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Old 07/10/2017, 05:36 PM   #1
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gcarroll' 260g SPS reef

It has been a long time coming but the time is here. Finally I have my chance to build my next tank. I has been 3.5 years since I tore down my 225g reef when we sold our home. With the recent purchase of a new home, the first priority has been to set up my new tank. I learned so much during the 10 years of my last tank and can't wait to apply that knowledge.
RIP to my 225g reef !



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Old 07/10/2017, 07:00 PM   #2
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Welcome back! You had some very nice mature colonies in your 225, I can't wait to see how your 260 takes shape.


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Old 07/10/2017, 07:58 PM   #3
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So the termite tent came off 7-7-17 . And here is the room of the tank wall complete with the granny curtains.

Demo began 7-8-17 with scraping the old school popcorn off of the ceilings.

And on 7-9-17 demo began on the floors


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Old 07/10/2017, 08:14 PM   #4
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The tank I will be setting up will be a 260g AGE with PVC bottom and powder coated stainless steel bracing on top and bottom.


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Old 07/10/2017, 08:15 PM   #5
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Welcome back! You had some very nice mature colonies in your 225, I can't wait to see how your 260 takes shape.


It has been a long time coming. Honestly too long! I've learned so much over the years and can't wait to apply it to this aquarium.


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Old 07/12/2017, 07:28 PM   #6
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Greg, fish room or everything under the tank?

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Old 07/12/2017, 07:45 PM   #7
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Your 225 was a thing of beauty, Im looking forward to following along with this new tank.


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Old 07/13/2017, 07:15 AM   #8
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Following good luck with build!!


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Old 07/15/2017, 12:03 PM   #9
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Following along, looking forward to seeing it done!


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Old 07/15/2017, 08:08 PM   #10
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It's coming along slowly. Electrical wiring and lighting first then need to convert from 100a panel to 200a. Flooring also arrives in a week.


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Old 07/15/2017, 08:10 PM   #11
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Greg, fish room or everything under the tank?

Corey

Corey, unfortunately everything is going under the tank. Wish I could've found another way, but it is what it is.


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Old 07/15/2017, 09:00 PM   #12
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This is fantastic! I remember being stunned by your tank many years ago when I lived out in AZ! Great to have you back!

What are your lighting plans? Your off to a fantastic start!

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Greg, I understand. Most of my equipment is under my tank or behind it. I dream of a fish room one day.

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Old 07/15/2017, 11:30 PM   #14
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This is fantastic! I remember being stunned by your tank many years ago when I lived out in AZ! Great to have you back!

What are your lighting plans? Your off to a fantastic start!

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That is actually the hardest thing for me to decide. What lighting will I use for the next 2 years? Honestly that is about the longest I ever went without changing on the old system.


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Old 07/15/2017, 11:40 PM   #15
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That is actually the hardest thing for me to decide. What lighting will I use for the next 2 years? Honestly that is about the longest I ever went without changing on the old system.
Haha! Now that is truth right there!

I can tell you that if you are going with LED's make sure to get a new, high quality fixture. I tried to make my own using just blues and whites to supplement my T5's and it made for a bad experience. The people that are most successful seem to use the puck style fixtures that have many shades of blue, many shades of white, red, green, etc, all close together. And they use lots of the fixtures to avoid shading.

I use T5's on my display and love them, but my tank is a 75 these days, only 18" wide. If I were to setup a 120, or a 180, I would probably go MH with T5 just because that would be allot of T5 bulbs to replace every 8 months if I had only T5. I just love the way that corals grow and look under MH/T5.

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Old 07/16/2017, 01:53 AM   #16
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I want the look to be clean! That is the main priority in the end. I will probably start off with a 10 bulb ATI Powermodule. My friend has one lying around that he is not using. I've always wanted to try T5 even though I'm not really fond of the look. I certainly can't argue with the results!

I'll probably use them until it's time to change the bulbs then I'll remember why I never wanted T5. Other options are a Giesemann Spectra, ATI Powermodule Hybrid, GHL Mitras, Giesemann Verve, and of course the Ecotech Radion G4 Pro.


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Old 07/16/2017, 02:57 AM   #17
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If you want to go really old school I know a LFS that has a 3 bulb 250W HQI with PC's marked down to about $100! HAHA. I might have scooped it up, but my wife gets migraines so I need to make sure my lights are in a canopy so you can't look directly into them.

I really like T5's I was an early adopter, and I've been using a Tek T5 Retro over many FW and SW tanks over the years. I do miss the glitter lines, but I love the color I get with T5's. Just an FYI, ATI and Guismann bulbs put out double the par that bulbs like Coralife do. I've been shocked by some of these results.

I see that you live in Orange, I'm in Fallbrook now, if you want some frags or want to borrow my PAR meter let me know! I have some high end stuff and love to trade and have my corals in someone else's tank just in case. Plus it's good for the hobby!

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Greg, I too like the ati hybrid! But for now I am sticking with my 400 watt radium and I love it.
I dont have quite the heat here in Ohio that you have out west though.
In your list of potential options, I dont see the reefbreeders LED's, any particular reason. Many ppl seem to like them and the fact the diodes are spread out is a nice feature.

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If you want to go really old school I know a LFS that has a 3 bulb 250W HQI with PC's marked down to about $100! HAHA. I might have scooped it up, but my wife gets migraines so I need to make sure my lights are in a canopy so you can't look directly into them.

I really like T5's I was an early adopter, and I've been using a Tek T5 Retro over many FW and SW tanks over the years. I do miss the glitter lines, but I love the color I get with T5's. Just an FYI, ATI and Guismann bulbs put out double the par that bulbs like Coralife do. I've been shocked by some of these results.

I see that you live in Orange, I'm in Fallbrook now, if you want some frags or want to borrow my PAR meter let me know! I have some high end stuff and love to trade and have my corals in someone else's tank just in case. Plus it's good for the hobby!

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Thanks Whiskey, I'll be sure to look you up when I'm ready!


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Greg, I too like the ati hybrid! But for now I am sticking with my 400 watt radium and I love it.
I dont have quite the heat here in Ohio that you have out west though.
In your list of potential options, I dont see the reefbreeders LED's, any particular reason. Many ppl seem to like them and the fact the diodes are spread out is a nice feature.

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The Geisemann Spectra is what I'm looking at for MH. I prefer the 250w Radion over the 400w version. I've used both and just prefer the way the corals responded and PAR is pretty close on them. I'm pretty burned out on MH though and just wanted to try something new.

When I lived in Corona, I ran 3 - 400w MH without a chiller so I don't think I will have much issue with heat as it is much cooler in the OC.

I did not consider Reef Breeders as I prefer to stick with larger established companies. Reef Breeders has a lot of followers but i't really am not a fan. I prefer LEDs that have a path to upgrade and GHL and Ecotech have shown that their lights have had this ability.


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Greg, I too like the ati hybrid! But for now I am sticking with my 400 watt radium and I love it.
I dont have quite the heat here in Ohio that you have out west though.
In your list of potential options, I dont see the reefbreeders LED's, any particular reason. Many ppl seem to like them and the fact the diodes are spread out is a nice feature.

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The Geisemann Spectra is what I'm looking at for MH. I prefer the 250w Radion over the 400w version. I've used both and just prefer the way the corals responded and PAR is pretty close on them. I'm pretty burned out on MH though and just wanted to try something new.

When I lived in Corona, I ran 3 - 400w MH without a chiller so I don't think I will have much issue with heat as it is much cooler in the OC.

I did not consider Reef Breeders as I prefer to stick with larger established companies. Reef Breeders has a lot of followers but i't really am not a fan. I prefer LEDs that have a path to upgrade and GHL and Ecotech have shown that their lights have had this ability.


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I understand wanting to try new things. I did hat awhile back with rapidled kits and it was okay. For me, I like the simplicity of halide. But that doesn't mean I don't like the sleek look of some other units out there. I really like the orpheks myself. But I also like The GHL as well. I like the more spread out pucks over the radion, and the added controllability (if I even used it) but you can't argue with the success of the radion and the pre programmed light schedules to take the guess work out of which colors need to be where.
Maybe one day I'll come back over to led side.
Can't wait to see your progress on this tank!

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Gregg, looking really promissing! Cant wait to finally see pics of the tank coming along!


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Went by the house today. Wiring for the aquarium outlets has been completed. Although it seems like it's going slow, realize that Theo whole house is being remodeled, not just this room. I'm shocked at how fast the remodel is coming along!



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Got great news from the general contractor today. Electrical panel will be done Saturday. I was thinking we were still at least 2-3 weeks out for that.


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