120g mixed reef build

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  1. ReefJCB

    ReefJCB Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Moving my build thread to the right forum!

    Hello Folks!

    I am returning to the hobby after a 10 year hiatus. I had a 75g mixed reef when I was in high school with varying levels of success. It has been so long, and I screwed so much up before that for all intents and purposes I consider myself a beginner.

    I now have my own place, and considerably more funds available at my disposal. I am INCREDIBLY excited to get started again. I remember enjoying so many build threads, so my goal is to piece one together that is semi interesting and am hoping to get some help along the way.

    So here is what we got so far:

    60” long x 18” wide x 25” tall tank
    • 116.9 gallons
    • Low-Iron glass front and sides
    • Pre Drilled
    • Overflow
    45” x 15” x 15” Leviathan Refugium/Sump
    • 43.8 gallons
    Neptune Apex Jr Controller

    Reef Octo classic 150-INT protein skimmer
    • Rated for 211 gal tank
    Reef Breeder Photon 50-V2 LED Light bar
    • 220 Watts
    LED 12W Sump light
    • Royal Blue 450nm + Cold white 10000K + Actinic blue 425nm + Blue 470
    • Adjustable gooseneck lightbulb holder for sump light
    Finnex Deluxe Titanium Tube Heater
    • TH-800S: 140-265 Gallon
    2 KEDSUM Submersible wave maker
    • 20 Watt
    • 2642 GPH
    Jacob/Jebao DCT Marine Controllable Return Water pump
    • 42 Watt
    • Up to 1585 GPH
    Digital Aquarium Thermometer

    RO water filtration
    • TDS meter
    • refractometer
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    ReefJCB Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Back painted and water beginning to fill! Sump should be delivered in a few days and finishing plumbing this weekend! IMG_2023.JPG
     
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    Almost decided it all wasn't worth it during the sand cleaning process o_O. Glad thats over with! IMG_2029.JPG
     
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    I love your stand! I have a very similar 60x18x24 tank.
     
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    Yeah, really cool stand, nice touch! Also, good choice with the Photon, I've heard some good things (though haven't heard much).
     
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    ReefJCB Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you! We found an amazing carpenter and had her make us several pieces for our house, this was her first aquarium stand and we are very happy with how it turned out!
    I had purchased another set up and after receiving feedback here I decided to return it and get the photon. It's being delivered today! Can't wait to play around with it.
     
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    ReefJCB Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    These look AWESOME! Reef Breeder Photon 50-V2 LED Light bar
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    ReefJCB Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Rocks in the tank! Still have some tweaking to do with the aquascape, but it feeling more like a tank now.

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    Very cool!

    ... your IT guy
     
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    Reef Octo classic 150-INT protein skimmer ready to go in once the sump arrives. IMG_2033.JPG
     
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    Definitely decided that Im going to want a hood. But very happy with the lights. IMG_2037.JPG
     
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    ReefJCB Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    This is what heartbreak looks like ladies and gentleman. The Sump is the last thing I've been waiting on to get everything set up and it arrived cracked. I want to cry.

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    Working on electrical and plumbing. IMG_2043.JPG
     
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    Your stand looks really good! I also like your aquascape. I'm curious to see how the reefbreeder lights will work for you.. I'm thinking about picking up a 24 v2 for my tank but can't decided whether SB Reef lights would be the better way to go.. anyways I'm following!
     
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    Sump light ready to go! Once I have a sump without cracks....

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    Thank you! Im happy with them so far, excited to see how well they grow corrals. Ive got some tweaking to do for aquascape. Kinda just threw the rocks in haphazardly, Im wanting to make the arch on the left more pronounced.
     
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    So I'm piecing together my wish list for critters:

    Fish

    • 2 Clownfish (looking at the Frostbite Ocellaris or Black Ice Ocellaris)
    • Red Fin High Banded Goby (to be paired with Pistol Shrimp)
    • Coral Beauty Angelfish
    • 3 Sunburst Anthias
    • Tailspot Blenny, Midas Blenny, scribble Blenny, eyelash Blenny (choices!?)
    • Purple Firefish
    • Flasher Wrasse(s)
    • Kole Tang
    *Powderblue Tang* this is my dream fish that I've wanted since I was in middle school. It's more temperamental, aggressive, and susceptible to diseases than the Kole so I *may* add this later or just give up on "the dream"

    Inverts
    • Tiger Pistol Shrimp
    • 2-3 Cleaner shrimp
    • RBTA
    • Clam(s)
    • Blue legged hermits
    • Misc snails for clean up
    Corals & Misc
    • Zoanthids
    • Acropora
    • Montipora
    • Chalice
    • Brains
    • Acans
    Any feedback or suggestions would be great!

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    What king of a power strip are you using?
     
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