Well its been over two years since I've had a true display! I'm beyond excited to say the least [emoji4] I moved into a house with three of my closest friends and they wanted a fish tank. Being the stand up guy I am, how could I deny them!?! So I picked up a 75 gallon from Greg and thus the build was born. The plan is to create a beautiful mixed reef with minimal maintenance (everyone has this goal haha).
My goal with this thread is to document the equipment used so others may steal my ideas, and to see how my tank progresses [emoji4]
I have spent the last few weeks planning out equipment and livestock. As of now, I only have the tank and some 2x4s! But I just placed an order for a bunch of stuff today. Three boxes totaling 100lb will be here on Thursday! Still need to place at least one two more orders to get all my stuff. For this build, I want everything to work good and to have zero issues [emoji4] Also I never buy myself new equipment so I'm treating myself a little.
Here is what I've got planned for this build.
Lighting: Going with a T5/LED Hybrid. Either the AquaticLife hybrid fixture with two AI HD Primes or something similar. BRS put a video out about this setup and it would meet my needs/desire for the tank.
Flow: Two MP-10QD (already have, just need to order new drivers since mine aren't working properly) OR one Gyre 230 if the MP-10s don't give me enough flow
Skimmer: Simplicity 240 DC Protein Skimmer
Return Pump: Simplicity DC 1000 Pump
Overflow: Synergy Reef Shadow Overflow
Rock: 70lb Tonga Branch (going for the floating overhang)
Filtration: Pond Matrix and MarinePure block
ATO: I'm still deciding but I'm leaning toward the new Apex ATK ATO or Tunze Osmolator 3155
Sump: Trigger Emerald 34
Heater: 200w Eheim Jager
Stand: Custom made by yours truly [emoji4]
Fish: (Going for the Skittles look with lots of movement)
Blue Spot Jawfish
McCoskeri Flasher Male
Brunneus Fairy Wrasse Male
Lineatus Wrasse Male
Ornate Leopard Wrasse Female
Very small Purple Tang
This fish list isn't final, just my thoughts thus far. I'm definitely open to other fish and ideas [emoji4]
2-4 Cleaner shrimp
2 Blood shrimp
Corals: Lots of Zoas and LPS with a few SPS. I'll list them all out as I add them to the tank.
Here is how the tank sits right now.
Wait....that wall doesn’t have a power outlet.....
Up next: fix the no power issue!