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  1. Congrats on the tank! What kind of facility is it located in? Doesn't look like a house. I just got my sump built by CRA. Mike was awesome to work with! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. I've honestly never been super gungho about clean up crew. I think people tend to widely over use them. I think at one point I had like 5 snails in my other tank, but that's it. I'll probably throw some in from time to time to give the Humu a snack. I also don't keep any crabs or shrimp in the display. Since I'm doing bare bottom, I'm thinking of adding a sand filled refugium in the sump. Then I'll put a goby and pistol shrimp in there because I love that pair. I'm planning on SPS dominant and thinking I shouldn't have problems with the fish. Every fish can be different, but we'll see. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. Just about finished with the flooring under the stand. The far right board is not actually cut to size and is simply sitting there right now. I'll need to trim that down before I can call it a day with the bottom. It's tough to appreciate by photo, but I'm really diggin the raised bottom (it's about 2 inches higher). Also brought back a Rubbermaid that I borrowed from Mr. Bret and he had a good looking Humuhumu that had just been returned. It was priced to sell so I figured I'd give it some room to flex it's fins. That thing literally started eating after 30 seconds of being acclimated and then dropped in the tank. I figured I'd drop in some food so the other fish would ignore the Humu and this thing just barged right into the melee and started fighting for food.
  4. I would be very watchful of those things. If you saw two, there's likely more. They're awful.... The worst.... Absolutely terrible....IF you let them carry on. Do exactly like you did and make sure to stay up on it, and you could be good. That was my mistake, not taking them seriously. Glad you had the laser around. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. My guess is I think it's less likely that shedding flesh caused that, as opposed to reproduction. Corals, like the two you've mentioned, are widely known to spawn and new frags will appear all over the place. It's really fascinating... But also really annoying at the same time. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. Haha, yeah man. I'll be hunkered down for quite some time. I can't fathom moving this thing after it's been setup. Maybe I'll become rich and famous between now and then and I'll just pay someone to dismantle and move everything. I need to get to Corvallis and check out your operation. You hung an Open sign yet?? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. Yeah. The videos online that I watched at least had a way to pop out the stationary side... No such luck in my case. At any rate, it's here for the duration! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks Bill! Are you talking about never seeing the in-the-door dog door? If so, that was a new discovery for me last year. They're pretty slick. All you have to do is order that notched panel and then swap it out with your original. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. Well that's lame. Why people think they can escape targeted ads is beyond me. Maybe there's a benefit to trying, not sure. At any rate, I paid $15 bucks a couple years ago and haven't seen a Tapatalk ad since. I imagine they'll see a decent drop off in user activity, but it'll slowly rebound as people transition over. Thanks for the heads up! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. The overflows by Modular Marine: Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. Getting the stand into the house was a bit more of a challenge than originally planned. I had read numerous articles online about bring able to remove the stationary door from sliding patio doors. I had already removed the sliding door multiple times because I installed a dog door in the glass panel of the slider. So I knew that wasn't going to be an issue. I was just unsure about the stationary door. The stand is 40 inches tall so there isn't a doorway in the house that can fit the stand. Once I took the slider off, I went to work on the stationary door only to realize that contrary to all the YouTube videos, my doesn't actually come out. So I had to improvise. I ended up taking apart the frame of the door and then popping the actual glass pane out of the frame. That allowed for a smooth entrance into the house. This meant that rather a ten minute pop out and in with the doors, it turned into a nearly three hour operation. If you've never removed a glass door pane, there's double sided weather stripping that seals the door frame to the glass pane. So once you remove the pane, you have to completely remove all the previous stripping, clean all surfaces, and then reapply new weather stripping. It all worked out, but definitely much more time than I originally thought. Here's a hyper speed video of me removing the glass pane. Forgive the quality and shaky camera, as this is simply me using my phone to record playback from the security cameras off my TV. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. I have to give a special shout out to Jeff at CNC. He helped me get this tank ordered and delivered as well as negotiated some price savings from the manufacturer. He also helped me get some rock for really cheap. I visited today to get my inaugural coral. I got myself a Garf Bonsi frag, a green torch, and a zoa frag. Figured I'd get a variety pack of an LPS, SPS, and zoas. I'll just say Jeff was VERY kind with his pricing for my first coral purchase for this tank! Also want to thank Jeremy Evans for helping get this beast of a tank into the house. It took 8 people to move it from the garage into the house. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. Current fish list: •Vlamingi Tang (currently almost a foot long) •Fox Face •Pair of clowns •Blue-jaw Trigger •Blue Tang •Cuban Hogfish •Dragon Goby •Sailfin Tang Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. The plumbing on this thing was quite the operation. The piping under the house was already in place from my previous build so I didn't have to redo that. I just cut the pipes right above the floor and redid everything from the ground up. The new plumbing took 105 glued PVC connections, 14 bulkheads, and 8 true unions. Apart from two connections I forgot to glue (which I quickly fixed), I didn't have a single leaking connection. That was such a relief! There is still more work to be done with the overall setup. I have to add a plywood bottom to the stand and then I'll cover it with the same laminate as the flooring. That'll cover the bottom braces. I'm also considering doing some kind of false wall on the back that will hide all the cords and power blocks. The biggest thing I need to rework is the lighting canopy. Whenever I get another light fixture, I'll need to replace the bottom plywood and cut out different holes for the lights. I'm also considering a couple MH pendants, but haven't made up my mind on that yet. I still need to paint the bottom of the old PVC black. When I did new plumbing for this build, I used all black PVC, but the old stuff is the basic white. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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