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Old 08-13-2013, 03:30 AM   #261
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Thanks guys. Those along with Dolphin Amp Master were the three I was looking at. Not sure yet which way I'm leaning.
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Wow... Congrats on your " brick and mortar " store !!!!! Must be a really exciting time for you guys,...will Veronica be involved in the day to day operation or is this solely your baby ?
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:36 PM   #263
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Wow... Congrats on your " brick and mortar " store !!!!! Must be a really exciting time for you guys,...will Veronica be involved in the day to day operation or is this solely your baby ?
Thanks Dary. It will be afternoons for me & weekends for us both at first. After we get everything in place we will start the hiring process. Right bow its an empty space (there is still some furniture to remove) so I am starting everything from scratch and will be doing as much myself as possible. It's quite a lot to process right now lol
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Good luck to you and your family! We owned pets stores which all had freshwater fish from my 300 tank hatchery. It was a long time ago and I still remember all the work it took. But it was fun.

I used iwaki pumps even then. The secret on any big pump is to use a hot tube strainer on their intakes. It allows the impellers to last for years and years.

I assume you will have coral? How will you set that up if I'm not being nosy?
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:31 PM   #265
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Good luck to you and your family! We owned pets stores which all had freshwater fish from my 300 tank hatchery. It was a long time ago and I still remember all the work it took. But it was fun.

I used iwaki pumps even then. The secret on any big pump is to use a hot tube strainer on their intakes. It allows the impellers to last for years and years.

I assume you will have coral? How will you set that up if I'm not being nosy?
Not bein nosy at all! I welcome questions and advice from anyone such as yourself who has done it & furthermore has an incredible understanding, knowledge, and owns such a fantastic reef.

This is going to be a work in progress lol. I right now will set up an exact replica frag tank as the 6'x 3' one I have now running here. Once cycled I will transfer all the coral & then move the tank. I am currently getting estimates on a few tanks for the store such as a 180 gal, another frag tank, a 8' cubicle for fish, and a couple more 4' tanks. I also have a couple 40 gal and another frag tank probably shipping next week. Starting small now and will increase slowly. I'm planning on a main filltration system and plumbing connecting most of the fish tanks together and having the coral flats all filtered independently with led lighing. Right now everything is being designed & I'm trying to stay fluid and be open to design changes.
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That sounds excellent!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #267
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Got eight acrylic tanks on order. These will be shipped second week of September. So to start that gives me:

2 - 6' x 3' x 10" Frag tanks
2 - 3' x 2' x 14" Frag tanks
4 - 3' x 16" x 16" Tanks with center divider
1 - 30" x 18" x 18" Tank
1 - 6' x 2' x 2' Tank
1 4' x 13" x 20"

It's a start. My 300 gpd RODI arrives today. Now to stratt planning the pumps, filtration, and lights. Ughh.
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So far so good Keith.
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Keith, where in California are you opening the store? If you're close, I'll have to go check it out.
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Keith, where in California are you opening the store? If you're close, I'll have to go check it out.
I will be in right outside of downtown San Jose.
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