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Scott's 75g Reef - from the beginning...

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Hello, I’m Scott, just wanted to reintroduce myself and get started on documenting my tank build.  I’m still in the early stages of piecing together plans to get back into reefing.  I moved to Tennessee from SWFL almost 4 years ago and took my 150g tank down at the time.  I’ve got a ton of respect for the SWFMAS community and knowledge base, and was hoping you guys would welcome me back, even though I don’t live in the area anymore.

 

I’m very much a DIY guy; but along with that comes some tendencies to cut corners and half-ass anything I think I can get away with.  I’m sharing my plans and progress from the very beginning, hoping to get some input and guidance along the way.  I may be an idiot, but I’m a coachable idiot, so if you have any advise it’s greatly appreciated.

 

I brought a lot of equipment with me when I moved, and just picked up a used 75g tank a few days ago.  Here’s what I have so far:

75g reef ready tank
55g homemade sump
Reef Octopus skimmer
Jebao return pump and powerheads
JBJ ATO & 2.5gal top of tank
Several 5 gallon buckets full of rocks/sand

 

Now that I’ve secured the tank, I’m moving my attention toward building the stand.  It’s going to be a little tricky building a stand for a 48” tank over a 48” sump, but I’m planning to oversize the stand a bit so I can fit the ATO tank next to the sump.

 

Right now my head is spinning a bit trying to prioritize what steps to take and how to set everything up.  In the past I’ve ended up with some minor regrets around layout/setup/plumbing decisions so I’m trying to make sure I’m setting myself up for success this time around.

 

Not much picture worthy at the moment, but I moved the sump to it's new home and got a quick picture of the tank as I started cleaning it up a bit.

 

 

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