My first tank! Budget/DIY

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Hey Guys! This is my first tank! And money is tight, so I have been using DIY and cheap stuff, or stuff I had laying around.

It's a 200 liter display tank with a 54 liter sump.

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Populargrow 165W Reef LED
Eheim CompactON 1000 return pump
Fluval CP4 Circulation pump
DIY Overflow
20 kg mix of live/dead rock
Crushed fossilized corals instead of sand
Fluval Biomax

Obviously I'm still missing a lot, but it's a start!

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As you can see, I'm in "The Ugly Phase" I like it
 

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i am not trying to be pushy but is you are looking into keeping harder lps and any sps you might want some more lighting, there are some cheap lights on amazon called nicrew, there are also viparspectra and wills lights on amazon.
Another light is on the way, also this one is only on 50 %
 
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Setup looks pretty good, I love that table. Only thing I might recommend is to raise your light wayyyy up. Like 14"+ off the water because they produce crazy hot spots. They'll grow coral well though, but raising it up will help to distribute the light better.
Thanks, I will look into that
 
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