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150 Gallon Build -- Start To Finish

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Bigdog   

Looking good. I would agree that looking at apex code on reeftronics is very helpful for sample code. I have the apex and about 10-12 additional modules as well so my setup is beyond basic. Let me know if I can help in any way.

Brad

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kbass   

Lobstergrabber...I've decided to go with a 1 1/2 to 2 inch sand bottom. I've read benefits to both, but really the decision was based on preference for me. I bought dry sand from Marco Rocks. Once I have the sand is in the tank, I will seed it with 5 or 6 cups of sand from my DSB that is connected to my frag system. That should put some good critters into the new system and jump start my pod population.

 

TrentN...I can not express in words how bad I want this new system up. It is driving me crazy to have almost everything here and sitting on the floor. My biggest problem is just finding the time to finish up this build. Hopefully, this weekend I will be able to acid dip some of my rock and start working on my rockscaping. But don't know how far I will get with it.

 

drauka...That site is awesome. I added it to my favorites. Originally, I was going to finish the electronics cabinet before filling the tank, but I decided the cabinet is just going to have to wait. This means the first month or so will be manual. I need to get the tank cycling. While it cycles, I can get the automation running. If I don't get my frag system down within the next couple months, my wife is going to cut something off me I would really like to keep.  :lol:  She's not buying the "I'm really close" anymore. 

 

Bigdog...Once I start the automation, I will hit you up. Thank You.

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Reefer13   

Hope everything is okay at your house Kevin, our rental house a few streets over from yours had the entire back part of the house ripped off. If you need anything feel free to text me.

-Jacob

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Reefer13   

Should be good, the tenants were fine just shaken up. Now we get to deal with the insurance companies! Appreciate the love Kevin, same goes to you always! If you need any help with anything just give me a shout!

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kbass   

After eight months of being dry as a bone, the new tank is starting to get wet. The plan is to add the RO/DI the next couple of days, add a couple of pumps, and start adding salt. Once I get it near where I want it, I will add the new sand. I'm expecting the sand to cloud the water pretty good. So, I will let it settle a bit and then add the rock I cooked a couple weeks ago.

 

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kbass   

I'm really hoping the get it filled today (tonight). If I can get it filled today, I will start getting the sand in tomorrow. I cooked a good portion of my rock in muriatic acid a couple weeks ago, and started working ideas. Here's what I came up with.

 

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The structure is approximately 20" tall at the highest point and roughly 24" across. And about 14" deep.

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TrentN   

I bet your wife is excited to get "all that fish stuff" off the floor. Looks good. Where did you get those big chunks of Pukani from? Anybody local?

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kbass   

Yes...my better half will be extremely happy. Especially when the other tanks are shut down. Trent, the large chunks of Pukani came from BRS...I called them and told them the dimensions I was looking for. They did an awesome job finding the pieces I needed.

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TrentN   

That's cool I was thinking about ordering Pukani from them. I like the look of it a lot better than Tonga. Gonna get about 50# of the dry mined base rock that WaterWorld sales, then another #40-50 of the Pukani.

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kbass   

Today was a productive day. After two full days of making water...7 gallons at a time, the tank is full and fully operational. Once I got the salinity up to 1.015, I started adding the sand. I added 160 lbs of dry sand. The tank is pretty cloudy right now, but I will start adding the rock when it clears a bit. I will also add a few cups of sand from the refugium to get a good seed.

 

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bif24701   

Yes...my better half will be extremely happy. Especially when the other tanks are shut down. Trent, the large chunks of Pukani came from BRS...I called them and told them the dimensions I was looking for. They did an awesome job finding the pieces I needed.

Pukani is the best dry rock there is. Flat out just awesome!

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kbass   

Little by little this thing is coming alive. The rock is making its way to the tank. I still have work to do on the left side and I have to build the electronics cabinet. But my wife really wants the frag system downstairs shut down. So I have to get this thing cycled.  :-P

 

 

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Mydraal   

Looking forward to seeing this thing filled out. I like the way you're setting the rock work up so far. I see many places to start adding things lol

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kbass   

So, what was in my head for the rock and what turned out do not match, but I think once I get the corals in and they start growing it will look okay. Here is the finished rock work. The tank is officially into the cycle. I still have a ton of work, but it is starting to resemble a reef tank now. :)

 

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Tell me what you think. Good or Bad.

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I like it. More and more I like the open space that doing islands provide. In a tank that large you still have tons of room for coral but tons of open swimming space for the wife's critters lol

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kbass   

That's what I was thinking. Once I get the tabling Acros, it should fill in some of the areas. Additional, my fish list is pretty big so I need some room. Here's the planned fish:

 

1 - Yellow Tang

1 - Purple Tang

1 - Kole Tank

2 - Clowns

1 - Regal Angelfish

1 - Copperbanded Butterfly

1 - Melanurus Wrasse

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drauka   

I would remove the flat rock to the right of the big structure.   Scale is hard to see but maybe a few softball or larger rocks scattered around on the sand bed as well.  I like it as is,  just that one rock looks out of place to me for some reason.

 

I like the stock list

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bif24701   

I like it. More and more I like the open space that doing islands provide. In a tank that large you still have tons of room for coral but tons of open swimming space for the wife's critters lol

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Heed this advice on the wife thing, lol

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kbass   

drauka...I have to agree with you on this. I was going to use that rock for my Zoa Garden, but it does look out of place. I have several small to medium rocks with coral on them that are still in the frag system. Once the tank is cycled I will move some of those rocks over. That should fill in some of those blank areas.

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TrentN   

I like the look of the rocks. That's kind of what we're wanting to do with the 180g. Two islands to the sides and an open area in the middle.

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