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R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Broadfield - March 2017

I first want to introduce myself. My name is Toby Broadfield and I am from Normal, Illinois. My overall goal for this setup was to be ultra...
  1. kattz

    kattz Old surfer dude... R2R Supporter

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    As an engineer as well as an aquarium enthusiast, I must say that your tank tops all but one in my history of membership both here and at the "place that reefs centrally". Beautifully done, perfect finish, and the aquascape/livestock selection is most excellent. Very balanced presentation.

    You get a 9.9 from the East German judge...:p

    Well done!

    Kev
     
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    I can't stop drooling, and I hope one day to have a tank like that in my place!
     
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  3. Broadfield

    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Hahaha, well that means a lot Kev! I appreciate you taking the time to read the article and properly judge it. I appreciate you not giving me a 10.0... I now have something to work for lol.
     
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    talh Active Member R2R Supporter

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    @Broadfield Awesome job. I live just up I-39 from you in little old Minonk, Illinois. I started my small 40 gallon FOWLR setup about 18 months ago and have struggled quite a bit trying to convert to a reef tank which is why I've joined this forum. This inspires me to really start to learn and get it done.
     
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    Bob E Active Member Partner Member 2019

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    This is one of the nicest tanks from top to bottom, inside and out. I don’t remember who quoted this - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.

    Broadfield fits this quote perfectly. Well done trying to achieve greatness
     
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    jwshiver Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Impressive!!!! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. Job well done sir.
     
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    my favorite tank and the one that inspired me to hop back into the hobby and get a Red Sea Reefer.
     
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  8. Broadfield

    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Sweet, maybe we can hook up some time!?! If you are ever in B/N, I would be more than happy to let you check out the setup.

    Thank you!... I like that quote.

    Thanks!

    I'm honored that you think that highly of it... thanks!
     
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    I found this build after R2R posted a congrats link on FB - first thing I thought of when I saw the pics was one of our home club reefers here in MN.

    Imagine my delight when you gave him some accolades : )

    http://www.tcmas.org/v4/forums/showthread.php?53891-Chris-Elos-160

    Beautiful tank sir - well done and this award is well deserved!!!!

    Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Amazing! How did you get that iPad display setup?

    What program is it running, what is it connected to, etc?

    I'm new to the Apex world and I'm using the newest model with Fusion as my iOS application and would love a stationary display like yours.
     
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    Who took the photos??? Best I've ever seen!!! I'd like to share but won't till I know who to give credit too!!
     
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    Oh, and your tank is amazing!!!
     
  13. Broadfield

    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Well thank you! Chris's tank is still my all time favorite. I hope one day mine will look as nice as his. He's also a better photographer than me... I have some work to do lol.

    It's actually very simple. Just use the "AquaController Apex" app. Once you are connected, click on the little heartbeat looking icon in the upper right corner of the app... done! FWIW, I use Fusion for everything else.

    I took the photos myself (Toby Broadfield).... thanks!
     
  14. GoVols

    GoVols Cobb / Webb - 1989 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Toby,
    Congrats on your spotlight. It is well deserved and your "reefer" is one of a kind. (Star Wars but in the most classiest way)
    Your for-site and craftsmanship is second to none and I was so exited when you pulled the trigger on the spectra.
    I know you will continue to impress us in the future with more builds and I can't imagine where you go from here but I know it will be exciting to watch your mind and craftsmanship come together again.

    Regards, Freddie
     
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    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks Freddie, it really means a lot coming from you!
     
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    Beautiful tank. Makes me consider getting a Red Sea tank. Did you have the sump custom made? What are the dimensions?
     
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    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you very much! The sump is not custom per say. It's simply a standard @Elite-Aquatics RS-33 layout, but flipped left-to-right. I did have Tyler at Elite bring in some orange acrylic to go with my theme. Then I modified the top plate of the sump so the two Red Sea drains would fit correctly.
     
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    Well deserved
     
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    Shout Out to Toby! Awesome build with forward innovative design. Thanks for your help and feedback.
    Check out his classic seamless gauges on his website for you auto enthusiasts looking to take your auto builds to another level.

    http://www.broadfieldcustoms.com/
     
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    This is an inspiration in so many ways... what an amazing tank/project! I'm planning a 93 cube and this will make me rethink some of my planning now...

    Just awesome. ;Spiderman
     
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