Current USA Cardiff Aquarium reef build

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Hubby and I found an amazing sale price on the Current USA Cardiff Aquarium. It was too good to pass up, so we had to bring it home! We have had nothing but trouble with the hang on overflow on my 29 gallon, so we decided to tear that one down, as well as the 30 gallon cube, and combine them into the Cardiff. Here is a link to my 29 gallon thread in case anyone wants all the background info.
https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/members-fish-tanks/61183-rehabbing-reef-photo-journal.html

The 29 gallon will be sold, and the 30 gallon will move into the fishroom to become a FW tank.

Here is the first pic of the Cardiff. The tank fits inside the stand when it's all packaged up. You can see the filtration unit that it built into the tank behind a false back. There is even a skimmer and a small gravity-fed top off unit inside!
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This is the tank and stand right after bringing it into the house. This is not the permanent location, but I first had to tear down the 30 cube to get the Cardiff in place.
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The sand has been moved over and I've started to fill with live rock and water.
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And this is shortly after setup. Rock and water are in, and I have placed most of the corals. Water is still a little cloudy. As you can see, we did not buy the available MH pendant light for the tank. We already had this Sunpod 150W MH so there really wasn't any point.
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First thing the nekkie clown did when he got in here was to go find his "nem"!
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We are so excited to get this moved over and be done with the hang on overflow for good. We're loving the look of this tank so far! What do you guys think?
 

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Looks amazingly beautiful! Well done! I can't believe you did it quite fast too I adore the nekkie clown too, super cute! Awesome photos too. Thanks for sharing!
 
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Thanks everyone! The naked (nekkie, nekkid, lol) clown is just a selectively bred variant of the regular ocellaris clown fish (the ones that look like Nemo). If I can freaking catch the misbar percula out of the 50 gallon reef, that one will be joining the naked guy. We moved the black saddle clown out of the 30 cube into the 50 yesterday- that's a species that gets a lot bigger than a perc or ocellaris so the 30 cube wasn't a great choice for him to begin with, lol. We are worried about aggression as the saddle gets bigger so we'd really like to get that perc outta there if possible... hopefully without a tank teardown!
 
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We caught the other clown last night! Now the misbar and naked clown are in the Cardiff together. This tank is fully stocked with the 2 clowns, purple firefish, and yellow watchman goby so we won't be adding any more fish.

Here are some pics from tonight.The tank has mostly cleared up and is looking better.
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I cant believe how nice that turned out. Im in all. Hopefully in a few years when I get more practice with freshwater, I can give a salt water tank a try. Harpua you and your husband have done an amazing job with that tank.
 
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Thanks, I appreciate that. It literally took me most of the afternoon just to stack and re-stack the live rock until I was satisfied. It's a much different kind of aquascape than what I'm used to doing, a lot more vertical I guess.

wing, reef tanks really aren't that difficult as long as you research enough to prepare yourself. Most failures in SW tanks come from impatience and lack of research IMO. Once you get used to the differences in maintaining SW tanks, it's really not a big deal (and sooo much fun)!
 
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