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Old 05/17/2004, 11:28 AM   #1
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Pictures - 800 gallon reef - 7+ years in operation

The following are pictures taken this weekend of my 800 gallon reef.

Please keep the following points in mind in looking at these pictures:

1. I spent about 1 year planning this reef, which has been in continuous operation for 7+ years now;

2. My theme throughout has been to try, in so far as possible, to create a "window" on the ocean;

3. I am more concerned with the overall look of the "window" than I am with the display of specific corals;

4. Apart from a few tasks that were clearly beyond me, such as the actual on-site assembly of the glass and the electrical work, I did the majority of the work
myself. I also maintain it.




A. The reef looking from the left side of the tank:





B. The reef looking from the right side of the tank. (the wall immediately to the left of the tank is covered with a full length mirror which creates the reflection)





C. The left side of the reef:





D. The middle portion of the reef:





E. School of tangs over mid-right portion of reef;





F. The right side of reef:





G. Overview of area where reef located





H. The tank on the right side of this picture is a second reef (225) which originally housed my first reef and which is now slowly being converted into my "Quiet Reef"
- - intended to house animals that are unlikely to survive in the Main Reef.
The large reef can be seen on the left hand side of this picture (with the accompanying reflection).




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Old 05/17/2004, 11:56 AM   #2
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That is a BEAUTIFUL tank... I'm so jealous. Nice work.

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Old 05/17/2004, 11:56 AM   #3
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P.S. - any pics of the sump/lighting/plumbing/skimmer/etc...???

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Old 05/17/2004, 12:03 PM   #4
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Really nice work!!!!


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Old 05/17/2004, 12:22 PM   #5
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Wow!

I would love to see pictures and learn details of the plumbing, filtration, and lighting.


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Old 05/17/2004, 12:53 PM   #6
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Very impressive.

Who built the tank? You said it was Starphire. It must be a laminated piece. Are you happy with how it has stood the test of time? Does the lamination process effect the clarity at all?

I would also love to see some behind the scene pics.


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Old 05/17/2004, 01:01 PM   #7
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WOW

very impressive!!


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Old 05/17/2004, 01:19 PM   #8
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Cool stuff!!

How is the maintanence schedule?

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Old 05/17/2004, 01:21 PM   #9
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An impressive reef which really ought to be written up in a Tank Of The Month article. The bar is impressive too...


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Old 05/17/2004, 01:48 PM   #10
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HOLY CRAP!!! Amazing!


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Old 05/17/2004, 02:35 PM   #11
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NICE BAR!!!!!


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Old 05/17/2004, 02:35 PM   #12
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WOW!!!!! Now that is a true beauty!!! Is that your home too?


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Old 05/17/2004, 02:53 PM   #13
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Aha! Clearly, you live somewhere in the South Pacific, and have cleverly walled-in a bit of your basement with stout glass such that it looks directly into the adjoining lagoon. The light gave it away. Almost fooled me, though, so nice try!


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Old 05/17/2004, 03:12 PM   #14
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Do you have the tank built at the same time you built your house, or did you do it afterwards???? And do you have any humidity problems; mold/moisture build-up; with the tank being that large??? It's awesome!!!!!


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Old 05/17/2004, 03:52 PM   #15
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killer!!!!

Need fishroom pics!!!!!


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Old 05/17/2004, 04:56 PM   #16
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Oh my good! That is one sweet tank! WoW!


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Old 05/17/2004, 05:59 PM   #17
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Quote:
Originally posted by scbauer
P.S. - any pics of the sump/lighting/plumbing/skimmer/etc...???

-Scott
Quote:
Originally posted by Mark
Wow!:
I would love to see pictures and learn details of the plumbing, filtration, and lighting.
Quote:
Originally posted by gig
killer!!!!

Need fishroom pics!!!!!
Yes, I will post some pictures of the support systems as soon as I get an opportunity to take some more pictures.


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Very impressive.
Who built the tank? You said it was Starphire. It must be a laminated piece. Are you happy with how it has stood the test of time? Does the lamination process effect the clarity at all?

I would also love to see some behind the scene pics.
Paid a professional to assemble the tank on site (it's amazing to see someone balancing hundreds of pounds of glass).
Have some pictures kicking around somewhere of the assembly and contruction process and will try to find, scan and post them if there is interest.

No, the starfire isn't laminated. Had some problems finding a piece that was 3/4" thick x 120"l x 36" h.
The pieces that were being produced by the factory (believe it was PPG) all had flaws. Finally found an unflawed piece in a distributors warehouse and paid to have it shiiped across the continent.


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Cool stuff!!

How is the maintanence schedule?

Keegan
Reef appears to be in balance so maintenance is very limited. In fact, weeks can go by without any maintenance intervention at all.
(I know that this goes against the grain of prevailing opinion - but I believe that sticking one's hands into a tank often creates more problems than it solves) and this approach seems to work for me...


QUOTE]Originally posted by yoink326
NICE BAR!!!!! [/QUOTE]
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WOW!!!!! Now that is a true beauty!!! Is that your home too?
Yes that is part of the basement in my home.


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Do you have the tank built at the same time you built your house, or did you do it afterwards???? And do you have any humidity problems; mold/moisture build-up; with the tank being that large??? It's awesome!!!!!
No, the tank went in well after the home was built. It involved 7 men carrying in individual panes of glass (using industrial suction cups).
In order to take in the glass and stand (which was fabricated in 2 sections and boled together in place) into the basement, we had to remove the spindles and handrails on the circular oak staircase leading into the basement (when my wife realized what we were doing, she took 2 headache pills and then went out for a very long walk....)
As the whole house in well air-conditioned, the air conditioning seems to take care of the humidity in summer (it also helps to keep the temperature in check).
Have only noticed what I would characterize as a reasonably minor humidity problem in winter (have large central humidifiers that seem to have little to do).
Must admit, however, that I have at times considered isolating the tank areas from the rest of the house using, a heat exchange system, for example (like the idea, in theory, but the problem, such as it is, doesn't seem to warrent this sort of expense).




Thanks to all for your many compliments.


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Old 05/17/2004, 06:30 PM   #18
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hey great tank. If u dont my taking the time do you think you could make a list of main fish and coral you have? Again amazing tank


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Old 05/17/2004, 06:40 PM   #19
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Wow simply amazing.........

definatly a TOTM!

800 gallon or more is my dream tank..


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Old 05/17/2004, 06:49 PM   #20
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Amazing, simply stuning. And 7 years with a deep sand bed. Have you changed the sand at all over the life of the tank? How have you avoided the "old tank syndrome"?
It's a truly beautiful tank.


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Old 05/17/2004, 07:09 PM   #21
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That is one fantastic tank.

Would you tell us about the type of lighting, filtration and pumps, etc.. that you use?

What would you do differently?

TOTM material here...


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Old 05/17/2004, 07:22 PM   #22
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VERY beautiful. How deep is the sand bed? How many lbs of LR did you put into that thing! SHEESH! That's a lot of time and money and effort but it looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 05/17/2004, 07:34 PM   #23
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Very sweet tank! lots of color in there.

It's hard to make a guy with a 300g tank jealous, but you managed to do it just fine...

ps. I agree, minimal intervention. My 300 is on autopilot most of the time. I think volume equals less intervention required....


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Old 05/17/2004, 07:35 PM   #24
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All I can say is......DAYYUM!!!!


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Old 05/17/2004, 08:08 PM   #25
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Beats the hell out of my 75

WOW... just... wow

Still drooling


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