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First dive in to saltwater, going slow since I'm still wrapping up summer projects. I just want it up before Christmas! Here goes nothing!

What I have or ordered so far:
Tank - Fluval Evo 13g, dang Petco sales make it too easy.
Sand - Carib Sea Special Grade - waiting
Rock - Carib Sea South Sea - waiting
Second Chamber - Intank media basket
First Chamber - ISeaLive manual roller mat - waiting
Heater - IM Helio 100w - just ordered
Light - Noopsyche K7 v3
Skimmer - Nothing for now, hopefully the roller mat is enough.
ATO - Tunze 3155 w/ Hmahli 4g resovoir (Liked the skinny form factor for this space)
WaveMaker - Jebao OW-10 and SLW-10, see which one I like or maybe both!

Media in Mesh Bags:
Chemipure Elite
Purigen
Phosnet - probably will start off without this and see how it goes first.
Got everything separately instead of Chemipure Blue so I could control quantities.

Marine Pur blocks - Can fit 2 on a shelf of the second chamber.

Testing:
Bought a Hanna Marine Master, but didn't look and it wasn't the kit with reagents so I'm checking with Aquacave if I can buy the rest of the kit or if I need to return and buy the kit separately.
Refractometer - BRS
Salt - Instant Ocean Reef Crystals
RO Water - BRS 7 stage 150gpd with booster pump. I'm on a private well, so I have a whole house heavy metals filter (iron/arsenic), sediment filter, carbon filter and softener. It's probably pretty clean water LOL! Hopefully the house filters help to not burn through membranes and resin.

Things still to get.
Read the Sicce Silent 1.0 is a good pump to replace stock one
Might 3D print a random flow generator for the return instead of the stock one.
Acrylic or a mesh lid, if I go with the noopsyche light.

Notes:
If the light is too much and I can't turn it down enough I'll use the stock one for now and save the noopsyche for a 40g breeder.
Might try some macro in the second basket eventually way further down the line.

Questions/Commets
Not sure in the Marine Pure blocks are a waste with just 2, but I guess I will find out! Any input out there?
Is PLA filament safe to use for 3D printer aquarium things? I see alot made with PETG.
Did I miss anything except pictures? Will take some soon.
 
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Got the rock and sand today. The Carib Sea pretty much looks like Marco Rock to me. Tried to make some caves/tunnels, hopefully they are big enough to swim through. Tried to leave some space between the glass, but it's a little closer to the overflow. I don't expect to have any super tall SPS or anything but I did try to leave some room on top.

How does it look? Too much rock? Caves too small? Rock too high.

Main Side
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Left Cave
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Right Cave
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Top Down
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Front End
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