"DIY" 150 gallon spicy reef

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This site has an amazing amount of data, I'm going to need a major cleanup crew to sift through it all.

Many moons ago I started with a 55g long, that was a bomb as I had no money nor understanding of anything! 10 years later I went at it again with a 30g. I was fairly successful it lasted two years. Looking back I owe my success I think to the live rock which was plentiful in the day... but I moved around back then and the tank suffered and lay in my wake...

Now I'm back, hopefully with much more patience, armed with the internet and a few years accumulated knowledge. I kept that 30g tank and have had it up and running for 2 years with discus (bunch of bullies!) candy cane tetras, neon tetras and cherry shrimp - planted of course.

I came across a 150g on facebook and thought, why not... So i'm here for the full critique.

In the past I built my own 5g bucket sump with diy hang-on overflow for that 30g - that was a lot of fun ;(... I did get it working, but now I'm going to have a go with an internal overflow, and/or maybe sit-on-top diy using gutter or something...

I don't plan on more than a handful of critters so I don't feel like I "need" a sump. I just need to polish the water and keep it moving. Coral... I don't know, we'll see, that means par par par

NO live rock these days??? anyone know where I might pick up 10lbs or so in Seattle?

I am only as far as building the stand... Here's a short vid of it:
 
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Received my salt this morning...
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Got some Caribsea Alive, put it in a 20g long with some old not quite so live rock I've been sitting on for a couple of decades...
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Had this rock in salt water in a bucket for a month dosing it with ammonium and live rock enhance etc...
Getting it all ready as a hot coal to the 150g
 

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If you have Facebook there is a huge group called pacific northwest reef keepers. lots of good people willing to help in the Seattle area. And most always when someone needs something someone else has it for a fair price.

I'm all by myself over in Wenatchee. Close enough to be in the group, far enough away to miss out on all the fun.
 
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If you’re still looking for live rock I just received some from KPAquatics and was really happy with it. Their “starter” rock arrived in great shape with plenty of life and coraline on it. The usual warnings about live rock hitch hikers apply.
 
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If you’re still looking for live rock I just received some from KPAquatics and was really happy with it. Their “starter” rock arrived in great shape with plenty of life and coraline on it. The usual warnings about live rock hitch hikers apply.
That's the second time KPA has been brought to my attention. I'm going to give them a try.

Do you or anyone else know if I get maybe their 34lb pack will it jumpstart the rest of my dry rock ok, or will there be all the same problems as if starting with dry rock from scratch... Any thoughts welcome does not have to be absolute :) Thanks!
 

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That's the second time KPA has been brought to my attention. I'm going to give them a try.

Do you or anyone else know if I get maybe their 34lb pack will it jumpstart the rest of my dry rock ok, or will there be all the same problems as if starting with dry rock from scratch... Any thoughts welcome does not have to be absolute :) Thanks!
I'm wondering that too. I'm hoping it will jump start things and avoid some of the dry rock issues. This is my first time mixing dry rock and live rock for a new system. I'm curing the live rock along with the dry rock right now, hoping some of the bacterial bloom associated with the initial live rock die-off will seed the dry rock well.
 
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I'm wondering that too. I'm hoping it will jump start things and avoid some of the dry rock issues. This is my first time mixing dry rock and live rock for a new system. I'm curing the live rock along with the dry rock right now, hoping some of the bacterial bloom associated with the initial live rock die-off will seed the dry rock well.
let's keep everyone posted.
Anyone else do this already?
Thanks!
 
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My plan is to have a fish only tank to start...

I have this old 30 INCH CORALIFE AQUALIGHT DUAL T5 light from years ago.
I had it sitting on top of my 30g freshwater and it grew the plants like crazy so I had to replace it with an led fixture to calm things down a bit.

Anyway, my plan is to use this light on half or 1/3rd of my 150 gallon while it's a fish only tank. question is, do my live rocks need better light to continue to thrive?
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I got LIVE ROCK, REAL live rock from gulfliverock.com - THANKS FOR THE TIP!
I purchased 20lb, put any rock that had stuff growing on it (sponges, halimeda!, gracilaria) in one of my 20g longs pictured above, along with "dead live rock" so let's start the clock and see how long it takes the dead stuff to show any signs of coraline etc...
I put the rest of the real live rock "cooking" in a bucket
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Congrats on the spicy reef!
 
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finished all the cuts on wet saw + chisel and strong putty knife... vid to follow.
Now turn that upside down and put a foot on it, float the pile on the right...
This picture is deceiving, that's a 150g tank and 30lbs of rock, I need more rock!
also need glue.
 
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