New 180 Build - Mini Coop's Dream Tank

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  1. Mini Coop

    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thank you so much. As everyone has said - there are so many opinions in this hobby. But some people can be nasty. Luckily most everyone here has been wonderful and I’ve inly run into a couple of not so nice people.
     

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    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Haha. Especially when you are 5 ft 1. Haha. I can’t reach much. Lol. It’s on my list to purchase a second one for the basement to get into QT tanks and the first section of the sump!
     
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    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Right!?!? I thought it was so funny when I ordered my silicone pad for the return pump and it literally had a kitchen supplies tag on it. . But it works wonders!
     
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    Fin Is it wet yet? R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    They sell a whole lot of the Oxo brand kitchen utensils. I think it is the same stuff you can get at Bed, Bath and Beyond. :)
     
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    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Ah! Good to know! I have a $200 gift card there for Christmas and was upset that I couldn’t use it on fish stuff. Lol. Apparently I can!!
     
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    Victoria M Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    lol
     
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    I'm 6' 2" and it's still essential equipment to help to reach the bottom of a 30" tall tank. Though my 15 year old son is almost as tall and already has longer arms ....... ASSISTANT lol
     
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    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    My arms are SO dry!!!!
     
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    Victoria M Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Ouch! I got nuthin about about not securing them. I plan to make secure pieces but not all secured together.
     
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    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Already got my lust from John at reefcleaners. I’ll be ordering in the next week or so.

    Got my epoxy out! It wasn’t so bad! Cured under water nicely! Center section complete! And sand in! Letting the dust settle for a bit. Then we will fill the tank the rest of the way (water is already mixed) and hopefully have enough to cycle through the sump. I’m sure I’ll have to play with flow, but really excited.

    Hoping to filter a little of the dust out through folter socks. But letting most of it settle. Took me 4 days to get rocks and sand in. Taking it SLOW. . And then slower.

    Pardon me. Haven’t showered yet. Been working on the tank and took all Christmas decorations down today! Productive day!
     
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    Victoria M Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Jenna, we might be soul mates...ya know like friend soul mates. loves marine aquariums, and if the mickey on your PJs are a sign you love Disney, then we are all set...soul mates. lol. If not soul mates, how do you feel about having a stalker?
     
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    Mini Coop Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Ummmm . . . yeah. We are disney freaks! :) We LOVE disney. My husband and I actually did a disney cruise for our honeymoon!
    Soul Mates it is . . . or stalker - I will take either one. :)
     
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    EEEEEEKKKK!!!! I am so freaking excited!!!!! First - organizing the fish room downstairs - holy crap - there is stuff EVERYWHERE!! The rocks for the sump have been curing for 1.5 weeks - today I changed their water to clean RODI water and rinsed them in RODI before putting them in the new bin. I will probably repeat this process 2-3 more times before it goes in.
    - test kits and some equipment are in containers
    - tank filled all the WAY!!! Need to mix one more trough to have enough water!!!! It is filling now!
    - Sand is settling and things are looking good!

    The main tank room is a disaster - this is AFTER I have been cleaning up and organizing all morning.
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    FULL TANK!!!!!
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    WATER IN THE SUMP!!!!!!
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    ANNNNDDDDD - we have FISHIES!!! UPS delivered my shipment first thing so that the fish were on the truck as little as possible!! I ended up having to RAISE the salinity - they came at 1.027!!! Floated for about 25 minutes, got salinity matched, poured them into a bucket over the strainer, and in they went!!
    The bag with one of the goby's and her shrimp was the one i eded up opening first to get water out of - - - they send a bag of just water, but didn't mark it. . . lol. I taped it up like was said to do, so was hoping the ammonia didn't spike from air exposure. Got my bonded cardinals too!! Hoping to just QT for observation so I don't break the bond with the goby's and the shrimp, but we will see how things go!

    I am an idiot and also dropped the bag with the goby and shrimp!!! :eek: Slipped right out of my hand!! Watching her VERY closely for injury, but so far she has been perfectly happy! They are all swimming around and peachy!! The last thing I have to do is to go my in-laws, where my 120 is to get food!! HAHAHA! I have pellets, but kinda forgot about needing food - DUH! I have LRS reef frenzy and mysis. Anything else that the gobys or shrimp need? These are new to me.

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    Sorry - terrible light in the basement!
     
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    Victoria M Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    WooHoo! This is such an exciting phase of set up. Super stressful too. Keeping an eye on things always gets hairy when a treatment has to start. But I love it!

    We are Disney Freaks. We have been to Disney as a family many times. Also we went sans children for our 20th anniversary in 2016. No shame at all. I don't even hafta talk my husband into it. While planning he would say he did not want to go to an all inclusive. He wanted to go to our happy place and see the mouse. We also chaperoned the band last spring when they marched down Main Street.
     
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    Victoria M Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Look at those cardinals. So cute! They are on my list too.
     
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    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I like it
     
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    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Great progress!!
     
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    Fudsey Jack of all trades R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Looking good Coop ! ! Is it all right if I call you Coop? :)

    Even got the Hubby involved too?
     
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