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Old 03-27-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Clevers 75g Bare Bottom SPS

I am starting a 75g SPS Reef Tank

The tank is currently a hi-tech planted tank so Im selling my regulator and co2 tank, plants, gravel, canister and driftwood to fund the upgrade from my 25g to the 75g. I am very excited to get this going and will be moving the fish in the tank to my 40 gallon that has been cycled for about 3 months now. Ill then move all my equipment and live stock from my 25g nano to the 75g tank.

Here will be my setup that I am planning so far.

Things I already Have
  • 3x54w t5ho Fixture /w ATI bulbs
  • 75 Gallon Tank Drilled With 3x 1'' Bulk Heads
  • 30g Sump
  • Plumbing
  • 35lb's of Live Rock
  • Stand
  • MP10 ESW
  • Korilia 750
  • Korilia 1250
  • 300watt Fluval heater
Things I need

  • 60lbs of rock
  • Reef Octopus NWB 150
  • 3x54w t5ho /w ati bulbs (Im buying a 2nd one)
  • Mag 9.5
I am planning to go bare bottom so that I can keep my water quality pristine. My stock list will be the following:


  • Midis Blenny
  • Royal Gramma
  • kole Tang
  • Scooter Blenny
  • Small School of Green Chromis ~ 6-8
  • Haven't Thought of Other Cool Fish Dont want a Large BioLoad beings Im trying to keep the water as clean as I can for the sps.
So my plan is over the next week to:

  • Finish Painting Back Black
  • Get Pump
  • Plumb Tank
I am moving the project along as I sell my planted tank equipment. I will be building an acrylic rock lift for the tank. Instaling loc line split with a wye for the return.

Pictures of Progress So Far

Blue Prints : Front


Blue Prints : Back


30g Sump


Painting The Tank Now
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:52 AM   #2
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Looks good id think of making the return chamber in the sump much larger all of your evaporation will be from that chamber. I would expect almost 1 gal per day evaporation from that tank, IMO if u went 2 days ur pump may burn out
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:59 AM   #3
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well i will have an ATO system so no need for that
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well i will have an ATO system so no need for that
Good to know
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #5
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Today I'm ordering 55lbs of base rock from brs and my loc line for my return. I'm very excited to see what I get from brs. Iv never ordered rock on line and hope I'm not disappointed.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
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little update on the tank.

Plumbing is all cut and dry fit.

Ordered a Quitetone 3000 today.

Back of the tank. I put caps on the top of the return and drain so that I can take them off to clean the inside of the plumbing to insure no dertris build ups.



I put on offs on all the returns for any time I need to do sump cleaning and turn it off.


The drains have elbows on them that will keep the water moving up so that the dertris settles in in the 2nd chamber so its easy to clean out or is this foolish and the drains should be closer to the top of the over flow?


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How in the world did I miss this build?! Following along...
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what do you think of it so far? I have been doing this kind of by seeing what others have done and changing it so it benefits me. what do you think of the plumbing? this is the first pvc work i have ever done and iv never done any form of plumbing before and I havent gotten any feed back on if I did it correctly or not.
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I can only tell you that I "Think" it looks good. You've got me beat as I've NEVER done any. The closest thing I did was to make a silencer for my skimmer. All my aquarium plumbing is spa tubing - no pvc.
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My tank is being filled right now. Going to take about 24hrs I think beings my rodi is 90g per day. I have about 30 gallons in a tub that Im going to add when the dt fills to make sure my plumbing works right and everything runs smooth and of course doesn't leak. My rock, skimmer, and loc line for my return come tomorrow. Today I finalized my plumbing by glueing it the return isn't finished because I messed up and cut a peice to short so I need to make yet another trip to home depot...
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