New 75g Reef Build

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Hi everyone! My names Tyler. I've been a long time lurker of the site and finally decided to make an account. I got bit by the saltwater bug in 2016 when I left my ex and moved into my apartment. My daughter was in love with the Finding Nemo and Finding Dory movies so I asked her about getting a fish tank and she was ecstatic. The original plan was to start a 20L and upgrade in a few years but that plan quickly changed when I went to Petco for supplies and seen the dollar per gallon sale. I came home that day with a 40B and upgraded filters to handle the 40g's filtration. After many upgrades, trial and errors, a few algae battles, and a new amazing girlfriend, we fast forward to 2019. Once again we were at Petco for supplies and walked away with a new 75g tank. Once home I checked it for leaks, emptied it, and taped off the back glass, and started painting it. Days later I got some live rock in and started the scape and filled it up. Everything in the 40 went into the 75g so there wasn't a cycle.

Everything was going good until......the crash.
I came home from work one day and noticed white stuff floating in the tank. I called my girlfriend into the living room and we figured out that our son had put bread from his hamburger into the tank. We immediately started siphoning out as much of the bread as we could and did a huge water change. I woke up the next morning to find all the fish dead and my hammer was closed up. That night once I got back from work I went out and got a 29g, new filter media, sand, and more salt from Petco. I set up the 29g that night and now we are caught up to today.

The 29g is being used to rescue the hammer coral that survived. Its been over a month now since the crash and the hammer is doing wonderful. We've also added a black ocellaris, yellow tang, and condy nem. since then. I work on offshore drilling rigs and my plan is to start fresh with a new 75g build once I get home. Ive ordered my lights (SB Reeflight 45in) for the new build already and have the tank prepped. Im going to be running an Fx6 canister filter along with my RO BH-1000 skimmer. Everything in the 29g will be used in the 75g so it shouldn't have hardly any cycle. after it stabilizes then ill start adding more fish and coral. My ultimate goal is to have a mixed reef with softies, LPS, and SPS. Pics to come very soon.

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Welcome to R2R! Good luck with the tank. I know the feeling of disaster. My 40b was full of SPS and some of them were colonies. I went out and my husband had invited one of the neighbors over. The neighbor and his 4 year old son came over. While the guys were hangout, the 4 year old was in the room where my tank was setup looking at the fishes.....and feeding the fishes......Tide Pods!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. I couldn’t even imagine. I know kids will be kids, but sometimes your mind wonders to, what in the h*** were you thinking?
As much as the tank crash sucked it’s teaching me a lot. I’m doing so much research for this new tank and just want to be a better reefer and pet owner for my fishy friends. This time around I’m going to try to do things right and really focus on getting my water stable. I’ve had success with corals and nem but I want to have my corals thrive like I see with all of y’alls(I’m a southern guy lol) tanks. It’s going to be a great adventure and I’m glad I get to share it with everyone. Thanks for tuning in.
 
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Well.....bad news today guys and gals. I got in touch with SB Reef Lights today about shipment and I was informed, in less words, that my order went thru their Chinese warehouse but due to the coronavirus that the shipment would probably be delayed.

What puzzles me is that SB Reefs (who owns SB Reef Lights) has a warehouse in California. Now on SBreeflights.com it says that there are 70+ lights in stock. Why would you not keep your stock in your California warehouse? I am asking for an immediate refund and ok the look for another light. Any suggestions. I plan on keeping a mixed reef with SPS, LPS, and softies. I would also prefer all LED lighting and would like it to be one fixture. I was looking at the Reef Breeders Photon 48.
 
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