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Hey all, it has been a while since I was on here. I wanted to do an update and show off the big upgrade I finally did.

Short back story....
9 years ago, we owned a 14G BioCube setup for a nano reef. It was thriving and we were ready to make the jump up. So we bought a 75 Gallon tank. Before I started setting up the new tank, my son emptied a freshwater food container into the BioCube. He was 2 yrs old. He was just trying to help. My fault for having the tank so low. The massive PH swing killed everything in the tank within a couple hours. And so, my first run at Saltwater tanks ended. The 75 Gallon tank sat empty for close to a year before I turned it into a Vivarium for frogs and fish.

Fast forward 8 years....
After two years of running a 40G saltwater tank it was finally time to use the 75-gallon tank for what it was meant for! I made a couple major changes from the previous setup.
  • Change from a single sump drain to three. Two for active draining. One for overflow. One of the active drains has a hole drilled in the top so it doesn't siphon.
  • Added a box over the drains so that the level in the tank stays perfect and keeps all particles from remaining on the surface.
  • The Sump is broken up into four chambers. Two in the middle and a larger chamber on either side of the middle chamber.
    • Front middle chamber is the Drain chamber. It overflows to both the right and left chamber. I created my own large particle collector on the end of the drainpipe. Seems to work. I thought I would need to put in a medium but have had zero issues so far.
    • Right chamber is currently just a pod chamber and filled with live rock.
      • The plan is to get a refugium light that has low heat output and move a few of the rocks up top to make room for a refugium.
    • Left chamber has a Skimmer.
    • Back Middle chamber is the return pump which is fed from both the right and left chamber.
    • If I built this again I would try to find a slightly shorter tank. It is workable, but you feel like a gymnast getting in there to move or clean things in the middle chambers.
  • ATO…how I lived with manual top offs for so long is baffling.
  • BRS Temperature control and Heating element.
    • Placed the heating element in the Front Drain chamber where I can make sure it never goes dry.
    • Placed the Heat sensor in the tank near the drain pipes.
    • Temp set for 79 degrees +/- 1 degree.
  • Added an additional powerhead, KORALIA Third Generation Powerhead (1950 GPH).
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Fish:
  • 2 Clowns
  • Red Scooter Blenny
  • Green Clown Globy
  • Purple Dottyback
  • Royal Gramma
  • Banggai Cardinal
LPS Corals
  • Frammer
  • Hammer
  • 2 Different tones of Torches
  • Green Flower pot Gonapora
  • A Frog spawn that has been hanging in there for the better part of 2 years…and I haven’t given up on him!
Softie Corals
  • Superman Ricardia.
  • Solid Green Mushrooms.
  • Striped Mushrooms.
  • Purple leathery mushroom.
  • Six different types of Polyps.
  • Green Star Polyps.
  • Blue and Green Sympodium.
Others
  • Large Fan, and tons of Smaller Fans
  • Rock Anemone
  • Peppermint Shrimp

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The original Tank.
 
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It has been another while since my last update. The tank is still doing great. Lots of things going strong and growing like weeds lol. I tried to do dosing and it was always just a little off in each direction. Then life got busy early 2020 and I quit doing water changes. Now all I do is make sure that my auto top off has fresh water, and the filtration on the RODI doesn't turn brown/orange. Now that this one is doing great I think we are about ready to upgrade again :D A 125 gallon fits perfectly where the tank is now with about half inch to spare!
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Have you ever had a nano reef tank?

  • I have one now (leave a photo in the thread)

    Votes: 175 47.3%
  • Yes, but in the past

    Votes: 82 22.2%
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