More on the 140 build stand

The stand is not perfect but it “works” in the room, so we proceed. The stain was too light, but we decide to accept it as is.

What can go wrong did go wrong. When ordering the tank, the builder said he had a stand he would “give us”, a deal that is.  We originally spec’ed  36x36x30″H stand dimensions for the 36x36x24″H tank.  A little lower than a typical 36″ height to make the display tank (DT) easier to work in.  The builder’s already assembled stand was reported to us to be 36x36x36″H  (remember those words).  The builder offered to sand and stain to suit and we accepted.

The builder matched the stain to a piece of furniture (shipped to the builder, matched and returned) from the room where the 140 would be.
A few days before delivery, one of those 2am uh ohs.  Do we have a 36″+ wide door ??? The house has front and back single wide exterior doors, but no sliding glass patio doors or wide 1st floor windows. To date, all our stands and tanks have had 24″ and 30″ longest sides.  Will the new stand (our 3rd major system) fit?  What do you think?  Of course not!  The widest door, jam-to-jam is about 35 1/2″ wide and clearly <36″.

The Lesson: measure everything … twice, don’t assume, don’t be afraid to ask everyone involved to measure … at least twice.

Stay tuned for the solution. How did we get the stand into the house?


Where to buy

Part of any system design and build involves gathering information. This process can be time consuming and confusing. Our latest 140 gallon build will highlight what to buy and where to buy as we see it.

MarineDepot is a source for both products and advice and opinions.

We have a stand for the 140

We like to take delivery of the stand first even before the go ahead for the display tank build.

This is a go/no go stage.  The stand might not look right in the room as a piece of furniture and nothing can fix the problem. It is hard to envision most any piece of furniture in advance. A tank and lights won’t make it any better. Return the stand, fix it, “eat it”, or sell it.

If this is your first system and you are not 110% committed, then consider taking delivery of the stand first before ordering anything else.

Time to look for lights for the new 140

LEDs of course.  At a minimum, we want a fixture with white chips from CREE, a full spectrum of colors, integrated tank mounts (sits on the top rim of the tank). Cost is a concern but this is not a place to skimp.

The tank and stand are about a week away, so it is time to pick a light fixture manufacturer and supplier (if the two are not the same) and model.

Please stay tuned …

For the fixture, we also want a thin, edge-to-edge (for lack of a better term) unit. For a manufacturer we chose to look at  Reef Breeders first.
The next step is choose a model.

Note that like most electronic devices these days, the maker is likely not the builder. The supplier does R&D, design and maybe some final assembly, and outsources the components and build.

2017 Legislation protecting Hawaii’s reefs from the aquarium trade

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 90% of residents polled supported legislation that would cap permits required to capture reef life in Hawaii. The Department of Land and Natural Resources believes limited permits and even a “no take” policy is necessary to maintain healthy reefs. Hawaii is the third largest supplier of reef wildlife to the United States. Conservation organizations link the deteriorating health of Hawaii’s reefs to the capturing of fish for the aquarium trade. Reef life such as yellow tangs are some of the most commonly caught and traded fish. Herbivores such as surgeon fish (tangs) keep algae from over growing on the corals and help maintain a healthy reef. The removal of herbivores on a large scale allows for algae to cover the coral. It appears that the majority of residents are pushing the Governor of Hawaii to sign the legislation.

Surgeon fish and kole account for 93% of all fish in Hawaii that are captured and sold in the aquarium trade




A new build

We have received many requests for a KIS (keep it simple) system from scratch.

One of the first steps in a new build is finding the suppliers.  This step alone can be very time consuming and can add weeks sometimes months to a project.  Follow along as we identify our suppliers and build a KIS system.

Aquarium stands

Sometimes the basic mechanics of reef keeping is the difference between go/no go or continuing/breaking down.  The stand might make the difference.

Lightweight, aluminum with wood look.

Turtle population on the mend

“The findings of our research show that juvenile hawksbill turtles are thriving at Glover’s Reef– extremely good news for this endangered species,” Virginia Burns Perez, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s technical coordinator in Belize, said in a statement. “Strongholds for the species such as this one should become a model for other foraging and nesting areas that are important for the hawksbill turtle.”