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12/11/2016, 04:30 PM
Here we go again... :beer:

I am smiling ear to ear. Christmas just came early! An 84x30x30, Starphire tank and steel stand built by Crystal Dynamics just showed up in my garage and my is she SEXY! The bad news is, I am swamped this week, so this is where she'll sit for a few days. The good news is, I only have 5 more days of work til next year... so she's gonna be wet soon! This might be the longest 5 days of my life, next Friday can't come soon enough.

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12/11/2016, 09:46 PM

12/12/2016, 01:55 AM
Looks like it's going to be a fun holiday!
Congratulations, one Ian to another!

RIP Sebastian
12/12/2016, 08:02 AM
Beautiful! I'd love to have a large reef someday. Can't wait!

12/12/2016, 11:50 AM
Looking nice.

So how do I get on this list where things just show up? I mean they can check it twice to find out if I am naughty or nice.

What other equipment do you have already or are going to use?? If it is going to get wet, that water has to get light up and go somewhere. Or is that what is going to show up next?

12/13/2016, 10:39 AM
Thank guys! Packages coming this week with plumbing bits and pieces. I have pretty much everything else I need for now, I think, from my 220 that was up a few years ago. Equipment list for now is as follows

Control: Apex Classic & some DJ strips
Lighting: 72" Giesemann Infiniti
Skimmer: Reef Dynamics INS-350
Flow: 2x Seaswirls, 2x Gyres and 4x Tunze 6105s
Sump: DIY 80 gallon
RO: Spectrapure Maxcap 90
100 lbs of live rock
200 lbs of dry Pukani, Macro and Tonga branch mix
90 lbs ea. of Reef flakes and Mini flakes

At some point Ill need to get a calcium reactor, for now will be using the BRS 1.1 dosers from my 90gal.

I DIY'd a chaeto reactor similar to the ARID out of an old PO4 reactor for my current 90, I have had great success with it and am thinking Ill build a larger one out of an old Bashsea reactor I have that is 8 x 12, though that may not be big enough and may need to find something larger down the road.

12/13/2016, 08:29 PM
Heres what the room looked like when we bought the house back in April…
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First I did some painting
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Then my father in law and I ripped out the carpet and put in tile flooring
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Then I decided to put some tile on the wall around where the tank will go…
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Here is my sump, last weekend I was able to make the changes I wanted to since last time it was in operation. The tank itself is an old Leemar 80 gallon (48x18x16) I put 3 baffles in place when it was used previously but wanted to add a filter sock holder. A little acrylic and some weld on 16, Thank You Amazon and I was set. The other thing I wanted to do was to paint the back bottom and one side white so that I can see into the sump more easily.

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And this is what we have tonight, after spending way too much time in the attic. I could not have picked a worse place in the house to try and hang this light. It is the 220v German version with the Halide ballasts built in, so the fixture weighs almost 80lbs. I hit a joist on one side but was right between 2 on the other end (insert many colorful profanities here). I had to brace between 2 joists, located smack in the center of 2 HVAC returns and an intake. Never again…

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12/13/2016, 08:34 PM
I picked up 100 or 150 lbs of live rock from another reefer moving back in July or August, its been hanging out waiting patiently.

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Here is the Giesemann after rewiring to remove the step up transformer and testing it on a 220v circuit.
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And heres the algae reactor I built that is on the current 90 gallon tank, used to be a Bashsea media reactor. Ignore the wire nuts, everything has been soldered and heat shrunked(is that a word?)

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Current 90 gallon. Sticks happily awaiting their new home...

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12/13/2016, 08:38 PM
Looking good. Lots of work on that. Looks like you are getting there nicely.

The correct work would be shrank. HAHAHA

12/13/2016, 11:51 PM
In the tense used the word would be heat "shrunk."


12/14/2016, 03:04 PM
True. LOL

12/14/2016, 10:45 PM
Really like this build. Congrats and enjoy that monster tank! I'll be following along.

12/15/2016, 06:52 AM

Ian, if you want a tiny piece of that large colony I have one that I had to cut off when I first got it due to is receding pre arrival.

12/15/2016, 07:10 AM
In the tense used the word would be heat "shrunk."


Shrink, shrank, shrunk... LOL! Thanks for setting me straight guys.

Really like this build. Congrats and enjoy that monster tank! I'll be following along.

Thanks! Glad to have you following along.

Ian, if you want a tiny piece of that large colony I have one that I had to cut off when I first got it due to is receding pre arrival.*

Thanks Ryan! I’d love a piece, let me know next time you are headed down this way. I have a couple pieces I wouldn’t mind passing along to you as backups also.

Im off tomorrow and the plan is to finish the wall between the tiles. That involves;

1. Run conduit through wall from stand area to canopy area for Apex cables and any other control cables I may need.

2. Run return line through wall from stand area to canopy area because I had the tank drilled for 3 bulkheads, as I was planning to run a Herbie overflow initially and would use the 3rd hole as the return. I have since changed my mind and will be running a Bean. Will go through the wall because Im already running conduit for the Apex and it will let me keep the tank and stand as close to the wall as possible to eliminate as much space as possible for any small hands and/or small kitties to potentially get though.

3. Move an electrical outlet as Im a little too close to the stand uprights on one for it to be usable.

4. Test Cat5 and make sure the existing cables are ok. If not Ill have to pull more.

After the above tasks are complete, I'll attach 3/4" ply to the wall and then cover it with FRP.

I have a BRS order with bulkheads and some other plumbing items, that should arrive today. I also have a large order of misc. fittings from US Plastic that I just found out is on backorder... Nerts!

Question on running the return line through the wall, would you guys trust Flex PVC alone in the wall? Or would you run it through something else?

12/15/2016, 07:23 PM

I am actually am heading down tomorrow afternoon. I coach NAU hockey and youth U18 on the side. We have a game down at gila river arena in westgate tomorrow. If you want I can bring a piece if you want to meet up. Idk where you are in phx but I will be in Glendale tomorrow.

I would definitely run hard pic throught the wall. Never ever have a worry in your mind!

12/16/2016, 07:54 AM
Great job on the tile so far! Looking forward to the tank's progression.

12/16/2016, 10:49 AM
Great job on the tile so far! Looking forward to the tank's progression.

Thanks McPuff!

Well, opened the wall to do my thang for the return line and conduit and found electrical, sewer and bathroom plumbing. Thats about right since I have 8 guys coming to help move the tank in tomorrow. Back to Home Depot I go, good thing its 3 blocks from my house... Putting a slightly positive spin on things, the existing Cat5 works so at least Im not pulling more of that today too.

Who says I dont like to live dangerously! :hammer:

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12/16/2016, 10:52 AM
And also just found what appears to be an air gap pipe ~60" from the floor...

GOODIE! :deadhorse1:

12/16/2016, 10:54 AM
Good opportunity to plumb a manifold line into that sewer line.... I did and it was the best decision I ever made. Turn a valve and perfect water change execution with no mess.

12/17/2016, 03:02 PM
Yesterday I spent all day moving electrical, installing return plumbing and finishing the wall before this morning’s move. My plan was to run 3” PVC and run 1.5” spa flex through it so that in the event of a leak in the return I could contain any water and dump it back out into the room/sump. However, there was a sewer vent line running through my wall ~60” from the floor. I got a little creative and ended up having just enough space to run the 1.5” spa flex through the wall and used a couple access panels I found at Home Depot so I have access into the wall.

I ran the spa flex and fabricated a small acrylic tray out of scraps, leftover from the sump filter sock holder, that is attached to the stud directly under the pipe. Since I won’t be able to see into the wall regularly will add an Apex ALD to my system and put one of the probes in this tray. That way I am alerted to any possible issues with the return plumbing before anything gets bad.

The access panels have been sealed into place with silicone and the doors for the access panel have were routed by 1/16” on each edge so that I can put an 1/8” gasket around them to seal them to ensure they are water tight. That should keep any moisture from the tank out of the wall.

I have Uniseals coming in my BRS order to go around the orange return pipes coming out of the wall, this should dampen any vibrations as well as ensure a good seal around them.

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The last 2 steps were painting. First I painted the wall behind the tank white with Killz paint. I let that dry over night and then got up early this morning and went over it with Remarkable paint. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Remarkable paint is a 2 part epoxy that’s purpose is to turn any wall into a white board. I have used this stuff at my office all over walls in various locations. Once cured it is hard as a rock and am hoping it will protect the drywall from any overflows, splashes or salt creep. I used this because when we took my old 220 down there were some issues with the drywall directly behind the tank around the overflow. This will prevent any mildew from growing and any salt creep that may accumulate due to splashing from the overflow can just be wiped off. I am hoping that I don’t ever need to wipe it down though as the overflow on this tank has a cover already and I just never go around to building one for the 220.

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Everyone showed up bright and early, right at Noon and it took us all of 20 minutes to get the tank and stand in. Here’s the 14 month old reason its taken so long to finish the room, enjoying the new tank.
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And here’s what we have with the doors on the stand.

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I need to adjust the bottom hinges on all the doors, as the bottoms stick out just a little bit and still to come is the canopy. I wanted a 30” tall canopy from Crystal Dynamics but they advised that a canopy that big would be an awful lot of weight on top of the tank. So instead of getting a full canopy I had them build me the face frames and doors. I will frame out a canopy anchored to the wall and then attach the face frames to it using French Cleats, so that I can open the doors or quickly remove all the canopy panels if needed.

Thanks again to Tony, Carl, Brett, Stephen and Dad for help with the move this morning! And another huge Thank You to Trent and the team at Crystal Dynamics, the tank is amazing! I had high expectations and this is turning out way better than I imagined.

That’s all I have in me for today, time to go lay on the couch. :dance:

Oh yea, my backordered plumbing parts should be here on Tuesday!

12/18/2016, 04:31 PM
What a physically beautifully tank. Who would of thought a glass box could look so good?!!!

12/18/2016, 07:11 PM
That is a large 14 month old cat. I have 4 and all together they dont match that size.

12/18/2016, 08:21 PM
What a physically beautifully tank. Who would of thought a glass box could look so good?!!!

Thanks Dromon, I am very happy with it!

That is a large 14 month old cat. I have 4 and all together they dont match that size.

LOL! 14 months, 22lbs and growing fast. He just learned to say NO! So thats all we've heard this week.

I spent the day plumbing and not on the tank. Sprinkler leak woooo!!!

Tomorrow I have to paint our guest bathroom before the rest of the family comes to town for Xmas. Hope to get to plumbing on Tues/Wed but with family in town all bets are off.

12/18/2016, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the updates! My 14yo still says no, so dies the 22yo. HAHA It will get better.

Looking good on the build so far. Cant wait to see the layout once you get it loaded.

12/19/2016, 12:23 AM
The wall behind it and floors look great with the tank.

12/29/2016, 11:19 AM
The wall behind it and floors look great with the tank.

Thanks DasCamel!

Progress has been made, kinda. I put a mix of 5 bags of Tropic Eden Flakes and Mini Flakes in the tank LOL. Family goes home tomorrow, so should have plenty of time for aquascaping and plumbing this weekend.

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01/04/2017, 04:02 PM
It’s been slow going around these parts but I have some updates.

I have 2x ¾” SeaSwirls that were purchased used. They worked but I had a couple issues with them. One of them moved slower than the other, which lead me to believe one of the motors may be starting to go. The other issue was the inlet fittings were FTP and I wanted slip due to space in the canopy. I found replacement motors on McMastercarr and got both open. Once opened, one of them was almost full of salt crustys, that was all cleaned out, the motors were replaced on both and with a little elbow grease and a vice I got the inlet fittings off and swapped, both appeared to have be siliconed in place at some point.

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With that done it was time to work on the plumbing. I have all the plumbing behind and above the tank finished up now. I still need to figure out support for the pipe between the wall and the union valves, for now I’m using a spare pvc coupler I had. As you can see in the picture below, there is some water in my sump. I leak tested the return plumbing before I got too much further and was mostly successful. The plumbing in the wall and above the tank is solid but I have a leak on each end of the hose between my return pump and the hard PVC in the wall, I’m waiting on some hose clamps and that issue should be fixed.

Drain plumbing had to go on hold, I ordered threaded bulkheads when I should have gotten slip. They came yesterday but server issues at the office kept me from doing any plumbing.

I also got lighting installed above the sump a couple days ago.

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The lighting is the adhesive backed LED strip lighting from Amazon. Once this tank is operational and my Apex gear has moved over, Ill hook it up with contact switches so that the lights come on automatically when the sump doors open like my current tank, for now its manual.

Hoping to finish or at least work on drain plumbing tonight and get to aquascaping this weekend. Here’s some pics and video of some of my current livestock as you can see my racks are getting filled up. I guess I need to get a real camera and get this new tank wet…

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01/23/2017, 11:50 AM
Finally had a weekend with my wife off and toddler free time to get the plumbing finished and leak tested.

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Also got rock ver. 1.0 in the tank, I'm not 100% sure I like it yet. Going for the minimal look for plenty of vertical space for SPS. Tops of most of the platforms are about 13 to 16” from the top of the tank. Do you guys think this is too low? I have a bunch of tonga branch in my current 90 that’ll go in eventually and some more branch on the way from eBay that'll increase the height a little bit.

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And because I feel like this thread has been lacking in the coral picture department I bought some new ones. Vendor pics not mine, I have been playing with my DSLR though and am getting a little better. Will start using it instead of the iphone soon…

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The 90 had a rough couple weeks. The skimmer pump too a crap sometime in the last 2 weeks, finally caught it last Wednesday, did a bunch of maintenance in the stand when I pulled the skimmer out to look at it. Forgot to turn the ATO back on, sump level got super low and burned up my return pump. 2 pumps in 2 weeks... good stuff. I had my Apex programmed to not Alarm while I have my "Maintenance" virtual outlet turned on... forgot to turn it off when I was done... :headwally: All's well again now and humming along.

Should have the tonga branch from ebay late this week. Will hopefully finalize scape next weekend and start the fill up.

01/23/2017, 08:46 PM
Little bumps. Keep looking toward the goal.

Good work so far!

01/24/2017, 06:26 AM
Looking good Ian

01/30/2017, 09:17 AM
Thanks guys!

Picked up some different rock last week, tons of open space and still plenty of places for frags. Im much happier with the scape now. Thanks Mhucasey for the lead on the rock.

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Started to fill her up...

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DI filters are shot, more on the way. Should have this beast cycling by next weekend.

01/30/2017, 08:17 PM
Well assuming that's salt water in there you could start uour cycling, I mean a bunch of sand and a good portion of the submerged rock

01/30/2017, 08:45 PM
Looks like his RODI hose on the left.

I would not recommend mixing SW in the tank with the sand in there. I would recommend to start filling and mixing hyper salinity salt for now and put in the tank.

01/31/2017, 04:34 AM
Looks like his RODI hose on the left.

I would not recommend mixing SW in the tank with the sand in there. I would recommend to start filling and mixing hyper salinity salt for now and put in the tank.

I've heard that before. Just curious, what's the reason?

01/31/2017, 06:37 AM
Looks like his RODI hose on the left.

I would not recommend mixing SW in the tank with the sand in there. I would recommend to start filling and mixing hyper salinity salt for now and put in the tank.

Yep its fresh water.

Worm whats the reasoning for not adding salt once the tank is full? Haven't heard this before.

01/31/2017, 01:02 PM
Depending on how you mix it it can become lodged in rock and under the sand. A movement of the sand can start the section of undissolved salt to change the chemistry of the water near the inhabitants around it. You would not want a hyper salinity invisible cloud to come out and kill coral or inhabitants months down the road.

Mixing it externally allows for no risk of clumps settling within the tank.

Just saying. Be careful.

While there are currently no inhabitants and you are going to be mixing it, very well, there is not going to be a problem right now. Also if you overadd your saltmix you will end up having to dilute it down some too. I would much rather not chase the numbers by accidentally causing a problem.

I have created tanks where I have mixed the salt in a bare bottom situation then added everything later.

01/31/2017, 01:17 PM
Ah, that makes sense. Haven't put any salt in yet, was planning to add 1/2 a bag of salt at a time to the sump after the tank was full and let it mix as water passes through. Would this work ok or should I just mix in a brute and be done with it?

My order from Ultimate Corals last week shipped out today, so new corals tomorrow. Woo!

01/31/2017, 01:21 PM
Ohh defenately.

In the sump, is a quick and simple way to do it.

Since it is hyper salinity be careful of any splashing or water spray on metal, like always.

There was a thread not to long ago where someone wanted to increase the Sg in their tank and just sprinkled saltmix into their tank. Made lots of things mad. I don't remember if they lost anything.

01/31/2017, 01:33 PM
Thanks for looking out man!

Never added unmixed salt to a running tank but could see that causing some tissue burn/damage/etc on my beloved SPS for sure!

01/31/2017, 05:40 PM
I've always wondered why people do freshwater tests on tanks using tap water and then drain everything and redo it with mixed RODI. I have always set up the tanks bare bottom first. Used RODI water and then added salt. If you're going to have a leak it's usually something slow on a joint or bulkhead and if the tank cracks, well the fact that you used RODI Vs. tap is the least of your problems. I definitely hear you on the rock and hypo issue though for an already aqua-scaped tank.

01/31/2017, 07:57 PM
I always do tap water first. Cheaper than wasting the membrane.

I don't add my rock until the SW is in there though.

I like to get rid of any residue or other junk that might be in the tank and lines too. This way it kinda gets a chlorineish water across it to clean slimes and grease off.

Plus with tap you can fill it in a few minutes compared to a few days.

02/01/2017, 09:03 AM
I always do tap water first. Cheaper than wasting the membrane.

I don't add my rock until the SW is in there though.

I like to get rid of any residue or other junk that might be in the tank and lines too. This way it kinda gets a chlorineish water across it to clean slimes and grease off.

Plus with tap you can fill it in a few minutes compared to a few days.

Same here on the tap water rinse.

As far as leaks go, this is the first time I've run anything thru the wall for the tank and was worried about leaks in the wall. I leak tested the return line with compressed air @ 50psi for 3 days. No pressure loss, no leaks. All good! I do have a slow leak from one of the drain bulkheads I need to address, need to go grab a tube of teflon paste.

In the past I have added rock after water but decided to do rock first this time becuase, I ALWAYS! make a huge mess, I wanted some overhangs and shelves and haven't had good luck with the Aquaputtys holding them in the past, I have a jawfish and wanted to make sure I wasn't going to have the structure collapse after he's in the tank and digging and the scape never turns out quite how I want it.

New filters for RO unit were delivered this morning so will continue filling this evening.

02/13/2017, 08:50 AM
Tank is finally filled and operational.

Had a slow leak out of one of the bulkheads in the overflow. There must have been a small crack in it someplace, I swapped the gasket and even tried a little Teflon paste around the threads under the nut. Ended up having to replace it.

Added a frozen shrimp and some liverock yesterday, away we go...

LED's Only
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3942/32727730022_0879ac2a55_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RS3aVh)

T5's and LED's
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/312/32727730492_bc08f08346_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RS3b4o)

Halides, T5's and LED's
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3668/32727730932_909b211fc1_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RS3bbY)

02/13/2017, 09:28 AM
Now you have started. LOL

It will be a good trip!

03/09/2017, 09:15 PM
Hard to believe its been a month already... All params tested ok in the new tank last Sunday. I added a Birdsnest to see how it faired this week, 5 days later all looks good so I moved a couple more hardy SPS over this evening (Green Slimer, Turquoise Stag and Rainbow Monti) Will see how they do over the next week and if all goes well will move the rest of the SPS next weekend.

Temp - 77.0
Salinity - 1.025
Alk - 7.5 Salifert
Ca - 450 Salifert
Mg - 1310 Salifert
NO3 - undetectable Nyos
PO4 - undetectable Hanna

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3675/33310520146_c24b7e1d16_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SKx87S)

LPS Woes
I have some sort of infection that started wreaking havoc on a couple of my chalices a couple weeks ago. I thought it was an alk swing but after some google-ing and seeing it spread from one to several neighbors, decided to send pics to a couple vendors that deal heavily in chalices. They both agreed it was a bacterial infection of some sort. The affected chalices were dipped; 1 in Lugols, 1 in Revive and 1 in CoralRX, on Tuesday night. The infection appears to have stopped spreading and they appear to be rapidly regaining the pigment in the white spots that had appeared. I dont have a ton of experience with LPS aliments so all LPS will remain in the 90 until these chalices have fully healed and I'm sure what ever this is wont spread to other LPS.

Affected chalice, pre dip;
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2876/32453171084_4ffc7e642d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RrLZ7u)

None of the current inhabitants ever went thru QT. Everyone appears healthy but with them going onto the big system, theres no point chancing it. They will move to QT as soon as I get it set up. First up will be tank transfer and the a couple rounds of Prazi, as I have suspected my Flame Angel has some sort of worm issue (string poops) for a while. Is there anything else anyone thinks I should hit them with before they move over?

Tasks This Weekend
I'm hoping to be able to go grab a couple tanks and some wood for stands and get them going as fish and future coral QT this weekend but my sons having tubes put in his ears tomorrow morning, so how much I get done is totally dependent on how he's feeling. Also, with the halides finally running its become obvious I need to hurry up and get my canopy put together and up too. My plan is to weld a frame, lag it to a couple studs and hang the canopy panels from it using french cleats... again time permitting, that also reminds me I need to order the cleats... Hopefully I can at least find time to break out the saw and get the stock cut down for welding some time soon.

I need to hurry up and decide how I'm going to control this beast. I currently have an Apex on the 90, it replaced an RKE (gets used for QT for now). The problem is the RKE is on its last legs and I'm not sure I even trust it to run QT tanks anymore at this point. Do I get the new Apex, expand current Apex to run QT too or really shake it up and go Profilux? Any opinions? :hmm3:

03/10/2017, 06:11 PM
Love the rock work. Looks like the fish will have some great spots to rest/hide in. Great fish and coral selection. You have a good eye! I particularly like that beautiful anthias!

03/12/2017, 01:44 PM
Looking good Ian!