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

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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?
     
  6. chrfrancis

    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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