kirk_m

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About kirk_m

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  1. Weedy scorpion fish

    Last pic is POTM worthy!
  2. Kirk_M's 120 gallon

    Well, things didn't work out. Planet Aquarium messed up the tank design, and put two overflows. The stand was built correctly with one overflow cutout, on the left, as specified, but, the right side of the stand was designed to be a dry compartment, so, no overflow was to be used there. Tank arrived with overflows on both sides. What little look I got at the tank itself, the silicone work looked shoddy. They also left the back of the stand open, where I specified I wanted it closed. Back on the truck to Texas, for another six weeks for another tank to be built. Sigh. I'm also appalled by the lightweight build of the stand. My 120 gallon's stand probably weighs 3 times as much, is made of double laminated 3/4" oak plywood (so 1.5" thick on all sides), has five double laminated 3/4" (1.5" total thickness each) joists running from side to side (on both the bottom and the top of the stand), and is ROCK SOLID LEVEL and no twisting occurs when lateral pressure is put on it. This stand, which is supporting a tank that is twice the size is only made of 3/4" ply with three to four 2x4 braces put in there randomly to give support. It's not level and rocks on the floor (the floor is 100% level as checked with a six foot level by me yesterday before delivery) requiring the use of shims, and, if I stand on top if it, and sway back and forth, the stand sways along with me. I can only imagine the same would occur if a wave is being generated inside the tank via Vortechs. I am sure this is because they did NOT close the back of the stand (combined with what I think is really substandard material thickness and bracing).
  3. Tried many of a nano/pico, etc. Never had any luck with systems that small.
  4. Kirk_M's 120 gallon

    Recently, bad. This might wind up being a fish only system shortly
  5. Kirk_M's 120 gallon

    Got word the other day that delivery will be next Thursday, the 28th, at some time in the early afternoon.
  6. Natural Reefkeeping

    Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the board!
  7. Finally made it here from LARC

    Welcome! Glad to hear the good news about your son!
  8. Yes, they are. Some have recovered, some have died, but, overall, things are doing alright...and unfortunately, the aiptasia has gone into overdrive, as well!
  9. House is built...been living in it a month now... Original plans had a fish room, but, it added too much square footage to the house == a LOT more money since contractors charge by the square foot.
  10. SHOULD be able to go, if I am feeling better by then.
  11. Well, the problem is, I don't have a dedicated fish room, so, a plywood tank isn't really going to work if it can't be put in wall. I don't want to see the plywood frame around the window glass on three sides
  12. Upgrade Alert..Bobby's(Saldarya) Old Tank

    Looking good, Derron!
  13. My First Build 75g

    What he said...
  14. Pickin up the pieces(300 build)

    Jordan, What kind of rock is is that? It looks like pocillapora, and I've only seen that stuff in use one other place before now, and the guy said he had it for almost 10 years.
  15. Kirk_M's 120 gallon

    Hahah...that's a picture for the ages with Coffey wearing the man-capris and rocking a man-bun.