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My 300 Gallon Project Reborn...AGAIN... (PIC HEAVY)

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Wanting to see how those Vegas work out for you. Those will probably be my next purchase for my new build. You don't think the recommended spread AI states would work?

Well Joe, I'm really interested in an SPS/mixed reef so I'm concerned about coverage for the right stuff. Bobby mentioned swinging by with the PAR meter but I know LEDs throw a loop for a PAR meter. Despite the questionable coverage I think these lights are INSANE! The colors that come off of them is intense and variable. The cloud cover/lightning is definitely in the PIMP arena and I think they are a great addition for my tank's overall function so I will definitely add more if needed. Also... I have them oriented perpendicular to the front glass but according to AI that doesn't matter much since the output is nearly circular.

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Your tank being painted blue probably didn't help either. :) Looks great man awesome build. First time I've ever seen a tank built out of wood...or at least the first one I know about.

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Your tank being painted blue probably didn't help either. :) Looks great man awesome build. First time I've ever seen a tank built out of wood...or at least the first one I know about.

Benjy,

Thanks for the compliment! At times I wish my tank was painted black. I guess some day I'll refinish it or just have some friends help me build a larger one! If you ever want a big tank for low dollars then the plywood method is the way to go. If you've ever been to Coral Connection, George's big display is plywood. I remember being amazed by its construction back when I was in highschool. I'm not that old but if memory serves me correctly he built that tank in 1996-1997 and it has been there ever since. When done correctly, plywood and other alternative tanks like cement or concrete block will last much longer than a glass or acrylic one.

One day maybe I'll make a bigger one for now I want to fill this one up again :)

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I have been to Coral connection and had no idea that tank was plywood either. I learn something new everyday in this hobby, which is probably the main reason I stay so excited about it.

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I have been to Coral connection and had no idea that tank was plywood either. I learn something new everyday in this hobby, which is probably the main reason I stay so excited about it.

Did you know that the front panel is a highly polished, rare type of clear plywood as well?

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Did you know that I skinny dip in your tank when your in Metarie? :wavingblue:

Bwahaha EPIC COMEBACK!

Glad to see you back at it Sean!

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Did you know that I skinny dip in your tank when your in Metarie? :wavingblue:

Well, THAT explains the foul smell that has been emanating from it as of late...and to think, I thought it was skimmate.

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I give a whole new meaning to dosing and reactors for your tank.... Sorry for derailing your thread Sean...:( little humor's a good thing though :)

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This is too funny! By the way the tanks is awesome sean. Cant wait to see this thing stocked!

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Some use VODKA?!? Other's have been know to dose actual PISS to their tanks?!? I don't see why a little salty tea-bagging would hurt anything? Eww :tmi:

As for Kirk's acrylic idea... its a great idea but I have 4 CL bulkheads in the back of the tank and some rock already stacked up. I guess I'm just gonna have to wait until the blue is coraline coated again.

Tank update... I have a few corals and some fish coming in today :lol: :lol: :lol: A Blonde Naso Tang, Sohal Tang, Harlequin Tuskfish, 15 Threadfin Cardinals and 6 Vanderbilt Chromis!! Corals... Not so sure what I got? A few Aussie Acros, a couple of Trachy brains and maybe a Lord and Miccromussa. Hope everything settles in ok. The tank currently has 2 Blue Tangs and a troop of snails and crabs.

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Some use VODKA?!? Other's have been know to dose actual PISS to their tanks?!? I don't see why a little salty tea-bagging would hurt anything? Eww :tmi:

As for Kirk's acrylic idea... its a great idea but I have 4 CL bulkheads in the back of the tank and some rock already stacked up. I guess I'm just gonna have to wait until the blue is coraline coated again.

Tank update... I have a few corals and some fish coming in today :lol: :lol: :lol: A Blonde Naso Tang, Sohal Tang, Harlequin Tuskfish, 15 Threadfin Cardinals and 6 Vanderbilt Chromis!! Corals... Not so sure what I got? A few Aussie Acros, a couple of Trachy brains and maybe a Lord and Miccromussa. Hope everything settles in ok. The tank currently has 2 Blue Tangs and a troop of snails and crabs.

So much for taking it slow. LOL Post some pictures.Hope you get a male naso with streamers.

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So much for taking it slow. LOL Post some pictures.Hope you get a male naso with streamers.

I'm not really taking it slow with this stuff because the tank has been running with rock for 3 years lol These Tangs have done great and before my fall last summer I added a nice group. They met their deaths when the chiller went out a few days after my fall and I was laying in the hospital bed getting calls about the fish dying :( 1600 watts of Metal Halide in LumenArcs about 6 inches off the water in the summer time definitely did the trick.

New lights. New Chiller. New Dedication :) I ordered a smallish Naso and Sohal because I hear the larger Sohals are meanies?

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Sean. All we want to be are drooling all over this Mecca.. Lol. Just curious, what's your budget on this Master Piece?

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Can't wait until I'm finally well enough to head over to your shop and see it all running!

I'm ecstatic to hear that you're doing much better!!

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Sohals can be evil. And sneaky. Mine would casually swim near another fish, scalpel it out of nowhere, and swim off like nothing happened. It killed my Achilles based on the scalpel marks down its sides. You really had to watch it to see it in action, it is really sneaky.

Hope you have better luck with yours.

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Some use VODKA?!? Other's have been know to dose actual PISS to their tanks?!? I don't see why a little salty tea-bagging would hurt anything? Eww :tmi:

I didnt realize Jerry started dosing Piss and Honey already!

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I didnt realize Jerry started dosing Piss and Honey already!

I'm pretty sure he's been doing that for a while, he was just looking for some encouragement with all the questions at the last meet.

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A plywood tank. That's a first lol. That took some dedication. Sometimes I think I'd love to tackle a custom tank build but it's so much work.

Also it's funny how these hobbies intermingle sometimes, although you've managed to make your hobby for reptiles much more than that! I have an ex-boyfriend who had several ball pythons from you. I believe they were just the normal kind but had recessive axanthic genes (I'm just guessing) because he wanted to breed them. I've always wanted a piebald ball python. Maybe some day. Now though...the saltwater sucks up all my spare time lol. Can't wait to see what you do with this tank!

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A plywood tank. That's a first lol. That took some dedication. Sometimes I think I'd love to tackle a custom tank build but it's so much work.

Also it's funny how these hobbies intermingle sometimes, although you've managed to make your hobby for reptiles much more than that! I have an ex-boyfriend who had several ball pythons from you. I believe they were just the normal kind but had recessive axanthic genes (I'm just guessing) because he wanted to breed them. I've always wanted a piebald ball python. Maybe some day. Now though...the saltwater sucks up all my spare time lol. Can't wait to see what you do with this tank!

Plywood tanks are actually one of the oldest forms of custom large tanks. I first read about them in "The Marine Aquarium Handbook" & "The Marine Aquarium Reference Guide" by Martin Moe. I'm proud to say that they still adorn my bookshelf to this very day and taught me so much about the systems of the past and how to learn from simplicity. Before I was injured I was planning to build a very very large concrete tank which would have been a very new and different experience than working with wood. Maybe some day with the help of some dedicated friends I can realize my idea.

My interest in marine fish got me my first job in a pet shop when I was 14 then I found the reptile section to be very interesting and that has grown into my life's work. Please let me know when you are ready for that Piebald. They are much cheaper now and will continue to hold their current value.

Sohals can be evil. And sneaky. Mine would casually swim near another fish, scalpel it out of nowhere, and swim off like nothing happened. It killed my Achilles based on the scalpel marks down its sides. You really had to watch it to see it in action, it is really sneaky.

Hope you have better luck with yours.

110... The Sohal and Naso are very small... actually like 4" at most. I will be keeping a close eye on the Sohal though. I would have loved to buy these fish at 6-8" size but I wouldn't trust such a large Sohal. Thanks for the info though :)

Sean. All we want to be are drooling all over this Mecca.. Lol. Just curious, what's your budget on this Master Piece?

Jarhead... My first reef aquarium was a "Berlin" style set-up in a 20H gallon tank that I had a budget of $300.00 to complete with live rock and everything. It had standard fluorescent lamps, a Skilter filter and a couple of powerheads. I think after a few months of frustration and buckets of hair algae I found that my budget was shot when I needed better equipment. Since then my aquarium hobby has been like most peoples boat ownership... just a black hole in the water that I pour money into. In 2005 I had a banner year with my reptile business and I decided to build my "dream tank" It has since been moved and changed and set-up multiple times and I just haven't stopped until I'm satisfied. I really hope this time is THE TIME!

Can't wait until I'm finally well enough to head over to your shop and see it all running!

I'm ecstatic to hear that you're doing much better!!

Well I hope you feel better as well! I've gone through some serious trials lately and its always nice to hear from old friends!

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As for Kirk's acrylic idea... its a great idea but I have 4 CL bulkheads in the back of the tank and some rock already stacked up. I guess I'm just gonna have to wait until the blue is coraline coated again.

Can you say "hole saw?" :)

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