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4-21-12 FTS:

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50gal FTS by voodoodan_net, on Flickr

2-2-12 FTS:
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New 50 gal by voodoodan_net, on Flickr


Well I tore down my freshwater discus tank to have this setup as a reef tank. So the madness starts with buying stuff again LOL

Empty FTS(Still needs to be cleaned out a bit):

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Here is a list of what's I on order and I have already. Thanks to BRS, Diablo Coral, and nano-reef members!

2x 15k Kessil 150w LED's
Rio 1700 return pump
300gph overflow box(think it's an older cpr)
2x K2 pump
MP10 ES
RKL
50 Pounds of dry rock from BRS
40pound of live sand
Misc plumbing parts
Reef Octopus 4" Recirculating Skimmer
JBJ 1/15 Chiller
CPR wet/dry filter used as a sump

I have one question about sumps. Should I get a cheap glass tank or use my CPR wet/dry and convert it into a sump?

Edited by DansTundra, 22 July 2012 - 03:45 PM.

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What are the dimensions on the tank and what brand (Sea Clear maybe)?

You could just convert the wet/dry and just use it as a sump. Personally I would go for what gives you more sump space for equipment and fits under your stand. It shouldn't matter which you use since it will be out of sight when your stand is closed.

You will really like the kessils. Nice lights.

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What are the dimensions on the tank and what brand (Sea Clear maybe)?

You could just convert the wet/dry and just use it as a sump. Personally I would go for what gives you more sump space for equipment and fits under your stand. It shouldn't matter which you use since it will be out of sight when your stand is closed.

You will really like the kessils. Nice lights.



It's a 36in sea clear. I really don't need to much space since my skimmer is external.
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Two kessils will do nice with that size tank.

It always helps to have room for upgrading equipment in the sump. If your stand is not much longer than your tank you may want to go with a glass tank. You could go with a 20L, 20 H, 15, or a 10 for a sump and get away with it fine. If your existing skimmer is external then maybe the 20H, 15 or 10 since it would leave some more room for things like reactors, ATO reservoirs, and storing things. You may need that space as you move along.

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Two kessils will do nice with that size tank.

It always helps to have room for upgrading equipment in the sump. If your stand is not much longer than your tank you may want to go with a glass tank. You could go with a 20L, 20 H, 15, or a 10 for a sump and get away with it fine. If your existing skimmer is external then maybe the 20H, 15 or 10 since it would leave some more room for things like reactors, ATO reservoirs, and storing things. You may need that space as you move along.



Cool. I just remembered I have a 10gal tank in storage also. I will try both and see what I come up with.

On a side note I had to get a new overflow box as my cpr one will not fit on my tank without cutting it up. I picked up a Eshopps pf300 and fits perfect. It looks 100 times better and matches my tank also. Also I forgot about a jbj ato. I think I will be waiting till next month for that purchase.

I can't wait to see the lights. They should be at the store tomorrow to pickup after work.
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You will love your kessils :happy:

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All my orders are in. Tomorrow is the start of the build! :D
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It's all up and running now. I still need to mount my 2 lights so I am using my double bright till that is done. I am also not 100% sure about the rock scape yet.

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Kessil's have been mounted. Still trying to get them just right

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Skimmer is already collecting a lot of gunk with 50pounds of dry rock and about 10 pound of live rock only in tank.
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Glad to see this going from fresh to salt. Looks like you've got a nice equipment list. It's just my opinion but I would rework the rock scape before you get to far down the stocking path. Better to get a scape that you love now then wait.

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Glad to see this going from fresh to salt. Looks like you've got a nice equipment list. It's just my opinion but I would rework the rock scape before you get to far down the stocking path. Better to get a scape that you love now then wait.



Don't worry I will be doing that. I will probably being moving the rock tonight or saturday.
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Hey Dan it's Niņo, new build looks great. I'll be following along, keep up the good work!

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Hey Dan it's Niņo, new build looks great. I'll be following along, keep up the good work!


Thanks nino!
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New updates.

Live stock: CUC added. 1 clownfish, and 3 Blue/Green Reef Chromis added.

hardware: Added a 2nd k2 pump and jbj ato.

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Also changed the scape with the rocks to add some caves.

Edited by DansTundra, 14 February 2012 - 07:45 PM.

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Lots of changes since my last update.

New FTS:
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SPS, LPS, and zoa's have been added to the tank. Had bad luck with fish with ich break out so a few are in a 25gal qt tank right now.
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So I wasnt 100% happy with the color of 2 15k kessils so I added a 3rd 10k kessil and it looks 100 times better. It's kinda hard to tell in the pics in person it's better. Enjoy the pic's

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Whoa, Coral shopping have we? Lol Looks good.
At this rate you'll need to upsize to a bigger tank.
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Whoa, Coral shopping have we? Lol Looks good.
At this rate you'll need to upsize to a bigger tank.



Thanks and I sure have been. Also been moving things from the bc29 to it also.
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New Pic of clam and 3 new plate corals.

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more pics

My lovely purple tang aka orangutang lol (btw, tang police can stay away please)

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crappy iphone pic of hamers, torch, fogspwan, and zoa frags
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and crappy iphone fts

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Very nice tank!!

Hey just wondering about the kessils ... how far apart do you have the 15k and 10k, and do they mix or is it obvious looking at the tank where each colour is focused?

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Very nice tank!!

Hey just wondering about the kessils ... how far apart do you have the 15k and 10k, and do they mix or is it obvious looking at the tank where each colour is focused?


Thanks! The 15k's are on the ends with 10k in the middle. They are about 6in's from each other. The color mixed very well for me.
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New FTS

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I just realized I don't have a fish stock list

Pair of ORA Picasso Clown
Solar wrasse
Orange back wrasse
Exquisite wrasse
Six Line wrasse
Purple Tang
Randell's Gobby (always hides and never see him)
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those kessils look INCREDIBLE on your tank! makes me want some for my 34!!