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mikepclo
11-26-2015, 07:43 PM
My first tank journal Woot Woot...! So this tank has been wet for almost 9 months now.

Excuse the crappy cellphone pics, hopefully I'll dust off the dslr on day.

Taken Nov.25.2015

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-11-25%2023.17.31_zpsg41vuekk.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-11-25%2023.19.56_zps4kfsstzr.jpg


Stay tuned for how it all began =)




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Werbo
11-26-2015, 08:08 PM
This sets a new bar

Reef Supplies
11-26-2015, 08:13 PM
wow Mike, it looks amazing

WarDog
11-26-2015, 10:50 PM
This is one of the nicest tanks on the west coast. Finally we have a tank journal to enjoy it! Nice work Mike!

Aquattro
11-26-2015, 11:00 PM
"crappy cell phone pics" - ya, right!! :)

Looks amazing!

Ryanerickson
11-26-2015, 11:17 PM
Nice buddy this tank is very impressive in person. It should be the next tank of the year nothing on the west coast beats it as for sps color and variety.
Thanks for sharing Mike !

hunggi74
11-26-2015, 11:46 PM
Well it's about time Mr.! Completely agree that this tank is the pride of the West Coast! Need to get it out there for all to see. Can't wait for your even "better" pics. And all the juicy details on how you run your system so I can try to get a fraction of the color and growth you got. The real "Magic Mike" lol

mikepclo
11-27-2015, 12:41 AM
Thanks guys!

So tank is 48x30x19 by Concept and sump 36x24x16.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/mike%20lo%20tank%20build%20nov%2026%202014_zpsuop9 mhca.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/mike%20lo%20tank%20build%20nov%2026%202014-1_zpslvlfopij.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/mike%20lo%20sump%20nov%2029%202014_zpsbmp9df1b.jpg


Extra week for overflow to get Cnc'd. Just waiting to be crated and shipped.

Beginning of Jan.2015
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150106_175150_zpsv1py9d7c.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150106_175328_zpsn5lf2daa.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150106_175248_zps0u1dguoa.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150107_112247_zpssjgq8fza.jpg




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kien
11-27-2015, 01:06 AM
Well HELLO! Dang, that's something to behold.

Myka
11-27-2015, 02:10 AM
About time you shared it here! :D It's only looking better and better. Did you do a tank transfer, or are all the corals in the tank 9 months old?

mikepclo
11-27-2015, 02:58 AM
Well HELLO! Dang, that's something to behold.
Thanks Kien! =)
About time you shared it here! :D It's only looking better and better. Did you do a tank transfer, or are all the corals in the tank 9 months old?
Thanks! Sold off pretty much 90% corals from previous 120g but kept frags of each one. I kepted them in my 55g frag tank which I turned into display for 5-6 months but ran out of space pretty quickly. So my downsizing plan went out the window and this tank was born. I transfered the contents to this current tank.

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hunggi74
11-27-2015, 03:06 AM
Thanks Kien! =)

Thanks! Sold off pretty much 90% corals from previous 120g but kept frags of each one. I kepted them in my 55g frag tank which I turned into display for 5-6 months but ran out of space pretty quickly. So my downsizing plan went out the window and this tank was born. I transfered the contents to this current tank.

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Yes. I'm sure your girlfriend was super excited to hear that you were downsizing...until you got another tank to go with the frag tank.

More coral pics please. We know you have the goodies!

mikepclo
11-27-2015, 03:07 AM
May.14th.2015

Majority transfered over now.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/2015-05-14%2014.56.11_zpsy51maxfk.jpg

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GoFish
11-27-2015, 05:56 AM
Ermagerd! :shocked: stunning stuff Mike!

gregzz4
11-27-2015, 06:09 AM
Awesome pics Mike :biggrin:

How do you (did you before your tank change) deal with all the SPS encroaching/fighting?

F.H
11-27-2015, 09:46 AM
Amazing tank Mike, I look forward to seeing it in person sometime. I'm going to start saving up for a "visit Mike" day haha.

Rice Reef
11-27-2015, 06:28 PM
Best tank in the West! Good Job Mike and thanks again for the OT and KB!

mikepclo
11-27-2015, 08:40 PM
Ermagerd! :shocked: stunning stuff Mike!
Thanks Bryant!
Awesome pics Mike :biggrin:

How do you (did you before your tank change) deal with all the SPS encroaching/fighting?
Thanks! I let them figure it out lol. But some pcs I've noticed they grow away from neighbouring pcs =)
Amazing tank Mike, I look forward to seeing it in person sometime. I'm going to start saving up for a "visit Mike" day haha.
Thanks bud! Let me know when your wallets ready jk. Come by and check it out =)
Best tank in the West! Good Job Mike and thanks again for the OT and KB!
Thanks Wayne! No no...thank you for the trade lol.

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mikepclo
11-27-2015, 09:04 PM
Tank finally arrived but like this! And it wasn't even mine just some poor guys broken sump =(

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150115_103641_zps9ghdn4ls.jpg

They got our tanks mixed up so another week till mine showed up.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150127_195407_zpsw4vlwega.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150128_160556_zpsfmdkplkd.jpg

Glad it showed up in one pc =)

I went with 60x60 Bosch T-slot for the stand from Surrey fluid power. Just a little bit overkill

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150114-WA0015_zpsoyhgtfib.jpeg

Marine Starboard for the sump to relax on.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150115_224434_zps42yqgcx2.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150115_224423_zpssmpgdww0.jpg

Everything was through Surrey fluid. Starboard wasn't cut correctly and had to take time off work to recut it. Sh*t happens... Alot. Oh well

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150116_003254_zpsr8ozxx4l.jpg




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shiftline
11-28-2015, 03:26 AM
Looks awesome. How much did the extruded aluminum stand cost to build?

Aquattro
11-28-2015, 04:09 AM
Looks awesome. How much did the extruded aluminum stand cost to build?

Curious on that too. Not that I'm likely to ever build again, but if I do, this is sleek.

d33ps3a
11-28-2015, 04:17 AM
Looks awesome. How much did the extruded aluminum stand cost to build?

Yeah that looks pretty good! Price please! Do they ship?

iamfrontosa
11-28-2015, 05:46 AM
one of the best tanks on canreef.
my tank from concepts has a lot of bubbles in the silicone. yours looks really clean. awesome tank.

Wheelman76
11-28-2015, 07:31 AM
Well it's about time you got this build thread out there Mike lol. Such an amazing tank , well done buddy.

mikepclo
11-30-2015, 03:33 AM
Looks awesome. How much did the extruded aluminum stand cost to build?
$1800 ish..I tried to forget lol. That's for stand, fixture arm,marine starboard, doors & side panels. Everything but installation.
Yeah that looks pretty good! Price please! Do they ship?
Not too sure about shipping but they are located in Surrey so not too far of a trip for me.

http://www.sfpa.bc.ca/
one of the best tanks on canreef.
my tank from concepts has a lot of bubbles in the silicone. yours looks really clean. awesome tank.
Thanks bud! Yours white or black silicone?I've been told white is more visible than black that's why I went with black.
Well it's about time you got this build thread out there Mike lol. Such an amazing tank , well done buddy.
Thanks Jess! Just a little late..... Lol

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mikepclo
11-30-2015, 03:42 AM
Decided to go with Vertex v6 for return and Bubble King 200 double cone RD3 Speedy.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150123-WA0001_zpsr8waqohi.jpeg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20141203-WA0006_zpsycoblcua.jpeg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20141203-WA0004_zpswkk6wozj.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150122-WA0056_zps8r1ytr3m.jpeg

Test fit before sitting the tank on

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150205_222103_zpsmzsdv1mp.jpg

Tada!!!! Finally it's getting somewhere...

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150206_222031_zps9sdabtcy.jpg



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kien
11-30-2015, 03:45 AM
Whoa that is one sexy stand.

Madreefer
11-30-2015, 07:00 AM
Nice tank

What's with that power box on your skimmer pump?

mikepclo
11-30-2015, 08:13 AM
Whoa that is one sexy stand.
Definitely not going to cover her up ;)
Nice tank

What's with that power box on your skimmer pump?
Thank you sir!

Oh, didn't even notice. Guess bigger if better when it comes to DC pump controllers? I dunno... It's really light though. Feels empty inside lol

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mikepclo
12-01-2015, 09:36 PM
Here's what I came up with for aquascape. Nothing fancy....I tried using straps and reef cement but that didn't work out. So I ended up using JB Waterweld from Home Depot.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150210_205502_zpsqufo8opn.jpg
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150210-WA0007_zpskd4eh1uh.jpeg
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150210-WA0009_zpsw231tr13.jpeg

And the plumbing..... Went with bean animal with schedule 80.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150211-WA0013_zpsmbuw2vk7.jpeg
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150212_230257_zpshia7msbf.jpg
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/20150212_205600_zpssodeevb4.jpg


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Bblinks
01-18-2016, 11:41 PM
Need an update Mike!!!

I was over yesterday at Mike's house and hot dayum! Here is a pic of the LPS tank....
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1443/24098528049_8e6e01c672_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CHvfNV)

Wait till you see the display...

mikepclo
01-18-2016, 11:52 PM
That is my display ;)

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Bblinks
01-18-2016, 11:55 PM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1489/24383895491_88d88e5989_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/D9HQBe)

Reef Pilot
01-18-2016, 11:58 PM
Holy crap, yes, that is beautiful!!

mikepclo
01-19-2016, 12:07 AM
Hey! These pics aren't authorized lol

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Bblinks
01-19-2016, 12:23 AM
uh-oh......busted....

Bblinks
01-19-2016, 12:23 AM
Holy crap, yes, that is beautiful!!

In person its unreal Walter, Mike has out done himself time after time.

hunggi74
01-19-2016, 06:22 AM
The sweaty palms, the fluttering heartbeat, the burnt retinas, the tinge of jealousy are all normal symptoms when you see this tank in person. Pics can't even come close to doing this tank justice. Unless you had a Canon with a $3k lens attachment and a Porthole....or just knew someone with those...

mseepman
01-19-2016, 04:15 PM
Wow, that display looks amazing. I have an sps tank and i'm wondering how do you keep them all from attacking each other? Mine are in perpetual warfare.

riceboy
01-19-2016, 05:31 PM
I agree tank of the month for sure absolutely beautiful, how do u keep coraline of the back acylic

Ryanerickson
01-19-2016, 06:02 PM
This tank blows away anything I've seen in bc nice work Mike as always. Your lps tank is gonna be a show stopper.

acepumping
01-19-2016, 06:09 PM
Wow mike. Nice stuff.. although I talk everyday, didn't know you had a journal going on hahaha..
TOTC. ... not totm

mikepclo
01-19-2016, 07:53 PM
Thanks for all the compliments guys!
The sweaty palms, the fluttering heartbeat, the burnt retinas, the tinge of jealousy are all normal symptoms when you see this tank in person. Pics can't even come close to doing this tank justice. Unless you had a Canon with a $3k lens attachment and a Porthole....or just knew someone with those...
Are u ok? Now I'm worried for your health when your over lol
Wow, that display looks amazing. I have an sps tank and i'm wondering how do you keep them all from attacking each other? Mine are in perpetual warfare.
Thanks! I just let them grow into each other. But some do avoid others without intervention.
I agree tank of the month for sure absolutely beautiful, how do u keep coraline of the back acylic
Thank you sir! I'm pretty lucky that coraline doesn't seem to like my tank lol. Just small spot here and there.

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mikepclo
01-20-2016, 07:52 PM
Tyree Space Invader

June.18th 2015
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/20150618_130247_zpsf8teprva.jpg

December. 27th 2015
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/2016-01-20%2011.31.33_zps94g7iov3.jpg



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Ryanerickson
01-20-2016, 08:11 PM
I want I want

Bblinks
01-20-2016, 08:57 PM
I like to have a piece

mikepclo
01-20-2016, 10:25 PM
Soon soon....ill feed it some chicken this weekend.

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htfn
01-20-2016, 11:00 PM
Can I put my name on it as well, Mike?
Hiro

mikepclo
01-20-2016, 11:02 PM
Will do Hiro =)

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mikepclo
01-20-2016, 11:19 PM
Here's my RR Canada Avatar. Body color range from teal, blue to purple with copper polyps.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/2016-01-20%2015.16.09_zpspaexqlqj.jpg

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Aquattro
01-20-2016, 11:38 PM
That's a fine looking piece!

Myka
01-21-2016, 12:54 AM
Tyree Space Invader

Looks like it's doing well for you. Grows fast, eh?

htfn
01-21-2016, 01:07 AM
Will do Hiro =)

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Thanks Mike
I'm already drooling. 😅

duncangweller
01-21-2016, 01:27 AM
Here's my RR Canada Avatar. Body color range from teal, blue to purple with copper polyps.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/2016-01-20%2015.16.09_zpspaexqlqj.jpg

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Oooooh....I like that

Rice Reef
01-21-2016, 02:25 AM
Need an update Mike!!!

I was over yesterday at Mike's house and hot dayum! Here is a pic of the LPS tank....
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1443/24098528049_8e6e01c672_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CHvfNV)

Wait till you see the display...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1489/24383895491_88d88e5989_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/D9HQBe)

Well Mike, I guess I'm shutting down my tank and selling off all my stuff. If I need my reef fix I'll just visit you. Amazing growth and this is the tank of the year for 2016, 2017 and so on... No other tank in Western Canada even comes close! If anyone wants a great looking tank take notes from Mike! Good job buddy!!!

hunggi74
01-21-2016, 05:15 PM
Your tank is not too shabby itself mister.
I can't wait for more pics of your corals Mike!

mikepclo
01-21-2016, 06:38 PM
That's a fine looking piece!

Thanks Brad!

Looks like it's doing well for you. Grows fast, eh?

Little too fast! I don't have the real estate lol

Thanks Mike
I'm already drooling. 😅

=)

mikepclo
01-21-2016, 06:43 PM
Oooooh....I like that

Thank You =)

Well Mike, I guess I'm shutting down my tank and selling off all my stuff. If I need my reef fix I'll just visit you. Amazing growth and this is the tank of the year for 2016, 2017 and so on... No other tank in Western Canada even comes close! If anyone wants a great looking tank take notes from Mike! Good job buddy!!!

Thanks Wayne but.....I can only dream of having a fraction of your collection lol

mikepclo
02-25-2016, 08:03 AM
Pastel Rainbow

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/PhotoGrid_1456387220843_zps78q2r1bd.jpg

Monster Mash

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/PhotoGrid_1456387659693_zps6ofhk86p.jpg

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Bblinks
02-26-2016, 12:40 AM
More pics please sir!

gmann
02-26-2016, 04:20 AM
that doughnut is beautiful

Tn23
02-26-2016, 04:12 PM
wow that acanthophyllia/donut is looking great Mike.
Seen it in person before, one of the most beautiful pieces I've seen to date. :redface:

Rice Reef
02-26-2016, 09:20 PM
Very Nice, Mike!

mikepclo
03-01-2016, 08:04 PM
Thanks guys :)

Here's my rainbow chalices

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03-01%2011.58.29_zpsllfqlla9.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03-01%2011.57.10_zpswbbaiwjw.jpg



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Bblinks
03-02-2016, 08:48 PM
Thanks guys :)

Here's my rainbow chalices

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03-01%2011.58.29_zpsllfqlla9.jpg

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/m_i_k_i_e/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03-01%2011.57.10_zpswbbaiwjw.jpg



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I like to get a frag...cough cough...:mrgreen:

Sahin
05-07-2016, 09:32 AM
Wow. This is a beautiful tank! Would love to see more photos. :)

hunggi74
05-07-2016, 09:53 AM
Wow. This is a beautiful tank! Would love to see more photos. :)

Admission is free if you're ever in town. He charges for slippers:wink:

Myka
05-07-2016, 12:48 PM
Wow. This is a beautiful tank! Would love to see more photos. :)

Not the current tank, but still some photos if HIS tank to drool over!
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110902

Sahin
06-13-2016, 11:19 AM
What is the filtration and dosing on this tank? Colours are amazing. And why isnt this tank TOTM already??? :mrgreen:

WarDog
06-13-2016, 02:25 PM
What is the filtration and dosing on this tank? Colours are amazing. And why isnt this tank TOTM already??? :mrgreen:

Lol!

http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110902

Sahin
06-13-2016, 06:42 PM
Lol!

http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=110902

Thats not the same tank though? I've read the previous TOTM article. I am interested in learning about the filtration and dosing on this tank. Thanks.

AquaticFinatic
06-13-2016, 10:45 PM
Very nice tank!!! Just wondering what your glass thickness is? Thx

moosehead
10-04-2016, 02:11 AM
Thats not the same tank though? I've read the previous TOTM article. I am interested in learning about the filtration and dosing on this tank. Thanks.

Yes I'm very interested aswell!! Beautiful tank and the bulb selection be great to know aswell .

Cade
10-20-2016, 04:10 AM
Amazing tank! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Cade
10-20-2016, 10:29 PM
Could I bother you for some more pictures of the sump now that its all running please? :)

I might have just got the hint of a go ahead from the wife for our next tank, and your size and shape is almost identical to what I have been thinking about for a few years now.

How do you like the stand? Sill super happy? Why not have a steel one fabricated?

Also how is the system for noise? Is it dead silent? Ours would be in the living room right beside where we sit to watch movies etc..

Thanks again Cade.

hunggi74
10-20-2016, 10:39 PM
This tank is no longer up. He sold the system to a friend who was looking to upgrade. I hear he will be setting up a new tank in the near future.
Thank you Mike for the inspiration to all of us.

moosehead
10-20-2016, 10:48 PM
To bad was awsome

moosehead
10-20-2016, 10:48 PM
His lighting looked good woulda been nice to have known the combo he used

Ryanerickson
10-20-2016, 11:28 PM
Come on Hung spill the beans

hunggi74
10-20-2016, 11:58 PM
I have no idea what bulb combo he used. ATI 48" 8 bulb dimmable Sunpower. I don't think it would have mattered what his bulb combo was...his stuff was that nice.
The stand is super sturdy and definitely overbuilt. It screams 'expensive' lol. I'll take some shots of the sump when I get a chance.

Oh yes, I was the lucky fellow whom he sold the tank to...

Wheelman76
10-21-2016, 12:05 AM
I have no idea what bulb combo he used. ATI 48" 8 bulb dimmable Sunpower. I don't think it would have mattered what his bulb combo was...his stuff was that nice.

The stand is super sturdy and definitely overbuilt. It screams 'expensive' lol. I'll take some shots of the sump when I get a chance.



Oh yes, I was the lucky fellow whom he sold the tank to...



About time you came clean

Cade
10-21-2016, 01:50 AM
I have no idea what bulb combo he used. ATI 48" 8 bulb dimmable Sunpower. I don't think it would have mattered what his bulb combo was...his stuff was that nice.
The stand is super sturdy and definitely overbuilt. It screams 'expensive' lol. I'll take some shots of the sump when I get a chance.

Oh yes, I was the lucky fellow whom he sold the tank to...


Thank you for the update. :)

Sahin
10-22-2016, 12:57 AM
Would love to know what filtration was being used on the tank. I'm also upgrading my tank at the moment and wondering on filtration. Many thanks. PS I'd like to see sump shots too. Thanks. :mrgreen:

Duckhams
10-22-2016, 09:13 PM
Very nice setup!