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  1. Good stuff Deron! Glad to see some of us old salts getting back in the hobby again
  2. Hmm, that could work, yeah i would just be concerned with the fish getting into the overflow. I have a number of small gobies and chromis that could fit through even eggcrate. Maybe a smaller sized screen gutter guard? Good suggestion.. Thanks Scott, I get a first hand look at the reefs here everyday so it has been an eye opener. Makes me sick to see all the trash on the reef, even once people had the bright idea of using old "tires" to make an artificial reef, well once the storms came and broke free the tires it created a hell of a mess knocking into corals dislodging them, besides the fact that not many corals will settle on rubber to begin with! Then you have raw sewer pipes that empties directly out into the ocean, you'd think this was a no brainer to stop that but it still continues in some places in Broward County. Can go on and on about direct human impacts on the reef, but hobbyists are not the problem as is other stuff i mentioned and coastal development/beach renourishment are also big impacts.
  3. Jerry, wish I could make it! Im ready to spear whenever you are, its been hella rough out here lately so not much diving but that should change in the next month or 2.
  4. Its made out of the same material oceanic overflows are made of. I tried bonding some flex plastic to it but couldnt get a good bond, that was when the tank was empty so now im a bit hesitant to try anything now its full. Thanks for the comments everyone! Ken, Yes most is Pacific, but i have a few atlantic species in there. Will probably collect some gorgs and sponges next time i dive to put in there.
  5. Well as anything university related, it took a while to get funding and permission to do anything with the tank but all is good now! Completely revamped the entire system, went with an ATI Sunpower 8 x 80watt T5 fixture, 2 Koralia 1400gph pumps on controller for water flow, and kept the same ASM G4 skimmer. The water level sits low due to the poor design of this tank, the overflow is about 4" below the lip of the tank, have no idea why..But anyway here are some shots of it with fish and a few frags in! Fish stock so far: Powder Brown Tang Sailfin Tang 10 Chromis 2 red firefish 2 flame cardinalfish lantern basslet royal gramma pseudochromis diadema 2 dispar anthias Sleeper goby yellowhead jawfish coral beauty angel 6line wrasse 2 tank raised ocellaris clowns lawnmower blenny
  6. Well the tank is finally coming together! Winter time is here, so will be stuck in the office and not diving a whole lot unfortunately...but hey more time to dedicate to the tank now..Heres a pic after filling it up, this rock wholesaler donated some rock to us, not the prettiest rock but beggers cant be choosers! Hope to get some LEDs and get this tank stocked soon
  7. yeah i tried that already, just a <BAD WORD>ty design of a stand. Havent had time to saw out a door, but sometime this week hopefully get to it.
  8. Looking forward to seeing this tank Jerry, very nice work on the stand!
  9. Kirk, That ASM G4 is a big footprint, and I want to have a refugium. I'm going to get this 40br in the stand one way or another! Jerry, ill have to check it out. thanks
  10. Just dont feel comfortable cutting that centerbrace. I think im just going to cut one side door out since there will be some other furniture to the side of it blocking that door.
  11. Kirk, the top is one flat piece. I sent an email to GC asking them about sending me a door for the side, looks like I might just have to cut the side or both sides to match. Still amazing how a company that builds a 72"x24"x30" tall stand cannot plan it to fit a 40br....ridiculous
  12. Thanks Shayne and everyone. Got the tank on the stand today and was going to plumb it but one problem............... :banghead: :banghead: Any ideas on where I should trim off some stand to get it in? This is a Glass Cages stand, stupid design to not fit in a 40br on such a large stand..
  13. Nice job Greg, I miss the old corals though. Always admired your patience growing out frags into massive colonies, not all of us has patience like that ...better luck this time with the increased flow. BTW, that swabbie looks like a great buy, first time im seeing this gizmo aside from the deltec cleaners...keep us posted on that
  14. Greg its crazy how they adjust to different lighting and water conditions, the growth pattern at 30ft is usually different from a staghorn at 12ft. That goes for most corals, either adapt or die. But only if it worked in our home aquariums where we could neglect for a few weeks and everything would be okay, dream on huh! Lol