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Starting a 650Xl Tank

GWSS

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Nov 10, 2019
Location
Pasadena
Hi All:

I have ordered my 650 Tank should be arriving next week.​

I am coming back to the Hobby...

I have had a tank before 'old school' wet/dry, with the 20 and 40% water changes for 15 years...back in The Netherlands , it was a fish only tank , and I was reluctant to all the work it entailed but the Mrs was very very much into getting an 'invertebrate' tank.

So here is the Plan, projected Timeline:

1 get the tank, stand, sump , skimmer set up first...
2 get all the hardware going
Pump​
Lights​
Vortex (if I find one)​
Heater​
All the Chemicals​
Wavemaker​
3 get my live rock (I am going for a minimalistic mushroom set up!)
4 get the sand
5 get the tank going!
6 Cycle it
7 Start population

So sit back and enjoy the ride all...I am very much psyched about it and I want to give a shout out to Oceanlife Aquariums for the advice and guidance so far. as Always I am totally open to suggestions/advice I want to make this an ultra clean look

So here is where the tank will stand than is 5 -2 opening here is 5-4 so perfect fit :)
Placement.JPG
 
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GWSS

GWSS

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Location
Pasadena
UNdecided as of Yet...the trade off I had to make was I get the tank...the Mrs gets to fill it ...she wants loads of invertebrates, maybe a cowfish and some anemone fish and 1 marquee animal (either invertebrate or fish)...so she is browsing around :)
 

RR-MAN

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Aug 18, 2003
Location
Pearland
That's awesome!!!

One suggestion, drill a couple of holes in the back of the stand for air circulation. I even got my tools ready to drill but forgot when the LFS delivered and set up the tank. I'm thinking about removing the sump and drilling the holes but hate to mess with the plumbing. I recently got a 750XXL.
 
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GWSS

GWSS

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Pasadena
Ok so am doing my research now...here is what I want to do ! (emphasis on WANT)

I want an integrated system that controls, Pump Flow, Light Flow, WaveMaker and obviously my Parameters and all I want them all to talk to each other...
So, Neptune Systems go to for this? I mean I know trident, dosage, stuff...but I also saw them having the whole gambit of pump and wavemaking controls as well...
The question is...should I go for that or do a mix and match?
I mean getting all of that is going to be pricey...but it should cover all my needs...
Any ideas?
Thanks for your help/input!
Regards
Glenn
 

RR-MAN

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Aug 18, 2003
Location
Pearland
You can't go wrong with the combination of Neptune Apex & Trident except their WAV pumps. Most fail within a year or so.

Look into Ecotech MP pumps or Maxspect Gyre. If you go with the Ecotech MP pump - all you need is a WMX module to run it through Apex. The Gyre has it's own controller which works great.
 

second_decimal

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Apr 20, 2007
Location
humble
Profilux is the German controller. A little difficult to wrap your head around at first but once it goes, solid as a rock. Good luck with the setup.
 
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GWSS

GWSS

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Nov 10, 2019
Location
Pasadena
Ok so quick update, No tank yet :( ....

But Got me my M2 pump, my 2 MP40's ready and I already have asked for the rocks to be overhang built, as I want to go for a clean look underneath...
I am still think about lights...I mean Radeon best ...I get it but it is going to set me back almost 3.6 K to have the right amount ...I am kind of hoping to maybe have alternative options...as I was thinking about going with some alternative LED (3 ) and then still fall back on good old blue t5 combo (T% simple are awesome for growing coral.
The Mrs wants a mostly Leather Coral setup but she also wants some fish in there and invertebrates...(queue the roll eyes hehehe) been trying to explain to her that nice shrimps are not nice they are food for fish :) ...but hardware first.

MP and pump.jpg
 

TriggerFan

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Apr 14, 2019
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Cypress
You could try the RedSea LEDs, AI Hydras or Kessil's.
Some cleaner shrimp and other invertebrates will be a nice addition, plus remember, Happy Wife, Happy Life!
 
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GWSS

GWSS

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You could try the RedSea LEDs, AI Hydras or Kessil's.
Some cleaner shrimp and other invertebrates will be a nice addition, plus remember, Happy Wife, Happy Life!
Thanks for the input, and thanks for the MP's and Pump too btw :)
 
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