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Gtstricky 04/27/2008 07:51 PM

Here is the cutting station I set up. I borrowed a saw and it did not have a guide rail long enough so I used the trashcan pushed up against my car. Hey... it worked...

Here are a couple of shots of the build:

Hey It holds water... well it did have a drip leak in one corner but a little weld-on #40 took care of that. :)

And a parting shot of my first 20# of live rock cooking away.

raen 04/27/2008 08:34 PM

go baby go! I am following this. I want an "in the wall" tank within 2 years in my basement. We are in the process of finishing so I am excited to see how it goes for you!

D to the P 04/27/2008 10:59 PM

I think that sump looks great. I can't wait to see it up and running. You did a really nice job, it looks very clean. I like in the one photo how your dog is kinda looking out the door like he's saying "what the hell are you doing?"

supercon71 05/06/2008 06:20 AM

Nice looking. As you know i'm doing my own in-wall 90 gallon oceanic tech tank build as well (click on the red house), and I see a lot of similarities between our two builds (even though mine is in wall).

I'm not sure about what you want to do, but I removed all that insulation on the drywall. For one thing, it will get damp (at least with my high volume sump) and secondly the amount of debris it creates is just too much and too close to the water, so I removed it. I'm still trying to think about the best way to protect the exposed drywall from dampness, however.

Even though i'm running an Iwaki external rated at 1000 gph and up only about 3 feet, I am not relying on it for tank flow (in fact, as you know, i've restricted the flow of it a good amount). Right now i'm using 3 HK4's.

Anyway, looks good.....i'll tag along.

Gtstricky 05/09/2008 08:45 PM

While my wife was out of town this week (with the camera) I got a lot done.

The plumbing has been completed and tested. I only had one small leak which was fixed. The sand and live rock was put in and the system is up and running.

I ended up turning down the flow on the return pump. It was really flowing and was a bit loud. If I guessed I would say it is between 450 and 500 gph. The three power heads are a bit much. I like the 2 koralia 4's as they are very quiet but they start in reverse about 50% of the time.

I also have a maxi-Jet 1200 with a mod kit. I like the flow on that also but it has a hum to it every once in a while. If I have all three going and the pump turned up it really moves.

Here are some pics.

Sump. The electrical cords will be moved this weekend sometime.

Another sump

Tank. Gotta love the light. I ordered a Aquactinics constellation but they are back ordered for another week.

Some of the rock. I have a little more but I am still thinking through the layout. This is not where it will be:

lemkerailroad1 05/09/2008 09:39 PM

looing great, wish i would have put a refug in my 220g

very nice setup

Gtstricky 05/11/2008 08:23 AM

Anyone have advice for how secure the rocks need to be? I moved the around a bit and they seem like they are not going anywhere.

Also, can the rocks touch the back glass in adeq spots?

Aquarist007 05/11/2008 09:05 AM


<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12516853#post12516853 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Gtstricky
Anyone have advice for how secure the rocks need to be? I moved the around a bit and they seem like they are not going anywhere.

Also, can the rocks touch the back glass in adeq spots?

just make sure the large rocks are the base and as you move up the reef they become smaller--there is one rock in the middle that looks like you should reverse it--the bigger is over the smaller.

Rocks shouldn't touch the glass but can, as long as they are not load bearing and are going to create pressure against it.

great build by the way:smokin:

Ritten 05/11/2008 09:12 AM

That large one on top looks like if you moved it to the bottom and supported it with another smaller rock you could make a pretty cool cave with it? Nice build thread.

Gtstricky 06/29/2008 12:16 PM

Here are a couple of updated picks:

full shot



skimmer (MR-2)

newreefbishop 06/29/2008 01:07 PM

Looks great......

Aquarist007 06/29/2008 02:17 PM

great setup--could you possible post these pics of your setup in this thread

I think you setup would be a value to alot more reefers that access the site looking for ideas

D to the P 06/29/2008 04:57 PM

things are looking great! what all for livestock do you have in that tank now?

Gtstricky 06/29/2008 05:55 PM

I have:
2 Clarkii (clowns)
Yellow watchman (Shrimp Goby)
Neon Goby
Pygmy Angelfish
Powder Blue Tang

RBTA (the Clarkii has hosted TODAY)
2 Claims from here

D to the P 06/29/2008 07:02 PM

Sounds like a nice stocking list. How about some individual pics of the fish so we can get to know the family haha.

LoyalConvict 07/16/2009 02:28 PM

updated pics please!

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