The Money Pit (Bruce S. #2)

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Bruce Spiegelman, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. I figured I'd start the journal now even though the tank itself hasn't arrived yet. It was supposed to be here a few weeks ago, but now it's looking like it will arrive mid to late September. Everything's been sitting in place waiting for the tank.

    The tank is a 30 X 30 X 30 half-inch sapphire glass tank. It has a Synergy Ghost Overflow. The stand was built by our sponsor Neptune Aquatics. The plan for this tank is for an SPS dominant tank with mostly wrasses and some shoaling fish.

    Here's the current equipment list ready to get to work:

    Main Equipment List:
    • 30 X 30 X 24 Half-Inch Starphire
    • 24" Ati Eight Bulb Fixture with two Reefbright XHO LED strips.
      6X Blue Plus and 2X Coral Plus
    • Emerald Trigger 26 Sump (Twenty Gallons)
    • Red Sea 5500 DC controllable return pump
    • Apex Classic w/ EB8, PM1, PM2 , DoS, PMK (Par).
    • One Maxspect Gyre 150
    • One Maxspect Gyre 130
    • Knop-C calcium reactor
    • Carbon Doser regulator
    • Trigger Emerald ATO resevoir
    • Two Hydor Heaters
    • Reef Octopus 110 Int Skimmer
    • DJ eight port power switcher
    • 90# Live Aragonite sand
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  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Cool apex box!
  3. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    This looks like an awesome build. Almost made me want to setup ano.... oh wait, no it didn't! I'll enjoy watching your progress!
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Looking foward to the build! And the growth of sticks!
  5. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I see the dr Tims there. Not gonna seed from your existing tank? Gonna start from scratch?

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  6. Will do both. I hate long cycles :)
  7. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Looks like a great build in the works.

    What are you going to use the 3 head doser for?
  8. Was wondering if someone would notice that. Not sure at this point. I had picked up the doser with plans to use it on this tank and then reconsidered and decided to try the calc reactor. My current plan is probably to set up the doser while the tank is slowly being filled with SPS and then switch over to the reactor once there's more of a load in there. That will give me time to find a pump and regulator for the reactor.
  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Dose nopox, acropower or some other amino
  10. Already have NoPox set aside and ready as well.
  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Was saying the doser could be used for that.
  12. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    Nice new build Bruce. Did you build the electronics box or get it from someone? Would be interesting to read/see more details about it.

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  13. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Oh hell yea!!
  14. The box itself is a Pottery Barn cube. I use another matching one by my couch as an end table, but I built the board inside!!!!
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  15. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Nice, Cant wait to see it up and running.
  16. It made it! Delivery day!

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  17. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Looks great!

    How are you going to plumb the overflow box? Are you going to leave it as is? With just the bulkheads?

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  18. No clue. Never plumbed a tank before. My other tanks are Innovative Marines. Luckily, @Coral reefer will be making thoise big decisions.
  19. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Well figure that out before going too much further, the difference between a quiet overflow and one that is slurping and gurgling is night and day and something you really want to get dialed in first.

    You definitely can put in a Bean Animal overflow in there, but you'd want some extra parts on the output side.
  20. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I'd also vor for the beananimal

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