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  1. Atomic

    NEW TO INDMAS, but not to the Hobby!

    welcome!!! Ive enjoyed following your build on Reef2Reef!!
  2. Atomic

    Colts Office Tank

    awesome theme tank!!!! Be thankful that the colts wear blue....and you dont live in cleveland and have browns tank
  3. Atomic

    January 2019 Meeting

    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!
  4. Floors looks great! Takes a little bit of artistic ability to make them look that good. Great job.
  5. Hello INDMAS My Name is Ross and I am a Reefoholic...... Ive been a member of INDMAS for almost 10 years but because of my location, Rushville, I cannot attend alot of the meeting. I hope for this to change, but work/kids (2yr old and a bun in the oven)/ and other commitments leave me with little time on Saturdays to make the treck to Indy. I have almost always attended all the spring frags swaps and have gotten to know quite a few of you over the years. Like most of us, I have had my fair share of tanks over the years. Started off with a 26g AIO Aquacube. Then upgraded to a 90g that crashed because of a snow storm. Back to a 29g Biocube, then a 57g, and now I currently have a 220g with another 300 gallons in my basement fish room. 2 Months ago I started work on a new house. I am a General Contractor and build custom homes around east central Indiana for a living. So after 20 years of doing it for other people, I finally get to build one for myself. Of course my one stipulation for building a new house was to have the dream tank. The entire basement is designed around the tank. The Family room, Kids bedrooms, bar, downstairs laundry room, all are centered on the focus of the tank. The tank specs are not 100% set in stone as of this point but I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do. I want to keep the budget under control and I am not going to be getting top of the line equipment and will be buying used when I think it won’t jeopardize quality. Because of my construction background and the fact my wife will kill me when she finds out how much this all could cost. Ive decided to go with a plywood inwall tank. Most of my plywood tank research has come from www.monsterfishkeepers.com. These people are crazy with all the projects they do! Specs: Tank: 120” long x 48”wide x 30” deep Sump: 150g Rubbermaid 50g Skimmer sump 60g Frag tank (3) 75g stack tanks QT/Refugium/Breeding tanks Return pump: Reeflo Hammerhead Gold Skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve B12 Lighting: (6) Viparspectra 300w (5 for display, 1 for frag tank) Powerheads: (2) Maxspect Gyre XF 250 Controller: Neptune Apex w/ ATO Auto fish feeder PH Monitor Salinity Monitor Temp Monitor Leak Detection Calcium Reactor: Geo Cr 624 3x 7” Filter socks The Fish Room: The fish room is 24’x10’ with a 12’x8’ laundry room/sink room attached. I have 2 drains that are on both inside corners of the tank. I also have one 2” drain line to empty any other saltwater into if needed from a sink. These are dedicated drains only for the fish room and open air outside the house. The Tank: 750 gallons The tank will be in-wall facing my basement family room. There will also be (4) 6” circular portal holes into the fish room that will create additional viewing areas also from the fish room. Three sides of the tank will have Rock walls attached to mount corals onto and have 2 rather large islands in the center of the tank. Lifestock: I plan on having a lot of Fish. I love coral, but fish make a tank in my opinion. Fish: Mostly Tangs, wrasses and schooling fish. All fish will be Reef safe. Corals: Mixed SPS, LPS and a few select softies I will start building the tank next march after drywall is installed. For now Im going to start collecting equipment and doing the behind the scenes work. (plumbing, electrical, ventilation, etc)
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!!!
  10. 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
  11. I would love to host a meeting, I hate that they are on Saturdays and so far away!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Atomic

    Rock flower anemone

    I had this happen 10+ years ago when i first entered the hobby. At the time not many people had heard of flower rock anemone and I was told they were a pest anemone. So i killed them.....stupid mistake!!!!
  15. SO...... This happened on Halloween with my kids!!!! I was also able to build the back walls around the tank. I was really worried about this but after seeing it built, I think its WAY overbuilt. Foam guys come in today or tomorrow. then im gonna do a leak test later this week!!!!!!
  16. Im not sure yet. I probably won't set it all up until everything else is stable. For more it might host all my fish from my 220gallon.
  17. Its been a while since ive updated this. The house has taken most of my time, but i have gotten a few days in the past 3 weeks to work on the tank. I was able to fiberglass the inside of the tank. I made sure to overlap the corners, thus they should have 4x the coverage. I then got a deal for 6 gallons of white epoxy from a local Sherwin Williams. I dont like the white, but the price was right. I used a pour method (1/4 inch thick) on the front, back and bottom. Since the tank is 10' tall and i only have 9' ceilings, I had to use a roller on the sides (4 coats). Floors in the fish room have a layer of epoxy Stands where built and painted for the 90g frag tank, and the 60g refugium. The fish Breeding system has been setup Since I hated the white epoxy, I put one layer of black pond shield on the sides. I didnt have enough for the bottom, but it will have sand over it. Finally today i was able to install the front glass. 3/4" tempered glass. weighed about 250 lbs. Used RTV108 silicone for adhesive. over 1000 lbs of dryrock as been collected and im going to bleach it before creating a rock wall on the outer sides of the tank. Tomorrow we will flip the tank and put it in its final resting place. Walls, will be built, tanks, plumbed and then im foaming the walls around the tank for support and to keep heat in. Wish me luck!!!
  18. I’m not sure yet. The tank will have a 2x4 wall around the back. The front will be pressed up against a 2x6 wall. So the front can’t move. The back wall is a small concern. I’m considering making a center part of the 2x4 wall go all the way up to the ceiling. Thus making the whole tank built into the house. I could also also just put 3 center braces and make it easy no matter what I do, it needs to go in after the glass and tank is set in place.
  19. So i started the tank this week. Fiberglass in 2 weeks and then epoxy.
  20. Atomic

    Photo hosting sites

    looks like im using IMGGG now...thanks for the recomendations (and to the original poster)
  21. might be a silly question, but why did you choose to put shutoff valves on your overflows? I understand the gate valve, but not the others. looking GOOD!!! So clean, where did you get the green PVC also?
  22. Atomic

    Palytoxin

    same here. had a friend email me this. Xenia made me think its fake
  23. Atomic

    My 180 New Adventure!

    Love this idea of paring fish. its a tough thing to do, but i think it will be worth it!
  24. Looks like a sweet setup. Any idea what your gonna do for a CUC? Ive seen all sorts of things in a frag tank from the typical snails and crabs, Foxfaces, or even a filefish. I always have problems keeping my frag tank clean.
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