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Currently waiting on delivery on an ELOS 70, 56 gallon system. This is going to be a down size from our 90 gallon system but we’re quite excited to receive this tank. 

 

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My plans arent quite rock solid on where I’m going to take this. A biotope maybe? Which type of rock? I’m going to set it up and let is speak to me. The current system is using Tampa bay saltwater, however for a more pest free method I’m more than likely going to start with dry rock. It’s hard to beat the biodiversity that made made rock left in the ocean provides. Here’s a couple images of the rock I used in the last tank when I was inspecting for any non-desirable hutch hikers. 

 

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I will say even after a long inspecting period I was still pulling out gorilla crabs for almost a year afterwards. 

 

Ill be moving the radions over and maybe using a T5 hybrid system. I’m also debating on replacing the current apex with the new apex. 

 

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The ELOS 70 will make for a very nice system, looking forward to seeing your build!

 

I like the idea of a biotope of some sort, perhaps based around something would otherwise be too challenging to feed without your awesome supply of phyto and pods 😊

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50 minutes ago, Christopher Marks said:

The ELOS 70 will make for a very nice system, looking forward to seeing your build!

 

I like the idea of a biotope of some sort, perhaps based around something would otherwise be too challenging to feed without your awesome supply of phyto and pods 😊

This is what we’re thinking. 

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So envious!! Elos makes amazing aquariums. I have had a midi and a mini and the quality was superb. Can’t wait to see this one develop into a masterpiece 

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The ELOS hasn't arrived yet, once it does I'll be sure to post unboxing photos and the location. It's a race to see what's going to get here first my son or the ELOS. Good things come to those who wait right? 

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23 minutes ago, Pod Your Reef said:

The ELOS hasn't arrived yet, once it does I'll be sure to post unboxing photos and the location. It's a race to see what's going to get here first my son or the ELOS. Good things come to those who wait right? 

Absolutely!

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How do these compare price wise to Red Sea? 

I will seriously consider an Elos 120 XL for my next tank if the price isn’t to overwhelming 

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The ELOS 120 XL is an amazing footprint. I remember talking to Francois at MACNA last year about it when it was on display. 

 

Have you seen their metal stands? Drool worthy. 

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The ELOS 120 XL as a package is a little more expensive than the Red Sea. When you look at buying the stand, sump, and pump as a package deal. 

 

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They are both beautiful tanks, that’s for sure. However check out the elos if you get a chance. 

 

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Dude.  Charge yo phone! 

 

I think Christopher is on to something - stocking it with something that requires the products you sell.  

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Hot damn!  Only twice as much but dat stand tho 😍

 

I can’t justify spending $6K unfortunately. I would either do a smaller Elos or a Red Sea more than likely 

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That tiny footprint of the overflow and the quietness is mind blowing......ELOS tanks are pure sex! 

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I had an Elos years ago........it even had the nice Elos MH over it. Yes they are sweet tanks!!!!! now that stand though looks a little thin to me though.....

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10 minutes ago, spectra said:

I had an Elos years ago........it even had the nice Elos MH over it. Yes they are sweet tanks!!!!! now that stand though looks a little thin to me though.....

I saw that last year at MACNA I also thought the same about the stand. I dont think the metal is all that makes for the structural integrity,  once all the panels are in place its pretty damn stout. I dont recall all the details of the stand last year but the what they had at MACNA San Diego the panels were magnetic and made of some sort of high density plastic that could be covered in anything you wanted. (at least thats what the sales guy told me) I asked to look at the sump and the dude just pulled the panel off than he pulled the side panel off :lol:   When he told me the price I just moved on :sideeyes:Not worth the price but sexy as hell tanks. That silent corner overflow is what gave me a boner. Pretty sure they are still hand made in Italy....so its like the Ferrari or Lamborghini of fishy tanks. 

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Update: My wife and I had our second child this weekend, we were discharged and it happened to fall on the same day the ELOS was going to be delivered. It didn't get delivered but did arrive at the shipping station. Today they showed up to drop off the tank but the truck didn't have a lift gate. We rescheduled for tomorrow. I've been putting it off but I think I've narrowed down my rock choice to a couple. 

 

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Any ideas? I think I decided that this tank is going to focus on a pair of mandarins. So I'm thinking about a western pacific theme. 

 @Marine Depot any suggestions on rock or sand that would pair nicely? 

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3 hours ago, Pod Your Reef said:

Update: My wife and I had our second child this weekend

Congratulations!!! 🎉🎈Sounds like everything went well!

 

I have been seeing some neat creations with Stax rock these days, but it takes awhile to look mature. I guess I'm a sucker for the classic 'coralline live rock' look, the Life Rock Shapes remind me of nice Fiji rock.

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@Pod Your Reef  Congratulations on the new arrival, Team MD wishes you the best.  

I really like the look of Two Little Fishies Stax in smaller tanks.  CaribSea shapes and Rocks have a uniform appearance and blend together really well for building cool structures and shapes.  

For substrate, just go with what you think looks the best.  I like more natural looking substrates with different chunks and colors and some prefer the bleach white. I typically go with a 1"-2" depth using a mixture or something similar to CaribSea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Black or CaribSea Dry Aragonite Flamingo Reef.  One of my all time favorites is the Two Little Fishies Sand but we do not stock it here at MD, however, it is clean and really nice looking.   

Looking forward to seeing the outcome! 

 

-Robert @ MD

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