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Old 06-24-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Talking Duckhams 75G Reef Build - Eurobraced/BeanAnimal

After several years of success, I moved house. . . and my reef has never really recovered. On top of that I have changed tanks 2-3 times in my new place over the last year and a half trying to get things to work and fit in my home office. None of it has really worked very well.

So im setting up a more permanent tank and putting some patience back into practice. Attached is a picture of my current setup, and the *new* setup!

New Setup Specs:
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75 gallon 48x20x20, Eurobraced Starphire, External Beananimal overflow. (all by Miracles Aquariums).
Sump: 30x14x18 Rimless, 3 compartments. Skimmer, unassigned, return.
Stand: 48x20x40 for optimal viewing and inside tank reach. (I can touch all areas inside the tank without a step-stool).

Equipment Plan:
Lighting:
2 x 150w JBJ Halide lamps / 4 x T5s. (may replace halides with LED's later).
Return Pump: Eheim 1262
Skimmer: Reef Octopus SRO-2000 or NWB-150.


NOTE:

In my original thread, I called it a 68 gallon tank. Technically, without rocks or sand, and with the overflow operational it will hold just over 68 gallons of water. However, as its outside dimensions are 48x20x20, many generalize this as a 75 gallon, so im just going to go with it. Internally, if it didn't have an overflow cut-out, it could hold 75 gallons, soo . . . . whatever.
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Default Sump & External Overflow

Im going to hard-line a 1" beananimal overflow with 3/4" returns. The removable overflow grate is awesome! It really covers things nicely.
The external overflow box is rock solid! im really impressed with it.

I also have a BH-1000 hang-on skimmer to get things started.
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Default Starting the plumbing

I cut out the back of the stand on one side to fit the plumbing through. Im going to do the same on the right hand side for the return lines, but much smaller.
I think this will add some great ventilation too, which will help the skimmer and keep the humidity and temp down. Win win.
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Also just ordered 55lbs of marco rock from Incredible Aquariums (Bill@IA on here). But they are waiting for a shipment, so I probably wont get it until next week.

Does anyone have any dry marco rock, or BRS reef saver rock they want to get rid of?
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Piccys will be inserted here! ( im going to try a time lapse of the tank setup once I get it ready to install in my office) .
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Also just ordered 55lbs of marco rock from Incredible Aquariums (Bill@IA on here). But they are waiting for a shipment, so I probably wont get it until next week.

Does anyone have any dry marco rock, or BRS reef saver rock they want to get rid of?
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I would not go with the Blaster pump and Reef Octopus if you expect quiet system.
I used these and they are noisy. Octopus are best skimmer, but very sensitive to the chemistry (patty, glue, etc) and requires constant water level for good operation.
As per user guide for Octopus 2000 (which I had), the skimmer output should be above water level and it crates noise from the waterfall. I used Filter Media Bag attached to outlet for noise reduction
but this skimmer is much better than Vertex and also has unbelievable good customer service.

pumps are very powerfull
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