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Hi all. I'm starting a build thread (gotta have that badge!) for what I am planning. I'm having a tank built by Glasscages for my office (thanks Joe Glass Cages!). I'm planning mostly livestock, possibly some coral and I definitely want at least one anemone. I plan on building a NSA aquascape and a 3" sand bed. I'll be using the Synergy Reef V2 Shadow overflow and their TS-60 Triton Method Sump and an ATO. Glasscages is also making the stand and canopy. I know pretty much every thing that I want, including LED lighting, but there are so many lighting options out there. The tank is 72"L x 24"W x 31"H. I'm interested in thoughts about the lighting and am open to suggestions. Thanks!

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I was looking at the Sky when I saw it come out. I forgot that I had been building a wish list on BRS and was just looking at something I had put on there a while ago:

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/multi-light-rms-track-ecotech-marine.html?qty=1

to hold 3


I think that the track should mount well in the canopy and three lights with 24" x 24" spread (though they recommend 18" x 18" spread) should cover the whole tank.
 
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I ordered the sump from Synergy Reef today with a matching ATO. There's an 8 to 10 week build time so Merry Christmas to me! I think it will go great with the back graphic though not a lot of people other than me will enjoy it!


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Still waiting on the sump, but I just ordered it. However, I picked up the tank at Glasscages yesterday and got it into the office today! I mean, it's ok or whatever...I'm not at all excited.
 

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I was looking at the Sky when I saw it come out. I forgot that I had been building a wish list on BRS and was just looking at something I had put on there a while ago:

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/multi-light-rms-track-ecotech-marine.html?qty=1

to hold 3


I think that the track should mount well in the canopy and three lights with 24" x 24" spread (though they recommend 18" x 18" spread) should cover the whole tank.
I still haven't decided on the lights. I'm considering two Photon-32 V2 Pros, two Neptune Skys, or the of the Radions. I really like the idea of gradient lighting but I would like it to be Apex compatible.
 
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The stand was stained today. The color is "Fogstone Gray." That was a much harder decision than it had any right to be.
After far too long trying to figure out how I wanted to manage the two cords in the back, I settled on ordering some cable clamps from Amazon, peeling their adhesive off, and supergluing them to some magnets from K & J Magnetics (https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=BX8C6DCSPC-BLK). These magnets are almost the exact size of the cable clamp and will allow me to route the cables around the logo and under the overflow box...in theory. I tried using silicone but the grip was not enough. We'll have to see how the superglue works.

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Super color choice, and very nice job doing an 'even' staining-- that can be difficult! If you have a hard time getting to the very bottom (because of the carpet) jam a playing card in between the carpet and the trim and go bit by bit. This will be a very cool tank!

Will you be going the 'lots of small fish' route, or 'a couple of large fish' route? ;Cat
 
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Super color choice, and very nice job doing an 'even' staining-- that can be difficult! If you have a hard time getting to the very bottom (because of the carpet) jam a playing card in between the carpet and the trim and go bit by bit. This will be a very cool tank!

Will you be going the 'lots of small fish' route, or 'a couple of large fish' route? ;Cat
Thanks and thanks for the tip. I wasn't sure how I was going to do that. I REALLY loved my blonde naso tang 20 years ago. Another naso is a for sure. I envision a group of chromis to cruise the water column. I've never had a Mandarin and would really like to have a sufficient copepod population to keep a Mandarin, definitely captive bred though so maybe it'd eat . I'd like a blue tang and a couple of percula clownfish. Maybe a jawfish. These are high on my list anyway. I'm sure there are more. :)
 
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A reef tank will be therapeutic for your clients!
That was my thought! I've been wanting back in for years and this office was the perfect excuse!
 

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