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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    I just found and read your build thread, WOW! What an incredible set up, and you built it yourself, fantastic!
  2. This may prove to be one of the slowest builds in history, but here's it goes!! We bought this house in Dec (thanks JeeperTy) and right away I noticed this arch, visible from all of downstairs and some of upstairs, that is screaming "please put a tank here!!!". The opening is 50" wide and the current plan is to leave the wall mostly alone, and build the stand around it. In this pic you can see there is a little divider wall and I want this side of the stand to come out even with that. So that limits me to 11" on each side and a 30" x 48" tank. Yesterday I managed to get a hole cut in the wall to peek in and see how it's constructed, and where any wires are located. Here goes nothing!! And here's what I found top bottom It's constructed just how I expected. I was able to put that rectangle right back into place to keep curious kiddos out. I'm glad that part worked out! Timfish handled the move of my 90gal from the old house and while he was here I enlisted his help with this new build. A couple things we talked about are: having an external overflow, closed loop for circulation, leaving the wall studs as-is (figure something out with that wire) and having a sump possibly in 2 or 3 parts and have it run in between the studs, having drywall on the green side so it looks just like it was part of the house all along, and on the kitchen side having the stand be skinned in cabinetry that matches the kitchen. It'd be nice to have a section separate for the controller and other electronics. I plan on only accessing the tank on the tile floor side, but I plan on having access on the hardwood floor side too, just in case it's needed. Trying to think of ways to do that with drywall. Nothing is set in stone yet, but I'd like to get the tank ordered asap. Now that we know what the wall looks like, we can plan where any holes might go, and I can get the tank ordered and drilled. The lights will hang from the arch and if I can do it, I'd like to have the wires for the lights go strait into the wall and run down inside the wall. Tim mentioned using a tray that the lights would poke down out of to keep things really clean looking vs the bar they hang from now. That's about it for now! I'll list the equipment I have and general plans for the tank later. Everything in my current tank will transfer. Thanks in advance for any input. I'll need lots of advice on this one!
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    KimP's in-wall room divider build

    Thanks! It's coming along. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    KimP's in-wall room divider build

    It's like a light pink? Just the regular color. I had the blues turned down but it always looks either that dark in pictures, or totally washed out. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    KimP's in-wall room divider build

    Check out this bubble coral. It's always looked healthy and happy, but it's been especially happy lately! I've had it many years and it started in my tank as a 3rd generation polyp from a colony bought in the early '90s.
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    Success with dendros but never with sun coral. Never heard of anyone having success long term without considerable work, including pulling the coral out almost daily into a feeding bowl or constructing some sort of dome to go over it and inject food into. It's so hard long term to get it to consistently open up to eat. Dendros are easy though, but will need to be fed. I have an auto feeder sitting above mine in such a way that with the flow, it sends food right at the polyps. It's still not enough though, I know they appreciate when I broadcast feed frozen, and especially small stuff like cyclopeeze. Dendros seem to always run about $25/head. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    BBMarlin's 76G - Skimmerless SPS Reef

    That looks amazing, wow! I love the progress pics. I found the same to be true in my tank. Both with the Mg and skimmer. Pulled the skimmer cup out and never replaced it and sponges appeared all over, in the DT and sump. Glad to hear of another successful tank running without a skimmer! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    It looks really good so far! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  9. Wow! What a difference. It's beautiful! I'm glad everything went well while you were gone! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    KimP's in-wall room divider build

    The mother for that Tyree toadstool was my first group buy when I joined arc so many years ago, and this is the first time I've seen polyp extension like that! I'm really enjoying that little baby frag that popped up. I'm thinking I've had it in too much light all these years. Or in not enough flow.
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    KimP's in-wall room divider build

    I've been gathering some color for the tank over the past few weeks (thanks ARC!). It'll be fun watching these grow out. I also took some pictures of coral that have been in there a long time. As expected, I had to set up my doser for alk again a couple days ago. I have plans for a few more additions in the future, so I'll be mapping out my par this week and making sure everything is in a good spot. Here's to a successful refresh of the tank for 2019! Happy New Year ARC!
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    After a LONG break

    Welcome to the club! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    What the . . . what are the odds!

    That's awesome! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Mag drive water pump took a dump

    If you don't find a pump or get yours working, can you hook up a bubbler in the sump? Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  15. I don't know anything much about anemones, but that toadstool should be fine if you cut it at the base and move it. If you decide they do need more space. Mine peels off the rock pretty easily. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    This has been my experience with ich. It shows up randomly for a day or so, I don't do anything but watch it, and it's gone just as fast. I haven't noticed anything in common with the times I see it and it's not very often. Fingers crossed it continues this way! I haven't lost any fish to it. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Sorry to hear about your fish. Sounds like you tried everything there was to do [emoji3525] Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    [emoji1786] Wow! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    42 Gallon Hex Tank Build

    What a great read, wow! You have amazing attention to detail, I can see why your wife wants you to build the cabinets! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Looking for red dragon

    Does anyone have red dragon acropora that could cut me a frag?
  21. Welcome to the club! Lots of amazing builds to read about here. Do you have any pictures to share of your previous tanks? I always enjoyed having a pico and would like to see what you did with yours! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Victoly's 210........

    So when are we going to get some details on your plumbing, lighting, equipment, stocking, etc plans? Quit holding out on us! [emoji3]
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    Back by popular demand

    Good to see you around again! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Just picked up a macro lens, holy moly

    Your pictures are amazing! We used to do a photography meeting every January that had some great tips for taking pictures of a reef tank. I think there's a write up of the tips around the site here somewhere. Doesn't look like you need any of them though! Wow! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    KimP's in-wall room divider build

    I finally did it. I got some FTS! I know, I know it's so overdue, but I was busy incubating our 4th frag, another boy 😆 I'm slowly getting back into it and the tank back in shape. Finally got it cleaned up (with help, thank you timfish) and am trying to think of it as a clean slate rather than be frustrated with what I've lost. I'm gearing up to get some nice corals in there soon. Quite a bit held on through it all, but I did lose some over the past year. My current plans are to clear out the valley and get the sandbed cleaned up. Get the frags off of it mostly. My Apex stopped working, so I have a troubleshooting session in my future. Having a really simple setup has sure paid off in this case. All I really lost was my lighting program, so now I just have a timer turning them on and off. I will be happy to get back to having some variation in the spectrum over the day. And I lost the variation in the closed loop strength.