Finally... After 10 years out of the hobby : Waterbox 220.6 Dream Build

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I honestly never thought that we would get back into the hobby... Yet, here we are. All it took was the @Waterbox Aquariums Blue Friday (and my husband being out of town on a business trip) and we're back again. This time we're going to do things A LOT differently. Slow & steady wins the race... Last time we wanted all the fish and all the corals and all the new reefing toys NOW NOW NOW. I guess it's a good thing that our tank is 8 to 12 weeks out.

Today we bought:
  • 215 pounds of dry rock (Bought some really great pieces at Age of Aquariums here in Long Beach, CA)
  • Two 32g garbage cans
  • Two gallons of bleach
We're not going the live rock route this time. Since we have 12 weeks, we're going to bleach cure the rock and then we're going to cycle it prior to getting our tank (according to this video by @Bulk Reef Supply:

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We put one gallon of bleach in each trash can and then filled with tap water. We're planning on letting the rock soak for two weeks and then we'll let it dry out for a week. After a week, we're going to put it back in water with some Erāse-Cl Dechlorinator and we'll test with some Chlorine strips to make sure we're good to go.

That's it for now... :)

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I honestly never thought that we would get back into the hobby... Yet, here we are. All it took was the @Waterbox Aquariums Blue Friday (and my husband being out of town on a business trip) and we're back again. This time we're going to do things A LOT differently. Slow & steady wins the race... Last time we wanted all the fish and all the corals and all the new reefing toys NOW NOW NOW. I guess it's a good thing that our tank is 8 to 12 weeks out.

Today we bought:
  • 215 pounds of dry rock (Bought some really great pieces at Age of Aquariums here in Long Beach, CA)
  • Two 32g garbage cans
  • Two gallons of bleach
We're not going the live rock route this time. Since we have 12 weeks, we're going to bleach cure the rock and then we're going to cycle it prior to getting our tank (according to this video by @Bulk Reef Supply:

.

We put one gallon of bleach in each trash can and then filled with tap water. We're planning on letting the rock soak for two weeks and then we'll let it dry out for a week. After a week, we're going to put it back in water with some Erāse-Cl Dechlorinator and we'll test with some Chlorine strips to make sure we're good to go.

That's it for now... :)

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Welcome back! Slow and steady for the win!

Post some pics of that beautiful aquarium when you get it!
 
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Why did you bleach cure dry rock? Is it dry old liverock or dry baserock like stuff that has never been wet. I’m confused.
This rock has basically been sitting out in a parking lot for who knows how long. We wanted to make sure that anything that's living inside of it (especially dormant micro-organism's) die. We're trying to limit any issues when we put the rock in the tank.
 
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Welcome back ,and we cant wait to see your progress :) Also slow and steady does win the reef race .
 

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I have been seeing your post on the WB FB group.
I also got a WB on blue friday :D not that i needed a 3rd tank..haha

I almost bought the 230.6 last year but i went with the rs 750XXL
but this year I got the 5526

did you decide on your lighting yet?

welcome to R2R BTW
keep the build thread going it fun to fallow and for you to look back!
 
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I have been seeing your post on the WB FB group.
I also got a WB on blue friday :D not that i needed a 3rd tank..haha

I almost bought the 230.6 last year but i went with the rs 750XXL
but this year I got the 5526

did you decide on your lighting yet?

welcome to R2R BTW
keep the build thread going it fun to fallow and for you to look back!
Haven't decided on lighting yet. Am looking at the AI Hydra 32's. Any suggestions?
 

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Haven't decided on lighting yet. Am looking at the AI Hydra 32's. Any suggestions?
for mt 750XXL and WB 5526 I am going photon V2+ dont have the fancy phone app but the lights are great them selfs. might be worth looking in to.

I have not hear to much about the new AI hydras. there might be an issue with the fan running when light is on but I hear there is a fix coming for that. this is all hear say from around the web. I would look in to them more before spending the $$

other option is a LED/T5 hybrid i thought about that to but more stuff to break and bulb replment every year. but ppl to love them??
 
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for mt 750XXL and WB 5526 I am going photon V2+ dont have the fancy phone app but the lights are great them selfs. might be worth looking in to.

I have not hear to much about the new AI hydras. there might be an issue with the fan running when light is on but I hear there is a fix coming for that. this is all hear say from around the web. I would look in to them more before spending the $$

other option is a LED/T5 hybrid i thought about that to but more stuff to break and bulb replment every year. but ppl to love them??
Thanks for the suggestions. My problem is I don't really like the look of the photon (I know, that shouldn't really matter). I'm looking to get something that's functional but also has good form. I also really like the idea of having connected lights. It just makes it that much more fun for me. I'm contemplating just getting all EcoTech pumps as well as the Radion lighting to try and have as much from one company as possible (for integration purposes). I also saw that EcoTech may come out with it's own Neptune competitor, so I'll wait to see what happens. We still have some time before we need lights.
 
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Quick update! Rocks are still hanging out in their bleach bath. We'll be taking them out next week. Better to be safe than sorry.

We ordered our @Bulk Reef Supply 7 Stage Pro Plus 150 GPD Water Saver RO/DI System this morning and thought we would prep the bathroom/living room (where the fish tank will be going) so that we can have the RO/DI system automatically fill the ATO Reservoir. We also decided to upgrade the two outlets that are going to be behind the fishtank to GFI outlets.

Here is a before photo:

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Here's the after:


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Through to the living room:

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Things are slowly (but surely) coming along.
 
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