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Old 10/29/2005, 02:21 PM   #1
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Tank of the Month - November 2005

This month we are featuring Joseph Weatherson's (weatherson) beautiful reef aquarium:



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

Congratulations, Joseph!





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Old 11/04/2005, 09:14 AM   #2
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Congratulations, Joseph! Beautiful tank and an awesome article!!

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Old 11/04/2005, 09:33 AM   #3
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Congratulations Joseph. You've truly earned this honor, and it was long overdue. I think this TOTM stands out more than some others because you built so much of the equipment yourself, and everything was created with passion and artistry.

I enjoyed reading your article even though I'm an avid follower of your thread/diary here on RC.


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Old 11/04/2005, 12:35 PM   #4
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congrats joe your tank is definetly a masterpiece


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Old 11/04/2005, 12:36 PM   #5
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Congrats and well deserved. Awesome tank.


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Old 11/04/2005, 03:02 PM   #6
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Congratulations Joseph! Well deserved. I've been a long time follower of your thread, very inspirational.



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Old 11/04/2005, 03:21 PM   #7
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Beautiful tank!!!! Congratulations on TOTM.


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Old 11/04/2005, 03:32 PM   #8
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AWESOME TANK!


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Old 11/04/2005, 04:23 PM   #9
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Without question this man was due for TOTM, have any of you seen his wavemaker!?!? Unbelievable... I mean the man is just sick! Truly amazing Joseph!


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Old 11/04/2005, 04:59 PM   #10
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Thank you Skipper and thanks for your work involved in pulling all the info and photos together.

And thanks to everyone for your kind words. I appreciate the comments greatly.

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Old 11/04/2005, 05:19 PM   #11
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Wow I've never seen such a methodical design looks great.


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Old 11/04/2005, 05:46 PM   #12
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Two questions:

A. What was the approximate cost of all this? I'm in the (very early) planning stages of "the ultimate tank" and whenever I see something this nice, that's always my first question. Of course, I'm talking pre-livestock.

B. Can you design some anti-gravity boots for me? Seriously, it can't be any more complex than some of the stuff you've built here.

Awesome job!!!


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Old 11/04/2005, 06:16 PM   #13
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Confooseld: Thank you for the kind words.

finneganswake: A: About a buck thirty-seven. Seriously, I prefer not to discuss financial matters publicly but I'm sure that if you do some quick calculations on the commercially obtained goods, you can get a rough idea. But, this is partially why I like building my own equipment... for the cost savings. That, and I simply enjoy building shiny toys.

B: What size. Although, upon further thought, acrylic may not be best for comfort.

Thank you.

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Old 11/04/2005, 06:44 PM   #14
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Joseph - this is amazing. What a treat to have a spare room to use for this. My support system is all under the house in a crawl space.

Your tank is beautiful, well designed and obviously well maintained.

Congratulations!

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Old 11/04/2005, 07:21 PM   #15
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Gorgeous tank! I really enjoyed reading about it. Thanks for the inspiration.


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Old 11/04/2005, 07:30 PM   #16
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Cleaner than a doctor's office. Hats off to ya! MM


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Old 11/04/2005, 07:35 PM   #17
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I can't even pronounce the name of that valve let alone build one!

Finneganswake - The reason no one likes to tell how much we spend on our tanks is for self preservation just in case mama happens to look over our shoulder while on the computer!

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Old 11/04/2005, 07:45 PM   #18
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congrats! the pic of your clown in...what i think is a sebae (?) is now my desktop


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Old 11/04/2005, 07:49 PM   #19
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sign-you-SOY-dull

I am one of those who has the distinct honor of having experienced Weatherson's tank in person (yes, I'm always looking for an excuse to need to stop in). I can only leave you all to assume how much he's helped and inspired as president of our local reef club, as well.

Even the amount of explanations and detail that went into just this article only begins to elude to how much he's willing (and CLEARLY able) to help other reefers.

Hats off to you once again, Joe. And one more official and public thank you for all your help.

'Nother tank, huh? That center-of-room tank sounds fun! Let me know when I can PLEASE get to help!


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Old 11/04/2005, 09:35 PM   #20
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Fantastic artistry, workmanship and ingenuity. The time spent is obvious and the results well...they speak for themselves. Very very nicely done
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Old 11/04/2005, 09:44 PM   #21
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I'm speechless from the beauty, the commitment, the thought, the passion… the entire essence of what is achieved in the TOTMs, especially this one with so much DIY I’m dizzy...

I’m just getting going in the saltwater side of this hobby, reading and research stage, and when I see tanks like this I end up in the fetal position, whimpering in the corner thinking I’m not worthy. It can be very intimidating…

That being said, I appreciate the hobby that much more for all the effort and passion that does exist for it. I have learned more from informed RC members and articles posted on Reef Keeping in the few weeks since I signed up that it makes all the books I’ve gotten so far seem obsolete or it’s a, ‘been there… read that already’!

Big props Joseph, big props… may I be a fraction of the marine husband that you and your wife are!

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Old 11/04/2005, 10:05 PM   #22
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All I can say is WOW! I normally just skim through the pictures on the TOTM article, but this is the 1st time where I actually read the whole article. I just love the creativity, and I'm so impressed with handiwork and build of all the customized gadgets you've made. Made me wish that I paid more attention in shop class lol. Well Deserved for TOTY IMO!


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Old 11/04/2005, 10:55 PM   #23
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From a systems-perspective (fish room) it's just awesome...crazy. Front side of the tank not bad either!
Congrats!


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Old 11/04/2005, 10:58 PM   #24
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Congratulation Joseph!! Your tank is amazing and your thread is always a good read.


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Old 11/04/2005, 11:01 PM   #25
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Bout time your tank made it here Joseph. Congrats!

As for the hex tank you want to build in the middle of your room, have you considered constructing it like the zero-edge tank where the tank walls are the overflows?

http://www.tropicalfishstore.com/Aquarium-ZeroEdge.htm

You'd have to minimize the surface agitation, but if you're plumbing it into your existing system, I doubt that gas exchange would be an issue (especially with that monster dual beckett skimmer).

And when are you going build a surge device?!

Tank of the year right here ladies and gentleman.


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