Tuesday, November 22, 2005

DeWayne's 225 (Under Construction)

I have a great project under construction for a new client, DeWayne in Incline Village, NV. "D" has been working vigorously on his beautiful home with woodwork restoration, a home theatre complete with a three wall mural and a new 225 gallon reef tank. The aquarium will be located near his entry way/staircase and pool table.

I am working with Genesis Systems International and Brian Hayes, Engineer, for the construction of the acrylic aquarium and aluminum stand. GSI constructs natural environments for the animals of the world in Graeagle, CA., about an hour north of Truckee.

The filtration will be constructed by Chris Wirth, Vacaville, CA owner of Blue Planet Water Works. Chris worked as an engineer for San Franciso's Pier 39 Aquarium of the Bay for five years before going out on his own. His knowledge for proper reef filtration and his creative acrylic construction will make D's aquarium a museum quality showpiece unsurpassed by none in the Tahoe area. Chris will be constructing the sump/refugium including a RO/DI water top off reservoir equipped with an electronic float switch, protein skimmer, phosban reactor, calcium reactor and the 4-way Ocean Motions surge device. (Below is the original drawing, the aquarium size has since increased on the top side to 48 inches.)

Ricardo and Miguel Contreras of Contreras Finish Carpentry, Carson City, NV, will construct and finish the canopy and stand skins to match D's existing cabinetry. The Contreras Brothers have been working in the Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe Area producing fine quality finish work for a number of years.(Here is a photo of the work they did for my clients Chuck and Cindy. They not only did the aquarium woodwork, but the faux finishing, lacquering and painting throughout the entire home.)

I will be adding many more photos and information on the construction of D's aquarium in the weeks to come. I plan to have water in the aquarium by early February, pending construction.

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