RedStick's 30g Reef Build

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  1. RedStickReefer

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    Hi guys! I just wanted to document my 30g reef build here so y'all can follow along.

    Build List:

    Aqueon 30g long tank (used to be the sump for my old 90g reef)
    Two Radion Gen1 lights on RMS mounts
    Coralvue Icecap sump
    Ehiem compact 2000+ return pump
    Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO
    Finnex titanium heater tube
    Two TLF Phosban reactors (1 for carbon, 1 for GFO)
    Reef Octopus NW-110-6520B Skimmer (equipped with the aquatrance 1000s pump, not OTP)
    Jebao DP-4 dosing pump
    Jebao SW-8 powerhead
    DA Reefkeeper Lite
    Hanna checkers for Ca, Alk and phosphorus
    Pukani rock from BRS
    CaribSea special grade sand

    Here's a few pics of the build progress so far.

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-52-44 by Jensen Esneault

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-52-59 by Jensen Esneault

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-53-13 by Jensen Esneault

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-53-25 by Jensen Esneault

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-53-42 by Jensen Esneault

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-53-54 by Jensen Esneault

    [​IMG]2017-12-02_06-54-09 by Jensen Esneault

    I still need to sand and paint the stand white. Then, it'll be plumbed and I can get water in it. All of my electronics will go on a control panel under the stand on the right side. The front and side access panels are magnetic and I used plain old cabinet magnets to hold them on. Let me know what y'all think!
     
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  2. Hi.Gene

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    Great DIY tank build!

    Can't wait to see this finished.
     
  3. RedStickReefer

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    Thanks! This will be an SPS dominant tank. I'm shooting for a minimalist scape with plenty of negative space in the tank. Not the final scape, but it will be something simple like this.

    [​IMG]2017-12-05_10-04-22 by Jensen Esneault
     
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    My Radion mounts were delivered today. I couldn't stand it, I had to put them on the tank. Hard to believe all that stuff piling up on the left side of the tank is going to fit in this build!

    [​IMG]2017-12-07_05-34-00 by Jensen Esneault
     
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    I made a little progress this evening, but ran out of daylight. I still need to put another coat on the stand and I still need to sand/paint the doors. I was able to buy all my plumbing today with the exception of a few 1/2" valves. Lowes was sold out and they don't sell the double union valves at Home Depot.

    [​IMG]2017-12-11_05-40-16 by Jensen Esneault
     
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    More progress. I sanded and painted the door panels. I also installed the control panel and painted it. The stand is now finished, so hopefully I can start on dry fitting plumbing tomorrow evening. I might have water in the tank by this weekend!

    [​IMG]2017-12-13_04-00-39 by Jensen Esneault
     
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