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  1. So after all this time I will resurrect this thread and ask you all... are you upset you didn’t buy it? Here we are nearing 4 YEARS later and this frag is still $300+! pic not greased but def not how it “looks” under standard lighting... now many of us have this and it’s still sought after!
  2. Hi again from long long ago! Well I’ll make the intro to this fairly short... I just want to say that I’ve been “reefing” for 25 yrs. the early days were softies and bryopsis! Now color sticks grow and have color that we never had back in the days of bright yellow light! For 25 yrs I’ve wanted a “fish room” and in 2006 I made one in my reptile store at the time located in Covington LA. I ran it for about 6 mo the before the other business was just too much to handle and the reef thing tapered off. Now 38 yrs old I still have my reptile business that is 18 yrs old and ships globally. We ship 3 times a week domestically and we have a good bit of space to play with. I’ve got a popular industry podcast also so I’m finally “allowed” to do this and let the other business take care of itself while I play a minute... The room started as my office/man cave and this room is 11x22. I had to separate my recording studio from the tank because ambient salt was becoming an issue with my hardware. So we made a littl 11x10 recording room with no saltwater in it. It’s so boring ?. This pic was taken in 2012 when we finished the room I got the tank going and was running on 4x 400w Radium 20ks. Acros started doing well and fish were good too. In July of 2012 I was upstairs on the second level deck, we hadn’t finished all of the railing yet. I was on the phone, wishing my grandmother a happy bday when I slipped or tripped and fell over the edge... I landed backwards on a concrete chain wall we poured for some lizard caging. This broke my back at T8 and severed my spinal cord completely. So I’ve been sporting a wheelchair and try to not let it define my future. This project is really slow because there is so much of this that I can’t complete without help. My friends and family have been pitching in a lot to this one! So details... in 2005-06 I constructed my first “dream build” which was PLYWOOD!! If you want the full build thread... some pics are still there especially if you scroll to the last page... Plywood 300 build thread (if you ever have questions about this just text me 9852731699) this is easy but tedious. If you want a huge tank that’s more durable but costs 1/3 or less and you have tools and some time... this BAD WORD is REWARDING!!! -Main display 300 gallons 96x24x32h with a 96x8x10 overflow “coast to coast” -MRC 36” reef sump with fuge -Deltec 902 w/auto cleaning head -past had reactors from MRC all large gfo, Kalk and Carbonate -return pump/skimmer loop is a BlueLine(pan world) BL70 that flows through a 4way Oceans Motions for surface circulation -Old school closed loop!! First run by a massive Hammerhead, which finally gave after spinning for 10 years but now brushless pumps like the Jebao 20k lph (about 5259gph) make it still run hard but now more adjustable. It draws through 2x 2” drains on the back and flows through an 8way Oceans Motions (sooooo old school?) that will operate two of the 8 in tank nozzles. -Might drop in a couple Vortech Mp40s just to toss it a bit or even target detritus spots... tbd -Lighting... 6 or 7 Radion Xr30wG4 Pros OR two Aquaticlife 48” T5 kits with Radions in the middle. With a little help and a few more weeks this one will be ready to cycle! Onto the other half of the room... Years ago when I was dabbling in marine retail I ordered a some big tubs for live rock curing and also propagation. These tubs hold about 95 gallons each. I have 6 of those running 4 in this room above the two on the left are 3 ZooMed Frag Tanks giving me a grand total (not including sumps of course) of 80sq ft of growing surface to light and seed lol sounds like fun!!! You see the mess in the pics!! oh and the left and right sides are operating independently right now. System Left -3 ZooMed Frag tanks & 2 Pentair Tp130 Mortar Style Tubs - Sump High Country Plastic 75 gallon tanks -Main Drive is 2 EcoTech Vectra M1s (one per level) the frag tanks are regulated with gate valves but I drilled them with 1.5” drains so I can flush them hard if I want to. The lower tubs are connected at surface level with 2x 2” pipes. The water comes in the closest tub in the system and goes through a 1” Wavy Sea (old school like a Sea Swirl rotator) -Circulation in glass tanks... 6 Mp40s, 2 per tank and probably 3-4 IceCap Gyres for the tubs. I don’t have these yet so maybe something else similar, I’m open to suggestions. -Skimmer... None yet ?? -Lighting... no Idea lol!! I’m going to make a list of what’s left... 10x Radion Xr30wG4 Pros 4x 36” T5 Teklight Fixtures 6 Bulb 1x 48” T5 Retro 2 Bulb 2x 24” T5 Retro 2 Bulb 4x 400 w Metal Halide 2x 250 w Metal Halide System Right -2 Pentair Tp130 Mortar Style Tubs -Sump High Country Plastic 75 gallon tanks -Main Drive - 2 EcoTech Vectra M1s (one per tub) -Circulation - Each tub has 2x IceCap 3k Gyres seem to do the trick. I’ve thought about getting one of the new 1ks to disturb cross flow very little detritus is gathering. -Skimmer - NYOS Quantum 220 -Lighting - Tub for higher light has 3 Radion Xr30wG4 Pros and 2x 36” T5 Retro 2bulbs ea. Running one Blue+ and one Purple+ in each Retro and I run the 3 radions about 18” up and get a spot I. The center in the 400-450par range as about 8 inches of depth. The Radions run on the AB+ setting at full. The other tub curently has 2 Radion Pros running that Phoenix 14 program and 1x 36” T5 Retro 2 bulb with a B+ and Coral+ Datz It!! i certainly welcomes suggestions critiques insults or whatever my brothers and sisters of saltwater have to say. We are always learning new things!! Im glad to be back here and I’m glad to be able to dive into this project. I’ve gone through a ton of BAD WORD in my life to get here. I’m excited to finally build something I’ve been dreaming of! Who knows what I’m going to do with this... I’ve just been building and filling everything around me that will hold water!! Thanks for reading!
  3. Nothing has been a mistake so much as a learning experience. Best answer I can give after 25 yrs of reefing... Buying Cheap doesn’t always mean it’s crap but is a good rule of thumb and MY BIGGEST MISTAKE... Setting up my first marine tank when I was 13! Any idea how much work worry and finance has gone into the last 25 yrs?!? But I love it and I don’t look at anything as simply an “oops” I didn’t draw something constructive out of... It’s been years since I’ve posted anywhere but this is a nice thread and certainly refreshing to be in a hobby where our mistakes are eagerly discussed! Happy reefing... don’t drown!
  4. Hello everyone... Some of you may remember me but who knows who is still around. I am trying to get back into some reefing now that my daughter, Bo Ember Bradley is almost 3 and into the marine/animal world. So here is the deal : 28 gallon Nano Cube LED "PROFESSIONAL" (this lighting set-up they put on this thing is TERRIBLE!!!!) Custom Cherry stand for short people (this was made for my toddlers room and I am paralyzed and use a wheelchair) Aquamaxx HOB-1 Skimmer NEW LIGHTING consists of this which is pretty much a direct bolt in! Currently controlled by a Typhon but I am in love with the small driver to dc power supply Current Inhabitants : Pair of ORA Midnight Clowns Yellow Clown Goby Encrusting Gorgonian Blue Ridge I'm interested in some frags for my little girl, I really don't care what just some hardy stuff that can tolerate this tank! Can anyone help? I will pay for shipping. Buttons, GSPs, Shrooms... anything Text me! 985.273.1699 I can send a FedEx or UPS label and you can ship it to her overnight! Thanks a lot guys I hope Bo can become a member of a board like this someday! Sean Bradley Owner : Exotics by Nature Co.
  5. Kirk, Yes all of that captive stuff so far is from TCN. I want to watch those and if growth and health seems good then I'll start gathering other stuff.
  6. Ok I'm going to post here to list the inhabitants so I can keep track of them for now... FISH: 2 - Blue (Hippo) Tangs 1 - Sohal Tang 1 - Blonde Naso Tang 1 - Fisher's Angel 1 - Harlequin Tusk 5 - Threadfin Cardinals 6 - Vanderbilt Chromis Corals (Wild): Acanthastrea lordhowensis (Green) Micromussa sp? Green Open Brain Red Open Brain Montipora sp? (Red w/Orange polyps) Acropora sp? (Brown w/Blue tips) Acropora cytherea (Pink table) Corals (captive grown frags): Acropora gomezi (Midnight Blue) Acropora tenuis (Green & Blue) Acropora tenuis (Royal Blue) Acropora turaki (Green) Acropora turaki (Blue) Acropora millepora (Pink) Acropora millepora (Green w/Blue) Acropora sp? (Lincoln Lilac) Acropora sp? (Deep Water Bottlebrush) Acropora sp? (Red Planet) Acropora sp? (Orange Halo Stag) Acropora sp? (Miami Orchid) Acropora sp? (Bonsai Garden) Montipora capricornis (Purple & Blue) Montipora capricornis (Starbright) Seriatopora hystrix (Ponape) Seriatopora hystrix (Pink & Green) Palythoa (Purple Death) Palythoa (Captain America) Palythoa (Tinkerbell) I hope everyone makes it It would be nice to see this tank grow some nice corals...
  7. Thanks!! It was definitely a Bonsai Reef for sure! I could tell you the tank was huge and most wouldn't be able to tell what size it was. It was the max that I could afford at the time and I sometimes look at that pic and wonder why I'm trying to work with a 300 gallon!! Thanks Towards the end it was definitely overcrowded. I learned which Acro's were stronger than the others when they would take each other over! LOL Thanks for the compliment I hope I can create ridiculousness again! Jackson, I know what you mean! I'm working with a sparsely decorated 300 gallon now and its killing me. Maybe I should project this image onto the wall! LOL Just be steady and diligent with your 20g! I love little tanks!
  8. Thanks!! It was such an addiction at the time! The calcium needs of it were INSANE!!! I eventually installed a Korallin Calcium Reactor to help with my bills on B-Ionic. This was when I earned $7.00/hour working at the LFS... Those were the days of strict budgets!
  9. Hello everyone, I might have posted pics on LARC of this tank years ago but recently I found a few more pics of it. This was my most successful tank I've ever run! 29 gallon (30"x12"x15") with a DSB/Plenum System NO SUMP 1 - 250W 6500K Iwasaki SE Metal Halide run by a Single PFO Ballast 4 - 24" 75w VHO Actinics run by an IceCap 660 NO CHILLER/ Lots of fans 1 - Coral Connection Version 1 Hang On Protein Skimmer 4 - random sized submersible powerheads 1 - Fluval 203 Canister Filter (No media just used for water circulation) Only doing 5 gallon water changes every week or so with unfiltered Mandeville well water Also dosing 2-part B-Ionic at about 4 times the max recommended dose. This was set-up in 1997 and ran until about mid 2000. Most of the corals grew from frags! I really would like to recreate this type of growth in my 300 gallon
  10. Speaking of Lanthanum Chloride reactors... I'm sure you've seen this... He is actually dripping the LC into a filter sock in his sump. Seems like a lot of maintenance since this guy is dosing for a few days and changes the sock every 6 hours. Worth a look because from what he describes, the precipitate is abundant and clogs everything quickly.
  11. 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. 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 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! 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!
  12. 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?
  13. 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 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: 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.
  14. 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