Japanese style reef tank

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I built a reef tank in my loft at home.The preparations started in the summer of 2019 and the seawater was added on January 18, 2020. I'm going to show you the record to date. There is already an aquatic plant tank on the right side.I decided to make a tank full of coral on the left side of this one.

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And it was recently filled with coral.
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This is my tank build thread.
 
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The sump was made by myself by modifying a commercial tank.But I just used a partition with acrylic. It was the first time for me to make it, so I made some mistakes, but I am satisfied with it.
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Seawater entering (1) passes through the filter in (2), passes through the protein skimmer in (3), and returns to the tank from (5).(4) is to adjust the water level.
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I also made a lid to prevent evaporation.
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It was very difficult to come up with the plumbing and actually build it.It was my first overflow tank, so it took a long time.It was like I didn't even want to look at the pipes for a while. I had to tentatively assemble it many times and check the dimensions as I went along.
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I was so happy when I installed the pipe in the tank that I looked at it for a while.
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A sump was installed.
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I went through hell in making the pipe, but the ordeal wasn't over.Wiring the electrical system. I have to admit, though, I really enjoyed both!

There is a power supply in the back left corner. I'm a little worried about leakage, but I don't have the skills to change the position, so I'm patient with putting the lid on.
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The electrical system on the left.
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The electrical system on the right.
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Whereas the pipes and the electrical system were hell, this is heaven!Layout!
I was a beginner and didn't know better, so I made the layout out of a dead coral skeleton.I read on the web that live rock is a coral skeleton.
I didn't use live rock because I knew it would contain things I didn't want, such as sharks and bugs.


First of all, I assembled it temporarily outside of the tank.
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Once the temporary assembly is decided, it is fixed with cement and glue.The legs of the layout are held in place with pipes and acrylic.(Did they come off afterwards...)
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The completed layout was finally placed in the tank, and the placement of each module was decided while looking at the balance.Finally, I added well-washed sand to complete the layout.(Washing the sand was so hard I thought I was going to die.)
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I read the first post, scrolled up and clicked “watch”. Then finished the thread. It was obvious that this will be an interesting build. Beautiful start! Your aesthetic and attention to detail are abundantly clear.
Thank you. I'm a newbie, so I don't know what to expect, but I'll do my best!
 
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Definitely jealous of the colonies for sale overseas instead of the tiny frags we have here in the US.

Have you run into any issues mounting the colonies on the dead skeleton?
Flags seem to be common in the US.
I haven't had any problems gluing the colonies together.It's the same as gluing to live rock with coral glue.
Just leave it there and it will come alive naturally.
 
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