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I just pulled the trigger on a 48x48x24 tank and stand.
In September (2019), I broke down my 210g mixed tank and moved. The 210g was set up as a peninsula at the old house, but at the new house there really isn't anywhere to set it up that way. I decided instead of having a 72" tank running along the wall, I'd rather have a 48x48x24 cube.
I'm selling the (un-drilled) 210g tank, stand, canopy, Trigger Systems Ruby 36 Sump, and overflow box. If you know anyone in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area looking for a tank let me know. I am keeping the remaining equipment: Apex, 2xVarios return pumps, Reef Breeders LEDs, UV, and other odds and ends from the 210g system. Just before Christmas I found a Trigger Systems CR 44 on sale and ordered it. I found a deal on BRS that I couldn't pass up. I've been looking at T5 hybrid kits. I spotted a sale on BRS Aquatic Life T5 kits 36" was around $250 and 48" was around $275. I ordered a pair of the 48" T5 Hybrid kits and the spacers needed to mount my Reef Breeders LEDs. Looking back on it, I think I may have been better off getting the 36" instead of the 48". I say that because I would like to mount the lighting to a frame and have the frame on rollers. The idea is to be able to roll the light out and away from the tank for bulb replacement. I will keep thinking about what and how I want to do this and maybe I can make the 48's work. With the spacer kits, the T5 housing will be 23.5" x 2 puts the lights at 48" long and 47" wide. The next purchases will be for rocks and sand.
Here a video of what I had in the 210g:
 
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It broke my heart. Just when the tank, fish, and corals were hitting their groove, we decided to move and I had to tear it all down and sell/give away the livestock. I knew it'd be a couple of months from tearing down the 210g to setting up another tank. I'd rather give the livestock away to responsible owner than watch them die at the new house.
 
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I live in a small town in Texas. Many of the local shops including plumbing and hardware are closed on Sundays. I totally respect that. Plumbing will begin on Monday, after I visit my local plumbing shop.
Stand made by Levi at 5th Day Aquatics (Weatherford Tx)
Tank Made by Planet Aquariums
Tank Specs:
Dimensions: 48x48x24
Capacity: 239.8 (aka 240g)
Empty Weight: 480 lbs
Sump: Trigger Systems CR44
Skimmer: AquaMax ConeS Q3
BRS Carbon GFO Reactor
UV: Pentair 40W
Return Pump(s): Reef Octopus Varios 8 x2
Internal Flow: Maxspect Gyre XF 250 x2
Lighting: Aquatic Life 48-inch T5 Hybrid with Reef Breeders Photon V2 x2
Controller: Apex
 
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Sorry everyone. I haven't kept up with this as well as I should. I finished the rockwork this morning and began adding RODI. Once its full, I'll begin leak testing everything. If all goes well (no water where it shouldn't be) I'll add/mix the salt and then add the sand. Here are some pictures of what I've done on the system so far:
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LOL. Our house is on well water so the pressure isn't the best. I picked up the 6 canister RODI, Water Saver add-on, and booster pump from BRS. I think I'm producing between 5 and 6 gallons an hour. LOL. This is the slowest part! ARGH!
 
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I have been using Reef Breeders Photon V2s for years and love them. I have heard and read that T5s are still the standard that many LEDs try to emulate with their spectrum and way they disperse light. I picked up a pair of Aquaticlife 48-inch T5 hybrids. I still need to build the canopy to house them. I want to use drawer slides so I can roll the fixtures out to replace the bulbs. Still working on that in my head. LOL
 
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I got a pair of the 48-inch T5 Hybrids. I kind of think I could have gotten by with a pair of the 36-inch hybrids instead of the 48. Even though the tank has the plastic trim rings on top and bottom. It looks like Planet Aquariums used Euro-bracing too. There is a 3-inch strip of glass around the entire top of the tank.
 
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