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Old 01-17-2019, 02:28 AM   #1
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150gal cube is ready to be brought to life!

Ok people I just bit the billet and lucked into a pretty much plug and play used tank for a steal. 150 gallon cube with starphire glass and a ghost overflow and 60gal sump. Iím gonna need help getting this thing back together. Never ran a sump before and I have a lot to learn. This thing is 36x36x27. Iím making a new stand for it tomorrow when I get off work. It came with over 100 lbs of love rock which I have in a huge barrel with a heater and powerhead. I need to know how long that will keep before I should just cure it and consider dead. Also 60 to 70 lbs of love sand. Again how long do I have before this stuff has to be in a running system? Also came with 3 black box lights. All 165w is what I would assume. As well as a huge skimmer. I need to re-plumb from bulkhead Attachment 1at bottom of tank and set up. This thing is going to be a beast to scape. I canít wait nor can I imagine how Iíll even do it. Excited and anxious to see how this goes. Iíll take all the help I can get! Click image for larger version

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Old 01-17-2019, 03:24 AM   #2
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Just add heat and an ammonia source to the rock you have to get the cycle started while you have a stand and such to build. Will cut down on time wasted.
If the tank was an established working system, there still might be beneficial bacteria in the rock still. It will still need an ammonia source to survive. If not, itíll need it to get started.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:42 AM   #3
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Awesome thank you sniper! Any suggestions on source?
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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Either pure ammonia or cocktail shrimp are the two methods.
You can dose up to 2 ppm daily on pure ammonia.
Or you can buy a cocktail ring and toss a couple in panty hose and sit back and enjoy the shrimp ring.
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:56 PM   #5
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Easy enough. Thank you again! Now to clarify idk how the pic of the in tank shot got uploaded but all my rock is still in a 40gal barrel with a heater and powerhead. The tank was up and running until just before I got it. He drained it and put rock in barrel.
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As long as itís stayed wet and some aeration it should be just fine, but itís always better safe than sorry.
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:27 AM   #7
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Ok update on progress. Got tank set up and filled. Also scaped. Just too cloudy to show off the rock work. Having issues. Return seem to be too small. Then my ghost overflow thatís supposed to be dead silent is so loud itís alarming. What am I doing wrong!? Canít figure it out.
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If the overflow is sucking air, try adjusting the gate valve there.
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:04 AM   #10
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I did I tried all the way open to all the way shut. And everything in between. Itís maddening. Itís supposed to be a full siphon and silent. Also seems like itís coming out way to fast. If I slow it down it fills up enough to hit the emergency. I donít understand.
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:23 AM   #11
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You have to adjust it slowly. It can drive you insane for sure. Took me a while to get the one on my Red Sea system adjusted correctly.
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Update: after reaching the point of dropkicking my overflow I managed to figure it out! Running quiet and smooth! Same with sump. Skimmer is puttin in work now as well and tank is cleared up. Fora pretty blind scape job Iím happy with the outcome. The lights that it came with are basically trash. Halfway work really. Itíll work for now but Iím looking for something else. Any suggestions? Leaning towards black box for price point and results. If I went that route do you think 165 or 300. And how many?Click image for larger version

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Black box nuts are great for their price. Just no bells and whistles.
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:35 PM   #14
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Anyone have any suggestions for good coverage on this footprint? Having trouble finding best fit.
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Itís usually two for 2 feet, but two would do the tank fine and then you can just use a unit that dims to adjust properly.
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Well just made a purchase. I found 2 lightly used Maxspect razor r420r 130w for 150 a piece! Should fit the tank great with good coverage and I can actually program them. Super excited! Anyone have experience with these?
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Sorry, never used them.
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They arrived! These are killer! Seem like a great product! Now to get cycled and stocked!Click image for larger version

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