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Even though I won't be putting this new tank up for a month, I've got nearly all the equipment collected and am starting to get excited. Have a few questions that hopefully you can help me out with. Here's a pic of the tank and stand. Gonna need a bath and some new paint.



Equipment list:
24"x24"x24" 3 rimless side starfire tank
Custom Acrylic Sump
Ecotech Radion XR30w
2x MP10es w
Apex Lite - pH, temp, WXM
SWC cone skimmer - not sure if its the 120 or 160 will have to measure it but either will be fine I think
Eheim-JAGER 200 Watt heater
CA 2200 return
BRS Dual Reactor / Phosban Reactor - have both likely will use one or the other unless I run bio pellets at some point

So this will be my second tank and my first with a sump. How would you setup this sump?


Filter sock holders in the top right make me think drain there but then what is that PVC on the top left. plus the baffles are over there.
Bottom right is too small for the skimmer so I figure its the return section?

Will post more updates as I get things cleaned up and looking right. Should be getting wet and transferring livestock in early 2012.

-Nick

ps sorry about the crappy iPhone pics I will get out the DSLR once I have something nice to take pics of
 

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Looks like you have everything in hand. Get R Done!! WIll be waiting for finished pics.What kind of set-up suggestions you looking for? Looks as if you have it all inhand. ??
 

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Nick, this may be weird - but when you set up the sump I want to see you do it. I'm up by Fairfield and I wanna see how a sump gets put together - I'm going to be doing it on my next tank after the 55g corner bowfront and it seems so intimidating. You should let me bring a bunch of beers in return for a chance at letting me view sump construction haha.

At least post pictures ;P
 

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Also where will you be getting your LR/LS? Going local, or taking it from your 40 breeder? I can't find decent LR around here, I'll probably end up begging people on the C.T.A.R.S. forum on RC
 

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Nick, this may be weird - but when you set up the sump I want to see you do it. I'm up by Fairfield and I wanna see how a sump gets put together - I'm going to be doing it on my next tank after the 55g corner bowfront and it seems so intimidating. You should let me bring a bunch of beers in return for a chance at letting me view sump construction haha.

At least post pictures ;P
I'm going to be setting this tank up in Harlem at my new place but would be happy to let you come check it out or post some detailed pics once its up and running. I'm going to be using the Rock and remaining livestock from my 40g for this tank but I did get new sand. (Tropic Eden Reef Grade which is a larger grain that what I had for my first tank as this tank will be a high flow anemone / sps reef)

I originally got the rock to seed my marco's key large at Westport Aquarium where they have nice LR but the price is crazy $12/lb ish I would guess. Getting some from a local reefer is definitely the way to go, least die off. I will likely need a bit more rock for the next tank and will just wait to find someone breaking down a healthy tank to grab a piece or 2 for my sump.
 

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teaser

Last night I picked up what I hope will become the centerpiece of the new tank. wish me luck






Its not a pale as it seems in these pictures as I'm sure you guys know its tough to get a picture of this sort of thing true to how your eyes see it. This Mag is very sticky, stuck to my glove almost instantly when I was placing it in the tank, and has a real sting compared to the btas I've had experience with before. My clowns knew something was up as soon as it hit the water, they were in it within half an hour.
 

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update

quick update - my rodi unit fell and broke recently due to this and the low water pressure in my new building I will be trying treated tap water for this tank. I realize this might end up being an issue but for now its what I'm doing.

I did the initial fill last night with tap water treated with Prime and my usual ESV salt. My tap water has a tds around 40 I believe which isn't horrible. If and when I run into issues I'll go back to RODI or find a place to buy RO water but I'm gonna give this a shot first.

If this influences what critters I can keep I think I may just need to accept it for now.

I'll be back with pics in a few days!

ps if anyone has had success using tap water feel free to share tips
 

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seeds of life

I added some rubble rock, chaeto and some of my least prized corals from my established 40 to the new tank last night. Some zoas were open and looking normal this morning before I left for work. Hopefully a sign of good things.
 

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I managed to do ok with my first try at the rock work. Loving the shape of this tank and these leds. Only running them at 30% and its so bright. I couldn't get mp10s to stick thru 1/2" despite it working during my test run. Brought over my old Koralia's and got the flow going a bit last night. Also I setup a phosban reactor with some GFO and Carbon. Looking forward to seeing the tank settle in over the next few weeks.
 

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Feb 25th

Got the camera out this morning. Just getting back from a week in hawaii!!! saw some cool fish down there. Tank has had some ups and downs some things thriving but some SPS dying off. Guessing ive got some nitrate etc issues as I'm growing chaeto like crazy.

Clam


Shrimp


Magnifica w/ clown




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Well this summer was rough on this tank in my warm NYC apartment and I lost many of my favorites. (Magnifica, mandarin, orchid dottyback, etc) After a few months of neglect the tank is rebounding and I am getting back to working on it. A new pump for the skimmer which has it working like never before; I also figured out how the bubble plate is supposed to fit. Also I expanded my fuge area in the sump.

Picked up a new BTA, Six Line Wrasse and cleaner shrimp Saturday. Pics soon.
 
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