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Angelscrx

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Oh my God what a huge tank! And those corals are beautiful! What are you feeding? Your water looks so clear it looks like theere isn't any water at all!

Haha just kidding, I sure hope you keep posting becase that monster is going to be so nice. :)
 

NaH2O

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Wow! What are the dimensions of that baby? Be sure to keep us posted with the process!
 

Donovan

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The tank is 10 feet long, 3 feet high and 4 feet wide. It came from IAP - they just delivered it today. The stand and hole in the living room wall is going in next week. I still have to order a sump but am waiting until the tank goes in and the stand to be finished so I can nail down the size I need. The fake corals come from www.livingcolor.com.

So its not technically a reef tank - hope I am still welcome!
 

NaH2O

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LOL - of course you are welcome! What types of fish are you planning to keep?
 

Donovan

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Still deciding my fish list. I have a problem with impulse buying fish and overstocking. Really trying to avoid doing that this time around.

So far I am pretty set on
- zebra moray eel
- some kind of puffer -golden, mappa, etc.
- naso vlamengii
- naso brevirostris
- personifer angel
- grey angel
- mated pair of bluejaw triggers
- sargassum trigger
 

reedman

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That's going to be a SWEET tank. I like the fake corals. Let's you have the fish you want while still looking like a reef tank. Very nice.
 

Krish

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Like they say in the Bahamas..."Well Mudda Sick!" translated "Holy Crap!". That is HUGE!!!! Must of cost a lot. Like I always say though, You can't have money and things...Good choice.
 

Donovan

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The corals were more than the tank! My last tank was an SPS/clam tank. I am looking foward to being able to keep some fish that I couldn't before. Plus a reef tank at this size really isn't feasible cost wise. This tank is 4 times bigger than my old one but will be less maintenaince and lower monthy running costs.

Once its done I will be more than happy to host some kind of event for the PSAS.
 

Donovan

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Tank goes into new home tomorrow

So far the hard part was finding 10 strong friends that can be coaxed with pizza and beer...
 

Donovan

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Lighting

I am lighting the tank with 8 50 watt Ushio MR-16 bulbs. They are 12 degree narrow spot beams that will give me that "shimmering" look you get with halides. I have two 8 foot tracks so I can move them around and highlight certain points.
 

Donovan

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The stand from the fish room

The big beams go through the floor and are secured to a concrete pad in the crawl space. We are guessing about 9000 pounds.
 

Donovan

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The kelvin is stated at 6500K - they look much more like 10,000K. Tough to say until I see them running through water. Most MR-16 bulbs are around 3000K - way too yellow. I am supplementing them with PC Actinic bulbs to bring out more blue.

Obviously they don't have the intensity of 250W halides but they have alot less energy consumption as well. I was going for the shimmer effect without having to need the photosynthetic ability of a halide bulb.

The bulbs are like 6 bucks each.
 
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