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I figured I would take full advantage of my membership and start a blog. If you are viewing this, please feel free to make tasteful comments and advice.

This deployment has given me COPIOUS amounts of time to research and plan improvements and upgrades to my 125gal tank.

I have all of these on a living word document, but why not share (and open myself to comments and suggestions)?
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Round One....Chapter Six (Dosing, Water Storage, LR)

Posted 10/10/2013 at 12:25 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

A few more additions...

HUGE shoutout to the "Used Equipment & Drygoods Selling" section of RC and personally to Anarchyx914! Thanks to him, my new dosers and 2-part kit came in!

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Also, thanks to my hard working wife who runs everything while I'm deployed, I got a couple...
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Round One.....Chapter Five (Plans...Plans...Plans)

Posted 10/04/2013 at 10:05 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

Well, what do you do on a day off while deployed and you are nowhere near your tank???

PLAN! (PowerPoint doodles)

Here is the basic layout for one of my many projects when I get home. Everything is purchased and sitting in my closet, begging to be installed!

***Note: Future Blog posts will include real pictures and lessons learned from actual install)

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Round One.....Chapter Three (RO/DI and QT)

Posted 09/28/2013 at 01:35 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)
Updated 10/04/2013 at 11:59 AM by RandoReefer

Always looking for a great deal....Even while deployed in Africa...
I scored this 55gal (Quarantine Tank) on Craigslist for $35!!

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Now the TO/DO list for water production and QT



[B]TO DO:[/B]
[B]-RO/DI and Water Changes[/B] -Mount RO/DI unit under...
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Round one....Chapter Two (Lighting)

Posted 09/27/2013 at 10:47 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

The age old problem with buying new technologies... PROS/CONS.

After researching TONS of light fixtures and reviewing hundreds of customer reviews I narrowed my options to two fixtures. (Factors to a decision... Control-ability, Upgrade-ability, Color spectrum.)

[B]LED LIGHT FIXTURES W/EQUIPMENT[/B]

[B]Ecotech Radion XR30w (Gen2):[/B]

-Needs/Costs for setup and GO!

-Ecotech Radion XR30w: (4)@$549.99 ($2199.96)
-Long...
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Round one....Chapter one (Control)

Posted 09/27/2013 at 10:31 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

[B]APEX LITE CONTROLLER (Wants, needs, plan)[/B]

**Note, photo credit to ReefCentral user "slief" (Scott). Great idea for Break out box simplification. ****

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[B] TOTALS[/B]
Neptune Breakout Box: (1-2)@ $39.99
***Can build own .
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