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Old 11-23-2004, 07:09 PM   #11
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Take pics as the project unfolds. Love to see those progressive pics! Have Fun...Lando
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Old 11-26-2004, 06:29 PM   #12
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Well the electrical has been completed and the drywall is ging up tuersday. After thinking about the new tank I think i am going to make it a LPS/soft coral tank. I just do not have the time for an SPS tank nor do i want to spend the money to do one the right way.

I am going to run 4 coralvue 175 watt 10K with T-5 actinics and run an ASM G5 skimmer. I have a budget of $3500 to get it 100% going so i hope i can stay under it!


Fish i know i want

A pair of mandarins (never had a tank tank big enough till now)

Pair of clowns with Rose BTA

Copperband butterfly

school of anthias (not sure what kind yet)

Midas blenny

Purple tang

Powder blue tang

Black tang

I think with an 8 foot tank i can do all 3 tangs safely!


There may be a few more but thats it for now. Any other suggestions are welcome. I am just hoping everyting works out an d i can do this. Just waiting for one of lifes surprise to change my plans!
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Old 11-27-2004, 12:51 PM   #13
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watch the copperbanded ! i love the fish but any feather duster (food of choice for these guys) will become food! also might nip at the sps ! sure you know this but thought i would add it !
im still debating if im gonna add him to the 125 or not !! i do like dusters of any type
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:18 PM   #14
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I like dusters but the copeprband is so cool i will take the trade off! This has always been my favorite fish. Only problem is trying to find a healthy one. Most are cyanide caught so i may end up paying big$$ for an austrailian caught fish!
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:23 PM   #15
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yea the first i bought lasted all of 3 days this 2nd one is doing great even in 90 degree water and the other day was down to 50 and still eating looking good thank god
got mine from a lfs for $30
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:40 PM   #16
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I want one of those so bad!!!!!

Can't take the chance though.

Can't wait to see the pics of the progress Darin!!
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:56 PM   #17
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I will keep you guys poosted. THe electrican sare finishing up today and the drywallers are coming tuesday. THan i have to order the tank and stuff. Man the drywall and electrical cost more than the tank will!!
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:25 PM   #18
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Looks like the tank will be 84 x 30 x 25 now. The opening in the wall just did not look righ 8 feet long. Good news is the extra width brought the tank from 240 gallons to 275!!! Plus I only need 3 halides now instead of 4.
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Old 12-07-2004, 02:24 PM   #19
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I orderd the tnak. I went with a 84"L x 25"H x 36" W tank for a total of 327 gallons! I will keep you posted with pictures of the progress!
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Darin...you're a bad influence on the rest of us. Now we're all going to want one! You should be ashamed (says loganj as he turns green with envy ).

Seriously, I have a customer in Chattanooga who has approached me about installing a very similar tank in his house so I will be following your progress with this one. Have you looked into the Eco System mud filters? That is something I want to find out more about. Everything I have read, up to this point, has been very positive and I like the fact that it requires less equipment. Do you have a copy of "Ultimate Marine Aquariums" by Micheal Paletta? I just got a copy last week and there is a lot of great info in there on setting up large tanks. I would recommend it if you don't have a copy.
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