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Old 09-23-2008, 05:45 PM   #121
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Yeah, I'm stoked. I have these visions of opening up the boxes of LR and it being all colorful, like in that pic. I know that's a BS hope, but I don't want to deal with the reality of it until I open the box. haha!

I'm happy with the stand now. Doors need to be installed, but otherwise it's pretty much ready. Canopy will undergo it's first coat of stain tonight or tomorrow.

Tonight I think I'm going to drill the tank. I've been scared of it for too long, it's just time to do it and get it over with, or order a new tank when i shatter this one. lol

I'm still debating a few things:

1) Placement of the returns for the CL reference to the overflow box. I realize it doesn't matter a whole lot, so I'm gonna put the overflow box in the tank and just figure out where to drill the 3 holes and do it before i overthink it.

2) Pumps - I got 2 pumps, a mag7 and a mag9.5. The original plan was to use the 9.5 for the sump return and the 7 for the CL, but I'm starting to rethink this. I realize the head height for the sump return will affect the flow rate, but I'm starting to think the 9.5 will give me too much flow through the sump, and the 7 may work better for it. i don't want to have to throttle it back, as that just seems like a waste to me. Since the fuge is going to be seperate from the sump and controlled independantly, it may not matter though.

3) Fan placement in the canopy. On the ends accross the bulbs, or in the back out of sight. it's a trade, I realize that, and the better flow accross the bulbs is probably more important.


I'm also going to get the skimmer out of the box and assembled tonight. I've been wanting to do it, to see it, but figured it was probably safer being stored in the box.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:22 PM   #122
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So I set out tonight to drill the tanks. Started on the 10g tank - shattered it. Figured I was going too fast, so for fun I tried the other side - shattered it too.

Seen all the videos on youtube, I applied no pressure, even on the second one I held back the weight of the drill. I don't get it.

Standard 10g tank, not tempered glass, what gives?

Only thing I can figure is I'm drilling to close to the top of the tank.

Any thoughts?

I'm now scared to death to try drilling the 72.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:39 PM   #123
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I have a couple 10Gs you can practice on. I don't need them.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:15 PM   #124
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So, at work this morning I decided to check the tracking numbers.

I saw this:

Sep 24, 2008 9:51 AM Delivered

And rushed home like a kid waking up for Christmas morning. Got here at 10:30, had it all underwater by 11ish.

First - my impressions as a first time Live Rock Buyer:
Cool Stuff
It actually has color to it (Yay!)
Good mix of sizes
lots of rubble in the box, I assume rough handling - no biggy, needed some rubble anyway.
It was a little dry, but was wrapped well in almost dripping wet paper, as you can see. I wasn't sure what to expect here.

Several people had asked me to take lots of pics, so I did. Maybe too many, but I was excited, what can I say. Besides, I've never heard anyone on AA complain about too many photos, so here you are.








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Old 09-24-2008, 12:16 PM   #125
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Here's some pics of some of the larger individual pieces. Thats the top of the stand they're on (not looking too shabby, eh?).












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Old 09-24-2008, 12:17 PM   #126
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I have 3 pumps in there with it, as well as a heater. 1 pump is on the bottom, blowing upwards through the middle. The other 2 maxi-jets you can see on the top. I have the lid set halfway on the can, just to try to keep the dust out, but leaving a good gap for gas exchange.

The rock is a little dirty/muddy, but I'll have to clean that up later, as I was expecting that.


Now, tell me what you think. Don't sugar coat it, I'm a big boy - I don't have anything to compare this to other shipments of live rock, so I'm shooting from the hip here.

Another kudos for Larry at Underwater Outlet - he was great to deal with and has awesome prices, and a 15% AA discount right now.
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Wow that is some awesome looking rock! Now I'm getting excited too!

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I agree, you have some nice looking rock.
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Like a kid in a candy store!! Looking forward to seeing the aquascaping and the critters that came with the rock.
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Here, since I'm skipping work right now anyway, figured I'd go get this thing plugged up.



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