My Big Beautiful Budget Breeder Build

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  1. Retro Reefer

    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks! :)
     

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    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks for pointing out the OW, I didn’t even know jebao was making this newer model.. found them for like $60 each on eBay which will save me $30 vs the RW’s I had originally planned on purchasing.
     
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    I have the CoralBox D500 plus and am really happy with it
     
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    Picked up my power strip today, 10 wide spaced outlets for all my DC power supplies. Heater will be the only AC powered device in my tank so it will be on a separate GFI outlet.

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    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Black Silicon to seal seams on stand after assembly and also a few welds that are not completely solid, I don’t want saltwater to get inside the stand.. also picked up black paint for the Aquariums back

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    Well I’m getting closer to getting wet.. got the stand sealed, foam under tank, the back glass painted black and plumbing done except pump.

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    Cleaning and pre break in of my CoralBox skimmer... this thing is dead silent, you can hear the water fizzing if the collection cup lid is removed that’s it!

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    Great looking build so far and I am really impressed with those bargains!
     
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    Thanks! I’m retired living on a modest pension so have to make every penny count.. Once I had decided on my equipment choices I just watched and waited for sales. I have always advocated going slow in this hobby once a tank is wet but had never actually applied it to setting up a tank.. the slow planning and execution of this build has so far saved me hundreds of dollars and a lot of headaches. This thing should be wet with live rock in a few weeks, probably introduce first fish late October or November.
     
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    Finally got my pump.. hopefully this little guy can push 250-270 gph up to my tank, couldn’t find much info on head loss but It’s rated at up to 538 gph, not enough room in my sump for anything much bigger

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    To improve performance and expedite filling my new tank I ordered a booster pump for my RO system.. another 20% off flash sale deal!

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    Picked up IO for the initial filling of tank then I’ll switch to RC for water changes and tank maintenance. also purchased a GFCI for my heater which will be the only a/c device in the tank..


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    Looking good!!

    Are you planning any sps coral? If not just stick with io the whole time.

    I didn't see any significant difference between the regular and reef crystals, so no need to spend the extra $$ in my opinion.
     
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    Nice setup but I also did a budget 40b build. Diy sump, drilled and plumbed dual 1inch drains, 3/4" return with a Jebao dct 8000, diy 20g long sump, sca 301 skimmer, finnex 300w heater, diy stand, jebao pp4 wm, radion xr30w pro gen 4, phosban media reactor, eggcrate lid. Majority of stuff was second hand, grand total roughly 1000-1200 been up for about 8 months, check out mt youtube channel and instagram @budgetaquatics
     
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    The rw8 will be too powerful let alone 2 i had a pp8 and had to replace it with a pp4.
     
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    The reef crystals are supposed to be more stable and optimized for coral growth.
     
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    I meant sps coral, dang autocorrect got me.

    I have a 200g and have seen zero difference between using regular and reef crystals.

    I have mainly soft and lps coral so demand for calcium isn't that great.
     
  18. Retro Reefer

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    Thanks.. it will be a heavily stocked mixed reef, I have been happy with RC, been using it since they first released it many years ago so sticking with what has worked for me..
     
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    Thanks.. I’ll have to check out your build, my build theme on this tank is cheap and easy with the emphases on easy :D building a stand and the drilling and plumbing didn’t fit into my plan, to expensive and time consuming.. I haven’t updated my totals yet but I’ll probably be closer to about $1400
     
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    Making water.. new pump really pushes some water through my RO

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