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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:47 pm    Post subject: Gorilla Monsoon's 200 gallon cage Reply with quote

i purchased the tank from glass cages. it's a 200 with 2 overflows, which are supposed to be 1500 gallons a piece, starfire glass in front, and some extra holes in the back pane for a closed loop.
it's a 5 foot tank, 30 inches deep and 25 high.

so far i have purchased: 1 sequence reeflo dart, which will be for the closed loop.
3 lumenarc mini reflectors- i couldn't fit the L3's, and 2 halides just won't work on my tank (2 center straps on top).
1 ARO 440 watt VHO retrofit kit(model 4LX), which i will be using for actinics.
i'm not sure yet, but i think i'll be running 2 x 400 watt 14k, and maybe 1x 250 watt 10k in the center, with 2x 110 watt actinic in front, and 2 in back of the halides. i think that configuration should do well for most anything i want to put in the tank

i will be using my 125 gallon 6' tank as my sump with refugium, and frag tank, which will have 1x125 watt 6500k compact flourescent over the refugium, and 1x 175 watt halide pendant over the frag area(thanks jasert39).

here are the pics so far....

here is the stand...

Razz

tank being picked up.....


tank in place...


stand assembled and tank ready to be plumbed.....


front view..after some strategically placed sheetrock Wink


lumenarc mini's


some plumbing done. i decided that i had too many holes cut in the back pane, so i ended up using 2 holes for the intake of the closed loop. atleast nothing will get sucked to those intakes Wink


and here is a picture of the tank full, with 40 or so pounds of live rock starting to cycle. on top is the rack i made with the 4 VHO's (thanks jiggs!)attached, but not the halides yet- i bought jigg's old VHO retrofit, which was 4 bulbs in a single reflector. i cut the reflector right down the center with some tin snips and connected it to the front and back of the rack, so the 3 lumenarcs will sit right in the middle Smile


any questions/comments/suggestions are welcome!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm still waiting on an oceans motions 4 way wavemaker. i ordered it about a week ago. then i will finish the plumbing and cover the 3 sides with something black. i also have to quiet the standpipes. i have a few ideas on that.
oh...i also purchased 120 pounds of sugar sized aragamax(sp?) substrate. i plan on a 2" sand bed.
and then i have about 3 weeks until i need to transfer my livestock to the new tank.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking good, did you get a chance to check out those durso's yet?

Cant wait to hear what you think of the reflectors. This tank has some great dimensions can't wait to see how you go with the aquascaping, I;ll be following along for sure.

Are you going BB?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, i saw the durso design. i can't believe it works. na..as stated above...2" in the display, and probably a 4" bed in the refugium.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

after further head-scratching, i'm going with 3x 400 watt halides. anyone have any suggestions on lamps? i want something with a hint of blue, without compromising PAR.
maybe i can use 10k's and just run the VHO's with them all day.....1640 watts Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you haven't bought ballasts yet, check out the HQI ballasts (magnetic 430w) and Radium bulbs. Most people see 20k and assume that it's very blue. When you overdrive them, it's a nice crisp bluish white with excellent PAR>..

No actinics required, but the bulbs are a little pricy and need to be replaced about every 6-8 months.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice setup GM You must have gotten the address wrong tho cause that does not look anything like my house ???

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm just leak testing it for ya for a couple years CC Razz

jamesurq- i am using my existing sunlight supply ballasts, i have 2 on my 125, and got a good deal on a third, backup on ebay.
any suggestions on a mogul bulb?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! I like 10K Ushios w/ 4X Actinic URI VHO's..but that's me. I fired up a 20K XM in my tank the other day just to see if I liked it..it was so dim compared to my 10K's..lots of shadows. My friend/boss at the shop really likes the 20K's. I don't know, maybe it's because I have more actinic than most people run...I'm sticking with my 10K's.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome build !!!

keep the pics coming GM....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks everyone.
are those ushio 10k yellow at all?
that XM 10k on nurse smarty pants' tank is so yellow. the corals like it, but i hate it!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XM 10K's are HARD to beat for PAR. Supplement with URI Super Actinic. I get GREAT growth and color from the combo!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mentioned covering the three sides with black.......
It's nice to be able to go behind the tank and see the other side of your reef!

Can you put up some sort of screen a few feet behind the tank to block view of the rest of the room when looking at the front?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but.....i don't want to see my washing machine from the front
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just used black posterboard that you can get anywhere are cut it to cover the back and sides of my tank, taped it at the top and was easy to removed when needed...oh and really cheap, haha.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what happens when you hit it with a splash of water? does it stain?
i was thinking of some real dark window tint.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i also have a chance to grab a 6x 54 watt t5 fixture fairly cheap. i know jiggs is happy with his, but does anyone else have a "yay or nay" to add?
4x 110 watt VHO actinic VS 6x 54 watt T5 actinic

or i could even use 4 T5 for actinic, and 2 for something else...perhaps a 50/50 bulb. hmm Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had my tank set up about nine months i guess, i have replaced the posterboard once.

Once coraline algea begins to grow on the sides you would never notice small staining of any sort,.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW..i just picked up the oceans motions 4 way. 350 bucks after tax Rolling Eyes
it looks like a simple install. 1 large intake, from the pump, and 4 threaded outlets to screw more pvc fittings into Rolling Eyes
the directions say to not screw the fittings all the way in or you could jam the device. seems alittle cheezy, to make a device with such short threads, that handles such pressure.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some updates-
i finished alot of plumbing. what a time consuming ordeal!
i find it odd that the oceans motions wavemaker doesn't come with any bracket or mounting hardware. apparently, you just let the pvc plumbing hold it up.
i will write a review on this thing after i get it up and running. it better do my laundry and wash my car for 329.00 Rolling Eyes see the wiring? hmm

meanwhile, i put 2" of reef sand in the tank, and it continues cycling with about 40 pounds of live rock.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good. May I make a suggestion? Find some large pieces of LR, it will look much better than alot of small ones.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks. i'm going to transfer my rock towers from my 125. those pieces i bought just to begin the cycle. they will end up as smaller towers in front of the large ones. looking from the top of the tank looking down, i hope to have it look something like a "U" shape of rock tapering smaller towards the front of the tank. can you picture that?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool..well hurry up & get it done then we will have a picture... Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might know somewhere where you can find some larger pieces of rock Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the plumbing is complete. i'm very happy with the way it turned out. the sequence reeflo dart is completely silent, and i really love the OM 4 way. now it's time to transfer some of my sand, and next week the livestock.



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