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After a 13 year hiatus I have decided to get back into the hobby, this time with interest and help from 3 curious kids! Wow so much jas changed, but so much is still familiar.

The AIO market has really taken off and the peninsula designs really caught my eye. As luck would have it. A local fish store was selling a used one with a Kessil 160WE and a bare frame stand for a great price.

We finished out the stand with sides (one of which is removable held in place with magnets), replaced the stock pump with a Jecod DCS1200, and 3d printed a filter cup and RFG. Aquascape is not quite NSA but also not a pile of rocks. We had a great time smashing and glueing them together and I think ot came out pretty darn good. We used about 15-20 lbs of rock and a 20 lbs bag of the caribsea direct live sand. The tank is in our dining room in a corner so you can see all sides, but it is not completely intrusive. We also built an acrylic lid to help with evaporation and a toddler...

Current inhabitants include a black ice and snowflake clown who are getting along well. Plan is for a mixed reef. We would like to eventually add an orange tail blenny, 6-line, and watchman/shrimp pair. I also plan on installing a hydros automation system.

Thanks for looking!

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Congratulations on the new adventure! It looks great!

If you would like, you can add the link for your build thread to your profile and you will automatically get a build thread banner that will link directly to this thread. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like help making this happen.
 

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Welcome back! I also took a long hiatus from the hobby and just returned earlier this year, we even have the same tank! I didn't realize how much I missed the hobby and am very happy to be back.

Watching your kids stare into the tank and smile is just the best feeling. Good luck with everything :)
 
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Thanks! So many things the kids can learn abot, from biology, to chemistry, and even physics/hydrodynamics!

I am trying to nail down which powerhead and controller to go with. I am thinking Hydros. I wish their wave engine could control the Nero 3.

One thing is for sure: livestock prices are completely insane compared to the last time I was in this.
 

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Thanks! So many things the kids can learn abot, from biology, to chemistry, and even physics/hydrodynamics!

I am trying to nail down which powerhead and controller to go with. I am thinking Hydros. I wish their wave engine could control the Nero 3.

One thing is for sure: livestock prices are completely insane compared to the last time I was in this.
Did you add a skimmer to this tank? I just purchased the same tank, can't wait to set it up!
 
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Awesome! I love it. The peninsula arrangement is really neat and allows for some cool aqua scape and viewing angles you wouldn't normally get.

I do not run a skimmer. I removed the stock sock and 3d printed a small cylindrical filter cup to hold some fine sponge and 1Tbsp of rox carbon. Filter floss is flow restrictive amd clogs easily. In chamber 2 I have 3 pod hotels I printed, a mangrove shoot, thermometers, and a big bag of bio balls. Chamber 3 is just a heater. Additional flow is via Jebao SLW-20. I don't think I really need the skimmer.
 
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