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Some of you have seen my posts about getting back into the hobby after the devastation SuperStorm Sandy did to my 125g ten years ago.
Now that I'm retired, and just moved to a new house with a perfect spot for an aquarium I decided to start over. I found a 180 gallon system about 90 minutes away for all the equipment. He had already sold all the livestock. After seeing the tank and stand we did a video chat of everything else. The stand was a bit rough with lots of scratches and dings, but he had alot of 3-5 year old equipment. He had Kessil 360 Tuna Blues, a protein skimmer (discontinued model), pumps, etc. At the last minute he backed out and decided to part all of of it to get more money.
The next day I found this 210 beauty back on the market after the 3rd guy couldn't get his wife onboard LOL. The tank and custom stand are only 2 years old. It was a fw tank. He got permission to take over the dining room and is setting up a 610 gallon fw tank. I recently found out that he purchased the tank from my our LFS.
So here is the start of my new 210 gallon tank build...

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Some of you have seen my posts about getting back into the hobby after the devastation SuperStorm Sandy did to my 125g ten years ago.
Now that I'm retired, and just moved to a new house with a perfect spot for an aquarium I decided to start over. I found a 180 gallon system about 90 minutes away for all the equipment. He had already sold all the livestock. After seeing the tank and stand we did a video chat of everything else. The stand was a bit rough with lots of scratches and dings, but he had alot of 3-5 year old equipment. He had Kessil 360 Tuna Blues, a protein skimmer (discontinued model), pumps, etc. At the last minute he backed out and decided to part all of of it to get more money.
The next day I found this 210 beauty back on the market after the 3rd guy couldn't get his wife onboard LOL. The tank and custom stand are only 2 years old. It was a fw tank. He got permission to take over the dining room and is setting up a 610 gallon fw tank. I recently found out that he purchased the tank from my our LFS.
So here is the start of my new 210 gallon tank build...

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OK time to list current and planned equipment.
On hand or ordered...
210 gallon glass tank with built in overflows (72" x 24" x 27"
Stand is custom made furniture cabinet in black
Trigger Systems Sapphire CR44 Sump
Current USA eFlux DC 3170 gph return pump
Jebao DCP Sine Wave DCP-1300 3645 gph return pump (spare)
2x EcoTech MP60QD
2x EcoTech MP40QD
Reef Octopus POV-DC2 protein Skimmer (yes, it's obsolete but cheap from my lfs)
Finnex 800w titanium heater
Neptune Systems Apex Controller
Neptune Systems FMK add-on
3x Radion XR30 G5 Blue (diffusers on order)
320# sand - 1/2 live
200# ARK base rock, rinsed and starting aquascape outside of tank.
30# Gulf LR from Salty Bottom
BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor with Sicce Syncra 1.5 pump
Inkbird ITC-306A temp controller
Inkbird ITC-306T temp controller
3x Titanium ground probe
Air, Water Ice Typhoon III 100 gpd RODI with booster pump
4x 50 gallon plastic barrels (formerly used to store pickles)
Portable GENERATOR so the next storm doesn't wipe me out again!

Still need to find
ATO system (Jebao; Tunze; other???)
4x Auto Doser pump

Livestock:
SPS dominant

Fish wanted list started, mostly based on what I had in 125.
2- A. percula juvenile pair
1 - Royal gramma basslet (Gramma loreto)
1- Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani) tank raised
1- Blue Neon Cleaner Goby (Elacatinus oceanops)
1- Bicolor Blenny (Ecsenius bicolor)
4 - Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)
1- Blue Hippo Tang (Paracanthus hepatus)
1- Foxface Lo (Siganus vulpinus)
1- Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma veliferum)
1- Green Mandarin Goby (Synchiropus splendidus)
3- Flame Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus jordani) OR;
3 - Scott's Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus scottorum)

And an assortment of snails and shrimp. I expect it will take about 2 years to add all the livestock and corals, and based on current pricing some of them will not make it into my tank. I'm very open to opinions and alternate choices for my livestock.
 

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Aquascaping is done. Not exactly as I had envisioned it, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I have some nice caves and swim throughs. I thought I was going to need more rock, but now think I have just the right amount to grow out SPS colonies.
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Aquascaping is done. Not exactly as I had envisioned it, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I have some nice caves and swim throughs. I thought I was going to need more rock, but now think I have just the right amount to grow out SPS colonies.
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Aquascape looks great!!
 
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What are some of the challenges of reefing with a cube?

  • Swimming space for fish

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  • Smaller front viewing panel

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  • Adding space between corals

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