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What's up everyone. I finally got the ok to upgrade my tank from the warden (aka the wife). But it came with some stipulations lol. New paint, new floors, and moving the closet lol. I'll touch on that a little bit later. But for now, here's a little bit of background. It's not long, I promise lol. I started out with freshwater like a lot of people seem to do. I can't remember a time that my father didn't have a fish tank up and thriving. At one time, I can remember having 3 forty gallon tanks going at the same time in our rec room. One for African cichlids, one for South American cichlids, and one for oddballs. The oddball tank was my favorite tank of course. But enough about that. I had a 75 gallon freshwater with only one butterkoferi for about a year. He would kill any and everything I put in the tank. I got the opportunity to re-home him and I took it. I was thinking of restocking with African cichlids until I visited a friend and saw his tank. I was hooked almost immediately. So I cleaned out the 75 and got to work. The tank did pretty well for a first timer I think. Then we moved and I had to downsize a little bit. I got a 60 gallon cube when we moved, built a sump, and have had that tank for the last 6 or 7 years. Check out the build thread on that one of you want. It's pretty short lol. Well.... Here we are at the present. The warden wanted to redo some of the house since our moving plans changed. And that means new tank for me!!!! A lot of labor, but, I think it'll be worth it. I'll make sure this build thread is a little better than my last. Well... Stay tuned if you want, and any pointers are welcomed. Now, here's some pics!!
 
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Before I could start anything I had to breakdown the cube tank. I got lucky and PetSmart had all their aqueon tanks half off. I picked up a 20 gallon tall to hold everything while I did the work on the house. If anyone is wondering where all the coral from the 60 went..... It's a short and depressing story lol. At least for me. About a year or so ago, I had an accident at work. Multiple bone breaks in my left hand. And around the same time I had a tank crash, and lost 90 percent of my coral. I kept the fish alive and this is what's left. But my rbta split lol.

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I'm no handyman lol, so I'm quite proud of the way it's turned out so far. Not reef related but here's a few pics of what it took to get a new tank out of the warden lol

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I had been looking for a replacement before starting on the house and had almost decided to buy a used tank and have a buddy build a stand. I went to my local pet shop The Ark, to look at what they had. They always have at least 3 or 4 tank and stand combos in the store. But on this day, they had received their dry good stock order and I saw a Prostar 60 on a pallet. I asked if a customer ordered it, and they said no, they're replacing the red sea store display with it! I immediately went online and looked up tank. Before leaving, I had them order me the 90 gallon version.
 
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After all was said and done here's the outcome. It came out pretty darn good for my first floor I think. Well... The warden was happy so that means I was happy lol

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At this point. My tank and stand had been ordered and picked up from The Ark. I had it sitting in the guest room covered. I had already unboxed it just to inspect for damage, but packed it back up to finish with the house work

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Over the last week or so I was able to at least get the tank and stand in it's place. Earlier I talked about moving the closet. It used to be on this wall on the left side of the wall. I filled it in and moved it on the other side. So now this is my tank wall lol. And so the real fun begins

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Got busy on the tank today! No distractions lol. Underneath my last tank was a spiderweb of wires and dosing lines. I also had the benefit of a corner that no one could see, so I put all the power supply bricks back there. I don't have that option now. The warden said everything must be beneath the tank..... Challenge accepted. I went to Menards and broke out a the few tools I had and came up with this control board.

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I skipped a little bit forward so I'll backtrack just a little bit. My local pet store The Ark, had an Aquavitro skimmer on clearance. And when I say discounted, I mean major lol. The dimensions on my skimmer compartment is kinda limited but the measurements said it should fit.

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Technically it did fit in the sumps skimmer section. But, there was no room to reach adjustments and the cup itself was a pain to get off. That'd not a dig at the skimmer itself, more so the small skimmer section. I really wish it was bigger, I really wanted to use this skimmer for the adjustability it has. Back to The Ark it went. They took it back without hesitation and led me to the skimmers to show me what fits. It was between Bubble Magus Curve 5 extreme, and Reef Octopus 110SSS.

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I eventually plan on plumbing in an Aquamaxx reactor for carbon/gfo as needed. The plumbing that comes with the tank is metric for some reason. It's a very good design in my opinion besides for the metric sizing. I ordered some adapters from BRS. They should be here in a few days. I installed the plumbing and my return pump. The tank comes with stainless steel screw clamps, but I know better than to use them in a saltwater environment. I cut the flexible hose so that it can't come off of the return. I have some nylon clamps otw from Amazon. But enough talking. I pulled the hose in and started doing my leak test!

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Leak test is complete and passed. I had visited Menards to look for a few things and came across their rodi fitting section. With my rodi system being in the laundry room,I was filling buckets then carrying them to the tank. I picked up 100ft of rodi line and some fittings, connected everything then ran it straight to the tank

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For sand I decided to go with the dry aragonite aragamax select. The math made a lot better sense than using the wet live stuff. It took 2 bags for a decent sandbed depth.
 
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Time for a few updates! Got a lot done this past week. So gets a recap lol. Finished filling the tank and got a few rocks in! The rock had been in a tote cooking with water from the previous tank for quite a while so I'm not entirely sure if it's live or not. I'm not worried about a cycle because I still have all of the rock from the previous tank.

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It only took a few hours for the dust to settle. It took half that to rinse the sand, but I think it was worth it. And I like the white sand look. I had the black sand in my previous tank. Now keeping it looking that way is a whole other story lol, but I'll try.
 
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I decided to go with RPM reef pro salt for this tank. I've read good things about them and my lfs keeps it in stock. $80 for 200 gallon mix. And it's separated into four 50 gallon bags which makes mixing big batches easy. I should add that I had added a heater and circulation pumps and got the water to 1.025sg before I put the rocks in. Got a little ahead of myself lol.

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The tank sat like this for a few days because I had no way of mounting my light. I searched the marketplace here for an rms mount but I only got one reply and of course it was already sold. Went to my lfs, The Ark, and they had some flex arms for AI lights that didn't work on a customers build so they were open. Beggars can't be choosers lol. And they gave me a really good discount! If you're ever in NWI give them a visit! While there I took a pic of their Prostar 60. It's their smaller show tank.

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It only took a few hours for the dust to settle. It took half that to rinse the sand, but I think it was worth it. And I like the white sand look. I had the black sand in my previous tank. Now keeping it looking that way is a whole other story lol, but I'll try.
Yea I'm partial to the white sand look too
 

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