Ricket's Reef 90 Gal Build

Discussion in 'Show Off Your Fish Tanks!' started by Bzar, Dec 6, 2009.

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  1. Bzar

    Bzar Astrea Snail

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    I've been documenting my new build in video, and posted them on YouTube. Here are the links to the build progression movies so you can check them out if interested. I'll add more links as the build progresses.

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    I'm on a pretty tight budget when it comes to my hobbies. So I've done a lot of DIY in this build.
    Things I've DIY'd are:
    * Tank Stand (TY Lastlight for the tile look idea, it's beautiful)
    * DIY Rock (Oyster Shell and Cement)
    * DIY Coast to Coast overflow with Bean Animal Drains
    * DIY Sump
    * DIY Light Fixture
    * DIY Return Surge/Wave System
    * DIY Auto Top Off
    * DIY Power/Plug Station with Switches
    * more to come.

    Anyway I hope you enjoy the movies...any suggestions, comments, help, or feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

    Build #1: Tanks, Rocks, Fish Room, & Idea's
    Build #2: Aquarium Stand
    Build #3: The Overflow
    Build #4: The Skimmer
    Build #5: The Sump and Stuff
    Build #6: In House Water Test
    Build #7: Octopus XP-2000 Skimmer Working
    Build #8: The Sump Update
    Build #8: The Display Update
    Build #8: The Lights Part 1
    Day 21 - Nutriet Exporting and stuff.
    Day 38 - New Lights and Life
    Day 40 - Small Update

    There's also a 10 gal nano build movie set on my YouTube profile.....it was my first SW tank so you can see all my silly mistakes :mrgreen:
     

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  3. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    Very nice, and great videos
     
  4. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to 3reef, Bzar!! I only watched one video, the stand construction, and liked it very much. I'll be sure to watch them all.

    I notice we have the same skimmer! Tatted4ever has one too, he's the one who kind of turned 3reef on to the XP-2000. Mine's been running about 10 days now, and I'm very impressed with it after my Coralife 220.

    You're going to like this place! :)
     
  5. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    nice set up bzar

    and welcome to 3 reef

    Steve
     
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    elweshomayor Giant Squid

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  7. cira050

    cira050 Torch Coral

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    wow awesome. How did you get those return heads to spin?? i might have missed it, excuse me if i have
     
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  9. tatted4ever

    tatted4ever Clown Trigger

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    Very nice to see you on 3reef.

    Great vid updates you have. I like your skimmer ;).

    Like Sparky says youll like this place.
     
  10. Bzar

    Bzar Astrea Snail

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    Thanks for all the nice and friendly comments. Much appreciated.

    ReefSparky: The xp-2000 seems fantastic so far.....no complaints. I'm vodka/MB7 dosing for nutrient export so I wanted to get an efficient skimmer, and this one seems to fit the bill perfectly.

    cira050: The return heads spin from a sprinlkler attachment that I cut out of some $1.50 plastic sprinklers. The Build #5 movie outlines the rotating inlets. There's link to the instructions on how to do it in the description.
     
  11. dreiling

    dreiling Fire Shrimp

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    looks insane, what kind of cement did you use?
     
  12. Bzar

    Bzar Astrea Snail

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    Thanks :)
    I used LeFarge white. I live in a remote area with not many choices....I could only find LeFarge white or grey. I also threw in some old Polyblend I had left from my nano's rocks (made em purple) so some rocks are off color.