Waterbox Marine 45.2 Build

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This is the start of my build thread. I got this setup second hand in September 2022. So some of the equipment is used and needed some TLC

Waterbox Marine 45.2
Tank dimensions 24×18×18 (roughly)
Tank volume 30 gallons with a 15 gallon (I'm pretty sure) sump on the bottom

Equipment that came with the setup
Ai Prime 16
Vortechs MP10
Hydor 700 return pump I believe, not sure on the model.
I immediately had issues with the mp10 wet side so I switched it out for a Nero 5 and trying to get a new wet side for the MP10


The tank is my basement fishroom, not the cleanest setup right now but I'm working on it

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Around the end of September I filled it with freshwater, let it run for a few days to address any leaks. Mixed salt in the empty tank, to 1.025 sg.
I'm using red sea blue bucket, it came with the tank and that's what the nems are used too. But I'm using red sea black bucket on my other nano reef, when I run out of blue bucket I plant to switch back to black bucket on all my reef tanks. Will this be ok?? I do like the higher alkalinity of the coral pro.

For sand I'm using caribsea live reef sand. It's not to coarse or to fine.
 

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November 16, I acquired the livestock, rocks, Nero 5 and ATO,
Fish included a pair of oci clowns
A beautiful rainbow bubble tip nem which was one nem when I picked it up, and it quickly split into 2 nems, guessing from the stress of moving
A bullseye pistol shrimp ( very shy and hard to photograph)
A long spine urchin, 2 hermit's, various snails

Also came with some soft corals, a massive Kenya tree, a pretty good size colony of zoas, some xenia. Also has a few large aptasia and hair algae

Rock is bout 2 years old. I transferred everything from the previous owner, they had 2 tanks and I moved everything into this new tank.

Letting this tank settle for a bit but I plan to remove the keys tree and replace it with my hammer coral in my other tank, or maybe my toadstool leather would look good there.
 

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Ah I figured out to make pictures bigger lol, still new and figuring this out!

This is my tailspot blenny, currently in my 10 gallon reef, I would like to move him into this new reef soon. I'm gonna put a possible fish list below

Current stocking
• 2 captive clownfish
• 1 bullseye pistol shrimp
• 1 long spine urchin

NEW POSSIBLE STOCKING?
• 1 Tail Spot Blenny
• 1 Fire fish
• 1 captive bred Royal Gramma
• 1 pearly Jawfish
• 1 captive bred green mandarin dragonet

now I know this sounds like alot for 45 gallons but I don't know if everything will go together so I would like some options. I'm open to any suggestions and tips!






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Looking good nice pick up, how old was the tank?
This tank the owner had running for only a little bit and wasn't using it, already had it cleaned up, but they also had 2 more small tanks still running, almost 2 years running. The clowns are 3 years old. It was kinda crazy but we got it done.
 
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