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Old 04-16-2013, 02:09 AM   #11
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Step 5 - Drilling the tank

Made a 1.1/2" hole on the back panel. Wasn't hard at all but a little scary since I wasn't so sure about the glass being tempered or not. The drilling kit comes with a bulkhead, an overflow box and an elbow that goes on the outside where I'll hook up a pipe towards the sump.

Next step: painting the back of the tank, which is going to be black. (wife wants it blue but...)
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:50 AM   #12
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You can use as much or as little rock as you like. There are tanks that are fish only, no LR at all, and they're fine.

You only need Sand if you're getting something that lives in the sand (pistol shrimp, jawfish, etc) or sandsifts for their food (watchman gobies).
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:09 AM   #13
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Step 6 - Painting tank / light specs

Got my back panel painted today, black semigloss. Looks very good IMO.

Also have my light:

Coralife Aqualight Pro - it has 3 of those blue leds (lunar?), 2 actinics blue 96W and 2 HQI 150W 10000K

Sounds like a pocket sucker but I'll keep it for now since is a wife's gift. Is it good for at least a couple corals ant so..?

NEXT STEP - PLUMBING THE DRAIN
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #14
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We need pictures as you go! If you click the link in my signature it follows the progress of my 75 gallon build. May be of some help.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:20 AM   #15
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Step 7 - Drain

today I've ran a 1.1/2 pipe from the overflow elbow to the sump, with an union and a ball valve in between. At the end of the pipe (inside the sump) I install a filter sock. It's going to on the first chamber of my sump where I'm gonna install a protein skimmer.

NEXT STEP - Protein skimmer (Octopus MB110) and 2 Eheim 150w heaters. I'll be installing the heaters (both) in the second chamber.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:28 AM   #16
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Step 8 - Heaters

Installed the heaters today in the sump (middle chamber), skimmer in position too, in the first chamber, where the drain pipe is.

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Old 04-20-2013, 04:31 AM   #17
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Tank and Stand after cleaning up

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Old 04-20-2013, 04:33 AM   #18
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Help with "adding pics"

If I'm using phtobucket, should I post my direct link url? Need a little help on that... I'd like to make the pic appear in the post but not as a link...is it possible?
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:06 PM   #19
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Help with "adding pics"... please?

How to add pics of my build...? Or what's th best way...?
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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Step 9 - Return pump

Bought a return Pump today. MagDrive 9.5 Danner.
It's in the 3rd chamber of the sump. I've tested it with some fresh water and it has no noise at all!!! I'm impressed.

NEXT STEP - CIRCULATION PUMPS
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