bluebastion

bluebastion's Solana 67 XL

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Haha that shrink wrap is so annoying used to have to use it everyday.

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Good morning,

 

Adding pics below that all actually occurred within 2 days of delivery... just been trying to find time to post.

 

Enjoy...

 

An issue of concern when shipment came in:

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Sump packed in Tank, Tank packed in Stand:

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Tanked safely moved into living room:

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Tank on Stand:

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Starfire glass whooohooo!:

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Adjustable overflow:

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Don't know much about this brand... hopefully will get the job done.. or I can swap out with my Mag 7:

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Mer-baby shot:

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Congrats to your new system.. very nice size! what are you planning for lighting and control systems?

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I've got more to post after this.. just getting my thread caught up to where I am currently with the build:

 

I have a water spout on the exterior of the garage that I hired a plumber to t-off and add a new connection inside the garage. This was so I could have a nice home for the BRS RO/DI system.

 

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yay Brutes... Gray for RO, Green for Salt

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Float valve installed for shutoff

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Tada!

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This is the sump that the comes with the tank....

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I didn't want to waste the space in such a large stand:

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So I got this:

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Significantly longer and wider than the original sump

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I was afraid I'd have fitment issues as I ordered the sump while the tank was shipping but it's a perfect fit!

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I upgraded to this Precision Marine R30 sump because it has a nice refugium for some live rock rubble and chaeto. It will be nice to have a fuge plus some extra filtration on top of the skimmer. I'm going no HOB stuff with this tank (unlike my last one)...

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Congrats to your new system.. very nice size! what are you planning for lighting and control systems?

 

Thanks d'Espresso.... how'd your package come to you?

 

I am going LED but right now set on Vertex. We'll see in the next week or so...

 

Here are some nice videos on the light:

 

Sunrise/sunset demo:

 

My favorite:

 

I also plan on getting a Genesis Reef System Storm and Renew plumbed through the wall from my living room and garage... Which is why I have moved the tank to this wall adjacent the garage:

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This placement will also provide better views from a seated position.

 

Thanks for taking interest in my build... I will be building the rest of this tank kind of slow as I might have a major trip coming up in the next few months...

 

 

 

What protein skimmer do you have planned?

 

TheWAND -

 

At this point I don't plan on upgrading the Protein Skimmer that I have already.. it's an old Euro-Reef skimmer that should still work for this application. If it doesn't I'll look for another skimmer to suit my needs.

 

 

Equipment wise, I'm focusing on getting the light and 2 MP10's for a wave flow in my tank.

 

In the immediate future, I will need to do a leak test with some RO water... just waiting on a shipment I ordered from BRS... I've got 50ft. of RO/DI line included in that order.

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Good equipment. Euro reef should work fine, and it's something you could always upgrade in the future. I have Vertex Illumina as well as AI Sol systems. Vertex Illumina sunrise/sunset is much nicer. The fixture altogether is much sleeker and the light design program on computer is convenient. Unfortunately the tank the Illumina is on has been neglected and I am only starting the process of rebuilding. You'll love the Illumina for sure though.

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Good equipment. Euro reef should work fine, and it's something you could always upgrade in the future. I have Vertex Illumina as well as AI Sol systems. Vertex Illumina sunrise/sunset is much nicer. The fixture altogether is much sleeker and the light design program on computer is convenient. Unfortunately the tank the Illumina is on has been neglected and I am only starting the process of rebuilding. You'll love the Illumina for sure though.

 

Which fixture did you get? I'm debating the 36" or the 48".... And once I choose the size.. figuring out if I should get the 200 or 260 model. I may be using the glass lid for this tank since I've had bad luck with my favorite fish... which I'm determined to keep in this tank: Blue Spotted Jawfish.

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Ok.. final update until the Bulk Reef Supply shipment arrives:

 

After a long fight with glass cover plastic hinges... I finally have this:

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I know a lot of the rimless fans will think this is a horrid idea.... but I am going to use the removable frame top and glass lids... this will allow me to control evaporation (I have hardwoods in all living areas so this is a plus for me) and I want to guarantee no carpet surfers... or wood surfers... or whatever.

 

Here is how the plumbing looks so far...

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Which fixture did you get? I'm debating the 36" or the 48".... And once I choose the size.. figuring out if I should get the 200 or 260 model. I may be using the glass lid for this tank since I've had bad luck with my favorite fish... which I'm determined to keep in this tank: Blue Spotted Jawfish.

I have the 260 in a 72" model over a 72" tank that is 32" deep. If I had to redo it I would have gotten the 60" fixture. The spread on these thing is incredible, but unless your tank is over 24" deep I don't think you will need the 260.

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So just found out today at work that BRS is out of Pukani rock..... eh...

 

So I put in an order for Marco Rocks instead. Crossing fingers that they fill the order I requested...

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Got some new stuff in!

 

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Still debating on weather to cook or not to cook the dry rock. It's a must for adding to an already established tank... not so much for a new one. Just a sample of the great rock I got from marco rocks.

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Got a great deal on this Octopus 4" that I couldn't pass up, so I will be using instead of the larger older design Euro-Reef. Here is a size comparison.

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In the sump.

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I will be ordering the Vertex Illumina 36" 200 series LED light soon... and also the Genesis Reef System as well in the near future... stay tuned.

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this tank is gana be epic!! i love the way the look! my lfs has one full of sps corals!

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