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And so it begins...

After tearing down my larger planted tank when I moved I have had a hard time deciding what to do next. I had planned on setting it up as a high tech planted tank again but I have a smaller one at my office now and wanted a new challenge.

My goal is to set up a salt water tank that is somewhat in the ADA style of being very minimalistic and clean looking. I want there to be very little visible and make it as neat as possible. I have a 44 gallon starphire tank that I am going to use for this as I wanted it to be shallower than the 57 gallon tank I was using before.

Here is what it looks like right now.



Cat for scale:



I am not sure how I am going to set it up underneath as the stand has a 2x3 that runs down the middle. I will need to either take it out and shore up the stand or build a platform? Take a look and let me know if you have any ideas.



I am going to start with drilling the tank and doing most of the plumbing. I could have gotten all the parts separately but I figured for my first time I'd try to keep it simple. I ordered an overflow and return kit from glass-holes.com and am so far very happy with it. I think I have pretty much everything I need. I plan on plumbing the overflow on the right side as opposed to the middle to try to give it a cleaner look. I had originally planned on putting it in the middle and painting the back black but I think I like the look of a clear tank better.



So far what I have is:
Tank - 47 gallon starphire
Stand - black ADA style
Controller - Neptune Systems Aqua Controller Jr
Plumbing - Glass-holes.com kit
Light Stand - DIY conduit

What I need to get:
Light - LED preferably but open minded
Sump - I don't know a lot here... but it needs to fit in the stand and I don't know if I have the space to make one from scratch
Skimmer - something good
Powerhead - I want minimalism so either a MP10 and and a bigger sump pump or an MP40 and a smaller sump pump
Pump - depends on powerhead.

I want to try to put this all together slowly over the summer. If anyone has any advice or a line on some equipment I should pick up, I'd greatly appreciate it. Otherwise, feel free to follow along and chime in at will. Thanks for looking!
 

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Powerhead - I want minimalism so either a MP10 and and a bigger sump pump or an MP40 and a smaller sump pump
Anthing above MP20 on a 3ft tank is too much, you don't want tidal waves and hurricanes in your tank, unless you are building a 6ft sump :bigsmile:

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Nice can't Wate for LEDs check out The ever grow fixtures on reef supply Canada best servace and bang for your buck
 

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Anthing above MP20 on a 3ft tank is too much, you don't want tidal waves and hurricanes in your tank, unless you are building a 6ft sump :bigsmile:

Keep the build pics coming.
Yeah I think you are right. I think I am going to start with 1 MP10 and see how much flow that is with the return pump and then maybe add a second. I am going to try to drill the tank this week and do some work on the stand. I will try to put pictures up every step of the way.

Nice can't Wate for LEDs check out The ever grow fixtures on reef supply Canada best servace and bang for your buck
Yeah I just heard about those evergrow fixtures a little while ago. Seem really good for the price. I am going to do a little more research but that is where I am leaning right now. Know anyone that uses them?
 

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UOTE=Jimbo;686489]Yeah I think you are right. I think I am going to start with 1 MP10 and see how much flow that is with the return pump and then maybe add a second. I am going to try to drill the tank this week and do some work on the stand. I will try to put pictures up every step of the way.

Yeah I just heard about those evergrow fixtures a little while ago. Seem really good for the price. I am going to do a little more research but that is where I am leaning right now. Know anyone that uses them?[/QUOTE]

Yep I use em I can honestly say that it's amazing within the first three days Almy corals actually brighter
 

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Anthing above MP20 on a 3ft tank is too much, you don't want tidal waves and hurricanes in your tank, unless you are building a 6ft sump :bigsmile:

Keep the build pics coming.
no such thing, i ran 4 mp40's at 90% on my 3' 75g tank and 1 mp40 at 100% on my sump
 

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no such thing, i ran 4 mp40's at 90% on my 3' 75g tank and 1 mp40 at 100% on my sump
Wow 4 MP40s on a 3 ft 75G?? Yeah I guess if you run all of them on lagoon mode and one or 2 at a time. :bigsmile: But I could not justify the cost of that against the benefit of wave makers running not in full power... Sorry maybe its just me. :D
 

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Wow 4 MP40s on a 3 ft 75G?? Yeah I guess if you run all of them on lagoon mode and one or 2 at a time. :bigsmile: But I could not justify the cost of that against the benefit of wave makers running not in full power... Sorry maybe its just me. :D
I ran all 4 reef crest 24/7 my corals loved it, got awesome growth and next to know nutrients in the tank
 

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So I finally got to drilling the tank. It took longer than I though it would but worked out well. I drilled the overflow and the return on the same end. I am just now finishing up the plumbing then I need to get a sump. I forgot to take any pictures while I was drilling the 2 big holes but you can see from the little hole how it went.







I did the renos to the stand so that a sump will fit in the now. Does anyone have a decent sump that would work? I was looking at those fancy aqueon sumps but I have two hoses from the overflow and those only have one inflow. The dimensions of the inside of the stand is 13 1/2" x 34". I ideally want a stand that is really close to that width but not that long so I have a bit of room in the stand.

Thanks for looking.
 

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Hey Jimbo really interested in this build as I'm thinking of getting a similar tank for a planted setup. Where did you get the tank? BTW looks great so far; any more updates?
 

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Hey Jimbo really interested in this build as I'm thinking of getting a similar tank for a planted setup. Where did you get the tank? BTW looks great so far; any more updates?
Hey thanks for the kind words. I got the tank from someone on here who bought it from Frank at aqled. I bought another tank off him and some lights as well and it's all been great. I am going to post an update tomorrow hopefully.
 

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Hey thanks for the kind words. I got the tank from someone on here who bought it from Frank at aqled. I bought another tank off him and some lights as well and it's all been great. I am going to post an update tomorrow hopefully.
I'm selling off some tanks so I can buy the same tank! Can't wait.. going to have to build a stand (also same as you, ADA styles). Are you happy with the quality?
 
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