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post #1 of 32 Old 10-14-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Trukgirl's 125 tank

So an even bigger bug bit the heck out of me this time!!

Got a custom 7 ft long 125g used on Craigslist (you guys know I'm the CL queen by now LOL!!)
It has a very dorky stand that hubby and I are going to fix in the next cpl wks with a completely new surround and more doors, and going to paint it black like the 65g. He painted the back of the new tank, fading from blue to black near the bottom, he did a really good job I think but now there is so much live rock you can hardly see it unless you are looking for it.

Just like all the other times, I've found parts and pumps from local reefers in the SLASH club (A Coralife 220 skimmer, a K6 powerhead) and we bought a new Coralife 4 T-5 fixture, 36", to match the one on the 65g instead of trying to find a 7ft light. It came with a ginormous metal halide fixture I have for sale on CL (it ran over 1200w with all lights on!!) Yeah too much for me, I have no plans on going back to SPS. WAY TOO MUCH work for me.

Anyways the tank was in use with 2 fish when I bought it (Naso tang and Coral Beauty), with 150+ lbs of live rock. It is glass and not drilled, but came with a 55g sump and overflow. I know some experienced reefers may scorn me for this, but to accomodate a large skimmer (the area under the stand is small and we do not have a basement for the sump to go in), we downgraded the sump to a new 29g and set it up the way we wanted. The old sump was set up for bio balls and they had TONS of them. No bio balls for me, thanks. It did however come with a Two Little Fishies phosban reactor, and a UV sterilizer we are going to pipe in very soon.

As of this evening, this is how both tanks (65 & 125) look......
125g Tank Update 10/14/11 - YouTube

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post #3 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Haha you crack me up, Bear!!

I haven't been documenting this with pictures as well as I did with the 65g build. (It was projects week then finals week at school, plus if you remember I have 2 small kiddos so I've been busy!!) But this really isn't a "build" per se as we just loaded the live rock in new brute cans and filled them with tank water, and took the tank home. It will sorta be a build I guess when we start redoing the stand. It has FLOORING on it for the surround! You will see, I'll post a few pics. Going to replace it with wainscoating and some nice trim at the bottom and top, and have the hubs cut off the bits that are hanging down from what he's done to the "hood" so far. Also going to hang the lights from the ceiling so its not such a big pain in the rear getting into the tank, having to pick up and move the lights all the time.

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post #4 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and have you seen my 44g predator tank??

My 5 yr old for perspective LOL


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post #5 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, here are the 2 fish that came with the tank:

Coral Beauty (he is such a gorgeous specimen!!)


Naso Tang


Here's my clams (still in 65g)
Crocea


Derasa (cook islands)



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post #6 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 07:15 AM
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Wow Great job on those tanks.

I'm going to go salt one of these days (I swear I am LOL), and seeing posts like this just make me want to do it more.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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very well done!! great find.... will follow along

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post #8 of 32 Old 10-15-2011, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Romad & Bear!! :)

Hubby finally got the skimmer piped in and on-line this eve while I was at a gig with my band. Coralife 220 bought used off a guy in SLASH club.

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Very cool! But isn't your boy a little young for coffee?
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post #10 of 32 Old 10-16-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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ahaha he is just like his Mommy & Daddy... we are both coffee addicts. We let him have sips here and there and sometimes let him have the rest of the cup when there are just a couple swallows left. He loves it! He might get 3-4 sips a week. ;)

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