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A Golden Reef Tank (v2)

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by halmus, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks Chris and Mrs Chris! It's a little insane but a nice project to have behind me.

    I have a lot of enablers here encouraging me down the dark side. Why manually move the hood when you can spend 80+ hours adding automation? I was trying to explain to my wife how sexy the glowing buttons are on the controller box, She doesn't get it.

    I'm skinning the canopy with woodwork that will match the base. Inset panels with a Madrone veneer, cherry framework, and some smaller profile cherry crown molding to cap it off.
     
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  2. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    One last small project for the holiday weekend. I built a holder for some tools with a little drip tray at the bottom. Now, I'm cleaning up the filtration room from the latest round and another major cleaning of my shop to prep for the hood.

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  3. NickP

    NickP Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    IT...NEVER...STOPS....
    What are you gonna do when it's all done, wait.... it will just keep going and going.
    Like the energizer bunny!

    LOL

    Nice work bro!
     
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  4. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks Nick. It does seem like it will never end. I'm working on some fish stocking right now. Next will be coral once I'm comfortable with the water quality and stability.

    I'm going to start doing ICP testing at Stone Aquatics.

    For now...


    Here are some pictures of the finished cabinetry on top of the aquarium



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  5. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I added flip up doors on both sides and the front for quick access that doesn't require a lot of access into the tank.

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  6. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    The finished "dry-bar" area

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  7. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    The hood extended out so that I can crawl into the aquarium when needed.

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    automatic feeder hooked up to the Apex

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    Lastly for the display hood, this is what it looks like laying on the floor staring up at the lights when the hood is extended.

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  8. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    A few shots of the display. There's nothing to exciting here yet. I have three Bartlets, a yellow tank, and a Springeri Damsel.

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  9. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    A few shots of the back filtration room.

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  10. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    And the refugium

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  11. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Wow nice freaking build!!! Not sure what I like more the tank or the fish room. I think the fish room is the best I've seen and I am sure it is better in person lol.
     
  12. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Woot! its Alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks pretty amazing man! Congratulations!!! know you have a lot of work in this one. Great all around.
     
  14. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    So exciting! Congratulations, has got to feel good to see it get to this point! As always, everything looks exceptional.
     
  15. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hoosier- I’m with you. The back end is way more exciting at this point. Hopefully the front end catches up in the next year.

    SynDen- it is alive! Maybe too alive. I’ve been battling some rampant junk that came in on some algeas I ordered online.

    I’m slowly getting some fish comfortable. I’m not sure how long it will be before I’m comfortable adding coral.
     
  16. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Dr S and Chris-

    Thanks! It would be great to have things ready to go for Reefstock. We’ll see if it’s ready for coral by then.

    I’m glad to have a Tang in the display. I had planned on adding all of the tangs at once but that didn’t work out and I needed to introduce this guy to the display. He’s been hanging in QT for too long. I felt guilty. Hope he plays well with the others when they are introduced.
     
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  17. NickP

    NickP Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Wood work is amazing as was the work in the rest of the room when I saw it! Holy cow, the amount of lighting in that hood man! I know your a bit frustrated bro, but its looking great and coming along. You'll be adding corals in no time! Cant wait to come over and hang when that that thing is rolling full steam!

    On another note, if you ever have the inclination and time to do more wood work I need my stand and hood wrapped!!!! I'll pay!!! No pressure, but if interested let me know.
     
  18. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for the encouragement Nick.

    I have a mud room to finish for my wife. She’s been patiently waiting for the doors on cabinets I built two years ago.

    After that, I should have a little free time. What’s that? Free time?

    I can stop by and check out what you’re looking at for the stand and hood. I need to see your setup anyway.
     
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  19. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    This has been an exciting journey! I can't wait to see what else you continue to do. Looks great!
     
  20. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Need to see this in person now, that there's water in it!
     

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