My 50 gal SCA

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Hey folks... I'm coming up on the one year mark for my 50 Gallon SCA reef tank so I thought I should start a build thread and share it with you all. I can definitely say that I only made it this far thanks to the help I received from Reef2Reef.
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I filled this tank up on May 13th 2020 after ordering the 50 gallon cube PNP system EcoTech Marine edition from SC Aquariums.

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  • The tank is SCA's 50 gallon square tank (24x24x20),10mm thick diamond polshed starfire glass.
    • I have one Vortech MP10 for flow
    • The lights are EcoTech Radion Gen 5 XR15 PRO
    • The Stand is the upgraded wood stand from SCA for this aquarium
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  • The scape was made using CaribSea South Seas Base Rock and I used CaribSea Ocean Direct Live Sand for the substrate. Now that I've seen videos of people making marco rock scapes, this is the one part about my tank I wish I could change but that sounds like a project for another time.
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  • The Sump is SCA's 3 chamber glass sump that came with the tank (19-3/4" Wx16-1/2" Lx13"H)
    • I use a filter sock clip and sock in the first chamber that I added and currently run carbon and phosguard in mesh bags inside the sock
    • I have mesh bags with Bio balls and ceramic rings below the filter sock
    • SCA's 301 65gal protein skimmer is in the front left chamber
    • The center is now a refugium with two types of chaeto and pom pom as well as miracle mud. I'm using a cheapo ACKE LED 12W grow light from amazon that actually works great at growing chaeto.
    • The heater is a 300W SeaELF heater from amazon
    • The return pump is SICCE Syncra Silent 3.5 upgraded from the Atman PH2500 that came with the tank.
    • XP Aqua Duetto Dual-Sensor Complete ATO
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Future plans and upgrades

As of right now I plan to add
  • One AI Nero 3 wavepump for added circulation in the tank. I'm crossing my fingers that eventually the nero will work on the Mobius app so I can synch my pumps.
  • ReefBrite XHO LED add on for my XR15 light. I hope this will be a more compact alternative to running T5s once my frags start growing in.
  • Looking for a cheap / reasonable media reactor so I can start running bio pellets
  • Hoping to upgrade to a doser when my tank's demand calls for it. Currently looking at Jebao DP4 doser.
Thanks for checking it out. I'm looking forward to upgrading, filling her up with more coral and showing it off here for you guys.

Here's a little side tank action (Sometimes this is my favorite view of the tank)
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Congratulations on your Build Thread! As for the e-Marco Cement, don’t give up too soon. Mix it right and will firm up rather quickly and if I recall correctly, can just finish hardening in the tank. So if you can pull some of your loose coral plugs, great, but anything encrusted or growing onto the rocks already, work fast and use a spray bottle on your corals to keep them moist. I bet you can have the stacked/cemented rocks back in the water within about an hour or so. Best wishes.
 

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I’ve recently setup my sca 50 build also ! Just wanted to share some pics
 

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I’ve recently setup my sca 50 build also ! Just wanted to share some pics
Great rockscape! I really like the pvc in the sump. I think plumbing my sump might just have to be one of my next projects. I’m still running the skimmer it came with. It’s a work horse.
 
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Right now I’m just using a two gallon bucket outside of the cabinet for my top off water and running it into the return chamber of the sump. It’s a little ugly but it’s tucked away between the tank and the wall.

I have been looking for a better solution and I found this slim ATO reservoir by advanced acrylics that would fit just right in the cabinet next to the sump. It’ll Probably be a Christmas list item for me this year.


The ATO I’m using is XP Aqua Duetto. You can see the round sensor and the hose in the second pic.

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I’m using smart ato nano in my sump.
For reservoir in using emerald 5 gallon from trigger system
 

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What percentage of blue versus white lighting do you think makes the best coral growth combo?

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  • Mostly Blue

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  • Even Balance

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  • Mostly White

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    Votes: 9 1.5%
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