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Old 04-21-2010, 02:00 AM   #1
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Harmys 75 gallon set up - build-diy projects- and much more

purchased a 75gallon today. will pick it up on the 3rd or 4th of may. possibly sooner but i work nights and my next "weekend" is split so not likely. i will prolly build the stand next week thou(pictures will of course be included) this is the first of my saltwater tanks. if all goes well i want to do a nano or 2 in the future and a large 500+gallon plywood system.



Tank- 75 gallon AGA tank 48x18x20
wont be drilled so hang on back overflow
back painted black or dark blue.
open hood
shrimp cycle( fishless ) i used bottle of ammonia last time. ill use shrimp this time

Stand - DIY
looking to make a design that incorporates a book shelf on one side and equipment storage on the other with doors.
thinking of making it tall so tank is more eye level. maybe 4-4 1/2 foot tall? or is that to big that would leave the tank at
4 1/2 - 6 foot viewing hight. would require step stool/ small ladder to get in.

Sump - refuge - yes - not sure on details of this yet
my thoughts. running some kind of 3 container system.
container 1 would be a basic sump. mostly just lots of small rocks. this is where the water would enter from the tank.
container 2 would be refuge. some rocks, sand, micro algee. lighting. 24 hours
container 3 would contain 2 heaters. some rock, temp prob and if i get one a skimmer. also the return pump. possible start a copepod population here
if 3 container system wont work ill go tradition sump/refuge set up

Lighting- way unknown.
im guessing a combo of mh and high output t5s? any thoughts or suggestions here would be greatly appritiated. i want to really be able to stock about anything. for example i know i want a clam so thats high light req. im guessing what ill need is 2 250w mhs and some t5 for support/color options?

Refractometer - ill get one off ebay or on line.

Power heads- not sure how many ill need here. i know ill need about 4 for the tank? 1 or 2 for the refuge to tumble micro algee? 1 for making saltwater and one to use as a pump of water changes? im not sure on exact needs here.
In tank power heads - koralia
in refuge/salt making/ water changes = maxi jet 1200?

Salt - IO
Will most likely order online when i can. Its cheaper then the 2 stores i visited today even with shipping. and those stores are 60 miles away. will most likely get 2 30 gallon totes on wheels one for making the water in and one for taking water out of the tank. also will need a heater for the salt water being mixed.

Sand- will get white sand from some where.
to bad you cant use pool filter sand or play sand like in fresh water tanks. 5 bux for 50 pounds of that lol. im looking at a 2-2 1/2 inch sea bed i think. unless i need to go little bigger. i know i want a goby / pistol shrimp pair so i will have tunnels.

Test kits
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Saltwater Liquid Master Test Kit
salifert to fill out the rest of the tests not included

Filtration - DIY rock
100 pounds inside DT. plus more in the sump system maybe 50 pounds more?
im not sure if im going to use a skimmer yet or not. i know most people are going to say its worth it but that may be a down the road thing if i do it. i want to go really heavy on rocks and micro algee and see how things go there first.

RO/DI -
ill find something on ebay and hook it up to the bathroom sink.

QT
im guessing a 10g on this one. my tank isnt long enough for a tang or any large fish so i dont think ill need any thing bigger then a 10. if there is an emergancy and i need to evacuate the tank i can use large tote containers.

Stocking list
pair of clowns
goby/pistol shrimp
Red Mandarin ( will prolly wait for ORO tank bred ones)
blenny of some kind
flashing wrasse
not sure if i can add any more or what the limit would be for a 75g.
cuc
unknown

coral
ricordea garden
clam
frog spawn
zoas
Glove Polyp
Pipe Organ Coral
unkown mix of everything

any suggestions or thoughts on what i have written so far would be good. id expecially like some opinions on lighting.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:21 AM   #2
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equipment check

thoughts?

ro/di
0PPM Portable 50GPD Reverse Osmosis RO+DI Water Filter - eBay (item 380225022806 end time Apr-22-10 19:48:31 PDT)

refractometer
Ocean Salinity Refractometer 4 Aquarium Sea Reef Water - eBay (item 370221707658 end time Apr-23-10 22:02:32 PDT)

Lighting
http://cgi.ebay.com/48-SunDial-T5-HO-4X54W-2-460-2-10K-w-4-LEDs-1153B-/280493883383?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&ha sh=item414ebcfff7
i cant figure out how t5 ho work. if i went MH lighting i would need 2 250w lights i believe. so 500 watts total. this lighting gives 216w total. so would i need 2 of them?

or this

http://cgi.ebay.com/48-Aquarium-Ligh...item3efa2e57bd

6 x 54w 48 inch x 18 inch.
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anyone have thoughts on the lighting? i could really use some advice on the subject and opinions on the second lighting link.
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im no expert on lighting but this looks like a good article to read...says about 10 watts per gallon for light loving coral? i have no idea how accurate that is maybe someone else can comment on this.

Lighting the Reef Tank: A Primer for Beginners by Doug Wojtczak - Reefkeeping.com
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i think i may take off work tomorrow and rent a truck or a van or something and go pick up my tank and maybe see about pickign up the wood for the stand tonight.
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i think i have the most unpopular build thread of all time. no one wants to give me advice lol..

anyways. i got wood for the frame today and reserved a cargo van so i can go pick up my tank tomorrow. im worried about the stand top. its a 24x48 inch peice and the tank is 48 inchs long. so i have no wiggle room.
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Following along as well . With substrate I'd go with aragonite.
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