First mixed reef tank build

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Will be adding to this as I go further down the rabbit hole...

Filtration / stability:
-1- Filter socks OR Fleece Roller
-2- Protein Skimmer (DC)
-3- Refugium (growing algae to be harvested and fed to fish)
-4- UV Sterilizer
-5- Carbon & GFO reactor

Control, Lighting & Flow
-1- AI Prime lighting
-2- AI Prime or EcoTech pumps
-3- Neptune (with Trident)
-4- AFS

Nutrition:
-1- pellets twice a day with AFS
-2- DIY frozen food once a day (as the lights are going off to allow corals to feed more at night)
 
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Looking forward to the build! Do you have a tank picked out?

@WIReefer - turns out my initial thoughts on a build are likely what I will want for helping my friend convert a 50g tank from fresh to salt...

Picked up an Aquatop 24g AIO from craigslist this week. Since the protein skimmer wasn't included and the reviews I've read are subpar anyway, I'm considering just throwing the water-heater in that chamber.

Current thinking / plan for the 24g AIO:
- For filtration, I'm thinking of using all 3 media containers being filled with Marine Pure spheres.
- Only if necessary down the road - maybe adding a canister only to facilitate UV / Carbon-filtering / GFO.
- Also planning ~20 lbs of dry-rock and a 20 lb bag of sand.

Desired Fish / Inverts:
- 2x clowns
- 1x Aiptasia-eating filefish
- 1x Lawnmower Blenny
- 1x Six-Line Wrasse
- 1x Shrimp
- 1x Maxima clam

CUC:
- 5x hermit crabs
- 1x conch
- 1x Tuxedo Urchin

Corals / Algae
- 1x Zenia
- 1x Duncan
- 1x monti
- multiple Zoa's
- 1x Torch and/or Galaxia
- 1x macro-algae (for decorative / tank cleaning purpose)

Thoughts on whether this is a decent starting point to get to my desired end-point of thriving animals?
 

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I think it sounds good and its always awesome seeing new reefers with such a detailed plan because it shows their excitement perfectly.

For fish
- 2x clowns Ez go for it
- 1x Aiptasia-eating filefish tough but if you keep up the planning and research I think you got it
- 1x Lawnmower Blenny i say go for it but you might get other opinions
- 1x Six-Line Wrasse cool fish but can wreck havoc, possum wrasse would be an alternative if it peaks your interest
- 1x Shrimp ez
- 1x Maxima clam ez with planning
 
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@WIReefer - turns out my initial thoughts on a build are likely what I will want for helping my friend convert a 50g tank from fresh to salt...

Picked up an Aquatop 24g AIO from craigslist this week. Since the protein skimmer wasn't included and the reviews I've read are subpar anyway, I'm considering just throwing the water-heater in that chamber.

Current thinking / plan for the 24g AIO:
- For filtration, I'm thinking of using all 3 media containers being filled with Marine Pure spheres.
- Only if necessary down the road - maybe adding a canister only to facilitate UV / Carbon-filtering / GFO.
- Also planning ~20 lbs of dry-rock and a 20 lb bag of sand.

Update:
- replacing stock return pump with a small Sicce
- adding a small UV sterilizer in-line between return pump and output to tank
- starting cycle tomorrow with:
- 17 lbs of dry-rock / 10 lbs of live sand a few Brightwell cubes (in media-chamber)
- using Dr Tim's One-and-Only

Next on the list is to decide whether to change lighting / flow / controller
 
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No water measurements (no water yet in tank)
 
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Congrats on the new tank!
 

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