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post #1 of 105 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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300 cube build

as the thread title states this will be the build thread on my 300 gal. cube. its dimensions are 48x48x30 with a corner overflow. the tank was set up as a reef for a few years but now will be my fw tank. i plan on making a diy background to look , i hope, like an erroded river bank with roots and rocks and a couple tree trunks. i am strongly considering making a led fixture to light the tank. it was previously lit with 4 250 w mhs and 3 vho actinics. i considered a 400 watt mh high above the center but am leaning toward leds as i have been pleased with their performance over my vivs. i am planning on using mineralized topsoil and have it covered with safetsorb. has anyone ever put some sort of screen between the layers or is that not ever needed. the tank will run co2 using my kalkreactor from my reef with plastic media. the co2 will be controlled using a controller. i plan on keeping my sump running on a inverted lighting schedual to help stablize o2 levels in the tank but keeping the overflow slow and mild without a ton of flowthrough.i havent settled entirely on the stocking list but it will be predominantly smaller peaceful fish. i was toying with the idea of trying a biome approach but i couldnt decide btwn se asia, africa, and s america so i think i will just do a mix.
a couple of pics of the tank when i was rinsing it out. in these pics it is lit by a cheap 6 bulb t5ho fixture. with a mix of 3k and 6.5 k bulbs.



the water is a bit cloudy from all the coraline algae that was scraped off the glass.
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post #2 of 105 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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one quick question. if anyone has a good source of manzanita driftwood for a tank of this size i would love to know it. i picked out about 10 pieces on manzanita-driftwood. but i havent heard back from an email i sent a week ago. looking for some nice sized pieces to run along the back 2 sides as roots. and either a large centerpiece that reaches up and out for the center or a few smaller pieces that can be combined to get that effect. the driftwood will make or break the scape from my point of view so i want to get some great pieces. ive been to 4 petstores in madison and milwaukee and cant find anything even close.
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Lordy, how do you fit all this stuff in your house, Steve?
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not sure but I hear Tom Barr has a ton of manzanita driftwood over at barrreport
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a couple more pics with the skeleton for the background with the spray bars in place. i put a couple pieces of wood i had in there with some local stone just to see how the colors look.



any questions or comments are always welcome.
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hydro, it is a rather large house and i am completely free range in the basement. my wife has a difficult time on the stairs so i just keep adding things. also starting to finish off a 45 gallon viv for some banded imis and then will start assembly on my 100 vert riparium with a bornean biotype, except for a few vanzolinis.
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i was hoping for delivery in a week or so on the wood but i read here that tom isnt posting pics until sometime in april. would love to hear from him and see the new stuff or work out a package.
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Go big or go home, I love it.
Manzanita-driftwood.com has some big pieces
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post #9 of 105 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 05:36 AM
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I love the cabinetry, the corner joints are boss, some detail pics of the woooood please?

Looking forward to watching this monster come together.
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post #10 of 105 (permalink) Old 03-30-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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here are some better pics of the stand and canopy. i am lucky to have a really talented woodworker near me. he does all my projects.







obviously need to clean up the woodwork some more but want to hold off until im done making a mess by putting things in the tank. the last pic is the desk im sitting at now. it is in front of my vivarium and soon to be reef tank. too many projects not enough time.
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That last pics defines obsession! LOL Amazing. I thought my house was bad.
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Wow im so jealous...
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Wow! Subscribed to this!
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Very nice stand, you can tell that is some quality craftsmanship. I would like to see some more pictures of the other tanks in the room. I will be watching this one for sure.

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Very nice, but how do you get any work done?
Would love to see the vivarium as well, looks awesome.
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