Rebuilding Pirate's Reef

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I think they are angled in that picture to show that you can rotate them in those accessory mounts. The optics are 90 degree on the one I got.

This is the one that I got for the refugium. It is a mixture of red and white LEDs for better macro growth.

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I don't know about the disco ball effect yet. We will see when the time comes.

Thanks for tagging along on this one Travis. I think most people think I am just nuts. :lol:
 

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Looks like a good find on the lights, it should work out perfect for the tank. Got any ideas for what corals you are going to put in it? Softies, SPS, or mix?
 

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Grabloids said:
Looks like a good find on the lights, it should work out perfect for the tank. Got any ideas for what corals you are going to put in it? Softies, SPS, or mix?
It will be a mixed tank like the old one was. Depends on what I can find. I would also like to take small frags of some things that I have in my 140, in case I lose the main colony. We will see. There is only so much room. :D
 

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GPReefer said:
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Looks like a good find on the lights, it should work out perfect for the tank. Got any ideas for what corals you are going to put in it? Softies, SPS, or mix?
There is only so much room. :D

I feel your pain...
 

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Travis said:
GPReefer said:
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Looks like a good find on the lights, it should work out perfect for the tank. Got any ideas for what corals you are going to put in it? Softies, SPS, or mix?
There is only so much room. :D

I feel your pain...
The tank will have a larger water volume than what is just in the display. I built sump out of a 20 gallon long and that will run a little more than half full. So, that will help with my inevitable overstocking. Plus there will be an old Euro Reef skimmer in the sump. I don't think I will run it full time though. We will see how it goes.

I don't live 1/2 mile from a LFS like I did when the original tank was done. A lot of stuff that was in there came from Troy at Oceans Reef. That and Louis. Some from Fintastic. It was always fun to go shopping in Louis' greenhouse. He had stuff he didn't know he had. :lol:

I did find my pair of Orion 3" fans and grills. Installed those this evening.
 

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Glad to see you bringing it back Gary. I knew as soon as you said there was a scratch on the front pane it was going to be a new aquarium :lol:
 

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Glad to see you bringing it back Gary. I knew as soon as you said there was a scratch on the front pane it was going to be a new aquarium :lol:
Ha! Yeah, I knew that too. This one will have fewer holes and less plumbing. I have an MP10 laying around, so I think that will provide my water movement. I will just have to dial it back quite a bit.

I have spent some time today repainting the inside of the canopy and the chest. It does look better.
 

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I ordered a few pieces of wrought iron trim to make the chest look a little more "piratey" on the outside.

For the corners of the canopy & the base...
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Vertical straps for the fron of the chest, one on each side of the viewing pane...
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Repainted the inside of the canopy and chest. Also reworked the wiring for the fans. I mounted the fans with some rubber insulators between the fan and the canopy. Quieted down the fans a good bit.

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I believe I will break from my tradition of painting the glass black. I think I will paint the back and sides of this nano blue. I have never had a reef with a blue background color. I liked the Krylon Fusion blue that I used on my 140 sump, so I think I will try it on this nano.
 

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Blue background? That's what I'm talkin bout!

Could have made those pieces of rot iron for you Gary ;)
 

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Super clean looking!

Did you ever have issues with the paint chipping or pealing from the canopy?
 

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Travis said:
Blue background? That's what I'm talkin bout!

Could have made those pieces of rot iron for you Gary ;)
Ha, I never even thought about getting the trim made. It was pretty cheap. Maybe you could make me a couple of bowed straps to go across the rounded top. That might look pretty neat. :)

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Super clean looking!

Did you ever have issues with the paint chipping or pealing from the canopy?
Thanks for following. I was looking at the pics of your frags for sale and I am betting those are coming out of a pretty sweet tank. Did I miss a FTS of your tanks somewhere? You need to post more pics of your system, if you haven't already.

No, the paint in the canopy was still in good shape after about six years. I just hit it with another top coat to spruce it up. I used an acryilc enamel that I got from Lowe's. The canopy inside of my 75 was painted the same way and I never had issues with it either. It is just easy to wipe down and keep clean.
 

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GPReefer said:
Travis said:
Blue background? That's what I'm talkin bout!

Could have made those pieces of rot iron for you Gary ;)
Ha, I never even thought about getting the trim made. It was pretty cheap. Maybe you could make me a couple of bowed straps to go across the rounded top. That might look pretty neat. :)

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Super clean looking!

Did you ever have issues with the paint chipping or pealing from the canopy?
Thanks for following. I was looking at the pics of your frags for sale and I am betting those are coming out of a pretty sweet tank. Did I miss a FTS of your tanks somewhere? You need to post more pics of your system, if you haven't already.

No, the paint in the canopy was still in good shape after about six years. I just hit it with another top coat to spruce it up. I used an acryilc enamel that I got from Lowe's. The canopy inside of my 75 was painted the same way and I never had issues with it either. It is just easy to wipe down and keep clean.


Thanks for the complements, it is the tank on my signature, 125 mixed reef
 

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New light came in today from "Build My LED." Handmade, built to order in America (Austin, TX). Got it mounted up this evening. I think this will work just fine over 7 gallons of water. Much neater installation than the TEK fixture that was just sitting on top of the tank. Anyway, here are a few pics.

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