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Sasq40
06-17-2014, 02:10 AM
Well now that I've had my tank running for a month figured be a good time to start my thread. Took a few months of working in most of my spare time to get here, two trips to the Er, but so far it's been worth it.


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Here's how the tank start, had it running fw for about 5 years then meet a local reefer and was hooked, wanted to bring a old tank out if storage but wife said three was enough so that was that.

After that I started ordering parts and grabbing materials and started at it.
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o13/kaelshort/salt%20water/20140401_232540.jpg (http://s116.photobucket.com/user/kaelshort/media/salt%20water/20140401_232540.jpg.html) base of the stand was all welded up from by my buddy as I held pieces, he was a little trigger happy and didn't warn me he was welding so I got welders flash, which was Er trip 1/2 for the build..

Here's the stand slowly coming together, I'm no professional but it turned out nice enough for us.
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And here's were Er trip 2 happened, was getting cocky with the table saw making shim and cut the tip of my off, so I had to slow down on the build for a while.

Finally my bulkhead and bits showed up so I got drilling.
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First time drilling glass and went a lot smoother and easier then people make it seem.

Next was the design for the overflow, in my mind my tank was alot wider and my overflow smaller Lol so had to make some changes
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And here's the revised version
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Now with the help of my wife we stained it and started setting it up
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o13/kaelshort/salt%20water/20140506_212404.jpg (http://s116.photobucket.com/user/kaelshort/media/salt%20water/20140506_212404.jpg.html) here's my plumbing it the first time

Finally setup and running with rock I had curing for two months in salt water brute cans.
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Sadly after a few days of it running got some sand stuck on my mag float which scratch my tank enough to enough me so I had to turn the tank around a replumb.

Now my mentor moved from his 75 gallon to a nano so I bought his setup for his rocks and few other parts. Moved all his rocks sand,40gallon of his water and a few fish.

Then had the inlaws grab a setup for cheap in Edmonton I was going to use as qt tank until I found my other 25g after the were heading home. Found some real nice frags that paid for the tank and I sold most the tank parts and made my money back, so free coral

kien
06-17-2014, 02:35 AM
Wow very nice! That came together great! Minus the calamities.

Sasq40
06-17-2014, 02:41 AM
Now for some finished pics!
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Ignore the cords normally there neat but I had a busy weekend. Need to move my new zoa around they aren't opening great were they are, and my birds was bleaching when I got it, the light in the other tank was just the marineland one, and it's just bleaching for under my sol so I'll be moving it around

Now for the equipment I got running so far.
66 gallon dt with 50 gallon sump, which is divided into 4 sections, ro/di storage water, return, refugium, and skimmer inlet
Running a swc 120 as a skimmer
400gph return pump, 2 heaters
Running a Hydor wave maker running at the moment a aqueon 950 and Hydor 600. I have a 600 aqueon on full time. I'm going to switch the 950 and 600 around so the 600 are on timers and the 950 is full time. Eventually I plan to upgrade to a mp40w.
Running 3 ai sol blue and when I get a chance this week I'll be adding a 4th. There around 8" from water surface

Right now the fish I got in there are from the tanks I got.
A six line, 2 clowns and a yellow tail damsel
My clean up crew. Ordered and should have most of them still, I know me and my friend had so. E snails thst didn't ship well are
5 scarlet hermit, 2-3 blue, a brown hermit that came with the small tank. 9 cerith, 10 trochus , a couch and a sea hare.
The rocks and sand had some cyano and ha so I've been fighting that.

Now I'm looking for tips on future stocking items, I have on one fish I have to have, and that's a green Manadrain, my friend had a healthy one in the tank I bought for years but gave him away before I got the tank.
I'd like I big display fish but what I was thinking I know are nippers so better ideas are welcome
One spot foxface
Lawnmower blenny
Flame angle

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Sasq40
06-19-2014, 05:47 PM
Any tips on my stocking ideas

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Sasq40
06-24-2014, 07:58 PM
so heres what im thinking of adding yellow tang, 2 Kaudern's Cardinal, lawnmower blenny,and a Manadrain, and ill be taking the sixline out so he doesnt compete with my manadrain

kien
06-24-2014, 09:03 PM
so heres what im thinking of adding yellow tang, 2 Kaudern's Cardinal, lawnmower blenny,and a Manadrain, and ill be taking the sixline out so he doesnt compete with my manadrain

Mandarins can be difficult to get onto prepared foods so I would suggest to hold off on them until your tank is a bit more mature than 1 or 2 or 6 months. :-)

Sasq40
06-24-2014, 09:10 PM
Yeah that's the end game stock list. The tank actually had a mandarin in successfully for a year or two before I got it from my buddy, he end up giving it away before I got his setup

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Pipes1234
06-25-2014, 02:01 AM
Awesome ....i didnt know about the welders flash lol ....and i got really worried when u sent me pics of the stand pipes and overflow box ....but you made it work and it looks awesome .....dont forget that when all them corals are fragable i got first dibs :P