Credit for this journal goes to cableguy. He asked for it in my build thread, so here it is. Credit for the name goes to Michael over at APC for cleverly calling the room an (aqua)man cave. The room's a semi-finished but well wired basement on a slab. The poor floor is really old and uneven, but it's a slab and that's what counts the most.
Here's what it looked like in the very beginning back in July
. The two tanks were smack in the middle of the room on some old, but sturdy, handmade stands. This view is facing from the utility portion of the basement.
Look at all that usable space!
9:00 on the morning on Friday 8.23
after the crew came and moved the new stands, small tank and stand, and other big tank and stand (in a different pic). The tank on the left will be a reef and has had its stand switched to fit it better. The rest of the tanks will eventually be planted. The metal stands are 6" shorter than the wood ones. In addition, there's not support joist taking up space so there's quite a bit more room to get into the tanks.
The 220 on the wall opposite the utility room.
Evening of 8.23-
Old stand #1- Freshwater workbench and top-off barrel. The barrel's eventually going to be recessed into the stand and plumbing will be run along the ceiling to allow easy topping off with just the turning of a valve.
Old stand #2- Saltwater workbench and quarantine tank stand. Another 50 gallon barrel will be recessed into this one for salt mixing.
Another view of SW workbench-
Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Moving the stands freed up the center of the room for 150 gal stock tanks. The two in the center will be combination FW quarantine and water aging tanks. Because I'm on a well I can't do massive (300+ gallon) water changes without burning out the pump and dumping a lot of cold water into the tanks. The plan is to use these for water changes then refill gradually over the week. The stock tank on the left will be the sump and refugium for the 60 reef. The mowing folks came on Friday so they're all covered in grass clippings. I washed off as much as I could then figured it would just be best to let it dry and wipe off later.
6'x4' frame for the SW stock tank to go on. I've got to wait for a friend to help move it around so I can put a sheet of plywood on top. Trying to move a 2x4 frame with a 6'x8' sheet of plywood onto the workbench to trim the excess is a little ungainly to say the least. Two sets of hands will make it much easier.
Tank on frame. The black tote resting on the tank is going to be an algae turf scrubber. A separate raised shelf will be made to support both the ATS and skimmer. Both will be fed by a pump and will drain into the sump. The area under the shelf will be a cryptic refugium full of rock. The plan is to have a lit portion as well to house filter feeders like Gorgonians that will get too big for the shallow SPS/LPS reef.
Cleaned and scaped 60g. The picture doesn't show the rockwork off to its best, but it gives the general idea. The big rock is actually 14 inches away from the front glass.
Since someone asked (sorry I can't remember who), yes, a separate reef build thread will be going up on RC eventually.