Monzer's tank restart

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  1. scuba71

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    Long story short, my tank was in the garage after my move in early 2011. The contractor did some work in the garage when he was not supposed to. 90% of coral died due to some sort of a chemical contamination. :-(( I had made several attempts to get back into the hobby, but I just did not have any motivation nor did I have a good location for the tank.

    When I moved into my house 7 years ago, it had two garages. One attached in the front of the house, and the second was a detached garage in the backyard. This garage was over 900 sqft. It took 40% of my back yard. The prior owner used it as a mechanics shop. For some, this is a dream structure. However, for me, it was a nightmare as I love to garden and play with my kids in the backyard.

    So a few months ago, my wife and I decided to remodel the rear garage by shrinking it and using the remaining structure as a gym, indoor play area for the kids. That's when I said, "Oh... the new aquarium would look great here!!" :-D

    Well, that's when I went to Robert (Neptune Aquatics) and ordered my the tank. Initially I wanted an 84L X 24 H X 30 D tank. However, I did not want to spend too much on the tank, but more on the corals. So I finally decided to go with a 72L X 26 H X 30 D from Crystal Dynamics. It will be three sided starphire tank. Currently expecting to get the tank in the next week or two. This gives me/the contractor more time to finish up the remodel of the garage.

    Back to the garage, lots of work is still being done. Had to add 3+ inches of concrete in some areas as the garage floor was too sloped. Demo and then framing was done in early December which was followed by the windows and doors installations. Two weekends ago, the electrical was finalized and the drywall went in right after. This weekend, the tapping and the plaster is being applied. Hoping by this weekend I can prime and then paint early next week.

    As for equipment, I got lucky and scored a few items from other reefers. Also, took advantage and bought some during the black Friday sales.

    Pictures and more updates to come later this week.
     
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    Can't wait to see it


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    Sounds awesome


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    Sweet!! Gonna be a very nice set up!!


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  5. scuba71

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    Neither can I.


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  6. scuba71

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    [​IMG]

    This is the garage while being demoed


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  7. scuba71

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    And this is now... lots of work to be done....
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  8. xcaret

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    Doesn't look much like a garage any more
     
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    More like a pool...


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  10. scuba71

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    Yep... except without the pool.


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    Sounds like this could be good! Member since 2008? Around my era?
     
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    How are you heating/cooling the new garage?


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  13. scuba71

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    Hehehehe... perhaps. :)
     
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    I am adding a small wall heater/ac that is controllable. Additionally, the garage was well insulated. However, I am actually adding additional insulation in the attic and reflective foil on the ceiling of the roof between the truss'. Of course, I will have heaters and a chiller that will kick in should there be a need for them.
     
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    It would be nice to have a sink or drain near the tank location...hint.
     
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  16. scuba71

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    Yep. I forgot to mention that earlier... the back side of the garage will have a shed. That’s where my chiller, rodi, mixing, drainage and sink will go.


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    If I were planning for a big tank, yes I would have a drain where I could run any automatic water change directly from tank into sewage system. Makes a huge difference!


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  18. scuba71

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    quick update:

    Got delayed by the contractor... :mad: Why is when a construction job is nearing completion, it takes twice as long to finish?

    Well, the new space finally got the wall texture done today. It going to be finalized tomorrow. Then painting hopefully by the end of the day if all dry. Thursday to apply accent colors and finish up bathroom plumbing. Also, final electrical would be done then as well. Hoping to put the floor in by Friday/Saturday. I am guessing the tank is going to arrive Thursday or Friday... personally, I am hoping it will arrive next week. Just to buy me more time and make sure all is good from the interior.
     
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  19. Kmooresf

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    So close!!


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  20. scuba71

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    Contractors these days are so freaking inefficient. If I had the same manpower, I would have been do me in no more than 3 weeks. Of course not counting the stucco.

    So close, but it feels like a crawl.


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