Chris' s Upgrade Plan 90 - 160 SPS Display

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  1. chrfrancis

    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    First, let me introduce myself! My name is Chris and I have been in the hobby for almost two years now, I first delved into it back in April 2016! Around that time, I was doing tons of research into the hobby, deciding on the right size of tank that would best fit a beginner as well as the mass amount of equipment that I thought I would need...it was all pretty daunting.

    Well, I decided that a 90 Gallon Display would best suite me so off I went to search for the right tank. Little did I realize how much some of the tanks cost, and in the end the cost of a new tank was out of my price range. Luckily I found an almost entire use setup locally that included a 90 Gallon Tank, Dry Rock, E-shoppes Sump, and a Bubble Magus Skimmer for a reasonable price so I jumped on it. And ever since then I have been addicted and have spent way too much money!

    Fast forward to now, I have been itching on upgrading and finding a bigger tank. I have dreamed of always having a gorgeous SPS Display like some of the members here. I have tried my hand at all kind of coral species, and recently have done quite well with Acropora and montiporas.

    So in December I bit the bullet and decided to upgrade. The size? I decided on a rimless starphire 160 Gallon Display roughly 72"x24"21" with a ghost overflow and I wanted a 40 Gallon Sump. I started to slowly purchase the items that I wanted to include in this build, the necessities so to speak or rather what I thought were necessities to my plan.

    Below are the items that I had planned on purchasing and using!

    3x Radion XR30-Pro Gen4 w/ Diffusers and RMS Mount Kits (@FarmerTy pointed me to his friend who was selling his at a mind blowing price!)
    2x Ecotech Vortech MP40wQD
    Neptune APEX
    Neptune ATK
    Neptune EB8 Energy Bar
    Neptune COR 20 Return Pump
    Trigger Triton 44 Sump
    Custom Lifereef SVS3-24 Skimmer
    Finnex Deluxe Titanium Heating Tube, 800W
    2x Finnex FugeRay Planted+ for the Refugium
    ZenReef 20 Gal ATO Container
    ZenReef 3 Chamber Dosing Container


    Since deciding on the items I wanted, I have aquired most of them! Just paid for the Lifereef Skimmer this morning so it is on it's way, and the tank should be here in March! I will probably still use my GHL Doser for the Aquaforest Balling Method as I have had good results with it thus far in my 90.

    As soon as I get the tank in, I will document the building and setup process!

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    FarmerTy Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    That's a heck of a start already with the equipment alone! I'm following along with this one!
     
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    Following! Great foundation equipment!
     
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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I forgot to post a picture of the sump! I had Jeff at LifeReef use the same acrylic that Triton used for the sump. [​IMG]
     
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    Wow great start in assembling this beast of a tank. What kind of rock are you gonna use for your new tank?
     
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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I was thinking either Marco Rocks Dry Rock or Tampa Bay Saltwater Liverocks.

    Any suggestions?

    Also, here are some of my coral tonight! They are definitely looking good.

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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    My custom LifeReef Skimmer should be shipping out next week! Jeff just sent me a picture of the current progress! All that is left is the blue down tube and the Mazzei Venturi.

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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Well I just received my skimmer in today, and everything looks great! I decided to upgrade to the mazzei venturi in the end. Thanks Jeff from LifeReef!

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    Looks awesome. Love the blue!
     
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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Well, Planet Aquariums has finally finished my tank and all they are waiting on is the stand to be complete!

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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    So once the tank is up and plumbed, does anyone have an recommendations on wavemaker placement for the 2 Ecotech Vortech MP40wQDs? I usually place them on opposite sides of each other but not sure if this is optimal.

    Will 2 Ecotech Vortech MP40wQD be enough for this tank or will I need a supplemental pump? Again, this will be a mainly SPS Dominant tank.

    Thoughts? @FarmerTy
     
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    Cment Well-Known Member

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    Off to a great start, love the tank! For placement of your vortechs I would wait and see how you do your aquascape as this will play a large roll in water flow throughout your tank.
     
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    Cment Well-Known Member

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    Have you decided on the rock youll be going with yet?
     
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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Still trying to decide if I want to do dry rock from Marco Rocks or live rock from Tampa Bay Saltwater.
     
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    Agreed with Cment. Really depends on your rockwork but having one in either side of the ends is usually what is recommended. Since Vortechs have such a dispersed pattern of flow, I liked adding some more direct flow pumps, like some old Jaebos to mix up the flow patterns every once in awhile. Static flow patterns tend to allow some acros to start growing towards a specific direction and you lose the bushyness type growth pattern that's often desired with acros.
     
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    Cment Well-Known Member

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    I have never used Tampa Bay but hear great things about them and on my next build will probably give them a try. I really enjoy aquascaping and get into it which is easier to do and take your time with when using dry rock.
     
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    Sound advice here,Adding a few other wavemakers to break up the vortechs is a great idea. Im finding that out with my gyre. Since I added a few smaller jebaos on else mode, my SPS have started to look much better over all.
     
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    Highly recommend Tampa Bay Saltwater. You will chase some hitchhikers, specifically crabs and pistol shrimps, but the amount of life, diversity, and maturity acceleration is worth the trade off, at least to me.

    There are people who disagree mostly due to potential hitchhiker problems, but I rarely see anyone who actually buys from Richard have regrets.
     
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    chrfrancis Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I was thinking about doing half and half? Half Tampa Bay rock and the other half dry rock, just due to the price of the Tampa Rock.
     
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    Also remember that his estimates on recommended pounds per gallon are based on filling a tank with a rock wall old school style. If you are planning on doing islands or a more minimalistic aquascape you can get by with a lot less.
     
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