The newbs 75 gallon rimmed tank

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Hello everyone, I started my tank 1 year ago, and I procrastinated on making a build thread. Now I am going to do it.

Here is a picture of the tank: Updated April 2021
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Part 1: The setup:

12/26/19 to 1/27/20

My tank is a 75-gallon Marineland overflow:
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With a metal stand that I picked up at my LFS.
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For the sump, I got the eshopps r-100 sump
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https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/r-100-refugium-sump-3rd-gen-eshopps.html

The light is just a simple reno light strip with blue and white LEDs.
https://aquaticlife.com/collections...e-reno-saltwater-led-aquarium-fixture-48-inch
Amazon.com : Aquatic Life 420403 LIF Fxtr Reno LED FW 36in Light : Pet  Supplies



For the rocks I got 70 lbs. of BRS reef saver dry live rock, the package that It came in was full of peanuts.
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https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-reef-saver-dry-aquarium-live-rock.html


For the aquascape I made a tower in the center on purpose, so when I got my 2 hydra 32s the light would intersect in the center creating a high-par hotspot for SPS (and don't worry I got a par meter and measured to make sure).
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When I liked the look of this aquascape I put the rest of the rubble rocks back down in the refugium section.
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Next post: The cycle
 
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Part 2: The cycle

1/29/20 to 2/10/20

Sorry, it's been a bit since I last posted. The cycle for this tank was pretty simple, I just filled it with saltwater and put two clownfish in (small, ocelaris, captive-bred), two red leg hermits, and two nerite snails. I did not add any bacteria because my lfs said "your live sand has plenty of bacteria". I think that this was a mistake because it may have taken more time for the tank to "mature". Here are some pics.

Uh-oh, cloudy, first time with fish:
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Clearing up now:
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Settling into the new home!

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Recognize this picture?;)
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After a week or so I got diatoms, I contacted my lfs and they said to get some sand sifters(blue legs and some nassarius). My nitrates were around 5-20 and my ammonia was pretty low (0-0.2)
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Great build So how long has it ultimately been running with everything up?
I wish I could’ve had my 75 drilled when I started it up, but oh well, it is what it is.

What other inhabitants are you planning to stock?
Hi, This build was started at the beginning of 2020, its been up for over a year now. Everything is doing great, I will show you what the tank looks like in the future, currently, I am sort of "backtracking" my progress over the past year. Currently, I have:
Fish
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2x Ocelaris clownfish
2x Red firefish
1x Cherub Angelfish
1x Banggai Cardinalfish

CUC:
7x Astrea snails
5x Nassarius snails
1x Peppermint shrimp
2x Trochus snails
1x Mexican turbo snail
1x Nerite snail
3x Blue leg hermit crabs

If you want to check out my full stocking list then take a look at this thread:
https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/stocking-options-for-75-gall.808529/

Thanks for your interest in my tank, I wish you good luck with yours!
 
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