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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: thrlride's 90 gallon mixed reef (dial-up beware) Reply with quote

I started the reef hobby in May of 2003 with a 29 gallon eclipse glass tank. I made all the newbie mistakes one could expect an in-experienced person to make. I won't get in to those here though. Smile In just a few weeks I tore out the existing lighting in the eclipse hood and replaced it with a 65 watt PC 50/50 bulb. Then I found a used 65 watt ballast and PC on RC so I bought that.

Shortly after adding the lights I added a Lee's countercurrent skimmer that I couldn't stand (sorry Tanya!). Then I added a pair of MJ900's on a wave timer. During this time I started adding some corals, some of which I still have today. Everything was doing great with the tank. The occasional cyano outbreak bummed me but I stayed on top of it and had a decent looking reef. I did a water change every two weeks using IO salt. I added your typical 2 part for calcium and alk needs.

Here is a photo of the 29. The top pic is shortly before we moved to a different house. The bottom picture is after the move. If you look at the corals I still have the green frogspawn, pink zoanthids, brown zoanthids, sinularia (sp?) leather, GSP and toadstool leather. Various mushrooms and hairy mushrooms are still around as well.



History and Stand/Canopy

Sometime in 2004 I bought a used 90 gallon RR tank with stand and canopy. I wasn't happy with the stand and canopy so I set out to build something I could be proud of. I won't bore you with all the diagrams I have uploaded but will post a couple of construction pics of the stand and canopy. I only had primitive tools including a 5" cordless circular saw, sander, handheld miter saw and drill.

Here is the canopy frame during construction. It was made out of 2x2's all screwed and glued together.



The side panels were cut and glued:



OMG, it actually fits!



The installing of trim:









The design of the canopy allowed the two front doors to open as well as the whole front to swing up. It also allowed me to have a huge panel on top to open to reveil the lights.



Then I set out to prime and paint the inside of the canopy:





Installation of the lights I no longer have:









The exterior is now stained with 3 coats of poly:







The construction of the doors. These were made with my father-in-laws router.





The finished product:



The stand was being constructed at the same time. Here is the frame of it:







The front two doors cut out:



The rear cut out:



Sump sitting where it belongs:



I also painted the inside of the stand:



Another picture of the stand with trim installed:



Stand now stained with 3 coats of poly:









Doors installed:



Then I made some side trim pieces for the tank. I think these look nice and 'box' the glass in. These were actually two pieces of trim glued and clamped together before being sanded, stained and poly'd.



Circulation

In my plans was a pair of Little Giant 4-mdqx pumps, one for the main return, the other for a closed loop. These things are horribly loud so I sold off both of them and replaced one with a panworld pump and the other with was replaced with a pair of SEIO M1500's.

The sump is a 30 gallon long, sectioned off for my ASM G3 skimmer, the return which now holds the calcium reactor and then the last chamber has my fuge.

This is the sump as I was installing the baffles:



Electrical

My electrical needs are supplied by a pair of American DJ PC 100's. I really like these things. Smile



I installed my ballasts in a metal box I found at Lowes:





After having everything sitting where it should I used a razor saw and cut out the center divider between the two front doors. This way, I can remove the sump if I need to.

I don't have pictures of them but the lighting is now achieved with a pair of Reef Optix III pendants with 250 watt phoenix 14k bulbs. Actinics are supplied by a pair of 110 watt URI super actinic R VHO's.

Plumbing

My plumbing is somewhat straight-forward with a few differences. First off, I had two extra holes drilled in the tank that were going to be used with the closed loop. Since that was ripped out one hole is used as an emergency drain if my main drain clogs. The other hole is used for water changes. Pics to come....

Here is the water change plumbing. I have a standpipe in the tank that is at the exact height to allow 20 gallons of water to be drained with I open the ball valve. I just hook my garden hose to the output and open the valve.



My drain is split. Though the plumbing is different now it still follows the same theory. The split goes to the fuge and then to the skimmer section.



I was going to plumb the return up and over the sump but that didn't work well at all so I had a friend (someone I need to invite here!) drill me a hole for a 1" bulkhead.



The plumbing from the rear to the return pump



The return pump



Setup in House

Now that everything is ready to go we leveled the tank and installed it in its final home.













Livestock Photos

These photos range from when they were first added to now.















































































































I hope you enjoyed my tour


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a very nice stand and hood. You should just make you another one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Willieb18.

Sorry about the scrolling. I'm not sure why the text made it scroll...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definately awesome.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one of your images is HUGE!!! That's why Smile

I'm not sure I've EVER seen a bigger post than that Ryan... Hell, that's like 7 months of work in a single post.

The stand does look really good. I'm totally jealous of your woodworking skills. My dad helped me with mine and it looks like something a kid in 8th grade woodshop got a C+ on.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VERY NICE.... Smile

I love that DIY stand and hood......


How tall is the stand?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!

James, it's more like 14 month's worth of work all in one post. Smile

I really thought it would limit the amount I just typed in for that post...

Thanks for the kudos on the stand and canopy, it was actually my first attempt at much woodworking.

The stand is 36" tall. I wanted to be able to easily view the tank so I made it taller. Makes it hard to reach the bottom of the tank without a chair though.

This post looks a little like the other one kip, with many more updates. I've got all of this on RC as well and I hate updating it on three sites. Smile

Oh, BTW James, I deleted that one HUGE pic.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Job on that stand and canopy.
I can't believe you didn't have much experience Shocked
turned out really good.
The trim that goes on the corners of the tank, how is that attached, or what is it attached to?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trim on the corner of the tank is attached with double sided tape. I had to use a good amount of the stuff otherwise it would come off when I used the magfloat to go around the corner of the tank.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most impressive. Great job on the cabinetry!
Tank looks great too. Really enjoyed the pictorial! -thumbup-
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you referring to the very last pic?

If so, yeah I got that from you at the rasoc meeting at Steves shop.

What happened to yours?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bottom of the ROIII pendants are 8.5" from the surface of the water and the acro is about 6" from the water surface.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a crappy movie of the tank:

http://s39.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3DX2...6Z8XCC07WF (9mb)

Please excuse my daughter, she wanted her picture taken. Smile

I'm going to whip out the camcorder to see if it does any better tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My clownfish's safety coral. They go here when I disrupt their tank:



Here is a whole tank shot. I can't get it any brighter without it washing everything out. I guess I will have to post in the photo forum to see if they can help me.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great video Smile

"take some of me daddy"

Your chromis actually swim out in the open and schoal.. That's cool. Mine just hide in the acro branches.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan I downloaded your video and it is nice, I was trying to compress it to upload it and was un-able to. I will play with it and get it re-hosted for you in due time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam. I'm going to look into godaddy as well to see if I want to invest in some space.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thrlride wrote:
Thanks Adam. I'm going to look into godaddy as well to see if I want to invest in some space.


Sounsd good, don't forget you also have to buy a domain name. But would be a good place to host your pictures also if you want.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a domain name with them for my wifes dance studio. I suppose I could just use that. Hey, check out my tank at showcasedance....

LOL
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thrlride wrote:
I have a domain name with them for my wifes dance studio. I suppose I could just use that. Hey, check out my tank at showcasedance....

LOL


Well if you are also buying hosting they will give you a domain at half off. So it would cost you $4 for a domain.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm fairly new to this forum, so I associate you with the little girl in the avatar. If it is you, then I'm extremely impressed! Even if you're an adult, I'm impressed! Everythijng looks good, clean and well thought out. I'd like to make one comment in particular. When I built my first stand, 5 years ago, I came up with the then "innovative" idea of sealing and painting the interior of my stand. No one I knew did that. Even today not everyone does it, but that is one of the best ideas you could have to improve the quality of your stand and canopy. How many times have I had a small drip on a fitting that I found when I had a puddle of water in my stand. If I hadn't sealed it, there would have been water on the floor instead. Anyway, great idea of yours and everything looks great. How long has the tank been set up now, and what is the most recent pic?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey yardboy!

That is my 2 1/2 year old daughter. Smile

Thanks for the complements! When I was designing the stand I never even considered the finishing of the inside for a protection, moreso to make it look nice. To me it seems like a finished product.

The 90 was setup at the end of January this year. I had it wet about three days after we moved in to our new house.

The most recent pic is the last whole tank shot as that was taken last night. I'm seeing some nice colors and good growth on the SPS. Some have browned a little but others are staying colorful. Once I can get a better shot of the whole tank I will post it again. I can't seem to take a brighter image without losing a ton of clarity.
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Cute kid! I've got a 16 yr. old myself, but my new wife is chomping at the bit to have one for herself, so I'll be having another "lil one" running underfoot before I know it (I can't wait to show her/he the tank)
I have the same problem with tank shots. I can't seem to even get good ones of the nano. I guess it's better camera time, and get this justification. I have an underwater housing for the Olympus 4000 I'm using for everything, and I tell my wife that if the camera breaks, the housing will be no good either! So a new camera will be for using on the tank and other photography, the Olympus strictly for underwater shots!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finaly got the movie to work for me. "Picture on Me, Picture on ME Daddy!"
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most impressive setup...love the shots of the clams
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