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    90 gallon custom build

    I went through several iterations and discussions with many people who had tanks laying around.

    After going through a couple, @John7429 mentioned he had this one collecting scale and hardwater stains and I fell in love with it.

    3x2x2,90 gallons. 3/8 inch of glass per panel. It weighs about 108 pounds.

    I built the stand before actually seeing it with 3/4" extra on all sides, just to be safe.




    When I put it on, it was flush. In terms of carpentry - that never ****ing happens. It was meant to be.




    It will be at least 2 weeks before i get it wet, a month before complete plumbing, and 2 months before stocking, but I have set my budget extremely low for this build, and it will be a mixed SPS/LPS/few softies tank.



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    Nice tank, btw extremely low, meaning how much if you dont mind to share.

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    Nice project, will follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike7381 View Post
    Nice tank, btw extremely low, meaning how much if you dont mind to share.
    I don't want to jinx myself. So I won't share everything i have spent. My initial budget waa 1700,and that number is dropping by the day.

    I am keeping track, so i will post final numbers when the tank is stocked.

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    Dude. Whatever else you need, check with me first...
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    Tank options???



    Dont insult me with your low-balls


    Currently running: 270g monster fish, 180g monster fish, 180g planted (coming soon!), 80g community, 2x 7g planted, 6.7g planted, 2g planted, 2.5g opae

    Reptiles: 15+ turtles/tortoises, 2x uromastyx, 3x Asian water monitors

    Birds: 1x African grey, 2x double yellow headed amazons, 1x umbrella cockatoo

    1x dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by John7429 View Post
    Dude. Whatever else you need, check with me first...
    Sent you a text

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    Still dropping below budget.

    I managed to get an mp40 for only 110, a refugium sump for free

    A decent enough return pump (mag 18) for $40, and most of my rock completely free.

    This $1700 project has now dropped to less than half that by the time I am done.

    I finished the rock scape last week, picked up the substrate locally for dr fosters and smith prices from MAK corals in San Bernardino (100lbs of premium substrate for $100) and 80 lbs is in.

    Same place had the new Fritz Pro Salt for $60.

    I might put the last 20 in after it clears up a bit.

    Even though i do not have the sump or heater running, it is currently cycling, and i might be able to start transferring stuff from my other tank within 2 weeks.




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    what kinda fish and coral you planning Nick?

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    I have a jbj 602 intermediate (28 gallon nano) that i learned reefing on that i plan on transferring everything over from with exception to some of my softies.

    When my wife and i firstgot married, i drove straight into Multiple Tank Syndrome and it drove her nuts, and i cared less about the overall aesthetic of everything involved and spent more time just being a mad scientist.

    So when I got back into the hobby last year, i did one planted and one reef, both small scale, and put them in my upstairs cave.

    She liked them and wanted one downstairs.

    Well, as we all know, moving an established tank is like rotating the earth to change a lightbulb.

    So i started this project in February and am almost complete.

    I could actually transfer everything right now, but i am waiting for a couple more things to come in.
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    Clearing up nicely. Less than 24 hours after water has been added.

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    Very nice, I'm glad you're getting what you want AND under budget. That's awesome!

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    Even though plumbing and sump are not running, I've started putting in my less demanding corals.

    They are less sensitive to cycling and so far am getting away with it.

    One hermit and one snail also found their way in.


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    Almost done, and my expenses is still way low under budget

    I picked up an azoo heater controller (a necessary evil when running a sump) for about 30 dollars, a box of siporax (longer trusted than marinepure, even though it is less effective - this will reduce the need for rock in the display tank and sump by half), and have a refugium kit that should be delivered today that I purchased through ebay and the petco dollar per gallon sale - total cost, about $70.

    My expenses so far are only about $540, which due to getting many things used and through trades will allow me to get some more fish I made goals for earlier, and to skin the stand much sooner than I previously expected to.



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    Plumbing is complete! BIG thanks to @amzreefs who really helped complete this by considering an AMAZING trade to expedite this project for me.

    Protein skimmer is up, sump is up, REFUGIUM is up, and the plumbing WORKED THE FIRST RUN.



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    Nice
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    Tank options???



    Dont insult me with your low-balls


    Currently running: 270g monster fish, 180g monster fish, 180g planted (coming soon!), 80g community, 2x 7g planted, 6.7g planted, 2g planted, 2.5g opae

    Reptiles: 15+ turtles/tortoises, 2x uromastyx, 3x Asian water monitors

    Birds: 1x African grey, 2x double yellow headed amazons, 1x umbrella cockatoo

    1x dog

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    So close to being done.

    For all intents and purposes, everything major is done. I just have to move some inverts over and then skin the stand, but everything seems to love the tank.


    I've been told by most people that moving a 'nem over to a new tank usually results in a split - on a good day - i acclimated both tanks to have identical parameters and transferred it over last night, and so far so good. No splits, and still swole like on steroids.



    I also have my macro algae in the sump /refugium with a grow light. I hate the color, but these things are supposed to do wonders for growth.

    I would love to have a fugeray over it instead, but if this provides more copepods, then so be it.

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    L,BNL, a close up shot of the Euphyllia I have in the tank and my 'nem.



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    Nick,
    Love the beginnings of this tank. I do agree the color is a bit blue kinda washes out the contrast and depth of the tank. but it does make the plants pop out :-)
    Looking at the first photo of yesterdays post the natural photo shot of the tank looks like the tank is set at a depth 20ft or below. ( If you were scuba diving)
    If I am not mistaken this is the same depth that red color starts disappearing so everything looks more blueish. If you put on a red lens/ filter you should get more color out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACalmADDFreak View Post
    Nick,
    Love the beginnings of this tank. I do agree the color is a bit blue kinda washes out the contrast and depth of the tank. but it does make the plants pop out :-)
    Looking at the first photo of yesterdays post the natural photo shot of the tank looks like the tank is set at a depth 20ft or below. ( If you were scuba diving)
    If I am not mistaken this is the same depth that red color starts disappearing so everything looks more blueish. If you put on a red lens/ filter you should get more color out.
    Yeah, I have a package of 10 filters on order from a reef photographer. As soon as I get those, I will take some more pictures.

    The first pic is me playing with the color temperature in post. The second, red, is my sump with its macro algaes. Everyone runs red on their sump, because it is the best for them (supposedly) but it is so ugly. If I can get a 12 inch fugeray or similar, i want to switch to it. I have mermaid's fan and merman's brush in there for gosh sake - it is a shame that it gives me a headache to look at it. That red grow light is so gross.

    The last photo is with the blues on, hence, why it is so blue.

    Photographing a reef tank under the reef lights is a challenge, but once I get my filters in, and my new light today, the colors should look more balanced.

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    New light came in yesterday, the new JBJ SL 140. The JBJ rep @ Pet Expo sold me on it. I personally love everything about JBJ, and while it does not have Apex integration, it is a stellar all-in-one light.

    It pops better than the unibody duo 700 does, and wow was that one fantastic.

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