Waterbox FRAF 104.5

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OK, here we go. Hoping I'm doing the Build Thread correctly.

A Bit of History First
I'll keep it brief. I had a fish-only tank back in the mid nineties and man, have things changed. That tank lasted until the late nineties until a move from Virginia to New Jersey killed off the whole thing. Looking back, I should have taken that as a warning.

In February, my buddy asked me if I wanted a "free aquarium" as I was forever prattling on about the SW tank I used to have. His nephew had a 38 gallon Aqueon straight out of PetSmart, complete with pirate ship and plastic plants. I decided I'd give reefing a whirl. So first mistake was not doing the leg work and starting at tank in 2020 with a 1995 mindset to tank technology. I learned a few lessons like, don't buy cheap lights, that crushed coral really isn't a good substrate, wet-dry filters are from the stone age - I could go on. I overcame the obstacles and have a baby reef that is quite literally just starting to grow.

What's Coming
I quite literally just ordered a WaterBox FRAG 104.5: 48" W x 24" D x 16" H. I'm going to use the fish, corals, rock, lighting, and water from my existing setup along with the following:
  • Keeping my two Kessil A160WE TB and adding one A360WE TB. I'll have the 160 at 1' and 3' with the 360 dead center. Should give me plenty of light for a mixed reef
  • Upgrading to a NYOS Quantum 120 protein skimmer
  • NYOS 1L reactor
  • Sicce Syncra 5.0 retrun pump
  • Adding 40 more lbs of Caribsea Life Rock that I'm going to throw in my current sump while I wait for the new tank
  • Other assorted odds and ends
I'll post images of the build when it gets rolling. In the meantime, here's my immature 40 gallon mixed reef - Aqueon style.

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Hey, how’s it going

You got the right spot for your build. You can paste a link in you account details section for a build badge to let everyone know you have a build going on. Waterbox sounds like a good choice. Update us when it arrives
 
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Here are some images of the equipment for my upcoming build. I’m going to utilize the two Vortech MP10s that are on my current tank. I figured that I would place two MP10s on one side and an MP 40 on the other. I’ve already spent a ton and wanted to reuse what I could.
So what’s in the pile?
  1. Two Kessil A360 WE Tuna Blue
  2. One Vortech MP 40
  3. One Vectra M2
  4. One Nyos Torq 1L reactor and dock
  5. One Nyos Quantum 160 skimmer
  6. 40 lbs Caribsea Life rock
Still to come, 100 lbs of Caribsea Fiji pink sand. Oh, the actual aquarium and stand as well.
I’m excited!
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Well, no pictures to post, but the 100 lbs of Caribsea Fiji pink sand arrived today. I've also decided to buy an Ecotech Marine battery backup system and will connect it to my Vecra return pump as opposed to a Vortech powerhead. Also, I've been waffling on an Apex, but I've spent so much already, it may be foolish not to. Feeling the pain of a massive Visa bill at the moment and the cheapness is tugging at me. Unwise I think, particularly in this hobby. I'm trying to balance justifiable spending vs just spending.
 
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Hey, how’s it going

You got the right spot for your build. You can paste a link in you account details section for a build badge to let everyone know you have a build going on. Waterbox sounds like a good choice. Update us when it arrives
Thanks for the heads up on the account details so that I can mark a build thread - done. Also don't want to be creepy, but followed you.
 
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I'm getting closer. I took delivery of my Waterbox FRAG 105.4 yesterday. I'm going to start assembling the cabinet this weekend. Part of that will include a control board assembly in the dry side of the cabinet to (try and) keep everything neat and tidy. Unfortunately, it's going to be mid-October before I transfer aquariums. I'm moving the water, rock, and livestock from my existing 40 gallon to the new tank. We have a family vacation coming earlier next month and I want to wait until we get back before taking on this project. Bad things may happen if I swap everything over then disappear to the Keys for 10 days.

Still, getting EXCITED. Obviously getting the tank in is a significant milestone.
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I have started assembly of my new waterbox FRAG series. The tank, stand, and jump-guard are in place. The sump is in and plumbed, complete with reactor and skimmer. The return pump, lighting, battery backup, and one of the Vortech MP 40 pumps is in place. I am currently working on my control board and running wiring. I’ll get everything done that I can prior to moving day and will be utilizing two Vortech MP 10s all the live rock and Maxspect nano bio-media from the old tank. (Not to mention all the fish, corals, and water.)

Some images of the current state of the build are below
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So, I've been a bit lax in updating my build thread. The new tank is up and running. I bit the bullet and added an Apex whihc took me down a rabbit hole. I ended up shelving my Vortec return pump (literal on-shelf spare) and went with a Neptune COR 15. I also added a Neptune Trident DOS pump, and DDR. The Trident has been great. The data you get back is worth the price of admission. And yes, I know it's ruinously expensive. Despite the best of intentions, I was unable to prevent the rats nest of wiring, but it still looks much better than the old arrangement.

All the livestock was transferred over and I suffered nary a hitch. I added five new corals yesterday and have three more fish on the way. I think I'll leave it at that for now...well, maybe a couple more corals!

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It is extremely hard to eliminate the “rats nest” of wires. I would say in many cases it is almost impossible. Making sure you can access and change is much more important
 

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