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As always, it starts on paper, normally a napkin but this time I stepped it up to paper...

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The wrap around piece will be on casters so i can roll it out of the way for maintenance.

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The mock up special.

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Dunn Deal.

Next up is the wrap around thingy.

Cool video of my reef tank, not for the faint of heart if'n you like bristle worms.

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I had this idea to add a animated shimmering effect in the space behind the tanks frosted glass film I added using RGB LED light strips, shiny fabric and fans (used to cool the canopy lights) making the fabric dance. No idea if it would work but everything showed up today and I did a beta test and it turned out better than expected. Once the outer panel is built it's all enclosed (In-Wall) it should be a cool looking adjustable background.

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I was actually mesmerized watching the light show from under the table. My wife was worried that I was under the table actually being mesmerized.

I do have some other builds going on as well and now that the weather is getting cooler I'll get Linky back on-top...

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Awesome man.

Oh, and your shrimp as gangsta as ****.
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Track setup for the platform from hell...

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Platform from hell (our first fish!).

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It also doubles as the best seat in the house!

These guys are waiting for me to get this new larger tank built...

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Gravel holders do wonders for building slopes.

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I filled up 20 pairs of Knee highs with lava rocks to help with the extreme slopes as well as to keep the large rocks and substrate in place. I had some pagoda rocks on hand and started to move them around and then it happened... I jumped the temple shark!


It took me a long time to get it where I didn't hate it.

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Have you ever tried he dry start method for the HC? Takes a little more patience, but well worth it. Beautiful job on the scape, nice choice of rocks too!!

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Thanks, I think it came out well and I like it more and more as it grows in a bit. I almost dry started this one but decided against it since it's been cold and would be hard to keep the humidity up to par but it does have it's pros for sure when conditions are right. I went with Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' for the lower carpet since it's a bit more forgiving then HC but mainly because my friend gave me a jumbo zip-loc bag full of it that was already established growing immersed. I'm 7 days in and all is well, just waiting for the impending diatom storm.


Crank it!

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That is pretty killer... and I've never had a tank
That is pretty killer... and I've never had a tank
Its a commitment, and Phokey is doing custom builds and such which is quite awesome. I miss having a sweet tank, but it doesnt suit my lifestyle right now. Set it, and forget it. Its a huge deal to move a tank over 50 gallons.

Phokey is kicking ass, I love this thread.
Thanks for the props.

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Things are growing well, take a trip inside...

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