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200 Gallon Resurrection

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Finally starting a post on a project that I am having a blast with.

Got this tank at a steal. It had a small leak starting in a seam, which is acceptable for a tank built 30 years ago in Milton. Got the confidence and a good bit of skilled labor from a friend and fellow aquarium nut to rebuild it. a2540b57445c525042b6109fd7b031e4.jpg

After a 4 hour tear down due to excessive extra bracing and 1/2" thick seams, Degan constructed a jig for reassembly of the 500 lbs of glass. db58f2761d8ee23870c4b48cbf86c260.jpg

After several methods of scraping and polishing were used to remove as much calcium build up from the glass as possible we finally got it back in the stand. 47baae3ae3603bfeb7024295abb01545.jpg

After a few days of fully filled and all seems checked it took 4 days for the RODI to fill this thing up.

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Ended up with a load of free 1x6 pine boards from a renovated resturant in Milton, I got the start of a canopy going and dropped in some led tubes for now. 1dc74c8ec6f5f0081cb7b32979423488.jpg

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Finally got the salt in. e7e2de748afb6b15a060c4c16aa44879.jpg

More to come as it progresses.

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Got the 70lbs of Florida crushed coral in and even after an hours work of rinsing there was of course still plenty of clouding. 678d889c417a6f7c0cdc027c515f953a.jpg

Slapped together a quick polisher with a mag7 and 2' of filter floss in a 2" pvc tube. e2d2a38c6790608d1ae2cda5d2f52737.jpg

1 hour later... 398b6e1baf0d0508e0f3736fff79875c.jpg

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It's going to be a local/experiment tank. Nothing out of a store. Between hypo salinity and brackish, starting at 1.15 at first. Anything between 4-18". Light of a load as mentally possible, probably one big fella at a time and some lil guys that might become food. Probably end up on a rotation, swap out the show piece every few months! Use barbless hooks and send the oversized guest back on their way when they won't fit anymore. I'm thinking "Mini Bass Pro" .

Good Job!!!

You didn't drill it for an overflow?

Fish only for now, may go heavier filtration down the road.

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TrentN   

Very cool idea. If you want some cats and pinfish and rays , i can show you where to get them by truckload.

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Yeah I kayak fish Escambia bay pretty heavy. From the flats between Pace and Pensacola, and 3 mile bridge. Trigger season opens soon, I might even grab a big grey trigger 2 or 3 miles out in the gulf. My initial goal is to keep a redfish or 2 for a while and watch them destroy some shrimp from the bait shop!

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Very cool idea. If you want some cats and pinfish and rays , i can show you where to get them by truckload.

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I was considering a ray but I'm worried the crushed coral might not cooperate with it.

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Yeah I kayak fish Escambia bay pretty heavy. From the flats between Pace and Pensacola, and 3 mile bridge. Trigger season opens soon, I might even grab a big grey trigger 2 or 3 miles out in the gulf. My initial goal is to keep a redfish or 2 for a while and watch them destroy some shrimp from the bait shop!

I can tell you from personal experience that you will end up with a mess putting a redfish in there. Water everywhere and more than likely any fish you put in there for food on floor. We did this in a friends tank and were lucky the glass wasn't broken by the rearranging of the rock that took place.

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Yeah I plan on closing the canopy in before any reds go in. And I plan on running drift wood instead of rock. It may very well turn into a mess... I "think" I'm semi prepared for that. But I have been proven wrong in this hobby a few times now. Probably gonna euro rim the top of the tank to help with "wave" action. "I hope"

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Problem with redfish is they are long and fast and will not adapt to a square tank. I like the trigger idea, or something that might be neat in my mind would be to build like a bridge or pier biotope. Use a cinder block or two to create pilings and fill it with pin fish, some small sheepshead, maybe some local damsels such as seargeat majors. Other local fish that would fit in well, mangrove snapper(or black if you prefer) there are a bunch of others that would work well though they are eluding me at the moment. Problem with a lot of these guys and the ones you mentioned you will need a heck of a skimmer and/or massive water changes. If you are planning local only fish you could run your cinder blocks out to the pass and toss the, in for a few weeks prior to adding to tank(I would use older ones) use local water from pass on high tide(which would make massive water changes cheaper and easier)

Just some ideas

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drauka   

for lighting you might consider the standard socket 120 or 90 watt equivalent 5000k led bulbs.  I have one of my fuge and one on my pod tank.  gives a nice shimmer and looks pretty natural to me.  

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There you go. That will most assuredly help no matter which way you go.

On the biotope idea, I have been to many aquariums all over. It is one of my families favorite things to do wherever we go. From Georgia and aquarium of Americas in New Orleans on down to the smallest local aquariums like the gulfarium. One of my favorite displays was in N Carolina. They had a rather large tank that had a WWII ironclast that was sunk in it to resemble a artificial reef of their coast. It was full of sand tiger sharks and other indigenous animals. They also had another tank set up like a pier where it was like you were diving underneath it. Pilings and rubble on bottom and filled with sheepshead and spade fish and other local critters. Both were extremely neat displays to someone who enjoys realistic local set ups. Neither had crystal clear water which they do not have off their coast.

Most would think they pale in comparison to say the Georgia aquariums reef tank or the whale shark display but I think I prefer the more realistic display.

Richard

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TrentN   

I have to agree with you Richard. I remember years ago when the Aquarium of the Americas first opened, I went and my favorite tank was the river biotope. It as like they took a slice of the river out and put it in the building. I really like the pier idea. Pinfish, crokers, blue crabs, blennies, maybe a few little white trout that would look real cool.

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Our 125 at work has 5 Sergeant majors, slippery wrasse, cocoa damsel, slipper lobster, and a stone crab. Its a constant game of tag in that tank. I'm hoping to add a file fish and some blennies. Blue crabs tend to crawl out or get eaten. Pin fish nip each other to death. A pig fish may work nice too. Striped legged hermits are great along with mud crabs and urchins.

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Degan   

Good stuff Josh! That was a fun build. Now to build myself one. I can't wait to see a redfish in there! Or maybe some trout. I'm excited to fish for your aquarium. :)

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