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Progession of a 46 gallon reef tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquariums & Fish Photos' started by California Cowgirl, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    Alright, so no pictues yet but there will be plenty! Trust me :D But i've decided to go ahead and at least give some information now.

    Equipment:
    46 gallon bowfront
    36" 4x39W Tek Light T5
    CPR Backpack 2r + Hang On Protein Skimmer
    Emperor 400 powerfilter
    200w visi therm stealth heater
    2 Maxijet 1200 powerheads

    More info about inhabitants will come as the tank progresses.

    Hope You Enjoy!
     
  2. stevenrox

    stevenrox New Member

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    seems like you've been busy collecting stuff =]
     
  3. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    lol yup, i stll havent bought the lighting or skimmer yet *no cash at the moment to pay off the credit card* but once i do, i'll be able to get it. Then i'll have to wait a while again once i get those so i can go ahead and buy the water, live rock and sand :D
     
  4. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    So the tank is now up in my room, here are some pics. Sorry for the glare from the window, i think it won't be as bad once there is water and stuff actually in the tank. The backing is window tint used on cars, i think it turned out pretty good.


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  5. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Looks like the oceanvisions backgrounds (spray diluted soap and smooth out with a credit card).
     
  6. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    yup, that's exactly what we did :)
     
  7. buzz4520

    buzz4520 Well-Known Member

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    looks great so far... :D
     
  8. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    thanks :) lol at first looking at this tank, it looked kind of small to me, but now that i actually have it up in my smallish sized room, it actually looks like a pretty decent size, i love the fact that i can view it from my bed :D it will look awesome once i get corals and rock and everything in there, i wish i would just get more money, i get paid on the 1st hopefully it will be an ok sized pay check as i have some other bills that i have to pay but hopefully i'll have enough left over so i can get the last of my equipment
     
  9. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    soo i've decided to get the lr and everything before i get the skimmer and light. I think i'll be able to get it next weekend and start working on the tank :D
     
  10. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    so there's going to be one change as far as the equipment goes, instead of the listed skimmer, i'm going to buy the Deltec MCE600 protein skimmer which is a top of the line product *can't wait until i have the funds for it*
     
  11. tdauss

    tdauss New Member

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    Looks sweet... was looking at a similar setup before we found a steal on CL for a 50G.

    Like the blinds too, we have the same ones. ;)
     
  12. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    The tint came out really nice! I never seen it done but I like it
     
  13. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    thanks! from looking at the back side you can tell its window tint, but looking inside, you can't see anything which is really good, since my wall color is a shade of yellow/cream and i didn't want to see that through the tank
     
  14. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    thanks :) yea i wish i could of gotten a 50 but the 46 was all i had room for.

    Lol funny about the blinds, the string broke *the one that pulls them up or down* so my dad had to replace it, so he just took the blinds from another room and swithced them, i don't like how heavy the blinds are though
     
  15. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    The tank is officially up and running! my parents surprisingly really got into setting up the tank, and helped decide where the rocks go and the sand. I need to get more water next week, i didn't buy enough to fill up the tank. There is also a little bit less than 88lbs of rock, i couldn't use all of it because some pieces were to big.

    Test Results Day 1:
    Salanity- 1.025
    NO2- 0.05
    PH-8.6
    Alkalinity-normal 1.7-2.8
    Nitrate-0
    Ammonia-was a blue color, chart didn't have that color? i guess it was high and off the charts then.


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  16. buzz4520

    buzz4520 Well-Known Member

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    rocks look really good...all starting to come together...it's going to be an awesome set up.
     
  17. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    hehe thanks! i 'm happy just how it is :D but i do plan to still have some coral in there, the only color i have is some red stuff growing on a rock, no idea what that is
     
  18. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Looks GREAT!
    What kind of test kit are you using for the Ammonia?
    2nd ...is it a SALTWATER ammonia test kit (they have ones stictly for saltwater,ones strictly for freshwater, and ones that are supposed to be good for both).

    I double checked mine and it's api freshwater in a yellow box (chart goes from clear meaning o..all the way to bright yellow).
     
  19. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl Thread Starter New Member

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    its the red sea marine and freshwater lab kit.

    oh and thanks! :D
     
  20. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    I'm not familar with that brand>seen it..never used it though.