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So as pace is picking up with this new set up id thought I'd just share some pics and thoughts of whats in the pipe line. So far 40lb of caribsea life rock shapes. (first couple of photos were just playing about seeing how well they go together). The last few are how it is now and the scape im happy with. My only grumble with this rock is that bits break off easily. Its fantastic dont get me wrong, its a good substitute to live rock but it seems the more you play about with it dry scaping the more chance bits have to break off.

Im waiting for the refugium kit, excited that everything is coming together so hopefully not too much faffing about setting it up. I asked for the reactor chamber to be removed as i wanted space for heaters and whatever else i want to put in there.

The tank is a Juwel Trigon 350 I've altered the trim on the rim as its pretty chunky stuff, namely so i can fit the lights, skimmer if o get one and refugium. Im looking at incorporating the front lid flap with a mesh diy covering for the rest of the top of the tank.

Lights ive decided on after alot of  twoing and throwing are the 95W Noopsyche K7 PRO II Aquarium Marine Coral LED Light SPS LPS Reef Lighting. Ok so they're Radion knock-offs but at the price they are they'll do me.

Sand is all rinsed and ready to go,  I'm thinking im going to smash the granny out the filtration with maxspect bio spheres, siporax (lots of bags) and poly filter its pricey but the benifits are worth it.
Im still to decide on wave makers reef octopus do some nice ones but again are pricey, Redsea is another brand im looking at. I do have a double all ponds solution 6000lph i might use that low down at the back of the tank and point each stream down the sides of the tank to eliminate dead spots. Then run different ones nearer the surface?  Still undecided.
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Thought today was a good day to set the refugium up,  pretty straight forward took about 20 minutes. I think i might get another one and have it on the other side of the tank.
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Reply #2

Been eyeing those up on EBay for a while myself.    What are you having in there, just macros?

How did you stick the liferock together?

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I asked Dave to mod it for me  to what i wanted. He makes them to order. In this one im going with miracle mud and macro, probably taxifolia again. Had to wait nearly a month for it not because he was lax, UPS were shocking. From Sleaford to Nottingham then to Tamworth, then not being delivered. He made another one though and was reasonable, i was going to meet him half way then low and behold it turned up out of the blue. 

As far as gluing the rocks im just going to dry fit everything for now,  im thinking the next refugium will be the same kit with the added extra of having the Tunze skimmer in it. Its pricey but it takes out having to buy a skimmer and use up space.
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