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Reef Tank 365
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- Aug 29, 2014
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- Barrie Ontario
Feb 5, 2018
April t, 2018
Hello all, I am back with a new build and I am extremely excited about it!
I originally was going to do a Red Sea 525xl and then a 425xl but after thinking about it these tanks just don't have the room that I need. They are beautiful tanks but just not what I truly want.
I have now finally finalized most of the equipment and it is on its way!
This tank will be 85" long 30" wide and 18" tall. After discussing glass or acrylic for over two weeks I have decided to make the tank from 3/4" acrylic. I all most and still am looking at the Elos 200 or 200xl as there tanks are just beautiful........ you never know but the build must start!
This tank overall volume will be over 200 gallons when all said and done. If my bio load is overloading the Vertex 180i I am able to switch it to the 200i with no issue. I do not foresee this but we will find out together.
As for the lights and controller..... I am on the fence for the lights I am looking at AI hydra 52s or Radion g4 pro's... But the ATI hybrids look nice.. We will have to see.
For the controller I am looking at the Vertex Cerebra that has a relaunch this May or the GHL profilux 4!
The Original Cerebra is a great controller and a breath of fresh air to me.
When you take a product apart and there are stainless steel screws and aluminum extrusion where cheap plastic and cheap plastic clips would have been used from other company's you know the quality is just unmatched not only in this hobby but in many products sold.
As all I do is design and build things for a living this is just not seen that much... Especially at the price point they are asking.
This is why I agreed to do this build with Vertex. They may not be 100% perfect but there build quality is just on point. Plus there stuff just works well and looks cool .
With the profilux 4 launch from GHL The controller market just got interesting as there is healthy competition and choices out there.. I have almost ordered the profilux 4 a few times now . I have high hopes for the controller market in the next year. I think you will see more and more ingenuity going into them and pricing going down. The Profilux 4 also has a build quality that is praised on many forums and users. I am still on the fence about this.... I might need to order both..
I will also be documenting everything in videos and pic's on Reef 2 Reef. I hope to shine a light on how I build and designs things. This will also let you help me design a amazing Reef tank!
I am finalizing rough sketches now and hope to have something posted soon. I am going to try to push the limits of what is possible with a aquarium.
I invite you to follow along!
I appreciate comments and criticism as there are things to learn in the hobby every day. If you have a question or a suggestion please be sure to post them!