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Old 06/01/2018, 02:00 AM   #2
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Step one.. make good water. Bought this before I even had a tank.. lol

Initial plans whew to build a 75ish gallon but I ended picking up this used lee-mar 120 with starphire glass on the front panel.

Bought wood to build a stand. Kiln dried 2x4s for the core support and 4/4 cherry wood for the exterior as well as some external grade plywood. Built the core support.

Realized I f'ed up and built it too narrow and the frame would interfere with the drains.. rejiggered it with some extra length.

Added some sheeting to the top and bottom.

Ran the 2x4s through the table saw to square up the ends and glued up 3 together. These will be used for the cabinet legs. I want my cabinet elevated so I can clean and dry any spills that may get under my cabinet. These glued up pieces will be enough for 6 legs. Have not decided whether or. It I will use 4 or 6 legs.

Shipment of dry rock arrived. 75 lbs of Fiji and 50 lbs pukani..

Started sorting out the sump setup. 40 gal breeder. They sure shrink fast when you throw a skimmer and pump in there. Looks like I'll manage to get at least a 14 gal refugeum area.. maybe more if I can raise my skimmer a bit to have higher partitions and water level. Skimmer is a Vertex 180i and the return pump is a OCTO VarioS 8.

Other items already aquired:
Osmolator Universal 3155 Auto Top Off - Tunze
Somatic 60 return pump module (not sure if worth using)
Innovative Marine DIY AUQA Gadget Self-Leveling Aquarium Mat - 48in. x 24in
API Quick Start - 8 oz
Sea Salt Mix 200 Gallon Box Mix - Instant Ocean
1*Refractometer for Reading Salinity with Calibration Fluid - Bulk Reef Supply
1 -*BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor - Dual
1 -1/2 Gallon Bulk Premium ROX 0.8 Carbon - Bulk Reef Supply
1 -*1/2 Gallon (2 lbs.) - BRS Bulk GFO
1 -*3/4” Bulkhead ABS Slip x Slip
2-*1 1/4” Bulkhead ABS Slip x Slip
1 - 1 1/2” ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip
1- 3/4" Slip Bulkhead Strainer
1 - 1 1/2" Slip Bulkhead Strainer - Lifegard
1 -3/4" Loc-Line Modular Hose (6 segments)
NPT Connector for 3/4” Loc-Line Modular Hose
1 -*3/4" Loc-Line Random Flow Generator - Vivid Creative Aquatics
1 - 1 1/4” Spears Gate Valve Slip x Slip
1- 1 1/4" Black Schedule 40 Pipe
1- 3/4" Black Schedule 40 Pipe
2*Schedule 80 Reducing Coupler 1 1/2”Slip x 1 1/4” Slip
1*Schedule 80 Reducing Coupler 1 1/4” Slip x 3/4” Slip
1*SCH 80 Straight Male Reducing Insert 1 1/4" NPT x 3/4" Barb
1-* 3/4” Schedule 80 Straight Barb x Male Thread
1White Soft Silicone Tubing 3/4" ID
2Ratchet Clamp for 3/4” Tubing1
2*Ratchet Clamp for 1” Tubing
2*HPG 300 Watt Heater - Finnex

Still sorting out:
Water test kits
Apex controller
Lighting.. leaning towards 3 Kessil a360
Refugium light leaning towards Kessil H80
Valves and plumbing fittings
ATO tank/bucket
Filter socks
Power heads.. leaning towards two tunze 6105
Glass sheet for sump dividers.
Black acrylic for refugeum dividers.

I'll get the dry rock wet and start curing this weekend and hopefully make some progress on the stand or sump.

If y'all could recommend a minimum depth for an electronics cabinet I would appreciate it. I plan on partitioning the left side of the cabinet and putting the electronics in their own area separate from the sump.


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