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Old 09-28-2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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Josh's 75 gallon build

I have been working on this build for a little while. This is my first saltwater tank I do have a couple freshwater tanks but am getting into saltwater now. First I would like to say any tips, tricks, help or advice is very welcome. I have been reading and researching a lot but feel there is a lot more to learn. Here is my equipment that I have and am planning on getting.
75 gal. DT
40 gal. sump
Reef Octopus Diablo DC 150 skimmer
Reef Octopus Diablo Dc 3500 return pump
2= 120watt dimmable led units
1= jebao wp 40 power head
1= tunze 6025power head
2= 200 watt aquatop heaters
75 GPD BRS 4 stage RO/DI system
75-80 lbs of live rock
80 lbs of dry sand
I built my own stand and canopy for the tank and actually built the wall that is behind the tank. As of right now I have the tank set up cycling with my rock and sand. Cycling with ammonia. Dosing to 4ppm. Currently it it is converting to 0 ppm ammo and just very trace nitrite in 24 hrs. will continue cycling until all equipment is up and going. I don't have the sump built yet but should in the next week or so.

I would like everybodies opinions on stocking as well. We have 4 kids and my 3 year old daughter asks every night if i brought home "Nemo" yet so as you can imagine I will be Getting a couple clowns so any stocking that would work with them is what I am after. I will try to keep every one update with my progress.
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this is before I added the sand
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:25 AM   #3
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Everything looks amazing, Josh! The woodwork is super!

I've also got 4 kiddos and a 75 gallon that I just started up in June. The whole family has really been enjoying this journey and we are learning so much! I hope you and yours will enjoy it as much as we do!
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My sump lay out. 10" intake/skimmer, 12" fuge 12" return. Any thoughts good, bad or otherwise
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Looks good. I would only make the return and skimmer sections just big enough for the return pump/skimmer and make the fuge part as big as possible.
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I was understanding that you don't want to make the return to small to accommodate for evaporation. Is this not the case? or am I just over doing it?
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I was understanding that you don't want to make the return to small to accommodate for evaporation. Is this not the case? or am I just over doing it?
IMO the main thing you need to determine and allow for is enough space in your return area to accommodate the flow from the main tank until the siphon breaks when a power outage occurs.
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I was understanding that you don't want to make the return to small to accommodate for evaporation. Is this not the case? or am I just over doing it?
First off, kudos on the build and the DC pump. I recently switched to the DC pumps, and I love it. 6 speeds, awesome.

You are right about the return section. bigger means evap is less an issue. The better the ATO is the less it is a concern tho. Mine is about 8" wide with a quality digital ATO that only varies about 1/2" in return section depth.
It's all a matter of give and take.
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Got my glass today and going to be putting the sump together tonight think I am going to drop the return down to 10" and hope for the best.
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