Journy to capture a bit of reef in my new 120 gal. dream build

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Ahoy there one and all!
This has been a dream that i have fantasized about since i started my first tank back in 1961!
That was a 10 gallon fresh water tank that had a slate bottom and a metal frame. I had that tank running for about 2 years until my little brother hit it with a hammer and it flooded all over him (and the living room!).
Moving forward to the 70's and moving to San Francisco my obsession grew. At one point i had 15 tanks of 2 were 40 gal breeder tanks for Black Vail Angels and discus. Dick Au Was the seed fish ( ). I learned much about genetics and after 7 generations of the Angels and several of the Discus. Having to move and sterilization due to inbreeding that ended.
Still keeping either a 20 gal or a 30 gal tank up untill 2005 I made the leap into saltwater.I had tride a couple of time with salt before to no success. I got serious about the salt water tank then and had that tank running for about 10 years. Lots of learning with it and the problems of this hobby. I have some pictures of that tank and ill try to load it into here.

Having got married and moving into our "new home" where with the grace of my new Bride I have been able to build out my dream 120 gal.
This tank is going to sit against the wall of my laundry room and I'm going to put the plumbing and thew Apex controller in there as well as adding a slop sink. With a small basement sitting just below I will add my 40 gal. RODI reservoir and mixed salt water containers down there.
I have been buying pieces and parts for this system for about 5 years. I'm So excited to see things start to get done!
Since this is my first time at this Ill stop here and add more in another posting.
Hope you follow along!
Capt. Smitty

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Ok lets try an installment!!
I have purchased many parts of this build over the past couple of years. From my first big purchase which was the first gen Radon's (quantity 2). then the actual tank and stand that I bought from "Neptune Aquatics" in San Jose. A great go to LFS!! The tank and stand are from "Crystal Dynamics". I'm really happy with this as the stand is a little taller to make viewing easier.The sump is Sapphire Sump 39 by Trigger Systems. Bubble Magnus curve 7 for the skimmer.

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Moving to the plumbing. I wanted to go for hard as much as we could.
I should also mention at this time I had Blissful Blue Aquatics help with the install. This was a choice I made as at this point I felt completely out of my league and wanted to do this right the first time. So with Darshan Patel and helper Andrew we worked on the through the wall plumbing and wiring.

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After soaking the rocks for a couple of mounths to get them started It was still time to have patience and leave off the lights And I also purchased the Aquatic Life 48" Hybrid T5HO fixture and mounted with there cable system over the tank.
I just don't care for the look of a bare light fixture and all the light spillage so I had Tap Plastics make a cover for the fixture to cut down on that.

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Ahoy there one and all!
This has been a dream that i have fantasized about since i started my first tank back in 1961!
That was a 10 gallon fresh water tank that had a slate bottom and a metal frame. I had that tank running for about 2 years until my little brother hit it with a hammer and it flooded all over him (and the living room!).
Moving forward to the 70's and moving to San Francisco my obsession grew. At one point i had 15 tanks of 2 were 40 gal breeder tanks for Black Vail Angels and discus. Dick Au Was the seed fish ( ). I learned much about genetics and after 7 generations of the Angels and several of the Discus. Having to move and sterilization due to inbreeding that ended.
Still keeping either a 20 gal or a 30 gal tank up untill 2005 I made the leap into saltwater.I had tride a couple of time with salt before to no success. I got serious about the salt water tank then and had that tank running for about 10 years. Lots of learning with it and the problems of this hobby. I have some pictures of that tank and ill try to load it into here.

Having got married and moving into our "new home" where with the grace of my new Bride I have been able to build out my dream 120 gal.
This tank is going to sit against the wall of my laundry room and I'm going to put the plumbing and thew Apex controller in there as well as adding a slop sink. With a small basement sitting just below I will add my 40 gal. RODI reservoir and mixed salt water containers down there.
I have been buying pieces and parts for this system for about 5 years. I'm So excited to see things start to get done!
Since this is my first time at this Ill stop here and add more in another posting.
Hope you follow along!
Capt. Smitty

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Moving to the plumbing. I wanted to go for hard as much as we could.
I should also mention at this time I had Blissful Blue Aquatics help with the install. This was a choice I made as at this point I felt completely out of my league and wanted to do this right the first time. So with Darshan Patel and helper Andrew we worked on the through the wall plumbing and wiring.

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Nice pipe work! Bang on
 

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