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Where do I start.. I’ve had a tank awhile back but due to time and work was never around so I gave it all away to a close friend.Â Â Fast forward nineÂ years in my new place IÂ’ve been looking to do something plus there is a hole where my kitchen is so I thought what better way then to stick a tank in.Â Â I was was initially interested in the IM20 peninsula tank and found one on CraigÂ’s list for a great deal however the seller backed out for unknown reasons and I took the moneyÂ to spend on other things. Sort of sucked but I was angry that I didnÂ’t get the tank which in short made me go out to buy and replicate the same deal in which I spent more money. From the start I wanted to only pick up 2nd hand items as to make the build a little cheaper.... HAHAHA that did not work out so well. Â Right on black Friday I noticed the same (IM20) tank on sale from 250 down to 200 which was great and I almost pulled the trigger. The only reason I didnÂ’t was the tank dimensions the counter I have for the kitchen hole in the wall was about 6 ft long by 12 in wide. so I thought the IM20 would not "fill" it out enough.Â So I didnÂ’t purchase the tank, and started looking into finding a 4 ft x 12" tank (height I wanted was around 12-15") so it was going to be a shallow tank.Â Â The only place I found that would fill this kind of order was glass cages. The down side is their customer service sucks and that I would have to drive all the way to Tampa and pick up the tank, since they only ship to distribution hubs. Back to the drawing board IÂ went and IÂ’ve been lurking on bulkreefsupply as well as well as marineeepot for the perfect tank. Â On my odysseyÂ I came across two tanks albeit it didnÂ’t fit my length requirements I figure it was the only way to go: MrÂ Aqua 22 gallon or the aquamaxx 22 gallon both of which were rimless and both are low iron though the aquamaxx was 40 dollars cheaper. So aquamaxx was my choice due to price and the reviews were great on marine depot. As IÂ’m sitting there late one night an email came in and flashed across my screen: marine depot sale aquamaxx 22 gallon low iron is on sale for 169.99... say no more shut up and take my money.Â Â From the the start since I was going to pick a 22 gallon long and that it will be in the kitchen , knew I would need an AIO setup in the tank since I have no where to put a sump etc, so oceanboxdesigns was a clear winner due to quality and worksmanship, so on top of purchasing the tank that night the 30 bucks I saved I picked up a Compatible pump for the AIO reef conversion and pulled the trigger and put the deposit on an oceanboxdesigns AIO. Total cost: $390.00Â Â TheÂ tank came quick (though I had a processing mix up which was fixed by marine depot). The oceanbox on the other hand took close to 3.5 weeks to arrive(their website advertised 1-2 weeks max)Â though I would suspect the holidays for the delay. I receivedÂ it shorty after the new years. Â With all items in hand I started out to start setting up the tank and sourcing out the other items needed. Â I purchased the following to start working on the tank all rough estimates as i tended to round up Â Home Depot $15: Command clips for wire management $10 1 tube of reef safe silicon $5 Â Walmart:Â $29 2 x 6gallon containers for water $24 (12 a piece) 1 roll of black vinyl ($5) Â Amazon: Total $80 (it was about 50 and change for the chemicals and supplies and 30 for the live sand) Chemi Pure EliteÂ PurigenÂ Filter floss Bio SpiraÂ Filter bags 40LB bag of live sand Â 2nd hand market: total $150 Current Orbit Marine 36-48" light (new) - found locally from someone who never used it $60 Dry Rock 50lbs worth for $30 Ghost Protein skimmer $40 Â Running Cost: $664 Â The only things i need to source after is a used WP10 and some live stock after it cycles. And now pics: Â Images:Â Â Tank the day i received it: Â Â Lighting: Â OceanBox AIO: Â Â Scape: Â
Just started my first reef in over four years. Tank : fluval Sea 5g AIO Light: Current USA Marine LED Flow: AQ600 return, Jebao SW-2 Got pretty good live rock. Palys, zoas, and a shroom on it. Might get another chunk tomorrow. Planning on on stocking a clown fish or two and soft corals for now until it gets established. Dosed with a bottle of some sort of turbo start bacteria( idk the LFS gave it to me) well here is is my first FTS The last pic is some sort of sps that's encrusted on the rock