Fin's Reef Savvy 125

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  1. justingraham

    justingraham Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member Partner Member 2018

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    Awesome sauce

    So u got the same tank as u had? U didn’t want to go bigger? And I’m guessing because the tank was eleven plus years old that’s why u got it replaced with a reef savvy?

    I’m sorry if u explained this already I read a lot of build threads
     
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    Beautiful cabinet! I have my own 9 month old build thread with a dry tank to show for it - I feel your pain man ;)
     
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  3. Fin

    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    No, I had a 140. I wanted a slightly shorter tank, so I ordered a 48" x 24" x 25" - or a 125. Other issues with the 140 are that it had a HUGE glass center brace and the two large Mega-Flow overflows inside the tank. The Reef Savvy is shorter, has a low profile Ghost Overflow and is Euro-braced, so no center brace. There will also be more room inside the tank, without those big overflows.
     
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  4. Fin

    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    I ran across this MinWax product on their web site and it sounds like this would be right up my ally - PolyShades. One step stain and polyurethane. Is this the product you were referring to as "Minwax urethane stain." Sand lightly with #220 sandpaper and apply over the existing finish. No stripping of the old polyurethane finish, other than roughing up the existing coated finish. Sounds too easy, but I think this is what I will try, in a darker color than what I have. Our other furniture has changed since I got the stand. After taking another long look at the stand, I would sure hate to lose that woodgrain.

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    Yup, that's the stuff. Home Depot has a pretty good selection. When applying you can use either a foam brush or a regular brush though I feel a regular brush does a better job. You can even roll and tip it if you are feeling a little OCD on project day ;)
     
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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Thanks. I might need clarification on “roll and tip it.” Ha!
     
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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    A little more work on refurbishing the stand this weekend. I bought some of the MinWax PolyShades and thought I was just going to scuff the surface and start staining. Nope. First couple of passes with the 220 paper on a hand-held sanding block went past the top coat and stain to bright wood. Very thin coat of each, apparently. So, realizing that I was going to go down to wood all over the place, even with light sanding, I decided to take off as much as I could. It will take a little more time, but I hope it will give me a better finish. I went with a darker "Honey" color stain. Going to paint the inside of the stand with a semi-gloss white and the back with a semi-gloss black (to match the back of the tank). There was no finish on the back originally and the interior just had a sealer sprayed over the natural wood. I like the clean look of the white on the interior. The sump is white and blue acrylic and plumbing will be blue pvc. Anyway, some progress - finally.

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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    A little more done this weekend - in between chores and watching LSU & the Saints. :)

    Drilled two holes in the sides of the stand for ventilation fans and got the first coat of Polyshades on. I will look at it better when I get home this afternoon, but I may be ok with the one coat. If so, I will then paint the back of the stand with black satin latex and the interior with the white satin latex. Still have to do the doors.

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  9. Fin

    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Something a little more interesting. Finishing up on the stand and started playing around with trial fitting some components...

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    NIce build
     
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  12. Fin

    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Thanks!
     
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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    A little more tinkering and dry fitting my manifold. Still missing some pieces. Some components are behind the tank, so that is why some of the outlets are turned around backwards. Probably won't be the final version.

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    Love that blue/white combo!
     
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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Thanks. Hopefully I will be making more progress on this now. Been procrastinating on this way too long. My priorities took a substantial reshuffle right after I ordered this tank and it got put on the back burner for quite some time. But, one needs to have time for the fun stuff too. So, at least I am moving forward.
     
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    Honestly I quite enjoy a slow methodical build. I leave my plumbing dri-fit for a couple of weeks at least and fiddle with it and redo it multiple times. People in the local reef club just roll their eyes at me ...
     
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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Oh yeah, I get quite a bit of ribbing from the "is it wet yet" crowd. :)
     
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    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Finally off of the freakin' floor! We have liftoff! Ha! Methodically moving forward at a snail's pace...

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    Really beautiful work!
     
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  20. Fin

    Fin Let the Fin Begin! R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Thanks, I do appreciate it. Now if I can plumb it without any leaks. Fingers crossed.

    One other thing that I did last weekend was to start on my rack for my 29 gallon ATO reservoir and refugium. Built it with EZ-Tube and fittings. My tank sits at a diagonal in one corner of my living room and I made a bit of room behind the tank, big enough to walk behind the tank and be able to easily put my hands on any equipment.


    The 20 gallon display refugium may eventually morph into a frag tank - if I am ever able to have anything to frag. :)

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    The 20 gallon refugium may eventually morph into a frag tank - if I am ever able to have anything to frag. :)
     
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