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I ordered some Tropic Eden Mesoflakes just to have on hand. Probably gonna go BB, but still indecisive at this point. I typically run Reefflakes, but wanted to go slightly smaller if I went with sand this time.
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Wow! Wowowowow! Looks super great! Shame about the glass :(

I'll be following this to see how it goes. How did you coat the stand to make it show-quality? It looks fantastic!
Can't wait to see how you do this. What sump are you getting?
 
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Awesome start, what are the dimensions of the tank? Also what paint did you use on the back? Really digging that blue color.
The tank is 48x24x20.

The paint is a very light purple blue. Due to the back being Starfire, I believe it gives the paint a more blue look. In person it’s more purple. Here’s a pic of the back with my flash on. iPhone 13 pro.

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Wow! Wowowowow! Looks super great! Shame about the glass :(

I'll be following this to see how it goes. How did you coat the stand to make it show-quality? It looks fantastic!
Can't wait to see how you do this. What sump are you getting?
Thanks man. So I did a lot of research on paint. The truth is… I’m a horrible painter. I’m so anal/ ADD with my projects. I’m never really satisfied no matter how they look. I always feel like I can improve or that something just doesn’t look right. I promised myself that this time I wouldn’t be so hard on myself. I needed to pick a quality paint and make sure to do good prep work. My paint choice was excellent. Probably one of the better paints I’ve used. It self levels and if you paint inside with the A/C and fans off, it lays down very nicely and the working time is longer than paints I’ve used in the past. When a paint drys too quickly it really makes it difficult to get a nice finish.

The rollers I use are Whizzflock from Lowe’s and they really do a good job:

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The paint is called Benjamin Moore Advance.

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What sump are you getting?

The sump is a very simple custom sump from Advance Acrylics. My last sump in the pic below was a busy Synergy Reef that was difficult to clean and plumb. It doesn’t look it, but things accumulate over time and it’s hard to get detritus and other crap out. Cleaning under the bubble trap was difficult and also under the filter socks and in the drain chamber.

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So this time I wanted a more open sump that was rimless, but due to the width there had to be a 2” euro brace or it would bow. The sump is a 3 chamber design with (1) 7” sock and that’s about it. The drain section is open and it’s just that simple. It looks like this sump below. The pics are actually what I modified to let John know what I wanted. It will have a white back and white bottom.

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Jared,
Your build is just awesome!!

Question:
Did your Deltec come with the neck cleaner?

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Thx man! It did come with the neck cleaner. The first Deltec I had was a 1000ix (A/C pump) and I ran it on a 75/G. COMPLETELY overkill. I way over skimmed that tank. Didn’t realize it until the end. That skimmer had a drain tube on the skimmer cup. Nice feature to have.

This one is a 600i which is smaller and the D/C pump version. No drain tube on skimmer cup, but both have the manual neck cleaner. It is really nice, because you don’t need to worry about it breaking.

Adam at Battle Corals can usually get them for you. Extremely silent skimmers compared to everything I’ve had in the past.

 
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Good to know that Deltec still makes some really good skimmers. That neck cleaner is super nice for dry skimming. I like their way, because it’s factory and you don’t depend on a motor to get the job done.

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It’s got me thinking about some diy blades added to the top on my lid.

Thanks for your detailed response.
 
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Good to know that Deltec still makes some really good skimmers. That neck cleaner is super nice for dry skimming. I like their way, because it’s factory and you don’t depend on a motor to get the job done.

lol,
It’s got me thinking about some diy blades added to the top on my lid.

Thanks for your detailed response.
Yes sir!
 
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This one is a 600i which is smaller and the D/C pump version. No drain tube on skimmer cup, but both have the manual neck cleaner. It is really nice, because you don’t need to worry about it breaking.

I have the same skimmer and they do have the cup with drain tube. I contacted Deltec about it and they said I can order it from them for $95.

I'm still waiting on my GEO reactor and secondary chamber. He said he has been delayed by sourcing DC pumps. I see you went with the DC so hopefully that means he's getting them in now. I went with the CR612 and will probably be kicking myself for not going with the 618, but I figured it would do for a 100G reef.

I've been following your tanks for a while now. Really liked your CO2 scrubber set up from the last tank. Keep the updates coming!
 
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Looks good man! Keep up with the shine! I’m Jason M on the shine group… love your scape… I just don’t have the patience to do that myself.
Thx bro! You know it!

You can do it Jason. The Marco rock is very easy to work with. If you follow the video in post #1 at the end, it’s really easy. You just work on it here and there until it’s finished. No need to rush. Then just get it in some saltwater and let it sit for months as you prep it with pods, live sand, coralline algae, water change water, etc. The. You can easier switch out your old scape. :)
 
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