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Hi guys

I guess when reefkeeping is in your blood, there's no getting out.

This time around, I decided to go very small, +- 90l.
The tank is a 450x450x450 starfire cube with no sump but rather filtration at the back of the tank.
My initial plan was to keep things simple and stick with softies an LPS, but things did not work out according to plan..... I decided to SPS again with the odd LPS here and there.

The stand was built by me with the assistance of a buddy and my eldest son. It is constructed using Ply and is wrapped with ceiling boards.

The skimmer i chose is a Bubble Magus hang on skimmer rated up to 100 liters.
Lighting is a 90W remote controlled LED Zetlight unit.
Due to SPS requiring a lot of flow, I decided to add in a Tunze 6055 Nano stream controlled using a 7095 controller.
I decided to give Orca Bio Cubes a shot this time as compared to the Zeo systems I ran in the past. The cubes run in the first chamber using the Bomb Method.
The system is cooled using a Haliea HC 150A chiller.
The tank has +- 6kg's of Live rock for biological filtration.
Substrate used is Carribsea Fiji Pink Aragonite.
Topping is done using a DIY auto top up unit that I purchased from a fellow reefer some years back.
Ca and Alk will be manually dosed on this sytem due to the small volume of water that I have to deal with.

The tank is now running for just over a week. Pics to follow....
 
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Awesome that you're getting back into the game @mechaeel!!!
Yes, you are quite right. When its in your blood, there's no staying away from it.
Even if you only have a small tank, its worth it!
Lol.
Sound like a cool tank!
How long you looking at cycling the tank before adding ls?
 

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Awesome that you're getting back into the game @mechaeel!!!
Yes, you are quite right. When its in your blood, there's no staying away from it.
Even if you only have a small tank, its worth it!
Lol.
Sound like a cool tank!
How long you looking at cycling the tank before adding ls?
Hi Visser. Thanks man.
In terms of cycling, I highly doubt I am going to get a major cycle. The live rock that I have used, has been curing for nearly 4 years now. The system was also started up with Seachem Stability. But I am in no rush to fill this system.
 

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beautiful bud..
 
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Very VERY nice build you did there!
Nice thing about being out of the hobby for a while is you take everything much slower /patiently sexond time around, & rethink everything until its all perfect!

Will keep a close eye on this tank as you have a standard to uphold... Lol
 

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whats scary is i know your potential..
 

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Very VERY nice build you did there!
Nice thing about being out of the hobby for a while is you take everything much slower /patiently sexond time around, & rethink everything until its all perfect!

Will keep a close eye on this tank as you have a standard to uphold... Lol
Thanks bud!

whats scary is i know your potential..
lol dude. I lost my touch. Feel like a noob due to there been so much of changes in reefkeeping methods over the last few years.
 

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its like riding a bicycle bud... same concept, you get what im saying.. its in your blood to do a nice tank..
 
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Thanks bud!


lol dude. I lost my touch. Feel like a noob due to there been so much of changes in reefkeeping methods over the last few years.
There might have been some changes in the ways we keep stuff alive, but the talent of making things thrive will come back soon enough, lol. Enjoy the learning curve!
 

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looking good mekaeel
been awesome catching up with you.
run some well needed aquarium passion through my
veins again.....nice to have a genuine reefer close by
im starting to get exited about the frag hunts with you like
the good old days:1:
 

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