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So cannot express how appreciative I am to have won the Bashsea sump at the May 2022 Hot Dog get together. The 14 was my birthday as well so this really made my day. I picked the SMS-3015 in blue. Gotta say how impressed I am. The thing fills solid as a rock. The blue is blue, even the screws for the water level adjustments are blue!! My plan here is to do a new build that shows off everything. Most folks want to hide the sump and all the wires. I really want to do a show tank that people really admire the plumbing just as much as they do what's going on inside the tank. Not sure how quick this is going to come together..or even what size tank it will be! But excited for another tank project and again thank you Board of Directors for such a great prize. It even came with a t-shirt!!
 

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So got a new tank to me...40 gallon breeder with back painted blue by tjohnson3...drilled it today and got it cleaned up. Going with a 3/4" return with the vivid aquatics random flow generator and the eshopps eclipse s over flow box. My vision for this tank is an NSA scape and a species only type fish...sps dominant with chromis would be sweet but one step at a time. About to go on vacation so not thinking about this till i get back.
 

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Plumbing done and water tested...fingers crossed for rock scaping this weekend!!! 20221026_195304.jpg 20221026_195232.jpg 20221026_195226.jpg
Water testing in your garage?! Coward! I water test with ancient Egyptian scrolls under my stand in the Buckingham Palace!

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Water testing in your garage?! Coward! I water test with ancient Egyptian scrolls under my stand in the Buckingham Palace!

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Once you've ruin wood floors in a rental house...you tend to be a little shy
 
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So rock is in the tank. What do you marshians think? I tried the NSA thing..i sucked at it. And after ruining a few cool pieces i decided to just go with what gave me usable space. Going sps dominant, and leaning towards a chromis only tank as well. 20221210_130748.jpg 20221210_130811.jpg 20221210_130828.jpg 20221210_130842.jpg
 

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I would add on more rock on the right
 

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If you add more rock on the right I would add it in the back and not go too high. Make a platform to hold up corals in the back so you can see them, but leave space for them to grow. I try to slope the rock to give depth and places for coral.
 

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I would make sure you have enough room for an algae glass cleaner on the 3 viewing sides. For the most aesthetically pleasing look, try to follow the rule of thirds.

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I would make sure you have enough room for an algae glass cleaner on the 3 viewing sides. For the most aesthetically pleasing look, try to follow the rule of thirds.

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Space for a magnetic cleaner and then a bit for coral growth. Glad someone caught this, I looked again and yeah, rocks look a bit close, may regret it when you try and clean the glass. For a flipper float you will want at least an inch, but that leaves no room for coral growth on the face of the rock. I would make sure you have at least two inches between the rock and glass on any viewing side as a min.
 
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So rearranged rock work..added an AI blade to get the par up and boy does it. Hitting 600 in some spots at 100%. Obviously turned it way down and with the two AI 16s it's now 250-300 across most of tank. Sand bed ranges from 150-225. Gotta say I'm loving the blade. Expensive and over kill for a 40 gallon but hey, why not. It's the Bashsea sump build!!
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The day has come for fish. I'm a little behind in posting but this being my 12th tank. "What's that dear"? No more tanks, got it....right...😆

This is going to be a species specific tank. Kinda.. Damsels only. Yellow belly and yellow tail with three, neon velvet so far. More? we'll see. These guys all live in shallow water and live amongst sps branching corals so that's why im going sps dominant. I did the rock work with purpose to give these guys plenty of visual breaks if need be but getting some schooling behavior already so I'm excited.
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