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    Blountville, TN
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    72 gal bow
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  1. @mhart032 The tank will be built in with a big room behind it ( http://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/38984-designing-the-fish-room-help ) so there shouldn't be any noise issues. @Dogfish As far as I've been told the whole system was up and running three weeks ago. The guy that owned it passed away and his loser children decided it would be fine to just turn everything off and let everything die. He was separated from his wife and she's the one that decided to sell it all for $1500 but it has to be gone by EOD tomorrow. House is being auctioned. I'll make a full inventory once have it all in storage. Right now I have everything moved to storage except the 150 and the 270.
  2. The H2Overflow kits look like they would give me all the surface skimming i would need and would be very inconspicuous as well.
  3. yeah and that's going to bug the crap out of me in the long run. If there's no way to incorporate surface skimming then it's really not worth it to me. I suppose I could mount a couple of internal overflow boxes, like you suggested earlier, around the holes like these: or something like this that I just found: Here's a link: https://www.customaquariums.com/information/h2overflow.html
  4. As close to the top that the overflow hole is drilled I don't think one of these kits can be fitted to it. I could use something like the overflow at the bottom though. Thoughts?
  5. So here’s the all that’s included for $1500. Oh from what I understand, the guy that owned this ordered it built just like this for use as a saltwater tank because he ran the two overflow pipes through the walk into a closet where the sump was. The other big tank shown is a 150. All light fixtures shown (none are known names to me), chiller, 6 stage RODI, sumps, pumps, probably 300+ pounds of rock, reactors including a calcium reactor with two oxygen bottles, two MP40 wavemakers, frag tank, 40 breeder he used for a QT, salt, skimmers including that big one that’s about 3 foot tall (don’t know the brand), big UV filter, just a ton of stuff. Oh, even includes a big Hayward pond pump and sand filter that looks fairly new.
  6. I’ve come across a good deal on a tank that I can use for the built in I’ve been planning for the new house, but the overflow has me a bit perplexed. The overflow is basically two 1.5” or 2” inch holes drilled in the back which currently just has two elbows angled at a 45 with some guards across it to keep fish from going down it. I’m thinking I could have a coast-to-coast built to attach to it instead. What do you all think?
  7. Wade

    FOWNR? (fish only with no rock)

    I did find out today that he's got bioballs in the center chamber of his overflow/sump that's on the back of the AIO. He said it was up and running empty for two months before he added anything but I don't know if he was ghost feeding the tank. I don't think he was though.
  8. The guy that's going to build my house recently jumped into the saltwater aquarium hobby. He bought a AIO 55 gallon bowfront and has is up and running empty for a couple of months. He said he used one bag of live sand and a couple more of regular sand (I'm hoping it was aquarium sand). All decorations are fake off the shelf stuff like grass, sticks, pottery, etc. Probably all resin or plastic stuff made for an aquarium. I've not set one up without live rock before nor do I know anyone else that has so I'm unsure how a tank like this cycles. I talked to him last week and cautioned him against adding any livestock before the tank has gone through it's cycle. I don't know what test kits, if any, that he's using to determine if the tank has cycled. He sent me some pictures this evening of the 6 clown fish he added to the tank. Eeeeek. He also spoke about being on course to add coral in two months. I'm guessing it'll be softies. My question to you all is, how does a tank without live anything or the porous material to harbor bacteria cycle? Is it pretty much like a QT that just needs frequent water changes? I'm obviously very concerned about the future success of the tank and it's inhabitants.
  9. Wade

    Designing the Fish Room - HELP!

    Oooooooooooooooooooo. Me likey. I'll have to look into that!
  10. Wade

    Green Hair Algae Control

    That was my thought as well! I keep trying to find someone who's had a negative experience using it, but haven't located on yet. How does it kill off the exposed algae without killing off the zooxanthellae algae inside the coral? Either way it doesn't address the cause of the bloom, but maybe it will help get a handle on a big bloom before it starts killing off coral anyway. If she decides to go this route I'll try and document the progress and long term effects.
  11. Wade

    Green Hair Algae Control

    Someone this weekend told me about using a one time treatment of fluconazole to rid the tank of hair algae. I found a YouTube video that documents a tank before, during and after the treatment. Is this safe to use? I know it doesn't address the core reason of why it bloomed to begin with, but if it help eradicate it so they can get a leg up on turning the corner on it then it might be worth the expense. Thoughts?
  12. Wade

    Green Hair Algae Control

    Thanks Tim. They are trying very hard to be patient. I had the advantage of going through several years of growing pains to figure things out while they're learning on the fly while dealing with an ugly algae bloom which tends to put one in panic mode. She's a very smart lady (chemist) who is learning the ropes very quickly and hasn't slipped into panic mode which is pretty impressive from my viewpoint. She's just trying to figure out how to deal with it and feels that all her efforts are in vain because she doesn't see any changes for the better yet. I've sent her the link for your case study and your response above which she's probably on reading now. I've also encouraged her to join this forum as you all are the most knowledgeable folks I've come across in this hobby. Can't express how much you all have helped me over the years. Everyone is quick with an opinion in this hobby, but when you can back it up with the knowledge and experience you all possess it takes it to whole other level.
  13. Wade

    Green Hair Algae Control

    Thank you sir!
  14. Wade

    Green Hair Algae Control

    I suppose if she takes the rock out she could treat the affected areas with H2O2 as long as she doesn't get it on the coral, correct?
  15. Wade

    Green Hair Algae Control

    No worries about the temp change or water flow around the coral? What if she has the rock out for 30 minutes? Would that cause an issue or not really?
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