My 200 gallon mixed reef tank

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  1. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

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    Not sure what to say so I will just photodump! My iphone camera broke and its all I had to take with at the time so sorry for the blurryness.

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    Will edit weekly when I have the time! Feel free to ask any questions. BIG high end coral shipment coming in June so it will be looking great soon.


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    NICCCCe tank! any reason why the lights are arranged to most left side?
     
  3. rygh

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    NICE!!

    I find it amusing that lights are on the left, and fish are on the right in the dark.
    (No surprise in a new setup)

    Overflow seems a bit on the small side. Maybe just the camera angle.
     
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    Did you leave that foam sheet or whatever it is under the tank? It would be hard to clean and dry under there with it.
     
  5. NelsonCh

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    I actually have 4 lights but I purposely left one out and shifted to the left because my boxfish is sensitive to light so when my LED’s are blasting during the day, I give her a place to swim about on the right side comfortably :).

    She started eating shortly after I did this too and Ill stick to the “if its working, dont change it.” Im going to redo my scape in may/june. Waiting for a deal locally or on BRS for rocks.


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  6. Kremis

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    what kinda boxfish you got ?
     
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    I was sitting on my couch when I took that specific picture. Im trying to train the fish to all be handfed lol. So far I got the naso tang, goldbar maroon and sailfin to do it. Im hoping all my fish can be handfed and docile...the powdered blue is my biggest challenge haha
     
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    I placed the foam for better weight distribution. I always have a towel in my buttpocket when I do tank maintenance and so far, no spillage haha. Hopefully I maintain my pristine water management habits.
     
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    I have a female yellowspotted boxfish. If all my fish live from their juvenile stage to adulthood, I will definitely need to upgrade to a 1,000 gallon tank. I will worry about that in 10 years when I have the savings. :]
     
  10. Fish Boss

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    Nice tank! Can’t wait to see it filled with coral!
     
  11. JVU

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    I don’t think it will help distribute the weight since the foam isn’t rigid, but might help if you are worried about damaging the floor with those rubber feet, but then only the foam under the feet is helping. Anyway you may consider cutting out the excess foam around the feet at some point. Up to you obviously, but would look nicer and be easier to keep clean.

    I have the same tank and considered putting something between the feet and my wood floor, but in the end I didn’t.
     
  12. rygh

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    Hahahaha. No water spills on a rimless 200G tank. Good one.
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    But nothing a line of towels on the floor will not solve.

    You sure that boxfish is a good plan?
    Not coral eaters, but fairly poor swimmers.
    With a long tank like that, and if you plan SPS, you need serious power heads on each end to get enough flow.
    That could cause some trouble for a boxfish.
     
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    Ill update you when a spill happens.
    My top priorities are the wellbeing of my fish and the equipment. I hope with atleast 15+ years of fishkeeping and the tens of thousands of gallons Ive wasted due to spills, it will have taught me to maximize efficiency and minimize spillage. Haha

    Since Banana(my boxfish) is already in my tank, any future updates or changes will revolve around them. If that means 0 sps in this tank as long as shes there, that is the life I have chosen. *Salute*




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  14. NelsonCh

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    Initially, I didnt think it would help either and laid it down because it helped establish peace of mind for my granny.

    Blurry picture but the mat actually is rigid. The mat is beaded foam and it turned out to surprisingly distribute weight by the mat tightening on the inside and corners not in contact with the cabinet legs. My thinking was I got to leave excess mat from weight impact tightening or it will just rip if perfectly sized. Not too worried about aesthetics currently though. If shes ugly, Ill still love her ❤️ haha




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    Gotta say when I first saw that first picture you posted of the stand my mind instantly screamed "DUDE! DO NOT PUT A TANK ON THAT!" then I started wondering if you were doing some artsy piece.... then I got smart and scrolled down further, oh hey look there are sides to your stand to hold the weight! :D

    Looks good though.
     
  16. NelsonCh

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    When I was building it and didnt see the cabinet wallside box, I thought... what the... this better not be it cause even though I didnt take advanced physics classes, I know this wont hold. My dad still thinks the cabinet is too weak. I just shrug now when he talks about it haha


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    My return pump divider thinga-ma-jigger came in!


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    Probably ok in general.
    My big issue with some stands - they have almost no supports to handle sheer loads in an earthquake, which is risky in our area.
     
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    Just thinking about the real ocean - boxfish are pretty common even in high surge zones. They just stay down in the coral heads.
    So I bet Banana will be fine once your corals grow in a bit.
     
  20. NelsonCh

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    Yeah. Fingers crossed :). Was thinking about getting gsps for her to graze but they turn into pests with how much they grow


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