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    New tank!

    I started this around February.

    I built a smaller stand to see if my carpentry was good, originally for a 60 gallon tank.

    Then a friend who collects tanks (he works with the LA Sheriff's Dept with wildlife, fish & game), had one I fell in love with, a 90 gallon and built a completely different dimensions of stand with anticipation of slightly larger dimensions than he gave me.

    When i brought the two together, they matched up PERFECTLY. In a carpentry/framing state of mind, that NEVER happens.

    So, after scheming all of this, I set a realistic budget of approximately $1700, a medium priced for a reef tank of this size. Nothing in it is automated, nothing wireless, everything using analog timers and the most basic of sensors and circulation.

    I also chose to dive in and get as many pieces used as possible.

    So far, I am only about $500 in, and i might land just shy of $1,000,which is remarkable for a project of this magnitude.



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    Re: New tank!

    This one is clearing up 10x faster than my first reef.

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    Almost done setting this baby up.

    I still need to plumb the majority of things, but I've got most of my other tank's residents in.

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    Re: New tank!

    Keep posting more pics!

    I love seeing your tanks.

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    Plumbing is complete!

    My budget went way low, and all I need to do now is skin it to be "complete."

    I also went to OC Pet Expo this weekend and am about 7/10th of the way sure about the light I think I will get to streamline the look of this tank. There is one other tank that is about 60 bucks more that I keep Himming and Hawing over, but I should know for sure by the end of the week.



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    I went ahead and took the plunge on the most expensive piece of aquarium equipment i have ever purchased and bought a brand new JBJ Led sl 140 through amazon.

    It was about $100 bux less than retail, and $80 less than a similar competitor.

    It arrives tomorrow, and I am anxious as hell.

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    1) wide shot of whole display tank
    2) closeup of my refugium's macro algaes (special ordered all of these from Florida.) they are red because they are grown under a separate light normally used for hydroponics.
    3) close up shot of my Euphyllia corals and my 'nem.

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    I bought a new light, my most expensive individual piece of investment on my whole adventure through this hobby,which is ironic ,really ,when you stop to consider that this whole thing is a visual experience.

    Regardless, so far, i am more than satisfied with the money on spent on this piece of hardware. Here are the newest pics.



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    Re: New tank!

    That's a serious tank of water!
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    Another piece of the puzzle!

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    I went to Pet Kingdom in San Diego yesterday, for a meeting with my FW club. In addition to Pet Kingdom, we stopped by PetZone (FW Only, but very impressive stock), Aquatic Warehouse, and the Petco. I had a transaction error at Pet Kingdom and got a double charge, which I discovered while at Aquatic Warehouse, so I didn't want to buy anything (I'm stingy like that), and after that, it took AquaSD out of the question. -- There is always next time, and Pet Zone will be one of our next meetings in the future.

    At Pet Kingdom, I discovered a Yasha Hase Goby for sale. I had been looking throughout the IE and SGV for the past two months for one, and to no avail. A couple of stores had gone to the wholesaler and been unable to locate one, as well.

    This one, according to the sale associate, had been there for 2 and half months, and never came out of the rock work, so no one knew it was in there.

    I bought it, brought it home, gave it a couple hours in QT to adjust (After the 3 hour ride home), and dropped it into my DT around Midnight last night. Less than 12 hours in the tank, this happened.



    I had not seen the Pistol in months. Not since February, or March. I knew the pistol was in that piece of Live Rock, as it continued to fire away at night, but I had not seen it since the day after I had put it in the tank. I tried a couple mediocre traps, and instead just decided to pull it from the tank and put it into the new one.

    I am so glad that I did.


    Those SD stores have got something amazing going on. I really like how much space that most of them have, and their stocking is quite good. Plenty of $5 frags - nothing spectacular in that price window, but at least they are there.


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    One more video, this one to show scale of how little these guys are.

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    You should open a reef store or company.

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    That is a tremendous complement @merkus, but i am a complete n00b when it comes to aquariums.

    I would probably love running the day to day operations of an aquarium store, but the guys who currently exist in my area have the market cornered.

    I do often romantically fantasize about it, but for now i still have much to learn.

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    You have a passion for it. As that saying goes, find something you love to do and you'll never work another day in your life.

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