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Old 09-02-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
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It starts here - First time reef build log

OK, I think I'm ready to get started with my reef tank. For the last two months or so I have been reading and asking questions. It feels like every answer just creates two more questions but in spite of that it's just time to start.

For better or worse, this will serve as a log of how things progress. I can't imagine anybody knowing much less about how to do a reef tank than I do so hopefully this will help others as well.

The overall concept is to make a 29 gallon reef tank with a 20 gallon sump/fuge. The good news is that this does not have to look pretty. It's more important that it is functional and accessible. An experimental tank if you will.

Since I already had a 29 gallon tank I decided to try my hand at drilling holes in it 8O . This turned out to be a lot easier than expected. The best advice I got was to use lots of water and go slow, applying almost no pressure with the drill.





Now we get bulkheads and decide how to make the skimmer for the intake.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
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Nice hole! One of the better I have seen...
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:18 PM   #4
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Re: It starts here - First time reef build log

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I can't imagine anybody knowing much less about how to do a reef tank than I do ....
You forgot about me there, Sparky.

You're on your way. learn it all cuz I'll need help when I do mine in a few months!
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Good luck, thanks for the pics and keep em coming as you advance through the stages.
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Old 09-03-2007, 10:27 AM   #6
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Great start. This will be interesting to follow as you go along.
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I agree great start. Keep up the good work.
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Awesome! I can't wait for updates.
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:08 PM   #9
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9/6/2007

After what seemed like a long wait for the Labor Day weekend to pass, my liverock is here!

I went with 30lbs of the lalo rock from F&S. I know this is uncured rock but I was a bit surprised at how dry it was when it got here. There was a couple sheets of wet news paper in the bag with the rock to provide some moisture, but for the most part everything seemed quite dry.

The rock has some beautiful red, blue, and green colors on it for now. Time will tell how much of it stays and how much of it dies off I guess.

While the rock begins it's cycle I still have much work to do on the tank and sump... More updates to come.




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Looking good....How longs this going to take?
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