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