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This is for all those contests that need an entry into a build thread.
Disclaimer: I didn't take a lot of pictures but do have a few. I did most of my planning using SketchUp so I'm just going to use a lot of screen shots from the planning stages with a few pics thrown in. Also, because this is for the contests, entries will be rather sketchy and drawn out (pun intended). :rolleyes:;Playful
(Time to go enter contest #1 o_O)
 
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Just a little background as to how/why this tank came about. Pre first wife, kids, taking my career seriously and all the other challenges life throws at a person, I can always remember having some kind of fish in the house. Be it a goldfish in a bowl, a metal rimmed guppy tank with a corner air driven floss filter, one of those "new fangled" acrylic tanks with an under gravel filter, a saltwater FOWLR with trickle filter and bleached corals, a real reef tank, to a temperate temperature tank self stocked with local critters. But like so many others, my passion had to take a back seat to life's other pressing matters. So, as surviving past retirement age started becoming a real possibility, I began contemplating "rebooting" myself back into the hobby as a retirement activity. Now, I have a tendency to take my sweet **** time in planning stuff ("some people" call it procrastination:rolleyes:). My latest and greatest wife (also known as "some people") thought I was taking way too long. One year while vacationing in Las Vegas I expressed an interest to "some people" that I would like to go check out ....... (DOH, time for contest entry #2;Facepalm)
 
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(And now it's time for the dark and menacing horror movie music, at least in some peoples eyes. But not mine. Now, where was I? Oh yeah....)
....... ATM, you know, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, that "Tanked" show. Come on, admit it. You've watched it, I know you have. ;Playful (It's just a TV show, not total reality. Oh I can hear the haters now.:oops: Just joking around.) Anyhow, at this point I had been talking and planning about starting another reef for years but I tend to be a little slow (kind of like this thread:rolleyes:) about actually starting as I enjoy the planning stages. So when I mentioned about going there my wife said "Great, maybe now you can actually get a tank." I'm thinking yeah right, like we could actually fit one of those in our house. We live in So. Cal., not the Midwest,... on a farm,.... with plenty of acreage,.... and a barn,.... and a basement,.... and a huge rambling house,.... and...… Oh man, I'm so jealous of that.
So off we go to ATM. If you've ever been there then you'll understand when I say "What a Jungle". They have a whole menagerie going on in there including the owners. (Voice from self #1, "Just exactly what the heck does this have to do with your build"? Voice from self #2, "Nothing really, I'm just trying to make sure I have plenty of entries for the contest bonus entries, so don't interrupt me".) When we walked in it was between the regularly scheduled tours so at first we didn't see anyone. Then out from somewhere pops Brett. (I'll try speeding this up for you and self #1.) He asked me what I wanted to buy. I told him I had no room for tanks that big. He asked me what I had room for. I said I had only been looking for a 36" cube. He said "follow me, today's your lucky day".
He asked me which episode of his show was my favorite. Before I could think of an answer he asked if I had seen the show with Shaq. I said I may have it on TiVo but don't think I've watched it yet, why?
(Oh look at what time it is. Time for contest entry #3. How long do you think it's going to be before I put anything meaningful in here?:D)
 

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Just a little background as to how/why this tank came about. Pre first wife, kids, taking my career seriously and all the other challenges life throws at a person, I can always remember having some kind of fish in the house. Be it a goldfish in a bowl, a metal rimmed guppy tank with a corner air driven floss filter, one of those "new fangled" acrylic tanks with an under gravel filter, a saltwater FOWLR with trickle filter and bleached corals, a real reef tank, to a temperate temperature tank self stocked with local critters. But like so many others, my passion had to take a back seat to life's other pressing matters. So, as surviving past retirement age started becoming a real possibility, I began contemplating "rebooting" myself back into the hobby as a retirement activity. Now, I have a tendency to take my sweet **** time in planning stuff ("some people" call it procrastination:rolleyes:). My latest and greatest wife (also known as "some people") thought I was taking way too long. One year while vacationing in Las Vegas I expressed an interest to "some people" that I would like to go check out ....... (DOH, time for contest entry #2;Facepalm)
I love las Vegas, it's where I get all my best worst ideas ever.
 
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Oh Gawd, a "current" tank shot? Way too embarrassing. I've been letting it go "Darwinistic" (survival of the fittest) lately while I get NO3/PO4 and other issues back in order. Now if you could find a way of turning that $5.00 into 5 hours of tank time instead I'd take you up on it. :D But I'll work on it, free of charge.
 
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Okay @Rob.bucek , here you go. This is going to throw off the chronological timeline of my stupid little story but maybe that's a good thing. (Voice from self #1, GET ON WITH IT!) So the heck with embarrassment. Current state of my train wreck, I mean slice of the ocean. (anybody want some GSP? ;Joyful)
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My RBTA decided to go on a walkabout yesterday after staying front and center for 3 years, went right up to where the clownfish hang out but they still won't host with it (even though they were hosting with it when I bought it), my Foxface decided he liked the taste of the firework polyps so now they are behind the fishing line grid, the wife couldn't care less about any coral, she just wants more fish (as if 18 fish isn't enough), nitrates shot up to 160, couldn't figure out why until I retired and found the wife feeding the fish non stop because "they look hungry, every time I walk by the tank they want to be fed";Facepalm!! So between that and the pest control spraying poison into the sump, the EB832 dying, salinity gages being out of whack, Roomba smacking my feet while I type this, Blah Blah Blah... Well, you all know, the same basic stuff just about everyone goes through, yeah things got a little wonky. But I've been here before and know I can battle my way back.
Now the only contest open is for that $1,000.00 gift card from Reef Institute. Right now I think I'll just pass due to the state of stuff and let someone else win. (Like I was going to win anything:rolleyes:)
 

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