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  1. Greeting N-R Friends! Most of you don't know me, so let me take a moment to re-introduce myself... I started my first nano reef tank over a decade ago, but it has been years since I was active in the hobby. Now that I am finally settled in and no longer moving around the globe every few years, it's time to dive back in. For reference, when I was last in this hobby, LED lights were only available to aquarists that were comfortable wiring their own DIY system and the NanoCube tank had just been introduced! At that time, I actually worked in the industry, so I learned a lot about coral and fish husbandry. Coming back now, it's clear things have changed. LEDs are now everywhere on the market and there are more choices of all-in-one tanks than I could have ever imagined. Amazing to see the growth in the hobby. Anyway, if there is anything I learned before, it was that planning, patience and moving slow were the most important attributes when building a reef. Remembering that, I have spent the last few months reading this forum and catching back up on all the things that have changed since I was last around. With great care, I have planned out my next tank, and just ordered all the supplies to start the build. I'd like to give a special kudos to @BulkReefSupply - their videos and BRSTV was a great resource for re-educating myself on the changes to the hobby. I just purchased my tank and supplies from BRS, and will use them for all future equipment needs given their great resources. Equipment: Red Sea Reefer 250 System (white) 2x EcoTech Marine Radion XR15 G4 Pro lights w/mounts EcoTech Marine Vectra S1 DC (1400 GPH) return pump EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40 propeller pump EcoTech Marine Battery backup EcoTech Marine ReefLink wireless controller Neptune Systems Apex EL Controller Neptune Systems DOS dosing pumps Neptune Systems DDR dosing containers Neptune Systems ATK auto top off kit Neptune Systems IO Breakout Box Cobalt Aquatics 150W Neo-Therm heater (primary) HMO-200 Finnex heater (backup) Bulk Reef Supply 4 Stage 150GPD RO/DI system Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer Avast Marine 2L Vibe Zeovit reactor Livestock: Pair of ORA Half Naked Clowns Juvenile Yellow Coris Wrasse Juvenile Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse Red Headed Fairy Wrasse Starry Blenny Diamond Spot Goby Cleaner Shrimp Pulsing Xenia Neon green hairy mushroom Green striped mushrooms Super Shocker Orange mushrooms Black sun coral Pink Birdsnest coral Neon green torch coral Red Acan colony Leather toadstood Mystery green LPS Mystery green zoanthids Mystery blue SPS Red monti plate Random assortment of snails and crabs 60 lbs Bulk Reef Supply Aquarium Saver Dry Live Rock 40 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Reef Sand Red Sea Salt Mix Tank Officially Started: 16 August 2018 Current FTS (3 October 2018): Early Stages (21 August 2018): Tank Design Plan: I am planning to build the tank around softies, LPS, and a few pieces of SPS. While I appreciate the look of a SPS tank, there's something to be said for the hardiness, vibrance, and lushness of softies and LPS. For that reason, I plan to have a nice mix of all of the above. For fish, I'm going to do some active fish with personalities -- clowns, wrasses, goby, etc. In my previous tanks, I dabbled with some of the "fads" -- mantis shrimps, anemones, etc -- and I can safely say that all that stuff is out of my system! Anything that goes into this tank will be deliberate! In terms of equipment, as you probably noticed above, I am going to use a skimmer for filtration. I had great success before with heavy skimming and will pick up there, but am also planning to expand the filtration to include using the Zeovit system. BRS estimates my equipment will arrive next week, so pictures will come then. Then we'll start the long, slow, and patient wait for a cycle and curing of rock. Buckle up... we'll be here awhile. -Kristen aka KMitch
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