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Crystal Dynamics 135 Gallon Cube Build

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Ok...here we go. I recently moved and bought a 135 gallon Crystal Dynamic aquarium. The tank is 36 by 36 by 24, and it has a stand a canopy as well. I have had reef tanks since I was about 15 and about 15 years later finally decided buy my first new tank. It definitely came with a price tag, but I am very impressed with the craftsmanship from CDA. This build thread will be another first for me. "I'm a long time listener first time caller" if you will with R2R, and have loved reading through and watching others builds throughout the years. This thread will be more for me to keep track of progress, and failures along the way, but hopefully some of you will enjoy reading about the journey as well...Anyways, specs for the build are as follows:


Tank:
135 gallon 36" by 36" by 24" starphire glass
Glass is 1/2" thick and tank is eurobraced with 1/2" by 4" glass as well
The stand is a steel stand wrapped with white "shaker style" wood.
Canopy is 16" and matches stand

System:
Dual returns and Modular marine 18" overflow
Trigger systems Trition method 20" by 20" sump
Apex Wifi Controller system
Neptune COR20 return pump
Neptune ATK-v2 (ATO)
Trigger systems 10 gallon ATO reservoir
Nyos 160 Skimmer
JBJ 1/10HP chiller
Eheim 250W heater

Powerheads:
(4) MP40 Quiet Drive Power heads Controlled through the Mobius app.

Lighting:
36" Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid system. (4 bulbs- blue plus x2 , True Actinic x1, purple plus x1)
(2) Radion G5 Pro Controlled through Mobius app

Aquascape:
80 pounds of artistic aquarium man made rock.
bare bottom system


The tank came in two crates and weighed a stupid amount! First crate was canopy, stand, and some equipment which was about 550 pounds. The tank itself weighed in about 450 pounds. This Summer in Phoenix has been brutal and I didn't want to chance leaving the tank out in the sun at 117 degrees so right when the crate arrived we got to work. It took about 4 hours to get it inside (we had to remove some uncooperative sliding glass doors) but once inside we had it on the stand in no time. Tank is going to live in the living room and can be seen from the kitchen, and acts as the focal point when you walk through the front door. It is going to be against a window, but the house is kept at 75-78 degrees, and the system will have a heater and chiller hooked up to the apex making it easy to keep temps dialed in.

I had already done the aqua-scape on a piece of cardboard before the tank came, but once it put it inside the tank I wasn't a fan. Spent an hour messing around with it and finally got it to a point where I am really happy with it. Going to keep it the tank dry for another week with the lights on to make sure I really do love the scape.

Here's a few pictures of the tank. I need to center it between the wall and couch better, but wanted the extra room while I get everything set up. I only have one Radion on ATM, I need to mount them properly but need a 2nd set of hands. If all goes to plan, we should have water by Saturday.
 
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Got water in the tank today....Had done a water test and all was good, but after the return pump was running we developed a small leak (like a dripple of water) from the external overflow. Tightened the bulkheads and checked the seals, but still just have the smallest of leaks. So annoying. Went out and bought some silicone to seal it off. and have it curing now. Should do the trick.

Have two MP40's running at the moment to keep the flow moving so we get less cloudy water in the tank.

I had to buy 3 new chips for the MP40s because only one of them was new enough to accept the mobius update. Mobius app is pretty wonderful so far though. Lights and 1 mp40 are linked and working together off the same schedule. excited to get all 4 on there.
 
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Also, drilled more holes in the rock to have enough holes for 20 frag plugs to go directly into. easy to plop it in and let it encrust over the plug. Then if it dies for any reason I can simply remove the plug.

After I drilled I re-worked the scape once more and decided to remove about 15 pounds of rock. Like the look much better now.
 
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9/12- Waters in. Going for a long cycle with the dry rock. Starting a new job this week anyways, so will be very busy for the next couple months. Will start getting the stock list in the tank by December before family gets here for holidays.

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