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Atomic

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About Atomic

  • Birthday 09/07/1981

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Rushville IN
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    800 Gallon In-Wall Reef Tank

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  1. I tried to get something like this started a few years ago. I would be in for something like this!! Ive also wondered if people wanted to go in on a growout system. everyone pitches in 100-200 bucks a year for tank costs and electric. Then if you give 2 frags to the system, you can take one frag for yourself. Or have some sort of a point system. you can always get back a frag of something you have donated in case of a disaster. I would donate a frag of everything i have as insurance all day long!!
  2. Are you interested in the large Vlamingi Tang I have for sale?

  3. welcome!!! Ive enjoyed following your build on Reef2Reef!!
  4. awesome theme tank!!!! Be thankful that the colts wear blue....and you dont live in cleveland and have browns tank
  5. I'm gonna start to come to alot more of the meeting and was planning on making this my first since Christmas 2008. Unfortunately I have a lucky seat for the colts game and cannot mess up the good luck. I guess I'll see you all at the February meeting!
  6. Floors looks great! Takes a little bit of artistic ability to make them look that good. Great job.
  7. The Aquascape is complete!!! Over all im pretty happy. I want to have more open swimming space than most tanks (one reason why i went so big). The Rock wall really allows me to have my corals and still have open space. I worked on the wall Saturday and realized fast that i didnt have enough rock to finish the islands. So I had to pickup another 200 lbs of dry rock. I also put 8 five gallon buckets of sand in the tank. I might add a little more later as the sand creeps into the back of the rocks. Time for the pictures!!!! FTS Left side. Open water side Right Side. Island side Top View Port holes Finally got the last coat of epoxy on the top wood railing around the tank and the walkway. Starting to look really good in the fish room
  8. The tank is drained and ready for the rock this weekend. I also am going to put another coat of pond shield on a few areas and the walk board. Hopefully by this time next week I will be making water.
  9. WE ARE MOVED IN!!!!!! Christmas also gave me a little time to work on the tank this week and evening after the kids go to bed are my fish tank time (unless its wife time :love1:) I was able to move all the live rock that was outside inside my "safe room". Its a room off my fish room that has 8" of concrete on all sides. In all actuality, it was cheaper to make the room than it was to fill it up with pea gravel to pour the front porch. So i have plenty of storage. I then put 3 of the 55g barrels in the final resting place. I then got the back of the tank skinned and the foldable walkboard installed. Also added plugs on the wall on a GFCI. These will be for my powerheads. Got some Salt for Christmas!!! Still need more though Finally a FTS in the basement Family room. I still am going to build a bar behind the couch that the 4 bar stool sit behind. This should give eating space during ballgames or watching movies. Last but not least!!!!! My new MERMAN!!!!!! Not really, its just me in the tank before I drained the freshwater leak test. 3 weeks and no leaks, not even a hint of bowing in the walls or glass.
  10. Hey Tim, Thanks for the heads up. I will definitely take your advice on this. I had not thought about the heat issue, its been a while since ive had MH lights!!!
  11. The tank was running with fresh water in it this weekend. I had to replace a seal on the reeflo hammerhead and there is still a small leak, i hope to fix it soon. I got a new GFCI circuit on a switch for the powerheads. I had to use a GFCI because there are plug in on the wall surrounding the tank. I aint takin no risks!!! I installed the cabinets in the fish room to create a nice working area and storage. I hope to someday paint them gray like the color on the stands. We move into the new house this weekend. So i hope to have alot more time after the kids go to bed to work on the tank. Things I still need to do: Put a plywood skin around the back side of the tank and paint it gray. Put another coat of black epoxy on top of wall. Build water changing station in corner between sink and refugium with the 4 55g barrels that are holding rock and sand. Make a walkway around the tank that folds down when not in use. This should be high enough that i can reach most of the tank when walking on it. Build light racks for main tank and frag tank. (recommendations for blue actinics to go with my MHs?) Build rock wall
  12. I would love to host a meeting, I hate that they are on Saturdays and so far away!
  13. Last week i got the glass installed on the back viewing area and finished some of the drains and electrical. Im waiting on the internet to get installed in the house to setup my smart things switches. Finally I have water!!!!! I just did a leak test yesterday and after 28 hours things are all good. I hope to have all the plumbing up and running on monday to test the rest of the plumbing.
  14. Its been a month since i last updated and alot has happen. Good and BADDD. I cut in back panels, installed overflow boxes, had and employee scratch my glass, and finally did a water test (nothing bad to report thankfully) I cut all my holes for overflows, returns,and the rear viewing panels. Then epoxied the holes and everything that could come in contact with water on a semi consistent basis. This included the back upper panel of the wall between the tank and the family room and the top of the wall surrounding the tank. Im considering doing another coat before its all said and done also. I then picked up more live rock and a total of 700lbs of sand. The Sand fills up a 55g barrel. The live rock fills up 3 55g barrels. I am currently bleaching the rock and ive rinsed out the sand as best I could. Should I bleach the sand also? Now to the BAD!!! One of my employees was doing some touch up painting around the front of the tank. The front plywood needed sanding so he decided to use a palm sander on the wood. He never should have gotten close enough to the glass to scratch it, but somehow he did. He put a swirl about 1/8 inch wide all the way around the whole tank. Its hard to get a picture, but its very noticeable to me!!! I know he didn't mean to do it, but i was sick when i saw it. Ive called up my glass guy and he has a big sander for just this type of thing. So before I fill it up for good, my employee has offered to come on a weekend and fix it for me. You can see the scratch right in the middle of this picture
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