big update! due to certain circumstances, i have decided to retire the 125 and downsize a bit. water spilling in an apartment and space circumstances.. (dont ever hook your rodi unit to the washer connection using a cheap plastic t split. if i wasnt home at the time, it would have been a bigger disaster.) also it was a very old tank, and the glass was water etched and scratched. clarity of the glass was a big determining factor. i will be moving again in the near future so this will also make that move a tad bit easier. i was given the option to take down the ro unit and start purchasing water again. in return, get a new smaller tank. so i started looking around, and finally found something from a fellow reefer! a nice tank stand canopy combo. but of course it didnt end up being the quick transfer i was hoping for. after cleaning and resealing the tank, i noticed some air pockets in the seams. enough to scare me off from using the tank. and a complete disassemble/reseal was not an option. if i did it my self, i would have always been nervous that i didnt do it right and i simply can not afford a big leak or seam failure like this. i ended up purchasing the same tank brand new. in the end im glad i did, you cant beat fresh clear unscratched glass! and also the piece of mind of a new tank.
on to the build. the stand was very nice but needed some tlc. so i sanded it all down and painted it. its amazing what 6 coats of paint can do haha. the canopy came with a retrofit 2xt5, so i slapped a new ballast in it and got it working. right now im using 1 black box led with 2 blue plus atis. it greatly improves the black box visually. no more disco ball! a nice shimmer
still a couple things i need to do. i deed to figure out my ato situation, need to purchase a reactor or 2, doors dont shut completely so ill need to fit some magnets, and the overflow is currently surging. sounds like a toilet flushing. trying to figure that one out. i think i just need to turn down my return pump. also debating on adding a second bb led to the canopy. or just upgrading to a radion. all in all im quite happy with the decision and the end product! except for losing almost all my sps frags. ill most likely just be focusing on softies untill the next move, so i dont have to worry too much about losing the sps again