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slayer
02-18-2011, 10:59 PM
Hey guys, well finally its official me and rit are sponsers on arc. The store is coming along and i thought you might want to see what we've been up to the last 2 months. Both of us have been hard at work. Heres some pics of our progress so far....

The previous tenant- even though she was cute, she had to go...


http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store1.jpg



what we began with...


http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store2.jpg


a couple of coats of paint later..

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store3.jpg


pulling up the carpet was a real pita

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store4.jpg


building a bigger fish room

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store5.jpg

rjrgroup
02-18-2011, 11:09 PM
Umm, did you guys sand the carpet glue off the floor?

slayer
02-18-2011, 11:32 PM
you bet... that was another task in itself... Thats what the guys doing 2 pics above.. after 4 days all the carpet was finally up.,,

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store7.jpg


http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store6.jpg

the store front

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store8.jpg

rjrgroup
02-18-2011, 11:37 PM
Dang it! I told Rit to call me. I could have had that up in hours!!!!!!!!!! Opps, maybe it's a bit late to say it.
I saw the new etch in the front, nice job.

slayer
02-18-2011, 11:47 PM
i wish i had known that. that carpet was a bear to remove..
thankx bud, that concrete etching took me a while to get done. Couldnt afford to make a mistake with the concrete grinder, or the whole thing would be off.

gregoryleonard
02-18-2011, 11:57 PM
Looks like it's coming along nicely! How many square feet, retail/tank space will you end up with after the build out?

rjrgroup
02-19-2011, 12:00 AM
i wish i had known that. that carpet was a bear to remove..
thankx bud, that concrete etching took me a while to get done. Couldnt afford to make a mistake with the concrete grinder, or the whole thing would be off.
No doubt, looks incredible! I'm just up the road so when you need assistance again, call.
Rit has my number...
You guys MAY have to do something about that humidity build up...just sayin.

slayer
02-19-2011, 12:34 AM
yeap the condensation on the windows is bad, an unfortunate part of reefkeeping, with all the tanks that we'll be running its going to be hard to keep under control, especially with the cold weather.

We'll have approx 2000 square feet of retail space (300+ in the back for our fish room).

once the carpet was pulled, we decided to acid stain the concrete..

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0355.jpg

after that was done, i decided to grind our logo into the concrete at the front entrance.


http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110214_194526.jpg

Crewdawg1981
02-19-2011, 12:48 AM
Very cool!

A whole new take on a "Build" Thread.

I know there's more pics... Lets see em!

SuperClown
02-19-2011, 1:05 AM
Hey guys looking good. My hats of to you guys and its a lot of hard work but it will pay off in the end. I had to help open a shop about 1 1/2 ago and the building we started in looked something similar and it took us a good solid month with 4-5 people working night and day on it. I really like the painted logo on the floor. Def adds a nice touch can't wait to see it stocked with stuff

jead85
02-19-2011, 1:16 AM
There are some large dehumidifiers that can be installed. My fathers company is involved with them

slayer
02-19-2011, 1:55 AM
our lumber supply...

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0421.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0422.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0426.jpg

starting our stand build for the fish displays

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0427.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0428.jpg

Edit: the start of our coral tank stands

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0430.jpg
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0431.jpg

the right hand side of our fish display system
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0432.jpg

the center display for our fish system
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0434.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0435.jpg

gnashty
02-19-2011, 2:00 AM
:thumbs:

slayer
02-19-2011, 2:00 AM
slowly coming together,,,

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0440.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0441.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0442.jpg

rit giving it the once over,,,

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0447.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0449.jpg

time to spray...

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0456.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0457.jpg

reeftankjunkie
02-19-2011, 2:50 AM
Wow! very nice. Can't wait.

coolsurf
02-19-2011, 4:00 AM
Wow! very nice. Can't wait.

+1

Keep the pics coming as well...I love this build thread!!!! :thumbs:

gixxer600
02-19-2011, 8:12 AM
Looking real nice. Keep up the good work guys.

Amberjack
02-19-2011, 9:04 AM
Really, Really, nice ! Wish you guys much success.

Proud of you guys, Congratulations

Rbredding
02-19-2011, 9:51 AM
cool... you never see a shop build...

merkywater
02-19-2011, 10:24 AM
Lookin good!

Gwhiz
02-19-2011, 7:14 PM
I peeked throught the windows today. Looking good! Lotsa work to do before next weekend tho!

gregoryleonard
02-19-2011, 10:45 PM
Lookin good!!!

tito
02-20-2011, 2:16 AM
going to have to come see u and get some corals .

Trigger Happy
02-20-2011, 3:48 AM
Great job I can't wait to visit your store! Goodluck with the rest of the process!!!

slayer
02-20-2011, 3:45 PM
heres some more pics of the build..finally got some more time to upload..

heres one of our 4, 4 foot by 4 foot shallow coral tanks coming together

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0430.jpg


http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0452.jpg


heres one of our 6, 5 foot by 3 foot coral tanks...


http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0443.jpg


one of our coral quarentine systems in the back


http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0477.jpg

heres some pics of the finishing boards and trim going up...looking like real frag tanks now..

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0474.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0476.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0557.jpg

Edit:

Edit: heres a few of our finished shallow frag tanks....

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0482.jpg

Edit:

Edit: heres some of the coral tanks coming together, and plumbed in....


http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0498.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0499.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0500.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0511.jpg

water testing for leaks...

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0508.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0509.jpg

we even put rits wife to work... no rest for anyone..

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0507.jpg

Eddie
02-20-2011, 5:45 PM
http://www.prsregistry.com/tankandstand.jpg

1mbrews8
02-21-2011, 1:12 PM
Very cool guys! Jamie was the first guy I got coral from! Good to see u back!

When we were renovating one of my martial arts schools, we had to take glued down carpet out too. It was glued on the original wood floors from 1901... it turned out great, but a major pain!
Mike

altreef
02-21-2011, 1:18 PM
Looks great! I can't wait to come see it!!

slayer
02-22-2011, 5:33 PM
some pics of the back of the store...

some of our equipment

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0515.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0517.jpg
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0518.jpg

our quarentine fish system

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0489.jpg


ro/di fresh water and saltwater vats

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0492.jpg

bioball filter tower

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110214_190254.jpg

one of our skimmers

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110214_190303.jpg

Edit: store front sign finally installed

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/signday.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/signnight.jpg

Edit: hey eddie.... haha we spent a lot of time on those.. not for sale. but we're planning on selling custom acrylic tanks and equipment later on in the year, once the store is up and running.. we're focusing all our energy into finishing up the store in the next couple of weeks.. still lots to do.. still have our 300 gall and 600 gall show tanks to build out and our 300 fish only tank to work on, as well as the 4 other 8 foot by 4 foot coral tanks.. the store will eventually be packed wall to wall with tanks..

slayer
02-23-2011, 9:58 PM
more pics

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0497.jpg+

live rock tubs

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0502.jpg
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0505.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0545.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0546.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0554.jpg
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0563-2.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0556-2.jpg

let there be light

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0562.jpg

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/iamthereefguy/RA%20brick%20and%20mortar/IMG_0565-1.jpg

Edit: http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110215_224712.jpg

Edit: http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110214_190334.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110214_190343.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110214_190351.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110215_224655.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/jaiminandnish/store/IMG_20110215_224722.jpg

OldandTired
02-28-2011, 11:21 AM
This looks great, I will visit it today.

Raz0945
02-28-2011, 1:43 PM
Rit, Slayer - Your going to have a great store! Congratulations:up:

Rbredding
02-28-2011, 2:33 PM
your soft opening doesn't excuse you from updating this thread..

:)

glxtrix
03-01-2011, 12:51 AM
Looking great guys!

bluffmagjeff
03-01-2011, 1:25 AM
This looks amazing. I can't wait to see it in person.

Eddie
03-01-2011, 10:54 PM
Edit: hey eddie.... haha we spent a lot of time on those.. not for sale. but we're planning on selling custom acrylic tanks and equipment later on in the year, once the store is up and running..

Ok, thank you for getting back with me. That's exactly what I am looking for in glass, but with 16 inch sides.

Let me know when you start building them.

insane_reef_keeper
03-01-2011, 10:57 PM
Where are you guys located? i would like to come check it out once you're up and running.

mapleredta
03-02-2011, 8:34 AM
Where are you guys located? i would like to come check it out once you're up and running.
The store is currently open.

Sponsor Information
Atlanta Aquarium

2131 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 142
(we are directly behind Applebee, directly across the street from Gwinnet Mall)
Duluth, Georgia 30096

telephone number: 770-476-8540

Hours:
Monday: 11:00am-7:00pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11:00am-7:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am-7:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-7:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm

Sprayin70
03-02-2011, 10:14 AM
Awesome Jamie and Rit!!! I cant wait to stop by and hang out for a few.

OldandTired
03-02-2011, 5:50 PM
This looks great, I will visit it today.

I went by there on Monday - lights on but nobody at home.
I visited today (Wednesday) at noon and WOW!!! the place looks great!
Unknowing to me, my son dropped by at 3pm and loaded up.

Class act:thumbs:

Dave

slayer
03-02-2011, 11:32 PM
your soft opening doesn't excuse you from updating this thread

lol... yeah i know...will update as soon as i can.. i dropped my phone in the live rock tank this weekend.. no pics..:doh: and more importantly no phone

Looking great guys!

thankx lee

This looks amazing. I can't wait to see it in person.

appreciate the comments

Awesome Jamie and Rit!!! I cant wait to stop by and hang out for a few

anytime alan... always welcome

I went by there on Monday - lights on but nobody at home.
I visited today (Wednesday) at noon and WOW!!! the place looks great!
Unknowing to me, my son dropped by at 3pm and loaded up.

Class act:thumbs:




thank-you dave for stopping by.. still lots of building to do.. wait till you see what im going to do for the center piece...:yes:

Bleedingthought
07-01-2011, 1:05 PM
Very cool!