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    Xmoji 57 Gallon Reef Tank

    Hey everyone, so I have baeen a member for some time now but haven't really been too involved with posting about my tank. I wanted to take a look back at my tank and use this as a learning lesson for myself and other reefers who can possibly learn from both my success and failures.

    The 57 is my second reef tank, previously I ran a Craigslist bought 29 gallon Reef and quickly outgrew it. I know I wanted a rimless tank so I shopped around and found a great deal at a Chicagoland area fish store. I started my 57 on December 29, 2015. I learned so much with my 29 gallon that I had a solid foundation and ideas for my 57. Today the tank is looking great and doing very well I have had very few losses of coral and have had my ups and downs with fish. Below is what the tank looked like when I started and how it looks today.

    I will try and update this tank thread on a regular basis. I hope you guys enjoy and please feel free to ask my any questions. Thanks.

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    looks great!

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    nice tank! what light you running?

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    Kessil AP700. When my old tank was running I had LEDs and when trying to figure out what to use for this tank I wanted to stick with LEDs as I believe they are the future of lighting our reefs. I never used any other type of lighting so I can't talk about those. I feel the Kessils light up the tank really well, provide tons of light with minimal shading. I'm still trying to figure out at what height and light intensity is best. As you know it can take months for us to see any positive change in our corals so that is something I am still playing with.

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    Looks beautiful.

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    I believe mine is 15" above water line and peak at 78% right now for about 2 hours.

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    For my 57 I wanted a good looking clean looking sump. I had previously ran a Vertex Omega skimmer on my last system and wanted to stay with Vertex for their build quality, ease of use and obviously for its production. Since the Vertex was red and white I wanted to stick with those colors. So when shopping for a sump and the plumbing I went with red and purchased a Trigger System Ruby 30. I also went through Bulk Reef Supply and purchased all my fittings and pipe through them. I chose the red pipe to go with the sump and skimmer.

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    Of course while plumbing I measured and dry fitted everything but still managed to screw up. When gluing the fitting that connect the pvc pipe from the tank drain to the sump I did not keep pressure on that ONE last piece and it ended up popping out about quarter inch and throwing off the lines to the sump. So in order for me to correct the issue of the plumbing lines not matching up I need to drill the sump where the lines drop into.

    I first drilled a piece of plywood with a hole saw to use as a guide, clamped it to the sump exactly where I needed to drill down so that I can make up for that quarter inch error. I took my time, drilled slowly with minimal pressure and allowed the drill bit to the the work. The cut came out extremely well and was very clean. When looking at everything at the end result you can hardly tell what the issue was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjamyst View Post
    I believe mine is 15" above water line and peak at 78% right now for about 2 hours.
    Ok we are not that far apart. Mine is 13 inches above and currently max's out at 55% for two hours. This is my current schedule.

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    Following along. I recently bought a new 57 rimmless and and after much thought I'm thinking of removing the center overflow and using an external eshops eclipse overflow. How happy are you with the big overflow in the center?

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