sfboarders first tank 100 gallon

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by sfboarders, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    So here's my first aquarium. I wanted to start a long time ago but got too involved in my other type of hobby related to saltwater and that's surfing. Now that I have my own house I finally got into it. I bought the tank and stand used from CL for $300 and the guy I bought it from was nice enough to deliver it for me! I bought some stuff used and a good amount of stuff new. Here's a list of what I have.
    • 100 gallon truvu RR 60 x 18 x 24
    • 1 piece oak stand that used to be oak color but stained it dark to match furniture. What a PITA to move. Next time going with a 2 piece.
    • BRS RO/DI
    • (2) 65 gallon drums (thank Mark!)
    • Eheim 1260
    • Euroreef ES5-2
      Custom 40 gallon sump/fuge from Krittertanks
      4 x 48" T5 IC w/660 ballast from a user on RC
      (2) modded K4's with SureFlow 1600 props
      60 lbs dead rock from BRS, 30 lbs LR from Aquatic Central
      100 lbs of dry sand from Aquatic Central, 30 lbs of LS from local reefer
      Mag24 pump with 50ft of 1"flexpvc to pump water from garage to tank upstairs
      bunch of other stuff I'm sure I missed.

    It's good to have this thing up and running. Less trips to HD, Lowes, and OSH. More time to spend with my son and also get back into surfing. Oh yea, this tank took up my 1 car garage so now my wife is happy she can park the car back in the garage.





  2. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    Is that ebony you stained? I got a can of it and want to try it, I like dark wood color most in the red but ebony seems nice, also want to try jacobean.
    One piece stands are a serious PITA when it comes to move them; I just finished one stand canopy combo that barely slides under a regular door frame; I don't know if it will fit inside my brother's truck since it's a Suburban.
    Keep posting progress !!
  3. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Hey Mario, yea it's ebony with a satin clear. The Jacobean looks a lil lighter but I could not find that color at HD or Lowes. I wanted the cabinet to be close color ad the rest of my furniture. I actually ended up staining it 2 times. The first time if was too dark almost like I painted it. 2nd time I did a lil bit better but it has some streaks but don't mind them to much. When I move to a bigger house and upgrade my tank i'll prolly build my own stand and canopy. I know you're a cabinet pro, you wanna help me out? :D
  4. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Looks like it's going to be a nice setup John, are you sticking with the FOWLR plan? Or is it going to be too tempting with all of the corals to not throw a couple of them in there ? ;)
  5. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    FOWLR for now. I have to see what the electrical bill is like. :~
  6. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    With the lighting your using on the tank you can keep coral.

    Might I suggest a propane gas grill to cut down on energy bills :D
  7. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    I think I'm gonna switch the ballast. I think the IceCap 660 is gonna fry the fish. :( I don't have a chiller either or money for one. Heh. Not much room for fans under that canopy.
  8. Erick

    Erick Guest

    Tuberider makes me want to post pictures all the time!
  9. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    You may not need a chiller with the existing lights, heck I had 700w of light over a 40g tank and never needed one, although if you are running T5s with an IceCap ballast you do need a fan or your wasting energy.

    http://ballastwise.com/ has some decent deals on HO T5 ballasts if you're interested in dumping the IceCap. You still will be able to keep a variety of corals under that lighting scheme.
  10. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Nice first tank!
    Your gonna love it.
    Many years ago my first tank was 10 gallons and had a chrome frame.
    I was so happy then.
    Good luck.
    Take it slow adding fish.
  11. Erick

    Erick Guest

    100 gallon as a first tank.. You're much braver than me :) I chickened out of doing a pico tank (3g) and went for an easier all in one tank (28g)
  12. screebo

    screebo Guest

    Nice work, John.

    Very good call to set up with RO and batch water mixing ability right way. Simplifying routine maintanance is a very good thing. Nice snag on the mixing drums. I'm wondering if they are made from a "food grade" material that won't leach phosphates into the water.

    Very nice looking set up. Can't wait to see it with swimmers!
  13. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Well after my cycle I added a CUC but things turned bad for me. I added some mexican turbos, trochus, nassarius snails and peppermint shrimp and the turbos, trochus and peppermint shrimp died instantly. They didn't last more than 30 minutes in my tank. After help from RC I was advised to test my salinity. My salinity looked ok at 1.024. So I got some calibration fluid. @#@$!@!!!! with the calibration fluid it should be at 1.0264 or 35. My freaking salinity was at 1.050!!! and my actual salinity in my tank was around 1.010 so I freaking instantly killed my invertebrates with the exception of my nassarius who are still going strong for some reason. I ended up buying 5 more cause I like watching them come of the sand and eating the food I lay out for them. So I slowly raised my salinity by topping off with saltwater the past 2 weeks. I checked all of my parameters and salinity and everything looked good. The newest additions are some trochus snails, 2 cleaner shrimp, a false percula, and a Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish. Still need to find Nemo his dad though.

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  14. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Well I've done a lot of changes to my tank. I told myself I was going to do a FOWLR but I lied. I wanted to do a mushroom FOWLR but when I bought some shrooms I got some additional corals so I said what the heck I'll start going reef. I was originally going to do a nano reef and make my 100 gallon a FOWLR but with a baby on the way I'll just stick to 1 for now.

    I don't plan to go crazy with my aquarium. Just make it simple and look good with corals here and there. Hopefully I can finish it to my likings by July (when baby is due).

    Some of what I added/upgraded:

    ER ES5-3 -> SWC200
    25W Aqua UV Sterilizer
    BRS dual carbon/gfo
    Reefkeeper Lite
    Aquascaped twice since last posting and used rods in latest aquascape.

    bicolor blenny
    yellow tang
    2 false percs
    blue hippo tang
    coral beauty angel
    flame angel
    1 more fish on its way (i'll take a pic when it arrives :))

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  15. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    Nice setup and well planned John.
  16. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Looking good John. Congrats on the Baby too!
  17. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Thanks Monzer! I got a place planned out for the monti. Hoping I can get it to grow big. :)

    Thanks Rommel! BTW I like the aquascaping in your tank. :)
  18. sango

    sango Guest

    Hey John,

    Nice setup! Makes me want to upgrade my little nanos. Let's see some close-ups of those corals! :)

  19. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Nice job. Looks beautiful. I'm sure you'll be enjoying it and the fruits of your labor for years to come. Congrats. :bigsmile:
  20. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    Good work, like the stepping stones !!

    Just keep an eye on the Heniochus, seems the long finned ones like to munch on coral at times

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