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Old 06-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #71
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I'm going to paint the back of this tank before filling it up. Any suggestions on background colors? I'm also working on a chronological list of things I need to do before setting it up. I'll be posting that soon.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:44 PM   #72
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Investments I'm going to make in order:

1st - RODI System (need that for existing tanks)
2nd - Build lid for tank (does it need do have a hole for LED lights to shine through?)
3rd - Eshopps overflow and tank for sump
Here is a link to what I'm planning on buying: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001K5...sr=8-2&pi=SL75
4th - lights
5th - building a tall canopy
6th - more rock

Any suggestions or anything I missed?? I'm also putting a cone skimmer in my sump. Reef octopus is way out of my price range. Any thoughts on this one?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0051G...sr=8-8&pi=SL75
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #73
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So are you sticking with the 100 that you had? Last I read I thought you were selling it for a bigger one..? Oh well.. Go to eBay and check out the sca-aquariums protein skimmers.. I bought one after reading several good reviews on them, and they are cheap.. I paid 120 shipped for mine and it works great, lots of dark skimmate!
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So are you sticking with the 100 that you had? Last I read I thought you were selling it for a bigger one..? Oh well.. Go to eBay and check out the sca-aquariums protein skimmers.. I bought one after reading several good reviews on them, and they are cheap.. I paid 120 shipped for mine and it works great, lots of dark skimmate!
Great! That's awesome! Thank you!! I will check it out. I thought $300 was a bit steep.

That was the plan. Unfortunately, the deal on the 150 fell through. The top rim was torn off of the tank it was a bummer, but I'm moving forward with this tank anyway, excited as ever.
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Awesome! I knew the 150 didn't work out but I guess I thought you were looking for another deal.. Either way a 100 is still a good upgrade.

When I was reading about the skimmer, I found a lot if people comparing it to the bubble magus skimmers, but from looking pics online, I think it looks more like the designs if the swc skimmers.. This is my first skimmer though and like I said, it's a champ and does a great job of pulling stuff out.
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Awesome! I knew the 150 didn't work out but I guess I thought you were looking for another deal.. Either way a 100 is still a good upgrade. When I was reading about the skimmer, I found a lot if people comparing it to the bubble magus skimmers, but from looking pics online, I think it looks more like the designs if the swc skimmers.. This is my first skimmer though and like I said, it's a champ and does a great job of pulling stuff out.
I'm still keeping my eyes open, but I don't want that to delay the build for just that. 100 may be as big as I need. Lol.

Thanks! As soon as I have the time I'm going to see about getting something similar ordered. how big is your tank?
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55g.. I have a 90 that I got a good deal on, but I am now reselling it to try and go to MACNA this fall.. Also I just want a bigger tank.. 150-180.. I found some good deals in Craigslist as well but tanks that size are just a little unrealistic for me and my circumstances at the moment.. All in time though, I will be extremely stoked just to go to MACNA!
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55g.. I have a 90 that I got a good deal on, but I am now reselling it to try and go to MACNA this fall.. Also I just want a bigger tank.. 150-180.. I found some good deals in Craigslist as well but tanks that size are just a little unrealistic for me and my circumstances at the moment.. All in time though, I will be extremely stoked just to go to MACNA!
That's so cool!! With finding deals on aquariums, it's all about waiting. You'll find another good deal when you can and it'll be worth the experiences you will have at MACNA. It was in my area last year. I regret not being this into the hobby yet! Haha. You should post some pictures of the conference when you go.
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Oh believe me, I definitely will.. I'm very excited. I have someone right now interested in buying the 90 so hopefully I can book the tickets soon. I need to take pictures of my 55 and post them.. I never did a build thread.. Oh well, I have a ton of pictures on my hard drive to document my progress.. I actually just saw a recent pic of it when it only had 2 rocks and 2 clownfish in it.. Lol
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Oh believe me, I definitely will.. I'm very excited. I have someone right now interested in buying the 90 so hopefully I can book the tickets soon. I need to take pictures of my 55 and post them.. I never did a build thread.. Oh well, I have a ton of pictures on my hard drive to document my progress.. I actually just saw a recent pic of it when it only had 2 rocks and 2 clownfish in it.. Lol
Lol. I love looking back and seeing how much my tank has progressed. Especially since I spend most of my time focused on what I want it to be. Helps me appreciate where it is right now, ya know? You should definitely post pics of your tank. I enjoy having a build thread, too. I want to go sometime. I just finally got my boyfriend loving saltwater enough to get his own tank, so maybe sometime we'll get to. Haha
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