Sfpatentcat's Solana

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by sfpatentcat, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. sfpatentcat

    sfpatentcat Guest

    Baymac 2010: volunteering; seeing old & new reef friends; learning from speakers and vendors; winning the raffle-- Neptune’s gift card; and getting a 25 gallon Solana tank!
  2. sfpatentcat

    sfpatentcat Guest

    Next steps: finding a light and thinking about stand design. Luckily, Mario (xcaret) was available and did an amazing job building a custom stand!
    Used Giesemann 150 watt pendant & ballast
    Halfway finished...
  3. sfpatentcat

    sfpatentcat Guest

    Setup day...Mario even fabricated a light bar!
    The stand opens on two sides and has a modern look with internal hinges and no knobs
    Believe it or not, the saltwater was pre-mixed!
  4. sfpatentcat

    sfpatentcat Guest

    Explaining to colleagues why the tank lacks fish for a few weeks:
    Inspired an office re-organization:
  5. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Sweet! Can't wait to see more pictures
  6. sfpatentcat

    sfpatentcat Guest

    Weeks later, after adding equipment from Neptune and coral and fish (2 tank-raised percula clowns and 2 cardinalfish, both from Aquatic Collections)
  7. anathema

    anathema Supporting Member

    Nice clean office tank!

    I miss having an office tank sometimes, having a tank at home really limits how many people get to see it, especially if you are private like I am. An office tank is a lot of fun.
  8. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    looks good....
  9. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    Uh oh. Look who got sucked in :)

    Looks very nice.
  10. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Really like the clean look of the set up :) Is there any space in the back chamber to hide the heater or a smaller heater?
  11. houser

    houser Past President

    I also agree office tanks are cool. Everybody seems to get into it and it gives you an excuse to talk about fish.
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Love the nitrogen cycle sign. Good idea that.
    Friends get excited about water in the new tank, then whine about no fish yet.
  13. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

  14. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    I like the nitrogen cycling explanation printout. Have you thought about doing something with the back wall- adding zoas, GSP, Xenia (moving corals are always a hit for non-reefing tank observers) or maybe putting 1 long piece of the branching tonga rock and growing some corals on it? Just throwing out some ideas. Good job on everything and that stand is really 1st rate!
  15. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest


    Don't let your clients see that :lol:

    I LOVE your stand :D
  16. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    I really like the finish on the stand. I assume it's specifically chosen to tolerate salt water drips. Did you use a marine urethane or extra coats? From all the talk of salt water destroying hardwood floor finish I assume something non-standard is required.
  17. mavjoy

    mavjoy Guest

    Fish tank in an office is the perfect ice breaker...looks good!
  18. sfpatentcat

    sfpatentcat Guest

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments. My coworkers enjoy stopping by to see the fish. So far, nobody has ordered me to remove the tank. CookieJar, like your idea of using a big piece of tonga rock for the back area, and attaching coral to the tonga stick.

    GreshamH, I love the stand also! Mario did a great job, creating the entire design from a tank thread we found on Reef Central involving a much bigger cube. Funny you noticed the Nolo book :D

    Bondolo, Mario added the stain and the clear coat. Maybe he will weigh in on this thread and explain the staining method. He also put a water resistant coat on the inside of the stand. So far, stray drips are very easy to wipe off the clear finish. Will have to add photos over the weekend showing the stand as it was being built.
  19. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    That is so sweet having a tank at the office.
    I'll bet you can't wait to get to work every day!
  20. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    I'm really glad Cathy and Christina liked the stand and of course you guys giving it a thumbs up is a compliment.
    Stain used was Minwax Red Mahogany an coated with polyurethane, three coats.
    I have used it and seems to hold really good to drips, figured since it's not going to be in the upcoming America's Cup competing, the finish will hold for a long time; IMO water damage is more due to neglect or a really bad accident, all joints have water-resistant glue. Hole pocket joinery I find it to work pretty good.

    Zoanthids look pretty cool growing on the back wall, an assortment of colors; GSP too but has to be kept in check.

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