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I am in the process of upgrading my 46 gallon reef to a 200 gallon by Pro-Clear Aquatic Systems. I am documenting the process here.

This is my current tank:

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This tank is currently running on an aquatop canister, HOB skimmer and HOB refugium. I am using a 150w maxspect razor for lighting and Jebao wavemakers for flow.

The new system will be a 200 gallon system by Pro-clear aquatic systems. The dimensions are 60”x26”x24”. 
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This tank is using the built in sump with, filter socks, Red Sea 600 skimmer and a refugium lit by a kessil H80. I am using a Sicce 5.0 for the return, as well as an aqua clear HOB filter as my carbon reactor. The display is using 3 kessil a360x for lighting and 2 icecap 2k gyres for flow.

The cycle on the new tank has already started and as soon as it finishes, I will be moving the coral and rock from the old system into the new system to begin my 36 day fallow period. The current fish will be moved into a separate quarantine system for 6 weeks to eradicate any illness from the main display.

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^This is the QT tank

I plan on stocking this new tank with the following: 

1 yellow tang (already have)

2 ocellaris clowns (already have)

1 six line wrasse (already have)

1 blonde naso tang

1 yellow belly regal tang

1 Caribbean blue tang

1 harlequin tusk

1 niger trigger

1 snowflake eel

5 lyretail anthias

I know this is not a saltwater forum so I hope it is okay that I am posting this here. If anyone has any questions just let me know!

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So I was recently able to borrow a PAR meter from a fellow hobbyist. So I made a *really* rough sketch of the tank to record the PAR measurements. 

I was honestly expecting the three kessils to provide a bit more PAR to the top of the rockscape. I would have liked to have some zones of 200+ PAR for acros in the future.

Maybe a T5 hybrid kit is in my future 🤔

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On 9/7/2021 at 5:45 PM, Brymac1 said:

Just built a DIY CO2 degasser that runs in-line with my RO/DI filter. Hopefully now I will get more than 40 gallons out of my DI resin lol.

I'll be following along to see how this works out for you. I run through 4 DI resin stages one anion, one cation and two mixed beds because of the CO2 issue. how does the water line cut off once your reservoir is full or RO/DI as to not overflow the aeration chamber?

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On 9/7/2021 at 4:49 PM, Tihshho said:

I'll be following along to see how this works out for you. I run through 4 DI resin stages one anion, one cation and two mixed beds because of the CO2 issue. how does the water line cut off once your reservoir is full or RO/DI as to not overflow the aeration chamber?

The RO water spills into the DI resin through gravity. It passes through it at a fast enough rate that it does not overflow. 

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On 9/28/2021 at 6:27 PM, Streetwise said:

That looks awesome! You certainly don’t need different lighting, but have you window-shopped the Neptune Systems SKY? I don’t have the tank for it, but I do have an Apex, so it is cool to see new technologies that integrate with it.

I have checked out the SKY. I really like that it is actively cooled which allows it to be much lighter than say the Philips Coral Care. But after seeing numerous tear downs of the SKY I just don’t think it has any business being as expensive as it is. I do believe however that the panel style LED lights like the SKY, Philips Coral Care, and ATI Straton are the future for LED reef tank lighting.

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