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During my move I've decided to retire my 35g hex and replace it with two 60-P tanks side by side for my office. The idea is having a drastic constrast between the two, one being planted and one a reef. The planted tank will have horizontal lines, using manzanita branches, and green (hopefully!) plants. Mainly moss and possibly marsilea as ground cover for it's different shades of green and small size. The reef will be vertical, small columns of live rock rising up, and probably a two color palette (blue pink?) of zoanthids. That's the plan as it stands now, it could change.

As for the equipment I'm running two 24" Sundial T5HO fixtures, each with 4x24w and moonlights. They are sitting on some light bars my buddies put together for me, mounted to the back of the stand. You can see the bar reflects a lot of light where the fixture sits on them, they're going to put a matte black finish on there to kill that. Also cord clips are being installed to the back of the light bars to route all the cords down and out of view. They are still a work inprogress but I'm digging them. I have a couple Koralia Nanos to push water around, and an internal surface skimming Subcurrent filter. Not sure if I'll use that as I want to keep the water surface as clean as possible. I'll be using a dosing pump to keep the water levels stable.

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Oh wow! I am SUPER JEALOUS. I want that tank and stand! Can't wait to see how this comes out!


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Looks great already and there's not even water yet.
Keep the updates coming!

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That is such an awesome idea. I love the setup too! Please keep this thread very very updated.

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That is going to be amazing!

You know, i don't think i've ever seen someone use an ada tank for reefs. Then again, this is mostly a planted tank forum lol.
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Sounds VERY cool!

Won't you have issues with salt creep getting into the FW tank with the 2 that close, though?





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This will be interesting.........
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charge your camera batteries and get ready to take some pics!! i'm ready for the step by step, play by play description. very cool equipment so far.

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Love this idea! I've been thinking of buying another 30-C and doing the same.
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Aboslutely awesome, and good luck. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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set up looks good and this should be an interesting build on both part good luck and defiantly post lots of pictures

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charge your camera batteries and get ready to take some pics!! i'm ready for the step by step, play by play description. very cool equipment so far.

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Sounds VERY cool!

Won't you have issues with salt creep getting into the FW tank with the 2 that close, though?
Unless he is going to be using a HOB filter on the salt tank, there will be no issues with salt creep. It is caused by water splashing onto the sides and then evaporating, leaving the salt. As long as he has a canister, there should be no splashing about.

This is going to look great, almost makes me wish I didn't take all of my salt tanks down Waiting for the final looks!

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can't wait to watch this progress!

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