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Old 09-12-2011, 04:04 AM   #16
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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet Dude, whats under that floor???? This going to be a good one, I almost bought some of the reef kepper stuff and it's really cool, but deceided not to go so high tech, I think one review suggested it wasn't good for high wattage lighting but everything else was fine. Nice light, what about a reactor for C02, CarbonDoser EXT5000, I got one they work good.

Now the big question, that's a $1400 light, tank $ 3k, can I borrow some cash???

Good luck and keep the pics coming.
Hehehehe...wondering how much substrates one would need and how much???
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:24 PM   #17
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Well he's going to need about 500 pounds of substrate at 4" deep, but MTS is mostly work then add sand to cap or what ever, but I have a feeling there's laborer that will be learning how to make MTS.

Acrylic sump would be the way to go and you have a nice big opening in the stand, any room on the other side of that wall?

I'm guessing you've got a big ole header in that stand, steel, or something?
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #18
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I'm guessing you've got a big ole header in that stand, steel, or something?

There is a doubled up 2 X 10 header/beam running over that opening. Tanker supplier agreed to honor tank warranty after inspecting it.

It's not hard to make MTS. Just lay some clean dirt with no ferts or s.foam in it on a big trash bag laid out. Wet and flip it once day and leave in sun to cook. Just have to be patient. Takes a week or two of messing with it for about 5 mins a day and nice spot on back deck to lay it out on. It's easy to tell when its done because it loses all of the fresh dirt smell and turns into kind of a crumbly sand texture.


Got plans back from tank builder. Was really expensive. Was little over $4k for tank, but does include delivery, install, and tax. (no small chunk of change at 8.25%)
Wont be ready until late October







Cabinet maker finished layout on surrounding bookcase. Should look really nice. Total project cost is going to push $25k after its all said and done


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Old 09-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #19
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We are building very similar tanks and cabinetry, etc.

Mine has been two years in the make and still no tank. Hopefully by Christmas!

What is the PVC crossbracing?
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:08 PM   #20
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What is the PVC crossbracing?

Thats the top opening cross braces on the tank.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:18 PM   #21
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They will be covered by the light enclosure?
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #22
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Correct
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:15 PM   #23
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Looks like a good plan and I can't wait to see it come together, so don't forget the camera when your checking the progress.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:26 PM   #24
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Subscribed, going to live vicariously through this thread. A huge discus tank is like a dream!

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Old 10-02-2011, 12:50 AM   #25
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Just wait'n on the tank. Supposed to be ready in 3 weeks ......
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:00 AM   #26
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Any word on the tank yet?
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:11 AM   #27
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Any word on the tank yet?
Gets delivered and installed next Wednesday Nov 2.

Local supplier that ordered it for me has it in hand and said it turned out really nice. She is painting the sides and back black for me so it will show up at the house ready to go.

Cant wait to see an 8' tank with Starfire glass front.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:40 AM   #28
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Sweeeeet, or like you say down there, YAAAAAWHOOOOOOOOOO, I can't wait to see it and I knew it was getting close, they kept their schedule promise pretty good.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:40 AM   #29
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Anything going on, tommorrow is a week late I hope it all goes well and I'm excited to see this tank, my birthday is the 13th so use that if need to light a fire under their a$$e$.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:44 AM   #30
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Yeah lets see this tank!
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