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  2. In support of my new job in Queen Anne and move to the Fremont district. I am going to attempt a "cheap" aquarium build based upon everything I learned in Oregon. To start, I am going to use all my old equipment. Maxspect Gyre x180 Ecotech Vectra M2 (2000 GPH) Reef Octopus Skimmer 48" 6 x T5 Actinic Although, this time, I am going to build an acrylic runner. The acrylic idea came from @stylaster's 312 gallon. The running length idea came from @TheClark. It will be a 5 ft x 1ft x 1 ft. @badxgillen does have a runner with sump, but it's entirely glass. To some extent, the length is dependent on the light, but the real width is definitely less than 2ft. All the plastics will likely come from TAP Plastics in Seattle at $10 a wall. To save money, I will likely have to cut the bubble catches in the bottom myself. Under the tank, will likely be a similarly sized aquarium. The lower sump will be resting on the steel frame to prevent the upper tank from tipping. I want the tank to be able to withstand a large earthquake, so the sump being equal or greater weight at the lowest point of center of mass is important. To prevent the upper tank from sliding around, I will likely glue the tank to the frame or go to the shoe store and get a strip of leather - wrapping it around the steel frame and base of the upper aquarium. I believe either is possible, but steel, stained oak wood and leather wouldn't look bad (better than tape or glue). @Exodus doesn't have leather, but he does have a cool stand and I've seen @MrBret's show stand at frag-fests - it's pretty cool. Also, I've never built a steel frame, but I'm going to try. I've seen enough of @spectra's metal frames to know that they can't be beat. The upper tank will likely be +-172 lbs of seawater and 1 inch x 1 inch hollow rectangular tubing with 1/8 width should be able to handle it, but honestly; I'm just going to go to a Seattle Steel shop and check-out what's cheapest. In total, it's about 30 ft of tubing that will likely be less than $100. I've never built one of these and I'm sure my Dad will have something to say when I attempt to weld it, but I attempted to brace most of the weight. The only thing I am afraid of is that if I utilize wood faces to cover the sump ( @Exodus ), the sump will have to be slightly shifted off of the frame. That being said, I'll likely move the lower braces to compensate. The current feet are because it looks top-heavy and the overall shift is because of the backward facing PVC piping. At the moment, it's looking like something I put against a wall, but it might be an island aquarium with wood on all four sides. If that was the case, I'd likely have a vertical return, rather than a back-facing entry with a non-shifted steel frame. Also, I have stain for the oak wood, which makes it a bit cheaper. The sump won't be completely filled either, but I'm guessing it will be around 60-77 gallons. Cost: Acrylic = $100 Metal = $<100 Wood =$150. Total = $350. As long as it's less than my rent - I'm a happy camper.
  3. Well missed it.........wanted to show but things came up........... Harry makes a few things for the apex........have been on another forum for years with him. Almost picked one of his boxes up but dont run my pumps off my apex........
  4. NateDawg

    Green Lump

    It kinda looks almost like an ora tricolor acro valida, mine looks very similar and started out all green but when better lights and more growth came about, the purple tips popped up.
  5. Or do a 50lbs tank for about the same price and plumb it from somewhere.
  6. Bummer about the price. The Home Brewer Exchange on N Interstate is only 16 but obviously not very close to you.
  7. Great to see you Daniel and get a demo of the light - very impressive piece of work! Also a big thank you to John for generously hosting this month. It was a pleasure to see your beautiful and well thought out tank which, I am sure, provided a lot of us some inspiration.
  8. That was @Trailermann I think.
  9. Might not be the most attractive thing in the display but no room in the rear chamber for the Algae Scrubber. At this point I'm willing to try anything! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. Somebody today asked me about the Apex pushbutton box I have inside my cabinet door, but I can't remember who. If it was you and you're reading this, I got it from Harry Singer after seeing him post about it on the Neptune Facebook group. He also has a lot of info on Instagram under HarrysAquatics.
  11. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/goldenbasket/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1417561085051932 Good Luck!
  12. The same price you can get 20lb tank, if you have space that is
  13. Krux

    Green Lump

    Looking for a local ID. Picked up Green Lump from Jeff about a year ago to test water parameters on the new tank, it was not shockingly, green, but was flashing some purple. Added a recent photo hoping someone recognizes it as something they brought in to him. When is our next berghia group buy? TIA.
  14. Thank you John for hosting and letting me demo my light on your tank. You tank is pretty amazing, so neat and clean both inside and out!! Great seeing everyone after being out of town and missing last few monthly meetings!
  15. Same. I need something like this to clean the algae that forms at the sand line. My flipper magnet is too rough and prone to scratching the glass.
  16. Yesterday
  17. Thanks to all of you for coming out today! I had a great time and loved showing off my tank. I've only been in this hobby for about a year and a half now, but I'm so impressed with all the great people I've met and the camaraderie of the reefing community. Thank you all for your advice and kind words in this short amount of time I've been involved with the group. And a special Thank You to @danlu_gt Daniel for the ReeFi demo today. They are very impressive lights, and I'm sure they will be a big success in the industry. Happy reefing, everyone!!!
  18. I’ve never tried these, going to now. Thanks for the resurrection!
  19. Tried this place. They only do 20+ tanks. Ended up at Above the Rest Brewer supply in Tigard who charged $23! This compared to $16 at matheson gas.
  20. So I finally had the time to take some pictures but my lens were not good enough. I have a picture of the tiny new colony and the mother colony. I really tried.
  21. I have to say I'm not looking forward to being in the hamster ball! That said, I am excited to see the gold standard in tank automation and get a peek at Daniel's newest ReeFi lighting creation. Great weather for a BBQ so hope to see a lot of you out there soon!
  22. Oh, man, a former client where I work sells those human hamster balls. Too bad they aren't with us anymore to send a discounted sample! 😆 See everyone soon!
  23. Trimming GSP causes other soft corals to close up to 12 hours depending on how much I trim. I typically clean the overflow slots and areas where I don't want growth, removing 4"-6" sq sheets off at a time. I do this about 4 times a year, or more. I have charcoal running in the tank. I've read in the past they release toxins, which is why I be sure to have the charcoal. But there is a lot of mixed info out there, was curious what you guys thought, I would tend to believe more local info ;)
  24. Next time your up this way Ron let me know and I will get you some.
  25. Ahhhhhh wish I was gonna be able to make the meet today, don't have any blue digi.
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