Jepoy's 45 gallon beginner reef tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by jepoy, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    So i figured instead of generating a ton of noobie threads, it's time for me to create my own tank journal. :)

    As I've already mentioned in my "welcome" thread, my tank is a 45 gallon acrylic that is a hand-me-down from my sister who took a shot at reefing a long time ago but eventually gave it up. Btw, I saw my sister the other day and was asking her some stuff about her experience as a reefer and as it turns out she was also a member of this forum! Cool stuff!

    Anyhow, this being my first shot at the reefing hobby, I don't plan on blowing a lot of coin on my tank except on the essential (ugh reef led lights). I have to be true to myself, I do have a tendency of starting hobbies and falling out of it (mountain biking, golfing, bonsai gardening, statues collecting, and the list goes on). Hopefully, reefing being closer to keeping "pets" than just having a hobby will keep me invested for a long time. My strategy is to start thrifty and then spend more and upgrade as my love and knowledge in the hobby grows.

    About my tank. From what I can tell it's a 45 gallon acrylic by TRUVU. It was badly scratched up when I pulled it from my sister's garage storage, but I've managed to sand and polish the front glass clean. The sides of the tank has some pretty deep scratches but where this tank is going to be placed that won't matter as much. I was also lucky enough to score a TRUVU platinum series sump from craigslist, I think it can hold about 20 gallons.

    Unfortunately, at this time my tank will be relegated to our garage. This is due mainly because we just bought a trilevel townhouse and the wifey will not risk any water spillage on our hardwood flooring. This is probably for the better since I'm not that confident in placing 700 lbs of water and rocks on the 2nd or 3rd level of our home. Since it's a new home and our garage is still fairly clean, I've claimed a small corner of the garage to be my very own tank viewing section. After doing a lot of reading on this forum, it was great to find out that i'm not the only garage reefer around and that it's possible to do successfully.

    My ultimate goal is to raise corals of course. Will probably start with softies but hoping to go stony corals eventually. As for livestock, I am all in for a pair of mandarins! I don't care if I get anything else to swim in my tank as long as I have these colorful beauties! (well i'll most likely have clowns because they're mandatory right?). I actually find the issue of having a steady supply of copepods for this fish as a fascinating challenge. I've scanned this forum for this subject and I can't wait to start seeding my tank and sump with pods in prep for the mandarins! Which brings me to my next subject.. where i'm at with my tank.

    Still no water in tank, unfortunately. Boy this hobby really tests your patience. I've got my rocks curing and I'm constantly doing mods to my tank, stand, and sump. This past weekend I did plumbing, it's the first time that I've gone to the plumbing section of Home Depot and I've never felt more manly lol. It's been a lot of fun though and it's a nice feeling when you see things coming together. I think by this weekend (barring any booboos or last minute birthday parties that my wife drags me to) I should be aquascaping and maybe, just maybe pouring saltwater into tank! Wish me luck guys!
     
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  2. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Congrats and welcome to the hobby. It's fun and expensive. My wife wish she never approved. :)


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  3. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Good luck!


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  4. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    There probably should be a separate Forum topic dealing specifically with spouses.. you know, tips and trick on how to hide reef expenses hidden from them etc lol


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  5. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Thanks coral!


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  6. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    welcome and welcome to BAR's garage club :)
     
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  7. tankguy

    tankguy Vice President

    Let the fun begin
     
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  8. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    so being a garage kept reefer, there's one tip i can give. Insulate your tank in the back (side, if you dont care about the side view ) with those thick foams from home depot so it doesn't get hit with dramatic temperature changes in the garage. unless your garage is well insulated.
     
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  9. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Thanks for the tip! It seems like my garage is pretty well insulated, one of the selling points when we bought the house was that it's a "green" home. Hopefully that holds up. That said, I'll take your advice and insulate tank just to be safe, and the sump too. Thanks!


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  10. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Also level it :) I was dumb and in a rush, totally forgot to level my tank before I dump water in.


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  11. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    THAT I haven't thought of.. thanks for the heads up


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  12. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Hey all, any recommendation for aquascaping glue/putty that I can pick up at Neptune or the local Home Depot? Tried ordering some putty on amazon but the soonest my prime can get it to me is Saturday.. got tomorrow off so I'm hoping to mess around with the rocks


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  13. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Supporting Member

    You can use epoxy putty in the plumbing section at Home Depot or OSH. It is gray in color. If you have superglue, it works really well, if you make a sandwich. I use a 10oz bottle of superglue liberally with rocks and it seems to work ok.


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  15. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

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  16. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    if you hate the color white, you can use food color for color changes :) just dip and mix.
     
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  17. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Supporting Member

    Hadn't thought of that ......great idea!
     
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  18. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Thanks for all the great ideas! Can't wait to do some aquascaping


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  19. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Should I cycle my tank with sea/ocean water purchased from Neptune or with mixed salt water?


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  20. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Whatever is cheaper?


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