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This thread will document our new aquarium. Ive had reef tanks for about 15 years now (probably pretty old school with my approach), but have been on a 2 year break since our last tank crashed. Here are the current specs.

65g Planet Aquarium, 36" x 20" x 21"
Custom steel stand 42" tall
Trigger System Crystal 30 sump
Bubble Magus Curve 7 Elite skimmer
Eheim 1250 return pump
Pacific Sun Althea 6x24" T5 fixture
Vortech MP10 powerhead
2x Eheim 75w heaters
Fiji Cube 800 GPH overflow
JBJ ATO
35 lbs Gulf Live Rock
15 lbs KP aquatics live rock
20 lbs BRS marco dry rock

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I knew I wanted a rimless tank somewhere around 3x2x2.

The first thing I bought was an RO/DI filter from bulkreefsupply when they had 20% off last week.

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After that, I started watching local classifieds for a tank and equipment. I'm a big fan of T5's. Last weekend I found a nice Pacific Sun Althea 6x24 t5 fixture.

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Today, I found a tank. Its a 65g Planet Aquarium. Rimless and measures 36" x 20" x 21". It's a great looking tank, though I hate the giant overflow box. I'm still deciding whether to leave it, or cover up the bottom holes and drill the back for a ghost overflow which I'd prefer.

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Yesterday I found a sump. It's a Trigger Systems Crystal 30. I painted the bottom, sides, and back white. Still need to finish cleaning it.

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I also stopped by Lowes today and picked up two 32 gallon brute cans. I plumbed in my RO/DI and partially set up the mixing area.

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I decided to pull out the overflow box. I covered the bottom holes and resealed the tank with black silicone. I installed a Figi Cube 800gph overflow and a 3/4" bulkhead for the return.

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I have also bought and cut the steel for the stand. Hopefully I can get it welded up this weekend. A few more goodies should be arriving soon as well.
 
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Had a chance to weld up the stand today. Unfortunately half way through, I ran out of welding wire. All Ace Hardware had was Flux core. I finished the welds and then threw the rest of the spool in the trash. First and last time I'm touching that junk...

Made from 1.5" 11 gauge square tubing and will be 41" tall when I put a piece of plywood on top. I'll be painting it this weekend.
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Not much exciting to report. My skimmer showed up but unfortunately was busted from usps. I'm working with the seller to get it fixed.

All my plumbing should be here in the next few days. I also painted the stand.

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The guy I bought my skimmer from was nice enough to contact the manufacturer and get me a new skimmer body to replace the original that USPS destroyed. It's a Bubble Magus Curve 7 Elite. I have also started plumbing the tank. Nothing is glued yet. I'm going to stare at it for a while and make sure I don't want to make any changes before gluing.

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I didnt want to use glue to secure the plywood top, so I used blocks in each of the corners to keep it from sliding. I also installed some lighting in the stand. I dont plan on a refugium at this point but wanted some extra light for maintenance.

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After leak testing the setup outside for a few days, I made a few small tweaks and moved it inside. I mounted a power strip in the stand, got a new return pump (Eheim 1260) and a 250w Eheim heater.

I also placed an order for 35 lbs of live rock from Gulf Live arock, that should arrive Thursday. I'm getting close!

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