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Well, I sold my old tank, and got bit with the bug rather quickly. So I ordered a Red Sea reefer 170 this week. I will use this thread to keep track of my progress, as I work on the new tank.

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So first post, my goal with this tank is to build an SPS or LPS tank. I want to really automate this tank by the end, so when I do things like go on vacation, I don’t have to worry about people helping me, other then checking in on it.

What equipment am I thinking about? 

Skimmer: Simplicity 240 DC

Return Pump:  Simplicity 1600DC

Filtration: Nyos Torque 1.0 or 2.0

Media: No clue up for recommendations

Pump: AI nero

Lighting: AI Prime w/ diffuser (Depending on coral decisions, I will add a second if needed.)

I have a whole list of things for other equipment, but I want to make sure the basics are done first.

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Wow Tony that didnt take long lol!  Looks like a great start up for sure.  We sell a lot of the simplicity brand as it is DC, controllable and a great price point. The AI led and nero would be a great pairing for the controllable options as well.

I would suggest for us to move this thread to the tank and showcases thread though... 

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Well, got my first piece of equipment for the new tank, not super exciting, but a good American DJ individually switched power strip makes life a lot easier. B9165F84-219B-4167-8719-FD43E719521A.thumb.jpeg.db8163cc359e5188b84df873b8b250a6.jpeg

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I have these on all 3 tanks at home...great for water changes too.  I keep a cobalt pump plugged in and hidden in stand and makes 5g bucket swaps a breeze!

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So the tank has arrived, after weighing the costs, I think LPS will be the way to go. This will allow me to use my existing light, and use a single power-head instead of multiple.

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I have this tank and one problem with it is the overflow valve. It sucks. It is very hard to get it dialed in and to stay that way. It works fine for a week or two then needs readjusted again and again!  Do yourself a favor and watch this video on how to change out the red sea valve to a gate vale. Wish I would of saw this before I set mine up cause it is harder to do after wards. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4NHqmnzLL8#action=share

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My 2 cents, you might want to move it away from the wall a bit farther.  I had my 20 set like that and had trouble getting behind it.  After a few years when we needed to paint I actually had to break down and move it to paint the wall behind.  I relocated it to a different location that I liked better so not a big deal and fortunately it was only a 20.

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I will check this valve guide! I made progress and set the tank on the stand finally.

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I immediately ran into my first issue, The Light bracket, would not allow me to use the factory cover, because it was to big. 

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So I had to cut out a small portion using a multi-tool, then clean the edges up with a razor blade.

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Perfect fit.

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Awesome!   Went with a diffuser too?

I have always liked these tanks.  If I ever go to a tank with a sump this would be my choice.  Can’t wait to see what you do with it.  

 

 

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Yes I did a 3D Reef diffuser, mainly to reduce shimmer, but also to reduce the light that is going into the eyes of people on the couch. I also now need to order a bunch of plumbing for the gate valve.

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So I have ordered my Simplicity return pump, and Simplicity skimmer. I have also ordered all the plumbing pieces I need to replace the stock valve with the gate valve. It will probably be a week before everything arrives, so there will not be a lot of updates until then.

The next steps will be getting my dry rock. I will need to go to Premium aquatics, and hand select the pieces I need to make a really nice tower. I plan on using Marco rock for the build, and then utilizing the Marco Cement to make it one safe secure structure. Has anyone done this before, and how did it work out?

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Per the feedback of forum members, I have built out a gate valve version of the 170 piping. Test fit went great, so I'm ready to glue it up this weekend.

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So your not replacing the square valve on the  overflow with a gate valve? That's the one I replaced as it is the one that gave me problems.

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I began doing some wire management, and have made it as clean as possible. the best part is all of it is removable, so in the future I'm ok.

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Does anyone know where I can get plastic pipe clamps locally? I want to get some for the plastic tubing, as a security. 

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Looking pretty good. You can get plastic clamps at Lowe’s (the one across from Greenwood Mall has them anyway). Or aquacave.com has a good selection if you can wait a few days for shipping. 

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I will be heading to Premium on Saturday, to buy my rock. I have built a template, so I hope it helps in my selection.

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Well, The aquascaping is done, salt is added, now I just have to wait for my heater to come in. What do you think of the look so far?

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I don’t heat my water before mixing salt or after.i don’t heat at all.  🤷🏽‍♂️ Is there concern? Should I be? @PaulS.46122

Very exciting can’t wait to see the scape! 

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