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So my roommate has a 24 gallon nano reef and fish tank, and he decided to start this massive 100 gallon tank. We bought the tank off CL. It was in bad shape. It housed maybe two dozen Cichlids, two turtles, and yes... a crawfish! Local stores took the inhabitants. We first cleaned it, removed the upper tank trim, and then resealed the tank. The stand was un-sealed and assembled with finishing nails and staples, so we had to put in wood screws, stain it, and poly seal it. We cut and installed the side panels and installed magnets so we could rip away the panels to access the sump. The sump is a 40 gallon long tank that used to house a lizard we bought from CL. We sealed it and installed baffles. We designed the sump... we basically argued and debated every point till we reached agreements, but it's my rommates build and his money so obviously he has final say and veto power lol. The sump will have a pvc tube stuffed the something for mechanical filtration, then it will go through a pro skimmers, after baffling we made a bio ball section, the more baffling and the refugium, then the return compartment. We drilled the tank ourselves, installed a surface skimmer, have two outflow and two backup pipes, with two return pipes at each end of the tank with check valves. The main outflows have ball valves. The backups simply dump into the sump. We also have a closed loop circulation for laminar flow. We are still working out how to get the best surge and turbulence flows in the tank. We just received the rocks. These are dry rocks, not live rocks. Live rock is pricey, so my roommate decided the build the hardscape with dry rock, some live rock, and just take the extra time to seed the dry rock. The dry rock was on sale for like $2 a pound. We have alot of work to do. Hardscape, sand, finish circulation scheme, lighting, cycling, choosing livestock, build a equipment cabinet that will house equipment, top-off water, salt water, and a QT tank... the list goes on. I am new to reef tanks and I wouldn't personally invest in one. I am freshwater planted tank through and through. But I love learning new things, designing stuff, watching things grow through our care and preparation, so I am all for this tank! If you have advice or stories you want to share please post them! We already have some regrets lol on the design. We didn't need such a redundant system and the backup drains were drilled to close in height to the mains... but you learn right?!