I don't recall exactly. Somewhere between 10-15" i think.
You'll have to use the pics to give you a general idea.

View March 4, 2016 09:45
Yeah, the hose thing is something I'd like to avoid.
I know myself very well, and I just won't do the water changes. lol
I like my multi-daily AWC's.

View February 2, 2016 08:22
Well, the tank is gone, the cabinetry has been converted for the new homeowners, the wall has been patched and painted.
When we first moved in and finally got the tank in place, my daughter was not even a year old. I placed her in the tank and took a picture.
This is the pic that was posted early in this same thread.

Now almost 4 years later, she's all grown up and she has a little brother who is almost two!
Since we are about to move out and this chapter of reefing is over, I figured it was appropriate to take another pic to close it out.

View December 6, 2015 10:44
My clown decided to host my open brain since he no longer has an anemone. Ugh.

View December 3, 2015 12:30
haha, Lost Reefers Anonymous.

I'm always excited about the next build though.
Even though it hurts to think about all the time, energy and money put into this build I know I can take what i've learned and apply it to the next, even if its on a smaller/simpler scale.

View November 1, 2015 08:47
Here's just some of the colonies that I have been selling off.
Amazing when you think back to getting small frags and ending up with these colonies after a year or two or three, even with some fragging here and there.
If anyone is in the houston area let me know... still have a few bigger pieces of sps left.

View October 23, 2015 08:13
Thanks, everyone!
2016 should be an interesting year!

And wazzel... the lagoon will be running LED.
So it's game on! Will see how the coral make the transition.
I have one xr15w i'm using now. Need to decide what to add or replace it with.

View October 20, 2015 12:36
It is with a mix of emotions that I present to you the LAST pic of my reef!

Life changes and you have to roll with it.
We decided as a family that it would be better for us overall to move back into Houston proper to be closer to work, city activities, etc so our home is up for sale! The long daily commute has taken it's toll on the wife and I and it's not fair to the kids either. Family takes priority! Hobbies are hobbies.

At this time I'm not sure what the future holds as far as the reef hobby is concerned. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very passionate about the hobby and there WILL be another tank in my future, I just don't know what that is at this time. I do know that the new (to us) house will be half the size, so I doubt there will be a separate fish room this time, or a tank of this size. That's ok though. This build was a fun adventure over the past 4 years and even if the next tank is smaller in scale, I have still learned a lot and hope to use that knowledge to create an amazing new tank no matter the size. And if you know me, you know I don't just slap a tank in the corner of a room and call it a day. There will be lots of contemplation and planning before a new build is begun.

You may be wondering what my plans are for the current tank. Obviously the easiest thing would be to sell it with the house, especially being so built in. But we all know chances are slim that the new buyer would be interested. At any rate, I figure most people don't care much about coral so I have already started selling off colonies. In the end, I would bet that the tank will be torn down and sold off. I will keep some equipment that could be used on the next tank like controller, reactors, etc. Some equipment will get sold. It's even possible the cabinetry will get removed just to make the room look bigger and put it back to "stock" spec so to speak.

Some coral I would like to keep, especially the higher end pieces. At least frags of it. So will be replacing my 10g fusion at my office with an IM Lagoon 25. This way I can hold on to my favorite stuff and then eventually transfer or frag it to the next tank at home. I will start a build on that soon, as soon as the tank and stand arrive at my LFS. What a downgrade/transition that will be!

So for now, I'll be selling coral, keeping the house tidy, and trying to get it sold in a slowwwww market. Will keep ya'll updated if we find a new place.
Keep an eye out in the nano forum if you are interested in the Lagoon build. I'll come back and put a link in here.

And thanks for all the support, help, encouragement, etc over the past 4 years!
It means a lot that ya'll care enough to read my dribble, look at my photos, ask questions... and I love reading when people actually benefit from it.
That's the best part.

View October 20, 2015 09:43
Took a couple random updated pics of the fish room/science lab.

Here's the business side of it...

The fragging and testing station...

And the mangroves. I had trimmed them, they sprouted new branches and I'm going to have to trim them again. Looking for bushiness over height. They are already pretty tall.


View August 28, 2015 08:22
New blog post is up!
This one is on choosing a camera so you too can take purdy pictures.


View August 26, 2015 13:16