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Denver newbie, and new tank

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by kane4fire, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    Hi everyone,

    I recently moved here to Denver, like many others, and I've been itching for a saltwater tank for a while, and I finally decided to pull the trigger on one and bought a used 125 gallon with a stand. The plan is to develop and progress through the types of coral as my experience grows. I was buying some rock from a person who selling on craigslist and he mentioned that I check out MASC
  2. Sctip

    Sctip Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D.

    Welcome, if you have and questions feel free to ask.

    Any pictures of your tank so far?

    Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    Here's the tank with everything set up and running. All the rocks were cooked and cured with 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 60ppm nitrates when they were in the curing buckets. The tank params are all 0. The lights are cheap 360watt LED's I got off eBay. I'm not completely happy with them, but I want to see the LED aquarium light market mature a bit more before I shell out the full cash for something special. I also need to put a canopy together for this, but I'm not sure how to make one at all.

    Sump is a 29g.
  4. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    Wow that compressed and shrunk the image really small. Maybe it will be better as an attachment

    Attached Files:

  5. fishguy69

    fishguy69 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

  6. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Welcome to MASC. What kind of lights are you running? Looks great so far!!
  7. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Welcome! Pics are best when linked from a 3rd party like photobucket.
  8. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    Welcome to MASC! There are lots of great tank build threads on this site you can search if you want to get some ideas for your hood.
  9. Fourthwind

    Fourthwind Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Welcome to the dark side.. :)
  10. MuralReef

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

  11. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Welcome to the addition
  12. projectx

    projectx Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Welcome! great folks here

    A canopy isnt too difficult, depending on what type of door system you want. if you frame it the same length and depth out of 2x2's and then skin it. with with a nice birch or oak 1/4" plywood, Keeps the weight down. also over lap the front and sides with the skin about an inch, keeps it from being pushed off.
  13. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Lol, I don't know what I was thinking when I posted that, I obviously wasn't reading very carefully! I've seen some decent tanks lit with "Chinese Black Boxes", good coral growth too. I have AI Hydra52's, but the corals didn't start taking off until I added some t5 supplemental lighting and got a par meter to dial in the lights.
  14. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    Thanks for the kind welcome's!

    I'm not that familiar with woodworking, I sanded, reinforced, and stained the stand and that's about it. I think I'd like it if the door just kind of swung up up front and flipped to the top. I'm going to have to find some lumber yard or something because the prices of wood at Home Depot would make the canopy significantly more expensive than what I paid for the tank and the stand.
  15. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    Yep, I read a lot of pretty decent reviews about these chinese lights, but I'll definitely need to add some t5 to get the coloring I want in the tank. The lights are probably much brighter than I expect in the water, but I won't know until I get a PAR meter at some point. But if I can hold off for about a year, I'm going to get something nice like the Kessil's or whatever comes out that's better by then
  16. Mermaid Gardens

    Mermaid Gardens Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Welcome to the Aquatics Anonymous saltwater addiction.
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  17. SynDen

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


    just image fyi... any image over 1200px in any directions will automatically get downsized to those small images. Try downsizing the image yourself to under 1200 px on the longest edge, when you upload again it will correct it
    kane4fire likes this.
  18. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    Got rid of those lights for some AP700's. Can't even get them to 50%!

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