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#151 Bimini15

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:05 PM

Duh! Comes to show you my level of expertise in aquariums... :)
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#152 Lesg

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 05:00 PM

Steve,

    Looking back at your original post one can see the work that you have put into this project. I'd have a hard time leaving your man cave. Congrats on another well done project whether it has been a rod or aquarium your work is always outstanding.

 

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#153 vicente

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:00 PM

Looks great Steve.

#154 Piker20

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:59 PM

Looks lovely with the front as it is. Looking forward to the video.....
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#155 steeldrifter

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:17 PM

Been doing some work on the big tank tonight. Added some manzanita style branches which I took from a different tank I recently took down. Cut the ends flat and mounted them to the underside of the acrylic top so that they hang down into the tank to look like roots hanging down. Been up and running for about 2 months now and I added the 2nd fx5 filter about a month ago which has fully seeded now so even after almost 2 weeks nitrates barely even read 20ppm. By far my most enjoyable tank I have built. I enjoy my morning coffee in front of it just about every day.

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#156 vicente

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 01:42 AM

I have almost zero interest in owning a a fish tank, and those pictures are making me jealous.

#157 mikechell

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:27 AM

Unlike Vicente ... I have every interest in owning an aquarium (travel make that impossible).

 

LIKE him ... I am very jealous !!!

 

Beautifully done, Steve !!!

 

PS ... can you guess which fish are my favorites ???


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#158 steeldrifter

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:49 PM

Figured I'd post an update on the 240g since it has been awhile that it has been running. All if going really well. both FX5's handle the stock nicely so I can go easily 3 weeks between WC's without issue. Have added a few pieces of equipment such as powerhead and a programable wavemaker which the fish really seem to like. Added a bit to the lighting in the form of some LED spotlights to go along with the LED fixtures so the tank has a real nice shimmer water effect to it. Been picking up more predator haps and adding to the tank. Still have a few species I am on the hunt for but the current stock makes for a really active enjoyable tank that seems to all get along pretty well with each other.I also sold off the 55g with the group of trophs that were next to it and moved my 75g bleekeri, Oscar & spotted silver dollar tank next to it in the 55g's place. Club auction next weekend so we'll see what happens to follow me home from the auction ;)

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#159 mikechell

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 08:32 PM

Oh, wow !!!

I love that tank !!!


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#160 steeldrifter

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 04:23 PM

 

 

Short vid of my 240g tank after recently doing some more work on it. Added some new accent lighting today with a couple of 850lum LED spotlights which give it that nice shimmering water effect (vid doesn't show that very well). Recently added some new fish- Moorii, Taiwan reef, Pheno, Fosso, Venustus, some Ob's and a trip of Bucco's.


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#161 mikechell

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:21 PM

Beautiful, Steve.  You're aesthetic sense of design for aquariums is superb.

 

I am envious, yet again!


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#162 steeldrifter

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:51 AM

Thanks Mike. This tank is one of those "never done" type things for me, seems I'm always finding something to do to upgrade it but that's okay I get a lot of enjoyment from it.

 

Wait till you see what is in store for "Office upgrade version 3.0" starting in about 5-6 weeks ;)

 

I'm picking up a pair of 120g 4'x2'x2' tanks from a friend in the local cichlid club I am a part of and starting some new builds with those. I plan to move the 75g tank and then build an 8ft stand right next to the 240g with the pair of 120gs butted up again each other against that back wall. So in other words there will be an L shape of tanks with the 240g 6ft tank going one one, then 8ft of tanks going the other :)


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:54 AM

Lovely Steve.


Matthew 25: 35-36 "Out of every 100 men, 10 shouldnt even be there, 80 are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior and he will bring the others back. "No man ever steps in the same river twice"   Heraclitus, 5 B.C

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 09:12 PM

Great project SD.... DIYers are the best. I am one too sorta...couple guestions:

I had a 75gal for years and lived by a bayou on M'sipi coast and grew some nice oscars, jack Dempsey, etc feeding them mostly grass shrimp netted along a concrete wall. Anyway my ex ended up with the tank and few years later the silicone glue failed(something about only lasted 15 yrs???). Flooded the room to my pleasure after bitter divorce stuff... How is your acrylic tank "put" together?

I had small tanks for most of my life and after some expensive saltwater deals failed finally gave up on them. Seems no matter what filtration system after a few years bad algae would take over requiring makeovers. Freshwater is lots easier so briefly what's your filter deal?

Oh maybe you can get down to south Florida sometimes and get some lil peacocks, clownknives, or Mayan cichlids he he....

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#165 steeldrifter

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:38 PM

 

I had a 75gal for years and lived by a bayou on M'sipi coast and grew some nice oscars, jack Dempsey, etc feeding them mostly grass shrimp netted along a concrete wall. Anyway my ex ended up with the tank and few years later the silicone glue failed(something about only lasted 15 yrs???). Flooded the room to my pleasure after bitter divorce stuff... How is your acrylic tank "put" together?

 

 

Yep that's why I don't deal in older glass tanks anymore. 3 yrs ago I had a 265g 7ft tank, spent over a year building it, it leaked, tried resealing it twice doing it properly, just did not work. Tall 30" tanks just have so much pressure on the bottom silicone seal, unless you take it apart and reseal "between" the panels, it will not hold.

 

After that I swore off any big tanks, then I found this big one from a local club member. The good thing about acrylic, the seams are not fit together and sealed with silicone, they are actually "bonded". Thats why I will never own a tank over 125g that is not acrylic these days ;)


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