Empire’s Elos 120xl build

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Hi everyone! I started reef keeping in 2006 as a way to bond with my father, and was on and off up until 2014. I had a 65g (the worst tank in the world), JBJ NC 28, 120g, deep blue 30 that got wiped out from hurricane sandy, and my last tank was a deep blue 80 that I sold after taking a job in Dallas post grad school.

I moved to Charlotte this last summer, bought my first house, and did a full gut renovation on a 1930’s home. I promised myself that I would set up a tank in my own home (I have major ptsd from running tanks in my moms living room) so here we are!

Tank: Elos 120xl (diamond line)- I found an amazing deal locally from a hobbyist that never set up the tank. It was in pristine condition - he never removed the plastic from the tank. Great guy - he helped me move it into my home. I’m very thankful!

Sump: synergy reef - CL 34 - this came with the tank.

Skimmer: Reef Octopus Regal 150

Flow: 2x MP40QD

Return Pump: Vectra L2

Lighting: 2x radion xr30 G4 Pros, with Aquatic life hybrid fixture
 
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I’ll post as much as I can! Here’s where I’m at so far.

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Man i cant wait to get this up already. Love these dimensions!

So my sump doesn’t have a refugium. I purchased an ATS. Do y’all think I should plumb one into my system?

Thoughts on how i should hang my lights? I’d prefer not to hang from ceiling.
 
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Some updates..

- waiting for my apex!!

- picked up two orange storms locally. I have them setup in a 5gal with a peppermint shrimp.

-my house was built in 1938, so there is plaster behind my Sheetrock. Took forever to find a stud but managed to get it done! I’ll be hanging my lights when I get home from work.

-goal is to have water in the tank by the weekend!
 
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Got some work done these past few days - laid some pond liner down, started hiding wires, made 200g of water (should only need about 160), and got some dry rock. Didn’t hook everything up to the sump just yet. Kind of nervous about the return pipe that came with the tank. It slides on pretty easily so just concerned that the pipe isn’t the right size. Going to give Francois a shout in the morning to confirm. I could always get hose clamps..

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