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Here is a quick pictorial view of the build of my 200 gallon reef.

Day one


Now I need a stand



I know what I can do with that old 55 gallon. A little paint, stain and varnish wont hurt either


How about a top and I need an overflow


Really don't like that overflow think I'll toss some glass over it and get the tank drilled. Let me add a couple of doors to the stand.


Ok I had to eurobrace the top of the tank and got it drilled. Finally it's done and I can call it my tank.


And now about three years later we have my pride and joy. It's a far cry from the fish farm tank I started out with.
 

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wow doc, thats amazing! i wish i could trust myself to build my own stand. lol. i have absolutely no experience as a carpenter! i will however help you with drywall ;) lol.
 

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Wow! My dad wants to go 500 with his coral catshark, he makes his stands out of wrought iron. he's building a stand for my 30gallon, he's gonna use wrought iron as the base and build an oak cabinet over the iron.
 

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Ok folks, I guess it's time to post a few more photos of the inside of the tank so here goes. Going from left to right we start with my Sebae Anemone, one of my Frogspawns, and a Hammer. The vegetation is Halimeda. You'll see it throughout the tank.



Next we come to a small field of pulsing Xenia, and a few SPS. There are also several rocks covered in Emerald green palythoa as well as a green monti cap and some zoas.



As we move on, we find my favorite green Acro and a Devils Hand. There are also a few Yuma Ricordea and some pink panther zoas.



One of my wife's favorite (the huge toadstool) appears in the next section. You can also see a number of other smaller SPS, Sime more rics, shrooms, some monti caps and some of my fish that decided to go on parade. I have high hopes that the blue acro will turn out as nice as my green one in a few years. I've only had it about six months but it's starting to branch out.



That pretty much get's you across my tank. It's going on 3 years old now and I really can't wait too see how it goes as it matures over the next few years. I'll end with a bit of an odity. In this final picture you will see some plating or stacking coraline algae. It's a bit of a rarity and I just thought you might enjoy seeing it.



Well, that's about all I have right now. I'll post more as i find other interesting things to see.
 

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Excellent, lots of time and effort involved there, not to mention the dollars
 

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That plating coralline algae is great. Never seen it growing in a reef tank. Gorgeous setup you've got all around.
 

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Thanks folks. As you can tell the tank is my pride and joy. Being as large as it is, it keeps my maintenance down to almost nothing. I've spent much more time on a 29 gallon.

Alex, I had never seen it in a tank either and had to get confirmation that it was plating coraline.

Kieth, you have no idea how many folks are in line for a frag. I don't touch it or even get near it. I've been told that if it does break off the pieces form new plating coralines.
 

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W0W!!! That is a very beautiful tank. Mine never looked that good. W0W!!! Very impressive. :)
 

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Yes indeed, Poor ole DrHank had to pop a lot of bones to pay for that puppy *run over
 
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