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  1. kilmca

    WTB: Metal Halide...Crazy i know!

    thanks everyone but i found what i needed. now i just need to find time to get the tank setup.
  2. kilmca

    Best quarantine method?

    i use the same medications you listed and have had good luck. here is a link to a reef2reef thread that i found helpful. there are many different ways to setup a QT. my QT setup consists of a 40 breeder with sump, UV and protein skimmer. I only run the UV and protein skimmer when i'm not medicating. i like to try and give the fish a week to get acclimated and eating well before i medicate the tank so that's when i run the UV and skimmer. hope that helps. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/how-to-quarantine.189815/?utm_source=newsletter_1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=February_26_2016
  3. thanks Kim! I have two fixtures and they are both pending pickup.
  4. (2) cords, (1) cord powers (2) bulbs and the other cord powers (6) bulbs. i really like the light but i have two of these fixtures and now have a 6' tank so i don't need two of them. i was using two of these over a 10' long tank previously. will reply in a minute.
  5. 48" ATI SUNPOWER 8 X 54W LIGHT FIXTURE + BULBS - fixture was purchased from Bulk Reef Supply 11/25/15. Light has been used for about 2 years. ATI bulbs included, they have about 2 months of use on the bulbs. Can't remember the color temp of the bulbs but will update post when I have a chance. Asking $350.
  6. kilmca

    Local aquariums builders? Glass preferred

    i was looking to replace a 10' acrylic tank i had for about 9 years with a glass tank. I contacted custom aquariums, acrylic and glass exhibits and crystal reef aquatics. They were all very responsive and helpful. I believe crystal reef aquatics is in the seattle area so they are as close as local as it gets. I believe customaquariums is in Minnesota or Wisconsin and acylic and glass exhibits is in Texas.
  7. kilmca

    WTB: Metal Halide...Crazy i know!

    thanks but i prefer a 14k or higher color bulb.
  8. kilmca

    WTB: Metal Halide...Crazy i know!

    i think i found some 250s.
  9. kilmca

    WTB: Metal Halide...Crazy i know!

    i thanks for the offers everyone but i should have clarified that i wanted 250 watt MH max.
  10. considering using MH over new setup but don't want to buy new equipment. wondering if anyone has some good used stuff sitting around. Thanks!
  11. kilmca

    New tank build.

    yeah the ends will be open so the sitting area can have full view of the corner tanks. the existing stand is 32" deep, the 180 is 24" deep and the 54s are 27". I have the 54s pushed back so they line up with the back of the stand so there will be a flat surface in front of the tanks. I could pull them forward so they line up with the front of the stand like the 180 and there would be less of a flat spot but i would have a 5" gap at the back of the tank and wall that i would need to trim out plus keeping the tanks back is better for viewing from the sitting area. yes, the 54s are 23" tall and the 180 is 25.5" tall. So I could raise the 54s up so the tops match or i could have the bottoms at the same elevation. not set on the bottoms being the same but that was my initial thought. the framing in between the 180 and the 54s works as a separation/transition for the top of the tanks. access to the 54s would be easier the lower they are. if anyone has thoughts on why the bottom or top should be the same please share.
  12. kilmca

    New tank build.

    Here is a picture of the previous tank shortly after it was first setup in 2008. Those are sitting areas minus the cushions on each side of the tank.
  13. kilmca

    New tank build.

    Previous tank I had was setup for about 10 years but it came down this past February. Took a while to make a decision on what to replace it with but I finally came up with a crazy idea. Previous tank was 10' long but i didn't want to spend the money on a 10' glass tank since it would be about three to four times more than I wanted to spend. Turns out the stand framing for the previous 10' tank was almost perfect for a standard 180 plus a 54 gallon corner tank on each side. Needed to modify the existing stand a little but got most of that done on Sunday. Picture below is where i'm at so far. Still need to figure out trim and doors for above the tank but I'm sure that will come together. Oh and the reason for the 54 on each side of the 180 is I've always liked a corner tank since my dad had a 92 corner and because we have two kids and they always want to add livestock to the tank and I usually don't want what they want. Each of them will get one of the 54s but i'll have to approve what they want to get to make sure it's appropriate for that size tank and it's compatible with the other livestock in that tank. All three tanks will be running off the same sump/refugium. Using a (8) bulb ATI from the previous tank over the 180 and probably LEDs over the 54s. Using the same sump and other equipment from the previous tank too. Previous tank was 400 gallons and these three will be less than 300 gallons.
  14. kilmca

    Time to downsize. 180 to a 120.

    interested in the 180 if you are looking to sell it. looks like it a marineland 180 with the corner overflows and not the aqueon 180 with the mega overflows, right? tried to send a pm but it couldn't be delivered for some reason.
  15. kilmca

    Deep sand bed experience?

    I've read plenty of times not to get sand stars cause they eat the important life. I've also read not to get jawfish or wrasses because they also eat the important worms and other life in the sand bed plus they disturb it. didn't like to hear that but than I also read constant mixing of the sand by snails is good so that seemed contradicting. The tank i'm considering is 29" tall and i think i'm going to frame the stand and trim around it so you can't see the entire 4" to 5" sand bed. The tank is in wall so i can recess it below the trim around the tank. You might be able to only see 1" to 2" of the sand bed. do you think there is an issue with not seeing the lower levels of the sand bed? Thanks!