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The 120 reef ready upgrade

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by Lmmchops, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Legonch

    Legonch Emerald Reef Supply M.A.S.C Club Member Featured Sponsor

  2. Legonch

    Legonch Emerald Reef Supply M.A.S.C Club Member Featured Sponsor

    I could give you a couple of the marine pure balls in my sump if you’d like


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  3. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    That would help thanks!

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  4. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ok I'm at the point where I am deciding whether or not i want to buy a controller and if so which one. So I would love recommendations I have read a lot of the reviews both good and bad on the apex and am on the fence.
    Also what heaters would you reccomend I have the 100w cobalt neo therm in my 30 gallon and love it but almost $300 for 2 300w ones seems a little crazy when you look at the cost of the others especially if they are going to be monitored by a controller.

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  5. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    After a lot of research last night I have decided on the GHL Profilux 4 mega set and will probably use a pair of Eheim Jager heaters

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  6. 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

    The GHL is a solid choice. Very reliable by all accounts and open source. I hope the company is helpful like Neptune or so reliable you don’t need the help.


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  7. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ya cant beat GHLs. I so want their lights and a kh director
     
  8. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yeah after reading about the reliability, overall build quality, and not having to buy a bunch of different modules I was sold.

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  9. 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

    Yea for sure. I’ll be looking into the whole thing too before I upgrade my apex and do the Neptune alk and calcium thing.
     
  10. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well it's not much of an update but I went through and attached my different controllers. Waiting on a couple more fittings and all of the plumbing will be done. 1537267765007.jpg

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  11. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Here it is! Not the final scape but wanted to get the cycle started while I get the last few touches done. 1538347913476.jpg

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  12. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    It's looking great!
     
  13. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks man! I have the next couple days off gonna try to get the cabinet doors finished up and get the canopy painted.

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  14. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Okay here it is with the final scape and all cleared up I threw a light on just for the pics 20181001_173409.jpg 20181001_173429.jpg
     
  15. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Looks very nice, good balance. What's the stocking plan?
     
  16. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    The only thing I know for sure I want in there as of this point is a white tail bristletooth tang. I am open to suggestions on other fish

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  17. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

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  18. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Coming from the guy that needs to post pics of his tank with water. Brahaha


    On a serious note i say take your time to research fish. Look into characteristics that you want as well as compatibility.





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  19. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ya totally agree. It really pays to sit down, and figure out your stocking plan. You got one fish to start with, look at some others you like, and think of the corals you want to keep. Then build a plan around that.
    My 3 favorite community fish are pearly jawfish, engineer goby, and just about any anthias, and I want to keep clams, plus LPS corals, so stocking plan for my big tank is built around a community that supports or co-exists with those.
     
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  20. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ok I will sit down and put together a list here in the next couple days.

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