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04-18-2015, 06:09 AM
I am very excited as I just picked up my tank today from Concept.
This build is about a month in the making so far.

The idea came about as we wanted to make a built-in for our living room around the fireplace. Since we moved about a year ago into our house there hasn't been a spot for my tank and it's been getting neglected sitting in our basement. So with a new built in, the light bulb went off and I convinced the boss that we should have the fish tank in our living room.

This is a pic of the original living room.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/A5225685-49ED-4260-81D1-394A3762FFA4_zpslhhkaulg.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/A5225685-49ED-4260-81D1-394A3762FFA4_zpslhhkaulg.jpg.html)

Well off to concept we went to discuss tanks with Denny. We roughly priced out a tank that would 40" wide 18" deep and 20" tall.

The plan was for cabinets to be on both sides of the fireplace, one for electronics on the left, and fish tank on the right. Bookcasing to be on top of the cabinets.

Well after I figured that I had 47" inches to the edge of mantel, a quick email to Denny made the tank 46" wide :)

Tons of work has gone into prep for this tank and built in.
I'll update my second post for editing purposes.

04-18-2015, 06:10 AM
The picture above is a little old as it doesn't show that we mounted the tv above the fireplace. The problem with this was that all the cords were very visible and were constantly in the way. To solve this I had to do a bunch of wiring. As an aside, who builds a house without putting an outlet above the fireplace these days???
Here is a pic of the wall being partially opened up to run wiring. I ran HDMI cables behind the wall and speaker wire. Also some low voltage wiring for LED strip lighting for shelving. I also created a dedicated circuit for the fish tank, GFCI in the sump area connecting to a plug higher up for lighting, the other plug will removed and just capped off.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/A272CA15-B658-47A7-8A02-919387764529_zpsucsxonhj.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/A272CA15-B658-47A7-8A02-919387764529_zpsucsxonhj.jpg.html)

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http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/449195B3-7EFE-4279-83A8-A0604588C099_zpss1lf5cpn.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/449195B3-7EFE-4279-83A8-A0604588C099_zpss1lf5cpn.jpg.html)

04-18-2015, 06:23 AM
Building the stand.

Here are a bunch of pics of the stand being built. It's built wider than the actual tank just for symmetry with the other cabinet.
I bought a bunch of 2x4s from home depot and ripped both sides on the table saw so I could have a nice edge on both sides. I don't own a planer so not much I could do about twisting or cupping so did the best I could.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/01D81CB2-1365-4FF8-B51A-0213911FDA81_zps2smyzgpx.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/01D81CB2-1365-4FF8-B51A-0213911FDA81_zps2smyzgpx.jpg.html)

Cutting to rough sizes first as you can see below then set up my miter saw for equal cuts.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/9A5FD41B-9939-42BD-8F88-B966CA9A5F6A_zpseiccypc3.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/9A5FD41B-9939-42BD-8F88-B966CA9A5F6A_zpseiccypc3.jpg.html)

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http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/B96397F8-57AD-4CBE-AE70-8C70331867E8_zpskifwebkp.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/B96397F8-57AD-4CBE-AE70-8C70331867E8_zpskifwebkp.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/6ED6DBD2-699F-4DA7-8E7A-F37C0D06C255_zpsc3b2etnz.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/6ED6DBD2-699F-4DA7-8E7A-F37C0D06C255_zpsc3b2etnz.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/9DFA5FA7-56C9-48B4-ABEA-D6F66A58C930_zpsevmlcmca.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/9DFA5FA7-56C9-48B4-ABEA-D6F66A58C930_zpsevmlcmca.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/BB063A83-5B60-491A-9C5A-487C6EAA8906_zpssalhbxhj.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/BB063A83-5B60-491A-9C5A-487C6EAA8906_zpssalhbxhj.jpg.html)

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04-18-2015, 06:26 AM
Pretty fancy stand framing!

04-18-2015, 06:27 AM
The electronics side cabinet was built more like a euro cabinet as seen below.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/40DF5E2C-D927-4E94-926B-25D742A43704_zpsipln49yl.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/40DF5E2C-D927-4E94-926B-25D742A43704_zpsipln49yl.jpg.html)

I'll have to get a pic of it with the face frame on, it's all ready for paint right now.

Here is the tank stand with the face frame.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/1AC0666B-90F5-478E-947B-B376044F9184_zpsyqvzbpwj.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/1AC0666B-90F5-478E-947B-B376044F9184_zpsyqvzbpwj.jpg.html)

(and yes Budweiser helps when doing construction) :mrgreen:

04-18-2015, 06:29 AM
My wife also decided that since the cabinets will be white so should the fireplace.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/37742FCD-9DE2-4C17-B548-FFBADAB4B79A_zpsqhosdowr.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/37742FCD-9DE2-4C17-B548-FFBADAB4B79A_zpsqhosdowr.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/268C9067-93EB-4924-A21E-CD557D2BA0E5_zpsozchhicq.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/268C9067-93EB-4924-A21E-CD557D2BA0E5_zpsozchhicq.jpg.html)

Oh and while you're at it, lets retile it and repaint the room

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/7A4971CE-5962-4793-88FF-9062173E4410_zpsls62tqvm.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/7A4971CE-5962-4793-88FF-9062173E4410_zpsls62tqvm.jpg.html)

New tiles
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/762304DF-0F33-4AB8-99BE-56A54A9A481F_zpsmnxjjldc.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/762304DF-0F33-4AB8-99BE-56A54A9A481F_zpsmnxjjldc.jpg.html)

04-18-2015, 06:30 AM
Don't laugh at my hair, it took me all night to do :redface:

04-18-2015, 06:33 AM
Off to Black Forest Wood Company for some wood for the countertops.
We found some really nice looking Mansonia wood.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/E766E832-8A08-417D-A348-D901A37602FE_zpswkcfkthu.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/E766E832-8A08-417D-A348-D901A37602FE_zpswkcfkthu.jpg.html)

Laminating it up!
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/403F5C0F-9802-48BB-8201-AD0D91AED77C_zps7av6arr5.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/403F5C0F-9802-48BB-8201-AD0D91AED77C_zps7av6arr5.jpg.html)

After the glue up I brought it back to the wood shop for a sanding at 80 grit to make it nice and level. I will do the final sanding and staining once it comes back in a couple days.

04-18-2015, 06:36 AM
Nice work - looks pro!

04-18-2015, 06:38 AM
Nice work - looks pro!

Thanks, I've been working non stop for the last two and a half weeks, hopefully only one more week to go and there will be water in the tank in the living room.

04-18-2015, 06:48 AM
Here are the designs for the tank that Denny sent to me for the tank and the sump.

I wanted a central internal overflow with herbie style drains (1 main and 1 emergency) and an internal return.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/andrew%20sturdy%20tank%20build%20march%2018%202015 %202_zps5sd5smnq.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/andrew%20sturdy%20tank%20build%20march%2018%202015 %202_zps5sd5smnq.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/andrew%20sturdy%20tank%20build%20march%2018%202015 _zpslykc3bkf.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/andrew%20sturdy%20tank%20build%20march%2018%202015 _zpslykc3bkf.jpg.html)

The sump is designed with a 15 gallon ATO tank integrated. I'm also terrible at changing filter socks so we didn't got down that route, instead we added a little shelf of glass where I can put egg crate and filter floss if I so desire. And if I forget to change it or clean it (highly likely) it will just overflow in to the skimmer section anyway. I bought a Curve 5 skimmer from Concept as well.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump4_zpsho0rhtk8.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump4_zpsho0rhtk8.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump3_zpss82wn1bj.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump3_zpss82wn1bj.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump1_zpsucqyut7p.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump1_zpsucqyut7p.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump2_zpsyhhjbedk.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/sump2_zpsyhhjbedk.jpg.html)

04-18-2015, 06:53 AM
And of course here is the actual tank. I can honestly say I'm in love :biggrin:
The tank and sump look absolutely stunning, I can't wait to get them full of water.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/E10641B4-AD9B-4240-96BE-3E64DAFABC31_zpsxvjf9quy.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/E10641B4-AD9B-4240-96BE-3E64DAFABC31_zpsxvjf9quy.jpg.html)
Ignore the excess silicone, that was scraped off.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/0F330633-1AD6-4422-843E-455EB5B5A981_zpsuen0yyvp.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/0F330633-1AD6-4422-843E-455EB5B5A981_zpsuen0yyvp.jpg.html)

After driving like Miss Daisy down Deerfoot they are sitting in my garage right now under lock down. No one is allowed near it lol. I will have to cover them up nice and tight as I have to convert a section of my garage on sunday into a spray booth room for the cabinets.

04-18-2015, 04:55 PM
wow that's coming along nicely ! Definitely some very pro level workmanship there.

04-20-2015, 04:53 AM
I set up a corner of the garage as a paint shop today.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/BD7CEDC9-D82D-4CD1-A1EB-C141CC944FF4_zpskjyc1d1g.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/BD7CEDC9-D82D-4CD1-A1EB-C141CC944FF4_zpskjyc1d1g.jpg.html)

Both cabinets sanded ready for primer.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/3FEF7BCA-C510-4DE1-8140-0AE67C6B10D6_zps0umc1kyt.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/3FEF7BCA-C510-4DE1-8140-0AE67C6B10D6_zps0umc1kyt.jpg.html)

First coat on, the side closest to us faces a wall so that's why I'm not worried about the big seam you see.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/6DFF8CCA-0629-4216-98F8-73A8DC74F1FD_zpsdzkuko3f.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/6DFF8CCA-0629-4216-98F8-73A8DC74F1FD_zpsdzkuko3f.jpg.html)

Stand cabinet all primed up.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/ECD4BEBA-1285-4AF4-B058-E4659A2B2E2E_zpsok5xdxro.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/ECD4BEBA-1285-4AF4-B058-E4659A2B2E2E_zpsok5xdxro.jpg.html)

I started sanding the final coat of primer but it was still a little wet in one spot where I had a run and didn't notice. So that spot is totally messed up, so I'm leaving it overnight so it dries completely. I'll resand that section tomorrow and give it a quick spray of primer. It's in a noticeable spot so it would be all I look at if I don't fix it now. Was hoping to have at least the first coat of paint done tonight but want it done right.

My morning will be spent furniture shopping of course instead of working on this, argh. Who needs furniture anyway? Trying to stay in my wife's good books anyway since there's some LED lights I really want for this tank.
Fingers crossed, all painting done tomorrow and possibly cabinets put in the living room. And maybe while I'm out I'll stop in at concept for some plumbing supplies.

04-22-2015, 10:36 PM
I got the boards back from the wood shop and they are nice and smooth. Not quite as flat as I had hoped (little bit of a cup to them) but it'll get screwed down from underneath so should be fine.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/42FF0F9E-70D9-4FF2-92FD-4081BDF299EF_zpslwolnivt.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/42FF0F9E-70D9-4FF2-92FD-4081BDF299EF_zpslwolnivt.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/7CCECDF7-09BF-4B27-81FD-AAA6C63A80E9_zpsbwntzl8r.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/7CCECDF7-09BF-4B27-81FD-AAA6C63A80E9_zpsbwntzl8r.jpg.html)

Here it is after final sanding, stained and clear coated, looks amazing.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/932608CF-3D3C-4153-9FCC-E859B71F4DDE_zpsb5donyxv.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/932608CF-3D3C-4153-9FCC-E859B71F4DDE_zpsb5donyxv.jpg.html)

I also got the cabinets installed yesterday and some tiling done in front of the fireplace.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/F14A3885-5929-417A-82E7-59C7D9D0A015_zpshe8kbt7e.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/F14A3885-5929-417A-82E7-59C7D9D0A015_zpshe8kbt7e.jpg.html)

Damn I'm good :)
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/AC6C502E-F578-4CDB-97EB-C47F549CC529_zpsxhpdpbq3.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/AC6C502E-F578-4CDB-97EB-C47F549CC529_zpsxhpdpbq3.jpg.html)

I also have to make a ton of water so I had to recharge some di resin. Can you tell I like to do everything myself?

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/A113659C-CEE6-4920-B495-61173E177751_zpscadhlpz2.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/A113659C-CEE6-4920-B495-61173E177751_zpscadhlpz2.jpg.html)

So what's left? Adding shelving above the cabinets, grout, silicone inside tank stand, screw down countertops, put back the carpet, and oh yeah, get the tank full of water. New furniture is supposed to arrive on Sunday. Lights sound like it will be next week when Concept gets them in.

04-22-2015, 11:23 PM
Looking very nice so far. Great work. Cant wait to see the finished product.

Apo Reefer
04-23-2015, 10:03 PM
Everything is turning out nice. Following this build.

04-24-2015, 03:23 AM
Looking very nice so far. Great work. Cant wait to see the finished product.

Thank you very much, it's getting close.

04-24-2015, 03:24 AM
Everything is turning out nice. Following this build.

Thanks for following :biggrin:

04-24-2015, 03:42 AM
Grout is all done
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/58E820E7-D9C0-4D8D-89C0-134C4D2EBCF5_zps9vnuhkmf.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/58E820E7-D9C0-4D8D-89C0-134C4D2EBCF5_zps9vnuhkmf.jpg.html)

I put the tack strips down for the carpet and cut it but it's a little loose so need to do a little adjusting to it.

And now for the huge news..........

Tank going into position
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/80B55997-B291-4115-A947-3EFC1A7EFCC7_zps0bqmshs8.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/80B55997-B291-4115-A947-3EFC1A7EFCC7_zps0bqmshs8.jpg.html)

And the first jug of water going in
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http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/ACE4A1D2-0A69-4D39-BB77-A1C339C741B6_zpsal9dlfnv.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/ACE4A1D2-0A69-4D39-BB77-A1C339C741B6_zpsal9dlfnv.jpg.html)

I've got two heaters going right now in it. I bought the wrong bulkheads so need to return those, so water is filled up to the hole in the overflow chamber. Will get new bulkheads tomorrow and start on plumbing.

What a relief to be nearly done, just a few small things to finish off. Need to trim around the tank to hide the plywood bottom of the tank. Need to make doors still but those should be quick. My dad also might make me some nice stained glass windows for the doors which would like amazing.

Thanks for following me on my reno/tank build.

04-25-2015, 05:01 PM
Need some plumbing advice.

My return is drilled through the overflow box about two inches below the water surface. To prevent siphoning my tank back into the sump I'll drill a hole in the return line in the overflow box just below the surface. I get that, but the one thing that confuses me as I'm filling the tank is should I make sure the return inside the display tank go below the level of the return hole? Otherwise as I'm filling it all the water is just going to go into the sump regardless of siphon break. Everywhere is out of loc line so I have to do it temporarily with pvc and elbows.

04-25-2015, 10:15 PM
Why not put a check valve in

04-25-2015, 10:31 PM
Why not put a check valve in

I probably will do that as well. But I don't want to rely on that just in case you never know.

04-25-2015, 10:38 PM
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/DE5ACCA5-47E7-4C42-A7EB-60745AD32379_zps2u6h6dub.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/DE5ACCA5-47E7-4C42-A7EB-60745AD32379_zps2u6h6dub.jpg.html)

Here's what I mean, if you left it like this with no check valve all the water up to that level will be drained. I'm thinking the line should be curved down to below that level (kinda like a durso) that way the siphon break will prevent water from draining below that level?

04-25-2015, 10:43 PM
It will still drain down to the lower part the pipe regardless if you put a elbow on or not it just won't siphon

04-25-2015, 10:52 PM
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/4E742C8C-7231-4CAA-8B91-617999BF663E_zpspipvthaw.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/4E742C8C-7231-4CAA-8B91-617999BF663E_zpspipvthaw.jpg.html)

Something like this?

04-26-2015, 12:07 AM
mine return is similar, just have room in the sump for backflow

04-26-2015, 12:21 AM
Really want to avoid the back flow to the sump if possible.

04-26-2015, 12:27 AM
What if I angle up on the return and create a siphon break on the pipe on the display tank side?

04-26-2015, 01:32 AM
Put 2 x 45 fittings
on the return bulkhead , first one aimed up the second aimed out , this wouldn't be permanent but something to use until the loc line is available , don't glue the 45 just dry fit. This will give you the raise you need ;)

04-26-2015, 02:00 AM
Put 2 x 45 fittings
on the return bulkhead , first one aimed up the second aimed out , this wouldn't be permanent but something to use until the loc line is available , don't glue the 45 just dry fit. This will give you the raise you need ;)

Thanks that should work. I dry fitted it and it puts the return almost to the front of the tank, might do a tee off the bulkhead and some 2x90s on both sides for the height.

04-26-2015, 02:02 AM
Yeah it will extend out far especially with the adapter you have in the bulkhead that's why I say it's only temp same with asthetics too looks like crap lol

Looking good buddy ;)

04-26-2015, 02:03 AM
Haha thanks!

04-26-2015, 02:32 AM
The temp solution

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/5228E4E4-07DB-449A-95F4-D6E5FE420D91_zpsqpwd51kc.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/5228E4E4-07DB-449A-95F4-D6E5FE420D91_zpsqpwd51kc.jpg.html)

04-26-2015, 02:35 AM
Whipped that up quickly eh lol looks good buddy and will work just fine plus no syphon break maybe needed now:)



04-26-2015, 07:25 AM
Let ther be light!!

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/F0E59066-B490-4BA0-B2E9-D486304DDEB9_zps6mvjcjzp.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/F0E59066-B490-4BA0-B2E9-D486304DDEB9_zps6mvjcjzp.jpg.html)

The hydra 52 is awesome. I had to make my own mounting system because the one I bought doesn't fit or I'm totally not using it right.

My little helper making sure Nemo is okay.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/55AE2CC6-B58B-4D51-A4E7-E7B6245175E4_zpskils8gqg.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/55AE2CC6-B58B-4D51-A4E7-E7B6245175E4_zpskils8gqg.jpg.html)

Mostly finished
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/90DE3BAC-58D1-47F3-9DAC-A64A63558F71_zpsgfby67y4.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/90DE3BAC-58D1-47F3-9DAC-A64A63558F71_zpsgfby67y4.jpg.html)

The gate isn't quite long enough so the bucket is holding it in place. I really need to make doors but I've run out of time.

All the plumbing is done, had two bulkheads leak on me so that took awhile to get them nice and tight. Slight gurgle in the herbie so I will have to make a gurgle buster for that. I also set up the tunze osmolator for the ATO and so far so good.

Need to do some major aquascaping but just wanted everything in. Looks I might need some more rock too.

I'm off to work so I won't be home for the next four days, I will be doing lots of FaceTime with my wife so I can make sure everything is running well.

05-01-2015, 06:59 AM
I was home for one day and we went fish shopping. Here's my two new additions.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/B5D02418-3B2F-45AD-8486-D555A0642DBE_zpsv6b9fqwd.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/B5D02418-3B2F-45AD-8486-D555A0642DBE_zpsv6b9fqwd.jpg.html)

They are a little fast, sorry for the bluriness. I really like the sailfin tang.

The blue tang hid under a rock for about an hour, then I added some food and she came right out.
I also added two peppermint shrimp, but I'm sure I won't see them until night time.

Thanks for stopping by my thread and for the votes so far in the contest. I really appreciate it.

More updates to come as there's still a lot of work to do.

05-11-2015, 05:55 AM
I figure I'd post a quick update.

I'm kind of stalled at the 90% complete stage, you know how that goes. Still have doors to do but we've been busy with yard work etc. at the moment.

The tank is really coming along. I'm using h2ocean salt now and the corals are really starting to thrive and colour up since their year of neglect in my basement.

Here are some pics.

Bubble coral (can't remember the name) with a finger leather frag.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/B9BDEF39-A81E-487E-A903-79DB1118821A_zps4cvwsofu.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/B9BDEF39-A81E-487E-A903-79DB1118821A_zps4cvwsofu.jpg.html)

Maxi mini anemone showing awesome colours with the led lights (colours I didn't know it even had)
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/F9A1D448-72E0-4531-B446-7821EC621DC3_zpstodpllsp.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/F9A1D448-72E0-4531-B446-7821EC621DC3_zpstodpllsp.jpg.html)

As you can see I have some Kenya trees to chop down as its blocking some of the light getting to the nem. Also the acan is colouring up and has some new heads already.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/5F172D6D-9F63-446C-9EA6-B6C5009453DB_zpse2mdyuys.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/5F172D6D-9F63-446C-9EA6-B6C5009453DB_zpse2mdyuys.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/FCFD9C76-B42F-4C26-81A2-4F9184AC6555_zpslry43x5g.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/FCFD9C76-B42F-4C26-81A2-4F9184AC6555_zpslry43x5g.jpg.html)

Hammer coral starting to really come out, gsp in the background.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/5DF2C457-A5C2-45F5-93C4-61C49DCC45FA_zpshdehx63y.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/5DF2C457-A5C2-45F5-93C4-61C49DCC45FA_zpshdehx63y.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/C2A2F00B-49B6-4991-9F3D-91049466844A_zpswqozwvvt.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/C2A2F00B-49B6-4991-9F3D-91049466844A_zpswqozwvvt.jpg.html)

05-11-2015, 03:32 PM
Looks like the transition went well!

05-18-2015, 07:17 PM
A few new additions thanks to riceboy.

Blue Stag
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/ABA6C7E3-EC67-4B8F-9FAE-4B7932A08EA7_zps2lopipi8.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/ABA6C7E3-EC67-4B8F-9FAE-4B7932A08EA7_zps2lopipi8.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/116FF587-0EBD-4282-B35D-6EC8BF8EEE64_zps8kxryjgt.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/116FF587-0EBD-4282-B35D-6EC8BF8EEE64_zps8kxryjgt.jpg.html)

Idaho Purple Grape Montipora
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/75327878-AB68-48C6-9099-B94CA38B85C7_zpswft2cxx5.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/75327878-AB68-48C6-9099-B94CA38B85C7_zpswft2cxx5.jpg.html)

Bird of Paradise
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/B4BA1E37-796E-4AC2-B619-7C04D600E774_zpsqvnc2kgx.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/B4BA1E37-796E-4AC2-B619-7C04D600E774_zpsqvnc2kgx.jpg.html)

03-20-2016, 03:06 AM
It's been a long time since I updated this thread.

I created doors finally before Christmas so here's what they look like. Bought the glass from a stained glass shop. They look cool.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/IMG_5502_zpsr37own3b.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/IMG_5502_zpsr37own3b.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/IMG_5559_zpsr2phnlly.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/IMG_5559_zpsr2phnlly.jpg.html)

The tank looks like crap right now since I had a couple disasters. Doing a major water change tomorrow so hopefully things start improving. Obviously need to keep up on doing weekly water changes, but the other problem is not enough flow, so will be adding another pump too.

Made some improvements to my rodi system. Put on a dual tds meter. One measures output from the ro filter, the other from the di. Also added two shutoff valves so when I turn the water on, I block off the di resin until the ro water reads 3 or less, usually takes about a minute. Then I open up the valve to the di resin and close the other testing line.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/IMG_6182_zps7kysknbv.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/IMG_6182_zps7kysknbv.jpg.html)

03-20-2016, 06:23 PM
i really like the doors

03-20-2016, 09:00 PM
i really like the doors

Thank you very much!

Well I am 4 hours into doing this water change. Made 35 gallons of saltwater.

Took out all the rocks and rinsed them in a bucket of saltwater. You should've seen how brown and disgusting the water was. Most likely because I had a major gfo accident that turned my tank brown and I finally got around to washing the rocks off.

I checked my Mg levels, and they were at 1000ppm. I raised it to 1100 but will add more tomorrow. I've read you shouldn't raise it more than 100 ppm per day. I want to get it to around 1350.

Will check alk and Ca when I get the mg stabilized.

I auto fragged my trumpet coral so once it recovers I'll be able to sell some pieces.

I know of one peppermint shrimp that for sure survived the big change today but haven't seen the other yet.

I also added a new pump so flow is awesome right now. Will probably need to adjust positioning later but for now looks like no dead spots. The corals are already starting to come out a bit more, so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come. I'm promising myself to start taking better care of the tank so I can some nicer stuff to look at!

03-21-2016, 06:46 PM
Those are the coolest doors I have ever seen on a stand, nicely done bud!

Test you calcium and alk at the same time and see where it is, adjust accordingly and as for mag, I usually just bump mine from 1100 to 1350 without any issues but you can go slow if you like.

03-25-2016, 05:56 PM
Mag alk and ca all at normal levels again. I'll be testing my saltwater mix when I do my next water change to make sure it starts off right as well.

Booooo, phosphates!!
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/B52E58D7-88F3-4D2A-AB09-134A97040AAB_zps0bwztzdn.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/B52E58D7-88F3-4D2A-AB09-134A97040AAB_zps0bwztzdn.jpg.html)

I'm probably picking up some carbon from Eli today so might look into fozdown as well. Gfo in a bag ain't cutting it. I'll be doing some research into fozdown.

03-26-2016, 03:53 AM
Busy day today!

Stopped at Eli's first and grabbed some new carbon and fozdown.
Went to concept but their fish stock was very low so didn't get anything. That store has some serious potential. I really hope they get it up and running soon.

Went to Wai's and got a yellow eye kole tang and a red flower coral. Both look awesome. And grabbed a bottle of coral snow. That stuff makes your tank soooooo cloudy. But it does disappear. And of course stopped at peters drive in.

Also got 10 more pounds of live rock.

Hope everything stays nice and stable, planning a water change in 5 days.

03-27-2016, 07:46 PM
4 drops of fozdown and my PO4 went from .07 to .01 in 2 days.
Since the big water change my cynarina (I think that's what it's called) is starting to bubble up and expand. The torch is really starting to extend out.

My new fish is a really scaredy cat, hides as soon as you come near the tank. At least it's eating off the rocks and glass. Hopefully he starts eating when I actually add food to the tank.

The red flower coral looks a little limp but all the polyps are extended.

Going to change the carbon today to the new stuff from Eli.

03-27-2016, 07:59 PM
Recovering nicely
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/963BF30E-B903-4564-9A38-03008069BEAE_zps4j3jfnnh.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/963BF30E-B903-4564-9A38-03008069BEAE_zps4j3jfnnh.jpg.html)

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/A9F283AF-DDA3-40A7-BC84-58FA414F06B2_zpsmzmjmfnl.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/A9F283AF-DDA3-40A7-BC84-58FA414F06B2_zpsmzmjmfnl.jpg.html)

Can you see him?
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/404604FB-0468-4D83-B2EA-A947294BAFD7_zpsmdqzgd4p.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/404604FB-0468-4D83-B2EA-A947294BAFD7_zpsmdqzgd4p.jpg.html)

04-06-2016, 06:48 PM
Weird, so I'm getting ready for a water change and decided to test my new water. Here are the params
Salinity 1.025
Alk 10.4
Mag 1100
Ca 350

I couldn't believe how low the mag was, tested it twice. So raised it up a bit as well as the calcium.

I'm getting to the bottom of my h2ocean bucket so maybe that could affect things.

04-16-2016, 06:04 PM
Let there be a refugium!!!!

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/D5F68B8F-15F5-411F-A904-3E50CC44EE8C_zps9bpwug8a.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/D5F68B8F-15F5-411F-A904-3E50CC44EE8C_zps9bpwug8a.jpg.html)

Got some cheato from a fellow reefer, threw some rock in and got a 100w equivalent LED par 38 bulb (5000k) for some light.

I really want a mandarin goby so hoping for a healthy pod population. I went to Pisces and got their three pack of copepods rotifers and phyto. They say you're supposed to replenish it every 2-3 weeks. The bags they give you are about 2 cups big and you can see the little buggers swimming around.

Also picked up some clean up crew since I really don't have any. So to start I got 5 bumblebees, 5 astrea, 5 cerith and 1 emerald crab. I might get two more emeralds since they are really cool to watch.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/7D208DFF-5640-4DA8-A3A5-688ECA24C309_zpsfwiduadi.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/7D208DFF-5640-4DA8-A3A5-688ECA24C309_zpsfwiduadi.jpg.html)

Already making tracks
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/820CACC5-2141-4898-B21B-5783D74F66C8_zpsazhbvdra.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/820CACC5-2141-4898-B21B-5783D74F66C8_zpsazhbvdra.jpg.html)

04-28-2016, 04:22 PM
How cool is this?!

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/39B3DC7A-F511-4B56-8C0F-936E8FCCFF07_zpsicqwg0wt.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/39B3DC7A-F511-4B56-8C0F-936E8FCCFF07_zpsicqwg0wt.jpg.html)

Emerald crab cleaning up my Duncan.

05-26-2016, 04:16 PM
Day one of toadstool recovery

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/85FC3DE6-2E22-4246-A73A-BDA894E37BFC_zpsovt1xdbe.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/85FC3DE6-2E22-4246-A73A-BDA894E37BFC_zpsovt1xdbe.jpg.html)

Just got a toadstool coral from a fellow reefer that wasn't doing well in his tank. Hoping it can recover in mine and colour up. I could barely get a toothpick into the side so I could put an elastic band around it to try and get it to attach to the rock. I'll leave like that for about a week and see if it attaches.

05-28-2016, 07:56 PM
Day 3,
Looks like it's trying to move off the toothpick a bit and go down the rock. Hopefully attaching itself. Definitely getting more open. Where it's been closed for a long time is discoloured and lacking polyps.

The clown is hosting the torch and eyeballing the new coral.

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/coolhandgoose/The%20Goose%20Tank/8244BDB1-4B41-45D4-ACE8-7969F609C6F6_zps2izivurm.jpg (http://s866.photobucket.com/user/coolhandgoose/media/The%20Goose%20Tank/8244BDB1-4B41-45D4-ACE8-7969F609C6F6_zps2izivurm.jpg.html)