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Old 04-16-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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75 Reef Reverse Build

I know its a little odd but I am going to try it. I have pictures all the way through my build. I have not posted them. I was busy getting everything set up over the past 4-5 months. I still want to take a few pics of my new plumbing...I redid the tank as it was all vinyl tubing before and redid all hard PVC. I have a 20gal sump. A reef octopus skimmer. 2 Hydor koralia water circulators(3s). A mag drive 9 return plumbed into a 25 watt UV filter with ball valves to control flow into and out of and I can also bypass this unit all together.

I am going to start with pics I took today. This is the 75 up and running with LR in it.

Ammonia .05 meq/l (Wanted at 0)
Nitrite .1 meq/l (Wanted at 0)
Nitrate .5 meq/l (Wanted to keep below 30ppm)
Alk 9 dkh
Calcium 370 ( I aim to keep around 380)
Salinity 1.024 (I am aiming in the long run for 1.025)
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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Here are some pics and like I say I will go in reverse. I have 75 lbs of LR.




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Old 04-16-2009, 12:22 AM   #4
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I want to get a new water test kit. I have a seachem and an api master reef marine test kit. The seachem tests for the essentials but I dont like it. The reef kit test is the test I like i just need more than calcium, phosphate, KH, and Nitrate. Also the seachem gives me Meq/l readings which I then have to convert. Anyways thats what I have now.
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I have already seen crabs and just saw a shrimp about the size of a green bean. Pretty neat the moon lights are on in the tank now that is when I saw them. I did not think I would see this much right away. I am amazed at the over all condition this rock is in it is beautiful and the shapes are amazing.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:59 PM   #7
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Thanks mel!
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Looking Nice! Werent lying about that LR were ya :P
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:01 PM   #9
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Here come some more pics...
The next two pics are my new plumbing job on the tank.


This was my old setup before I even started the tank.

This is the way my return and drain line look in the overflow box.
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My Helpers... This is not my kid btw. My girlfriends brother's. He is an awesome little guy though. The dog is ours.
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