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Old 07-30-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Post Pat's 90 gallon reef

It's been a while since i have had a tank set up because of all the moving around. I am finally settled in enough and have the money to set up a new tank.

I was originally going to put a 33 long in with the rest of this set up and eventually upgrade. The 33 was not drilled and i was not able to find the hole saw bits i needed to do the job. I was also a little worried about drilling it because the glass is still not all that thick on the 33. So long story short i found a 90 gallon on craigslist for 150$ and couldn't hold back the urge to have a bigger tank. First on the list of things to do was reseal the seams on the tank.


The previous owners were not careful when scraping the glass and tore up the silicone pretty bad. They said it still held water and i believed it would have but i will sleep better at night knowing there was fresh nice looking silicone in the tank.


It was actually easier then i thought it would be. A couple new razor blades, a tool to make the seams look nice, and a caulk gun from the hardware store and i was on my way. I used GE silicone 1 to do the resealing.

Going to break this up into a couple posts because the pictures are pretty big. I'm going to get pictures of the stand and sump up tomorrow. I'm hoping to have water in it by the end of the weekend.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:40 AM   #2
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WoOt! That's awesome. I'll definitely be following along What kind of lighting are you planning on using?
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I have a 175W MH and 4X48"X54W T-5s. Going to mount the MH in the middle with two bulbs on each side. All going in a canopy i have half built at the moment. I am pretty sure the the MH is a 14000k if i remember right (got it a while ago) and then the T-5s will be two actinic and two 10000k.
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Awesome! Can't wait
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:52 AM   #5
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I was going to say those seams look nice, but you used a cheater tool.

Even though I have told you this, I want it in writing that I think the 175 in the middle over that bar is going to look bad.

Are you off work today? If so..I expect much progress today.
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I think i will actually offset the 175 to either the left or right side of the tank a little bit. That way i have a high light side and a lower light side. We will see though. If there is to much of a difference in light and it looks funny i guess i will just have to go out and get another MH or something.
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Another quick update before bed. Finished putting the hardware on the stand today and took a few pictures.




I built a small tank into the stand using acrylic that will be part of my auto top of system. If i remember right from when i calculated it the volume is in the ball park of 12 gallons. It is a little difficult to really see since it is recessed in the stand and there is a 2x4 frame around it.



I made my own sump as well using a 65 gallon tank and pieces of cut glass from lowes. Caulked them in place and i have my self a sump. Not pretty but functional.



Flow from left to right. The sections are set up to be: tank water input -> remote deep sand bed/ fuge -> skimmer and equipment section -> two dividers for a bubble trap -> return pump section and auto top off


Skimmer is from my brothers old tank. He was down sizing and i was upgrading so we traded skimmers. Needs a good cleaning but it will do the job. ASM G3 if i remember right.

I have all the pieces i need for the plumbing and i will work on that tomorrow. I bought the wrong sized pump so i am hoping to be able to pick up a new one at the LFS but if not i will have to order one online. More to come.
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Good progress! Things are looking good, glad you're getting back into it. I got frags when you got water.
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I love the stand. Keep up the good work.
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I love this. Another build thread. There are alot going on right now. So cool.
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