.

Its the same colored sand with purple/pink tiny rocks in it. Love it!

Two days ago added a sailfin tang .
He is loving his new home . Accept today it was stressful.
Put fish in sump , did my first water change , added the sand , let it clear up a bit. Add fish back.

Tomorrow il be adding a few corals that are getting beat around in the holding tank.

(Catch them stupid crabs and put them in the sump)


peace and love <3

darkreef
03-27-2014, 03:56 AM
tank up date! with pictures!

-> leaflip soapfish , sailfin tang, cowfish , dwarf zebra lion, chromis

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(posing for a rap cover album)

pinkreef
03-27-2014, 07:23 PM
Nice tank! and interesting fish collection. Where did you get the fiji pink sand from?:biggrin:

darkreef
03-27-2014, 10:44 PM
Nice tank! and interesting fish collection. Where did you get the fiji pink sand from?:biggrin:

I bought the sand at big als , they ordered it for me .
Kinda pricy $22 for 10lbs :/

darkreef
04-01-2014, 12:26 AM
Hello! I would like a pellet or 50 :)

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He blends into the back overflow and my camera wouldn't pick him up

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darkreef
04-02-2014, 01:53 AM
R.i.p :(
He was swimming around fine , got swollen cloudy eye two days ago .
I treated it for bacterial infection last night and he died this morning

When I first got him , he was so skinny
6 months he refused food , eventually he took frozen
My first fish , I was so nervous moving him over to the new tank


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darkreef
05-25-2014, 05:27 AM
Well if you seen my other post I lost my tank in a bad accident and slowly putting it back together .
Sadly I lost my cowfish in the disaster but I thank everyone who helped me out and did there best !

Last week I added my clean up crew .
8 snails and 2 different coloured tuxedo urchins .

Today I purchased two baby Hawaiian snowflake eels<3

Meet George and Sally
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There not currently in the tank because I have to add sand this week and start making caves <3 very excited

darkreef
05-27-2014, 05:55 AM
I got 80lbs of sand on the way thanks to concepts ordering me some.
Pick up tomorrow hopefully , then give a day or two to settle and picking up my two baby snowflakes !! And my other fish from concepts :) and frags

Way to excited to have my tank running again ..
Going to miss my cow so on the hunt for a baby cowfish

I added a long tenticle purple anemone today
( kinda early but if I keep things well he should do fine )

My urchins are motoring around I love them !

Skimmer Juice
05-27-2014, 06:25 AM
I seen 2 really nice baby cow's at golds the other day . Both looked pretty healthy, there is also a nice medium cow at ocean creations.

darkreef
05-27-2014, 11:36 AM
I seen 2 really nice baby cow's at golds the other day . Both looked pretty healthy, there is also a nice medium cow at ocean creations.

I always forget about that store thank you <3

Madreefer
05-27-2014, 02:35 PM
Didn't you take your tank down and thoroughly clean it? So basically your starting over from scratch and are you not going to let it cycle? Sorry if I missed something as to why I'm asking.

darkreef
05-27-2014, 04:54 PM
The rock had been removed and placed in water for a week .
I drained the tank , cleaned it and refilled , added the live rock 4 weeks ago. And ran harsh carbon .
Cycle is over , adding sand bed today ! Then qt my fish for two weeks in tank transfer so I get rid of the ich I had previously .

Water tested good , urchins doing well , left over corals on rocks that made it are growing .


On a good note , no more pest anomones and I can get rid of the ich easy

darkreef
05-29-2014, 02:06 AM
Well the qt is up and running for tank transfer method .

My two snowflakes and powder blue are drifting in the bucket waiting to go in !

darkreef
05-31-2014, 12:01 PM
The water in the bucket is getting kinda dirty , so im setting up a new one , including pick up day was three days I guess!

Up at five in the morning heating water and scrubbing pvc .
I feel fishpoopcrazy lol

darkreef
05-31-2014, 12:01 PM
The water in the bucket is getting kinda dirty , so im setting up a new one , including pick up day was three days I guess!

Up at five in the morning heating water and scrubbing pvc .
I feel fishpoopcrazy lol