Not My First Tank but My First Build Thread

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120 Gallon Planet Aquarium Mega Matrix Rimless.
Been working on the Sump Room in the basement and taking my time so this has been a slow build.
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Water Mixing Station
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Here are a couple of Art Reef Rock Structures that will be going in the tank.
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I went with the blues and am waiting to see how I like them when I get water in the tank. I have been moving very slow on this build as I want to do everything as "right" as possible.
 

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I went with the blues and am waiting to see how I like them when I get water in the tank. I have been moving very slow on this build as I want to do everything as "right" as possible.
Cool! You will like them. I run 4 gen5 15 blues on my 80g.
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Nice!
I went with 2 as I prefer the look of them mounted on the back but the overflow doesn't allow for a 3rd in the middle. I plan on mostly LPS with a couple of SPS and if I need to add more lights for better spread or par I will have to figure out a mounting option. I don't like hanging from the ceiling as that creates a problem routing the cords and I don't like the long side to side mount.
 

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My tanks only 16" tall, 12.5" from rack to surface. I went with 4. If it was a 120 I would have done 2 xr30's, for reduced shadowing and Im into acros only. I have a 6 year old frogapawn in my 45 though.
I run the full ab+ currently at 90% scheduled.
1hr up/down and 10hrs peak.
I get excellent growth and colors. I do need to measure par one day, lol.

I have been 100% leds for over a year now and glad I made the move from halides.
 
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Super nice setup! Sink right next to the sump is priceless!
 
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I got a label maker and started labeling things (this could get addictive). Also ordered a sheet of textured ABS for the bottom of the glass to protect it. I'm sure the ABS isn't necessary but it will make me feel better.

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Very neat and organized that is for sure!!!
Thank you, My OCD is making this build take a while. I need to come up with a fish list now so I can plan on which ones to add first. I have a basic coral list but want to hold off on those for a while.
 
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I got water in the tank about a week ago and have been working out a few bugs like dialing in my 2 Inkbird heater controllers and getting some noise issues resolved with my 2 Sicce Syncra SDC 9.0 return pumps. So far, Sicce has been fantastic to work with. I don't expect every product to be perfect every time, but you find out how good a supplier/manufacturer is when there are problems and Sicce has been top notch.

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I'm going to have to work on taking better pics with these Radion Blues on AB+. I am getting used to the blue tone but it makes pictures difficult.
 
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Getting closer to adding fish but first I wanted to address my low ph issue so I ran a 1" pvc pipe outside and connected it to the protein skimmer. PH went from 7.75 yesterday morning to 8 this morning.

I used this
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As a screen to keep critters out and painted it gray to match the siding. I used a uniseal to go through the siding (Overkill but I had several 1" uniseals so I used it.)

I then used this push connect fitting https://www.menards.com/main/m-6809598.html
to connect the 3/8" ID 1/2" OD tubing to the 1 " pvc and the 3/8" ID tubing slips right over the air nipple on my skimmer.

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