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It’s been years since I’ve started reefing .
and many builds later , I’ve finally decided to make this post .

a little back story first .
my first marine aquarium was in the early to mid 90’s
Corals were cheap , back when yellow tangs were $19.99 Canadian dollars .

I’ve progressed from a 75 with canister filters , hob corallife skimmer , to a 90 gal bow front .
I didn’t like how tall the tank and stand was so sold it , bought a 90 gal and built a stand the height I wanted .
Maintained it for years and had some very nice sps corals . All thriving , growing .
sadly after a separation that tank crashed .
started up again shortly after and ran it for a few more years . Just to develop a leak flooding my apartment . And that’s when the 230 gal upgrade build started .

this particular tank I decided to use a lot of the same equipment on
8 bulb t5 48” fixture
Jeabo dc return pump ( 15000L)
The skimmer is a Mrc MR2 with a dc jeabo 9000L pump
Tunze ato
And for wave makers I re used the same jeabo crossflow pumps ( 150 and 180 )
 
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Just a few of the older pictures from the 90 gal
This was around ….. 2009-2010 I believe …….
 

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I lost 12 years of growth because I had to move states. Went through a nasty crash back in 2014. It hurts every time.
It wasn’t the first crash .

the next I blame on my human error .
Moved what water I saved when the 90 started leaking .
rodi couldn’t make water fast enough .
I ran the new 230 with livestock , not enough water for filtration , and used some old sand causing a massive bacteria bloom ,
I’m sure you remember the smell ..

Actually .. I walked into a lfs recently and the first thing I asked was what tank crashed .
 

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It wasn’t the first crash .

the next I blame on my human error .
Moved what water I saved when the 90 started leaking .
rodi couldn’t make water fast enough .
I ran the new 230 with livestock , not enough water for filtration , and used some old sand causing a massive bacteria bloom ,
I’m sure you remember the smell ..

Actually .. I walked into a lfs recently and the first thing I asked was what tank crashed .
That smell sticks on you. Eek.. Took days to get it off.
I hope to not go through it again
 
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