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Discussion in 'Welcome!' started by daddio, May 17, 2017.

  1. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    I just joined and thought I would intro. myself. My name is Mark and I am Peter B.'s dad. I have had aquariums for the last 35 years or so, although I have had salt tanks, but never had a reef set-up, until now. Currently we have 5 tanks going. We have a 100, 55, and 45 set up with fresh water and a 25 reef and a 65 that we have set up for a reef, although at the moment it is pretty much just growing brown algae. Peter has shown such a passion for the reef tanks that I feel I need to support him 100% (even if it sends us to the poor house :)
  2. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Welcome! You will see many of us at the reefers poor house once you're sent there.

    Is the 65 in the middle of a cycle? Or just awaiting some TLC?
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  3. Peter B

    Peter B Supporting Member

    Welcome... Dad

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  4. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Hey Randy,
    It has been running about a month. We really tried to do this one on a shoe-string budget. Free tank and old pumps and a homemade protein skimmer. It was getting close to finishing its cycle and we came across a free 60 bag of crushed coral that was better than the sand we had so I vacuumed out all of the old and now we are back to waiting. Trying to get the lighting squared away too.
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  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Does it have sump?

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  6. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    If you're doing this on a shoe-string budget, talk to that dood (@ashburn2k). I believe his total cost (minus power and salt) is zero. :)
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  7. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    Mark and peter it was great to meet you guys last weekend. Let me know when the tank is ready for coral.

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  8. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Craigslist free list will be your best source of free stuff, I got my 50+ rocks off the cl and also here, watch out for pay it forward section.

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  9. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Peter - Thanks little buddy!!
    Ashburn2k - No sump. Have been scouring c/l looking for a tank 75 gallons+ with an overflow or a large plex to drill and a plex 55 to use as a sump
    Edgar - It was great meeting you and seeing your beautiful tank. Peter is thrilled with the corals that you gave him! Thank You!!
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  10. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Welcome to BAR!

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  12. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Mark B
    Welcome to our place in space and thank you for becoming a $upporting member.
    It shows you commitment and this club can save you a lot of money.
    But for the aquarium itself buy a brand new tank with a full warranty
    I've seen what that box of water looks like...all over the floor
    I hope it never happens but if needed you'll be happy you have it
    Last edited: May 18, 2017
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  13. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Welcome to the club!
    I have a skimer you can have, nice old skool, last one of the ER colection
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  14. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Good Morning xcaret,
    That would be fantastic! Where are you located? Are you going to the May get together?
  15. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Yea, I had a 55 let go and it took a week and several hundred $ to clean up.
  16. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

  17. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Ouch is right! I had just finished filling it for the first time, took a step back to admire it, and boom! The whole front glass popped off and 55 gallons hit the floor in a nano-second.
  18. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    That's why I always fill a used tank with water and leave it outside for a few days before being it in.

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  19. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member


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  20. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    Welcome to the poor house to you both!


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