Red Sea Max E-170 with Sump Upgrade

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Howdy Everyone!

I'll be sharing photos and my thoughts of this tank build. Any tips/tricks, criticism and feedback is welcomed! Thanks

Attached is the tank, stand and sump

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Welcome to R2R!!! I have a 170 as well. Happy with mine. Note I went with a Tunze for the ATO and a separate ATO storage container as the one that comes with the system is pretty small. What are you planning livestock and/or corals?
 
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I purchased about 60 pounds of CaribSea Life Rock and Shapes.

40 pounds of CaribSea Arag Alive Fiji sand

My tap water is at about is 248 TDS so I went with the 7 stage 150 GPD BRS RO/DI system. In the near future I plan on making an insulated box for this system mounted outside my studio.

my original concept for my aquascape (attached) was this but ended up changing it up and went for overhangs instead.

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Welcome to R2R!!! I have a 170 as well. Happy with mine. Note I went with a Tunze for the ATO and a separate ATO storage container as the one that comes with the system is pretty small. What are you planning livestock and/or corals?

Thanks! I was looking at getting the Tunze ATO but it was sold out everywhere! The kid at my LFS recommended the JBJ Nano ATO and it's been working out.

I wasn't a fan of the ATO that the sump came with either. I'm thinking of turning the reservoir into a refugium. Drill some holes into the glass and keep it at the same spot
 
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As expected, the water was pretty cloudy but after the 4th day the cloudiness cleared up!

I'm using Dr. Tim's One and Only to cycle the tank. Per the instructions, I left out the filter sock for 48 hours. The only type of filtration I had running during that time was the sponge in the sump, a carbon bag and ceramic filter rings running in the back. I don't have a protein skimmer running yet. I am opting out using the one the system came with. I will be using a Reef Octopus instead. Pictures are of Day 1 and Day 5.


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Here is the studio my father and I built and where the aquarium resides.

built this studio so I could bring my business home (photography business)

here are the progression photos. we started in April 2020 and finished around October.

We decided to go with thin brick since the weight of full size brick would be too heavy.

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Yesterday (1/22) my Reef Octopus Classic 110-S came in. I quickly set it up and tossed it in my sump.

Came back this morning to find that it's pulling some gunk out of the water. Now I'm just trying to find that "sweet spot." Just glad to know that it's working.

I did notice that there's now the micro bubbles in my DT. If anyone knows how to mitigate this, please let me know. For now I'll let break in and check come back to this in about a week or two

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