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    adnedarn's reef tank....build and progress

    Hello! You guys helped me rock scape it.... then I finalized the plumbing (I think) and it's been testing with RO water a few weeks now. All seems to be running good, but if you notice I did something wrong, please point it out. I will be having it filled with ocean water very soon! Thanks! Andrew

    PS this video is when I had just filled it with tap water... It ran 2 days then got drained and filled with RO for flushing/rinsing/more testing
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    Looks cool! Lots of wiring & hoses!

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    I would switch the coral around.

    Nah just kidding, this is looking awesome! Please keep the videos coming, complete with voice over. Going to be fun to follow the progress in this thread!
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    I can't see the whole system, but one word of caution. Make sure that your auto top off doesn't create a siphon while topping off. Having the end of the tubing out of the water as you do will prevent sw from backing up into the top off reservoir, but make sure that the top off water stops flowing when the pump goes off. Depending on where the reservoir is located, a tee to allow a vent line to allow air in to break siphon on the top off line may be a good idea.
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    Subrosa, the ato container isn't there yet... but it will sit in the open spot next to the sump. I had it in for the past few weeks and it worked flawlessly. No problem with any type of siphoning or anything... it's a good kit by Tunze.

    Yesterday I drained the tank, finalized some mountings on the back, installed the black background, moved it into place, added live sand and had fishy bizness come and fill the tank with live water (water shipped in from Catalina Bay). With the start of live sand and water, I should be able to add a fish or two in about a month. I'm not supposed to have the lights on, but I did to take this picture. X-)

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    It looks really cool. I'm eager to see it all finished and filled with cool fish.

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    Andrew there is no such thing as live water. The bacteria that perform biological filtration are found on surfaces, not free floating in the water column. If the water was untreated by either settlement or mechanical filtration the inevitable die off of the plankton will likely cause a small ammonia spike. Once that is metabolized the tank is ready for the frst inhabitants. If the water was so treated there's really no reason to wait a month before running the lights and introducing some snails,
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    I'm pretty sure he means he put in live sand AND (salt) water. LOL

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