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Old 01/08/2008, 05:34 AM
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Very nice!

You say you prefer 20K bulbs but which 20K?

Radium, XM or Helio?
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Old 01/08/2008, 08:29 AM
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An absolutely beautiful tank. I am in awe of it.

Adorable kids too.
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Old 01/08/2008, 10:31 AM
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amazing tank what else to say love the aquascaping and the whole design great job u are officially my new reef idol
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Old 01/08/2008, 02:31 PM
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To hide the PVC framework I sprayed it with Great Stuff™ foam in a can. I let this foam cure for 24 hours and then I applied an epoxy resin that contained no mold inhibitors.
I don't suppose you can remember the epoxy resin, or go into a little more detail about this? I would like to do something similar and this seems like a great way.
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Old 01/08/2008, 02:42 PM
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I thought that I was pretty proud of my 250g until I saw that, now I am almost ashamed of it. Great, Great, Great tank !!!!
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Old 01/08/2008, 06:23 PM
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Old 01/08/2008, 06:34 PM
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i know stan uses the xm brand bulbs for his tank. alot of our club members use the 400w 20kxm's for therer tanks.
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Old 01/08/2008, 07:52 PM
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can anybody go into detail on how he heats and cools this beautiful beast.
...and congrats on totm.

thank you
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Old 01/08/2008, 10:05 PM
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Congrats Energy. This is well deserved! I cannot believe how nice the tank is looking these days. The corals are growing in so well and everything just plain looks great. Great job!
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Old 01/08/2008, 10:11 PM
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Shad: he talks about that in the article under "Heating and Cooling."
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Old 01/08/2008, 10:46 PM
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i know but i dont understand. i guess ill reread it
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Old 01/08/2008, 11:54 PM
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Ok! that tank RockS!!!

I,m going to try your pvc Great stuff foam setup
Did you have problem with it wanting to float?
I would assume the rocks wieght it down.

Once again Cool Reef!
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Old 01/09/2008, 11:54 AM
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Congratulations on a well deserved Honor!!
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Old 01/09/2008, 04:11 PM
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What a mind blowing set up
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Old 01/09/2008, 05:16 PM
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I have always had this picture in my mind of my dream tank and set up. You have done what I dream about. Simply spectacular in every aspect. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being recognized as TOTM. Truly deserved.
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Old 01/09/2008, 06:00 PM
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simply amazing,when do you think your book will be out
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Old 01/09/2008, 06:15 PM
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I use xm, radium and Coral Vue 20 k bulbs. All three work fine.
I'm getting a lot of questions on the epoxy resin that coats the great stuff styrofoam. Any brand of resin is fine, the important thing is that it does NOT HAVE MOLD INHIBITORS. I used the first brand I could grab from my local home depot. The stuff needs to cure for a week or more before you put it into a full fledged reef. I actually let mine cure in fresh water and tested it with goldfish. When it stopped killing them I figured it was cured. Then I dumped all of that water and mixed in saltwater. The structures are extremely boyount. Mine are siliconed to the bottom and weighed down with live rock. Don't rush the curing process for the epoxy resin this does take a while. The great stuff on the other hand was ready in 24-48 hours. The resin more like two weeks
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Old 01/10/2008, 01:25 AM
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What really stands out to me are the massive corals. They've been allowed to span out naturally unencumbered by neighboring corals. It takes patience not to go and buy a zillion frags and instead let a few grow. But the end reward makes it all worth it. Your tank is proof of this and hopefully others will follow suit and enjoy the same payoff.
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:08 AM
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Holy jeeze. I love big tanks when someone designs them right (which I am incapable of). A worthy TOTM.
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Old 01/10/2008, 11:19 AM
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I wasn't going to post but I thought man this is a masterpiece. I have to give a pat on the back.

I'm sure you have tons of people that are admiring your hard work.
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:25 PM
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Stunning tank, love to see a TOTM with lots of clowns and an amazing assortment of anemones the purple Gigantea is especially nice.

I imagine the pictures do the tank no justice, in person is the only way to view a tank like yours Energy
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:26 PM
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I'm glad that i am not paying for your bills!!! lol congrats.
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:21 PM
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wow, i would love to see that tank in person. trully amazing!
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:47 PM
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i knew it would only be a matter of time before you got totm. i think its everyones dream tank and i hope to one day have one just like it. o and btw i suggested you for this every month since i read your thread. congrats
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Old 01/10/2008, 10:08 PM
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Mn. Reef crzy. We're talking him into hosting a TCMAS meeting I can swing by and pick you up-whats an extra hour?
LOL, he's ONLY like, 6 or 7 hours from us.
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