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Old 02/17/2018, 02:06 PM   #1
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Building an SPS Monster- my 1300 gallon SPS display

Building an SPS Monster… my 1300 gallon SPS display… and many past systems

Hello SPS world! This thread is long overdue, and due to be long… I’m a long time hard core hobbyist that got my first saltwater tank at age 11 after having a few freshwater tanks… had the house filled with tanks by high school, and yada yada yada… last year I just turned 40. I know… as Jerry Seinfeld says you can’t yada yada the best part, so I’ll show a bunch of that yada yada in this thread. We all know moving sucks, especially for a reefer, but about four years ago my wife and I built our forever home, and I built my forever reef. I’ve posted a lot through the years here on RC… mainly in Reef Fishes forum… as I’m a hard core fish nut that’s owned many hard to find and unique fish through the years and have travelled to some exotic places where I’ve collected my own fish. Unfortunately I, like many others, have been a victim of Photo Bucket taking away third party hosting, so I’m turning a negative into a positive and starting this thread that so many have asked for showing some of my systems through the years, including my SPS monster I’ve had now for the past four years or so. Many also know me as a hardcore SPS guy, with my childhood nickname and RC username tied to many SPS pieces I’ve owned through the years. You can read many of my reefing philosophies, and about my old systems in two past TOTMs I’ve had here on RC which I’ll post links to below. Over the past twelve years I’ve spoken at clubs and conferences in over twenty states, including four past MACNAs, and have met many of you reading this. Whether we’ve met face to face, or in threads in the past, it’s been such a pleasure… as my wife says I do not do it for the money… it’s all about the passion… so cheers to anyone reading this… because while we come from around the world and may be different in many ways… we all share the same passion… whether you like it or not… you clicked on this thread and are reading this… you my friend, have the passion… : )

To start, this is a system I set up in 2001 just after my wife and I got married in our first one bedroom apartment… a standard 10 gallon that was affectionately known as my “kitchen nano” and was profiled on nano-reef.com. For those of you with Tony Vargas’ book “The Coral Reef Aquarium” this was the first and smallest reef system profiled in the book. I kept Tridacnid clams and Acropora among many other things, and to this day I still own the Solomon Islands percula clownfish I purchased nearly 17 years ago and a few of the corals. One cool tidbit about this tank was that the display acted as the sump for the refugium above… I can do an entire thread on this system (and did back in the day), but I’ll keep it short to get to bigger things…
Front shot…

Top shot…

That system was supposed to hold me over until we got a house… but it didn’t (big surprise there I know). The little footprint of that apartment quickly turned into this…
A 65 gallon sps/clam/Ricordea display, 20 gallon frag tank, and 54 gallon softie/LPS display of in the corner…

The 65…

My old favorite shot of the 65… showing my favorite angelfish species…

And a few top shots… which always showcase the suntans of the corals the best…



For much more information on this system you can see the TOTM article I wrote back in 2004 here… the Tomini tang in the tank made it through two moves and still now resides in my 1300 gallon displays, along with a mate.
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-09/totm/index.php


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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:07 PM   #2
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Next we built our first house in 2005… and I built my first fish room, with just five 20 amp circuits and about the size of a bathroom. We knew this was our stepping stone house, so I didn’t go too crazy… The display was the 180 gallon that I got while slinging fish in the pet store back in high school… back then I used the same strategy with my parents that I use with my wife today… it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. I’ll never forget… my mother picked me up from work and my new tank was there standing up right… she called it a telephone booth. For a kid in high school, a 75 or 90 gallon was big, but I’ve always had some gene inside me where I wanted to go big, so I got a 6’ x 2’ x 2’ 180 gallon. Back then the 55 gallon we sold so much of because it was a 4’ tank with a reasonable price. I hated it because it was just 13” wide and made for a bad choice for a reef tank. So I would always try and convince people to jump to an 18” wide 75 gallon, or even better a 90 gallon that was even taller. Now, I don’t like anything skinnier than 3 feet side… even if it’s a tank just 3 feet long!
This shot shows the display I had… along with the tanks I had in the fish room…

A better shot of the 180 after it had filled in…

The fish room had a six foot frag/ off display tank, the sump, and two smaller displays… the first was a mixed reef 60 gallon…

I had a 70 gallon subtropical tank above… with a closed loop chiller that trickle fed from the main system…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:09 PM   #3
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So it’s time to move onto my SPS monster… I wanted to do this thread as close to chronologically as possible, but it’s like drinking from a firehose. I apologize in advance. There is just too much to discuss… so I will probably bounce around… After being in our first house for a few years, we began planning our forever home, and of course, I started putting my plans for my forever reef into action. I knew I wanted a big tank… and a WIDE tank… I was inspired by so many systems through the years… many of them at public aquariums like friend Joe Yaiullo’s Long Island Aquarium, and some from homes, like Steve Weast’s tank found at oregonreef.com. I always loved the “side view” of some tanks… whether it was my 10 gallon, 180 gallon, or some of these larger tanks. I also loved the expansive front view of systems that were wide, that made it feel like you were looking not at a tank, but at a piece of reef. As my plans came together I knew I wanted a tank in the eight to ten foot range… and again WIDE… which turned into the six foot wide range. The size crept up and up as I looked at the gallons, and I’ve always been a glass guy. Acrylic is just a pain to deal with the way I grow coralline. With the size of my tank, I knew to be made of glass it would have to be built on site. With all of the public aquariums I had visited and public aquarists I had befriended through the years, I pretty much knew I would be going with a fiberglass tank, with glass insert viewing windows. After mulling it over with public aquarium friends like Matt Wandell and Joe Yaiullo, and realizing I wanted 30” high viewing windows, the tank was to be 42” deep. I got quotes from two prominent fiberglass aquarium manufacturers… Waterdog in California, and Fiberglass Specialties in Massachusetts. Both had similar pricing, but I went with Fiberglass Specialties in Mass as they were closer to me, and had done many tanks for Joe Yaiullo up in Long Island. The tank was a fully custom build… they made a mold just for this tank, as I was very specific with what I wanted. Final dimensions ended up being 8.5’ x 6’ x 42” high… over 1300 gallons and two sides viewable… with an external overflow with four 2” drains… this was one of the photos I got during fabrication before the glass was put in…

One of the things I’ve always appreciated about public aquariums is how relaxing they are… you are able to enjoy aquariums without seeing or hearing pumps or plumbing. At the same time, you are able to go behind the scenes and not worry about getting water on the floor, and do all of the things us reefers do unencumbered. So, with that said I went about drawing up plans for my fish room. We built the house from scratch, and so it was tough to visualize things when our home site was just a pile of dirt. Here are the plans I drew up for the fish room, outlined in blue… I included a fish quarantine area, storage, a coral QT, a couple of sinks, a couple of sumps, a couple of frag tanks, and a couple of displays.
While I’m an SPS guy, I’ve always also loved anemones… namely magnifica and gigantea anemones. As we know keeping certain anemones with SPS could eventually cause problems, but I knew that magnifica anemones would stay in one place if isolated on an island. In each of my homes I’ve always kept mixed reefs also, and so I decided to have a second display in addition to the 1300 that was a mixed reef that would display gigantea anemones. This system was to be just five feet long, but I made it three feet wide… also with an external overflow. So… here were the plans I drew up for the fish room…

I had the display delivered to our old house… the kids got home when I had already been in the tank fiddling with rock… you could see my son’s jaw was still dropped…

I planned so many things… and fortunately our move to the new house was only three miles. The tank itself without the glass inserts weighed just 500 pounds. With the two giant Starphire glass inserts in the tank the weight went up to about 1300 pounds. I therefore looked into a rigging company to move the tank three miles and hoist it into our new home. We live in Loudoun County in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington DC. There are over 3000 counties in the US, and if you rank them by median income you will see that the county I live in is at the top of the list. This makes for VERY expensive services. While I planned many of the expenses, I nearly fell over when I got a quote from the rigging company of over $7000 to move my tank just three miles and put it into my new house. So, with that said… I looked into moving companies, and fortunately found one that was willing to deal with my insanity.
It took six movers… the easy part was moving it out of the garage of the old house, into the truck, and around to the back of the new house…

Getting down the double area wide walk up basement with French doors I had put in, purely for resale value I told the wife , was the tough part. This guy’s face said it all…

And into the house…

Up onto the stand…

And in place…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:09 PM   #4
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Thanks Mover Dudes!

Down the hall is the 240 gallon… here’s a split screen showing when we put it in and after we finished the rock wall. My wife and I love natural things… like natural stone, but at the same time love contemporary styling. So I chose this stacked rock to build around the tanks… notice in the 240 gallon the viewing window is smaller… only three feet wide. This allowed me to hide the return, and the two Vortech MP40s that provide flow… you see no plumbing…

Here’s the 1300 coming along…

After getting 500 pounds of Marco rocks, and working with Marc on large pieces, I ordered 500 pounds more… and ended up using about a thousand pounds of dry rock, with the largest piece weighing about 75 pounds. With so much rock I got concerned about the buildup of detritus long term in the tank… I keep a lot of fish and a high bioload, so to keep my SPS colorful and healthy I keep detritus out at all costs. I did a talk at MACNA in South Florida a few years back titled “SPS Success”. If I could tell people one sentence to have success with SPS long term it would be “Just say NO to detritus”. There was no way I’d be able to do that if I had multiple 50 plus pound rocks sitting on crushed coral. I dive quite a bit and there was no way I was going to do a bare bottomed tank… every awesome reef scene I’ve seen in the wild is highlighted by a beautiful crushed coral bottom. So I came up with a way to do this by using acrylic sheets on the bottom of the displays. I glued ½” acrylic rod to these upright where I knew I’d be putting the base rocks. On the bottom of these rocks I drilled half inch holes so that the rock can sit in place. I drew up where I wanted the rocks for the displays… here’s a few shots from the 240 gallon, where I used black sand…

And then here is the acrylic base with acrylic rods. Around the rods I mixed the black sand with two part epoxy into a concrete like mixture built into mounds… when this hardened it would not allow detritus to penetrate, and also elevated the rock so that detritus would settle into an area where I could have access to it…

Here’s the same thing in the 1300… the crushed coral you see there is completely hardened. The large rocks I interconnected also with ½” rod, but instead used fiberglass rod as it was stronger and I wasn’t concerned with it bonding to acrylic as I was with the rod going at the base of the rock… this allowed me to create a more natural aquascape that didn’t look like a pile or rocks…

And after I placed the rock I filled the reachable areas in with crushed coral…

Some very early shots of the fish room coming together… I had a separate 100 Amp subpanel put in next to the two 200 Amp panels that feed the house. I had seventeen dedicated 20 Amp circuits snaking throughout for my aquariums… in the foreground is my mixed reef tank and towards the back are my two 6’ x 2’ x 13” frag/ off display tanks…

Local reefing buddies always helps… here they are standing where the 1300 gallon was to go…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:11 PM   #5
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For equipment I reached out to two of my local buddies that I’ve been friends with for years… Dan Lichens and Justin Casp… I’ve known them for years… long before they were in the business… you guys may know them as the owners of a company called Avast Marine. I gave them the small task of building me the largest skimmer and largest calcium reactor they’d ever built…
The reactor holds about 75 pounds of media…

The skimmer my daughter could fit in at the time… four feet tall and 16” in black smoked acrylic highlighted in white… I’m not really a dry goods guy… I’m a livestock guy… but this got me excited…

I am a huge proponent of UV… when properly used it can hold at bay many parasitic fish diseases, and on larger system when you’re looking through over eight feet of water if will allow for clearer water by combating bacteria in the water… I used an Emperor Aquatics 300 watt commercial UV unit that’s the size of a bazooka…

My friend Adam helped me put in an epoxy coated floor in the fish room, and I chose exactly the color flecks I wanted…

With blue lights in the fish room one of the fleck colors glows under the actinic lights… boom… fish nerd bling…

The fish quarantine area we built… to the left is a 105 pint per day dehumidifier and a washing machine solely to clean my filter socks. I also had a sink installed to drain each of the QTs into. I refill them with a dedicated water makeup tank that is fed from RO tubing I plumbed throughout the basement fed from my RO/DI unit…

To refill after do a water change all I need to do is hook on the extension I made, turn a few ball valves, and I’m done. No carrying buckets in this house… even for my QT tanks…

The rest of the fish room came together with two redundant three horsepower heat pumps to heat or cool the system. My entire water volume for the system was calculated after adding the salt… I was one fifty gallon bag short of adding ten boxes of Reef Crystals… for a grand total of 1950 gallons… which includes the 1300 gallon SPS display, 240 gallon mixed reef, two frag tank, refugium, and dual sumps. Also shown is a variable speed exhaust fan and a dedicated 1 ½ ton Minisplit air conditioner and heater just for the fish room…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:12 PM   #6
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One of the issues I needed to overcome was connecting my mixed reef to the 1300 gallon, and as my display went from the originally planned 800 gallon to over 1300 gallons I also needed an appropriately sized sump. There was no way I was going with an acrylic sump with so many seams that could burst, so I went with two 150 gallon molded polyethylene sumps from Aquatic Ecosystems that measure 65” x 29” x 20”. By connecting the two of these across the room from each other with a 2” PVC backbone this allowed them to act as one sump. I found this neat little ramp to allow me to walk over it…

I had the 1300 gallon built with just one hole drilled in it, circled below in purple. With my return pumps shut off, I open the ball valve and it drains exactly 200 gallons of water from the system for a water change. The redundant return pumps go through the heat pumps and return through two 1 ½” Sea-Swirls, circled below in blue. Most of the flow comes from six Vortech MP60s circled in red and green. Three turn on at a time for ten minutes, creating a gyre in the tank one way, and the ones of the other color turn on for ten minutes and create a gyre the other way… boom… enough flow for SPS in a 1300 gallon in under 200 watts at a time… thank you Ecotech Marine… another great company…

A shot from the corner of my fish room… I put my six foot refugium underneath my slick looking work table where I test water from and do different things…

Our home was built with three finished levels… many basement levels are built with low ceilings, but I had ours built with nine foot ceilings. The tank sits 36” off the ground, and so I built the Fibergrate deck around the tank that high. That left me six feet of height to walk around the tank, plenty for my short Sicilian frame…

I wanted full access to work around the tanks… important on systems this large, but at the same time wanted to keep carpet surfers from jumping out of the tank… I found these blinds at Lowe’s that allow air through, but keep most of the bright light, and the fish, in the tank…

With the blinds up I get access to the tank…

I’m a metal halide guy, and I hated in the past fighting with the lighting over the tank while getting a suntan. So, I made frames out of alimunim “80/20” and put them on a Unistrut track that I could slide out of the way easily…

Lights on…

And lights slid out of the way…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:13 PM   #7
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I did the same thing on the 1300… which was a bit more complicated… lighting over the 1300 includes six 400 watt 14K Ushio metal halides, five Ecotech Radion Gen3 Pros (with just the blue and red channels run), and six 140 watt VHO actinics… for a grand total of (said like Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) 4040 watts of light over the 1300 gallon… with the halides over the frag tanks and mixed reef I’m over 6000 watts… not including the refugium and other LEDs throughout…
Curtains down keeping fish and light in…

Curtains up…

I had the tank made with two braces, nicely breaking it up into thirds… here are lights being slid out of the way on the first third…



Lights over the last third of the tank…

And slid out of the way…



The VHO actinics are on magnets so I can move them out of the way when necessary…


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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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And finally onto some full tank shots… these were from January of 2014 after water had been in the system a few months. We kept our old house for a few months that housed my other system shown above… before and after work for months I went to the old house to take care of my systems there, while I built these systems and got them going in the new house… it was a Herculean task I was able to accomplish with both my passion, and the help of my local friend Adam Dilks. Thanks Adam!
Here’s the 1300… with the wide side view… 8.5’ wide here… and six feet from front to back…

My favorite view… 8.5 feet from front to back and six feet wide…

And the view from the corner showing both sides…

By February of 2014 after the system had water in it a few months I began moving some of my fish and corals over from the old house…

I soon had everything moved over from the old house… I broke those systems down and we sold that house… every coral in the 1300 came from my old 180 gallon…
Side view from the summer of 2014…

And the front view…

Nothing says South Pacific reef like a group of anthias…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Growing in later in 2014…

And some 1300 shots from 2015…
Hallway view,..

Closer side views…


And front views…


Top view showing two magnifica anemones in the center…

And the corner view…

And the view showing the anemone tank down the hallway…



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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 02:16 PM   #10
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Front and side views from 2016…


And some shots from early 2017… showing the true giant clam… Tridacna gigas… I got from friend and fellow RC member John Boe…









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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Top shots…


My favorite view… from the top far corner… showing the valley I created… with stags only on a six foot wide island to the left…

I need to get updated shots of the 1300 soon… and I’ll also show shots of my mixed reefs, and plenty others, after taking a breather… the tank is overgrown now, and I’ve started the chopping… for pics of plenty of the corals I’ve kept for years you can check this thread…
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2666567
Okay… so my build thread starts… again I have so much more to cover and I welcome any questions… I apologize in advance for I may have slow responses… my life is insanely busy between work and family life, and not to mention the aquatic world I’ve created in my house… and again cheers to all reading this, as we share a passion. Have a beer and follow along in my insanity…

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Current Tank Info: displays are 1300 gallon SPS (8.5' x 6' x 42"), 240 gallon anemone, and 350 gallon fish only
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Old 02/17/2018, 04:28 PM   #12
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Wow what an inspirational Reef tank and your growth is inspirational!!! I just started my 675 gallon display/ 1,200 systems and I’m having a lot of growing pains lol...can’t wait to get to where you are!


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Hey John! Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting this thread started! As you know I have been hoping this day would come! Simply incredible! You are my hero!


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Holy ****!! I just saw a picture of the front side when it was only water and rock on a different thread. I thought “oh looks like a 180” and kept scrolling......

But wow, I had no idea there was a couple feet behind it!!! This tank amazing!!


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Old 02/17/2018, 07:24 PM   #16
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Holy s@#t!!!!
Absolutely astounding.
Glad to see a real veteran making a thread here!
I have just read your whole compressed story and am sitting here like your son was back when your tank first arrived.
Looking forward to following along from here.
The size of some of your colonies is just simply mind bending.
I guess you were getting wet on a regular basis when you were originally adding/glueing corals in place.
You really did not cut any corners. Just a beautiful set up!


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what's the daily top off volume and daily dosing volume (if any) for a tank that big? also, do you find that water changes are less necessary with such a large total system volume, or are you doing 100+ gallon 10% water changes?


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Wow. Im floored. That's amazingly cool.


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Old 02/17/2018, 10:55 PM   #19
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Wow what an inspirational Reef tank and your growth is inspirational!!! I just started my 675 gallon display/ 1,200 systems and I’m having a lot of growing pains lol...can’t wait to get to where you are!


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Hey John! Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting this thread started! As you know I have been hoping this day would come! Simply incredible! You are my hero!
Thanks Tom! It's a pleasure to hear that from guys I respect like yourself... I was inspired by so many crazy guys as a kid... and it's an honor to be one of those crazy guys now... always learning after all these years and pushing the limits of this hobby...


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Holy ****!! I just saw a picture of the front side when it was only water and rock on a different thread. I thought “oh looks like a 180” and kept scrolling......

But wow, I had no idea there was a couple feet behind it!!! This tank amazing!!
Thanks man... exactly what I told my wife about my 1300 gallon when I ordered it... just a couple feet longer than the 180... no big deal...

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Holy s@#t!!!!
Absolutely astounding.
Glad to see a real veteran making a thread here!
I have just read your whole compressed story and am sitting here like your son was back when your tank first arrived.
Looking forward to following along from here.
The size of some of your colonies is just simply mind bending.
I guess you were getting wet on a regular basis when you were originally adding/glueing corals in place.
You really did not cut any corners. Just a beautiful set up!
Thanks reefmutt! My son has fallen so hard into the hobby over the past three years or so, and is by my side both in my fish room and in the ocean whenever possible. He's fearless... a confident open water snorkeler diving deep by age ten... he's now 12 and we're going to South Florida next month to get him certified to dive... here he is with me at Electric Beach on the west side of Oahu...


And on the Kona Coast of the Big Island... he was probably ready here when he was ten, but I didn't feel comfortable getting him certified then even though PADI would do it... he's well ready now at twelve...


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what's the daily top off volume and daily dosing volume (if any) for a tank that big?
I just measured the other day and am evaporating off about fifteen gallons a day. I did this as I want to up my dosing of kalk... right now I'm dosing six gallons of kalk a day, and four cups (950 mL) of each part of B-ionic per day... in addition to the large calcium reactor you see above. I'm going to up my kalk dosage to twelve gallons pretty soon to get my pH up more... which is why I started dosing kalk again last year after not doing it in years...

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also, do you find that water changes are less necessary with such a large total system volume, or are you doing 100+ gallon 10% water changes?
I've kept my same regimen of 10% water changes about twice a month as I have in the past... is it necessary? Tough to tell but I'm not about to experiment on this system... My water changes are easier than ever despite the size of them... you can see the hole I had drilled above that drains 200 gallon of water from my display... this is my water change makeup vat... exactly 200 gallons goes back in with the closing and opening of two ball valves... and it just so happens that my salt comes in 200 gallon boxes from good old Reef Crystals... I'm also able to fill a five gallon bucket with saltwater if necessary with the third ball valve...




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Beautiful!!!

I'm looking forward to following along in the future.


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Amazing and mind blowing !

It's difficult to get my head wrapped around the sheer size and volume of the system . So I have read it atleast 3 times now . And still it feels like I should just keep reading it .

Copps - someday can you make a video of the tank if possible for those of us who cannot visit you in person ?

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Old 02/18/2018, 09:45 AM   #23
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Thanks guys!

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Amazing and mind blowing !

It's difficult to get my head wrapped around the sheer size and volume of the system . So I have read it atleast 3 times now . And still it feels like I should just keep reading it .

Copps - someday can you make a video of the tank if possible for those of us who cannot visit you in person ?

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Abhishek, there are times where I stand above the tank and look what I created, and it feels like it's not mine. I cannot explain the amount of effort that went into this... I glued every pipe... placed every rock... mounted every coral... it's a bit frightening sometimes to see the world I've created and realize I'm in charge of it. I've planned my forever system since I was a kid... and it's nice finally having it... along with our forever house... knowing that whatever you do you will be able to ideally enjoy it for years to come. I will absolutely take a video soon... after my next scheduled Kydex swapout (which I'll explain later)... until then I have plenty more to share... something I haven't shown is the theater we had put in across the room in 2016. I carried over the same stone I used around from the aquariums for the pillars in the theater...


My four grandparents were Italian, and it took some convincing the wife, but I added many Italian elements into the space... including a looong slab of Italian marble with a waterfall edge that's natural and contemprary... just the way my wife and I like it... and gray is my favorite color...


Here you can see the tank in relation to the theater... disregard the 1300 as it's completely washed out in this shot, but you get the idea...


Water has been my life since I was a child... I grew up in Northern New Jersey on an island on a lake... we water skied and fished when the lake wasn't frozen... including barefooting... my older brother was the New Jersey State barefoot champion in 1987... and in the winter we played ice hockey... I played Tier 1 mite through midget and went on to play Junior hockey for the Washington Junior Capitals... I also grew up snow skiing in the winter and ski raced for my high school team... and of course I love the ocean and diving... so, we tried to tie water into the theme without going to overboard... another Italian element is the Italian tile we used underneath shaped like with waves...


Even the sconces for the theater were wave inspired...


And this is what happens when you have a hard core reefer do theater lighting... I won't show the 50,000 possible color combinations... but you get the idea... my daughter loves turning it pink when she has all of her friends over...


But when I have my reefing buddies over of course our favorite is... turning on the actinics...


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This site is full of incredible build threads but this one takes things to a whole new level. Your attention to detail, artistry in aquascaping, husbandry techniques and boldness to undertake a project of such magnitude is inspiring and commendable. Thank you for sharing and I hope you continue to share your progress.


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I think the only question yet to ask is...when can I move in!!��


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