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Old 03-04-2007, 10:09 AM   #11
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Congrats on the upgrade! Just think of al that new LR you will have to haul down into the basement.
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Congrats on the upgrade! I can't wait to see pics and stuff.
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:33 AM   #13
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Worth noting... My friend has a 180 and laments the type of tank he chose because it has two support bars across the top that cause shadows in the tank... If he had different lighting or a different style tank (apparently not all of them are like that)... Then he wouldn't have this problem..
A friend of mine has the exact tank I am getting and I did not see an issue with his. I think I might have to center my 4ft fixture for a temp solution and that could make the braces be an issue. I guess I just need to get my lighting figured out. I had planned on getting a single retro kit but I will need some actinic supplementation or I will have a dark side when the MH goes off. I can build a 2x32 or a 2x96 pretty cheap but I want it simple

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Congrats on the upgrade! Just think of al that new LR you will have to haul down into the basement.
I actually don't' worry too much about this. I have about 50-75 lbs of LR in my sump right now. It is not pretty but will work. I am going to limit the LR in the display this time. I feel my current tank is just too stuffed. I have seen some tank lately that are more wide open and they look nice. Of course, I have to have something to mount the coral on. We will see what happens.
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Way to go Ellisz. That`s a mighty fine aqisition. I remember when I went from my 55 to my 125. It was exciting as is this.
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Old 03-04-2007, 02:16 PM   #15
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Crazy thing is that the local Aquarium club is having a meeting at my house in 2 weeks. I had hoped to have this done! I doubt that will happen
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Old 03-04-2007, 03:24 PM   #16
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Congrats on the new set up. Regarding LR, I've been noticing tanks where less seems to be more lately too- I like them. Can't wait for pics.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:38 PM   #17
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Got the frame base built today and materials to skin the stand and frame/skin the canopy. I'll get some pics tonight. Nothing exciting though
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:07 AM   #19
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OK, here are a few test pics. My wife wanted to see what the trim was going to look like so she covered up my frame. The canopy frame is laying on top of the stand and I need to add the 12" height pieces to complete the skeleton. We thought we knew what trim we wanted but the stand looks bigger than we planned. The trim looks too small Hopefully we can take some of this back. Got to love the DIY work

We hope to stain this but not sure how this will all turn out. My last stand was a bit more simple. Don't laugh ...

I am trying to decide on a skimmer too. With the tank, sump and frag tank, I am looking at 265 gal and I have a deal on a bigger frag tank that would add another 60 gal. Skimmer is this range are pricey and I am cheap
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Looks nice! Are you planning on having it flush with the wall, or will you have some space behind to work?
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