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Old 08-31-2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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Hi all! As a reward for having done really well on my med school entrance exam, my father's agreed to finance my first SW build (that poor soul lol), so I've just gone out to make my first purchases!

Of course, being a noob, I do have some questions, which I've written in bold.

A LFS near me was having a great sale, in which you would get 150$ off for every 500$ you spent, so I decided to get as much of the equipment as I would need all at once. Anyways, here's what I've got so far:
  • Stand
  • Quad 48" T5 HO Light Fixture, with built in timer, 2 54 W 10000K daylight bulbs, 2 Actinics, and moonlight LEDs
  • Dual 48" T5 HO Light Fixture, with one 10000K daylight, and one actinic
  • Eshopps Refugium R-100: Will this be sufficient?
  • Supreme Classic Return Pump, 950gph: Again, will this be sufficient?
  • 2 Boxes of Refugium Mineral Mud
  • Extra Eshopps Filter Sock
  • Instant Ocean Hydrometer
  • 2 Marineland Maxi-Jet 900s, they output at 230gph in powerhead mode, and 1000gph in circulation mode. What do you guys think of these?
  • ViaAqua Titanium Heater, 300W. Is this too strong?
  • API Reef Master Test Kit
  • Mag Float
Now here's a list of things that I paid for, but have yet to pick up (they were ordered):
  • 75G Tank with built in overflow (guess that one's kind of important lol)
  • 100 lbs of Fiji Pink Live Sand (I've got 40, I'll be picking up the other 60 when I get the tank). Will this be enough?
  • 150 lbs of Live Rock (with the promotion it was sold to me at $3.50 a lb, which seemed like a great price). Could this possibly be too much?
  • 75 G Saltwater (again, probably kind of important lol)
Some things that I plan on buying, just not yet (probably in October, when there's another big sale)
  • Protein Skimmer
  • Refugium Light
And here's some stuff which I don't really know if I need, but am considering buying
  • Ball valve to control flow from the return pump
  • Another powerhead
  • UV Sterilizer
So, what do you guys think? Did I miss anything big? Am I off to a good start? I'm really excited that I've finally gotten this project going! I've been considering it and researching for quite a while. I'll be posting some photos in a bit.
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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Here are some photos of all the loot I've got so far
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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Heater is great. For me, a UV Sterilizer is a must. I'm not very good with picking out powerheads, but I would say you are fine
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice! Oh and I also had another thread about a 55G build I was thinking of, but since I ended up going with the 75G, I figured it best to create this new thread. While it's not necessary by any means, if anyone wants to see where I was coming from with that 55G Build, here's the link to my older thread:

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:40 PM   #5
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Mini little update. Gonna start cleaning up my mud tomorrow. Also, they're gonna be getting the tank in.

Hopefully I can get it tomorrow, but if not it'll have to wait till the weekend.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:30 PM   #6
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Headed off to go pick up the tank now and I'm pretty excited lol

Pics to come. I'll also be setting up my QT today.
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subscribed!!! cool thank you for the link sir.
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subscribed!!! cool thank you for the link sir.
Thanks for the subscription!

I'll post a nice little update tomorrow with some pictures, but just to catch everyone up a bit:

I set up a 10G QT last Saturday, and I've got one brave little blue-green chromis in there cycling it for me. As I still don't own a saltwater test kit (I erroneously assumed the reef master test kit included the ammo & nitrite), I don't really know how the cycle is coming along. However, I've been doing PWC's of 50% every other day to control ammo and nitrite levels, so I'm hoping nothing's too bad in there..

My plan is to QT all my fish before they make their way into the (still non-existent) main tank. Of course, it's easy to say that now but it's sure gonna be tough to have that big tank full of water with no fish lol. Hopefully my willpower shall prevail!
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Oh and since everyone loves photos, here's the QT. My brave little chromis is down in the bottom right (can't really see him though)
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ok im up to date. what cha got as far as questions?
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