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I finished taping and mudding over the weekend, so painting will begin today.

In the mean time, I thought I'd post up what my current stock list looks like and get some suggestions to flush it out.

Currently Have
Clownfish pair (from the 60g cube)

On Order from TSM
1x One Spot Foxface
1x Naso Tang
1x Desjardini Sailfin Tang
3x Blue Hippo Tangs

Other Big Fish I'd Like
1x Powder Brown Tang
1x Emperor Angel
1x Blue Face Angel
1x Clown Trigger or Niger Trigger (can't decide if I want to forgo possible inverts for these guys)

Smaller Fish
This is where I'm not 100% sure what I want to do. A group of Anthias would be cool, but they seem to be harder to keep. A verity of wrasse could work as well.

Since the trigger and wrasse are know to go after CUC, I'd need to figure out some other tank cleaners if I got those guys.

What do all of you think for smaller fishes for my tank?
Smaller fish, I love the wrasses and would definitely include them.

Build is really coming along very nicely, great detail, clear pictures, shame on Planet for such delays and especially poor communication. Enjoyed the strip painting tips, looks real good. Oh thanks for Scheels Tank pictures, my son lives in Colorado Springs so I get out there periodically.
 
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I'm making progress on the dray wall. I've got all the joints taped and mudded with at least one coat of mud. The outside lower joints have two on them. I know now why I did not become a professional dry-waller.... cause I suck at it!





I'm not planning painting the outside as the rest of the garage is not painted. I am going to be painting the inside however. Also got my lights installed in the fish room. They are connected to a smart outlet and motion detector. No need to run wiring for a light switch (but I still have to wire a plug over on that wall to plug them and my room fan and RODI pumps into). It also means I don't have to turn a light on when I'm carrying something in there. I have it programed to turn off 15 minutes after it stops sensing motion. That way it does not turn off if I'm stationary in there while working on something.

I did drive up north to pick up my skimmer and temporary sump from Chris Brown over the weekend (Thanks for everything Chris, it was nice meeting you!). No pics of the sump, but here is the beat of a skimmer:



My plans are to finish mudding and sanding the walls this week and hopefully get the fish room painted this weekend. I need to start getting things inside of it so I can straighten up the garage some!
Love the protein skimmer picture, are you sure it doesn’t car seat?
 
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Smaller fish, I love the wrasses and would definitely include them.

Build is really coming along very nicely, great detail, clear pictures, shame on Planet for such delays and especially poor communication. Enjoyed the strip painting tips, looks real good. Oh thanks for Scheels Tank pictures, my son lives in Colorado Springs so I get out there periodically.
Thanks. I've been looking at several different wrasses and will probably have a few of those. The Planet delays and communication sucked, but the tank looks good. Even with the suckyness, they still make a nice tank for the price.

Each time I go back to Scheels, I find fish I did not see the last time I was there. One of these days I'm going to go at opening time on a weekday with my big camera and try to get some better pics of some of the fish. If you are ever in the Springs and want to talk tanks, let me know.
 
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This weekend turned out to be pretty productive.

I installed my temp/humidity controlled fan and ran the wiring for it. The big connector coming out of the head unit goes to the fan. It controls the fan as well as feeds power to the head unit. If you have a second fan (I have one sitting on the shelf to see if I'll need it), you can plug it into this same head unit and control them both from it if you are running the same settings. The smaller connector goes to the remote temp prob. The fan cable is super long, but the temp prob cable could have been longer. Better yet, they should have all been ran over Bluetooth so that no wires were needed at all. Otherwise, I really like the whole system and it works really well. The really test for the fan will be when I have the sump all setup and running in that small room.


I also did some other light cable management while I was messing with the fan.


I did not care of the exposed rough lumber on the stand, so I skinned it in some cabinet grade baltic birch plywood.


The top of the stand was also made from the same type of wood.


I left a lip on the stand top so that if there is a major spill, it should not work its way back under the stand. I'm going to be storing stuff, mainly boxes of salt, under there and did not want them getting wet.


I had hoped to just paint this stand white and put some caulking between the wood and walls, but the walls are slightly out of square and the left too big of gaps to do that.


Using the same plywood as the stand, I cut a few strips to width and then ran them though the router to make some trim pieces.


These did the trick to close up the gaps.




Instead of just white paint, I decided to coat the stand in white Flex Seal. Even though the can says it will cover 37 square feet, I needed slightly more than one can to cover my 29 square foot stand (I guess the trim and skirt pushed me over the coverage amount).


I had to do more taping and "painting". I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about the Flex Seal. It was a real pain to paint on as it is super thick. I used a brush to do the trim and it would either not go on with enough coverage or it was too heavy and wanted to run. Using a roller for the stand top and skirt was much better, but still a pain compared to regular paint.


The other draw back to Flex Seal is the drying time. It takes 24-48 hours for it to dry, a fact that my son tested out for me. Doh!
 
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The other big step this weekend was actually getting the tank!

The U-Haul truck worked out really well and the lift table that Chris at Reef Koi let me barrow made things super easy.




Several of my buddies from work helped me get it unloaded an into my garage where it will sit until I get the sand built. Below are some quick phone pics of it. I'll try and break out the big camera and get some better shots of some of the details this week.














 
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Wow, that is huge.
Looks like a quality piece

Thanks. Some of my co-workers helped me move it into the garage and they could not believe how big it was. Most people don't have a clue how big of an aquarium you can get.

Tank looks fantastic!

Thank you, I'm pretty happy with it.
 
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Pretty happy with it.....? What do you not like about it?
Sorry, that was probably not worded very well. I am happy with it. I inspected it for scratches in the glass and obvious seam issues, but I have not really inspected how clean of lines the silicon has. I was pleasantly surprised with how the euro bracing on the top was done.

I'll be able to give better feedback once I have it filled with water and the overflow plumbed in.
 

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Sorry, that was probably not worded very well. I am happy with it. I inspected it for scratches in the glass and obvious seam issues, but I have not really inspected how clean of lines the silicon has. I was pleasantly surprised with how the euro bracing on the top was done.

I'll be able to give better feedback once I have it filled with water and the overflow plumbed in.
Based on the pictures, I agree and really liked how the euro bracing turned out. Will make for an awesome DT.
 
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