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    KIRBLIT'S 300 Reef

    Well definite progress has finally been made in my basement for the new tank. This build is going to be a slow process but I hope to have it done this year.... I just figured I would get a thread started and document it in real time. This is going to be my dream setup I have wanted for a long time and it's going to take a while with all the other remodeling I'm doing. My plan is a 300 in wall in my basement with a frag/equipment room next to my home theater.

    Tank will most likely be ordered through Chris Capp.
    96"x30"x25"
    Coast to Coast w/ bean animal external overflow
    Starfire viewable sides
    Steel stand

    Fish room is 15'x 11' and I have two exhaust fans in the room that will be operated from thermostats. One exhaust fan goes outside and the other recircs back to the other side of the basement to constantly move air. They are both 6" 150cfm dc fans and are silent. The recirc will run constantly at a lower speed and then ramp up when triggered by the thermostat. The external will be triggered by a humidistat. The room has 5 individual 20 amp circuits for my equipment. I splurged and put in ceiling speakers and volume control as well for those days I'm in there fragging and tinkering 😆

    I will post up some pics in a little while. It's just framed right now but it will give you an idea of what's going on. I just got all the networking and speaker cables done everywhere so they will be doing drywall soon...

    Here is the view from the bar







    Inside the fish room





    Here are the exhaust fans. They are Panasonic whisper green selects. I did pvc ducts so I don't have to worry about moisture.


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    Here is the recirculating discharge by the pool room on the other side of the basement.



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    That is awesome stuff!! Looking forward to following your build.
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    Wicked excited for you bro. Following along.

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    Thanks guys. I still have a lot of equipment to buy as well but most of it Im pulling from the 125. Here's my equipment that I'm going to run.

    4 250w metal halides & t5/led combo
    Dolphin amp master 6250 return
    5' lifereef external skimmer
    Prob apex maybe profilux control
    Couple sea swirls
    2 Vortech mp60's
    2 tunze powerheads
    2 vortech mp40's
    2 diy 100+ gal acrylic sumps
    Diy Acrylic reactors

    Oh I forgot to mention I'm going to do a cube nem tank out front that will be tied in as well. I have a lot to do but once the basement is finished and I get the tank it should move pretty quick.



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    First class for sure. following.
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    Looks like a fun build, Kirby! Love these big tank builds!
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    Wow great space to do it in.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jjmoneyman View Post
    Wow great space to do it in.




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    Yea, hopefully it will be the man cave I have always wanted down there.

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    Here is one of the main drivers for the upgrade. He has run out of room and keeping nitrates <50 has been a chore and I only have 2 fish in a 125!





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    Wow. 50?

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    Wow. 50?
    Oh yeah, that's low for me now! Doing weekly 50% changes I got it to 40 at the lowest. I feed 2-3 sheets of full size nori a day. It was riding closer to 100 most the time. Now doing 35 gal a week keeps me around 50-60. I know when it's getting too high because my montipora hate it and will start to retract. My acropora don't seem to mind much though.

    I'm living proof that nutrients dont always equate to algae problems. I usually grow about 4 gallons of chaeto a month though. I have tried carbon dosing too with little effect. I just need a lot more water volume.

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    Crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    Crazy.
    I've kind of just accepted it at this point. I don't have algae problems and everything looks good. I just have to keep my alk closer to 10 and everything seems to do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirblit View Post
    I've kind of just accepted it at this point. I don't have algae problems and everything looks good. I just have to keep my alk closer to 10 and everything seems to do fine.

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    Have you added any new corals since your nitrates started to rise that high?

    What are you running Cal at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    Have you added any new corals since your nitrates started to rise that high?

    What are you running Cal at?
    Lots. I have added several across, zoas, Acans, frogsspawn, and montipora. My nitrates have been this high atleast 6 months now. That's just when I found out because I actually tested thinking they were too low lol. Cal is usually 400-420 and I keep my mag around 1400.

    Looks like it was in June when I discovered my phos issue too
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    I have heard of some trates and phos getting a little high but rarely more than 10. Checked your test kits lately?

    Not doubting your knowledge at all, just curious as to what your tank has in it that allows such high nutrients with suck great sps growth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    I have heard of some trates and phos getting a little high but rarely more than 10. Checked your test kits lately?

    Not doubting your knowledge at all, just curious as to what your tank has in it that allows such high nutrients with suck great sps growth.
    Believe me I questioned it too when it was over 100 to start. I have used two different api kits, red sea, took a sample to an LFS, and even ran it at work on our discrete analyzer. All of the results were pretty similar every time. I have heard of several other tanks with the same results with no algae and good growth, they are all high light Halide systems strange enough. Phos will limit calcification for sure though.

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    Pretty awesome. I wont dime him out (SCMAS member), but there is another tank with amazing coral coloration and growth (including SPS) that was accidentally running his tank at 3 DKH with no ill effects. His and your tanks proove that stability is key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    Pretty awesome. I wont dime him out (SCMAS member), but there is another tank with amazing coral coloration and growth (including SPS) that was accidentally running his tank at 3 DKH with no ill effects. His and your tanks proove that stability is key.
    I know who you speak of. His situation is even stranger to me, I have to believe his sand is providing the caCO3 that his corals need at that level, it's very interesting.

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