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Old 01-01-2009, 10:06 PM   #551
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Man, I just went through your whole thread. I have to say your problems have me really nervous about the 120 I'm setting up right now! Did you ever figure out what happenned with the 2nd tank? I didn't see if you figured out what caused it to break.

Anyway, the current tank looks beautiful. I hope one day I'll set up a SW tank half as nice.
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The second tank had a manufacturers defect. I contacted Perfecto and they had placed a recall on a certain lot of tanks and I was unlucky enough to get one. The 3rd tank is perfectly fine and is sitting on a 1" thick piece of granite.

As long as you have a sound stand and it is perfectly level you should have no problems.
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That makes me feel a lot better. My 120 is a Perfecto I believe and I bought the stand with the tank so I'm guessing its one of theirs.
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If you bought their stand and their tank then you have 20 year warranty
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Until I get the material to build the frag tank I'll continue to update things about it here.

Today I picked up 200lbs of sand and a new piece of egg crate. My intentions are to remove everything and put a nice deep sand bed in the tank and then put a single flat shelf covering the entire tank. I've decided that the stair step shelves I made just aren't cutting it and I'm loosing a lot of space. I've sent out some quote requests on acrylic and as soon as I find a good price including shipping I'll order what I need to build the new frag tank.

I'm planning on 24x48x12. This will give me about 60g, not a lot more water volume but a lot more area. My wife had a great suggestion for the 55. Live rock tank. So after I get the frag tank built the old 55 will become a LR curing tank. I plan to buy base rock and cure it. There seems to be a constant demand for LR so I figured what the heck.

Before I get started on the frag tank I have to build my sump.

I've put in requests for acrylic on this as well. I'm planning on building it 29x36x20. about 90g with 65g working water level. I have a closet behind my tank that houses my current sump and skimmer. The sump now is just not working I need more space.

That will be a project getting underway very soon...like next week if all goes well.
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The one thing i wish i could have changed when i was working with acrylic was the glue i used. I think we used number 3 cement. If i remember right they get thicker as the numbers go up and i would suggest maybe getting one higher (or thicker). It was very watery and made it really difficult to avoid little drips or splatters that smuge up the acrylic no matter how fast you wipe them up.
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I'm planning on getting #3, #4 and #16. I believe that #4 is the one used most often because it drys a little slower.

Thanks for the tip though!
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#3 does dry the fastest. #4 dries a little slower but it is still just as thin as #3. #16 is like as thick as honey. I use #3 on 1/8 & 3/16 material and #4 on 1/4 and larger. Have yet to find a good use for #16 other than fixing leaks on a new project. Most of the time I use 16 I end up making a mess. HTH
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Ok things are getting serious with me changing the layout of my current 55g frag tank. I've got the sand and had to get salt. Check that off the list now as I picked it up today. I'm mixing up 32g of new SW right now for a water change right after the clean out/redo of the 55.

Oh and on a side note...while I was out and about I stopped by a local reefers house to check out his system and pick up a few frags. I got some radio active dragon eyes, different then the ones I already have, some Cat's eyes (Zoas) and a tiny little frag of Tyree Sunset Monti. I've been wanting a piece of it for a while and he offered a deal I couldn't pass up. They have been acclimated and are now in my frag tank. I've decided not to rush things and I will start in on the frag tank redo tomorrow. I want to let that SW mix up overnight like I preach to everyone here that asks the question.

More updates on the frag tank tomorrow.....
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Here are my new pick ups...Not the greatest pic but you get the idea. Zoas on the bottom are Radio Active Dragon Eyes...above that are the Cat's Eyes and the other disk is the Tyree Sunset Monti

I'll get some better pics when they are in the main system tomorrow....

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