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Alrighty!  I'm back (I posted about this in the general area).  I've been collecting stuff here and there (HUGE thanks to some of you fine folks for priming my hobby pump) and I'm finally to a point where it's time to dump some coin and get my box of water.   

So.. I did it, I pulled the trigger on a WaterBox 180.5 - should be arriving some time this or next week.  Also on the list is a Neptune Systems COR-20 pump.    That should be enough to keep me busy during this whole shelter in place.  I also have a quarantine system consisting of two 20 gallon tanks, some HOB stuff, etc.  Going to get those cycled here shortly so I can at least get some fish in the QT while I set up the main tank.  Special thanks to @Gil&Fin for the tanks, the old RODI systems and the other miscellaneous items. It's been a huge help.  

My goal for this build is a fully sterile aquarium.  I've been pretty loose with my tanks in the past and I've always been that "Ich is everywhere, why bother trying" guy and this time I want to do it right.  I'll be following the Humblefish/Elliot Lim quarantine method.  I realize it's a lot of work, but I'm getting my garage all set up with the right stuff to make my life a little easier.  

I've ordered some replacement filters/DI resin/float valve/source water adapters/etc for the RODI system I'm making. They should be here shortly and I'll be able to fill this big boy water mixing station that I bought from @pdxmonkeyboy.  

Stay tuned, I'll be updating as I go and putting in lots of pictures.

 

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Here's the water mixing station I got.  It's not in it's final destination yet, and there are a few mods I'll be making prior to filling, but super stoked to have these things.  

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Excited to see you back and interested to see what you do with that waterbox!  Nice score on the mixing station... that was tempting.

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Just now, albertareef said:

Excited to see you back and interested to see what you do with that waterbox!  Nice score on the mixing station... that was tempting.

Glad to be back! This will be my first tank that isn't a heavily modded off the shelf petco/aqueon style tank.   It'll be nice to have some quality to be proud of.

 

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Also, HUGE thanks to @CuttleFishandCoral for hooking me up with the tank order, pump and pretty much everything going forward.   @CuttleFishandCoral is and has been instrumental to everything reef in my past, present and future.  I'm happy to throw that business his way again. Especially during these weird times.

 

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40 minutes ago, Micah said:

Here's the water mixing station I got.  It's not in it's final destination yet, and there are a few mods I'll be making prior to filling, but super stoked to have these things.  

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Do yourself a huge favor by adding spigot valves at the bottom of each container.  It's so handy to be able to quickly dispense a small amount of either RO/DI to rinse something or saltwater to dip corals without needing to turn on a pump.  I use mine all the time:

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2 minutes ago, SuncrestReef said:

Do yourself a huge favor by adding spigot valves at the bottom of each container.  It's so handy to be able to quickly dispense a small amount of either RO/DI to rinse something or saltwater to dip corals without needing to turn on a pump.  I use mine all the time:

 

Great tip.  Is that a quick-connect garden hose fitting you're using?

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33 minutes ago, Micah said:

Great tip.  Is that a quick-connect garden hose fitting you're using?

It's a camlock fitting.  I wrote up a detailed parts list for my whole mixing station on my R2R build thread:  https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/suncrestreefs-red-sea-reefer-xl-425-build.358990/post-6173194

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4 minutes ago, SuncrestReef said:

Also let me know if you need any Apex help or advice.  I'm the guy who wrote the 8-part Apex tutorial series:  https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/neptune-apex-programming-tutorials.700483/

Thanks.  I'm a giant Apex nerd myself, but I'm sure I'll need some refreshers.  Especially on things that are new since my last Apex.

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22 hours ago, Micah said:

Alrighty!  I'm back (I posted about this in the general area).  I've been collecting stuff here and there (HUGE thanks to some of you fine folks for priming my hobby pump) and I'm finally to a point where it's time to dump some coin and get my box of water.   

So.. I did it, I pulled the trigger on a WaterBox 180.5 - should be arriving some time this or next week.  Also on the list is a Neptune Systems COR-20 pump.    That should be enough to keep me busy during this whole shelter in place.  I also have a quarantine system consisting of two 20 gallon tanks, some HOB stuff, etc.  Going to get those cycled here shortly so I can at least get some fish in the QT while I set up the main tank.  Special thanks to @Gil&Fin for the tanks, the old RODI systems and the other miscellaneous items. It's been a huge help.  

My goal for this build is a fully sterile aquarium.  I've been pretty loose with my tanks in the past and I've always been that "Ich is everywhere, why bother trying" guy and this time I want to do it right.  I'll be following the Humblefish/Elliot Lim quarantine method.  I realize it's a lot of work, but I'm getting my garage all set up with the right stuff to make my life a little easier.  

I've ordered some replacement filters/DI resin/float valve/source water adapters/etc for the RODI system I'm making. They should be here shortly and I'll be able to fill this big boy water mixing station that I bought from @pdxmonkeyboy.  

Stay tuned, I'll be updating as I go and putting in lots of pictures.

 

Welcome back! I’m still running your old frag tank, btw. Works great!

Andy

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Just now, Lexinverts said:

Welcome back! I’m still running your old frag tank, btw. Works great!

Andy

Nice!  I can't even remember having a frag tank. ;)  Was it a 40b?

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8 minutes ago, Micah said:

Nice!  I can't even remember having a frag tank. ;)  Was it a 40b?

Yes, drilled 40b and homemade stand.

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Just now, Lexinverts said:

Yes, drilled 40b and homemade stand.

Ahh yes.  I remember now.  

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Welcome back stranger!  Glad to see you back at it.

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