START TO FINISH - INNOVATIVE MARINE 75 EXT REEF TANK

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After two years, I'm finally back in the hobby again but with a bigger tank. Yes, 75 isn't that grand but with limited space, this is my best option. As most have told me, I'll quickly grow out of this tank. This is also my first time starting a thread to follow my build. Follow me on the set-up and progress of my 75 gallon reef tank. Research from books, blogs to YouTube has lead me to this point. I fully expect you all to challenge my process and help me learn from my mistakes!

So far I have:

  • White Innovative Marine 75 gallon EXT reef ready tank
  • AQUAMAX BioPellet Reactor
  • NYOS TORQ Reactor
  • GYRO Flow Pump(RAFFLE PRIZE
    :)
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  • SENEYE Leak Detector
  • RODI Filter(No more LFS visit for top off or saltwater)
  • 2 Kessil lights
Still have more to grab! Wish me luck!

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After two years, I'm finally back in the hobby again but with a bigger tank. Yes, 75 isn't that grand but with limited space, this is my best option. As most have told me, I'll quickly grow out of this tank. This is also my first time starting a thread to follow my build. Follow me on the set-up and progress of my 75 gallon reef tank. Research from books, blogs to YouTube has lead me to this point. I fully expect you all to challenge my process and help me learn from my mistakes!

So far I have:

  • White Innovative Marine 75 gallon EXT reef ready tank
  • AQUAMAX BioPellet Reactor
  • NYOS TORQ Reactor
  • GYRO Flow Pump(RAFFLE PRIZE
    :)
    )
  • SENEYE Leak Detector
  • RODI Filter(No more LFS visit for top off or saltwater)
  • 2 Kessil lights
Still have more to grab! Wish me luck!

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Good luck. Any more updates? Pics?
 
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REEFERS! UPDATE! LETS GO! -

Ive finally got all my equipment which I’ll update you soon on. But here’s a project I’m working on now. My rock-scape.

Like any other reefer coming back into the hobby, I have learned from past mistakes. So after weeks of research and endless videos I’m ready to start my rockscape. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted this time around but I know I wanted to do something different. I thought about bonsai style rockscape, floating rockscape, NSA rockscape, island rockscape, and even hang off cliff style. I really wanted a floating rockscape but all the reading and videos discouraged this scape for anything larger than 40 so I decided to try out a NSA rockscape.

For those unfamiliar, check out this video
I just finished breaking all the larger rocks and once I get that done I’ll post my end result.

Wish me luck!
 

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How do you know what plumbing pieces to get? Is that part of the instructions for the tank or is that from whatever sump you end up getting?

There isn’t too much instruction that came with the tank except for the size of the fittings on the return and overflow box. After that you’re on your own.

But yes, it really depends on your sump, you’ll want to make sure you line up plumbing where your return pumps are and filter sock area.

For me I watched BRSTV and got most of my answers there. Here it is in case you haven’t watched it. I also googled images of similar tanks and went from there.

 

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so how the scape coming
Funny enough I wasn’t working on this all day today. It was hard at the beginning I thought I didn’t need glue accelerator. Now that I have it, oh man things are flying by so much easier. I’m not finished quite yet but here is my progress as of today.
 

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There isn’t too much instruction that came with the tank except for the size of the fittings on the return and overflow box. After that you’re on your own.

But yes, it really depends on your sump, you’ll want to make sure you line up plumbing where your return pumps are and filter sock area.

For me I watched BRSTV and got most of my answers there. Here it is in case you haven’t watched it. I also googled images of similar tanks and went from there.

Thanks. Just pulled the trigger on the last white 75 ext on IM's website. :) Time to order sump, pipes, equipment, etc.. :)
 
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