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Old 12/10/2007, 10:28 AM
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did you have any pics of the moonlight in action
not really, none of themreally turned out. my camera is kindof junky, and I don't have a tripod (that I would need to take pics without the flash). I can say that it is probably the brightest moonlight you've ever seen, and it is a slightly whitish blue. it does look very natural which is what I was going for. I think a blue incandescent light would have made a better 'blue' moonlight, but I like mine the way it is. I'll try to get a pic eventually.
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Old 12/10/2007, 11:04 AM
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About how much total in materials would you say it cost to build your stand?
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Old 12/10/2007, 03:05 PM
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How much did the tank cost in glass?
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Old 12/10/2007, 03:25 PM
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About how much total in materials would you say it cost to build your stand?
If your just talking about the stand, about $350-500 for wood, screws, glue, paint, stain, ect. I also had to buy some tools (like a doweling jig and a rail and style) that I didn't factor in to this price. If I were to build this stand for someone ells there would be some seriouse labour charges as it was fairly work intensive. All these prices are in Canadian, so I assume it would be a bit cheaper for a yank.

QUOTE]Originally posted by Zedar
How much did the tank cost in glass? [/QUOTE]

$350 plus tax was my glass bill. Well worth it to have the glus cut proffesionally as everything fit perfectly. A reef ready 90 gallon tank at the LFS runs about the same. Again, price is in CAD
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Old 12/19/2007, 08:09 PM
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I started moving some live stock from the old tank. My sumps are nowhere near finished (or started) yet, but I figured it would be fine to start setting up the main display. Like my rockwork so far?


all my rock has across, monties, zooís and other corals growing all over it, so aquascaping is going to be a challenge as I have to make sure everything is in an upright position and exposed to a good amount of light. I generally wanted my monties and zoos to be lower in the tank since they donít need as much light, and my across I would try to put up high, but not too high so they are getting fried by the 400W halide. My plan for aquascaping is one large central pillar of rock, and I thought of a clever way of doing this (well I think itís clever.. we will have to wait and see). I am going to use a central pvc pipe and attach the rock to it using zip ties. The pipe will be supported by an acrylic base that I painted white to match the white tank bottom. The pipe itself will be black so it is not noticeable, and I used black zip ties.

I used a bulkhead to hold the pipe up.


Here we are with the beginnings of the aquascaping. I tried to put the big rocks on the bottom to keep the center of gravity low. The last thing I want is an avalanche.

Just about finished

and done

I tried to spread the corals around so all the sides were equally colorful, but it didnít work so well. Oh well, guess Iíll have to get more!

A couple days later and it was time to move the fish in to their new home. Seem pretty happy so far

and the last pic after everything was all cleaned up.


Hopefully Iíll start work on the sump. Iím thinking about building it out of glass, not acrylic.
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Old 12/19/2007, 11:06 PM
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Nice touch stacking the rock.

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Old 12/31/2007, 04:27 PM
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I like the rock column! Can you explain how the PVC is connected to the base please?
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Old 12/31/2007, 04:36 PM
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What type of paint did you use on the pipe that the rock is on, I hope it's reef safe......
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Old 12/31/2007, 04:41 PM
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You have mad tyte skillz sir!
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Old 12/31/2007, 04:57 PM
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sweet build, nice stand/canopy... love that rock pillar as well. There must be some crazy flow with those vortechs in there , would love a pair in my tank. Keep it up
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Old 12/31/2007, 06:53 PM
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Love the aquascape.
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Old 12/31/2007, 08:24 PM
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How about an update.

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Old 12/31/2007, 10:52 PM
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call me a cop but thats a 30 inch tank and you have a tang in there..
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Old 12/31/2007, 11:17 PM
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Wow that looks awesome. Sorry if I missed it, but are you going to be adding sand or going BB?
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Old 01/01/2008, 12:14 AM
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So exactly what are you saying?

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call me a cop but thats a 30 inch tank and you have a tang in there..
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Old 01/01/2008, 12:48 AM
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call me a cop but thats a 30 inch tank and you have a tang in there..
I guess there can never be thread that goes without somebody bashing on what fish they have in their tank.
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Old 01/01/2008, 01:00 AM
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Zebrasoma flavescens, Yellow Tang, 75 gal (285l). From the moderators of reef central.
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call me a cop but thats a 30 inch tank and you have a tang in there..

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Old 01/01/2008, 08:59 AM
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Old 01/01/2008, 09:01 AM
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Another note here folks, instead of everyone quoting something like this, just ignore and report it.
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Old 01/01/2008, 11:18 AM
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That overflow kind of makes me nervous. Do you thing it would be advantageous to cut two glass triangle pieces for support underneath?
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Old 01/01/2008, 11:27 AM
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Question. What's the advantage of using styrofoam only on the bottom edges instead of across the entire floor?

Great work by the way....especially on the rockwork. I've learned a ton reading your thread.
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Old 01/01/2008, 06:42 PM
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Old 01/02/2008, 12:46 PM
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Sweet Rock Design! How did you get the rock to stack? Did you attach the rock to the pole for safety?
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Old 01/02/2008, 02:04 PM
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I really think you should consider putting that acrylic gaurd that you mentioned making on that reefkeeper. I have had salt creep far from the source it came from.

On a happy note, everything looks fantastic. I think you did an excellent job putting everything together, and I especially like the rock!
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Old 01/03/2008, 07:49 AM
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Hey guys
So sorry I havenít been replying, been busy with the holidays and some un-aquarium related home renos. Honestly I havenít done much to the tank since the last post, but I will be starting up with the sump build very soon.

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I like the rock column! Can you explain how the PVC is connected to the base please?
The pvc is connected to the acrylic base by a bulkhead. I thought about trying to glue an acrylic rod, but I decided to go with a bulkhead as I thought it would be simpler. I also have a trick planned for the sump return. Iíll give you a hint, it involves all the holes I drilled in the pvc pipe.

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What type of paint did you use on the pipe that the rock is on, I hope it's reef safe......
Krylon fussion. All my research tells me it is totally reef safe and I have used it a few times before with no adverse effects. It should be left ot offgass for atleast 48 hrs, and I tent to leave it for a good week or so just to be safe.

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call me a cop but thats a 30 inch tank and you have a tang in there..
blahhh pish posh, heís a yellow tang, heíll be fine. So far he seems happier than a termite in a lumber yard. I wonít be putting any nasos or sohals in here.. I know a thing or two about this hobby, so rest assured.

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Wow that looks awesome. Sorry if I missed it, but are you going to be adding sand or going BB?
Not sure I really talked about this much already, but Iím going BB. Under everything, I put a piece of 3/8Ē acrylic that I painted white. This will protect the bottom of my tank if I have an avalanche, and Iím hoping kick some light back up at the corals. At least until It cakes over with coralline. I like sand bottom tanks but I thought I would try BB this time.

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That overflow kind of makes me nervous. Do you thing it would be advantageous to cut two glass triangle pieces for support underneath?
I though about it, but I decided that the sided and back were more than strong enough. It will only hold 4-5 gallons or so as the overflow will only be half full once the drain pipe is in. never the less I will keep a close eye, and if I need to put some supports in I will.


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Question. What's the advantage of using styrofoam only on the bottom edges instead of across the entire floor?

Great work by the way....especially on the rockwork. I've learned a ton reading your thread.
As per proper glass tank design, the bottom pain of glass does not rest on the stand. Infact it site ľĒ above the bottom of the sides. The sides and front / back should cary the weight of the aquarium. This being said the bottom wonít touch the stand, so I only need styro around the perimeter where the tank will be in contact with the stand. Styro is great, helps level off your tank like measuring and shimming never could.

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Sweet Rock Design! How did you get the rock to stack? Did you attach the rock to the pole for safety?
yupp thatís exactly what I did. I used black zip ties to attach the rock to the central pvc pole. Worked great. Not all the rock is attached, only the big pieces. I will use epoxy putty to attach the rest once I get the chance. For now the small pieces are just sitting there loosely.
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