Newjack's Dog house build (tank journal)


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Hello Bar,

For those members that do not know me, my name is Kris. I go by the screen name “Newjack” on most fish forums. I have been reefing for many many years and when I joined BAR I had an existing tank. So, I never had a chance to start a “tank journal”. Here is a link to my current tank. It was chosen for a “Tank spotlight of the month” back when we first started the recognition program.

Here’s a short list of the New (used) tank build. I am labeling this build “Newjack’s dog house build” because wifey say’s NO more fish tanks in the house! So, this new build will be in my garage. And, so I am in the dog house for this one.

Tank = 75 gallon rimless (unknown brand, this was @Gablami hospital tank).

Skimmer = Vertex 130

Lighting = ATI 6 bulb T5

Flow = Gyre, tunze, Sea Swirl

Live rock = Dry rock, sculped by @jestersix reefscaping

Sump = Trigger Emerald green

Dosing = GEO 612 Carx.

Controller = Apex EL

Top off = Tunze 3155

Substrate = Tropic Eden reef flakes & meso flakes mixture.

I’m sure there is something I’m missing, but you all can get an ideal of what I’m working with. My current tank was set up in a hurry because I was coming off a tank downsize from a 100 gal. to a 75. At that time, I just wanted to get my rocks and stuff out of holding bins and get back up and running. With really no end goal other than having fish in the house. And a few corals is always nice.

This time around, I am actually planning on what goes into this tank with an emphasis on a SPS friendly build. To be honest with you everyone. I was losing interest in the hobby. I missed the last few frag swaps because I really wasn’t feeling it. I’m using this new build as a re-boot for me. Something to reignite my reefing.

I hope to be adding pictures as the tank matures in the up coming months and years.

Wish me luck, and happy Reefing BAR!

Here’s a few pictures of the tank during the build process.



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Looking good so far Kris! That tank looks like the Solana XL 67g. That sump cleaned up real well! Nice jestersix rockwork!

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With all this fish tank time on my hands lately. I decided to give everyone including myself an update on the garage build that is coming up on 1 year old. Happy birthday! Enjoy the sneak peek.


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Was that 2 Borbonius or 1? Looking good!

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There’s 2 in there. But, i don’t recommend it. (they fight) I don’t know how BRS does it with their 160. I think they have like 6 of them together.


Man Kris, you know what you’re doing. Only a year old and sticks growing better than any tank I’ve had. I like all the improvements you’ve made to the tank/stand.

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Second that on raising kids and family time. Its just good to know that Gabe is still reefing. Lots of people come and go so often in this hobby, lots of time it takes stubbornness and determination to stick it out long enough to enjoy the good.