Who Gave Her a Big Girl Tank?! helen ann's 56g Reef Savvy!

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The New Journey ...

Prior Build Threads:

'My Someone Special' Build:
IM Abyss Peninsula Drop Off 20g: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/someone-pushed-helen-ann-off-the-ledge.276480/

Let me start out by saying 'Thank You' to the following people:

A wonderful member by the name of Eric aka @ReeferEric (In my house, Eric is referred to as 'Mommy's fish boyfriend' LOL!) for making this new tank possible, for answering my 4am OCD txt and for just putting up with me!:p

The 2 best fish buds a person can have ... @Chrisfish (aka the FBFF) and @I Take Cars (aka the Bad Influence)! You both have made this so much fun and without all the laughs I might have given up a long time ago!!!

I would also like to thank @Humblefish for answering my endless questions and his support when I lost everything during my first go-around with the BC29!!!

Tank Info:
56G Reef Savvy (36x20x18)
ATI Powermodule 6x39w
EcoTech Vortech MP40wES Pumps(2)
Custom Sump
ATO Container 10x10x10
Skimmer Bubble Magus Curve 5
Return Pump DCT12000
Tunze 3155 ATO
Apex Controller w/Lab Grade PH
***I am sure am I missing some stuff and will update later :rolleyes:

The Rockscape ...

... and finally onto the only reason you are viewing my thread ... TO SEE THIS BEAUTY!!!;)

Back it on up ...

OMG OMG OMG ... Eric!!! Really?! You Dropped IT?!?!?

The Reveal ...

Might as well do a lil' plumbing while I am here (gotta hurry though, Pokemon Go Calling!!!) ...

Ok, Eric! Move out the way ... Let me see it!!!
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Will use this space for updates so people don't have to read though everything!
For some reason ... The Peeps get chatty in my threads!;):p:rolleyes:

12/01/2016 Update
...#181 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-5

The thingamajig that will hold the light was delivered last night! ;)
The smaller ottoman that will conceal the ATO container was delivered! ;)
The larger ottoman that I will use to sit and stare was delivered :rolleyes:

Then a discussion on the plan ...
Start making RO/DI water tonight! :D
Rinse Sand
Weekend Plan: Empty the BC29 enough to move to a temporary location and move the 56 into its placed

12/2/2016 Update ... #125 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-7

No big update today other than making up a bunch of RO/DI water in order to start making up the saltwater.

Mr. Cutie is missing! I have looked and looked!:( (Found Him:))

12/3/2016 Update ... #165 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-9

Let's get this baby in place and wet!!!;)

Custom ATO which is concealed in a ottoman!
Hooking up the APEX and Things!!
Adjusting Powerheads!

12/4/2016 Update ... #258 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-13

Whew! Finally completed making all the salt water last night.
Now making RO/DI for the ATOs for the 56g and the BC29.
This is what my life has turned into ... staying home on a Saturday night making water!!! Well, isn't that special!:rolleyes:
The return pump has been turned on and tank clearing up nicely.

Observations ...
To much sand!:rolleyes:
Rock Structure off center!!!:eek::mad:

12/05/2016 Update ...#336 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-17

Almost completely cleared up now!;)
Sand still needs to be evened out.:rolleyes:
Yes, Rockscape still a lil' off-centered:rolleyes:
Need to get the salinity up:rolleyes:

12/07/2016 Update ...#353 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-18

Plan on getting wet today and getting my sand evened out!;)
Yes, Rockscape still a lil' off-centered ... NO OCD has not beat me!!!!
Salinity still low at 1.021 ... Ran out of salt!!!:confused:
Hoping to get PH and Temp probe today so I get them hooked up.

12/07/2016 Part II Update ... #364 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/wh...tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-18

PH and Temp Probe Added :)
Apex Fusion Online :eek::eek::eek:
Off to do a LOT of Reading!!!:rolleyes:

12/08/2016 Update ... #379 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-19

Ugh on this update!!!:mad:

So, I initially sent the lights to go off at 11:30 ... hmmmm, that is to late :rolleyes:
Ok ... No biggie I will adjust that, seemed simple enough, right?!?! I went in to change to 10:30 and it won't save to the cloud.:(
So, I say to myself just turn them off for now, will deal with it in the morning ... again, you would think simple enough huh?!
I went to the app and the online site and slide the stupid bar thingy to 'OFF' and it just slides right back to 'ON'?!?!:(:mad::confused:

Ok, gave up and got my lil' butt up and turned them off manually!!!:rolleyes:

12/10/2016 Update ... #474 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-24

So, was having a lil' issue AGAIN with the Apex!!! It would seem that someone (Not going to point any fingers but I believe @Elementalj did it)
cut the power to the APEX controller on the control board.:rolleyes::oops:

I have reset the light schedule.
Turned on the ATO (not sure this right .. sump looks low and I don't see the ATO kicking on)
Added an ammonia badge
I added biospheres/filter floss that had been sitting in the BC29 collecting bacteria to the sump ...LET THE CYCLE BEGIN!!:)

12/11/2016 Update ... #634 https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/who-gave-her-a-big-girl-tank-helen-anns-56g-reef-savvy.276479/page-32

Whew ... After a lil' struggle, I finally got the lights working through the Apex Fusion(thanks @Brew12 & @jsker), now to program the bulb schedule.
The Filter and Biospheres I threw in there yesterday hasn't resulted in ammonia spike yet.
That is all I got!!!:rolleyes:
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Woot woot @helen ann congratulations on the new tank, I know it will be stocked with some awesome corals and Mr. Cutie (right??):D
Mr. Cutie is my heart and there will be no fish allowed in the new tank that doesn't pass Mr. Cutie's inspection!!!;)
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Is it wet yet.:)
Looks great lady...but when it will be wet?:p
You remember you need to make it ready in next 6 months to get those acros.....;)
I will start making water Friday and the plan is to have it wet this weekend!!!
OMG OMG OMG!!! :eek::D;):)

@Anirban, don't worry ... it will be ready for those acros!! I will be looking for YOU!!!;)
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That tank is a sexy beast! I can't wait to see it filled! So excited for you. Perhaps I'll follow this build thread too ;)
Thanks so much Hun!!!
I will be expecting you to be following both!!!;)

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