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WarDog 05-21-2013 01:24 AM

WarDog's Tank Thread : Episodic Trial And Error
 
Episode I : The Phantom Valonia

Stand
Stand and Sump
Plumbing
DIY ATO
Electrical
Bleaching Rock and LED Utility Light
Leak Test
Wire Management
Libra Doser and OCD Sump
Dry Rock Structures
Final Rockscape
Cycle and Diatoms
First Coral
Failed First W/C
DIY a Real Water Change Station!
Frag Additions
Skimmer Swap
ICK!
6 Months Old & Mount Frags
Start Of Bubble Algae Epidemic
Coral Illuminati Frag Deal
Switch To T5's
Screen Top, Monti Eating Nudi's, Possibly The Best Pictures
End Of Tank

Episode II : Attack Of The Aiptasia

A New Hope
I Will Build A Grand Army
Floating Aquascape
Cycling & First Livestock
Cruising Along
Ive Got A Really Bad Feeling About This

Episode III : Revenge Of The Upgrade

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Time to start a build journal!

This will be my first dip into Salt Water after about 30 years of having freshwater set-ups of all types. After purchashing my first house 5 years ago and being financially 'stable' I am finally able to take the leap into salt!

Sheldon (Texas Cichlid) is gunna be pretty upset when he gets moved to make way for my new reef!

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So I've decided to go with a 65 gal, 36x18x24. Didn't want to go too big, as the display tank will be on the 2nd floor and I didn't want to put thousands of pounds of stress on the joists. Too bad I didn't think ahead and sister up the joists when I finished the basement 5 years ago... oh well.

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Got myself the Vertek RO/DI 100gpd unit and mounted it under the sink (with the permission of the boss of course)! Unfortunately I will still have to do buckets, but I do plan to have a top-up tank next to the sump in the stand, so hopefully just 1 bucket trip per week! As you can see our kids, Sophie and Winston are checking my work. Sophie inspecting and Winston wondering why it doesn't dispence treats :)

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That's all I have for now. This is going to be a slow journal. I'm only allowed to pay cash for stuff. That's the deal I made with the wife and it's not a bad one really. I have budgeted around $3000 for everything not including livestock. Ordered some adjustable feet online last week and hoping they arrive this week so as I can get on with the stand build. The stand will be a little different from anything I have seen here on CanReef and I'm sure you will be interested and surprised by it. Thanks for viewing and I hope to hear input from you all!

monkE 05-21-2013 01:28 AM

love reading these builds from the start! I've done a 60 as my first reef as well and love it so far! i'm sure you'll have something real nice set up.

Nice job on the slider system for your ro/di, sure will make canister changing easy.

What is your plan with the tank? Reef? Fish only?

WarDog 05-21-2013 01:38 AM

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Originally Posted by monkE (Post 819571)
love reading these builds from the start! I've done a 60 as my first reef as well and love it so far! i'm sure you'll have something real nice set up.

Nice job on the slider system for your ro/di, sure will make canister changing easy.

What is your plan with the tank? Reef? Fish only?

Thanks! As for the slider, I saw it on someones build journal here a few months ago and just thought it was a great space-saving idea! Greg's 75gal, I think.

Yeah, I'm gunna go for broke on the tank... full reef for sure! I've been tempted by salt for years and years! SPS, LPS and softies. Want zoa and rico gardens as well. Not sure if it will all fit in a 65 but I might have to get creative in designing different levels of shelves with live rock. Deep sand bed also. Probably going to be fish light. A pair of clowns and perhaps just 1 or 2 smaller fish and thats it.

WarDog 05-21-2013 03:24 AM

WarDog's 65gal Build
 
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monkE 05-21-2013 04:08 AM

going all out with this one eh? what are you going to do for lights????

WarDog 05-21-2013 04:52 AM

Not 100% on the lights yet. Maybe AquaMedic 6x39W T5HO, Evergrow IT2080, or 2 of the new AI Hydra's.

mrhasan 05-21-2013 05:47 AM

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Originally Posted by WarDog (Post 819622)
Not 100% on the lights yet. Maybe AquaMedic 6x39W T5HO, Evergrow IT2080, or 2 of the new AI Hydra's.

Since you are getting all the fancy stuffs for your tank, why not get the best of LED: Mitras plus they came out with a new model. Or if changing bulbs is not an issue for you, got for T5; you won't regret it :)

monkE 05-21-2013 05:53 AM

ya if your putting the cash into that powerhead, go for LED lights! check out A.Q. LED http://aq-led.com/
the local distributor Frank knows his stuff and this is what i'm using on my 60 and super happy with it. reasonably priced as well

WarDog 05-21-2013 06:35 AM

Like I said... not 100% on the lighting. So many choices!

WarDog 05-21-2013 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by monkE (Post 819632)
ya if your putting the cash into that powerhead, go for LED lights! check out A.Q. LED http://aq-led.com/
the local distributor Frank knows his stuff and this is what i'm using on my 60 and super happy with it. reasonably priced as well


Exactly which of these units are you using?


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