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    New job, new DIY

    I interviewed for a new job a few weeks ago and loved the place. The fact that they had a 90 gallon saltwater tank in their lobby really sealed the deal. I told the director of the place about my fish tank and he basically told me that I had to bring it up with me and replace theirs. I was totally fine with that, so as a part of the salary negotiation process I got a fish tank budget Click here to enlarge The only problem is moving a 150 gallon fish tank a thousand miles in one day would be a huge task. Transferring everything from my 75 took 12 hours, so it would easily take that much time to break my tank down, and pack it all in a truck, and re-assemble it. Tack on a 10hr drive and we're talking about a sleepy and dangerous situation. The only solution I could think of was to build a new, bigger, tank and install it before I move up my fish, rock and corals...darn...

    So the plan is to shoot for a 24"x24"x96" tank (~240 gallons). That way I'm not wasting sheets. The top and bottom will be 1/2" acrylic. I'm going to overbuild the sides with 3/4" just to be safe. I'm building a stand and canopy too so I'll probably be asking Aussie about which woods would be best for dark stain when I start wrapping the stand and canopy Click here to enlarge

    This will be a full on pin method build. I'm also going to DIY a 5 gallon water jug skimmer, do a 150 x 3w CREE DIY led build from rapidLED, and build a "strong box" sump system with a refugium and bubble trap.

    Get excited for an excessively long build thread...
    240G SPS/LPS reef - tomato clowns& sebae nem, sunburst anthias, Powder B Tang, Royal Gramma, Desjardini Sailfin, Copperband, Spotfin, Moorish Idol Build thread Webcam will be back soon! Science news!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

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    Wow!!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Awesome mate sounds like an awesome project. Looking forward to seeing this Click here to enlarge pine is cheap and easy to stain u just gotta be fast applying it and rub it off evenly. U can most colours with it.
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Keep us posted.
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Congratz on your new job. Also good luck with your tank. Hope to see the picture updates soon.

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    "excessively long build thread..." There is no such thing Click here to enlarge lol
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    I already changed plans...the sump will be two 40 breeders. Petco is doing the $1/gallon sale until Saturday!
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Congrats! I look forward to seeing this new build!!
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Congrats on the new job! Sounds like you'll be busy.

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Congrats on the new job! Click here to enlarge

    I will be anxiously awaiting updates on the new tank!
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    I hope we get to see a whole heap on this build and the other thing that impressed me is that the boss gave you an aquarium budget!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    I'll be watching from this point on. I think I see a high interest coming your way. Congrats on all the good news.
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    @mega, you give out multiple "High interest" badges??

    I just ordered the parts for the skimmer. What do you think would be best? Split the components up into different threads or have one monster thread? :P
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    one monster Click here to enlarge

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Congrats on the new job and budget. One monster thread for a monster tank Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Just spent $300 on plumbing supplies. This thing is going to be a monster. I have a $1000 cart at RapidLED and a $1000 cart at bulkreef...still waiting on the acrylic quote.
    240G SPS/LPS reef - tomato clowns& sebae nem, sunburst anthias, Powder B Tang, Royal Gramma, Desjardini Sailfin, Copperband, Spotfin, Moorish Idol Build thread Webcam will be back soon! Science news!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    1000 miles, that's a hell of a commute!!! lol.....But seriously....I'm jealous. Sounds like a sweet gig.
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Quote for the acrylic came back at $1076. That's cheap. I was expecting it to be $1500-2000. Final dimensions will be 95.5x23.5x23.5 (need space for CNC bit to square the factory edges)
    240G SPS/LPS reef - tomato clowns& sebae nem, sunburst anthias, Powder B Tang, Royal Gramma, Desjardini Sailfin, Copperband, Spotfin, Moorish Idol Build thread Webcam will be back soon! Science news!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Hope you have space in your new place to keep the tank.

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    The wall it's going on is 110". The problem is finding a room big enough in my house to build the 8ft tank, stand and canopy :P
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    I'm really getting pumped for this build Click here to enlarge
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    So ow long do you have to move from your current house?

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    My wife isn't moving until next summer and I'm going to live with friends for a few months until I find a condo to rent. I start the new job in the middle of November, but I'm hoping to set up the tank there in the beginning of November.
    240G SPS/LPS reef - tomato clowns& sebae nem, sunburst anthias, Powder B Tang, Royal Gramma, Desjardini Sailfin, Copperband, Spotfin, Moorish Idol Build thread Webcam will be back soon! Science news!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    good news for the job, congrats. Hope i'm next Click here to enlarge

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    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Fiesta. I was looking for 7 months but landed the perfect job running a high throughput next generation DNA sequencing lab at Duke.

    Just submitted my rapidLED order...216 solderless CREE LEDs, 9x heatsinks, 9x fans, 2x HLG-320H-42B meanwell drivers and a sunrise/sunset controller. This is probably the single most expensive component of the build. I'm going to be doing parallel strings of LEDs with resistors and fast blow fuses. I think that build will have a dedicated thread because there aren't a whole lot of threads on parallel LED builds.
    240G SPS/LPS reef - tomato clowns& sebae nem, sunburst anthias, Powder B Tang, Royal Gramma, Desjardini Sailfin, Copperband, Spotfin, Moorish Idol Build thread Webcam will be back soon! Science news!

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    Need a tech guy? lol. I live near Tampa and was just looking at jobs in the Durham/Raleigh area. Such a small world....
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    Re: New job, new DIY

    thanks h2so4hurts. I only got out of university so its a little hard to get a job, i've been looking since beginning of september.


    Wow thats alot of CRee i did my cart for my next SW tank and it came out at around 400$, i will only have like 45-50 LEDS so thats an huge investment you made there Click here to enlarge

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    Cichlid, They have a bunch of IT guys to take care of the cluster. They have a pretty impressive server farm. You need it when you're generating 10TB + of data everyday.

    Fiesta, Yeah, don't remind me...BUT I won't have to worry about changing bulbs for at least 7 years, and at $500-600 a year on a tank this big, it pays for itself pretty quickly. I think the final total for this fixture is going to be $2200. I'll post a build list with prices and everything for the whole setup eventually. Although, I'm not sure I really want to know. It's probably going to be around $6000 when all is said and done.
    240G SPS/LPS reef - tomato clowns& sebae nem, sunburst anthias, Powder B Tang, Royal Gramma, Desjardini Sailfin, Copperband, Spotfin, Moorish Idol Build thread Webcam will be back soon! Science news!

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by h2so4hurts
    Cichlid, They have a bunch of IT guys to take care of the cluster. They have a pretty impressive server farm. You need it when you're generating 10TB + of data everyday.

    Fiesta, Yeah, don't remind me...BUT I won't have to worry about changing bulbs for at least 7 years, and at $500-600 a year on a tank this big, it pays for itself pretty quickly. I think the final total for this fixture is going to be $2200. I'll post a build list with prices and everything for the whole setup eventually. Although, I'm not sure I really want to know. It's probably going to be around $6000 when all is said and done.
    i understand but over time it will be less expensive. How long do these LEDs last by the way?

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    Re: New job, new DIY

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by h2so4hurts
    Cichlid, They have a bunch of IT guys to take care of the cluster. They have a pretty impressive server farm. You need it when you're generating 10TB + of data everyday.

    Fiesta, Yeah, don't remind me...BUT I won't have to worry about changing bulbs for at least 7 years, and at $500-600 a year on a tank this big, it pays for itself pretty quickly. I think the final total for this fixture is going to be $2200. I'll post a build list with prices and everything for the whole setup eventually. Although, I'm not sure I really want to know. It's probably going to be around $6000 when all is said and done.
    That is some impressive data!! Mind if I PM you for the company name?
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