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    Jun 2012
    Athens, GA

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    Default AllenIsbell's Marine Aquarium Experience

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    Hello, all.

    When I first got back into wanting aquariums about a year ago, my main goal was to build a marine aquarium. Just a basic, relatively small, FOWLR aquarium.

    Instead I took the planted freshwater route. See thread here:

    The freshwater aquarium is lots of fun, but I want to step a little outside of my comfort zone with the next "build."

    Here's what I got:

    20 gallon glass aquarium (24 1/4" x 12 1/2" x 16 3/4")

    CustomSeaLife 24" 65w x2 power compact (One white bulb, one blue) Not sure of the exact model. Can't find too much info on it. Since I know how to wire up LEDs, the moon lights are going to be the same custom deal I did on the freshwater aquarium. See link above for that...

    Eheim Professional II 2028 with custom PVC plumbing - No powerhead at first because I anticipate that the Eheim (having a variable flow rate) will move enough water to suffice).

    Rena Cal Top Light Excel 100w

    Quikrete Premium Play Sand

    Maybe Totoka. Still not 100% on my source at this point.

    No idea, yet. Suggestions?

    The Build
    Well, I picked up the tank, some HOB filter, some heater, test kits, hydrometers, specimen container, lights, etc... off of craigslist for $40. I think I got a pretty darn good deal...

    Today, I filled the tank to check for leaks. Seems fine. I then cleaned the glass. As of right now, I am about to go put the last layer of paint on the rear panel. Krylon Fusion blue. Looks awesome. I can't wait to see the sand and blue contrast with the lights. It's gonna be beautiful.

    If you know me, you know that I LOVE posting tons of pictures. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until tomorrow when I have better lights to do so. As for now, send me some tank occupants suggestions!
    Last edited by Cliff; 01-15-2013 at 12:54 AM.

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