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Old 07-20-2011, 02:50 PM   #11
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I went with a 72" fixture for my 125g reef, but I wanted a 12 bulb system abd it was priced right on craigslist. I wanna have mostly corals in mine so thus the need for alot of light.

If you build a canopy then you would get different light that can mount to the wood top and stay hidden. here is a picture of how my tank is with the lights.



I use the siphon or my python siphon to remove the water, same as my FW tanks. BUT you need to add the new salt water back in via buckets or a pump in a garbage can for instance.

I make my ro/di water and it goes into a 32g garbage can. I add the salt and keep a powerhead in there to mix it up. I usually do this the day before a water change. I bought a small submersible pump and some hosing from home depot and have the water pump from the garbage can to the tank instead of doing buckets.

I don't worry about temp matching as much since I live in Florida. Just make sure the salinity of the new water matches the current tank water and youre pretty much set.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:51 PM   #12
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Yes just drain it into a bucket. And yes SW doz kill grass i use my old water for weed control around my house and driveway
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:00 PM   #13
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oh awesome! I just realized your were in FL haha I'm in Tampa!

I'm going to get to building my top this weekend, and picking up some sand tomorrow, then going to get a garbage can/reverse osmosis system and get things rocking!

Are there any worries about dumping the wastewater in my grass out back?
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:13 PM   #14
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I water my flowers with it in my back yard. I have mine setup outside on my lanai using a garden hose hook up.
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I water my flowers with it in my back yard. I have mine setup outside on my lanai using a garden hose hook up.
You have inspired me! I am going to buy a garbage can, and tap into my cool side of my hot water heater, run water through that reverse osmosis filter you linked me into the can and mix salt solution in there.

Then I'm going to rig something to pump from there to my tank, and when I need to do water changes I'll pump from my tank out and then from the garbage can into the tank.

Buying two of those 1400 power heads as well right now. So if I'm correct my tank setup will be something like this right?

|Power heads| Over Flow to refugium|
| TANK |
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|Refugium | Protein Skimmer|
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Looks right. Except I would have the skimmer before the refugium so it doesnt skim out your stuff from the refugium like pods.
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