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195 Gallon Custom Reef


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    Default 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    JImCfullview - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    The following is an aquarium owned by my customer Jim Cavicchioli. I can't take credit for the vision, installation, aquascaping, or maintenance of the aquarium as that was all done by Jim. I consulted on the build and sold him most of the equipment and animals including the aquarium which I also drilled. I would like to thank Jim for allowing me to share his aquarium with you.

    60" x 30" x 25"H Custom Starfire (On both front panels)
    System Volume: 332 gallons

    Equipment

    - 60" x 24" x 22"H Custom Acrylic Sump with Black Back and Frag Section
    - Overflow : Two custom black acrylic boxes mounted through 4 - 1 3/4" holes drilled through each side of the aquarium.
    - Main Pump : Blue Line 100HD
    - Four 1" Returns 2 of which go through Sea Swirl 1" Rotaters
    - Deltec Kalkwasser Stirrer
    - MTC Pro Cal Calcium Reactor
    -Kent Marine High S 100gpd RO unit
    - Blueline 100HD main circulation pump
    - Protein Skimmer: Aqua-C EV240 w/2 liter Aqua-C waste collector
    -Top Off: Reef Filler 2000
    -Chiller: Don't recall the brand or HP

    Lighting

    - Main tank: Maristar 48" 2 x 250wt HQI w/10k (13K) Aqualine Buschke and 2 x 54wt. ATI blue plus T5 HO
    - Frag section of Refugium: Coralife Aqualight Pendant 150wt HQI w/10K (13K) Aqualine Buschke

    Coral

    Predominantly various specie of SPS (especially Acropora sp.) a few LPS and some Blue Actinodiscus sp. Mushrooms.
    -One 8"-10" Ultra Maxima grown from approximately 2"


    Fish
    - I'll list what I can remember for you
    - Purple Tang
    - African Blue Eye Gold Midas Blenny
    - Flame Angel
    -Starry Algae Blenny
    -Pair of Breeding Kauderns (Bangaii) Cardinals
    -Pair of clowns: 1- Irian Jaya True Percula and 1- Black Ocellaris
    -Twin Spot Hogfish

    Inverts

    -Green Abalone (tank raised)
    -Electric Blue Stripe Hermits
    -Halloween Hermits
    -Sea of Cortez Red leg Hermits
    -Several Emerald Crabs

    View from Kitchen/Family Room
    JimCKitchen - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    View from Dining Room
    JimCdiningroom1 - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    As someone that takes care of many aquariums I appreciate the fact that this aquarium is designed to be "maintenance friendly" which is often not the case with aquariums built into the wall. Complete access to both sides of the aquarium as well as the top and bottom are available. Side doors are hinged from top to bottom on both doors and also on the seam so that they fold out of the way when open.
    JimCOpen - 195 Gallon Custom Reef
    JimCside2 - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    Aquarium is plumbed through the bottom of the cabinet into the basement.

    Looking down to the refugium/frag tank.
    JimCfloor - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    1" flexible PVC for Drains and return lines.
    JimCpipe - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    Equipment room
    JimCfullsump - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    RO/DI with Reef Filler 2000, make up water container, and sink with RO water on the bar spigot. Sink also has a garbage disposal for grinding up anything that might clog the sink.
    JimCROcont - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    JimCsumpfrag - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    JimCequip - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    JimCEV240 - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    JimCwallmountBall - 195 Gallon Custom Reef



    Hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I did! (though as most setups pictures don't do it justice).

    Ken
    Last edited by Gymnothorax; 05-11-2010 at 01:19 AM.

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    Very nice- looks like the whole project was done right!

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    taziam10797 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Awesome, thank you for sharing.

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    I think Jim needs to sign up on CR and share some of his secrets... definitely Tank of the Month stuff here! Thanks for sharing.

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    I love seeing "mad labs" like that, very inspiring!
    "We shouldn't think of an environment where livestock can survive, we should ensure an environment where livestock can thrive."-Rabidgoose
    "If it's gonna be that kinda party, Ima stick my ........ in the mashed potatoes!"-Beastie Boys

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    By the way, what is that mounted on the tripod in this picture?

    JimCfullsump - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    Is that phone hanging on the wall, the direct line to Pet Connection?

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    handlevandal - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    WoW! That's a fantasy tank for sure. One of the things I discovered after a couple of years of hauling and dragging and shoving and climbing is that the reefer's convenience makes up about 50% of the success of a tank. This one has that down pat. Absolutely beautiful!

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    kgood1 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Great tank and awesome setup! I wonder what type of macro he uses in his fuge?

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    igot2gats - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I'm speechless.....but I will say a few words...

    I love the access you have of your in wall tank. The 'hidden doors' are perfect. You're right most in walls don't have that option.

    Also, I love your 'scaping. Very unique. I'm always a big fan of all corals on the bed of the tank, simulating the actual environment.

    A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +++

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsflies View Post
    By the way, what is that mounted on the tripod in this picture?

    JimCfullsump - 195 Gallon Custom Reef

    Is that phone hanging on the wall, the direct line to Pet Connection?
    It's a webcam. He travels out of the country for several weeks at a stretch for business and he uses this to keep tabs on his monitors and sump levels.

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