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After about 3 years without a tank, I got impatient and decided to put together a budget build using leftovers from other tanks. We moved 3 years ago, and I broke down and sold most of my stuff. I was waiting until we buy a house to set up another tank, but . . . 

 

Equipment: 

15 gallon Marineland glass aquarium (24x12x12) $38

Marineland heater (reused) 

AC-70 (reused)

Oceanbox overflow and In-tank media basket $100

15-20 lbs live rock (reused)

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Decided to avoid chemicals (bleach or vinegar) for the rock. Selected some choice pieces, rinsed with a hose and light scrub with a brush. 1 week out in full summer sun, 3 weeks in RODI water with a powerhead with 100% water changes. 96FFD1D2-332E-4265-9B8D-0B822F53524F.thumb.png.ce8f9804fd5b36a3adee27693f90edf1.png 

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Picked up a budget light for the 15 gallon budget build. $50 new in box. Anyone have experience with this light? Was a little disappointed the WiFi controller is sold separately. 953ED34E-1653-4859-9007-12F52B60D49F.thumb.png.bde40d795698ffd7443a6a57b875608a.png

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Ratvan
11 hours ago, tatooinemarine said:

Picked up a budget light for the 15 gallon budget build. $50 new in box. Anyone have experience with this light? Was a little disappointed the WiFi controller is sold separately. 953ED34E-1653-4859-9007-12F52B60D49F.thumb.png.bde40d795698ffd7443a6a57b875608a.png

I have no experience with the light but it is one that I have in mind for my own 15 gallon home tank

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@Ratvan light is pretty nice for $50, I see it retails for around $150. It has dimmable options, but everything is controlled by 1 touch switch. Output is pretty nice, don’t think I will ever run it on high (full intensity). The WiFi controller would be nice to have so I could program a sunrise/sunset and also a moon light, but it’s a budget build and I don’t think it’s worth it. I checked amazon and eBay, they were like $75 

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Cycling is going on over 3 weeks now. I have been testing this week, everything seems to be remaining pretty stable . . . 

Temp: 77 F
Salinity: 1.023
PH: 8.1-8.2 (been testing everyday)
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
 
 

 

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