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Well, today is the day. I finalized my order and put a down payment on what will be my dream tank. I ordered a Crystal Dynamic Aquariums 225 gal tank along with metal stand. Below is what I plan on installing in the tank.

Tank and stand:
Crystal Dynamic Aquariums 225 gal 72x30x24 tank with starphire glass
Modular Marine 24 in overflow/ Blue pvc
Metal stand with Cardiff wood wrap/ black paint
Lighting brackets welded to stand

Filtration and such:
Bashsea Signature series SS-48 sump/ Black and Blue color
Bashsea 10 gal ATO tank/ Black and Blue color
Bashsea carbon reactor/ Black and Blue
Tunze 3155 ATO
Ecotech Vectra L2 return pump
Reef Octopus Regal 250SSS skimmer
2 Ecotech MP40 powerheads
Gyre XF350 with 2 Pumps
CW-200 Clear Water Scrubber

Inside tank:
180 pounds Marco Shelf rock
Several pieces of Marco foundation rock
60 pounds live rock to seed tank

Lighting:
Aquatic life non dimmable X18 T5 61 in fixture
Probably 5 XR15 G5 Blues

I will remove the Apex and modules from my existing tank and install in this tank.

May the upgrade fun begin. ;Woot ;Woot ;Woot
That's going to be a Monster!!!! Cant wait to see the progress!
 
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That's going to be a Monster!!!! Cant wait to see the progress!
LOL, Its been a monster, AND, a monster of a pain, Just keep reading, LOL!!! I guess its true that nothing big comes easy. It is still so worth it though. Its the aftermath that is the issue.
 
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Just got in my 2nd ssd for my computer upgrade, SO. I will shut down this computer, BUT, I still have my original computer running. Its always something, LOL!!!
 
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OMG, he is still active, LOL!!!

I am on my other computer, my original gaming setup.

I need to let the upgrade cool down a bit before I go digging into it and remove the GPU to add the 2nd ssd.
 
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After gaming on 3 24" monitors, I am not sure if I can do the same on 3 27" monitors. All I can say is holy snikies. This 27" 2k 170Hz is the bomb, to game on 3, LOL!!!
 

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New computer is up and running. I am talking to you on it now. Just having built it, I am already upgrading it, LOL!!! Youbhave to be careful with the DDR5 ram, and intelligent will only guarantee 4000MHz, I installed 5600MHz ram and was only able to get up to 4000MHz before having posting issues. I am changing it to 2 32G G.Skill ddr5 5600MHz ram now. I am also waiting on another 2T Samsung 2280 Pro ssd, it should arrive today. I will have to shut down the computer to install both. The ssd goes behind the EVGA 3080ti graphics card
I have absolutely no idea what your talking about! Lol
 
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Sorry, been gaming all day. I am trying out the new rig. I still need to tweak a few things, BUT, at least something is going right.
 
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Leaving the fish trap in the tank and feeding the fish from it is working, I could have caught 4 fish at one time today, but a cleaner shrimp also decided to join in, LOL!!!
 
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Now all 3 Scarlet Skunk cleaner shrimp have learned to eat from it...UGH!!! I tried to catch a few in the same trap a few years ago and they wouldn't go near it.
 
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The only bright side, though little because of the cost, is that I am now fully converted to Tropic Marin Pro Turkey salt. I will switch to German salt, but, right now I have Turkey salt. @Lou Ekus, my tank is loving it so far. Even after tearing apart my tank, dumping over 180 gals of saltwater, and putting it back together in a day, my SPS and LPS look great. Though I have a long way to go, I am a believer in Tropic Marin salt.
 

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The only bright side, though little because of the cost, is that I am now fully converted to Tropic Marin Pro Turkey salt. I will switch to German salt, but, right now I have Turkey salt. @Lou Ekus, my tank is loving it so far. Even after tearing apart my tank, dumping over 180 gals of saltwater, and putting it back together in a day, my SPS and LPS look great. Though I have a long way to go, I am a believer in Tropic Marin salt.
Sounds like you have the opposite experience of most people with the salt, unless they jumped the bandwagon on a recall looking for refunds/replacements. I have a 50 o 60 kilo bag of the TM Turkey salt from a LFS that I bought and used maybe only 20 gallons of. I stopped doing water changes in general on my tank. Will need to use it when I set up the new tank / upgraded volume. Should I just go ahead and use it?
 
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Sounds like you have the opposite experience of most people with the salt, unless they jumped the bandwagon on a recall looking for refunds/replacements. I have a 50 o 60 kilo bag of the TM Turkey salt from a LFS that I bought and used maybe only 20 gallons of. I stopped doing water changes in general on my tank. Will need to use it when I set up the new tank / upgraded volume. Should I just go ahead and use it?
I can only go with my experience, but, I would. I still have 3 boxes left and plan to use it. They may have had a bad batch, but, I feel all the other salt was badly criticized as a result. It happens unfortunately.
 
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Its funny, I started this thread as a SPS dominate tank, and with the issues I have had recently, I may go back to Lps. I love the flow of Lps, I may have just fallin into the SPS want and need. In truth I love LPS and the flow a Torch or any other Lps has. I will need to think about this as I deal with the Ick issue and still having to remove several fish and going fallow.
 
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After gaming on 3 24" monitors, I am not sure if I can do the same on 3 27" monitors. All I can say is holy snikies. This 27" 2k 170Hz is the bomb, to game on 3, LOL!!!
I miss these days. And also don't. My favorite mmo was everquest. My favorite fps was counterstrike. After 20yrs of online play. I need a reef filled break!

Kick that ich out!
 
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I have been thinking about this as well for a bit. I will likely get rid of my D. Sailfin tang as it was a butthead and the cause of the tank stress. I will add another tang to get back to 6. Just trying to figure out which one to add. Should I add a Yellow tang, Whitetail Bristletooth tang, or my favorite and gluten for punishment Sohal tang?
 
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Sorry, but, as of right now I am playing mad scientist with my new computer build. I am currently overclocking and testing stability, SO, I will go thru several computer crashes, LOL!!! I feel like Tim Allen right now...MORE POWER UGH UGH!!!
 

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