DonTavo’s newest tank build

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What’s up reefers. Here’s my tank thread, that I probably should’ve started a while ago.

Current Tank
Acrylic Frag Tank, approximately 18 gallons
With built in center over flow.
I went shallow this time, for the simple fact that I like viewing coral from above.
I wanted to keep this build simple and affordable,
While also utilizing the stand I had from my previous DT.
The most expensive component was the Kessil a360x, which I’m really happy about. It’s currently running at 75% intensity, the newly added SPS really seem to be responding well to it.

For dosing, I’m adding Seachem Kalkwasser
To the ATO, about 3 tsp.
ATO is a smart micro.
For the skimmer, I went with the Tunze 9004DC,
I got an open box on eBay for $100.
Not bad, but I don’t really see a reason for DC controllable pump, on such a small skimmer imo.
I think I prefer the regular 9004, but it what it is at this point.
For the sump, I ordered a baffle kit from eBay.
Another member on here had mentioned this sellers
Baffle Kits, which seemed reasonbly priced, I bought a 20g long from petco as the sump.

It’s currently running as a mixed reef DT, with a mix of Vanuatu island and Tonga rock, this is all rock I have transferred through all of my tanks in the past 15 years of reefing. Some of the rock ended up in the sump.

As for Fish, I only have a pair of phantom clowns, a six line wrasse which for some reason still hasn’t jumped out, and a lawnmower Blenny.

Now for some pictures.
 

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More pictures of the tank slowly coming together.
I started dealing with some hair algae issues, after I started up the Bio Pellet Reactor. I took it off line, but the left the inlet and outlet tubing sit in the sump, with the reactor hanging on the side, for like a whole month the hair algae issue kept getting worse, until I realized the water and pellets left In the reactor which where still hanging on the side of the sump was slowly leaking water back into the sump, in turn causing the hair algae issues, I guess that’s what happens when you get lazy!!!!!!
It’s been about two weeks now, and the hair algae is almost gone.
 

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With some much time spent at home, I’m sure some of us have more time to spend on our little reefs.
Cleaned out all the detritus in my sump, and built a live rock platform for all my regular frags, going to try and only keep all the nice stuff in my DT.
I hope everyone is staying healthy, and thank you to all the people in the medical field putting their lives on the front line, to help other humans, it must be a stressful time for you all.
 

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Thanks @EyeReef its coming along, had some bad hair algae due to biopellets, but have since cleared out after Removing the reactor, and now that tank has passed its 4 month mark it’s really starting to settle down.
 
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