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Old 02-29-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Well I'm starting to get the plans and ideas together for the upgrade to the 210. Here are a few pics of what the tank will look like. These are not to scale but you will get the general idea. Lots to do now!!

View from the hallway where the 72 is now. The wood panels on the tank in this view will cover the overflows to give a nice clean look. They will be removable (I'm thinking velcro) so I can see what's gonig on in the overflows if I need to.


View from the kitchen area, the hole is going to be a peek through. Below the hold I will have my fuge and above I'll have a shelf for my ballasts.


View from the new living area.


I would love to hear some feed back on this. When I get the area cleaned out I will take a few pics so you can see what I'm working with. Basically a blank slate!
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Why not a center overflow and build the reef around it?
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:14 PM   #3
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Because I would have to have it custom made and that cost way too much money. I've checked....
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I really like the peeky-poo (I believe you called it), but is there a reason for it? Why not leave that side of tank open completely (i.e. the "wall" would end at the end of the tank, rather than have more drywall there). Could maybe use a longer tank even.
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Well I would love to do that. The problem is this is a basement that the tank is going in and in order to do what I want the way I want I have to either have the end of the tank 8.5' from the wall or build a wall and put a peeky-poo in it. Directly above the 7.5' mark is a large pipe for the plumbing. The basement isn't completely finished and I can't move that pipe. I have to either build around it or avoid it. I don't wan that pipe going through my wood canopy so I decided to do the wall at the end of the tank with a peeky-poo to see the end of the tank. The pipe will not be as noticable going through a wall rather then an oak canopy.
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What's the deal with the 2 vertical pcs of wood at the front of the tank?
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Those are to cover up the overflows.....
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That's probably an AGA/Aqueon tank with those center overflows. Check out the Perfecto CornerFlo. The oveflows built into the corners is really nice.
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I looked at the corner overflows but I like the look of the panels spaced on the tank. The corner overlfows would look strange doing it the way I want. That and I'm getting an AWESOME deal on the 210 AGA RR tank!!
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So the verdict is still out on the reflectors. I've decided to go with 3 250W MH with VHO/T5 actinics. I've been looking at the new Lumenbrigt Minis I like the size and the amount of reflectivaty they provide. Also they would work out well with the lighting rack that I'm building.

I've found an actuater that I can use to raise and lower the lighting rack with the touch of a button. From my calculations I will have about 1.5' clearance above the tank when the lights are raised, and I will still have the benefit of the full lighting on the tank to see what I'm doing.

I'm ordering the tank this weekend and should have it in a month. I have a lot of work to do in the next 4 weeks to get ready for it. I'm going to have a custom sump built for the tank as well that will pretty much use up the entire space beneath the tank. I'm going to have the tank 42" off the ground so I will have lots of room under it for equipment.

I've ordered my calcium reactor and I've decided to go with a sequence pump just haven't decided which model yet.

Thats about as far as I am at this point. Well other then the fact that I now have my 72 crammed so full of new corals that I don't have room for much else.

Lowes is going to love me this weekend.
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