New 83 Gallon Build

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This will be my first build thread for my new 83 gallon mixed reef tank that will replace my ~1.5 year old 36 gallon bow front.

It will be a slow build, as I don’t want to transfer everything over until after some travel in early-June, but I’ll document everything here. Many thanks to @VintageReefer who posted the great deal on this tank here:

https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/b...of-2024-whose-looking-for-a-new-tank.1037349/

The tank and stand was built by Current-USA purportedly as part of a first run for their own line of aquariums which they cancelled when they were bought out recently.

The tank is:

83 gallons rimless low iron glass
- 48x20x20
- Ghost overflow
- Sump and overflow are setup with herbie drain
- 26 gallon custom glass sump
- 9 gallon custom acrylic gravity ato with float
- custom made cabinet from marine grade plywood covered in faux wood grain laminate

Here is what I am planning so far:
~35# of existing rock from the tank this is replacing and another ~#30-50 of live rock from LFS (they have some great shapes/sizes at a reasonable cost)

-50# Alive Special Grade Sand
-300W BRS heater connected to an Inkbird
-Hygger crossflow wavemaker
-2 AI Nero 5 wavemakers
-Current-USA e-flux LOOP 1900 GPH return pump
-VCA random flow nozzle
-Reef Factory Smart Roller S
Reef Octopus Essence s-130 Skimmer
-2 Noo-Psyche K7 III pro lights

The sump comes setup with 3 filter socks and a large skimmer compartment. I plan to do away with the socks and modify the baffles so that I can use the Smart Roller S and will make room to incorporate a refugium down the road.

Here is a picture of the tank and stand from the vendor:
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4/4/24
The tank and stand showed up today!

….and the tank promptly broke after the pallet tipped over when the pallet jack hit the end of the driveway at a funny angle (driver’s fault). Womp Womp!! Everything was packaged up well, but with so much force landing mostly on the overflow box it broke the back panel of glass. Sump and stand were totally fine. Vendor is sending out a new tank and waiting to hear back on what to do with the broken one (vendor working with shipper insurance).

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4/10/2024
A replacement tank arrived today! VERY VERY well packaged up lol. It took me a few minutes to get it open to inspect the tank!



new tank.jpg



5/4/2024
May the 4th be with you, and we have water!!

The rockscape is somewhat temporary until I transfer all the rock over from my 36G bowfront (prob in June). My new simplicity skimmer also sounds like a small Cessna taking off under my tank, but simplicity was quick to send me a new impeller which should be here soon.

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I want to say congratulations! But. This isn’t a good start. They will take care of you though and get it replaced. This could be a good thing. Get that bad luck out for the way before the tank gets life in it ;)
 
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I pick the same system up this weekend as I drive back to San Diego and visit family and friends. Ill save the 500 in shipping for some new stuff for the system as I downsize from a 150 system. Thank you for your reply on the system.
Awesome, looking forward to see how your build comes along!
 

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I doubt you'll need both Nero 5s on that tank. I have the same one (tank) and with the vca and the jeabo SL wave maker it's more than enough flow. I had to turn the return pump to the second level so I wasn't blasting my torch and octospawn. I ended up using 60 lbs of sand in mine. Also if you need a lid check mine out in the other thread. By any chance are you going to par map the noops? If so please post.
 

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