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Old 02-21-2009, 11:24 PM   #121
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I just read through the whole thread tonight. I just got done plumbing my 75 gal. Well your plumbing dwarfs mine, tank dwarfs mine, and your sump dwarfs mine. However I am new at this and am keeping it less intricate than that of some. I do however appreciate your thread here along with ziggy's and others. I intend to do a build thread. I am kinda saving up some photos that way it will be interesting. I dont think too many will learn from mine(well someone will hopefully) but others can see what Ive done right and wrong thus help me. The growth in your tank is awesome ccCapt!!
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:24 AM   #122
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Wow! Larry that's awesome.... I can't wait a year from now with my system to see how much growth it will get...

I love the tank man..
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:56 PM   #124
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Larry,
That's one fine tank. Great work on it. Looks like all the effort is paying off. Congratulations.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:33 PM   #125
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ccCapt,

I joined this site a few months ago, and almost immediately after joining had to take some time off reading the threads due to an extremely busy work schedule and being sent out of region. And this is my slow season, lol. Regardless, I came back on and read through your entire thread, and I have to say, much like everyone else that has made comments, that I am thoroughly impressed by the amazing craftsmanship and ingenuity you displayed in the creation of your setup! After a year the tank looks amazing. Im hopeful that sometime this year I can purchase a home and start hatching a plan to have a larger setup with a seperate sump / filtration. Anyways just wanted to say I appreciate the step by step approach you took and for sharing your insights with everyone!

One last question, what did you end up stocking your tank with as far as fish go??

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Old 02-27-2009, 09:06 AM   #126
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One last question, what did you end up stocking your tank with as far as fish go??
I have 4 bartlett anthias, mated pair of clarkii clowns, lamarck angel, 2-spot bristletooth tang and an Atlantic blue tang. I think I still have a yellow watchman goby too, but I haven't seen it in a few weeks. It tends to disappear for weeks at a time and then show up for a day or 2.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:04 PM   #127
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So I wasn't 100% satisfied with how the reflectors turned out using SunTunnel. I found the same German hammertone reflective sheets that are used to make the new $165 LumenMax Elite reflectors. This reflector material was even cheaper than the SunTunnel.

I am 100% totally satisfied with how these came out. I just built 3 and I will be mounting them in my canopy this weekend.







Here's what the LM Elite looks like.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:22 PM   #128
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I think we need to fund you in a backyard workshop and reap the benefits of your handy work.

We'll get the marketing campaign geared up. I'm thinking web site banners, fish magazines, trade fairs,..... ect, etc.

Awesome work!
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:33 PM   #129
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That is very impressive! These look much more sturdy then the previous attempt. Where did you get the plans for building them from? Where did you get the material?
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LOL Thanks Ray

Ziggy, I used the same template as before. Print out this drawing on a regular size paper and take it to Office Max or Staples and have them blow it up 281%. It will fit on a 24"x24" piece of paper and will be the full scale size.
I got the reflector material from Specialty-Lighting, but it only comes in packs of 4 2'x4' sheets. That's enough to make 8 mini's and it costs $150 for the 4 sheets. Comes out to $18.75 per reflector if you can get a few guys to go in with you on them. It is stiffer than the SunTunnel, but it was easier to work with.
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