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Nashon

Amphipod
Joined
Apr 19, 2004
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Bellevue
I've kept freshwater fish in the past but not as a serious hobby. I thought I would post here and join the Puget Sound reefing community, who knows when i'll need advice.

So the story goes, my roomate and I are sitting around wondering what to put on a half-wall we have in our apartment. I say (mostly joking) "Hey! Lets put a fish tank there, something small that we can build, maybe keep goldfish or something". From there it just got bigger and more expensive.

After 3 months of building and planning we put it in last night.

Its about an 80 gallon saltwater tank. 7'4"x1'x1.5' There is a divider to create a small sump on each end of the tank that we are covering up. We are putting all the heaters and AquaC Urchin Pro and wiring in there so we wont have any wires or things hanging in the visible tank.

This week I am ordering the 100 lbs of rock and the 70 lbs of sand and should have it by the end of the week.

Heres the tank just after it was solvent bonded together. Its 1/2 inch thick. Thats overkill for the height of the aquarium but I didn't want to take the chance of giving our downstairs neighbor a swimming pool in thier living room.


A bunch of the base being built:


Heres the tank again:


This is the wall where we are putting it.


Stuck!



Its put together!




I turned the faucet on at 8pm and let it run full blast. The water purifier managed to make 45 gallons or so in 10 hours.



After reading many many many posts on ReefCentral I think I've managed to get the right equipment for testing. I hope I am prepared for the agonizing wait of having an empty tank with only rock and sand through the cycling period but not being able to have fish.

Speaking of rock, the stores in the area seem to have VERY expensive rock (cured or uncured). I've been debating on going with www.drmaccorals.com or even TampaBaySaltwater.com. Does anyone have a preference?

Thanks for having such a good site for information!
 

Sati

Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2003
Messages
19
Location
Issaquah Washington, USA
Daaaang, that looks nice! What did it cost? Where did you build it? Where did you get the supplies? Nice idea going over the ledge like that. I love the bookshelf base.
 

szidls

Gaitor Wrestler
Joined
Nov 27, 2003
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794
Location
Lynnwood
Hey Nashon,
Check out some of the Reef Frontiers sponsors for live rock. We have some mail order and local. If you add the cost of shipping then local retailers are competitive. Shark Reef had Jakarta live rock for 5 bucks a lb. I'm sure it's worth your while to check out the sponsors. Plus they really help keep this board going.:cool:
Scott
 

Nashon

Amphipod
Joined
Apr 19, 2004
Messages
75
Location
Bellevue
I bought the acrylic at Port Plastics. Cell cast 1/2" is $179 a sheet. I had Port Plastics cut the sheet for me. Everything else is from Rockler Woodworking in Tukwila.

My roomate and I built it in a friends backyard shop. He has way too much room and I had free access to all of his tools. The stand/hood and acrylic came to be about $500.

Im sad that I missed the Saturday meeting, hopefully next month I can make it.
 

forsaken541

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 9, 2004
Messages
146
Location
Spokane, WA
Live Rock Supplier

Cheack Etropicals.com for LR they have excellent prices and give a discount for orders over 100 lbs. It will have to be cured but the cost savings make it worthwhile.
 

NaH2O

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Welcome to Reef Frontiers! Looks awesome! What are your plans for the tank - reef or fish only with live rock?
 

HumblePie

Pico Ninja
Joined
Jan 18, 2004
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108
Location
Redmond, WA
FANTASTIC work! That looks amazing. Hey, I have some bench seats I have been wanting to have made... :)

As for the rock, I went with Dr Mac and I was REALLY happy. If you are interested I can send you a link to the pics or post 'em. Just let me know.
 

Nashon

Amphipod
Joined
Apr 19, 2004
Messages
75
Location
Bellevue
I want it to be a reef tank, but I believe that I need better lights instead of my VHOs. I places the lights as far apart as I could so that I would have room in the future for PC lighting. For now its going to be a low light reef.
Im finishing up the moonlights right now. We mounted the LEDs in 6' stainless steel tubing that we are mounting on the sides of the hood. The last of the plumbing is going in Thursday night with luck, the end sumps are a tight fit. There are holes drilled through the internal dividers to pass tubing through to pump water back to the center of the tank under the rock. With luck it will all work as planned. Im starting to get quite excited about finally having it put together.
Thank-you for all the compliments!
 

Scooterman

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Louisiana
I wanted to say Welcome & also let you know this thread deserves a second look. From what I can tell you put lots of work into this system, innovative ideas like this is so interesting to see. Please keep us updated!
 
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