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  • MOTM: January 2013

    2013 MOTM Winner IS Peppie (Dave)

    About me

    I have been happily married to Nellie for 20+yrs, and have raised 4 wonderful children.
    I have made a living the past 30yrs as a carpenter/woodworker.
    I receive a great deal of satisfaction designing and building anything out of wood or aquarium related.
    A few members here have seen a lot of my work and will attest that many of the designs are one of a kind, and agree that I think outside of the box.

    Involved in Hobby

    Over 20 yrs ago I had a 75gal saltwater fish only tank with a state of the art filtration system (under gravel) LOL. Took many years off until late in 2008 when Nellie said it would be nice to have another saltwater tank. After 6 months of research we were once again owners of a saltwater aquarium.

    My tank

    My custom DIY 90 gal acrylic AIO was designed and built by myself. It can bee seen here from start to finish.
    http://www.reeffrontiers.com/forums/...h-build-61045/

    For equipment it has a HOB skimmer, 6 powerheads, maxi-jet 1200 return pump, Quite-One 1200 closed loop pump,4- 24'' T5s, ATO system and 2 BRS dosing pumps. The custom cabinet and hood are made with African Mahogany and sapel veneer.

    As for livestock I keep 1 Rusty Angel, 1 Midas Blenny, 1 Yellow Clown Goby, 2 Cardinals, and our pride and joy are 2 clown fish that host a large Toadstool leather.

    Corals are mostly softies and LPS, I have just recently added some SPS. I love the motion the LPS adds to the tank

    Got involved with RF

    While shopping at Barrier Reef Aquarium (BRA), the sales person recommended I visit RF. I posted up one of my earlier 20gal AIO builds and the positive, friendly response was overwhelming. I knew at that time I would enjoy many years of sharing with this community.

    Philosophy

    Placing a piece of the ocean in your living room is a huge responsibility, and commitment. Before you make a decision on whether you are able to supply the time and money to this hobby you need to research. You must be dedicated to supplying the best possible conditions for your livestock. Your research will inform you as to how you should run your system. From low budget, minimal maintenance, to high tech, maximum maintenance. Adjust your system to create an enjoyable hobby.

    Advice

    Short and sweet. Read, research, ask questions, be willing to follow the advice of experienced reefers.
    A successful saltwater tank does not need to be the product a list of failures.
    Keep the expense of the hobby within your budget. It can quickly get out of hand.
    The down side of my advice. You really dont know how you want to run your reef system, until you have had one up and running.

    Tank pics

    http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/a...222_125656.jpg

    http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/a...222_125533.jpg



    http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/a...222_193233.jpg
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Scooterman's Avatar
      Scooterman -
      Congrats Peppie, I'm Glad to see MOTM back! !
    1. NC2WA's Avatar
      NC2WA -
      Dave,

      Congrats my friend..Couldn't have gone to a nicer guy...I also am glad to see MOTM again...
    1. sedrostyle's Avatar
      sedrostyle -
      Beautiful tank setup. I know you've helped me a few times pep. Thanks again and congrats
    1. nata's Avatar
      nata -
      Congratulations..finally I get to see your slice of the ocean..I love it..nice stand too..hope to see it in person one day..
    1. mojoreef's Avatar
      mojoreef -
      Congrates Dave and well deserved!!

      Mojo
    1. pandora32's Avatar
      pandora32 -
      Congratulations Dave! 2013 is starting on a positive for you. You deserve it!
    1. mfinn's Avatar
      mfinn -
      Congrats Dave and Happy New Year
    1. eddiecorrea's Avatar
      eddiecorrea -
      Stand is amazing. Great work. Congrats.
    1. Krish's Avatar
      Krish -
      Congrats pepster!! You were my number 1 pick when we decided to bring MOTM back and it was unanimous among us all! Well deserved!!


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    1. eww's Avatar
      eww -
      Congratulations are more than in order here Dave. You are a master at so many things and do it so humbly. It is great to see you get this honor on RF and as a good friend look forward to many more of your over-thought projects
    1. kpiotrowski's Avatar
      kpiotrowski -
      Wow, I know a celebrity?

      Congrats dave!
    1. Spinner's Avatar
      Spinner -
      Congrads Peppie see weird thinking people can make a difference
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scooterman View Post
      Congrats Peppie, I'm Glad to see MOTM back! !
      Thanks Scooterman!!
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by NC2WA View Post
      Dave,

      Congrats my friend..Couldn't have gone to a nicer guy...I also am glad to see MOTM again...
      Thanks Kirk,
      I am honored to be the first returning MOTM
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by nata View Post
      Congratulations..finally I get to see your slice of the ocean..I love it..nice stand too..hope to see it in person one day..
      Thank You nata,
      I dont post many pics of my tank on line. I am glad to hear you like it. You are more than welcome to come by and see it anytime.
    1. Scooterman's Avatar
      Scooterman -
      Sorry folks for this not showing up on the front page, I'm working on it. Another Glitch LOL!
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mojoreef View Post
      Congrates Dave and well deserved!!

      Mojo
      Thanks Mike,
      Deserved.... maybe Well deserved..... ???????
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by pandora32 View Post
      Congratulations Dave! 2013 is starting on a positive for you. You deserve it!
      Thanks pandora,
      Yes, this is a great start for the New Year!!
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mfinn View Post
      Congrats Dave and Happy New Year
      Thanks Martin,
      Happy New Year to you also!!
    1. Peppie's Avatar
      Peppie -
      Quote Originally Posted by eddiecorrea View Post
      Stand is amazing. Great work. Congrats.
      Thanks eddie,
      I had as many hours in the stand as I did in the tank build.
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