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So this thing belongs in this space.... I am sold. Even if I have to walk around it as soon as it hit the stand every single person that was helping me said, "Wow, that is going to be Awesome!" I am sold, I am doing a 6' Peninsula Build! This is kind of my dream build, so we will see how this whole thing pans out. Lots of updates as we are just building it so this is the most exciting time of a build thread!

Anyways here is the picture of the tank in its "Temporary Location" that I am all but sold on.

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I am so excited!
 

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this is how you know it belongs exactly there and you can’t move it. Talk about a perfect fit.
You have a Good Eye! I did indeed line that up, The other end will be built out to cover up the plumbing and such. Super excited!

Just ordered another 40 LBS of Shelf Rock. I was going to go Live rock, but I am just to much of a freak. Will use Live Mud and Also Live sand to get this started. Along with Copepods. Might add some of my rock into the sump of the tank as well just to help it get going.
 

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You have a Good Eye! I did indeed line that up.
So satisfying to my OCD!

Just ordered another 40 LBS of Shelf Rock. I was going to go Live rock, but I am just to much of a freak. Will use Live Mud and Also Live sand to get this started. Along with Copepods. Might add some of my rock into the sump of the tank as well just to help it get going.

I’m sure you’ve done these setups many times, but just a quick note on my personal experience.

After starting my current tank this way (sans the mud), the only thing I wish I would have done differently is not wait so long to add a significant ioload.

I pretty much ran my tank Fallow for about 5 months. I added pods, bottled bac, and two dead shrimp. Cycled in days.

then I added snails & crabs early and fed algae and pellets, but added no fish. I can’t say 💯 because I didn’t test much during these 5mos, but Im pretty sure my nutrients bottomed out at some poinand caused my dinos outbreak.

The only reason I waited that long was just because I didn’t have the time to really start QTing the fish the way I wanted to through HTTM. But knowing what I know now, I would’ve made it a point not to wait that long.

also, I probably would’ve started with some rubble/sand/rock from established healthy systems and dropped those in QT for the 45+ days just to boost the biome.

luckily, I’m over the dinos now thanks to silicate dosing and the helps from Mack’s group on FB.

of course, getting fish in to your tank quickly should not be an issue for you ;)
 

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After starting my current tank this way (sans the mud), the only thing I wish I would have done differently is not wait so long to add a significant ioload.
You got it!! There will be fish in that tank really soon after. I actually run all my cycles with Fish - I know old school but I mix in the new school with the live sand and bacteria in a bottle.

also, I probably would’ve started with some rubble/sand/rock from established healthy systems and dropped those in QT for the 45+ days just to boost the biome.
I am thinking I will grab a bunch of rubble from my system to seed it as you suggest!
 
Love the overflow... always ask myself why the 'premium' fanboy tanks (no offense to anyone) that come with stand and maybe sump and so on blah blah.. often have large overflows... 🤔 I feel like those companies should have moved on from that by now.
I am not sure. It definitely looks awesome. I have wondered about those small overflows being finicky. I know the water level in mine fluctuates some and I wonder with so little water in it if it would be more prone to have issues.

My other concern is if any fish get in the chamber inside the tank your going to have a super difficult time getting them out. I recently had a small fish get thru mine so it's fresh in my mind.

I am curious to see how it works out.
 

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I keep reading about these things leaking...

We will see. I will lubricate the rings if I have to but I feel like some people just don't understand how Bulkheads work. Speaking of that, in the BRS video and what I can find they want me to install like this:

Internal Box>Gasket>Glass>Gasket>External Box>Nut...

To me it should go:

Internal Box>Gasket>Glass>External Box>Gasket>Nut...

No?!?
 
I keep reading about these things leaking...

We will see. I will lubricate the rings if I have to but I feel like some people just don't understand how Bulkheads work. Speaking of that, in the BRS video and what I can find they want me to install like this:

Internal Box>Gasket>Glass>Gasket>External Box>Nut...

To me it should go:

Internal Box>Gasket>Glass>External Box>Gasket>Nut...

No?!?
I think you want the gasket on the glass on both sides. The gasket should seal both the glass and the box then. I think brs is right.
 
I think you want the gasket on the glass on both sides. The gasket should seal both the glass and the box then. I think brs is right.
This has been my experience with the Fiji Cube kits. Have had leaks from doing it with internal box -> gasket -> glass -> external box -> gasket -> nut. Also does not tighten down as easy because the gasket up against the nut is a touch more friction as it compresses down, at least thats how it felt? Different brand but same idea I suppose
 
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