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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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Our 240g

Thanks for checking out our journey as we create our 240g reef! (All photos are clickable.)

Here it is! All moved in and ready to be plumbed. 8ftHx6ftWx3D We officially don't have an open-concept living and dining room any longer.
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Here we are cycling the tank with a small bit (50lbs.) of live rock.
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Curing and cleaning 100lbs of live Tortoga in our bath tub!
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And the results of our hard labor
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And our most recent tank shot as it is today. We have rearranged some rock as you can see. Again, please excuse the lack of cabinet doors. With a tank this size its difficult enough to reach and arrange things; taking the doors off is a huge help.
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And our sump setup as it is today.
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Matt & Jenn
http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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Ok so here are some of our inhabitants. Since these photos, we no longer have the yellow damsel.
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This guy is so cool. He is supposedly 8 years old. He was given to our LFS and then passed on to us. I love him, but he can be quite destructive with his massive shell.
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Matt & Jenn
http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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Here's some of our corals. Not all of these photos are wonderful. Some are with the iPhone and some are with the Canon Rebel. Its difficult to get a great shot at time because of the angle and depth of the glass.
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Matt & Jenn
http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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And just for fun... This is our bubble-tip anemone giving us a heart attack as he traveled around the tank and back until finding a good spot.
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http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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We started our 240 about a month ago. Love it! I just sit and stare at it every day.

What kind of lights are you running?

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Beautiful tank! We have the same size as well and the space you have to work with is endless but taking pictures of those spaces is such a pain in the wrasse

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We started our 240 about a month ago. Love it! I just sit and stare at it every day.

What kind of lights are you running?
We have town 400w metal halides and two 12ft LED actinic strips that are 100 lumens per ft.

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http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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Any problems with heat? Reason I ask is we are running 3 175's and our temps are a problem. I know how hot 400's get. That's why I'm asking.

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Any problems with heat? Reason I ask is we are running 3 175's and our temps are a problem. I know how hot 400's get. That's why I'm asking.
Well we have three cooling fans built into the canopy, so that helps to remove some of the heat. Also, the height of the canopy allows the lights to sit about 18" above the water. I'd say our temps average around 76 when the lights come on and are hitting the 79/80 border by the time they go off.

We have had only one temp problem, and that was when we had to leave the house for more than a week with a family emergency. We set the timers in a hurry. When we got home the tank was nearly 83! YIKES! We opened all of the cabinetry, turned on the ceiling fans and aimed portable fan directly on the sump plumbing. We were back to 78 within about 5 hours. Our poor corals looked like poop for a couple of days, but everything seems to be back to good. And that was just over a week ago. The only thing that seems iffy is some new star polyps that haven't reopened. I'll take that though.

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http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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I should add that we have our sump lighting on an opposite schedule from the tank. We've found that this also helps keep the temps down.

Matt & Jenn
http://www.carolinafishtalk.com/foru...-our-240g.html
240g drilled, 2 - 400w metal halides, 2 - 12ft. 100 lumen/ft actinic LED strips, 2 - 1200gph powerheads, 75g sump, 2 - 6w 10000k and 65w actinic (fuge) and a CoraLife Turbo Seas 1270 pump runs it all!
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