Rich's First SF Build

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  1. RichieT

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    Finally got myself settled in!!

    So I did a lot of thinking about what I like and don't like in a tank and came up with the following:
    1) I wanted an All-In-One style tank.
    2) I wanted to keep it shallow
    3) I wanted it to be more of a top down view than a side view
    4) I wanted something under 50gal to make water changes in a small SF apt feasible
    5) I wanted to have something oriented in the peninsula style

    After seeing the work that Advanced Acrylics (John) did for a buddy I was sold. Fortunately for me, he is also in California so shipping was a little cheaper.

    After talking with John I came up with this design (ended up going with 16in instead of the 14)
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    Here is the AIO design that I liked the best. I think I'll end up running a nano skimmer in one of the side chambers.
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    John worked some magic and made the tank for me in a week!!
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    Also got me a stand made as well ( A little rough around the edges, but should work)
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  2. tankguy

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    Let the fun begin
     
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    Looks like a well built tank, can't wait to see it come together.
     
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    Beautiful set up. You are really gonna like that!
     
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    Very sweet! What are your thoughts on livestock for the new tank?
     
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    Nice. I like the Peninsula style.
     
  7. RichieT

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    I've already picked up a nice pair of clowns from Ed. A Grade A DaVinci and a Black Snowflake. I'll get pics up later. Other than those two I'm not sure if I'll put any more fish in the tank. I'm more of a coral guy. I'll probably get a couple of cleaner shrimp and a nice BTA.

    As far as coral goes, I'm going to be keeping chalices, zoas and montis for the most part. Maybe a few favias and acans as well.
     
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    That's one sweet setup!
     
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    Welcome to SF Rich.
     
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    Looking forward to the photos! Considering your source for the two clowns I expect they are prized specimen.

    I am the opposite these days, leaning more towards fish than corals. ;)
     
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    Very cool!
     
  12. RichieT

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    We finally got the rock work exactly the way I wanted with the help of a local pro (JesterSix). I wanted to keep this set-up very clean looking and the rock scape to be minimal with some impact. I've always been extremely impressed with the "bonsai" look so I decided to give it a shot. Let me know what you guys think. I have about 40-45 lbs of rock in the tank but it's only touching the bottom in two spots. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

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    Wow! I really like that aquascape a LOT! You and John did a great job.
     
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    Very cool! I was watching John's Facebook page regarding your build but didn't realize it was your tank until now. :)
     
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    +1...another Jestersix off the hook rockscape.
     
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    Sweet!!!!
    I love all those overhangs, and so will the fish.
     
  17. RichieT

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    That's everyone. Everything has been great so far. I think the cycle is finished. The ammonia got as high as 0.5 ppm for a couple days and then came down. Hit zero today. I plan on adding a few zoa frags tomorrow and see how it goes. So far I'm very impressed with the Dr. Tim's product. I'll continue to monitor ammonia levels to see if there is a secondary cycle.
     
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    What kind of Dr. Tim's products are you using?
     
  19. RichieT

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    Dr. Tim's One and Only
     
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    Finally got some coral in the tank. I very nice piece of Rainbow Cyphastrea, some Pink Hallucinations, and the classic sunny D.

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