New 75g reef build.

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Hello all. I noticed a lot of build threads and decided to add one since I started mine yesterday.

Got a great deal on a 75g with stand... all other included items were junk so picked up some upgrades.

I guess I’ll start with initial pics and then follow up with what I have and what I’ll be getting.

I’ve been out of the hobby for a decade so please feel free to stop me from doing something stupid!
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I currently have emperor 400 filter(will be upgraded to something else in near future... sump maybe)
Cheap lights that came with aquarium (new light below will be in tomorrow)
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80lbs live sand
40lbs dead dry base rock
50lbs fully cured live rock from established tank
Koralia 565 power head with another arriving tomorrow.

In addition tomorrow I will be adding addition live rock 20-40lbs with corals attached. Probably introduce clean up crew(suggestions needed) and a couple clowns from same tank live rock came from.

All my water seems to be within range and I already have some starfish, snails, shrimp, etc from the live rock.
 

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Hello all. I noticed a lot of build threads and decided to add one since I started mine yesterday.

Got a great deal on a 75g with stand... all other included items were junk so picked up some upgrades.

I guess I’ll start with initial pics and then follow up with what I have and what I’ll be getting.

I’ve been out of the hobby for a decade so please feel free to stop me from doing something stupid!
D85BC5F5-BA93-41CE-88F0-192816892A10.jpeg

2AA80873-4390-4E3D-8AA6-F19F7AB3977B.jpeg

B30B1679-C4A5-4F30-93CD-C543CF8CAF22.jpeg

E550608A-4563-48A6-B917-068CB6FE150F.jpeg

I currently have emperor 400 filter(will be upgraded to something else in near future... sump maybe)
Cheap lights that came with aquarium (new light below will be in tomorrow)
E9BEFEF4-CEAC-4463-A233-EA42B3C910B9.png

80lbs live sand
40lbs dead dry base rock
50lbs fully cured live rock from established tank
Koralia 565 power head with another arriving tomorrow.

In addition tomorrow I will be adding addition live rock 20-40lbs with corals attached. Probably introduce clean up crew(suggestions needed) and a couple clowns from same tank live rock came from.

All my water seems to be within range and I already have some starfish, snails, shrimp, etc from the live rock.
looks good. You already seem to have enough rock I wouldn't add 40 pounds more rock to that scape but its up to you.
 
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Started adding live stock and coral today... fish guy had a buy one get one free day so went a bit overboard...

Mated pair of cleaner shrimp
2 brittle star
Fire shrimp
2 clowns (one morphed)
Regal tang
Watchman goby
Corals

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Another update. I added clean up crew... bought a 75gallon package... turned out to be way to heavy! 100 various snails, 3 emerald crabs, 3 brittle stars.

I also added a purple fire fish and orange branch. I did have one clown (whyoming white) die on me today(no idea why and it happened so quick I watched the whole process helpless) everything was stable and in range on tests.

I also got a foxface, Midas Benny, imperator tang, and yellow tang which are in quarantine today. Will add to display in another update.

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All new additions are in. These are my last inhabitants going in outside maybe a few more corals (tbd).

Have a 20 gallon sump being delivered and setup Tuesday. Ordered a 2nd 36” led, 100 gal protein skimmer, 1200 gph powerhead,
Light mounts, custom screen top. I think that is all for now lol

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Started adding live stock and coral today... fish guy had a buy one get one free day so went a bit overboard...

Mated pair of cleaner shrimp
2 brittle star
Fire shrimp
2 clowns (one morphed)
Regal tang
Watchman goby
Corals

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As Maxine Brown said, "One step at a time boy, you're moving too fast boy."

QT your goods before adding to tank.
 
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As Maxine Brown said, "One step at a time boy, you're moving too fast boy."

QT your goods before adding to tank.
I am moving pretty fast... hope I don’t pay for it soon... however all corals, sand , rock, cake from sale system so didn’t feel need to QT long as they would all probably be infected.

I did start seeing a diatom outbreak but the CUC, tang and fox face cleaned that up quick.
 
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Got a deal on apex system... and some apex controls powerheads... now to hide it from the wife haha jk
Apex Wi-Fi head unit

Apex old style head unit

2 EB-8s power strips

1 EB-4 power strip

1 PM1 ph/orp module with probes

1 PM2 salinity module

1 ATK ATO system with pump and sensors

1 1Link module

1 Controler

4 leak detection sensors 2 are new and two were installed but never hooked up.

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Best of luck with your reef tank

I do agree, you are moving way, "way", way too fast; your setup is 20 days old, the readings still show ammonia and the dots visible in the rock are diatoms about to explode... REMEMBER, the key in reefing is patience.

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Best of luck with your reef tank

I do agree, you are moving way, "way", way too fast; your setup is 20 days old, the readings still show ammonia and the dots visible in the rock are diatoms about to explode... REMEMBER, the key in reefing is patience.

:)
Diatoms did explode a bit however CUC and tang took care of it pretty quick (less than two days) ammonia is zero... I think it’s just this API test kit showing this reading... even fresh saltwater reads at this level.
 
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