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Old 05-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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65 gallon tank build

I got this tank from my dad, after it had been neglected for years......it was def a big mess!!! Came with a emperor 400 filter, with 13 (!!) boxes of filter pads, stand, and CPR dual bac pak skimmer......let me say this was truly a disaster when I picked it up! I almost considered trashing it, but seeing how clean it actually came I'm super glad I didn't!! Here are some pics before it was cleaned and after....ignore the I level tank of water....my kids filled it with the hose while I was inside!! Planning to get in inside and filled with water tomorrow!
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Here is a pic from today.... Added the salt water and waiting for it to totally dissolve.... Also figured out the skimmer..... I think.....
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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You got the right protein skimmer that's for sure. I've never even seen one that big. how old is the filter?
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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Filter came from my dad, so I have no clue.... It appears the impellers have been replaced.... Skimmer is a CPR dual bac pak..... Couldn't get micro bubbles at first, but now I have a ton of them spilling into the tank!! I'm guessing it will take a while to settle in since it has been stored quite a while..... It has pulled some gunk out already though....
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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I still need to get a heater and a few power heads.... Just haven't decided on which ones.... After I get those il add sand and live rock
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #6
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Yeah the protein skimmer can be difficult some times, but once you figure it out its pretty easy to get. I'm starting the exact same size tank too are you doing a reef tank?
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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I am.... I already have a evolve 8 gallon nano reef..... My hubby just has his eyes on a few fish, so we decided to do a bigger tank too....this will probably be a pretty slow build...
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Yeah it can be a very slow build just because of the expense in salt water tanks, but well worth it.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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I still need to get a heater and a few power heads.... Just haven't decided on which ones.... After I get those il add sand and live rock
I like the Aqueon PHs. They stay on the glass better and are t terribly expensive. The Marineland ones tend to fall off the glass periodically, which is really annoying and I'm sure terrifying for the fish. Haha ill be following!! ::
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I like the Aqueon PHs. They stay on the glass better and are t terribly expensive. The Marineland ones tend to fall off the glass periodically, which is really annoying and I'm sure terrifying for the fish. Haha ill be following!! ::
I found these powerheads on eBay after others praised them. http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=96799595987

The suction cup 800 gph is only $15 and the magnetic one is $24. I bought two magnetic ones and they work great.
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