50G Frisian Reef

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Hello there,

My name is Martijn. I live in the nice little town of Makkum (province Friesland, hence the thread title) in the Netherlands together with my wife and two daughters.

This build thread is a summary/copy of a thread on a Dutch forum. Will be posting updates as building continues.

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Late april we’ve bought our first reef aquarium an Aquatlantis Aquaview 92; 92x50x55cm (200L / 50G water), 12mm Optic White glass. It was brand new but without sump and plumbing, so we could buy it for a very good price.

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From that moment I started collecting pieces and equipment, planning to get the tank wet after the summer holidays. First thing done was cabinet lighting (and using the cabinet for storage...)

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In may I could pick up a custom build sump from Aquaja. It is a Diamond Line 275 sump, but finished with black foil (instead of white)

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Next up was plumbing the Herbie style overflow (2x 40mm)

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All plumbing in the cabinet is connected with 3-way unions before the bulkheads through the bottom of the tank. 25mm return, 40mm overflow, 40mm emergency overflow.

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First thing plumbed were the returns, the main overflow with a Spears gate valve

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Before plumbing the return manifold, I’ve made a “cabinet” for the electronics, DJ-switch and controllerboard on the left and a protected space for the sump on the right.

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Plumbing a bit more of the return manifold was the next thing to do, before moving over to the controllerboard. On the right one more fitting will be connected for UV.

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Electronics were next. Started with a piece of plywood, mapped everything out, drilled some holes and painted the board. I’m very happy with the result.

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Electronics so far:
APEXel with VDM module
Red Dragon 3 Mini Speedy 50W return
2x Tunze 6055 powerheads
2x Kessil A360WE LED fixtures

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The tank is on a test run now with tap water, no leaks so far (running for two weeks). Next up is aquascaping.

Question for you all: my sump has a very small skimmer section (front left in the last picture) of 5.7” x 6.3” and 9” water height. Any skimmer suggestions for my tank size (approximately 50 gallons) fitting the compartment? I came across the Aqua Medic Power Flotor line, anyone with personal experience with that line of skimmers?
 

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Awesome build dude, shame not many people have responded to this thread :(
Do you have an idea of what you'll put in the tank? Or have you already got stuff in the tank? (it has been 4 months since you posted this lol)
*Im here because Im thinking of setting up a 50g but idk what to put in it, i have 2 clowns and a mandarin in my 20g currently, but id like to get maybe a snowflake eel and a dwarf lionfish or a spotted puffer if I upgrade)
 
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Awesome build dude, shame not many people have responded to this thread :(
Do you have an idea of what you'll put in the tank? Or have you already got stuff in the tank? (it has been 4 months since you posted this lol)
*Im here because Im thinking of setting up a 50g but idk what to put in it, i have 2 clowns and a mandarin in my 20g currently, but id like to get maybe a snowflake eel and a dwarf lionfish or a spotted puffer if I upgrade)

Thanks for the first reply in my build thread. I’ll give some updates in my next post!
 
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I’ve scaped and got my tank wet with salt water early september:

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I’ve fitted an AquaMedic Power Flotor M in my skimmer chamber and with the addition of a dosing pump (I’ll be running the DSR EZ-line of products) the engineroom was finished! (for now )

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Awesome, if I get a 50g I'll have to look into the hardware and stuff youre using. Super excited for you, cant wait to hear what you got next. Hopefully some fish and/or corals ;)
 
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In the mean while a reasonable CUC has been added:

2 emerald crabs
Astraea snails
Nassarius snails
Trochus snails

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As well as a lawnmower blenny (Salarias Ramosus)

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And a couple of ocellaris clowns

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A belated welcome to R2R, sorry I can’t help with the skimmer but your tank is awesome, looking forward to seeing more.
 

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