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Old 05-12-2015, 12:06 AM   #1
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Spoonman's new 120 reef build thread!

Well, its been a while since I have done anything new. This year has been a tough one so far, so I need a distraction. I found a great deal on this tank on craigslist so I decided it was time. I bought the tank (I think leemar) 120G 48X24X24 with stand and canopy with t8 lights for $300. I will be using the 2 LED panels from the 75 for lighting. The tank had scratches on the outside on the left side. I painted that side and the back since it is going to be in a corner anyway. I bought the sump (40 breeder) at the petco $1 a gallon sale for $40. Got the MAG12 return pump for $100 and the Bubble Magus C7 skimmer for $200. So, $640 invested so far. I am going to combine the 75 and 29 reef tanks into one and sell them. I will be able to setup and cycle the 120 before I have to move the other 2, so that will make it easier. Set it up, cycle it and then move the coral and fish. The 75 has a pair of clowns, tomini tang, a chromis, melonarus wrasse, coral beauty and a mandarin. The 29 has a pygmy angel and a clown. They will go back to the LFS since neither will be good with whats in the 75. I think I might add a yellow tang or foxface to add some yellow to the tank when I make the final move. Pics to prove that its true::::

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What do you think? I think I did pretty good and can't wait to get this thing started!
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Man, that's a great craigslist find.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:27 AM   #3
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Do you think this is a leemar tank? I just guessed from the construction of the top.
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No clue myself on Leemar but nice tank!
Can't wait to see it get running and this build thread.
I run a mag 18 in my 120 with 2 overflows.
Have you checked out DC pumps?
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I have set it up and ran it with just water and the MAG12 handles whatever the 2" drain can fill the sump. I have the output y'ed off to two returns and I actually have to throttle back the mag12 so that the return can keep up. It is working great.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:32 PM   #6
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Ordering 50lbs of Marcos Rock today or tomorrow for $109. Should I request certain sizes or take what I get and break it up if I have to? I am going for kind of a pile of rock on the left side with some on the right. Want to have plenty of sandbed space for corals or clams. Anyone know of a better rock or a better deal? I have about 50lbs of live rock that I'm going to use from the 75, so I will have about 100lbs total plus a bunch of rubble in the sump.
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Ordering 50lbs of Marcos Rock today or tomorrow for $109. Should I request certain sizes or take what I get and break it up if I have to? I am going for kind of a pile of rock on the left side with some on the right. Want to have plenty of sandbed space for corals or clams. Anyone know of a better rock or a better deal? I have about 50lbs of live rock that I'm going to use from the 75, so I will have about 100lbs total plus a bunch of rubble in the sump.
Nice looking tank! Great find. I would request large pieces that way you don't get a big of small chunks. You can always break then with a hammer and chisel if needed.
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Where did you find a BM C7 for $200? That's $100 cheaper then everywhere I look.


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I will look up the e-bay seller when I get home from work. He had the NAC-6 advertised and then didn't have it in stock, so he gave me the 7 for the same price. I will look it up and post it later today....
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I will look up the e-bay seller when I get home from work. He had the NAC-6 advertised and then didn't have it in stock, so he gave me the 7 for the same price. I will look it up and post it later today....
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