Waterbox 100.3 Orphek SPS Reef Build

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So I have a deep blue 34g nano build thread, it started off as a clam system, but things kept progressing such as a basement 150g Rubbermaid sump. I really like the 36" length, but the 12" depth is a bit short. It was great for a top down viewing clam tank, but after some bad DD clams I moved away from that concept so I want near the same footprint but taller for better viewing. Here is the 34g build:

https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/harts-nano-sps-reef-deep-blue-shallow-tank-oxymoron.422898/page-15

I was considering the IM external overflow tank, however I dig the orphek using kessil mount that I bolted to the stand, and that just wont work with external overflow, and I don't want to do a wall mount. Plus the WB is 2" taller. Downside is the WB comes with a sump, which I won't use with the basement Rubbermaid, but hey, can't have it all.

I placed my order yesterday, WB is out of stock, but said they will be shipping 1st week in June. Pretty excited!
 
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I ordered a sheet of black starboard for the bottom. I have glass only now, and it's fine, but the coral's don't really stick to it very well and I get tired of moving things back in place every night. I have used white before, but the upward glare from the lights really made things looks washed out and hit a lot of the LPS with too much light. It will be interesting to see how it works. Unlike the past I am going to silicone it down, I got thinner material this time and don't want it to warp. There is another thread with internal WB measurements, so I used those and will cut out the overflow box area.
 
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Few other things... I ordered some conversions from metric to standard plumbing, I imagine will need more but it's fun to get a jump start on things. Coralvue shipping is crazy, 20 bucks for some PVC fittings!

I also am using the kessil arm mount for the orphek right now, I have them inserted into some 1" black pvc, however I see now kessil sells extensions that pretty much do the same thing. I ordered two of these since it will be a bit more secure than my PVC solution, although the black PVC looks pretty nice really. I got two of them so I can further secure the orphek on the stand, it's much heavier than the AP700!

Right now I am only using the back 2 mounts to the kessil stands, it feels totally secure, but why not try and improve it. After looking at the orphek tank mount I ordered some cut aluminum and am going to tap it and attach to the kessil extensions so I can attach the orphek fully to the mounts. How this ends up going is anyone's guess...
 
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Excited to see this build! Is this your first big tank?
Thanks for following along!

Here is my old tank that I converted to FW after getting sick, but it's all good now! There is a build thread out there somewhere for it too... now it has altum angelfish!

http://www.reefedition.com/reef-spotlight-bret-hartmans-120g/


120 at that time was just too much for some reason, however the gear was under the stand, moving a tank upstairs and having the sump downstairs with it elevated on cinder blocks helps me a lot. It's so easy!
 
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You have a lot of really nice looking coral in there. Point and shoot shots came out great! What camera is it, and any post processing?
Thank you! It's a canon g15. Picked it up used a few years ago. I just googled it and they are like 60 bucks now!

I use the manual mode and the white balance on the camera, so no post processing. Well I did crop some, but not sure if that counts.
 
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