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Old 12-11-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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65 Gallon Reef Build

Ok. Here I go. I have been lurking around for a few months, thinking about doing a build and have decided (with the consent of the wife) to make the commitment to build a 65 gallon reef tank. I am fairly experienced with freshwater, we have a good local fish shop, and I am excited to get going.

I am making this post for a couple of reasons, first so that I can use the experience of the the many others on this forum, and to also create a running diary of the project's trials and tribulations.

I am going to be building the tank into a wall that conveniently backs into my mechanical room so, power, water and drains are all very close. I would like to automate as much as possible, simply because the resources are so handy. I will be doing a 75 gallon sump with refuge, and hope to get all construction, plumbing, etc. set up by Christmas so that I can add the Salt water, rock and sand and be up and running by the first of the year.

I am also thinking about doing a reef keeper for the automation end of things, and moving on to led lighting once everything gets established and funds allow.

That's all for now, pictures to follow, thanks for reading
Any tips are more than welcome, as I am trying to learn as much as I can!

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Old 12-11-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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Good luck! For a reel, the first thing I recommend you get is a RODI filter. This will save you headaches in the future.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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Good luck! For a reel, the first thing I recommend you get is a RODI filter. This will save you headaches in the future.
+1. Best money spent IMHO is a good RODI unit and a good skimmer. Better than doing the "upgrade later" after you realize you wish you had spent a few more dollars for better equipment.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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Start with the LEDs, you can find some cheap taotronic sand start there, it's cheaper to do it in the beginning than to switch later on . 65 gallon 36"x18" or 48"x12"
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:05 AM   #5
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The tank is a 36 x 18 x 24 deep

Thanks for the advice pics soon to come!
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:55 AM   #6
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That's what I'm currently running as my reef, but am slowly collecting equipment to swap over to a 150
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:14 AM   #7
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A quick update:

I have built the base for the display tank, siliconed the sump partitions, and collected all of the plumbing parts. Hope to have flowing water by tomorrow! Then to test and measure water drops and etc. then on to ro and salt mix. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-22-2013, 09:27 AM   #8
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Looks like an in wall build from the pics I don't remember if you mentioned that before, looks like it's coming along well but one thing that concerns me is the two cut off studs above the tank in the first pic, they really need a cross brace if you haven't already put one in so they can continue supporting whatever they had been before being cut
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #9
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Yea, that is not a bearing wall. The header is there now. The pics were from mid construction, so it is all fixed now.
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