700 Gallon ReBoot of My Dream Tank

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  1. cumbeje

    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Great job!! Looks like it got off to a great start!
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    With the tank and plumbing hooked up I now went to work on deciding on lighting. I knew I was not going back to metal halide. On my other tank I had 6 400 watt metal halides running and I disliked the amount of heat they generated. I had to use a 1 hp chiller that ran a lot. So I looked at several choices and decided I wanted to go with Kessil's (I also liked that I could control them with my Apex controller). Kessil was very responsive to emails. They suggested that because of the 36 depth I should purchase A360NE. The reason they stated is the wide angle did not have the penetration I needed. I have to tell you all I would be lying if I didn't say I was worried about going neck deep into purchasing them. On top of this I needed 16 of the kessil A360NE's. That was a huge investment.
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks it was defiantly a labor in love.
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Early February 2017 I started to add the sand went with 10 CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand, 20-Pound bag. I liked the look wanted a white color sand that would not blow around too easily.
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    reff tank setup 1.jpg March 1st 2017 finishing installing 16 kessil lights.
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I am going to leave it to that for tonight. Anyone have a questions I will be happy to answer. I don't want to go to far if people have question so far in the build. I will update more tomorrow when I get time.
     
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    Looks great. What a fun build!
     
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    really interesting. Follow the evolution.
     
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    This is a crazy build but I absolutely love it I am totally following this one.. cumbeje what made you go with Kessil over like Ecotech ? Just wondering personally is all ?
     
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    Wow this is awesome! I'm curious what your business is?!
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I was looking at 3 manufacturers and one of them was Ecotech. I decided on kessil because of the control with my Apex.
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Spent several days hanging and connecting all my Kessils together in a chain. Here is how I did it.
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    March 1st 2017 moved my RK2 beast from my other tank with some help. This is one piece of equipment I did want to keep. Love this skimmer for ease of cleaning and ability.

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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    thank you
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    March 28th 2017 tank has been filled and running with sand only for a couple weeks prior. Finally decided on BRS REEF SAVER AQUARIUM DRY LIVE ROCK and purchased 250 lbs of it. I had a lot of rock from my original tank but many were completely encrusted with mushrooms and RBA's. I traded all the covered rocks and moved a few that were not completely covered. Most of my rocks i sat outside tank in sun for 2 weeks to kill any potential hitchhikers. I wanted to start out with a clean slate. This is the first time I have ever started a tank without live rock. After baking them outside I setup stock tanks in my garage at home to cycle them. Wife not too happy about that. Here is some pics. These were the only pics I took of just a few rocks let to place.

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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Nothing glamorous. We sell outdoor power equipment parts online.
     
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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Picture of the fill up took over 10 days to fill my tank RODI water here is pic

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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    April 2017 I have removed all my rock from original tank. Some top down pictures of fish and coral left over that I am planning to trade or move over. Unfortunately with everything that was going on with new building I was not taking care of old tank very well and lost some very nice pieces of coral to STN. A couple pics looking down. Not very good pics but best i had.

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    cumbeje Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    May 5th 2017 pics of aqua scaping and the little bit of inhabitants that I pulled from my other tank.
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