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Post by ~ocean on September 17th 2011, 11:15 pm

I haven't been on for quite a while for a reason...
Today I just picked up a 75 gallon and iron stand for 100 bucks. The stand is kind of rusty, so I plan on repainting it tonight. But otherwise, I also picked up a free in sump protien skimmer (without a pump) but I might have to sell/trade for a hob protien skimmer. I plan on using the 75 gallon as my cowfish tank (I'm getting a thornback cowfish). It will be the only species in the tank, along with some inverts and zooanthids and softies (not sure). I also plan on getting 60 pounds of sand and 50 pounds of rock (40 pounds of base, 10 of live). More to come soon!

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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 12:29 pm

That's cool how you're finally starting your tank! Is it currently still in your lawn? Razz

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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 1:12 pm

Nope I took it inside. I just painted the stand yesterday though!


Sorry bout the garbage on the floor in the first pic lol

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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 1:26 pm

It's just newspapers and what not. Smile

Since you haven't obtained your cowfish yet and you have yet to set up your tank, perhaps I can interest you in the ornate boxfish Cool wink.

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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 1:38 pm

I think... I'll stick to marine for now... since ornates cost like $200 in Canada!

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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 1:43 pm

~ocean wrote:I think... I'll stick to marine for now... since ornates cost like $200 in Canada!

I think you mean tropical. Wink

Look around and see what you can find, or maybe save your money. Very Happy You can't go wrong either way.

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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 1:55 pm

yeah, I agree. BTW my tank is 48 long... any suggestions for lights Razz


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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 2:20 pm

Well what else is going to be in the tank?

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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 2:23 pm

maybe some softies, and zoos and clams (maybe) And only a cowfish, maybe a firefish.

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Post by Hero on September 19th 2011, 12:40 am

So you're lighting doesn't need to be to strong. Check out F&S and see what they have.

Firefish are fun to watch; try and get a pair. Very Happy

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Post by ~ocean on September 19th 2011, 1:38 am

I actually decided that I am going to have some LPS and SPS so I am going to consider marineland reef led: http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/ld-mlrb3648/Marineland+Reef+Bright+LED+Light+Fixture+%2836-48+Inch%29.html

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Vertex Illumilux IV LED Fixture - Marino Blu http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/vt-ldillb04/Vertex+Illumilux+IV+LED+Fixture+-+Marino+Blu+%2848+Inch%29.html

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Post by Hero on September 19th 2011, 2:02 am

They both look nice! The Vertex Illumilux IV LED Fixture seems to be the better fixture but then again it is almost $100 more.

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Post by ~ocean on September 23rd 2011, 7:33 pm

I've decided I am going to purchase these;
Marina Dorado LCD Digital Thermometer
Jager 200 Watt Aquarium Heater (Eheim)
Instant Ocean Hydrometer
Instant Ocean sea salt 160 gallon mix
Vertex Illumiux IV LED 48 inch Marino Blu
Hydor Koralia evolution powerhead 1050 GPH
Coralife Aquarium gloves
Saltwater Master Test Kit
90 Pounds Argonite sugar sand
Thornback cowfish
51 pounds rock (I'll get more later after some aquascaping)
Softies and leather coral frags and zoa frags maybe some hammer coral
Total cost is about 1100 bucks. Electricity and water costs sum up to another grand. So my final cost is about 2000 dollars! Shocked

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Post by Hero on September 23rd 2011, 8:49 pm

Hopefully it will all be worth it. Does the calculated cost excluded coral?

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Post by ~ocean on September 24th 2011, 1:03 pm

Yeah It will be worth it! Uh the coral would be plus another 100 or so. Then I`ll probably sell some stuff like my useless bikes (that`s too small for me) Smile

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Post by Hero on September 24th 2011, 4:10 pm

Ah I see. Good luck! Setting up tanks is fun. Smile

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Post by ~ocean on September 25th 2011, 7:38 pm

I ordered the list online today. 821 grand total. So it should ship in 4-6 days

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Post by Hero on September 25th 2011, 8:14 pm

Exciting Very Happy. Cheaper than expected?

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Post by ~ocean on September 25th 2011, 10:46 pm

Ya! Actually I got an offer for 90 lbs live rock with sea grass for 350! Razz

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Post by Hero on September 26th 2011, 12:42 am

That's perfect for your cowfish!

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Post by ~ocean on September 26th 2011, 12:25 pm

Whoot Very Happy

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Post by Hero on September 29th 2011, 1:37 am

Progress?

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Post by ~ocean on September 29th 2011, 8:36 pm

New update!
I got my order from J&L aquatics!





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Post by Hero on September 30th 2011, 1:37 am

Awesome! Nice powerhead; what's the brand?

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Post by ~ocean on September 30th 2011, 2:04 am

eco tech marine, vortech mp10wES
http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/wp-vortech3a/Ecotech+Marine+VorTech+MP10w+ES+Water+Pump.html

I plan to pick up the live rock and sand tomorrow and buy 160 gallon worth of salt Very Happy

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