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Aqua One Mini Reef 120

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Hi Folks,

NEW TANK & SUMP MODIFICATION

I started this build on Mar 2020. This is a progression after my pico tank 40L. Pico tank was my lab of getting to know saltwater reef keeping before actually pouring money into this hobby. It was difficult, lots of swing; however I managed to keep a few LPS coral and a pair of occelaris clowns up to almost 2 years.

This is the tank, cabinet and chiller (used). I put the chiller outside the room to avoid hot air from chiller getting into the room. Dimension of tank is 60cm x 45cm x 45cm, one wier box on the back left with 1 drain pipe (durso) 40 mm, and 1 return pipe (20 mm) connected to a duck bill.

This tank came with a skimmer, return pump and heater which I sold them all :p

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I made a mod for the sump. Completely different than the original. This is a 3 chamber sump. Front left is for water coming from main drain pipe, filter sock and skimmer, right chamber is for refugium, and back left is the return chamber. Wier box is on the back left of the tank, so I made a mod also for the downpipe, splitted into 2 : main drain to skimmer chamber and secondary to refugium chamber because I want both skimmer and refugium received water directly from MT. Water from skimmer chamber goes directly to return chamber. And water from refugium also goes directly to return chamber, not to skimmer. Hahaha, in the reflection there's my pico tank. I don't have it anymore.

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I even put stickers on the front glass of the sump to make it looks like an acrylic sump :)

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Hard Plumbing

I want to have a hard plumbing system. And since the tank had already came with a DIN drain & return pipe, I had to collect other pipes, connector and accessories with the same DIN system also.
At the time I couldn't find these DIN pipe in my country, so I had to import from aliexpress.com. Bought these on 11.11 sales event in 2019, and arrived on Feb-Mar 2020 (almost 4-5 months later).
Bought a lot, hoping that they would be enough. I got a used Reef Octo return pump.

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Aquascaping

I use 20 lbs Carib Sea shape rock. It is a 4 piece purple rock in the box. This is the first build I use expensive rock ;Sorry, those rocks are too good to be broken down ;Shy
Therefore I tried to make an aquascape using only those 4 pieces (really not ideal).
My concern is the deadspot and easiness to clean detritus, because I only have 1 maxspect gyre pump and a pair of rossmont pumps with rossmont waver.
Plan is to have an SPS dominated tank, therefore I wouldn't make the aquascape to go above 50% of tank height.

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WATER TEST

This is the fun part - testing plumbing with water. I use RODI water. Luckily nothing's leaking.

 
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