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Hello all, I just ordered my 375 today and it should be here in the next 5-8 weeks. With that being said i am getting ready to start the stand design. I am currently in the process of redoing my floors where this monster will sit. I will also be adding some electric so I can have more power!! However for the stand, I would like to have a rather large opening in center of it, with the tank measuring 96x37.5x24 i am wondering if I shouldn't have 2 larger openings with a brace dead center in the front. Then i could have 2 larger openings on either side of the center brace. Thoughts?
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I am really not sure how many braces in the center I will need, i guess as long as i can get in there i will be OK. As far as removing the sump i could do that from either end.
I do plan to have doors, but may try and come up with some kind of hingeless doors.
 
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So the reality of how big this tank is going to be has started to sink in, as I am building the stand. I have attached what I have done so far for the stand, I still need to attach the bottom ply, 4x4s across the top, the top ply, and the face and sides. So far a productive day.

As I start looking at the equipment requirements, I see that I am going to be in for an expensive ride!! I am trying to figure out the lighting 1st. I want mostly SPS but I will have a few LPS as well. I am looking at the Radion XR30 Pro unit. Now I know that I should at a minimum get 4 units. But as you can see with the design of the tank, I am only going to have 3 openings. What are everyones thoughts on this? Will 3 be ok? will i need 4? 5? Is there another light that I should go with? Back in the day I would not consider anything other then Metal Halides.. So me getting this far is an accomplishment!

Give me your thoughts on this!

Mike

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Well it is Friday and I got my 1st update from [email protected] and my build is "in the que for prep work prior to assembly!" I am so stoked! Joe has really been a pleasure to work with, he deals with all my questions and is quick to reply. Great experience thus far!


I went and got a sump today, just going to use a 75 gallon tank. I will need to get some baffles made for it but that should not be to hard. Also picked up 50 lbs of rock and a pump that I will use for mixing saltwater. I may try and see if i can get maybe a 29 gallon to fit under the tank next to the 75 for an added refugium. We will see!!!
 
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Updates!!!

I will be picking my tank up from the delivery point on the 30th of October!!! Thanks [email protected]!!

This is what I have/have figured out so far.

Sump- It will be a 75 and a 40 plumbed together. 75 will house the return pump, heaters, skimmer, fuge and a filter sock. The 40 will be jammed with rock.

Return pump- Vectra M2. Currently just going to do 1, I dont think I will need another just yet.

Flow- I will be buying 4 ecotechs, 2-MP40s and 2 MP60s.

Lights- This has been a struggle for me. LEDs or MHs. I have looked at both so much, I am old, So i feel like MH will be the way to go... However I need to realize that sometimes change is good. Instead of dropping all the coin on an expensive LED set up, I bought 4 of the Viparspectra 300W. If I like how these light, I know that the I can get a better product a better controllable product, If I dont like them I will go to the MHs.

Skimmer- I will be purchasing a Regal 300SSS.

Rock- I will be getting about 500 pounds worth. Should fill the display nicely and any leftovers will be used in the sump.

If all goes well I will start filling this monster up the 1st week in December!
 
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Ok, got the lights today, quick install in the canopy all I can say is wow. I will post some pictures tomorrow, for all to see. I can say that I think halides are brighter, but I feel these may be more pure, if that makes sense. Once I get the tank and water done, it will I am sure be even better. With each day that passes, I get more excited! Right now, I am happy, happy, happy!!
 
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Also my skimmer came in today and I decided to put it to work on the sump. I feel like I will have to raise it up some, but for now it is just breaking in. I have it set at 2 and it is fully open. Thing is an absolute beast so far.

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I just got about 500 lbs of base rock delivered by the Fedex man! Not to bad honestly, I will clean it up a little when it stops raining and see what we really have, but the 1 box I opened looks to be on point and "stack-a-bility" looks to be promising!!
 
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