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Unread 08/06/2008, 07:46 AM   #1
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Tank Of The Month - August 2008

This month we are featuring Travis Heidbrink’s beautiful 280g reef aquarium:



More details can be found here or by clicking on the picture above.

Congratulations, Travis!







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Unread 08/06/2008, 09:05 AM   #2
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Spectacular!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 09:08 AM   #3
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Awesome tank. Congratulations!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 09:09 AM   #4
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Congratulations! Very well deserved.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 09:36 AM   #5
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Great looking tank! The naked story was funny as well.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 09:46 AM   #6
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The tank looks awesome, i have to agree with the above too, the naked story was funny


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:00 AM   #7
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Travis,
Kudos deserved!!! Excellent system with beautiful, healthy animals. Who could ask for more??. Naked Reefer hilarious, especially the part about the measurements being off...isn't it always like that??

Question for you, What do you do with your super sized colonies when you remove them from the system??


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:06 AM   #8
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Wow. What a nice tank.

Way to rebound after the big crash!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:30 AM   #9
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Now THAT is a nice tank. First tank of the month I've ever felt like commenting on. Well done.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:37 AM   #10
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Beautiful!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:47 AM   #11
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Congratulations Travis nice to see a local tank on here.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:48 AM   #12
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Great Feature Travis! The tank is looking great and I got a chuckle from the naked reefer story


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:48 AM   #13
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beautiful tank,,congratulation


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Unread 08/06/2008, 10:53 AM   #14
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Congrats, you have a very impressive reef. I love the nice clean look of the Close loop.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 11:00 AM   #15
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congrats, This tank is amazing


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Unread 08/06/2008, 11:43 AM   #16
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Amazing tank! Thanks for sharing all the details with us. I really like the way you built the lighting all enclosed with glass between the lights and the water. Seems like a great idea.....keeps the heat down and the reflectors clean.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 11:46 AM   #17
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Simply STUNNING Travis!

I'm curious about how you used the acrylic rods to raise your rock. Did you drill multiple holes in the bottom of the rock and use the rods as little "legs" ? I was thinking of doing this, but am somewhat concerned about weight distribution over the bottom of the tank, having the little rods being the only thing touching the ground. My tank is an Envision acrylics as yours is, and with acrylic in general I would think its not much of concern, but was curious as to your thoughts on the issue.

Again, AMAZING aqarium.

EDIT: Oh BTW, that giant efflo/soli you have in the middle there is probably my single favorite LARGE colony I've ever seen.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 12:21 PM   #18
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Very impressive reef Travis, congratulations. The way things have grown together gives a natural look which is fantastic. A well deserved TOTM.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 12:31 PM   #19
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That tank is simply incredible!!! So very jealous!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 01:28 PM   #20
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I didn't realize Travis that your tank looked like that!!!! Man that is really nice!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 01:29 PM   #21
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Congrats Travis! Amazing tank!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 02:16 PM   #22
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What a great surprise to see your tank feature Travis!
It is very well deserved since the tank is absolutely stunning to see.

Congrats!


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Unread 08/06/2008, 02:34 PM   #23
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Thanks for all the kind comments everyone. This really is a privilege for me and means a lot.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 02:35 PM   #24
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Quote:
Originally posted by slojmn
Question for you, What do you do with your super sized colonies when you remove them from the system??
Some colonies were given to a local friend and others were shipped to a person in California that bought them.


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Unread 08/06/2008, 02:44 PM   #25
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Quote:
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Simply STUNNING Travis!

I'm curious about how you used the acrylic rods to raise your rock. Did you drill multiple holes in the bottom of the rock and use the rods as little "legs" ? I was thinking of doing this, but am somewhat concerned about weight distribution over the bottom of the tank, having the little rods being the only thing touching the ground. My tank is an Envision acrylics as yours is, and with acrylic in general I would think its not much of concern, but was curious as to your thoughts on the issue.
Yes, I did it exactly as you mentioned. Drilled holes, inserted the rods, epoxied them in place, and then cut the rods so the rock structure would stand level. It is hard to tell from the pictures of the tank now but there is actually very little rock in there. I was never concerned about the weight being concentrated on the legs. The aquarium also has a 1" thick bottom so not too worried about it not being able to handle the weight. Here are a couple pictures of the rocks/rods:














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