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Size doesn't matter build

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    After much fanfare it's time to unveil my new tank and build thread. Lot's of factors went in to the why, but the basics are:
    • New job=less time for tank maintenance (so looking for a little easier setup)
    • New solar panels = want to try to decrease energy consumption
    • new basement = loss of old fish room
    • consolidation
    So I settled on a PNP system from SC Aquaariums. I foolishly ordered it a week before Christmas (Dec. 16th, 2020), thinking it could be my Christmas present. I arrived on February 10, 2021....almost 2 months after I ordered it. SC Aquariums built all new stands for 21, so this was one of their new styles. It's solid wood, I wanted a rustic style of wood, but my wife wanted a cleaner look. In the end she won, and I'm happy with it too. Looks really nice and well built.
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    Tank is 120g, 4ft x 2ft x 2ft. And I am going to replace all of my lighting and start fresh with the Reef Breeders Photon 48 fixture. Again, this is one of the concessions I made in an attempt to save some energy. When my 3x250w metal halides were on as well as 4x80w T5's I was running about 1000w. The RB maxes out at 240w, so there has to be some consumption savings there. Same with the return pump, my current setup with the Reeflo Hammerhead/barracuda has an average wattage of 237/337W....the Atman 2500 return pump included with my new setup is 45w I believe.

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    Along lines of ease of maintenance I might shift away from SPS. Honestly, I haven't had tremendous success with it. So I'm going to transfer what I have and see what happens. I'm leaning more towards nems, LPS, and zoas. I'll transfer the clam and the skull with the Raja Rampage eye. I am leaning towards a clown fish harem tank, so I probably won't transfer any of my existing fish. This does bum me out a little, because some of them have been with me for over 10 years now.

    More later, but that's the start!
     
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  2. Djmm1177

    Djmm1177 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Very nice!


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  3. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Pretty sexy! I honestly thought you were messing with us.


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  4. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Love the title.

    Are you going to hang the light?

    Lots of rock or minimalist style?

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  5. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    No hanging light, still have the 2 story ceiling issue. And I'm going to move that rock I have...well most of it. There are a couple of pieces that have some paly's I don't want to transfer.
     
  6. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    That's a great looking tank. Nice pick!
     
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  7. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Sell ya a sunburst to start he fun!!!
     
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  8. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    On Saturday I finished glueing up the pvc for the return and drains, so that meant hauling up ~50 gal of RODI water! I’m going to take a page out of @kchristensen8064's book and mix the salt in the tank. I’ll probably be using mostly new water....maybe 25 gal of current tank water to finish filling.

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  9. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Like the looks of the new tank! I’m done with Reeflo too. Sick of seals going out and the noise!


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  10. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Don't forget to pee in it

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  11. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Another 25g of RODI added! Plus a heater and a pump to move some water around.

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  12. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks awesome! Great start.


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  13. scmountain

    scmountain Amphipod

    good looking tank and sump1 we expect you to keep the sump that shiny too ;)
     
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  14. Kayvon

    Kayvon Amphipod

    I heard reefbreeders are underrated. Let us know what you think
     
  15. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Got the RO line ran from my basement to the shut off float valve, now filling the built in ATO reservoir!

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  16. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    That’s a nice feature!


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  17. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    So will the ro run constant and keep the tank full? I run something similar just w a water vat and gravity fed to sump also w float valve.
     
  18. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Then I'm going to take my Tunze ATO off of my existing system and have it feed into the sump to replace water.
     
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  19. Etoimos

    Etoimos Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    The new tank looks nice Chris, can't wait to see it progress.
     
  20. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    So the tank is running? Do you have anything in it for the cycle... what’s the plan man. How’s the light?


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