Miracles Do Happen! Bill's (Sawcjack00) 460 Gallon Custom Miracles Aquarium Build!

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Awesome tank! I just ordered the baby version of yours, nearly identical, but only a tiny 300g. I was looking for photos of notched overflows to make sure the builder knows exactly what I want and I found it on the first page of your thread here. what are the dims of the notch 1"x24" ?
 
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Awesome tank! I just ordered the baby version of yours, nearly identical, but only a tiny 300g. I was looking for photos of notched overflows to make sure the builder knows exactly what I want and I found it on the first page of your thread here. what are the dims of the notch 1"x24" ?
Thank you. You will love the tank. The quality is amazing! My weir is 27" long with 1" notches.
 

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I apologize for the lack of updates, but it is for your own good. This is a real world exercise in learning patience which is the key to reef keeping :) The tank has now been running for 7 months and I still haven't moved most of my corals and some of my fish into it LOL.

So continuing with our story. You can see my lighting rig in the pic below
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I used 80/20 T-slot aluminum to create the frame. There are 4 36" Aquatic Life Hybrid fixtures each of which hold 4 ATI Blue+ T-5 bulbs, 2 Radion XR30 G4 Pros with diffusers, and 1 Radion XR15 G4 Pro with diffuser (the last 2 XR15's haven't been installed yet as they are still on my Red Sea tank). The light rack is on an automatic Kayak lift so I can raise and lower it using my phone. This pic also shows the final piece of the aquascape ready to go in.



Hi Bill, this is a lot of lighting. I assume that you do not run your radions at 100% and the numerous fixtures are for even spread.

What do you like to keep the PARs for your acros on average? You obviously do a lot of things right so want to learn from the master.
 
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Hi Bill, this is a lot of lighting. I assume that you do not run your radions at 100% and the numerous fixtures are for even spread.

What do you like to keep the PARs for your acros on average? You obviously do a lot of things right so want to learn from the master.
Hey Van, Actually I do run them pretty high but I have diffusers on them. Right now they are at 80% but I will probably slowly increase that as I get everything moved over. This tank is 30" tall so the PAR ranges from around 450 at the top to 200 on the sand right now. I also still have 2 more XR15's to add. I generally keep most of my mother colonies in 400-500 PAR.
 

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Looks fantastic.

Hey Bill, when you get a chance- could you possibly shoot a short video showing what is holding up your lights, with the kayak lift? I have a couple of pieces of bent 1" conduit bolted to the wall over my 200 peninsula; and while it doesn't looks as bad as it sounds it sure is a hassle to change the T5s.

edit- it occurs to me that you probably just have it hanging from the ceiling- so, nevermind :)
I have a 15 foot sloping ceiling over mine which makes it difficult
 
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Looks fantastic.

Hey Bill, when you get a chance- could you possibly shoot a short video showing what is holding up your lights, with the kayak lift? I have a couple of pieces of bent 1" conduit bolted to the wall over my 200 peninsula; and while it doesn't looks as bad as it sounds it sure is a hassle to change the T5s.

edit- it occurs to me that you probably just have it hanging from the ceiling- so, nevermind :)
I have a 15 foot sloping ceiling over mine which makes it difficult
Hey Dan, you're correct it is mounted on the ceiling. This is the lift I use https://garagesmart.com/collections/all/products/universal-xl-hd
 

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Hey Van, Actually I do run them pretty high but I have diffusers on them. Right now they are at 80% but I will probably slowly increase that as I get everything moved over. This tank is 30" tall so the PAR ranges from around 450 at the top to 200 on the sand right now. I also still have 2 more XR15's to add. I generally keep most of my mother colonies in 400-500 PAR.
Thanx Bill. It is always good to learn what the Acro whisperers do. It is refreshing to hear straight answers from those who get results.

Too often, I hear it can be anywhere from X to Y and all tanks are different. These answers are totally useless, and I wonder why some people even post them.

I will be applying this knowledge to my new builds. Your values might or might not work for my own tank(s), but it is a great baseline to start.
 
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Thanx Bill. It is always good to learn what the Acro whispers do. It is refreshing to hear straight answers from those who get results.

Too often, I hear it can be anywhere from X to Y and all tanks are different. These answers are totally useless, and I wonder why some people even post them.

I will be applying this knowledge to my new builds. Your values might or might not work for my own tank(s), but it is a great baseline to start.
Thanks for the kind words Van! I'm always happy to help where I can.
 
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I'm going to switch from posting in my Red Sea 750 thread to posting in this one now that I have moved some of the coral over. Here's an update on my RRC Rainbow Splice:

Mommy:
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Baby going into the 460 very soon:

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This build is just fantastic! Definitely something I think as a whole we all strive to achieve. Impressive, keep up the great work Bill !!
Thank you very much for the kind words!
 
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Wow. Nice. Another dream frag.
Tyree Purple Monster has always been one of my favorites. Back in the early part of the century :) I had a softball sized colony, but I sold it when we moved from MN to FL. I don't have many pictures from back then, but here is one when it was much smaller than it ended up being:

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