Jeff's Upgrade to DSA 105

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Jeff Rehling, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    I will finish my stand today. Stupid Lowes on bayshore--1 mile from the house and their panel saw is broken. Used HD pocket screws and lag bolts to the wall. Colors will be THE Ohio State University scarlet and grey. Top and door rails and stiles grey. Door panels will be scarlet with the Block O decal. Skin will be scarlet.

    8 feet wide, 40" tall, and 30" deep. Finally learned my lesson from my first stand and made it tall enough to work on the sump and plumbing!

    Will receive the tank on Feb 2nd from CD Happy. I ordered another 11 pounds of Marco rocks from BRS. Disappointed Marco doesn't direct ship anymore.

    Add one more Kessil 360
    Mount kessils with rigid conduit and wires
    Additional MP-40 or gyre...Bruce and Ashburn are tempting me

    Photos later today...if I can figure out how to post them!
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  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    8 feet wide... for a 105 gallon tank? I mean even if you do a bar top surround on that, 8 feet is a bit long isn't it?
  3. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    i wanted it to look like a built in. Will also hold my QT and possibly a frag tank

    Also, Need somewhere to store all the fish equipment, testers, etc. I don't have a garage
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Ah so you're going to basically build a "wall" on your stand to give it an in-wall setup?

    Just not seeing your vision is all :D
  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I think he’s doing just a wall of cabinets that he’ll also have his tank on.
  6. jccaclimber

    jccaclimber Supporting Member

    Are you going to feel nostalgic and put a bit of green and brown in the lower right corner or stop at scarlet/gray?

    Opted to go elsewhere, but I grew up a few miles from campus.
  7. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    Top is grey. Rails and stiles are scarlet. door frames will be grey with scarlet panels. There will be four doors, the middle two will have the Block O decals.

    I have a 48" Ikea wall cabinet that I painted grey and the doors are scarlet.
  8. Alexx

    Alexx Supporting Member

    I want to see how it will look like :D
  9. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    pictures later today...Sand question: I will be getting new sand...what sand do you recommend and how much for a 105? 48x24 H x 21 deep?
  10. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

  11. grizfyrfyter

    grizfyrfyter Guest

    Personally, I don't trust kessil control software at all.

    Go with the third a360 if it's in your budget.
  12. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    cabinet with threaded pipe to hold the kessils. Scarlet and grey. Doors are scarlet

    Attached Files:

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  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Sand very much is a preference thing, is for a particular creature? Is it for looks? do you have a lot of flow in the tank.

    Some like the "sugar fine", some like super coarse, it very much is almost a "help me pick a color for my living room" request
  14. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    i have a goby and will add one more.

    My flow currently is one MP-40 throttled back to around 40 percent yellow setting (i think that's reef crest) and one hydor. I'm likely adding a second hydor to the opposite side of the MP-40 until I can afford another MP-40 (or gyre...bruce and ashburn have switched and I'm considering it...advice there?)

    I'd prefer a medium granular size so it doesn't blow about

    I like the look of the black and white speckles...for no good reason
  15. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    I have to pick up some house white 1x5's from Beronio...I have 1x5 for top and bottom rails, but my stupid 2x4 supports didn't turn out perfectly spaced, so I'm going with 1x5 rails and stiles so my door openings are perfect. I installed a neat LED light strip around the entire interior of the sump with a door switch so the light turns on when opened.
  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I had a 48”x30” and used 120 lbs of sand. It had about 1-1/2” to 2” of depth.
  17. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    Ultimate aquarium is recommending that same amount so I'm getting the sand Friday
  18. jccaclimber

    jccaclimber Supporting Member

    The shimmer is pretty good on the AP700's. That said, I don't think I would sell to Kessil's for the purpose of buying a different one. I'd go with another of what you have if you're happy with them.

    I'm in the same 2ish inches of sand camp. I happen to like sugar sand, but recognize that it's a borderline religious question.
  19. cdhappy

    cdhappy Supporting Member

    This is what I did:
    CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand - Fine Oolite Substrate 40 lbs
    CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand - Original Grade Substrate 40 lbs

    I've had a total of 80 lbs of sand in the tank which is just right (for me); I think anywhere in the 80-120 range is just perfect.
  20. cdhappy

    cdhappy Supporting Member

    Here’s a pict with 80lbs in the 105:

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