150 gallon tank, Any Suggestions?

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That is cheaper than any site that I have seen so far. And because it is in Florida, I might be able to get a cut on shipping and I'll still use your name D.
 

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Now I need to get a RO/DI unit because it would actually cost the same as filling in up the first time. What would be the best brand (I do have cost in mind).
 

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I read on another website that an RO/DI unit is the same as the others and it is determined by the cartridges and the flow restricter. If that is the case then I will look for the cartridges first.
 

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I actually looked at it but I didn't know if it was legitimate. Have you done buisness with them?
 

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Animal Mother, how did you build rock structures so they didn't move???


I am going to use a lot of base rock so I want to make sure the octopus doesn't push stuff over and break the glass or himself.
 

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chaostheory;130581 said:
I actually looked at it but I didn't know if it was legitimate. Have you done buisness with them?
Yes, Marc is a very reputable person in the marine aquarium hobby, and he spent a few years as our club president. I got one of these units from him myself and I am very happy with it.

As for the rock structures, I wanted something tall with out-reaching pieces for overhangs and lots of caves and holes in between the rocks so I drilled the base rock with a 1/4 inch bit. I placed acrylic rods in the holes, and then I can slide the next piece over the rods into holes drilled in those pieces, and that holds it in place while the epoxy sets. The epoxy I used was Aquamend. I didn't want to stand there forever holding the pieces in place while the epoxy cured so this worked out great. You can get really creative with it and with the rods you can play with the arrangement quite a bit before you epoxy it.

If I could do it over again I would have ordered smaller pieces of base rock, as the pieces I got were about 15lbs apiece and pretty bulky. I got my rock from Marcorocks.com, 40lbs and shipping was about $80. I considered ordering some artificially made base rock from GARF (they make some really cool shapes) but Marco got back to me much quicker so he got my business.
 

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Oh, aquamend, so you were able to just stick that stuff on the rocks underwater? I didn't even know that it was aquarium safe.
 

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Well I've been told you can use it underwater but I did this for my new tank which is yet to be running... taking my time setting this one up. I did it all on my work table, dry.

I also used the epoxy only on our 140 now that I think about it. When we bought it there was about 150lbs of dead, dried out, live rock that came with it. Had I been a little more creative at that time I would have used the acrylic rods on that project as well. I tried making some nice big arches but once the epoxy had cured I lifted the pieces and parts of them broke off. That's where the extra support of the acrylic rods would have come in handy.



I could have put it together without the epoxy, but I didn't want to risk it tumbling apart, and I have a kind of OCD issue with rearranging my rockwork so I figured it would limit my meddling.
 

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I am afraid of the epoxy so I'll just get the acrylic rods.

I also have the problem with moving the rocks.


Oh, and the tank looks great the way it is.
 

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