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Two months ago, when I started gluing acros on top of other corals like monti, birdsnest and psammacora that's when I realized I needed a new tank. Here is the plan. My goal is a "cheap" bare bone system that will be stocked with only acropora. So far I've got the rocks and the lights and I will be reusing some stuff from my reefer 170 breakdown (Apex, tunze ATO)

Tank

- 120G, 48x30x21 eurobraced acrylic 1/2" thickness. Peninsula style. External overflow

Stand

- 8020 aluminum stand, no skin. Topped with 1/2 inch white HPDE starboard

Sump

- 29 gallon breeder with clarisea 3000, simplicity 240DC skimmer, eheim jager 200W x 2, media bag in baffle for rowaphos and carbon, jebao DC 8000 return 

Light

- Photon V2 50" x 2 side by side 

Flow

- 2 MP60's on the overflow end of the tank only 

ATO

- 10 gallon breeder with tunze ATO

Rock

- Addicted reef rock shelves. I have 120 lbs

Controller

- Apex

- Trident

Dosing

- 2 part DOS (ESV b-ionic)

- 2 little fishies Kalk reactor

Fish

- 2 clown fish

- 2 blue damsels

- 5 to 7 yellow tangs

 

This thread will get updated from start to finish like my previous build

 

 

 

 

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Lots of people post what it looks like when you make an aquarium.  This is what YOU look like.  Lol 

And she’s wet...

To be honest...you look better that way

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5 hours ago, Manny Tavan said:

Stand

- 8020 aluminum stand, no skin. Topped with 1/2 inch white HPDE starboard

I used 1/2 inch black HDPE "marine board" in my build, and its great!   (I think Marine board, and Star Board are the same thing - based on this tap plastics link.)

I used one sheet on top of my stand.   I used a second sheet as the inside "floor" of my stand.  I love how sturdy if feels.

https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/cut_to_size_plastic/king_starboard/526

 

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7 minutes ago, The ReefBox said:

I use 4 mp 40’s on my tank. 48x32x18 and they are over kill.  Two mp 69’s willl have to be throttled way down IMO.  Love new builds!  I’m starting one as well

I am aiming for tsunami level of flow inside the tank so the mp60’s will probably run on full blast :)

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18 minutes ago, pdxmonkeyboy said:

geez.. zero shout out to the guy building your tank 😞     If you want me to check if piedmont has 1/2 marine HPDE I can.

 

Didn't know if you wanted the bad publicity or not...

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21 minutes ago, pdxmonkeyboy said:

geez.. zero shout out to the guy building your tank 😞     If you want me to check if piedmont has 1/2 marine HPDE I can.

 

That would be cool. Tap plastic would charge $150 per panel and I need two (47.5x30)

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1 hour ago, albertareef said:

Guessing you won't have sand - or at least not for long 😄

Sand would likely end up in the sump with the amount of flow i am planning. Also it's acrylic and I hate gambling. I can scratch a glass tank like no other even bare bottom so I can't imagine what I would do with sand in an acrylic tank

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like I said, tapp plastics is absolutely criminal in their pricing. 

Tapp wants $300 for a 30x48 piece of 1/2 starboard.  Piedmont wants $221 for an ENTIRE 4x8 sheet..... That is over 400% more expensive....

 

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3 hours ago, pdxmonkeyboy said:

geez.. zero shout out to the guy building your tank 😞     If you want me to check if piedmont has 1/2 marine HPDE I can.

 

Sweet!  I will have to hit you up one of these days when I get tired of the scratches in my glass tank 😄

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6 minutes ago, reef-fisher said:

Manny, are you using the glue and sand method? How is that working and what sand did you use? I used a finer aragonite in mine and it seems to be pretty strong. I’m excited to watch this build progress. 

I grabbed a bag of sand from addictive reef when I bought the rocks. It's a fine sand mix. I'm using that thin glue from gluemaster and honestly it's super strong. As strong as marco mortar. How I know? I stepped on of the rock by accident and the rock broke while the bond was intact lol

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Today is drilling day. This is gonna be a forever tank for me. Hoping for 20+ years. That means it needs to be modular. No corals will ever grow on the rock itself so I can move them around as needed. The whole structure is modular but frag plugs and frag disks will be modular as well

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