|02-14-2016, 01:01 PM||#1|
Church's 75G Great Basement Reef
OK, so it's not great yet... but it sounded catchy, and it's in my basement.
I've been meaning to put a build thread together for a little while, so here it goes...
Church <- that's me (or Mike, if you prefer). A nickname that's been with me for 25 years or so, originating from my baseball days.
75 <- Has always been my number - baseball, hockey, etc. Figured it was a good match for tank size too since I had a 4 foot space where the tank was going. Alex @ Fragcave was selling an old 75g that he had sitting around. So the stars aligned and the build began.
This tank has had water in it for about 3 months. My previous experience was a small AIO nano that I had for a year, from which I quickly learned how much I love the hobby and how I needed a larger tank.
The Stand: Started out building the stand from DIY plans over on RC (RocketEngineer).
Plumbing: I wanted quiet and failsafe, so Beananimal fit the bill.
Went with a coast to coast style overflow to maximize the surface skimming. Here is a side view.
For the sump, I used a 29g tank and added glass baffles. I knew I wouldn't have the space for a large enough refugium, so I opted for a nice clean sump. I'm using MarinePure and Siporax in the sump to allow for less rock in the display.
Doors on, lights hung, water test
Aquascape complete, sand in
The final product
All in all, it took me about 6 months to put it all together. I had no experience with plumbing, sump building, etc. so it was a learning process but I am very happy with the results.
Here's the final equipment list:
75G stock marineland/aqueon/whatever tank
29G stock marineland/aqueon/whatever sump
MP40wes (converted to QD driver and wetside)
ATI Sunpower 6x54
Vertex Omega 130
Neptune Apex JR
Eheim Jager 200W
At this point, I only have about 10 frags or so (picked up from various kind hobbyists - gtareef, altcharacter, Juliefish and a few from Canada Corals and Aquatic Kingdom), and nothing better than a cellphone for pics, so I'll spare you the coral macros
Current fish list (all but one are from Reef Boutique... Nice healthy fish)
2x Ocellaris Clownfish
1x Carpenters Flasher Wrasse
1x Yellow Coris Wrasse
1x Tailspot Blenny
1x Royal Gramma
I'll update this thread as things progress, and will get my hands on a better camera so I can share coral photos that aren't blurry and blue.
|02-14-2016, 01:11 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: don mills
Feedback Score: (80)
hey church aka mike ...
awesome build dude good job look forward to following
glad u did a build thread ... good job
90 gallon reef ready tank ...
hippo tang , yellow tang, 1 damsel ,flame hawk (favorite ),watchman goby ,harlequin star fish (hides boring ) bi -color blenny,cleaner wrasse , bengai cardinal,twin spot goby, mandarin .
sand sifting star fish ,
elusive marine betta(MIA - shows him self periodically -boring )
in progress TBA.....project tranquility ............
90 gallon dual drilled tank with sump
2 - evergrow leds ,dual t5 48" aquatic life fixture
|02-14-2016, 04:01 PM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Feedback Score: (49)
Awesome rockscape! The Pukani looks incredible! How's the royal gramma behaving?
Build Thread: https://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235530
Aquatic Log: http://www.aquaticlog.com/aquariums/darkwingduck/5
|02-14-2016, 05:25 PM||#6|
Royal Gramma is a model citizen. Everyone is getting along swimmingly.
|02-15-2016, 10:34 AM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Toronto Island
Feedback Score: (41)
Looking good Church! Loads of room for some big fat colonies! Love the scape!
I have the 80W version of that light and it rocks! I built a DIY Reef Brite actinic strip for under $200 bucks. I run it 14 hours and the main light for 7 now bumping up an hour a month. I really like having the LED supplement.
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|02-15-2016, 11:37 AM||#9|
Thanks, Jeff. I had considered a reefbrite xho strip but the cost put me off a bit.
Maybe I'll consider a DYI as you've done. Could be another fun project / learning experience. Did you get your LED parts locally or order from rapidled or similar in the US?
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