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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject: No more freshwater in my house...(lots of pics) Reply with quote

Well the inevitable happened, sold all my freshwater fish and am in the process of filling my new 125 gallon reef ready tank with salt water. I am planning a maily softy/lps tank with some colorful fish to accent the corals. I am waiting for the tank to fill with water to check my plumbing, and though I would get this thread started right...pictures.

I got the tank from a local reefer who bought it new and was never able to set it up, its is a standard six foot 125 gallon with a 55 gallon tank that i siliconed baffles into for a sump. Tthe stand is obviously a DIY project left over from the previous tank. Skimmer is a reef octopus 200, a have sieos from flow, mag 12 return pump, and a six bulb T-5 Tek light fixture for this tank.

I have never attempted to hard plumb anything im my previous tank...what a task. The durso standpipes were the easiest part of the whole ordeal. So needless to say the plumbing isnt the prettiest part of this tank but I think it will get the job done. (btw, I decided to do more of a manifold returns system, and that is not attached in the pictures below)

enough talk, here are a few pictures, please ask question and comment away any help or ideas would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool. I wish I had a room to do that with. How about a front shot? Looks great so far though.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You ask and you shall receive. These picture are when the piranhas were still in there, you dont even want to see the mess that is in front of the wall right now, everytime my fiance walks down the stairs i hear..."uh this place is a mess" lol.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another, i think I am going to redo the mouldings around the tank now...if i ever feel like it.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah and why not while im at it, a couple shots of the whole basement...it was my last diy project.

before....


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

last one...for now. I forgot to add that the 33 long that is currently filled with live rock is hopefully going to become a prop setup after the tank gets going.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good, sounds like a great setup, almost exactly like mine Wink Looks like you are ahead of me though.... at least you got water in it.

Great job on the basement, very nice indeed.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the new tank. It looks like everything is coming along nicely! You did an awesome job on the basement remodel.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great start, who needs piranhas when you can have a reef Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

klasikb...your exactly right, as soon as i started reefkeeping I knew it was just a matter or time before the freshwater fish were a thing of the past. the tank is still filling with fresh water to test my pluming, after that mixing salt and away i go.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i guess now really theres no more freshwater in the house, salt water is mixed and flowing (no leaks at all in my plumbing, even suprised myself). I added the rock purchsed from a local reefer (probably 100 lbs or so), still need to add the 50lbs or so that I have in my forty. Water still cloudy but couldnt wait to post pics.

First one shows the back of the tank as it appears today, skimmer and lights are running (that "T" in the return will eventually lead to the prop setup)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is obviously the tank from the front, rocks are just kind of stacked to see how much there really was not near the final aquascape. again sorry for the cloudy water.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a bit of an angled shot, there are a lot of flatter peices of rock in this batch that i bought hoping to get a lot of "platform" areas to mount corals. I was trying to show the different levels in this angled shot.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks Great!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lastly a pic of the skimmer going to work, this thing produced a ton of bubbles, no real skimate yet but only been running for a few hours.


This rock came out of a functioning tank and directly into my holding tank, should there be much of a cycle? Reason that I ask is that I dont really want to breakdown my forty with the fish in it until I know that it is safe. Should I expect a cycle like starting a new tank?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking great, Jay! You got yourself some really nice pieces of LR. What model of Seio did you use?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks awsome
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the comments.

I have two seio 820's and an 1100 running in there now with a maxijet 900 blowing across the middle of the tank behind the rocks.

anyone know about how long I should wait to add the rest of my livestock from my current tank?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow just moved the rest of my rock, fish, and corals down into the new tank...never realized how much rock had jammed into my 40.

Ill post more pics when the dust settles...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL...well, I was going to say as long as you're not reading any ammonia or nitrite levels, you're good to go. This was established, cycled LR, right?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah all the rock was eastablished and never out of water. Just checked again this morning everything looks good. Ill take a few pictures when I get home from work.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you're good to go then. I can't wait to see pics.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like its you and me les, lol. here are pics today all rocks, corals, etc transferred, only loss has been my LMB...cant find him anywhere. Here are the pics. sorry for the terrible pics i was using my old camera. Any philadelphia area people have frags they would like to see in here?


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