Mixed Reef Waterbox 220.6

Heather Kastory

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This build thread is way overdue, 8 months to say the least. I am a single mom to 2 little boys so very little time to devote to "me" time. Its always been something that I thought was out of my reach to have a reef tank. Have always been fascinated with ocean life in general and am very blessed to have one know. I'm just going to sum up the tank and find what pics I have for now. Moving forward will update in a timely manner.;Joyful I had zero experience prior to this build, barely any even know, lets just be honest. It's been a very humbling journey that has been full of twists and turns. Very fortunate and happy to be part of this group--I continually learn from you all.

Tank Size 72.3"×25.3"×23.6" --Had to hire moving men to get this baby into place! The freight company just sent 1 man to deliver and I paid extra to have it brought inside or so I thought. We almost got into it and then started talking "reef" --all was good. Ended up apologizing profusely. I was just so excited, FOR WEEKS, to put together and could not move. Side note: Wish I had set it off the wall more than what I did. Those cords are terribly difficult to maneuver.

NYOS 220 Protein Skimmer
Aquaillumination Hydra 32 HD LED Reef Light x 2
Aquaillumination AI Prime 16 HD Reef Light x 2
Maxspect XF350 Gyre Flow Pumps
Reef Octopus Vario S8 Controllable Circulation Pump
XP Aqua Duetto Dual-Sensor ATO
Testing: Hanna

105 lbs Live Rock from KP Aquatics--received feather dusters, mantis shrimp, emerald crab, multiple starfish of different varieties, sponges, urchin and hermit crabs as hitchhikers. Oh, how could I forget -- and apstatia. caught that sh#t right away and just about killed the live rock it was on, but got it! Haven't seen any in 6 months. Beautiful Coraline, with colors from standard purple and pink to orange and red.

Substrate: CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand (bags and bags and bags-A TON)

CUC: Nassarius Snails
Blue Leg Hermit Carbs
Cleaner Shrimp

Fish: Blue/Green Black Axil Chromis x7
ORA® Captive-Bred Misbar Caramel Clownfish x2
Pajama Cardinal x1
Blonde Naso Tang
Foxface -This little guy was my 1st fish bought him without any research. Thankfully, he is very peaceful and is besties with my Naso. They rest together and are always side by side swimming.
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