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Old 09-29-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Rick's 1st SW Tank - 125G Build

Hi Everyone,

So I'm finally setting up my 125G tank tonight. I finally "finished" skinning the frame for my tank:


After Skinning:

There is still some moulding/edgework to do. This will have to wait until i buy a miter saw in the next few weeks. I really don't feel like making those cuts without one. The front of the frame has a platform with wheels that will allow me to pull out the 40g Sump and work on it as needed for PWC and maintenance etc.

I got most of my gear from Carey's group buy:


I bought a few pumps and smaller items from my LFS earlier today.

Tonight i'll be setting up the frame and tank with some live sand (Yeah it's a gimmick but i got a steal of a deal on it....cheaper than regular aragonite from my LFS). I mixed my salt water yesterday morning and should be good to go.

To start, I'll be using:
160 lbs of live sand (about a 3" sand bed in the tank)
90 lbs of pukani base rock
15 lbs of tonga branch base rock
25 lbs of live fiji rock
2 Koralia 1400's

(I'm planning on buy another 30 or so lbs of shelf rock from BRS in the next few days)
Since i have yet to buy my skimmer, I haven't completed my sump. Ive got the acrylic baffles cut, but am waiting to place them until the skimmer arrives.

I want to start cycling tonight. I have the Ace brand ammonia on hand.
My first question is do i need to set up the sump with live sand, rock, and return pump as i cycle? Or can I wait to set up the sump later once the DT is cycled?

I've got a decent stock list, but will do a bit more research on a few fish before i finalize what i want etc.

Thanksin advance for you help with this!
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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Hiya!

I think i would put in everything, including the sump stuff before you start cycling. It will bring to life the rock in the sump and the sand in there.

Looks like you got a good start going, keep us posted!
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Welcome mate, looking forward to progression!
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Yeah I knew i should have had my sump ready to go at the same time. Oh well, i'll let the DT run while my skimmer comes in. Thanks Carey.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:47 PM   #5
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Lighting Question:

I was pretty much deadset on getting an 8 bulb 60" T5 fixture. Now i'm not so sure. It seem though halides run hotter and use up more electricity that they do a better job than T5s.

I'd appreciate some input as to what lighting fixture would work the best for growing the gamut of sps, lps, clams....the whole 9 yards.

Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:50 PM   #6
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Can't you prepare the sump without the skimmer? It would need to dry for a while anyway, no?
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Can't you prepare the sump without the skimmer? It would need to dry for a while anyway, no?
I definitely could...I just haven't decided on what skimmer to purchase yet. Since i don't know the skimmer's footprint, i haven't siliconed the baffles yet.
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Look into led/t5, might be a good option
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I have a 8 bulb T5. Love it. Plenty of light and my corals are loving it!
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I was poking around, and found the AI Sol LED system. Seems pretty awesome. I like the programability it offers as well as the light output. I ended up calling the AI rep and found out they're comming out with a new product in the next month or two codenamed "Phoenix". This system will be better suited for my needs since the led lenses won't spread as much (no 70 angle LEDs on new fixture compared to the Sol). I think i'm going to hold out a few months and pick up 3 of these bad boys.

AI Sol “Phoenix” is a new cheaper, brighter and wireless LED light from AquaIllumination
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