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    Default labnjab's 75 Gallon Reef Build

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    Were quickly collecting the pieces for our tank merger so I thought I'd start a journal. We plan on merging our 2 29 gallon reefs into one 75 gallon rr tank. Our goal is to simulate a reef transition zone with live rock piled up on the right half under a 250 watt phoenix 14000K hqi then it will slope to a large sand area with a few chunks of rock on the left under t-5's. Sps and a clam on the right and lps and softies on the left. It will have the 85 lbs of live rock we currently have along with 20-30 lbs of dry rock

    Used All Glass aquarium 75 gallon Reef Ready tank. We upgraded the standpipe from a crappy homemade stockman to a better durso style, which I need to make one small adjustment to.


    After- The only changes I have to make are adding a street 90 degree to give me more room

    The stand is going to be custom made by me so we can fit our lage skimmer underneath. I picked up most of the lumber yesterday and got it cut to size. I'm going to assemble it tonight

    Heat- 2 200 wat visa therm stealth heaters hooked up to a temperature controller

    Flow- 3 Koralia 2's, 1 koralia 1 and my mag drive 9.5 return pump, this can change depending on how much we like the flow

    Skimmer- Coralife 125. We bought it used for $85

    Sump- 20 long which is currently running on one of the 29 gallons. Along with the skimmer it will have a refugium with live rock and chaeto, phosphate reactor, and auto-top off

    Stock- all the fish in the 2 tanks (see signature) including our bubble tip anemone plus we'll probably add 1 or 2 more fish.

    At this point the only thing holding us up is building the stand and buying sand. Were going with a all new sandbed seeded with our old to elimnate any problems with switching over our old sandbed. I have to save up a few more weeks because the sand is going to be about $200 for 200lbs of dry aragonite. Hopefully we'll have everything switched over before christmas

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump

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    Sounds like a nice plan!
    I am looking forward to seeing it complete!
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    Good start!
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 3 Fancies, 2 Comets
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

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    looking good! I bet you're excited bigger reefs are 10x better

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    Thank you everyone. I started building the stand on my lunch break. I made the mistake of not pre-drilling some holes on the 1st piece and split it, so its off to home depot for another board. I have the bottom and 2 legs complete. I'll finish the frame tonight and will get some plywood later in the week to box it in. Here's a quick camera phone pic of what I've done so far

    The only concern I have are where the bulkhead fittings come through the bottom of the tank. Its gonna be a tight fit but I'm hoping i'll be ok
    Last edited by labnjab; 11-30-2009 at 05:58 PM.

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump

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    Looks awesome so far
    3x75 gallons|2x55 gallons|2x50 gallons|3x40 gallons|1x29 gallon|1x10 gallon

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    Curious how it will look when your all done.

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    I don't think you ever get "done" of the best things about this hobby...
    20gal long planted community

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish00053
    Curious how it will look when your all done.
    It will probably never be done, lol. I'll always think of new things to add or move around, or I may trade one coral for another. I can tell you another 6 months or so the back and side glass and all the rocks will be really purple from Coraline algae

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump

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    Just a quick update. Everything is doing great. The hawkfish is leaving the yellow corris alone for the most part. The only time the wrasse hides is if I start messing around in the tank. Coral is growing great. I finally got the calcium and alk back up to where I want it and my calcium reactor pretty much stays on all night because the ph is staying up. I did have to add a small booster pump to the calcium reactors intake. For some reason its not drawing in water too well but the pump solved that. Coral is growing very well, especially our sps

    I stole the booster pump for the calcium from our carbon reactor, which is ok since its way past time to change the carbon. I think I'm going to start mixing the carbon into our gfo reactor so save space and it helps keep the gfo from clumping.

    I'll try to post an updated FTS this afternoon.

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump

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