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Returning to the hobby

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by DanB, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    Marion, IA
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    It's been quite a few years but I'm getting back into reef keeping. I'm working on a 75gal display with a 55 gal sump/DSB/Refugium. I'm still in the early stages of building the stand and gathering equipment right now. There have been some changes since I last kept a tank, so I'm trying out some new things, like running a Bean Animal overflow and using a DC pump to power it.
    It's good to be back.

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  2. aussie Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

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    Looks like it is coming along what type of tank are you thinking reef or aggressive? With or with out live rock so?
     
  3. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    It will be a reef tank with Live Rock. In the past I've had a mix of LPS and SPS and will probably do the same this time.
     
  4. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

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    Des Moines, IA
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    Welcome back!

    It's great that we've had so many "Intro/ re-intro" threads the past few weeks.
     
  5. Quam GIRS Member

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    Good to see you back Danb!
     
  6. Nik Experienced Reefkeeper GIRS Member

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    Welcome back Dan. I to am thinking about getting back in.
     
  7. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    That sounds awesome I just picked up some dry rocks from Craig at Aquatics and Exotics in Waterloo. This is my favorite part, the building and planning that goes into setting up a reef tank. Good luck to you and I hope you get back in.
     
  8. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    Marion, IA
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    Because I'm impatient

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  9. Quam GIRS Member

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    Nice rockscaping! Are you planning on using an epoxy to hold them together? Are you going with a bare bottom?
     
  10. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    Thanks Quam! I will have sand in the display and I will just be stacking the rock work.
     
  11. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    877
    Des Moines, IA
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    Looking good! Impatience is fine when acquiring hardware...but it's a learned skill once there's water in the tank :)
     
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  12. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    Nothing good happens fast but mocking up the rock does provide motivation to get the stand done.
     
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  13. Quam GIRS Member

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    How are things coming along DanB? Are we near the water test stage?
     
  14. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    It's still a work in progress. Sump/refugium is done, stand is 90% and I will be drilling the display tank tonight. Water testing phase is still a ways out.
     

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  15. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    877
    Des Moines, IA
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    You could land a helicopter on that stand. Very solid.

    Looking great!
     
  16. DanB Returning Reef Keeper GIRS Member

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    Marion, IA
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    I have a co-worker who mocks me for overbuilding things all the time.
     
  17. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    877
    Des Moines, IA
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    I will always prefer to have too much support rather than not enough!
     
  18. Quam GIRS Member

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    Looks great! I guess my only concern would be the lack of lateral bracing. Are you concerned the 12 vertical 2x4's might not handle the load?

    I'm the co-worker :D:roflmao:
     
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  19. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper Leadership Team GIRS Member

    La Porte City, IA
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    Welcome back and looking good!

    Fish will love the arches
     
  20. Roman Experienced Reefkeeper GIRS Member

    Cedar Rapids, IA
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    That stand will be plenty strong enough for a 75 gallon tank. It would definitely hold more than what you are putting on it.
     

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