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Definitely rinse it. I was very glad i did, you wouldn't believe the stuff that came out! It even had some weird colored plastic thread bits and other random stuff. After rinsing though all the sand settles really well with minimal/no dust storms.
I added mine the same way @Schnizzle did and didn't have any issues fwiw
 
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I would rinse. I’ve read tropic Eden is less dusty than other sands hence why I’ll be using it for upcoming build but I plan to rinse anyway. Otherwise dust will settle deep in the sand bed and if the sand it stirred it’ll just keep coming out.
 
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QT tanks (2x20g) and ordered a mated pair of Mochavinci Clowns from Sustainable Aquatics. Will be doing HotRocks' QT method, preceded by rally dip.

Its getting real boys...

Still, much to be done tomorrow. Crawled under the house today and put in joist support. Light mounts are in their final position. Tomorrow tank and stand go in position and start filling it with RODI water. Maybe even get to start the wire management and reefpi integration.
 
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Oh yeah... So I have some tap water left in my tank and sump (pumps could only get so much out before drawing air). I probably have 2-3 gallons between DT and sump.... Is that going to cause any issues?

My thought is that it's a drop in a ~140 gallon RODI-sea... So shouldn't be an issue, but figured I'd ask.
 
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that stinks i hit the same problem. I just used one of the wife's good towels and wrang it into a bucket. With all your other precautions why risk this one?
Dang it.... Why do you have to be the voice of reason? Haha. I'm gonna have to find one heck of a turkey baster.

Agreed. I think I'm being blinded by the bright shiny "finish line."
 
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Been slow going, life getting in the way.

Made progress on my lights, first fixture (trial run) is about done, pretty happy with the results. Once I'm 100% and will order parts for the matching sister light.

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The two pucks are radion clones 23 leds 69w. I bypassed the red and green leds (8 total) and added 4 mints and 3 Viosys hyperviolets - 150w per fixture at full blast. Still debating if I should add more RBs via replacing hyperviolets with 3 ups of 1 HyperViolet 2 Royal Blue for a total of 6 more RBs (14 total).

Also, went by Petco an dgrabbed a 40B for the sump. Now I need to get baffles made.
Are these viparspectra lights modified or a complete DIY set up? Mind sharing details on these lights? I'm about 2 months from needing lights on the cycling tank.

Will you be controlling these (dimming) with the reefpi?
 
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Are these viparspectra lights modified or a complete DIY set up? Mind sharing details on these lights? I'm about 2 months from needing lights on the cycling tank.

Will you be controlling these (dimming) with the reefpi?
The lights from the above pics are complete diy, they are controlled with reefpi (7 channels); however, those are not what I ended up going with. It just ended up being too much DIY for which I didn't have time for, so I just went with a more off the shelf piece.

I ended up picking up two viparspectra lights, replaced some 6500k whites with 20k and 3 blues with 395nn. Both viparspectra lights are also controlled with Reef pi.

The diy setup will end up over my coral/invert QT.
 
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