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Jeff's Upgrade to DSA 105

Jeff Rehling

Supporting Member
I will finish my stand today. Stupid Lowes on bayshore--1 mile from the house and their panel saw is broken. Used HD pocket screws and lag bolts to the wall. Colors will be THE Ohio State University scarlet and grey. Top and door rails and stiles grey. Door panels will be scarlet with the Block O decal. Skin will be scarlet.

8 feet wide, 40" tall, and 30" deep. Finally learned my lesson from my first stand and made it tall enough to work on the sump and plumbing!

Will receive the tank on Feb 2nd from CD Happy. I ordered another 11 pounds of Marco rocks from BRS. Disappointed Marco doesn't direct ship anymore.

Needs:
Add one more Kessil 360
Mount kessils with rigid conduit and wires
Apex!!
Additional MP-40 or gyre...Bruce and Ashburn are tempting me

Photos later today...if I can figure out how to post them!
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
8 feet wide... for a 105 gallon tank? I mean even if you do a bar top surround on that, 8 feet is a bit long isn't it?
 

Jeff Rehling

Supporting Member
i wanted it to look like a built in. Will also hold my QT and possibly a frag tank

Also, Need somewhere to store all the fish equipment, testers, etc. I don't have a garage
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
Ah so you're going to basically build a "wall" on your stand to give it an in-wall setup?

Just not seeing your vision is all :D
 
Are you going to feel nostalgic and put a bit of green and brown in the lower right corner or stop at scarlet/gray?

Opted to go elsewhere, but I grew up a few miles from campus.
 

Jeff Rehling

Supporting Member
Top is grey. Rails and stiles are scarlet. door frames will be grey with scarlet panels. There will be four doors, the middle two will have the Block O decals.

I have a 48" Ikea wall cabinet that I painted grey and the doors are scarlet.
 

Jeff Rehling

Supporting Member
pictures later today...Sand question: I will be getting new sand...what sand do you recommend and how much for a 105? 48x24 H x 21 deep?
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
Sand very much is a preference thing, is for a particular creature? Is it for looks? do you have a lot of flow in the tank.


Some like the "sugar fine", some like super coarse, it very much is almost a "help me pick a color for my living room" request
 

Jeff Rehling

Supporting Member
i have a goby and will add one more.

My flow currently is one MP-40 throttled back to around 40 percent yellow setting (i think that's reef crest) and one hydor. I'm likely adding a second hydor to the opposite side of the MP-40 until I can afford another MP-40 (or gyre...bruce and ashburn have switched and I'm considering it...advice there?)

I'd prefer a medium granular size so it doesn't blow about

I like the look of the black and white speckles...for no good reason
 

Jeff Rehling

Supporting Member
I have to pick up some house white 1x5's from Beronio...I have 1x5 for top and bottom rails, but my stupid 2x4 supports didn't turn out perfectly spaced, so I'm going with 1x5 rails and stiles so my door openings are perfect. I installed a neat LED light strip around the entire interior of the sump with a door switch so the light turns on when opened.
 
So lighting question...add third Kessil 360 or sell my two 360's and buy an AP 700?

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/ap700-led-lighting-panel-kessil.html
The shimmer is pretty good on the AP700's. That said, I don't think I would sell to Kessil's for the purpose of buying a different one. I'd go with another of what you have if you're happy with them.

I had a 48”x30” and used 120 lbs of sand. It had about 1-1/2” to 2” of depth.
I'm in the same 2ish inches of sand camp. I happen to like sugar sand, but recognize that it's a borderline religious question.
 

cdhappy

Supporting Member
This is what I did:
CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand - Fine Oolite Substrate 40 lbs
CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand - Original Grade Substrate 40 lbs

I've had a total of 80 lbs of sand in the tank which is just right (for me); I think anywhere in the 80-120 range is just perfect.
 
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