110 Gallon reef tank

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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    My 110 gallon reef tank with way too much money in it for a Marine to be spending. lol

    Just upgraded the Lighting to AI Sol Super Blues 1 month ago from dual 400 watt MH's and will never look back.

    I will be making a build thread if anyone has questions please ask away. If i don't know the answer I'll find out and get back to you.

    Austin
     
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    Slimkasey

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    Very nice tank my friend. And Thank you for your service.
     
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    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

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    Nice tank!
     
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    Ted Living one day at a time

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    very nice....
     
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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    Thank you everyone. i just added the tank build to the Intro page. i just figured out that i should have put it on the tank show case page.
     
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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    Hello everybody,

    I just wanted to show my reef tank and what i've done with it. I tried to make it a "budget" tank even though that is hard to do when you love spending money on your hobby.

    I bought the tank on craigs list for $100 and painted the back black with some left over spray paint in my garage. Then i used leftover lumber from a project and some small things from Home Depot( I love hate that place) to make the stand.

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    here's the tank and stand after postioning it.

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    I just so happened to find a great deal at my LFS and they had a Hamilton dual 400 watt fixture for another $100 for lighting. i know it's fuzzy.



    here's the sun coming out of my house( my neighbors must think I'm growing WEED)
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    I had a 55 gallon reef tank prior that had a bunch of live rock and my Clown fish that has been around from the start of this hobby. ( wife killed all family and frinds of "tough Guy")

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    I put all the above rocks and coral into the new tank.
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    I also added a 28 gallon refugium from ebay for $145. and an eshopps s-120 skimmer for $135. The live sand was also from ebay i don't remember how much and the cost somewhere around $70 and 100 pounds great deals. Here is the Refugium and skimmer.
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    After this point reefing got real :frustrat: I wanted SPS corals and had the lights for them. they just didn't like the water CA levels so i spent $700+ on the geo CA reactor 618.

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    This was when the coral really started to take off.




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    At this point i figured i was good and didn't need to ever touch anything again........that never happens. after a year of $250 dollar electric bills every month with the house set at 82F i was sick of trying to run the AC and paying up to $350 a month( thanks California and OBAMA) so i bit the bullet and picked up some AI sol super blue LEDs.


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    Thanks to everyone who takes the time to look my tank over and if you have a question please ask and I will do my best to find the answer.
     
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    Jimbo662

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    Wow, the AI's made such a difference in how the tank looks. It went from interrogation room glare to a nice peaceful spa. :)
     
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    baeya Aquarium Addict

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    Beautiful tank!! Lots of great information, too.

    I have a friend that has a fish room set up in his basement. (freshwater)
    Lots of lighting down there. Police did show up to his house to check it out a few years back, as the neighbors thought he was growing weed!
     
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    Samhain Satin, Lace, and Sequins

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    Beautiful tank, sir. Thank you for your service.
     
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    Thank you for your service...You have a very nice tank, just out of curiosity how much did the leds help your electric bill? How long have you been running the leds?
     
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    beeguiles they call me fish geek ;p

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    Very nice tank! Those AI's look marvelous!
     
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    Amba Ol' Salty VIP Member

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    Sexy tank
     
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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    I've had the AI's a bit over a month now. My power bill was $250 a month without AC on in the house. With the AI's I'm at $91 this month!! Big difference.
     
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    Wow!!! that is some nice extra spending money every month
     
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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    I actually bought a 5.7Kw solar system to cover the electric bill. Now that I have LEDs ill be getting paid by the power company. On average the system will make 800Kws a month. My house will be at 62 degrees all summer next year without an electric bill.
     
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    araywest Best pic I could find ha.

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    The solar panels and inverters and mounting stuff.
     

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    now thats pretty cool
     
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    that is sweet
     
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    nice cant wait to see that up. and your tank looks awesome.
     
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