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Ive seen many people are sharing their work so why not me :)

So lets start from the scratch.
My bro gave me 20 gallon standard tank with tetras on it. I keep it for a while and i started enjoying the hobby.so he recommend me to make a badazzz planted Tank.
So i made 1 then 2 then 3! planted tank. Yup! They were on my bedroom lol!
And then... He recommend me AGAIN to make an Marine Tank! Without thinking the expenses i run my 15 gallon onto salt water with 1 5lb piece of rock and some salt that he gave it to me to get it running.
Upgraded to 29 gallon that i had it running right now.

Then NOW im addicted! I decided to make a 80 gallon tank

I got the tank from a member for 200$
A little bit of cleaning and some recolouring the stand and back of the tank.
Here's what the tank looks like now.

Before


After


Full shot


And my Pluming
 

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Pics from the start.
might some of u guys think that i am totally newbie but anyway that's part of the learning process lol
Dont mind the pics. I know they were bad tehe!

1st day when salt water arrive on my place


Added some rock after 2weeks


Cycling period.
When hair algae are 6' long lol
Cleaning crew added


After 3 months i stared stocking up.
Started with 2 clown and 2 cleaner shrimp


Then more corals


More corals and more fish again,
Without realizing that i over stocking and lack of space and volume of water.
I brought a small hippo tank and sailfintang.



So i ended up upgrading onto 29 gallon :D
 

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My 29 gallon



Seeing all equipment above the tank drives me crazy and thinking to have a sump instead.
So i got a 20 gallon Sump from Claudia :D
 

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I just got my skimmer and return pump!
Skimmer -Vertex IN 180
Return pump - Eheim 1262

I was thinking this skimmer will be over kill on my system but the bigger the better anyway.



Thanks Zenin for the pump!
 

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Leak test! :D
I finished my pluming last sunday.
I added water yesterday to check which pipe are leaking.so far a got no sign of leak.



 

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Update:
Tank is now running and cycling!
Cant wait to add corals and fish :D
Darn! Ive spent less from what i expected!!
Tank stand sump- 200$
Rocks: dead rock - marco rock from j&l- 159$+ tax
Light: coralife aqualife pro 150w dual MH w/93 watt compact bulb-80$
Skimmer: vertex in180 150$
Return pump: Eheim 1262 50$
Heater: Eheim 250watt 2x 55$

Spend around 700$!!


 

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LOL, you're upset to have spent less than you thought? I'd be happy with that. Looking good. If your rock is all dead, what do you have in there to help start a cycle?
 

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Some cured rocks from my 29 gallon tank + 20% water when i did a water change.
I put them on my sump with single tube t5 so coralline algae wont die so i might have a better chance to boost my cycle with coralline algae.
But i was thinking to dose 2 parts or at least kalkwasser to help them to grow.
What u guys think?
Ohh and no lighting till curing and cycle was over.
I got no light on my main display just the sump.
 

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And no sand bed yet. Id experience when i cycle my 1st SW tank which is my 15 gallon. I was battling Cyano and hairy green algae on my sand bed so i dont want to trigger an headache problem again. So no sand till curing was over lol
 

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I guess my tank is ready

Nitrate - 0 ppm
Phosphate - 0.25
Calcium- 500
Alkalinity- 143.2

So i decided to transfer my livestocks

Everything seem doing great so im happy =D

 

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hahaha WOW! i didn't realized my picture were so BAD! till i open my laptop!
i shouldn't be upload using iphone no more haha
anyway..
Nics here is your Duncan and octospawn
 

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middle tank shot
diatoms break down so it turns green on my rocks
but i got no problem on my nitrate, i got 0 ppm and 0.25ppm on phosphate
calcium is High,i got 540ppm
 
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