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A Golden Reef Tank (v2)

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by halmus, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. NickP

    NickP Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking great bro! Bet your feeling the itch now!
  2. Etoimos

    Etoimos Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Your rock work looks great! I love all the depth you got with the 4" tank. It just confirmed that I'll have to go with a 36" depth on the eventual tank at the new house. Your mixing station is also a thing of beauty. lol
  3. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    Thanks Chris.

    As far as cycling, I still need to get test kits. I have a lot of work left to do outside of the tank. Also, I started out with quite a bit of BRS Pukani. So, I would expect be to leaching out crud from the rock for a while. My plan is to keep moving forward with the rest of the tank and really start the serious testing once I'm closer to stocking this with something. Right now, the water is visibly hazy and yellowish. That's just day 1 running all dry rock. I'm sure the water color (and smell) will get worse before it gets better.

    I don't know if that's bad practice, but I've got months of work left to do; I'm planning on just doing periodic water changes and let the tank do it's thing. I will probably grab some chaeto from a shop at some point to start getting the refugium going.
  4. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    Thanks Nick. Yes, I'm a little anxious to move forward.

    Luckily, my drive to do things right is winning out and I'm more focused on just finishing this major project. I still have some cabinet work to finish to call this complete after the tank is on cruise control.

    Then, it's on! Start stocking this tank!
  5. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    Thank you Etoimos. I love having deeper dimensions side to side / front to back.

    Before I ordered the tank, I made a 3D mock-up out of thin sticks of wood. I was able to test whether I could reach the bottom and middle of the tank with various dimensions. It's a lot easier to picture the tank when you have a visual reference. Cardboard and cheep sticks of wood are your friend when you're trying to plan out a custom tank. Plus, you can use your model to make sure the tank and stand will fit into your house.
  6. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Alright water ftw! and man I wish I could get my wife to participate in the tank build, she always gives me dirty looks if I ask her to help with anything related to the tank. lol

    Rock work looks great. Love the pillars and the openness of it. I know what you mean about wanting a bigger footprint once you start putting rock in. It really does fill it up fast, even on a large tank. Very hard to keep it looking lite and keep it off the glass. Nice work.

    I also have been trying to figure out how to fit in the controller for my tank. I think Likely I will just use it for lights, and emergency backup stuff most likely, everything else is a surge protected plug with a manual switch as well. I am using studio and lighting bars with surge protectors. What are you using? I see several 4 outlet boxes around, which ones are those? I think I could use a few more ;)
  7. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    Thanks SynDen! My wife actually loves helping. She really got into the rockwork! I got yelled at for glueing together a few pieces without her around. She wasn't there for artistic oversight. There were a few times arranging things that I had to lay down the law. The rule of thumb was stretch your hand out pinky and thumb. If you can touch the glass and rock at the same time, it had to change. It was painful restricting ourselves like that. But I hate cleaning the glass when you're fighting rock and coral. I want plenty of room for growth.

    I used EpoPuddy to bond the rock. I used so much that the guy on Amazon sent me a free EpoPuddy T-shirt. It's a hideous yellow color and about five sizes too big but it was still a nice surprise when I opened the box and nice of the guy to send the bonus. I got a good laugh when I tried it on.

    I'm using Tripp-Lite Isobars for power strips. They're more expensive but have a nice mounting solution. I use them at work and I'd rather spend more on a strip when I've got 4 Radions plugged in and 4 Vortechs. I doubt they're meant to be used near water but I am mounting them high on the wall or in shielded areas safe from spray or splashing.

    Side note: I plugged in the skimmer today and an hour later I'm already getting crud out. I have to keep my eye on it. I'm not sure where it will settle in and I don't have any safety measures in place yet in case it overflow.
  8. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well best way to break in a new fish room is to spill the skimmer cup all over it ;)

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