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  1. So as you can see in the title I have finally broke down and bought a Red Sea max 170 with the sump upgrade after I saw that my LFS was doing a 15% discount on them. But I haven't filled this tank yet but I will probably buy some water to fill later today, this is MY first tank, but I helped take care of one at the LFS I help out at. But basically I know I want corals, there my favorite thing in the reefing hobby. I will probably keep the Red Sea skimmer in the back chamber along with the media basket then in the sump upgrade I will most likely do a refugium. The light is a AI hydra 26, and I might get a MP-10, if not I might just get 2 korelias to tide me over till I get the MP-10. So now that you all know the equipment im running im wondering what livestock I can keep. Coral -GSP (separate rock) -Finger Leather -Toadstool -Zoas -Hammer -Frogspawn -Candycane -Elegence -Possibly acans -Later down the line a Monti cap or two. -And then any other corals that I might find interesting later down the line. Fish (I order from what will be added last to what will be added first) -Pair of Occ. Clowns -Yellow corris wrasse (favorite fish) -Yellow clown goby -Pearly jawfish Inverts - 3-4 Narrsarius snails - 3-4 Trochus snails - Cleaner shrimp Clams (later after tank has matured) -1 Maxima -1 Deresa The tank is about 24x24x24 Any thoughts much appreciated
  2. Hey ya'll, new here and decided to start a build thread. I'm not starting the thread from the beginning so I'll give some backstory. I've been in the hobby for over a decade now. Before this most recently I had a Red Sea Max 130, which I thought I'd sell before college but ended up not. I paid my LFS to come out biweekly to do water changes while I was at college, and besides that and my sister feeding the tank, no maintenance was done. Came home for winter break, did a deep clean, tank looked great, and then it kinda exploded. Like the whole side panel just burst open for no apparent reason. I lost most of my fish except for my watchman goby, but everything else survived. My early Christmas present ended up being this beautiful new Red Sea E170 which I have been working on every day so far of summer break. The goal is to have this tank almost completely automated by the time I leave for school again in three months. I'm planning on installing a webcam to livestream it as well so I can enjoy it. So far, I've installed a Tunze osmolator and besides the lighting, there's no other automation. On the wishlist is calc/alk/mag/acro power dosers as well as an MP10. I plan to install a drain line for the skimmer, and I'm also running a reactor with GFO and carbon, but there's no way to change that automatically. I thought about a chaeto reactor as well, but fear that the chaeto will grow too fast since I could only trim it every few months. Also considering setting up an auto feeder for frozen foods. I have some ideas but haven't settled on one yet. Now on to livestock. When I left for school the tank had only softies and gorgonians. Since I've gotten back, I've added several LPS and SPS frags, as well as more gorgonians and a ton of zoas. The LPS are doing great, SPS not so much. Why? Well, not entirely sure. More on that in a second. Inverts are at the moment a tuxedo urchin, a brittle star, a fighting conch, snails and crabs, derasa clam, two sexy shrimp, a pedersons cleaner shrimp, and an anemone crab. The latter four all share one maxi mini anemone and seem to be getting along well. Very interesting little community. Fishwise, I have a ywg, red head goby, pink bar goby with a candy cane pistol shrimp, and then the crown jewel, a male orange spotted filefish. I got him from DD a few weeks ago and he is completely weaned onto basically every frozen food I've given him. Very good and aggressive eater. I got him right as I started adding SPS to the tank, so rip acros and stylos. He nips at a digita as well but leaves the undata alone. Only guy he is not interested in is the birdsnest. I've basically accepted that I will have a bunch of SPS skeletons but that's acceptable, the filefish enjoys nipping on even the dead ones. Here's a FTS for now. I'll be adding more pictures later. Thanks for following along!
  3. Hey everyone, I currently have the Red Sea Max 130 with the stock lights running with two T5 55w PC Fluorescent 10,000K / Actinic, which is 50% super daylight and 50% actinic blue. I want to upgrade the lights to something that is LED but doesnt require me to rewire my tank. I'm not a handy electrician so something that i can place in my hood of my Red Sea Max and replace my Current T5 stock lights. the DIY LED kits look amazing, but there is no way ill set that up properly. I saw the Current USA Orbit Marine, and was wondering if anyone has used that before? I am open to suggestions as I'd really like to start growing corals and get some decent lighting within my aquarium. Thanks for your help!
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