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camaroracer214 06-24-2009 10:41 PM

New House, New Tank Build
 
Hey AA, I wanted to share my newest adventure with you.

I started the build on my blog AquaNerd but wanted to post it here for everyone to see.

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In the process of building this new house, I'm going to attempt to upgrade from my current setup (a 180 gallon SPS reef tank) to a slightly larger 225 gallon aquarium. The reason for the upgrade is a combination of accessibility and style. Right now, I have a fairly difficult time getting into the aquarium because it is 24" tall, has a large eurobrace, and the canopy is very restrictive despite it being so large. So, the new tank will be 72"L x 36"W x 20"H and will be rimless. I plan to suspend a light over the tank, that way I can raise it or lower it to my liking. The canopy is killing me. As for style, this can be a simple fix, but I'm dying to start over. The stand and canopy don't match the style of the new house. The cabinetry is the wrong color and the style is more old fashioned, whereas the house has a more modern feel to it.

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But here's the caveat...I cannot do all this unless I sell my the aquarium I am using now. So, the upgrade is depending on that. If I don't sell my 180, I'll just have to set it back up at the new place and start saving for the upgrade.

I'll be sure to update regularly! So stay tuned.

camaroracer214 06-25-2009 12:22 AM

some more pics

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the plumbing manifold with pex tubing

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and the tank's spot in the house

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Kellsindell 06-27-2009 02:43 PM

Looking great! and your tank looks good too. Did you go with a basement? If i had that option i would have totally done a basement so that i could get all the plumbing directly down. If not will you be doing something like Oregonreef.com. You could have max access and not hurt yourself (unless you were up the ladder and fell for some reason.

camaroracer214 06-28-2009 10:28 AM

another update...

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camaroracer214 06-28-2009 10:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kellsindell (Post 209425)
Looking great! and your tank looks good too. Did you go with a basement? If i had that option i would have totally done a basement so that i could get all the plumbing directly down. If not will you be doing something like Oregonreef.com. You could have max access and not hurt yourself (unless you were up the ladder and fell for some reason.

a basement in tx...i wish.

camaroracer214 06-30-2009 10:54 PM

update...

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onefish2fish 06-30-2009 11:37 PM

where is the tank going in the house? looks great so far.

Kellsindell 07-01-2009 07:47 AM

LOL, it's possible. House looks amazing :shock:!

Where are you located? I'm in dallas, and would love to stop by and see the progress and help if you need any?

camaroracer214 07-09-2009 10:51 PM

update...

been a while since the last update, but been working hard and haven't had time to run by the house too much.

The builders put the stone on the house and completely finished the brick!
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and some of the trim work is put in place...

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I'm still trying to work out the tank details and selling my current setup has been tough. But I'm working on it.

BTW...I'm in Baytown, a little east of Houston. Thanks for the help, but I imagine it's too far from Dallas.

The tank is going in the dining room, near the front of the house.


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