- Jan 15, 2019
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- South River, NJ
First tank, never had an aquarium, nor anyone I know minus a goldfish bowl. I've been interested in it for a long time and did some research here and there but now I finally decided to start. DYI projects are also something that are very enjoyable to do so this fits two bills.
-2x6s for the horizontals.
-2x4s for the verticals.
-the front has 3 layers of plywood (exterior layer was 1/4" slotted plywood, other 2 layers were just leftover plywood from other jobs. This was so I can have to doors be flush with the walls and have some thickness to the doors. This part was a real pain in the *** due to the tank dimensions being 48.5" long, thus the cabinet frame was 49" long and then add the extra 1/2" for the side plywood sides, so I had to extend the sheets for such a small amount. It is a lot to type out how i did the extension and offsets but if you are interested, let me know.
-the sides only used the 1/4 slotted plywood.
-trim on the top to cover the plywood edge
-pegboard for the back
-the stain isn't what I wanted but needed one to go with the rest of the house decor and flooring. American chestnut stain with spar urethane finish inside and outside the cabinet.
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-3 stage sump using a 29 gal tank
Stage 1 - Mechanical:
-Reef Octopus Skimmer classic 110 int
- 2 Heaters with an Inkbird monitor
Stage 2 - Biological: (Wish i had alot more space for this section, maybe in the future I will upgrade)
-chaeto is crazy good at getting rid of nutrients and algae in the DP. It is honestly pretty scary.
-pods that came with the chaeto, not sure what kind. Thank you to local reefer!
Stage 3 - Return:
-have some acrylic pieces on the baffle to hold a eggcrate, will put a filter pad
here to catch anything that tries to come out of the bio chamber
-Autoaqua smart ato micro
-Mag 7 Return Pump
-Don't think reactors are needed atm
-75 gal tank cracked during drilling (my fault for not checking both sides for tempered glass, one side wasn't and a few weeks later, I drilled on the other side...) but got a good deal on a used 90 gal predrilled from lfs.
-UPS was tested with some runs on the wavemaker, getting 7 hours of [email protected]
- fluvial sea marine 25000k LEDs
- 2 ATI t5 bulb for daytime lights
I got tan gravel and 100 lbs of rock, I'm very satisfied with the aquascape. Tank will be filled with macros and a few corals slowly over time.
Dragon wrasse (spring time)
- Longspine Urchin
- Mixed batch of snails, mostly trochus snails.
-Hatian Condi Anemone
-Rose bubbletip Anemone ( soon)
- 2 mangroves in the overflow.
- chaeto in the sump.
- attempting ulva in the sump, its alive but doesnt grow, might be the chaeto outcompeteting it.
- looking for shaving bushes.
- gracilaria in the display.
- halymania was attempted in the display, not sure if the urchin or fox ate it, chunks of it have disapeared over time till none was left.
-other red macros will be attempted, just hard to find some that won't get eaten.
- red montipora
- kenya tree
- zoa (looking to do a garden)
- cabbage leather
-not actively looking to add more atm, maybe if I come across one of interest or swapping. If I find a frogspawn, that might be it.
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