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spit.fire
10-25-2015, 02:00 AM
hi,
so lately ive been spending alot of time in my office at home and decided to spice up the room, currently i have a paludarium in the office but decided to go with a full reef to keep my entertained. Hoping to keep it somewhat low maintenance


Equipment:
75g with custom corner overflow
Steel stand (built by me)
Plain old sump
vertex omega 150
hagen glo dual bulb t5ho fixture
apex neptune system
tunze powerheads




Building stand at the shop (1x1 hss), seems a little small but according to autocad it can support the weight no problem


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04178_zps1j6um7hq.jpg




Side of office cleared out and stand in place

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04188_zps5qfatpob.jpg


i dont like to put doors on my stands as i find the inner workings of a system just as interesting as the display itself


Tank... so long story short, i dropped it about 15 minutes ago, dont worry i broke its fall, unfortunatly my knee broke the bottom panel :mad2:

this will add a bit of a delay to the build but im fairly certain i have another glass panel that size somewhere in my shop

Lesson learned tho, dont go up stairs while carrying a 75g tank on your own

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04189_zpsgdqrrbq8.jpg

Ryanerickson
10-25-2015, 02:05 AM
Nice Tyler lol

spit.fire
10-25-2015, 02:20 AM
Nice Tyler lol

ya not one of my finest moments....

i have 2x 4' tanks, i picked that one because the trim was in better shape but after taking some quick measurements the trim off the broken tank will fit the other one :mrgreen:

spit.fire
10-25-2015, 09:00 PM
Through the magic of television we have a tank



http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/IMG_4220_zpspzrd6ibi.jpg


get to pick up the sump today

spit.fire
11-01-2015, 01:23 AM
starting to plumb the tank

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04192_zps9isbvcg9.jpg

Coral, Sir Reginald the third, and Cooper all locked up for getting in the way

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04193_zpsktooxeqg.jpg

Leak testing the bulkheads

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04194_zpsnopvr3z1.jpg


sump shot

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04195_zpsloi6ckki.jpg

spit.fire
11-11-2015, 06:23 AM
ok so ive been asked alot about how i make such large branching rock structures without them collapsing.... so here is my quick and dirty guide to super awesome macdaddy rockwork



Step one
Get inspiration (look at bonsai trees, best place to get ideas imo)

Step two
Pick your rock, doesnt matter what it looks like, the plan is to not see it after you coat it in your corals (i cheat, there was about 200lbs of bleached and acid dipped rock in my garage)

Step three
Find a sturdy base, the base will be what will determine how far you can go with your ideas, the heavier the better as it is what will balance everything

Step four
Start by drilling holes and zap strapping everything together, using anything you can to prop up your structure, the idea here is to make it as strong as possible with the zap straps, dont be afraid to use alot of them

Step five
After you have a structure you're happy with, start filling the gaps between each rock with my special concrete (or other brands, i dont care....) dont be shy with it, the stuff i use grows coraline and corals like crazy so it gets hidden in no time. Also cover any visible zap straps with concrete to hide them


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG-20151110-WA0003_zpsqgacl09p.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG-20151110-WA0002_zpsly17teky.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG-20151110-WA0001_zpsdiveek3b.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4236_zpscualikc7.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4237_zps7ulyd6dd.jpg

And a bunch of pics of my paludarium

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4239_zpspteps6ee.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4240_zps14z8abyl.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4241_zpsnn47ghu6.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4242_zpsfx1rnxpr.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4238_zpsihwmkrlj.jpg

Slyguy00
11-11-2015, 02:47 PM
Nice rockscape write up Tyler. I like what you did with that one. Now hurry up and get that thing running:mrgreen:

spit.fire
11-11-2015, 08:24 PM
Nice rockscape write up Tyler. I like what you did with that one. Now hurry up and get that thing running:mrgreen:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4245_zpsjrml8mwk.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4244_zpshxsg70dl.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4243_zpscqrai989.jpg


rock in the tank
sump pic

ive been having problems with the paludarium and slugs, pulled 6 slugs out of it in the last week, i think they hitch hiked in on a plant i got from a plant shop

will be starting to mount some of the corals will be mounted on the weekend

Slyguy00
11-11-2015, 08:59 PM
Looks good dude!

maron6977
11-15-2015, 07:19 PM
Ya, looks really cool . Can't wait to see with some frags .

rusty shackleford
11-15-2015, 09:27 PM
Good luck getting work done
I can't even watch a movie properly with my tanks in the room lol

spit.fire
11-17-2015, 06:21 AM
added some coral and a fish

i LOVE triggers
ive decided to go with a somewhat predatory tank

my goal for fish if i can get them to cooperate:
pink tail trigger
indicus trigger
some sort of non dwarf, non koran angel




and some pictures
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4249_zps2bbcj8bq.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4248_zpsuwykwzwj.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4247_zpscrfthaif.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/Office%20tank/IMG_4246_zps6jhskyro.jpg

Wildechild_01
11-17-2015, 05:05 PM
That is some impressive rock work, I will have to keep those tips in mind for my rebuild. Triggers are amazing, interested to know how they fair with the corals in the tank.

spit.fire
11-17-2015, 05:12 PM
The trigger keeps knocking the montis off the rockwork

Skimmer Juice
11-17-2015, 07:17 PM
tanks looking really clean I like it

spit.fire
11-19-2015, 03:56 AM
Just wanted to show off some of the rockwork that I and Albert were commissioned to build recently.

Beer bottle for scale... I'm not an alcoholic.


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04267_zpsckslvgba.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04264_zpsecm0ezqk.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04263_zpsmqa5a8k7.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04266_zpsekhncouj.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/tyty_220/DSC04265_zpsnhuejpuk.jpg

spit.fire
11-25-2015, 06:36 AM
quick video update

added a hawkfish, clownfish, and kole tang

bunch of corals, easy sps, lps, and softies

https://youtu.be/-S8rc-C81sw