Ed's 195 LeeMar build.

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by drdoolittle, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    Finally starting my build thread, I have been working on this for over a year. I started off on August 2009 when i broke off my 220 sps and bought a 195 Lee Mar, thinking that it would be an fast and easy upgrade...wrong!! Over a year later i finally completed the set up.
    Heres the new tank specs:
    195 LeeMar Starfire 64x32x22 with custom stand.
    48" Sfiligio XR4 2x400, 4x54watt T5, with 6x moonlight.
    BK Alpha 250 skimmer with Avast Marine Swabbie.
    Avast Marine, Davy Jones waste collector large.
    ATB Flowstar 3200 return.
    Schuran calcium reactor with Cole-Palmer MasterFlex dosing pump.
    1/3HP Teco SeaChill Chiller TR20
    Apex Controller with EB8 and 2x DC8, IO
    Geo Kalk Reactor
    Precision Marine media reactor.
    Litermeter 3
    4x MP40ES and 2x MP40W gen 2
    I think thats is.. now here some lousy pictures.. i got ZERO skills with the camera.. I have a good camera, but lousy shots. bare with me.. I hope to learn how to take decent pictures one day.
    Heres a shot last year when the tank was first moved in.
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    Jesus and Chris..
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    Pedro and I inspecting the corner damage during the move.
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    Awesome movers..
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    Me.
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    drip tray installation.
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    Plumbing parts.
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    Return manifold.
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  2. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    NOW, a year later

    full tank shot
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    Left side rock work
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    Right side rock work
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    Sump/filtration.
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    Skimmer
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    MP40s
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    Calcium Reactor
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    Chiller
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    Apex
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    Reactors/waste collector
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    More pictures to come...
     
  3. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    What took you so long?

    WOW !!!! Seems you planned out perfectly !
     
  4. houser

    houser Past President

    Very nice I like the pro wiring job with plastic wiring duct, etc... And those flat massive shelves with all that space underneath. Very nice!
     
  5. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    Looks great Ed!
     
  6. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    That's an impressive setup, nice rockwork- real clean looking and the overall setup is as professional as it gets.
     
  7. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Something is fishy.
    It looks too perfect to me.
    Clearly some photoshop was done here. :D
    Nice work
     
  8. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Looks nice Ed.

    Is that stand on top of something? Or just a really tall stand?

    I know you have some pretty beefy lights for it, but the way those two rock structures look it almost looks like it'd be a nice fish only tank. Although I'm sure whatever direction you go it'll look great :D
     
  9. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    thanks guys.. its been a long build and finally completed it. The goal was to complete it by the end of the year. So, it was pretty close.

    Mario, i'll give coralkeeper your chalice frag.

    Dave, thank pretty nice to have space in the sump.

    thanks Cookie.

    JAR.. haha im actually looking into getting Lightroom software..

    Bryan, thanks dude.. hows the new baby? regards to the family. Erik complements your tank. he told me nice thing about it. Hope to see it one day.

    Mike, the plan is to have sps on top of the rocks and chalice, acans and scolys on the sand bed. Hopefully it work out. but im planning on adding alot of fishes as well and it'll be fish only for a while.
     
  10. ryanjiang

    ryanjiang Guest

    Very impressive setup Ed! Love you rockwork, i guess that minimize debritus built-up and provide ideal placement platform for SPS, can you share how to make such structure?

    Btw do u have any concern on the weight of XR4 on top of light trees?
     
  11. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    man, you let pedro in your house to help....gutsy,LOL

    looks freakin amazing wanna help me move my 120 and frag tank
     
  12. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    Ryan, yeah the rocks are made out of fiji dead rocks. Most are mid to small pieces. here are some pics.

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    is used anchoring cement, then soaked the finish product into fresh water for 5 weeks.
     
  13. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    haha jesse, without Pedro. we would have hard time getting the tank and stand in the house.

    let me know when you're moving, i'll more than happy to help. Pedro, marcus and I moved Pedro tank all in one day.
     
  14. mavjoy

    mavjoy Guest

    Awesome tank and really digging the scape :) . Might do the same rock+epoxy combo for building my scape but in a much smaller scale.
     
  15. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Beautiful tank! Deep tanks are the way to go.
     
  16. ryanjiang

    ryanjiang Guest

    Just cementing not rods connecting rocks to the anchor?
     
  17. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    one of the rocks is tie wrap and cement, the other one is all cement.
     
  18. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Neat idea on the mushroom like rock work!
     
  19. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Cleanlyl engineered all the way around. And 32 deep is awesome. I'm already feeling cramped at 24.

    Super nice!
     
  20. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Guest

    thanks Mark and Norm..
     

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