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Old 01/02/2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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The Brown's 1st Tank

We are new to the hobby and have been getting setup for about 4 months now. I have installed the RODI system, storage tanks, built a custom Sump/Refug system and now we are putting water and sand in the tank. Here are some pictures.

The RO/DO and storage tank system.





Next is my Wet/Dry filter turned into a sump with my custom refugium system.











Live rock will be going into the sump where you see the egg crate.



Pics of the RO/Di water going into the tank.





More coming soon.


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Old 01/02/2008, 11:32 AM   #2
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Alright we put salt and sand in the tank and this is what I am getting after 24 hours.




This picture was from 2 days ago and it has started to clear a little. I will put another pic up tonight after I get home. It's still not clear though.


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Old 01/02/2008, 11:36 AM   #3
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Great start, cant wait to see how this turns out! Are you going to buy LR or do you plan on curing LR in the tank?


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Old 01/02/2008, 11:39 AM   #4
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Great start, cant wait to see how this turns out! Are you going to buy LR or do you plan on curing LR in the tank?
We have 50lbs of Premium Fiji live rock coming today, Well should be here today. We will be putting it in the tank after a little spray from the hose.


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Old 01/02/2008, 11:41 AM   #5
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Sweet, what do you plan for your stocking list and corals?


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Old 01/02/2008, 11:50 AM   #6
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We aren't exactly sure yet.

I think our corals will be mostly LPS and we really like the different varieties of tangs. We see so many cool fish when we go to the lfs we just want one of everything But it took us 4 months to get water in the tank...I think we will have plenty of time to generate a list of fish and coral.

We will let you know as soon as we decide!!


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Old 01/02/2008, 11:59 AM   #7
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What is this clear section all the way to the left??




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Old 01/02/2008, 12:02 PM   #8
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Just looks like some tubing connecting the drain to me.

What tangs are you looking at? You will be limited with a tank that size.


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Old 01/02/2008, 12:04 PM   #9
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What is this clear section all the way to the left??

I really did not want to glue anthing to the sump in case I want to sell it later so I found some thick clear rubber tubing at Lowes that worked perfectly. This way I can remove the sump any time. It took a while to get it slid on there. It was a tight fit. Most important --> No leaks...



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Old 01/02/2008, 12:30 PM   #10
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What tangs are you looking at? You will be limited with a tank that size.
Yeah...we are going to have to do some research. We like the blue hippo tangs but who knows we may do something different all together.


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Old 01/02/2008, 12:31 PM   #11
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Looking good. Has the water cleared yet


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Old 01/02/2008, 12:37 PM   #12
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You need to change that electrica outlet to a GFI!!!! Trust me on this one...

I had a small issue with water making contact with wall ran down and mmade this cool sizzleing sound..... vvvvzzzzzzttttt!!!


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Old 01/02/2008, 12:48 PM   #13
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You need to change that electrica outlet to a GFI!!!! Trust me on this one...

I had a small issue with water making contact with wall ran down and mmade this cool sizzleing sound..... vvvvzzzzzzttttt!!!
Yes I have a GFI outlet just have to put it in, I should do that, thanks for the reminder!


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Old 01/02/2008, 01:49 PM   #14
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despite the tight fit of that clear section of hose, I'd still put some clamps on the connections.... just so I (you) can sleep better at night.

good job so far!


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Old 01/02/2008, 01:51 PM   #15
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despite the tight fit of that clear section of hose, I'd still pot some clamps on the connections.... just so I (you) can sleep better at night.

good job so far!
Excellent idea, I will do that.


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Old 01/02/2008, 02:36 PM   #16
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You could also try a union


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Old 01/02/2008, 06:06 PM   #17
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Alright this is what the tank looks like when I came home from work.



Looks like it is clearing up


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Old 01/02/2008, 06:06 PM   #18
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We also got the live rock in today, Got some nice pieces, 50lbs. We are looking for another 50lbs. So we rinsed them off and my wife put them in the tank.










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Old 01/03/2008, 07:00 AM   #19
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Woke up this morning and the tank was pretty much clear. Just some particles floating around. We are going to put on a filter sock and most likely keep it on to increase water clarity.


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Old 01/03/2008, 08:03 PM   #20
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Alright when I got up this morning the tank was ALOT clearer



I also added some clamps on my clear hose thats going into my sump



I did not like the silcone that I used to mount the runoff from the fuge so I got a bulkhead and redid that setup




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Old 01/03/2008, 10:06 PM   #21
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Added more water and got my fuge filled. I dont have the stuff to make up the fuge yet, will this weekend hopefully. I just wanted to get the right amount of water to get the salinity that I want. Right now just a hair below 1.02 the minimum



And the sump in action. Still going to be putting live rock in the empty space on the left, where the bio would normally go in the wet/dry filter.



So now cycling begins.


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Old 01/04/2008, 08:44 AM   #22
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Looks good. Putting those clamps on was a good decision. Are you planning on keeping the S.G. at 1.02 or are you going to raise it to the NSW value of 1.025?


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Old 01/04/2008, 08:45 AM   #23
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Looks good. Putting those clamps on was a good decision. Are you planning on keeping the S.G. at 1.02 or are you going to raise it to the NSW value of 1.025?
We are raising it.. Still adding a little salt at a time


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I would not recommend adding the LR to the bio ball compartment. Any media that goes there will be equal to bio balls since it is a trickle filter and not fully submerged. Basically anything you put there could become a nitrate factory.


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I would not recommend adding the LR to the bio ball compartment. Any media that goes there will be equal to bio balls since it is a trickle filter and not fully submerged. Basically anything you put there could become a nitrate factory.
What difference does it make if I put live rock in the bio ball compartment or in the tank itself?


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