Tim's 150g build

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  1. tdowning

    tdowning Active Member

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    Good evening R2R! I started in the hobby in 2016 with a 29g BioCube. Quickly fell in love with what I was doing but even more quickly, ran out of room in my nano. I kept my eyes peeled on craigslist, facebook market place and other sites for a used tank as my next tank. What I found was a 150g tank with a 55g sump and a custom built stand. I had to modify the plumbing for the system and after 3 months I've been able to get my tank up and running. I'm very excited for this next chapter in my reefing story book and looking forward to watch this tank grow and evolve over the next few months and years! Here is the equipment breakdown;

    Tank - 150g glass tank drilled for sump
    Sump - 55g 5 chambers
    Bean animal overflow
    Lighting - (2) 32" LED black box lights
    Heaters - (2) 250 w aquatops (1) Titanium Heater 800w
    Skimmer - Vertex Omega 150
    Powerheads - (2) vortech MP10ES, (1) eflux 2100 gph (1) eflux 660 gph
    RO/DI - 4 stage 75 gpd system
    Reefkeeper Lite Plus Control Center

    I'm not currently using an ATU, is that something that would be highly recommended?

    I'm going to be adding some bacteria to help speed up the cycling process but will still take things slow as I go! I can't even begin to think of a stocking list so please share your favorites with me!

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  2. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I've moved this over the the member's tank forum so it can serve as your build thread. The tank looks great and best of luck with it. Congrats.
     
  3. tdowning

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    Thank you so much!
     
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    Rellikeno Active Member

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    Very nice. May I make one suggestion
     
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    Fudsey Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Need more pics :) Any updates?
     
  6. tdowning

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    Absolutely.
     
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    I’ll be doing an update tomorrow! Stay tuned.
     
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    Just saw that your drain pipes are high if you put them almost to the bottom you can get it a lot more silent and with them close to the bottom they’ll keep everything suspended to go through the socks. I have a 55 set up almost exactly the same way just not as many dividers I have only 3 chambers plus drains. Converting my 125 into a 100 gallon sump/refugium soon
     
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    cycled123 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I love that middle rock piece. Such an interesting shape!
     
  10. tdowning

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    Are you talking by about the pipes that go into the sump? You are suggesting to have that pipe go down into that first chamber?
     
  11. tdowning

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    Thanks! When I saw that piece at my LFS I knew it would be a one of a kinda piece and that I had to have it! I’m thinking of either doing zoas or a meteor shower on that piece. I think that would look sweet!
     
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    Yes have them go into the first chamber then flow up and over the socks it’s way quieter and easier to change socks
     
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    Just a suggestion
     
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    Any updates?
     
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    On a cruise in the Caribbean currently...hope to have some good updates a few days after we get back from vacation! Thanks for checking in though. I’ll be stocking the tank with 5 -10 fish when we get back. Any suggestions for some good hardy, easy to care for fish to put in the tank first?
     
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    Nice
     
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    I try to start any tank with a pair of clowns any type whatever ones you would like best. For me it’s the Clarke clowns, then for sure some type of tang to help with any algae. I like the sailfin and the scopas seems like they are pretty hardy when introduced to a newer tank, also some type of gobie, chromis always add nice color. Just don’t overdo it with fish to quickly you can always add more over time. I have only 12 in my 180 and the biggest is my sailfin tang. Can’t wait to see what you go with. Have fun on your trip!!!
     
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  18. Maria16

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    You can start from Anthias, Bartlett’s or Ignitus (3 or 5 females and 1 male)
    Few of Blue/green Reef Chromis
    Royal Gramma Basslet is very colorful
     
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    Thanks! I have a Royal Gramma in my nano cube, along with a Melanarus Wrasse which eventually I want to move him down to the big tank. I'll check out the anthias!
     
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    Thanks! I have a couple clown fish I have my eye on at my LFS. I'll probably do that and a tang as well and see how we go from there! I love the slow, methodical approach to this hobby as it seems to have greater results on the long term scale!!!
     
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