The Ugly Tank

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  1. Mr. Ugly

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    I'm usually not much one for tank journals, but I finally got a display tank up again. I took down my 72 bowfront about 3(?) years ago and had been barely running a couple 2x4 frag tanks.

    New tank is a 150 acrylic set up in place of the counter between the kitchen and dining room.

    Still finishing off the cabinet and I'm running a couple bare Luminarc minis until I can fab up some kind of canopy.

    Thanks to Doug, Ian, and Sam for the hookups on the tank, sump, and skimmer!

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    Cabinet has doors on both front and back. Glass doors on the dining room side. Wood doors on the kitchen side.

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    I don't go for a lot of tech on my setups. Skimmer, a couple heaters, a couple media reactors for carbon and phosphate remover, Eheim return pump, a couple Koralia 7's. I splurged on a BM doser, but haven't set it up yet.

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    Sorry you are not allowed to post a tank with water in it until at least page 70 of your thread.
     
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    Thanks Erin!

    It would have been a 3 year long thread of parts collecting pics :D

    Made some decent progress in the past couple weeks due to tweaking my knee and not being able to exercise much, haha.
     
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    I have an Eheim 1260 splitting to reactors, return, and bypass. I don't want a lot of turnover in the sump.

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    Also, I did a little trick in running a 3/4 return line up through the 1 1/2 drain.

    There's not much room in the overflow, and I drilled it out for a single large bulkhead.

    I didn't have room for another bulkhead, and I didn't want to run the return up the sides or back of the tank.

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    Knock the drain noise down a little by default??? Not sure what else you have in the overflow.
     
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    BTW it does look very nice.

    Where are the sticks?
     
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    Flooded standpipe drain would have been nice, but I went with a large noisy durso.

    Tee to the right is a vent that goes up and back down to keep any spray and salt creep down inside the sump.

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    Yep, it did help the noise a bit with the 3/4 pipe taking up some of the volume in the overflow pipe, but I still had to play around with it. Way too noisy without the bypass on the Eheim.
     
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    Thanks.

    Sticks and sps were mostly victims of my demotivated reefer state.

    All I have of those are a severely browned out hunk of true undata, brown sunset monti, and a handful of unrecognizable acro bases.

    Accepting donations of Indo Superman and Ugly Prostrata :D
     
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    Take my indo superman........ please.
     
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    Tank is an old TruVu. Not too bad, except for the small openings on the top.

    I polished out the scratches. Planning to get some Mighty Magnets and a polishing kit for the final touches.

    I'm always taking a Skilsaw to my acrylic tanks, so this one was no different.

    Laminated some 3/8" strips of acrylic to the top afterwards and routed everything.

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    And the kritters.

    Fungia from a swap way back. Grown from a pea sized baby.

    The other fungia grew from a speck of flesh that was left when the first one popped off the IC gel.

    And an elegance from Karson this past weekend.

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    Very nice.
     
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    Always liked cynarinas.

    Below it is a favia rosaria grown from a polyp that I got at Karl's frag swap charity fundraiser way back.

    A MARS member got the original coral from Aquatic Gallery and put a frag in the swap for a rare item.

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    Neat orange and green colors.
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    One of the first chalice that I ever got. From New Alameda.

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    This guy tolerated shaded spots in dirty tanks :D

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    Really like the elegance, great color!!
     
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    Looking goof Norm, now where are all of the Ugly fish?
     
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    No frogfishes, but I have a couple of Robin's clowns in there. I still have a Tomini tang and an orange tail damsel to move from the frag system.
     

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