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Old 09/01/2019, 10:43 AM   #1
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350 Gallon From Nothing

Hey everyone I'm a decade plus long forum stalker that's been out of the tank game for about 6 years now....sad but true. I got the itch again so I ordered a 96" x 36" x 24" tall tank from Crystal Reef Aquatics out of WA. I'm excited and nervous all rolled into one!

I'll use this thread to journal this complete build. Tonight I'll post pictures of the stand frame and equipment list along with potential tenants.

Enjoy the ride!


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Old 09/01/2019, 11:09 AM   #2
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This is the stand without the skin....mu daughters are ecstatic to show the size comparison. It's made out of 2 x 6, 4 x 4 and some 2 x 4 bracing. Pretty sure I could sit my truck and then some on it


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Old 09/01/2019, 11:13 AM   #3
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This isnt the correct picture. Let me figure this whole thing out


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Old 09/01/2019, 11:28 AM   #4
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They this for the 12th time


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Old 09/01/2019, 03:55 PM   #5
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Welcome! You said its going to be 96"? Maybe it's my eyes, but I just cant see 8ft in that stand. planning on sump to go under that stand?


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Old 09/01/2019, 04:17 PM   #6
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Stand will be 101" wide. My living room wall that you see is 14'


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Old 09/01/2019, 04:53 PM   #7
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then its definitely my eyes! nice tank size, i'm sure youl have lot of fun putting this build together. I have 96x30x30" build in the wall and what i enjoy most out of my tank was actually setting it all up/building it.


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Old 09/02/2019, 06:25 AM   #8
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This is the equipment that I'm going with:

Crystal Reef Aquatics 96 x 36 x 24 Tall
Crystal Reef Aquatics Stealth XL Sump
ATI 36" 8 x 39 watt SunPower - 2 units
Reef Brite 72" XHO Strip Light with controller interface
Maxspect XF350 Gyre pump bundle with controller and 2 XF350 pumps
Neptune Systems Apex WAV pump and 1LINK module pacemaker starter kit and wifi controller system
Octopus Regal 300SSS skinmer
Tunze Osmolator Universal 3155 ATO
Pan World 250PS return pump

I have some rock that I've stored from a previous setup but what online source do you all suggest from experience for quality dry rock??


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Old 09/02/2019, 09:44 AM   #9
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Tank rendering

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Old 09/03/2019, 05:23 AM   #10
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I have some rock that I've stored from a previous setup but what online source do you all suggest from experience for quality dry rock??
Reefcleaners.org


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Old 09/03/2019, 08:30 AM   #11
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Thanks! I'll definitely check them out


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Old 09/15/2019, 07:43 AM   #12
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Well been busy working on doors with two built and mounted. The other opening will be for drawers and a table top drawer for laying items on.

Still have 6+ weeks until I get aquarium and sump with the anticipation just killing me.

Probably going to have quite a few tangs and a couple angels plus I like the darker snowflake clownfish.


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Old 09/15/2019, 07:46 AM   #13
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Old 09/15/2019, 07:58 AM   #14
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Nice dimensions I have the same tank. What kind of reef are you planning?


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Old 09/15/2019, 02:01 PM   #15
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Eventually full sps with some fishies. I've seen so many beautiful acros, etc that I'd love mine like that!


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Old 09/15/2019, 02:48 PM   #16
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This will give u an idea of the light vs 36" width. I add 2 row of ATI blue plus to cover the whole tank cause I do full Sps.


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Old 09/16/2019, 02:07 PM   #17
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This will give u an idea of the light vs 36" width. I add 2 row of ATI blue plus to cover the whole tank cause I do full Sps.


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I've read your build thread and wow your tank is outstanding! Hope my sps turn out half that good


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Old 09/16/2019, 03:43 PM   #18
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For my experience I can tell u that buying once is much cheaper than buy then upgrade. Anything we buy lose 1/2 value when we sell it back. It's good to look at similar tank size and determine your equipment. From chiller to light to pump to powerhead make sure to get the adequate size so u don't have to buy again


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Old 09/19/2019, 07:35 PM   #19
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They've started putting my tank together....the wait is rough.

Also, ordered 300 lbs of dry rock from reefcleaners today!


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Old 09/19/2019, 08:06 PM   #20
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Looking good plan carefully ask questions it will help to save a lot of money n headache


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Old 09/20/2019, 05:40 AM   #21
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I'm leaning towards the aragonite special grade sand....any thoughts on this one is particular?


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Old 09/22/2019, 04:18 PM   #22
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Well besides some putty and sanding the stand is complete. Thought about pre-drilling holes for the drain and returns but will probably wait


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Old 09/26/2019, 09:26 AM   #23
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I have 300 lbs of dry rock from reefcleaners.org being delivered today....cant wait to get home from work!!

I dont know what the rock looks like yet but my interactions with John were outstanding!


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Old 09/26/2019, 09:53 AM   #24
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I'm leaning towards the aragonite special grade sand....any thoughts on this one is particular?


I like the tropic Eden sand they have different grade and very clean not too much dust.


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Old 09/26/2019, 09:07 PM   #25
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Beautiful work on the stand. Can't wait to see it progress!


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