d2mini's "Essential Focus" Mixed Reef Build

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  1. dantimdad

    dantimdad Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor North Alabama Reef Club

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    Uhm, wow! Great kitchen. Can't believe you are getting out of reefing. I will say planted tanks are very rewarding and beautiful.

    I have done many over the years.

    Good luck!
     

  2. Victoria M

    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    That kitchen is beautiful. Very modern, perfectly balanced textures and color. Not at all surprised with the eye you and your wife both enjoy for that sort of thing. Row and rows of drawers? Filled with jealousy. Drawers are the way to go!
     
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  3. BantyRooster97

    BantyRooster97 Well-Known Member

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    Like I said in our local forum, hate to see you go! Stickboy97
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2019

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    It's been great seeing your amazing tanks! But...I know the struggle...I had always done planted tanks for years before switching. Over the past 2-3 yrs during struggles with my tanks have wondered if I should switch back over. They do have their challenges but can be as amazing as reef tanks.
     
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  5. kschweer

    kschweer Zoas!!! Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019 NJRC Member Hospitality Award

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    Sorry to hear this but I can totally understand. I say you start a build thread here as well as a planted forum. I know I would love to follow along. I love a nice planted aquarium and if anything he can pull it off I think you can.

    Any plans as far as size yet?
     
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    tripdad Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Thanks for everything Dennis! I have truly enjoyed your journies!
     
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  7. Brew12

    Brew12 Electrical Gru Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor North Alabama Reef Club

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    Oh.. well it's all good then. Can't wait to see what you do with the planted tank. Hope you keep documenting it on this thread. We'll tell Daniel and Rev that you are dealing with an algae outbreak if they raise any objections. ;)
     
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    najer Valuable Member

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    Thanks, enjoy your new challenge! Kitchen looks great. :)
     
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  9. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Thanks! And yes... drawers rock. :) We went from not enough storage to more than we know what to do with. You don't realize how tall those side cabinets are!! And that's on top of all the drawers. lol
    We'll be storing a lot of non-kitchen stuff up high, things we don't need to access often! haha

    Ideally I wanted a 5' tank but that size is hard to come by in a non-reef tank. I want rimless with clear silicone.
    Looks like I'll have to settle for 47x23" which is the same length I have now, it just won't have the depth of my Elos.
    The next size up is 72" or so and that's a little too long for the space I have.

    LOL!!!! :D
     
  10. Indiana Reefin

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    I really hate to see you take a break Dennis. But sometimes taking a break from a reef tank is a good thing. You will be back. There will be new technologies that you won’t be able to resist. Hats off to your success in this wonderful hobby. Good luck in freshwater planted. I have always loved a planted tank with a ton neon tetras and discus
     
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  11. jporter17

    jporter17 Active Member AZ FRAG Member

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    WOW, the kitchen should be in Better Homes and Gardens. Great job! Will miss your tank updates and hope the new endeavor is as successful for you. JP
     
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  12. Victoria M

    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Why not use a reef tank and hide every thing in a sump? I want to that for our axolotl tank.
     
  13. Victoria M

    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    And...what ever...you will be back. :).
     
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    I'm sad :(
     
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  15. Floyd R Turbo

    Floyd R Turbo Super Duper Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor Toys For Kids Sponsor 2018 Article Contributor

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    You'll be back. They all come back
     
  16. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I've gone back and forth on this.
    For one, I'd prefer clear silicone for planted. Pretty much every reef ready tank is black.
    And two, I don't want an overflow in the way. Elos has the tiny corner overflows but black silicone.

    So I'm looking at Ultum Nature Systems...
    ADG carries these and makes their own custom stands for them.
    http://ultumnaturesystems.com/rimless-glass-tanks/
     
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  17. chefjpaul

    chefjpaul Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor

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    As a chef.... i definitely approve!

    Same quartz as I put in my kitchen.
     
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    VJV Valuable Member

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    Please don’t go .

    You have been an inspiration for me ever since I started the reefing addiction. House looks amazing and I am sure in a few years planted tank people will be saying “I am going to build a d2mini style planted tank”.

    Best of luck!
     
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