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I have waited over 20 years, and in the last few months I have read, reread and learned alot about new reef techniques and processes and equipment.

I dusted off old equipment and my old tank and am almost ready to begin again.

I built my own calcium reactor based on the experiences of folks who have been reefing in my absence.

My reactor cost me significantly less than a store bought unit.

Further research led me to build my own dual stage regulator. Again I used information gathered here and on another site, I bought a used regulator for $50, and all the fittings at swagelok for about $200.

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I also looked at protein skimmers and their high prices and decided to use the one I built 20 plus years ago. I couldn't find the venturi valve so I ordered a new one and will be using my Model T to skim my tank. It worked well yrs ago, and I don't see why It can't again.

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Nice. I cant wait to see it set up. I wish I was crafty enough to build my own equipment.
As far as skimmers go, I am lucky enough to live a few blocks away from a plastics company, I took all the measurements to them and I glued it together. It's not difficult and it has lasted over 20 years lol still holds water, I tested lol
If I ever need to add a reactor for some reason, I will build it as well. The prices for a plastic tube are really crazy.
 

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sweet ,asm trooper ,easy to clean!! is that a g 3 :cool:
 

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i love them,but recommend dc octo's to people ,not even sure if made anymore ;) but i have min ten and extra pumps:p..lol,also have the octo's they are tried and true and easy to get parts if needed:)
 
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Getting closer to launch.
I ran my electrical lines, hung my lights, purchased frame and netting for lids.
One set back, I cracked my sump, my fault, I drilled the tank without issue, while fidgeting with the bulkhead, I cracked it. Bonehead move.

Today it was raining test kits.
I started with a slew of Salifert test kits and one Hanna.
I plan on updating to a few more Hanna but I will do those over time.

Plus stocking for QT got Prazipro and awaiting Copper and a couple others.

Now I feel like a water treatment center and a fish veterinarian lol

Now to order an RO unit and fill the tank.
Like I said very close!!!

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hi,sump glass ,or acrylic?
 

How much do you care about having a display FREE of wires, pumps and equipment?

  • Want it squeaky clean! Wires be danged!

    Votes: 113 41.9%
  • A few things are ok with me!

    Votes: 133 49.3%
  • No care at all! Bring it on!

    Votes: 24 8.9%

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