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30 Gallon AIO Temperate 55 F degrees of COOLNESS Evolution

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Hey Reefers,

 

The reef bug has bitten me again!  This is my second build here on nanoreef in less than 30 days.

 

Going for a temperate system of 55F degrees of either Gulf of Maine or California or Oregon biotope.

 

Equipment:

 

-Micro-Reefs Aquarium AIO 20L x 20W x 18H made from 3/4 inch cast acrylic all 6 sides, cover tops with 1/4 inch cast false wall, and dividers for extra space in tank.

-Micro-Reefs Aquarium pedestal acrylic stand 20L x 20W x 31H 

-Micro-Reefs Aquarium 3 stage removable media basket with drip spout.

-SICCE 1.5 return pump 368 GPH 23 watts

-1/2 inch bulk head with 90degree elbow

-Two 3/4 inch bulkheads with 90degree elbows

 

Lighting:

 

-Aqua Illumination Hydra 32 LED fixture

-Aqua Illumination HMS Single Arm Kit mount

 

Chiller:

 

-JBJ 1/10HP compressor chiller

-JBJ 6ft hose 3/4 ID 

-SICCE 2.0 utility pump 568 GPH 35 watts

 

UV:

-Aqua Ultra UV 15watt

-SICCE 1.0 utility pump 251 GPH 16 watts

 

Flow:

Nero 5 Max flow 3000 GPH 30watts variable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ocean_dreamer89

Following along! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

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JustReading

I love temperature builds on here!

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salzwasser

Such a pretty tank!

 

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Aqua Illumination Hydra 32 HD with HMS single arm mounting kit arrived.  There is a reason you spend good money on a high end light fixture for cold water system.

 

 

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Finished setting up the fixture on the system, fits so nicely. Elegant fixture AI is just beautiful!

 

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JustReading

Yes yes yes!

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Tamberav

Looks great!

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Progression with the light fixture and mounting arm.

 

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sadie

that is a nice tank!!  Can't wait to see what you put in it!

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Reeferadicto13

Nice tank !!did u make it yourself ?

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23 hours ago, sadie said:

that is a nice tank!!  Can't wait to see what you put in it!

After weighing in three different suppliers, I decided for this build, I will got with:

 

Home (matsucollections.com)

 

My move to use this supplier is to inform all other reefers that purchase a cold water system from me, you will fully be supported by this collector should you want a California Biotope.  Stu Wobbe helped me narrow down my decision to move with this choice.

 

I am spending a very good amount of money to make this dream become possible for myself and all others wanting to dive into temperate systems.  This tank will showcase all the endless possibilities that come from the Pacific Ocean!

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3 hours ago, Reeferadicto13 said:

Nice tank !!did u make it yourself ?

Thanks for the recognition!  Yes, I made this build from design to assembling it and then deciding which equipment I will use.  As they said in the movie, "Jurassic Park" we spared no expense with this build...  🙂

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Look what showed up at my door to continue this cold water temperate build!  So who wants to see this booted up and getting wet?

 

 

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DevilDuck

Following this cool build 😁

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Acrylic allows for backward compatibility and I punched in a new 1/2 inch hole for accepting the AquaUltra 15 watt UV. 

 

 

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Got system retrofitted to receive the chiller and gave the UV a direct port to it's own, internal pump.  Maximized the back of the AIO all areas got used and I had to build an acrylic step for the pump.

 

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Nero5 installed, KASA controllers arrived debating how to mount them.

 

 

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JBJ Artica 1/10th HP chiller arrived today, let the temperate games begin! Who's got 55F degrees?

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Tank is going tropical and need your opinion?  20 lbs of live sand has been added.  Do I go more or leave ot as is?

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Zer0

Why the change?

 

My personal opinion is at least 2” of sand, that way it’s enough to look nice but not deep enough to cause gas exchange issues down the road. But I think it would all come down to what inhabitants you intend on keeping.

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7 minutes ago, Zer0 said:

Why the change?

 

My personal opinion is at least 2” of sand, that way it’s enough to look nice but not deep enough to cause gas exchange issues down the road. But I think it would all come down to what inhabitants you intend on keeping.

Too much red tape to order livestock from California for anemones that I wanted, and I got tired of waiting.  If it is this hard for me to place an order, it will be this hard to have future reefers follow my lead.  So, I am going to make a smaller 7 gallon system for my bedroom for Temperate system where I can order stuff that is small and will fit in that, others can follow my lead easy.  Does that make sense?  Please think about how sweet this 30 gallon tank will look with Elegance corals and all frog spawn, torches?

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Zer0 said:

Why the change?

 

My personal opinion is at least 2” of sand, that way it’s enough to look nice but not deep enough to cause gas exchange issues down the road. But I think it would all come down to what inhabitants you intend on keeping.

2 inch sand bed requires another 20 lbs bag.  The way you see it is 1 inch all around with just 1 20 lbs bag.

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12 hours ago, Micro-Reefs Aquariums said:

Too much red tape to order livestock from California for anemones that I wanted, and I got tired of waiting.  If it is this hard for me to place an order, it will be this hard to have future reefers follow my lead.  So, I am going to make a smaller 7 gallon system for my bedroom for Temperate system where I can order stuff that is small and will fit in that, others can follow my lead easy.  Does that make sense?  Please think about how sweet this 30 gallon tank will look with Elegance corals and all frog spawn, torches?

 

 

So you gave up then? The road got hard and you just gave up? 

 

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7 hours ago, Frozen_Reef said:

So you gave up then? The road got hard and you just gave up? 

 

That seems a bit harsh. Sometimes you go in with good intentions but things just don’t work out for one reason or another. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

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