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Old 05-06-2011, 02:40 PM
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Does anyone have a saltwater fish tank? This is mines, Its only been up and running about a year now, its 250gal tank, built the lid and stand.....









Old 05-06-2011, 04:15 PM
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This was one of many I've built, looking to do another soon. Ive built a few stands and canopies over my time, love doing em!! Good job on yours.



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I had a 150 gal. reef tank with a custom built stand for about 7 years. Got tired of it and turned it into 8 custom rods from Connely Fishing, 2 TLD 25's, 2 TLD 20's, 4 BR 12000's, a matching gaff and some misc. equipment for the boat. Much easier to take care of . Those are some fine looking tanks , almost makes me want to start up another...ALMOST.











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Very nice.

For a tank like that I'd have to build a support wall with footers in the basement.
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LoL you went the cheap way I had a 150 gallon REEF tank I spen $10,000 in about 2 years I loved it. It really gets addicting your going to want to keep adding fish. My panther grouper in 4 months got so big I could not find anyone to take it. I had to sell mine when I got orders to Charleston SC my wife said you can have a boat or a fish tank not both so I got the boat. But I so want my fish tank back.
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O yeah its very bad for you to make the puffer puff. You could kill him I had a porkie pine one that was alot larger than yours. Take care of him they are fun. You really need a clown trigger.
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Beautiful! All of them. How much time weekly do you put into SW tanks?
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Makes me want to put another together. I made a good bit of cash selling zooanthid frags out of mine.
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The puffer was being removed form the tank in that pic. He got too aggressive and was trying to eat the other fish. I had a clown triiger for awhile. I have gone to more peaceful fish.
I cant remeber what kind of puffer he was but they get VERY large. 3' in captivity. I had someone who really wanted him and had a tank big enough. I think he gave me $300 for him.
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Just remebered....he was a Starry Puffer. We would feed him clams from the grocery store. Just drop them i and he would crush the shells. He decided he also liked clown fish.
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Nice looking tanks guys. I cannot imagine the amount of work needed to maintain those tanks.

My neighbor had a large saltwater tank and ended up selling it after losing fish (ka-ching), after fish (ka-ching) after fish (ka-ching, ka-ching). He obviously did not know what he was doing.

I had two 55 gallon and three 20 gallon freshwater tanks going when I was younger. They were stocked with cichlids, angel fish, neons and other freshwater fish....a lot cheaper than a saltwater setup with saltwater fish. Landscape included a bunch of rocks I collected from streams in the Rocky Mountains when I was in Colorado. Even with that modest setup I spent a lot of time maintaining the tanks.
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I have found the less I mess with it, the less problems I have. Most tanks are over stocked and people over feed their fish. I clean and water change once a month at most.
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Nice tanks. I am just setting mine up again (110) after about 10 years of having it set empty due to various moves. It has been running about 2 months (live rock, sand, and crabs/snails/shrimp) and I have a clownfish in quarantine.

Mr. Demeanor has a good point - maintenance is a lot easier if you don't overstock.
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We recently lost a 7 year old Flame Hawkfish so I must be doing something right. Very cool fish with a lot of personality if you have never had one. He obviously may have been older. Now idea how old they are when you get em from the fish mill
I also have a fairly large Hermit Crab now that I dont have anyone that will eat him. He does an amazing job of turning over the sand. He moves along like a rototiller sifting through the sand and cleaning. When I first introduced him, the tank would get cloudy when he was working but now that has all been filtered out. My water quality has improved.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
We recently lost a 7 year old Flame Hawkfish so I must be doing something right. Very cool fish with a lot of personality if you have never had one. He obviously may have been older. Now idea how old they are when you get em from the fish mill
I also have a fairly large Hermit Crab now that I dont have anyone that will eat him. He does an amazing job of turning over the sand. He moves along like a rototiller sifting through the sand and cleaning. When I first introduced him, the tank would get cloudy when he was working but now that has all been filtered out. My water quality has improved.
Funny you mentioned the hermit crab, one time after fishing I had about 6 live shrimp left over so i threw them into my tank. for about 2-3 every night my tank would be super cloudy, but then after that it stayed so clean I was amazed.... great cleaners.
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Anyone else got a built in tank?

I left room for a 150 gal built in tank when I did my kitchen remodel. Rear and one side would be inaccessible, could do a "window" style or a "corner" style. I think I was planning on a tank 6' wide by 24" tall.

Unfortunately, while I think it would look great - I've chickened out on actually building the thing. I'm really not missing the maintenance of my old 55 gallon tank one bit, and while I like the idea a lot, there is something about built in "window" style tanks that never seems quite right to me.

Open to suggestions for low maintance salt ideas as well... I was actually thinking about a seahorse (or even Jellyfish) tank, but just as high maint in different ways.

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Ive thought about doing a invertebrate tank. I also throw shrimp in the tank after fishing. They dont seem to live long even though I have nothing that eats them now.
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Anyone else got a built in tank?

I left room for a 150 gal built in tank when I did my kitchen remodel. Rear and one side would be inaccessible, could do a "window" style or a "corner" style. I think I was planning on a tank 6' wide by 24" tall.

Unfortunately, while I think it would look great - I've chickened out on actually building the thing. I'm really not missing the maintenance of my old 55 gallon tank one bit, and while I like the idea a lot, there is something about built in "window" style tanks that never seems quite right to me.

Open to suggestions for low maintance salt ideas as well... I was actually thinking about a seahorse (or even Jellyfish) tank, but just as high maint in different ways.

Flot, you should look here http://www.reefcentral.com/. LOTS of great ideas including Jellyfish tanks and in wall/ window tanks. Since your in Pompano you should look at the FMAS site Go to forums home on the main menu and then into reef club forums at the bottom of the page then into Southeast Region. Guys are always selling stuff there.
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you guys are making me miss my 55 gallon reef tank i had in college. i had a white spotted grouper that lived all 6 years i was in school. he would eat minnows out of my hand if i dangled the minnow just barely in the water. it was awesome to watch. it was crazy watching him triple in size after the first couple of months from feeding him all live bait. when not feeding, he would just hide behind all the live rock, but dangle a minnow in from the top and he would shoot out and up like a rocket. this is what he looked like.
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