View Full Version : It has arrived...

08-01-2012, 07:26 PM
Hi Folks,

It has arrived safely in my basement... LOL

Have everything geared up for the stand - just need to convince hubby to build it.. Will update with photos from that once it happens.

Next to that I need everything. Rock, sand, powerheads, sump, you name it.. I literally have the tank, and the stand.. What have I gotten myself into? I'm aiming to have fish in there by Christmas.. I hope! Unless something magical happens or I win the lotto.. I can't see it happening before then!

However.. Here it is sitting on my basement floor (excuse the mess!)

08-01-2012, 07:30 PM

08-01-2012, 07:31 PM
Looks good! it's a reef right?

08-01-2012, 07:35 PM
LOL Joey.

Yes, it will be a reef.. Will take forever since it's SO EXPENSIVE.. but it will be, one day.. a reef. I will probably start FOWRL and then slowly turn it into a reef so my husband doesn't divorce me.. LOL

08-01-2012, 07:55 PM
Good luck Carrie! And make sure to at least have fun along the way :)

08-01-2012, 08:04 PM
Looking forward to watching the progress!

fish lady
08-01-2012, 08:57 PM
have fun with it i know i would:)
cant wait for pics as you go

08-01-2012, 09:59 PM
Grats and keep us all updated

08-01-2012, 10:55 PM

Keep the pictures coming


08-01-2012, 11:13 PM
Are you gonna drill the tank for you sump?

08-01-2012, 11:25 PM
I don't think so... I thought about it, but I think I'm going to go with an overflow just incase. I'm kind of a wimp.

08-01-2012, 11:49 PM
When I hear "drilling" my heart skips a beat. I'd be terrified to let my man try to ahhahahah I'd have a nervous break down. Id do the same as you car', overflow for undrilled...god seeing the immensity of this tank has made me itch for the last two days....I WANTTT

08-02-2012, 12:54 AM
I think what carrie means is she is going to go with an HOB overflow. Like a CPR or eshopps. (hopefully a CPR)

i offered to drill her tank and even replace the tank if i broke it... still a no go! Dead against it! lol

08-02-2012, 07:05 AM
Yea a lot of people look at you funny when you tell them your gonna drill a hole in thier tank lol. Carrie may I ask why you didn't just buy a tank that already had the built in overflows?

08-02-2012, 07:16 AM
I'd say them same thing Joey :p. NOOO DRILLING

08-02-2012, 07:41 AM
When I initially picked out the tank, I was going to use it for freshwater - then while waiting for it I decided that if I did freshwater I would just end up doing what I always do - plant it and fill it with small fish. All of my tanks are like this and I wanted to do something different so I decided to do a reef.

As Joey said he offered to drill it - but there is just something that doesn't set right with me about putting a hole in my tank LOL.

Seems like drilling is the preferred way to go, but hopefully this will work out fine for me.

08-02-2012, 08:49 AM
yay! keep us posted

08-02-2012, 09:52 AM
I've got an HOB overflow sitting in my basement that is new and never used ... i could take some pics of it if your interested ... think i paid like $90 we could talk about a price ... might save you some money

08-02-2012, 10:09 AM
If Carrie isn't interested, my friend whose setting up a new sw tank may want it Ritzy :) first dibs go to Carrie though!

08-02-2012, 10:41 AM
alright ... i'll get some pics of it and try to figure out the size of it ... i want to say 800GPH but don't remember 100%

08-02-2012, 10:59 AM
haha, drilling isnt to bad i have my 72bowfront drilled but i was to cheap to buy a pump for it so at the moment its covered with plexi and silicone under the sand and the plumbing equipment is stored. didnt really see much benefit for a fresh planted tank to be sumped.

for salt however i would think long and hard.

08-02-2012, 12:14 PM
WOW, GL Carrie, it is a project I would like to take on one day but in the future....lol, I will watch your progress in the meantime.

08-02-2012, 12:27 PM
Watch me fail miserably! haha.. The more I learn and read, the more discouraged I get... I just hope I don't get too frustrated!

08-02-2012, 01:01 PM
No way..your going to do awesome!!! If anything crashes in your tank you can always temporarily house them in mine :) your not as alone as you think you are

08-02-2012, 01:04 PM
There's a few more reefers around here too.... I have seen them kicking around, but I think they like to keep to themselves! But someone keeps dropping of frags at the pet store here that I've seen a few times.. So SOMEONE has a reef.. lol

08-02-2012, 01:08 PM
Frags for their tank or frags for sale? That tank could be SOOO nice........

08-02-2012, 09:56 PM
Getting into it initially is always daunting! Once you get the water and rock into the tank, it becomes a lot less daunting (At least it did for me! The nice thing is that there are a suprising number of us reefers out there and we are always willing to help explain things and set you on the right path!

08-02-2012, 10:08 PM
I find right now the most confusing part - is all the directions I am being pulled in. Seems to be two types of reefers.. minimalists and those who have every contraption on the planet. I want something in the middle.. lol

I'm not real good at the "plumbing" stuff.. I think that's what is getting to me right now. I think once all that is going I will be fine. I have never used a sump before and obviously never a skimmer. All these unfamiliar things cramping my style... lol

08-02-2012, 10:27 PM
I'm going all live rock and a protein skimmer! Just to keep extra crud out of the water since I do planon havin a few fish :)

The more research I did, the more I realized everyone has their own combination that they've worked out! What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. While sumps and overflows are a great addition to any tank, even a necessity to some, I like the freedom of having a hang on refugium as a little quarantine/ zone without having to worry about the plumbing equipment and what not involved with sumps/overflows. I'm certainly not the handy type so, call it my easy cop-out :)

08-02-2012, 10:50 PM
I am so not handy either... If something breaks its like.. OMG! And I'm getting my husband to come rescue me... LOL.

We shall see how I make out! LOL.. Hopefully no meltdowns, explosions, floods or fires.

09-02-2012, 08:13 PM
Here is an update...

Stand is almost done.. Took him awhile, LOL... Just need to put the doors on. Then put the tank on and fill 'er up.


09-02-2012, 08:53 PM
Looks so awesome!

09-02-2012, 09:00 PM
Looks awesome but just a Suggestion you may wanna paint or throw some varithane on the inside if that's where your sump with be. I didn't do the inside of my stand and now I wish I would have.

09-02-2012, 09:15 PM
Yea he has a spray... Some waterproofing mumbo jumbo. I'll put him to work >=)

09-02-2012, 11:02 PM
Now the fun starts enjoy

09-03-2012, 10:06 AM
Nice looking Stand!!! So Eric was it hard to build??

09-03-2012, 11:35 AM
nice stand. nice to see some other tank stand builds.. cant wait to see the tank and all the goods..

09-03-2012, 12:29 PM
Looks great Carrie. I am planning on doing a stand incorporated into a back counter for the bar I'm building shortly.

09-03-2012, 02:21 PM
I can't wait to go for a swim in your tank!!!! Ahhaha so glad your so close ;)

10-20-2012, 04:04 PM

Beginning to set up. I am hoping to have it running by the end of the month. Need to get some RO water and get the few final touches (put doors on, but we're waiting for the sump for this... lol)



My husband.. Who is very happy to be done "his" part.. LOL... aka the building and lifting!

10-20-2012, 04:19 PM
that pic of him grinning through the glass is absolutely priceless. looks great, can't wait to see it all done up!

10-20-2012, 04:45 PM
THAT is a really nice looking tank!

Really nice work!:emoticon (30):

10-20-2012, 05:13 PM
SO NICE! Omf Eric is funny, must have taken our threat seriously!!!!

10-20-2012, 05:44 PM
OMG! Gorgeous! I'm so jealous! Good luck and happy "fishing"

10-20-2012, 05:48 PM
That is one awesome looking tank and stand, it`ll make for one awesome reef setup. Great job Carrie!

10-20-2012, 06:06 PM
Carrie is absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to see this set up :emoticon (41):

10-20-2012, 06:53 PM
awesome tank it will be a piece of art when done im sure.

10-20-2012, 07:21 PM
Thanks folks.. Can't wait to fill it!

Gonna be hard to be patient.. lol

10-20-2012, 07:57 PM
Carrie Looks Great! Are you gonna paint the back? I would recommend painting Black or Blue. I usually go with Black on my personal tanks but alot of people go blue as it tend to make the color of the fish stand out more.

10-20-2012, 08:01 PM
I don't think I'm going to paint it because that scares me (just like drilling holes!) but I am going to put something on there. Just haven't decided what.. lol

10-20-2012, 08:11 PM
Looks really great Carrie! Getting closer, very exciting. I can't wait to see how this comes together, you have such a beautiful planted tank I can only imagine what you will do with corals :)

10-20-2012, 08:14 PM
LOL I feel the pressure.. HAHA.. Watch me have no talent whatsoever with corals... Will be awhile yet, but hopefully some of the skills cross over at least a little!

10-20-2012, 09:43 PM
part of me thinks eric likes this

10-21-2012, 12:16 AM
Ha ha. Eric LOVES this

10-21-2012, 12:26 AM
Carrie a house hold water base paint will come right off if you don't like it. You can just peel of after it dries. The choice is yours but I think you will regret it if you don't. Another option would be a vinyl or window tint but I find them more of a pain to get on with no bubbles or wrinkles. Just my 2 cents.

10-21-2012, 12:37 PM
Very nice tank, looking forward to seeing it all set up.