Turtle's Fairy Tale

Discussion in 'Cube Aquariums' started by Robin Haselden, May 9, 2018.

  1. Robin Haselden

    Robin Haselden Turtle R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Well I did it, I finally bought the tank I've wanted for the better part of a year. It gets delivered today, so I don't have any pictures for you but I can tell you what it is. The tank is a SCA 90 gallon "cube," 36"x24"x24". It's made from 1/2" Starfire glass, and I got the 36" tall wood cabinet with it stained in "American Gray." You may be able to tell from the title, but the focus with this tank will be fairy wrasse, and other wrasse. We're hoping to be SPS dominant also.
     

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    Robin Haselden Turtle R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    First FTS 5-11-18

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    FTS 5-26-18 (Kessil only 35c/100i)

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    7-3-18 (starting over after tank failure)

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    7-22-18

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    8-28-18

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    10-25-18

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    12-31-18

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    Robin Haselden Turtle R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Equipment list

    Tank:
    SCA 90 gallon cube, 36"x24"x24"
    Sump: Trigger Systems Sapphire Cube 20
    Return: Jebao DCT6000
    Skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve 5
    Flow: Icecap 1K Gyre, Jebao PP-8, SW4
    Lighting: Kessil A160WE x3, Aquatic Life 36" T5 Hybrid with 4 ATI True Actinic bulbs
    Refuge Light: Kessil H80
    ATO: Tunze Osmolator, BioTec 5g tote

    Rock, Sand, Ect.

    40lbs CaribSea Life Rock branches (some in refugium)
    20lbs CaribSea Liferock Shapes
    40lbs CaribSea Ocean Direct live sand
    6lbs Fiji mud (in refugium)
    Chaeto macro algae

    Livestock

    Wrasse

    Dusky Fairy Cirrhilabrus brunneus
    McCosker's Flasher Paracheilinus mccoskeri
    Melanarus Halichores melanarus
    Leopard Macropharyngodon meleagris
    Black Leopard Macropharyngodon negrosensis
    Tangs
    Tomini Ctenochaetus tominiensis
    Clownfish
    Darwin ocellaris Ampiphiron ocellaris (pair)
    Damsels
    Sapphire damsel Chrysiptera springeri
     
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    Congratulations, looking forward to seeing pictures :)
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Robin Haselden Turtle R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Its here!

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    Fudsey Jack of all trades R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor NHFS Member

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    Oh so here's where you went... :)

    You know I'm going to stalk...er.... follow you on this one tooo :)
     
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    Hehe. Joining the fun
     
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    Congrats! Keep the pics coming
     
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    I think I seen that other guy buying snacks and alcohol at the ABC store.... He better get back here soon, I need a drink.

    ;) ;)
     
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    Alright guys, had to call in late to work to wait on the delivery driver... who was two and a half hours late. Got to work an hour after official starting time, but about two hours after my normal time getting here. :mad:

    Anyway, I've checked my equipment and the plant is running fine... so here are some pics of the tank and the stand.

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    Arm pits are going to get wet with this tank :)
     
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    I'm 5'8" first thing in the morning when I wake up, or afternoon depends on my schedule... The top rim of the tank is going to sit at 60"... that is only 8" shorter than I am. Arm pits and shoulders are going to get wet with this tank. Might need a snorkel.

    #shortpeopleproblems
     
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    That’ll be fun. Congrats n new tank. How much of the deep blue is transferring over. When are snacks are being served.
     
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    As far as inside the tank, everything but the sand... I'm either using the dry aragonite, or the straight from the real ocean floor sand @Fudsey showed us. I'm almost sure I've changed my mind and going with the ocean sand. It's got real ocean bacteria... That stuff can't be replaced.
     
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    Agree the more biodiversity the better.
     
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    Exciting times! I like that color stain too.
     
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    Following! I just came across that ocean direct sand yesterday. I’m curious about it too! Seems like a great chance to get that bio filter cranked.
     
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    Now I know where Turtle is going
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    Alright guys, a co-worker that lives close by offered to help move the tank inside. Its heavier than I thought, but easily manageable for a 32.5 and a 40 year old, lol.

    We set it in front of the fireplace, my 35g cube is still where this tank will go and I doubt I'll need the fireplace in 90° SC heat.

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    So, 60" is about 2" over my shoulder. Yay we need a step ladder to do anything in the tank!
     
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