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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:03 PM
I've been reading through these big threads for years and it's finally my turn. I started planning this build over four years ago. After moving into our new home two years ago, I first built a shop in the garage to work out of. I am a cabinet maker in my spare time and love DIY projects.

The next big step was finishing the basement where the tank is going. That's about where this project picks up.

This is a rough 3D rendering I did while planning the basement remodel and tank setup.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:08 PM
I'm pretty far along in the project now, but I wanted to share it with ReefCentral because I know how much I loved reading through other's builds. So, this will be a huge photo dump to catch everyone up to today.

These are the drawings I sent off to the manufacturer to get the ball rolling on the tank and stand. It's a peninsula tank about 4' x 4' x 3' deep with a built in bar around three sides.

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worm5406
02/15/2017, 01:10 PM
Well planned out so far.

Nice renderings.

What are you wanting to keep? Fish Only? Coral? Anemones?

halmus
02/15/2017, 01:10 PM
I had contractors in to frame out the basement. I just had them get to the point where drywall was complete and I could do all of the trimwork.

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The future filtration room.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:11 PM
Well planned out so far.

Nice renderings.

What are you wanting to keep? Fish Only? Coral? Anemones?

Thanks. My primary goal is SPS. I'm not a huge fish guy, but I will probably be looking at a lot of anthias and wrasses.

halmus
02/15/2017, 01:13 PM
Drywall going up.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:16 PM
It was over a year ago when the tank and stand arrived! It was a huge effort getting it down into the basement. Thanks to the local Colorado club! Great group of people here along with a great store (Aquatic Art).

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The back end sticking into the filtration room. I covered it with insulation while all of the construction was happening to protect it.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:21 PM
I leveled the floor in the aquarium room with 50+ 50lb bags of self leveling. The contractors put the floor drain in the highest point in the room. (This is where I'm glossing over how dissatisfied I am with their work...)

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After the self leveling cured, I installed this rubber flooring in the filtration room.

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...and I unwrapped the back side of the tank.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:24 PM
I built some cabinets for the far wall next to the sink.

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I built custom formica window sills and finished the windows trim.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:27 PM
I picked up shelving from Grainger and staged it to start planning out the space.

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2 x 150 g tanks for the water mixing station.

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Some MRC equipment came in. Orca Pro II skimmer, reactors, Kalk stirrer, and Calc Reactor.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:32 PM
This is the original paint color we went with in the basement. I didn't like it but was compromising with the wife. (The color changed once I started building the cherry wainscoting).

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This is where the aquarium was basically on hold for 9 months while I completed all of the trim and cabinetry in the basement. (A LOT of nights and weekends!).

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:34 PM
My first time doing masonry.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:36 PM
I spent a few weekends building formica covered shelves for everything in the aquarium room somewhere between trimwork.

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worm5406
02/15/2017, 01:37 PM
Looking good.

Was it your video that I saw a lizzard stuck down in the hole by the window and the cat was looking at it?

halmus
02/15/2017, 01:38 PM
I finished the trim work in the main basement areas including all of the custom doors. Carpet was installed.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:41 PM
Looking good.

Was it your video that I saw a lizzard stuck down in the hole by the window and the cat was looking at it?


No, I don't remember any lizard videos. :) I have been pretty active on the local forums, but have been mostly lurking on the RC forums for years enjoying everyone's work.

halmus
02/15/2017, 01:42 PM
So, all of those posts account for over a year and half of work up until last December when I was finally at a breaking point with the rest of the basement.

Starting in December, I was finally able to really focus on the aquarium build.

halmus
02/15/2017, 01:46 PM
I pulled out some of the tanks that I had been accumulating for the last few years and started staging everything.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:47 PM
I finished the cabinets in the corner and installed the uppers and doors.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 01:49 PM
The washing machine was an old one we had around. Part of the remodel was building my wife a new laundry room with new machines. I had the contractors rough in for the spare washing machine. Now I can clean the dirty fish towels in the fish room.

alex93se
02/15/2017, 01:53 PM
Dedicated filter sock washing machine, I like it!

halmus
02/15/2017, 02:01 PM
Starting in January of this year, I started the acrylic work. I had some tanks already on hand. The sumps, I wanted to build custom. So, I used some old tanks I had acquired over the years, or in some cases, built from scratch.

This is the main sump. It's big but nothing fancy. I did build an elevated section so that the filter socks will be suspended above the water line. I've always elevated my filter socks on past builds and it seems to work out better for me.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:01 PM
Most of the sumps I'm building are skinned with 1/4" white acrylic. In my mind, it helps a little with strength of the joints. That's in my mind, I'm sure someone could tell me otherwise.

More than strength, it covers up the fact that I don't do a good job of containing drips and runs from the solvent and I'm not good about buffing out the clear to a high quality finish. Plus, the white just looks good to me.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:07 PM
Dedicated filter sock washing machine, I like it!

It is an awesome addition to the room! The wife even likes it because she can wash our stinky dog towels in that machine.

halmus
02/15/2017, 02:10 PM
Panning the room at that point:

The door going out into the living area and the mixing station on the left.

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Where the refugium will sit.

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The refugium shelf (left) and the frag tank area perpendicular to the right.

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The walkway between the frag tanks (Left) and the coral/fish QT (Right)

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:14 PM
Looking into the filtration room from the living area:

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A different angle looking at the shelf where the fuge will sit:

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The fish/coral QT section isolated on the far wall next to the fridge for refreshments (fish and human).

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A little closer look a the frag rack. Those tanks are 4' x 2'. One is 12" deep the other is 9" deep. The frag rack will be a stand-alone system. I'm also going to plumb it into the main system so that everything can run as one if I want or run independently if needed.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:16 PM
Panning the room from the far corner near the washing machine.

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dave.m
02/15/2017, 02:16 PM
Wow! Just Wow! Excellent woodwork! Also kudos on the huge fishroom.

One word on the steel shelving units. I have some small experience with them and you really need to stay on top of humidity with them - especially saltwater humidity - as they are very susceptible to corrosion from it. Keep the room dehumidified at all times and you should be okay.

Dave.M

halmus
02/15/2017, 02:18 PM
I installed ladder trays running across the ceiling in the room. These will carry data lines, plumbing that needs to bridge walkways, and anything else I need above head.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:23 PM
Wow! Just Wow! Excellent woodwork! Also kudos on the huge fishroom.

One word on the steel shelving units. I have some small experience with them and you really need to stay on top of humidity with them - especially saltwater humidity - as they are very susceptible to corrosion from it. Keep the room dehumidified at all times and you should be okay.

Dave.M


Thanks Dave. Good tip on the humidity. I have a ceiling vent fan in the room that I will probably hook up to a humidistat. Even so, long term, I will probably introduce an air exchanger.

I installed FRP on the walls where they are guaranteed to get wet. I painted the room with multiple coats of gloss. I definitely don't want to worry about long term humidity problems damaging the house.

Obviously, the steel is still susceptible. So, I'll have to adjust as I go.

halmus
02/15/2017, 02:28 PM
For QT, I have multiple tanks I saved from a store going out of business years ago. The tanks with blue backs will be fish QT. There's a 30" x 24" x 12" deep tank I made from 1" thick acrylic that will be the coral QT. I also saved that acrylic from a different source.

I am setting this up so that the tanks can be run alone with HOB filters. They will also all be plumbed together.

The sump is actually two separate sumps. One for Coral QT and one for fish QT. I just built it as a single unit because it saved a little time.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:32 PM
This is a reservoir for filtered fresh water top off. It will go on a top shelf above the fuge. It holds 50 gallons. I like having a limited amount of fresh water gravity feed to tanks for top off rather than 150 gallons being controlled entirely by electronics. I've never had a mechanical float valve fail but I've had electronic floats fail.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:35 PM
About two weeks ago, I was finally able to start plumbing.

Here was the first batch sitting in a rack collecting dust.

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halmus
02/15/2017, 02:37 PM
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I will need to go back and build more permanent supports for some of the pumps and pipes. Anything you see with exposed wood will be improved. I just wanted to get the pipe going and I can build most of the supports at once.

halmus
02/15/2017, 02:45 PM
That's where I'm at today.

I guess I was able to sum up 1.5-2 years of hard work in one afternoon sitting sick on my couch. I'm sorry I wasn't posting this on RC all along. I've been working 70-80 hour weeks between work-work and home-work and was only posting this up locally.

But, again, I appreciate everyone's builds over the years and wanted to share this with the community.

I've been really inspired by builds like Ching Chai's, Peter, Dan.... Too many to list.

So, this is where I hit the breaks and come back to the slow reality of trying to make my dream happen. I'll post up pics as I go.

Let me know if you have questions or suggestions. Thanks for following!

halmus
02/15/2017, 02:55 PM
One last thing I forgot to include, why call this thread the Golden Reef tank?

I'm calling the thread "A Golden Reef Tank" for a couple reasons. One is because of how I tried to design the tank to fit in the room.

The proportions for the tank's viewable area roughly match what mathematicians call the Golden Ratio.

Excerpt from the Wiki article on the Golden Ratio (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio):

"In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The figure on below illustrates the geometric relationship. Expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b > 0,
where the Greek letter phi ( or ) represents the golden ratio. Its value is:

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where the Greek letter phi represents the golden ratio. Its value is:

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"

So, the Golden Ratio is seen by some as the ideal proportion to base dimensions on. Why not try to build a tank that matches that?

The display area of this tank will be 48" x 48" (footprint) x 36" tall. The bottom 2" of the tank will be covered by the counter that will be installed around the perimeter which also covers up the 2" metal bracing that the manufacturer is installing. The top 2" of the tank will be covered by the hood which also has bracing. You won't see the water line or much of the sand bed from the display. That leaves 32" of vertical viewing pleasure. 32" x 48" roughly matches the Golden Ratio. It's a little too deep to be perfect, however the builder told me it would be cheaper to order a 36" deep tank than a 30-34" deep tank. So, who can refuse that?

CafeReef
02/15/2017, 03:00 PM
following on this one...beautiful basement and build.

Question, when you were framing you had a gap under all of the walls. I am assuming this is for water damage reasons? Any chance you can tell me what you did to support the floating walls so they wouldnt sway? I find it fascinating and would really consider doing the same in my basement.

halmus
02/15/2017, 03:20 PM
following on this one...beautiful basement and build.

Question, when you were framing you had a gap under all of the walls. I am assuming this is for water damage reasons? Any chance you can tell me what you did to support the floating walls so they wouldnt sway? I find it fascinating and would really consider doing the same in my basement.

Great question and great eyes! That's actually a building code "suggestion" here in Colorado. At least this part of Colorado. I don't think it's a code requirement, but highly suggested due to the nature of our soil. The framing/drywall/electrical was all done by the contractor. I did all of the work since then to make their work acceptable. I even re-framed some of their work when they weren't looking because it was ridiculous poor craftsmanship.

The floating walls allow for soil expansion raising the slab floor.

They nail a bottom plate to the slab. Then, build a wall and secure it to the ceiling. Then, they run a long spike down from the "upper" bottom plate on the floating wall into the "lower" bottom plate secured to the floor. Theoretically, that takes the sway out of the wall but allows it to move vertically if the floor heaves.

In practice, I don't like it. It's not that secure. But, it's better that than have my house lift off the foundation if the floor heaves. I've seen toilets levitating inches off of the ground because the slab sunk and the toilet drain stayed stationary. So, it does happen here.

To keep walls isolated from moisture in the filtration room, I tried to make a giant drip pan out of the filtration room floor. All of the water should be contained in that room and drain over to the floor drain.

In normal construction elsewhere, I've always used treated lumber for the bottom plate knowing it's going to come in contact with moisture one way or another. You could always go heavy with the silicone to seal that plate to the floor (along with construction adhesive) and deal with spills that way.

d-man
02/15/2017, 04:28 PM
Um....holy cow!!!!! That's awesome

yifan917
02/15/2017, 04:37 PM
Subscribed. One of the most well planned systems out there!!!

halmus
02/15/2017, 05:00 PM
Subscribed. One of the most well planned systems out there!!!


Thank you. No matter how much you try to plan something, there's always something you forget. I'm trying to keep things flexible and modular to allow for the unexpected.

It will be a long, slow ride from here. Probably another month of plumbing, figure out lighting, build the hood, build the rock, water mixing station, cycle everything.... The list never seems to end.

Um....holy cow!!!!! That's awesome


Thanks. The pool table should be in within a month. The furniture is arriving within the next two weeks. Nice couch in front of the aquarium and bar stools to sit up at the aquarium bar top.

halmus
02/18/2017, 08:16 PM
Here's a small update. The filtration room is in complete chaos right now. I'm making slow progress on the plumbing.

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The refugium (to the left) is cycling right now. I built some rockwork in the refugium that is held together with portland cement as an experiment. It was built in place and needed to soak to leach out all of the crud. I coated the inside of the tank with a protective layer of plastic. That's why it has that green look. I've decided that I'll probably use epoxy on the main tank after seeing how this worked out.

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CrayolaViolence
02/18/2017, 08:20 PM
I find your organizational skills disturbing.

vair
02/18/2017, 09:13 PM
That a badass fish room! Well done and also some kick *** hardware.

worm5406
02/18/2017, 09:56 PM
What are these for?

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halmus
02/19/2017, 04:30 AM
I find your organizational skills disturbing.


Thank you?

That a badass fish room! Well done and also some kick *** hardware.


Thanks. I haven't used MRC before but the build quality seems to be pretty high. I'm trying to build this to last.

What are these for?




Short answer, carbon and phosphate reactors not completely plumbed in yet for the frag system.




Long answer:

I didn't do a great job of describing what the big picture is in this room. I'm going to have four major systems that can be run entirely separate if needed.

-main display system (kalkwaser, carbon reactor, phosphate reactor, calcium reactor, skimmer, refugium)
-frag system (carbon reactor, phosphate reactor, skimmer)
-coral QT (carbon reactor, phosphate reactor, skimmer)
-fish QT (carbon reactor, phosphate reactor, skimmer)

The main display will have the potential to be run in conjunction with the frag system by turning a few valves. They could share water for stability. That's probably how they will run a majority of the time, as one. I just wanted to put in the extra effort in the beginning in case I need to isolate things in an emergency. In the event of a major crash (my tank or a friends), I can always turn the frag system into a significant holding system and not have to do a lot of emergency plumbing.

The coral and fish QT will have the potential to be run in conjunction by tuning a valve. Similar mindset. I won't be treating the QT tanks with any chemicals that can harm the coral. If that needs to be done, a hospital tank will need to go up.

rygar
02/19/2017, 05:23 AM
You're a freak show. Welcome to the club.

Something to think about because I just went thru it. Not matter how you quarantine, you may get a parasite...somehow and you will have no idea how. Do what I didn't do. Plan how you will catch your fish. I cemented nearly all my rockwork together. It was a fun project and ended up looking really cool, but made it a royal pain in the butt to catch my coral beauty. Not sure if you read the story, but took me close to a month to get it.

Love the washing machine in there...and the fridge...and all the shelving...and the flooring...and how neat and clean it all is....and ....and....and....and....

Oh...and think about drilling your rocks for frag plugs. One thing I found out is that all frag plugs are NOT the same size. I had one so used that to make sure I was using the correct size drill bit and going deep enough. It was shorter than most other frag plugs. Some were also fatter. So oversize the holes. You can use reef putty to fill the gaps so they fit tight.

These are 2 things I never see advice on in this forum.

CrayolaViolence
02/19/2017, 01:23 PM
Thank you?



Considering I can't organize the alphabet, that was a big compliment.

dlp211
02/19/2017, 02:41 PM
This build looks amazing. I wish you the best of luck on getting this complete and I look forward to seeing the final product.

halmus
02/19/2017, 05:11 PM
It's about that time of day on a weekend.

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I've been set up for mandatory fun by my wife in a few months. We're running a half marathon up in the Grand Tetons. It's not that big of a distance compared to some past events, but I've been a little hyper-focused on the basement/aquarium and have been just maintaining a baseline fitness. I'm not all that excited about getting in miles so that I'm not a complete disgrace when I show up to the race.

I went on a 8 mile run up the mountain behind my house today before starting plumbing again. I'm a little pooped.



I remember reading a build thread where someone (I think it was Ching Chai's tank in Thailand) had a frosted glass door that said something like, "Life is too short to drink cheep wine."

My sign needs to say, "Life is too short to drink cheep beer."

VGT
02/19/2017, 07:33 PM
Excellent choice in beer... and just about everything else.

worm5406
02/19/2017, 08:33 PM
Short answer, carbon and phosphate reactors not completely plumbed in yet for the frag system.

Ahh ok thanks. I was just wondering why there is not a shutoff valve to keep things from going one way or the other. So I figure it will only to into the sump after it goes in. No way that side will be full, right?

halmus
02/19/2017, 08:34 PM
Excellent choice in beer... and just about everything else.


Thanks. I've been drinking barley wine once in a while also when it's available. I don't really chase labels but there are a few breweries that consistently impress me.

Considering I can't organize the alphabet, that was a big compliment.


I'm glad I can be disturbing in a good way. :) I do go overboard with being organized. I think there's a medical term for that.....I try to keep a healthy balance of chaos and organized.

You're a freak show. Welcome to the club.



Something to think about because I just went thru it. Not matter how you quarantine, you may get a parasite...somehow and you will have no idea how. Do what I didn't do. Plan how you will catch your fish. I cemented nearly all my rockwork together. It was a fun project and ended up looking really cool, but made it a royal pain in the butt to catch my coral beauty. Not sure if you read the story, but took me close to a month to get it.



Love the washing machine in there...and the fridge...and all the shelving...and the flooring...and how neat and clean it all is....and ....and....and....and....



Oh...and think about drilling your rocks for frag plugs. One thing I found out is that all frag plugs are NOT the same size. I had one so used that to make sure I was using the correct size drill bit and going deep enough. It was shorter than most other frag plugs. Some were also fatter. So oversize the holes. You can use reef putty to fill the gaps so they fit tight.



These are 2 things I never see advice on in this forum.


Thanks for the detailed advice. I will try to keep the rock manageable but there's only so much I can do considering the type of rock formations I'd like to build. They will need to be made secure in the tank which means not easy to remove. I may have to get creative with a fish trap if the worst happens.

As far as frag disk prep, that's excellent advice.

This build looks amazing. I wish you the best of luck on getting this complete and I look forward to seeing the final product.


Thank you for the kind wishes. I'm just keeping my head down and moving forward at this point. There's so much work left to do, I have a hard time picturing water running.

halmus
02/19/2017, 08:41 PM
Ahh ok thanks. I was just wondering why there is not a shutoff valve to keep things from going one way or the other. So I figure it will only to into the sump after it goes in. No way that side will be full, right?



I'll have to post up pics soon to show what I'm doing. You're right in wondering about shutoff valves. I just couldn't fit them in with the space.

What you saw in that picture was the outlets returning to the sump. Those outlets should be above the water line during normal operation. The highest internal baffle in that sump is lower than the outlets of the rectors.

Even if the water raises above the outlet level when the pump is off, the reactors will be sealed and it won't be an issue.

The inlet sides have gate valves that are attached to a manifold supplied by the pump. That wasn't built yet when I took the picture you referenced.

I am plumbing in the pump tomorrow and should have the frag system 90% done minus the parts I'm short.

worm5406
02/19/2017, 08:43 PM
I'll have to post up pics soon to show what I'm doing. You're right in wondering about shutoff valves. I just couldn't fit them in with the space.
.....
I am plumbing in the pump tomorrow and should have the frag system 90% done minus the parts I'm short.

Thanks, was just trying to help out, incase they were forgotten.

Yeah aren't we all short parts when we need them the most. I hate starting a plumbing job at 7 at night. NO MORE. HAHA. 7am works best, even if I have to get up early.

ADVRESOURCE
02/19/2017, 09:08 PM
Nice job. Your attention to details and craftsmanship are unmatched

I have a question about your simp. I noticed you raised the filter socks. Is there a bypass if the socks get filled without flowing onto the floor? I couldn't see the detail of your sump very well.

halmus
02/20/2017, 08:18 AM
Thanks, was just trying to help out, incase they were forgotten.



Yeah aren't we all short parts when we need them the most. I hate starting a plumbing job at 7 at night. NO MORE. HAHA. 7am works best, even if I have to get up early.


Thanks for checking. It's always possible I'm overlooking something along the way. I appreciate the questions.

Deciding to go with sch80 was a tough choice because I can't just run down to the hardware store unless I want to mix in sch40. You can tell by my OCD that mixing plumbing isn't acceptable. :)

I have to do an inventory every weekend and plan out next week's goals to make sure I have the materials. That's pretty much been the story throughout the entire remodel. I work 4-10s which makes it nice having a Friday off but I have to make the most of my weekends rather than chasing materials.

halmus
02/20/2017, 08:25 AM
Nice job. Your attention to details and craftsmanship are unmatched

I have a question about your simp. I noticed you raised the filter socks. Is there a bypass if the socks get filled without flowing onto the floor? I couldn't see the detail of your sump very well.



Thank you for the compliments.

That's a good point to consider. I did leave a significant gap as a failsafe.

Looking down on that part of the sump, the far left section is where the water flows into from the tank's overflow. The water flows into the socks and the far right is a 2-3" gap. The filter sock tray is removable so I can service that section down inside.

The bulkheads are just staged because return lines from the reactors, skimmer, fuge, and frag tanks will be directed back into this first stage below the water line. I want all of the bubbles to have the opportunity to disperse a little before flowing through the bubble trap and return to the tank.

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halmus
02/20/2017, 08:31 AM
This is a fuzzy picture looking at the floor of that first section. The elevated box in the upper left hand corner is the previously mentioned box where water flows into the sump from the tanks overflow before going through the filter socks. You can see the bottoms of the filter socks hanging down.

I elevated that box to maximize the sidewalk access for all of those bulkheads below the waterline.

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ADVRESOURCE
02/20/2017, 04:52 PM
The micro fiber socks seem to clog very quickly. The mesh socks clog but, not as quickly. How much space is between filter sock and top of bypass?

Also, if you 45 the drains to the entry of your sump, the water will have less bubbles. Air gets trapped in your drains as it travels down the PVC. If you have the 45 half above and half below the water line, then the bubbles should be significantly reduced before entering sock chamber and downstream.

I tried both ways and have no bubbles getting into my skimmer compartment or dsb.

halmus
02/20/2017, 07:54 PM
In answer to your question about space and layout of the filter sock area, check out post #22 and the pictures of me building that sump. Before I covered it in white acrylic, you can see how it's layed out. Those are 7" filter socks to put things in perspective. The sump is 36" tall at the highest point, 24" wide, and 72" long. There is probably 8" of height above the socks.

As far as how the lines are routed coming back into the sump, having them halfway out of the water makes sense. However, I have some space requirements that mean the lines are going to have to go where they go. I don't want to raise them too much because I'm building an elevated platform over all the plumbing lines that run across the floor. It will hopefully make sense as things come together.

Thanks for the advice. I'll have to check out your build thread.

sfsuphysics
02/20/2017, 09:45 PM
Man that is definitely how to do a build thread! Instead of tanking many months to years showing off things as they go in real time (because we all know real life sometimes puts a hold on our build schedules!) and having people screaming for updates every 5 minutes, getting threads so large they split before water hits the tank.

No sir, do not apologize for this, I appreciate these "quick" builds just as much if not more.

chris o
02/21/2017, 06:08 AM
Fantastic build. Your acrylic work is fantastic. I am curious about how you skinned them in the in white acrylic. Did you glue the sheets to the sump and weld the corners or build it and set the sump inside?

Chris

halmus
02/21/2017, 06:41 AM
SFSUPHYSICS - Glad to have you following. This whole build would have killed everyone if I had posted from day one. Woodwork took forever after the contractors completed taking forever after my wife and I got done taking forever to decide on the room layouts.......


Fantastic build. Your acrylic work is fantastic. I am curious about how you skinned them in the in white acrylic. Did you glue the sheets to the sump and weld the corners or build it and set the sump inside?

Chris

Thanks Chris. I built the clear acrylic sumps first as you normally would. In some cases, I was refurbishing and altering existing old tanks. In some cases building from scratch.

Then, I applied one piece of 1/4" white at a time with a LOT of clamps and blocking. I started at one end and clamped it loose, poured in the Weld-On 3, clamped a little bit higher, poured, clamped....repeat.

Once everything cured, I made acrylic snow with my router trimming that piece flush along all sides. Then, moved on to the next face. I repeated that process for every face I wanted to cover. Then, rounded over the corners so there would be fewer sharp edges exposed in the room. It was time consuming.

The sumps all ended up 3/4" thick with 1/2" clear and 1/4" white bonded together. It's overkill but there are so many potential failure points with the build that I wanted to be relatively certain no sump could ever possibly bust a seam. That's one less thing to worry about.

In hind site, I probably should have done things differently. I thought I would save money by refurbishing and reusing old tanks. Between time and materials, I probably should have built everything from scratch with 1/2" white acrylic. But, they're done and I'm happy.

chris o
02/21/2017, 08:27 AM
Thanks for the info. I ask because I am in the middle of my 430 build and doing the custom sumps myself but yours look cleaner with the white overlay. Again love the build and look forward to more updates.

Chris

ADVRESOURCE
02/21/2017, 09:29 AM
I looked at #23. Is there a gap to the right side of the filter sock assembly that allows water to flow downward in case the filter socks are clogged?

I recently had a sump acrylic seam failure. I have a 72" x 19" x 18" sump. Lots of baffles. 1/2" acrylic. Seemed to be glued well with a lot of support from the baffles. The sump was custom. I didn't have the nice top support you've installed on the lower section of the sump.

To repair, we added two additional acrylic pieces the height of the sump in the corners. I also added acrylic corner supports and long pieces from side to side of the sump on exterior of small panels.

My reef is spectacular with exceptional water quality. The sump issue was a very bad day. Not much loss except for some equipment that ran dry for a little while.

You may want to consider extra support before installation.

I also have purchased and installed the APEX Leak detection modules.

OzATL
02/21/2017, 10:02 AM
Thank you for the compliments.

That's a good point to consider. I did leave a significant gap as a failsafe.

Looking down on that part of the sump, the far left section is where the water flows into from the tank's overflow. The water flows into the socks and the far right is a 2-3" gap. The filter sock tray is removable so I can service that section down inside.

The bulkheads are just staged because return lines from the reactors, skimmer, fuge, and frag tanks will be directed back into this first stage below the water line. I want all of the bubbles to have the opportunity to disperse a little before flowing through the bubble trap and return to the tank.

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s372/halmus/Golden%20Reef%20Tank/46E95045-EA1E-4361-A034-C0ED71A46FD7_zps3ch9rroh.jpg

Fantastic build so far. Love the clean look and big fan of sched 80 (bias).

Will you have detritus or other larger particle build up in the first entry section of the sump or you think the amount of flow you'll have will keep things moving to the socks?

tkeracer619
02/21/2017, 10:19 AM
Awesome build!

halmus
02/21/2017, 10:48 AM
I looked at #23. Is there a gap to the right side of the filter sock assembly that allows water to flow downward in case the filter socks are clogged?

I recently had a sump acrylic seam failure. I have a 72" x 19" x 18" sump. Lots of baffles. 1/2" acrylic. Seemed to be glued well with a lot of support from the baffles. The sump was custom. I didn't have the nice top support you've installed on the lower section of the sump.

To repair, we added two additional acrylic pieces the height of the sump in the corners. I also added acrylic corner supports and long pieces from side to side of the sump on exterior of small panels.

My reef is spectacular with exceptional water quality. The sump issue was a very bad day. Not much loss except for some equipment that ran dry for a little while.

You may want to consider extra support before installation.

I also have purchased and installed the APEX Leak detection modules.

Thanks for the feedback. Water sensors are a part of the long term plan for sure. I'm a computer engineer, so you can expect some over-the-top automation.


I actually have already reinforced many of the seams inside and out on the main sump. I added an extra 1/2" layer to the entire bottom of all sumps in addition to the 1/2" acrylic of the main body. With 1/2" corner reinforcement on the inside, that brings it up to 1 1/2" thick acrylic in some spots. The white acrylic deliberately overlaps joints on the outside and I paid special attention to clamping the perimeter when I applied those and tried to get 100% coverage and bonding between the white and clear.

If I bust a joint on any of the sumps, I'm not sure what more I could have done.

halmus
02/21/2017, 10:49 AM
Fantastic build so far. Love the clean look and big fan of sched 80 (bias).

Will you have detritus or other larger particle build up in the first entry section of the sump or you think the amount of flow you'll have will keep things moving to the socks?

Thanks for following OzATL. Your sch80 work is what convinced me to go the extra mile. Your filtration room is a work of art.

Edit: Yes, I'm sure I'll get some detritus build up there. But, there is no way around tank maintenance. It is just an engineering tradeoff I'm willing to make to get the filter socks where I want them and I couldn't think of a better way. That space is really easy to access periodic cleaning won't be an issue.

halmus
02/21/2017, 10:54 AM
Awesome build!

Thank you. I'll be throwing a party once this tank is up and wet. I see a few Colorado folks on RC. You'll have to come over and check it out.

tkeracer619
02/21/2017, 12:37 PM
Would love too come check it out. Thanks!

VanJuKy
02/21/2017, 12:55 PM
This is going to be a good one. Looking forward to watching this grow! :thumbsup:

chris o
02/21/2017, 03:09 PM
One thing I am adding to the sumps I am building is a 1/2 inch bulkhead with valve coming out of each compartment of the sump. They will be connected to a floor drain under my tank. That way I can drain and rinse out each compartment out when there is a build up. I was sick of rinsing and pumping when there is build up. Again your acrylic work looks great.

Chris

halmus
02/21/2017, 03:43 PM
This is going to be a good one. Looking forward to watching this grow! :thumbsup:

Glad to have you following.

One thing I am adding to the sumps I am building is a 1/2 inch bulkhead with valve coming out of each compartment of the sump. They will be connected to a floor drain under my tank. That way I can drain and rinse out each compartment out when there is a build up. I was sick of rinsing and pumping when there is build up. Again your acrylic work looks great.

Chris

That was something I considered as well. I held off drilling more holes because the sump runs right along the floor drain in the room. It's easier to make the holes later than try to make holes go away when you realize you put them in the wrong spot. I will add them later if needed.

halmus
02/21/2017, 03:50 PM
Here are a few pictures I took of my last tank before tearing it down in 2013 in preparation for the move to Colorado. It was a pretty standard 120 with a custom filtration system built into the closet behind. That was my first DIY project related to reefing. It's where I first used my woodworking skills on acrylic. The acrylic work was ugly but I learned a lot.

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s372/halmus/Coral%20Tank/Display%20Pics/IMG_0613.jpg

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ADVRESOURCE
02/21/2017, 05:55 PM
Very nice on the sump acrylic and on the SPS skills.

OzATL
02/21/2017, 08:19 PM
Thanks for following OzATL. Your sch80 work is what convinced me to go the extra mile. Your filtration room is a work of art.

Edit: Yes, I'm sure I'll get some detritus build up there. But, there is no way around tank maintenance. It is just an engineering tradeoff I'm willing to make to get the filter socks where I want them and I couldn't think of a better way. That space is really easy to access periodic cleaning won't be an issue.


That's great to hear and motivation for me to complete my reboot. :) (sorry for the sched 80 wallet damage)

I bypassed the first section in my commercial sump for all tank drain lines but kept UV/skimmer/chiller hitting the first section. Kept sump volume but all detritus type drain water hits sock section first.

I have manifold feeds ready to plumb to the sump sections to monthly blow them out with valve turns. It's on the long list.

Again, great build and even better prior tank shots!



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halmus
02/22/2017, 05:57 AM
Very nice on the sump acrylic and on the SPS skills.



Thanks.

I did a quick water test on the frag system on Monday. I wanted to check my plumbing before I got any further to make sure I don't have to rip out a months worth of work because my technique is off. (First time working with sch80). Plus, it was therapeutic to see water running.

I have a Vectra M1 hooked up to run that entire rack. First impressions of the Vectra is that I'm in love! It's spooky how quiet it is. It's plumbed in external. Once I get the plumbing drain valves tweaked correctly that system should be dead silent. I was only running the pump at 40% and I was getting more than enough flow through each tank. That pump will run both frag tanks, two MRC reactors, and the skimmer.

It's a single point of failure, but I'll have heaters and circ pumps in each frag tank so they will be fine for hours if not days if the main pump fails. I'll have plenty of time to swap out the pump if something happens. I'll have a spare pump on hand since I'm using that same model of pump in a few places with this build.

The other thing I learned is that I need to rethink the standpipes I made for the frag tanks. I am now planning on fabricating overflow boxes for each frag tank. I'll make those and glue them in place sometime soon. It's not a huge setback, it will just take up some real estate in the tanks I hadn't planned on.

Otherwise, the plumbing is working just fine.

halmus
02/22/2017, 06:06 AM
That's great to hear and motivation for me to complete my reboot. :) (sorry for the sched 80 wallet damage)

I bypassed the first section in my commercial sump for all tank drain lines but kept UV/skimmer/chiller hitting the first section. Kept sump volume but all detritus type drain water hits sock section first.

I have manifold feeds ready to plumb to the sump sections to monthly blow them out with valve turns. It's on the long list.

Again, great build and even better prior tank shots!



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I'll have to give some thought to your idea of blowing out the sump sections monthly.

What exactly do you have in mind? Just turn a valve which increases the water flow so much the detritus is stirred up into the water column and moves on to be filtered out?

I have given some thought to trying to build an aquarium vacuum. Basically, plumb a long soft line into the feed side of a pump and have the output run through a canister filter and return the water via another soft line back where it came from. I know pumps generally don't like to "suck" as much as they like to "blow" but it seems like a do-able project. Maybe something like that already exists? I haven't done any significant research on it.

anbosu
02/22/2017, 09:08 AM
I'll have to give some thought to your idea of blowing out the sump sections monthly.

What exactly do you have in mind? Just turn a valve which increases the water flow so much the detritus is stirred up into the water column and moves on to be filtered out?

I have given some thought to trying to build an aquarium vacuum. Basically, plumb a long soft line into the feed side of a pump and have the output run through a canister filter and return the water via another soft line back where it came from. I know pumps generally don't like to "suck" as much as they like to "blow" but it seems like a do-able project. Maybe something like that already exists? I haven't done any significant research on it.

You could buy a cheap shop vac and use that. If your sump tank is elevated at all you could also build something with valves on both ends, keep the middle part filled with water, and the siphon starting should create a vacuum effect. I stole that from pmrogers on his build, it works pretty well.

serenity
02/22/2017, 01:11 PM
I wish I could hire you to come plumb my system, the attention to details is something to marvel over. You have given me a lot of ideas for the fish room I am starting to build out.

I so badly want to leave the walls without drywall in the fish room, but looking at your setup, I may just finish them. I literally finished every other wall in the basement I built out for my father to live with us in, I need to just do it.. I look forward to seeing water in the system!! Keep up the amazing work!

halmus
02/22/2017, 01:31 PM
You could buy a cheap shop vac and use that. If your sump tank is elevated at all you could also build something with valves on both ends, keep the middle part filled with water, and the siphon starting should create a vacuum effect. I stole that from pmrogers on his build, it works pretty well.



I'll have to look back over his thread to see what he did. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the ideas.

My first priority should be getting this thing wet and creating detritus so that I have something to complain about.

FishyFishy69
02/22/2017, 02:09 PM
WOW. This room is the thing my dreams are made of!! Almost my dream tank size too... but I'd like to go 6X6.

Are you going with bar stools around the granite ledge?

halmus
02/22/2017, 02:36 PM
I wish I could hire you to come plumb my system, the attention to details is something to marvel over. You have given me a lot of ideas for the fish room I am starting to build out.



I so badly want to leave the walls without drywall in the fish room, but looking at your setup, I may just finish them. I literally finished every other wall in the basement I built out for my father to live with us in, I need to just do it.. I look forward to seeing water in the system!! Keep up the amazing work!


Thanks for the compliments.

I personally would recommend sealing off the area for moisture concerns if nothing else. Of course that requires us to do something with the moisture when it's mostly contained.

If FRP is in the budget, it is an awesome product to put in the walls. Then, you wouldn't even really need to mud the drywall seams in my opinion.

I would have covered every wall in the room (and probably the ceiling) if my wife hadn't stopped me. Instead, I covered two important walls. Compromise.

halmus
02/22/2017, 02:42 PM
WOW. This room is the thing my dreams are made of!! Almost my dream tank size too... but I'd like to go 6X6.



Are you going with bar stools around the granite ledge?



It's like you're in my head!

When the tank was installed, my wife asked, "do you think it's big enough?" It looked small in the big room.

Where was that mindset when I was fighting for bigger dimensions prior to ordering?

I would have gone bigger. But, again I compromised as long as I got to keep the large filtration area. Big compromise, right? I have nothing to complain about.



Furniture arrives this Friday along with bar stools for the tank bar top.

Pool table arrives the Friday after.

1933Ford
02/22/2017, 05:23 PM
It's about that time of day on a weekend.



I went on a 8 mile run up the mountain behind my house today before starting plumbing again. I'm a little pooped.

Lookout Mountain or North Table? I've done a few runs up Lookout myself. But my runs include pushing down a gas pedal that is attached to an Edelbrock carb sitting on top of a 350 Chevy motor. :wave:

I stand in my back yard and look at the north side of North Table Mountain.

Greg

halmus
02/23/2017, 06:38 AM
Lookout Mountain or North Table? I've done a few runs up Lookout myself. But my runs include pushing down a gas pedal that is attached to an Edelbrock carb sitting on top of a 350 Chevy motor. :wave:



I stand in my back yard and look at the north side of North Table Mountain.



Greg



Greg

Hey neighbor! I must run by your house all the time. I'm on the North end as well. I won't post my address up publicly even though the InterWebs probably know more about me than I do.

I'll PM you some time and we'll have to get together. Currently work/life is insane for me because I'm the only one filling the job role usually occupied by three combined with trying to get this tank wet in my off hours.

It looks like you've been in the hobby for a long while. Do you still have a tank running or did you trade it in for a shiny chrome carb for your hot rod? Both hobbies can be money pits.

McPuff
02/23/2017, 01:50 PM
I am definitely tagging along. The craftsmanship is quite amazing and makes me feel highly inadequate. :0) That's going to be an awesome basement.

halmus
02/23/2017, 04:25 PM
I am definitely tagging along. The craftsmanship is quite amazing and makes me feel highly inadequate. :0) That's going to be an awesome basement.


Thank you. I plan on spending a lot of time down in my basement cave.

I'm looking forward just to some of the furniture arriving tomorrow. I'll be happy to sit and stare at an empty tank.

1933Ford
02/24/2017, 04:36 PM
Greg

Hey neighbor! I must run by your house all the time. I'm on the North end as well. I won't post my address up publicly even though the InterWebs probably know more about me than I do.

I'll PM you some time and we'll have to get together. Currently work/life is insane for me because I'm the only one filling the job role usually occupied by three combined with trying to get this tank wet in my off hours.

It looks like you've been in the hobby for a long while. Do you still have a tank running or did you trade it in for a shiny chrome carb for your hot rod? Both hobbies can be money pits.

I live over in the older neighborhood. Been in this house for 26 years and in the neighborhood 32 years. Things were far and few between back then.
I tore down my reef a few years ago. It had been running for about 27 years. I jumped on the "mini reef" bandwagon back in the early years. Sprung was still in college, Thiel was coming into his own, George at Sandpoint was doing some high tech stuff and the "go to" guy for reading was Martin Moe. I've seen a lot of good over the years and some snake oil. I was a very early user of halides. I had Jeff at Lifereef order some plant lights from Omar at ESU for me. They were a 100 watt, 4300K bulbs. The three bulb ballast could have doubled as a small boat anchor.

I can relate to the busy thing. I'm now retired but during the last 8 years of work I worked weekdays along with some weekends and on call 7x24x365.

You ever see me out in the car (I run down 93 into town on occasion) honk, wave, throw a dead fish at me.

Your project looks sweet. A well thought out plan. Your attention to deal is amazing. Look forward to seeing the finished product.


Greg

halmus
02/24/2017, 04:56 PM
Thanks for the compliments Greg.

My first tank was in 97. It's was a horrible mess at the time. I had poor guidance back in the Midwest and a extremely limited budget. PC's were the best I could do.

The next tank was from about 2008-2012. That was a big step up and successful.

Now, I'm trying to incorporate years of dreaming and mistakes into an ideal system (ideal for me).

It's all about priorities. I enjoy a well planned out work space and the back end is a big priority for me. That isn't everyone's concern and a clean back end doesn't guarantee a successful display. But, it can't hurt. :)




In other news, it was a waste of a day with some of the custom furniture arriving wrong and late. Then, I started working on the overflow boxes for the frag tank only to find that the last person to use my router and jig for overflows toasted the router bit and didn't replace it. (He's fired!)

So, I ran one single drain line and gave up for the day. Haircut and taxes. Two things I hate but the day's wasted anyway.

More progress tomorrow. Long run Sunday and mandatory fun that takes me away from tank progress. Pics early next week.

halmus
02/25/2017, 05:26 PM
I made some of the first braces that will hold the plumbing secure along the sumps.

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:29 PM
One of the return lines splits off and will supply a couple hundred GPH to the sump that supports the frag system.

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:34 PM
As a reference for the last picture above, the bottom 1 1/2" line feeds the Vortec that supports the frag system. That vortec feeds the two frag tanks, two reactors, and the skimmer. It might be a lot to ask of a single pump but I'm not planning on running a huge amount of water through the frag tanks, just a lot of internal circulation for each tank.

The second line from the bottom is the feed line that comes from the main system. It also won't run an enormous amount of flow through the sump, just enough to keep the frag system water well mixed with the main.

The top line is the return from the skimmer.

halmus
02/25/2017, 05:37 PM
The skimmer for the frag system. RO 2000 (I think). I still need to buy a fitting from HD to attach the feed line via a flexible hose. That is controlled by the gate valve that's sitting open.

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:42 PM
The frag sump has two return lines back to the main sump. One is 1" and will run full siphon. The other one is a 2" backup line. That's a trend with this build for all of the external tanks. I run a modest amount of water to it and have the primary and backup drain lines. The 2" is overkill by far, but it's peace of mind.

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s372/halmus/Golden%20Reef%20Tank/8CA375A0-D1D6-454B-BB5F-F4E087FD77A0_zpsqygnw5qc.jpg

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:44 PM
The other end of the frag sump. The two reactors for carbon and GFO.

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:47 PM
The inside of the frag sump. There's a lot going on in there. I'm going to add another baffle on the other side of where all of those lines feed into the sump.

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:49 PM
A couple other shots of the progress.

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halmus
02/25/2017, 05:52 PM
I am building overflow boxes for the frag tanks. They will go around the standpipes shown above. I originally hadn't planned on it, obviously, but I didn't like how the flow was working out with the original standpipes and draining.

worm5406
02/25/2017, 09:23 PM
Below the skimmer is a drip tray. Does it drain into anything?

I love to see Sch80 in work like that.

yifan917
02/26/2017, 12:15 AM
This system really makes me drooooool!


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halmus
02/26/2017, 06:09 AM
Below the skimmer is a drip tray. Does it drain into anything?

I love to see Sch80 in work like that.



For right now, it doesn't drain into anything. That's something that can be re-worked in the future if needed.

The idea behind the drip tray is that I wouldn't expect to have any water accumulation outside of the skimmer when things are running properly. If I develop even a small leak, I want to capture that and alert me through whatever controller I end up using and the water leak sensor I'll put inside of the drip tray.

I am glad I went with the sch80. I'm sure there will be some things I change over time as water starts flowing. I already have one area I want to redo but I'm holding off for now.

halmus
02/26/2017, 06:13 AM
This system really makes me drooooool!


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Thanks yifan. I'll have to go read through your build soon. It looks like you're doing some awesome work yourself!

yifan917
02/26/2017, 08:37 AM
Thanks yifan. I'll have to go read through your build soon. It looks like you're doing some awesome work yourself!



Thanks, but not nearly as awesome as yours!
Love your plumbing layout! When are you planning to run a leak test? :) the frag tank looks awesome, very nicely done!! Are you planning on dosing or calcium reactor?


Yifan

yifan917
02/26/2017, 08:46 AM
Sorry, missed it. You'll run MRC CA reactor [emoji41]


Yifan

halmus
02/26/2017, 11:04 AM
I ran a leak test on the frag system last week. That was the motivation to redo the stand pipes and create the overflow boxes.

I still need to make and install those boxes. I need to hook up three more major drain lines for the fuge and reactors in the main system.

I also am putting in a type of closed loop on the fuge. That's something I will have to describe and show once complete. It won't make sense without pictures.

That's about it for the main tank. Then, it's on the the QT systems.

Then, water mixing station.

Then, FWTO system.

I probably should do a leak test before cleaning up too much in case I need to make more PVC shavings.

Once I'm relatively convinced I'm done plumbing, I need to do a major cleaning of the room.

Then, build the light rack and hood for the main display. That's a big project because of space (and wife) requirements. Then, once I'm done crawling around inside of the display to build the light rack, I can finally run some saltwater through.

Oh, and lights, and electronics, and all of the other things I'm forgetting.

halmus
03/04/2017, 08:06 AM
The pool table was installed yesterday. I hung the light this morning before I start working on plumbing again.

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Rybren
03/04/2017, 05:56 PM
Very nice. I love the woodwork and the ceiling detail. Did you do it all yourself? If so, give yourself a big pat on the back.

halmus
03/04/2017, 06:33 PM
Very nice. I love the woodwork and the ceiling detail. Did you do it all yourself? If so, give yourself a big pat on the back.

Thanks. I am proud to say that in did all of the finish work. It was a lot of raw wood to process. We finished a few other rooms in the basement not shown here.

The aquarium is a labor of love but I'm really ready to sit back and enjoy the space. I can't wait to go coral shopping! I've missed a few good coral shows here because I have no place to put them.

tkeracer619
03/04/2017, 10:44 PM
Awesome! Looks great!

BigBlueTang
03/04/2017, 11:58 PM
Yeah! This is awesome!! I'd love to come swing by when it's ready!


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halmus
03/05/2017, 07:25 PM
Yeah! This is awesome!! I'd love to come swing by when it's ready!



Awesome! Looks great!


Thanks to both of you! I'll definitely have the local folks over to check it out.

It was another weekend plumbing. Baby steps. I'm almost at the point where I had hoped to be weeks ago. Still, its progress.

stonecold
03/07/2017, 04:59 PM
AMAZING setup thus far. So clean and professional. Looking forward to the finish product.

halmus
03/12/2017, 05:39 PM
The plumbing on the main system, refugium, frag racks is 95% done. I have one alteration I'm going to make to the reactor plumbing. I'm going to rip out just a little bit of the feed lines to those and re-plumb them with a section of soft line. I don't feel comfortable with everything hard plumbed (the way they turned out). I'm afraid there's stress on some of joints. I'm trying to get this as bullet-proof as possible.

I built supports for quite a bit of the plumbing now. I still need to make a few that will attach to the walls and support the vertical lines. I've been holding off until I'm relatively certain all of that is complete and that I'm done making any changes. I also need to add the pipe clamps for the unistrut supports for the lines running across the floor.

This is the result

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I built a wooden framework that spans over everything. Painted it black. Then added aluminum angle iron around the perimeter. There are four removable floor grates that will allow me access to get down to the plumbing lines if needed. The floor grating is industrial grade fiberglass floor grating.

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halmus
03/12/2017, 05:43 PM
AMAZING setup thus far. So clean and professional. Looking forward to the finish product.

Thank you.

I'm one step closer. Some acrylic work next weekend and mandatory fun going to a wedding for people I've never met in my life (You can smell my excitement). Keep the wife happy.

Hopefully, the QT system will be started the following weekend.

newreef15
03/12/2017, 06:16 PM
This tank is amazing keep up the clean work.

halmus
03/14/2017, 04:54 AM
This tank is amazing keep up the clean work.


Thank you.

Jhardain
04/21/2017, 10:54 AM
No updates??

halmus
04/21/2017, 11:13 AM
No updates??

I wish I had more to update. I have gotten two of the QT tanks mostly plumbed but it's not worth posting pictures of that yet.

My father passed away recently. It was completely unexpected and pretty devastating to the family. I've been traveling back to the midwest quite a bit to do what I can.

Additionally, work is less than ideal. I had planned on considering my options after the aquarium was complete. However, circumstances are such that I'm considering my options right now instead of making tank progress.

I have almost everything I need to complete the tank except time. I think I might be able to make some progress next weekend assuming I can get "grown up" things taken care of this weekend.

dave.m
04/21/2017, 12:59 PM
Sorry for your loss. Please take all the time you need for the things that matter most.

We can wait. It's not like we're going anywhere.

Dave.M

FernandesReef
04/21/2017, 02:32 PM
Sorry about your father.

You do great work and have pride in it, for that I take my hat off to you sir.



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tkeracer619
04/21/2017, 03:39 PM
Damn, sorry about your dad!

If you need a hand with something let me know.

iced98lx
04/21/2017, 04:23 PM
Sorry for your loss, tanks are always here when there is time.

halmus
04/22/2017, 09:33 AM
Thanks for all of the support everyone. Good group of people here.

Everything back home is as resolved as it can be. I will still be fitting in time with the build between other life events. Building is my therapy. I grew up learning the cabinet trade from my dad. I've expanded my building skills beyond just woodworking but that was a good foundation.

Luckily, I've been taking my time with things anyway. There's no reason things can't sit a little longer.

Darthv247
04/22/2017, 12:24 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss. I am really not looking forward to that Day. You must be devastated.

Glad to see your build is here on RC. I kept going to RF looking for updates there.

halmus
05/13/2017, 12:54 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss. I am really not looking forward to that Day. You must be devastated.

Glad to see your build is here on RC. I kept going to RF looking for updates there.

Thanks for finding me here. It's too much to keep updates here, on the local Co forum, and RF. I'll keep things up to date here as things progress.

halmus
05/13/2017, 12:56 PM
I made some supports for some of the plumbing along the wall by all of the reactors. Those have been installed.

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halmus
05/13/2017, 01:08 PM
Here is a big photo dump of the QT systems. I mentioned the general goal before, but to help provide some context here, the QT is basically two separate systems. There's a coral QT and a fish QT. I don't plan on medicating the fish QT. The sump is one large box with two separate sumps built into one. They're a mirror image of each other. I have them plumbed so that with the turn of a valve, I can turn the two QT systems into one single system sharing water.

The coral QT is composed of a return pump which provides water to the shallow tank and a manifold for GFO and carbon. There's a modest RO skimmer. It's pretty simple.

The fish QT is composed of a matching return pump with matching GFO and carbon reactors and a matching RO skimmer. The return feeds x3 tanks above. That can be adjusted so that all three tanks feed into the sump, or any combination of running stand-alone. I made space for a HOB filter in each. They will each have their own heater and a modest circulation pump. The lights aren't in place yet.


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halmus
05/13/2017, 01:14 PM
FWTO will be a gravity fed line from a central FW tank located on the top shelf of a rack above the refugium. The top-off is controlled by the toilet plunger valves in each separate sump. I know that might seem crazy to some, but I've used those toilet plunger valves on the last few builds and they've never failed. I made sure there isn't any metal to leach into the water. It's all plastic and rubber.

I built custom acrylic racks that slide over the various dividers to hold the FWTO valves and reactors. Those are the black acrylic inserts you can see equipment attached to. They are bolted in place and can be removed if needed. I'll be using nylon bolts for all of that. I still need to replace a few of the metal bolts you see in a few pics.

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halmus
05/13/2017, 01:17 PM
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Darthv247
05/13/2017, 09:49 PM
u like the toilet plunger idea. i will have to steal that one. such a savings and they will still do the same job or better. I have always used timers for TO water but the accuracy suffers that way.

halmus
05/15/2017, 07:02 AM
u like the toilet plunger idea. i will have to steal that one. such a savings and they will still do the same job or better. I have always used timers for TO water but the accuracy suffers that way.



There are smaller solutions available for the hobby. They would fit better. I'm not sure how reliable they are? I've never tried them. The nice thing is that I can always go back and rework this. The bracket is solid but not permanent. It's adjustable in height so I can set the depth in the final zone as needed.

I did have to buy an extra kit of rubber gaskets to make this work. The gasket included didn't seal well around the 3/8" line I'm using.

I personally avoid electronics for top-off even though I know there are some really good products out there.

FernandesReef
05/15/2017, 07:40 AM
Very neat work...
I like how you have supported the plumbing everywhere you can.


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halmus
05/16/2017, 07:15 AM
Very neat work...
I like how you have supported the plumbing everywhere you can.


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Thanks Fernandes.

I'm a bull in a china shop, so supporting everything means there's less to worry about from bumping into pipes. It's extra nice to feel the solid support when you're tweaking the valves. You don't get the sense that all of that pressure is being translated back to a fitting or bulkhead that's going to break.

The Unistrut I'm using is aluminum so I don't have to worry about rust there. However, I'm not as confident in the brackets. We'll see how they do over time.

tkeracer619
05/16/2017, 03:00 PM
Looks great!

halmus
05/25/2017, 01:27 PM
Thank you

halmus
05/25/2017, 01:28 PM
Here is the sketch I did a few months ago planning out the mixing station.

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halmus
05/25/2017, 01:34 PM
And here's the progress so far....


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The actual FWTO tank. Top shelf. I'm waiting on some transparent PVC I'm going to run vertically from the open union. I'll use that to visually check the water level in the tank. I'll put graduated marks on that to determine gallons. I'm also putting an "electronic tape measure" in that eventually. The water depth can be correlated to gallons electronically and I can feed that into a user interface to show how many gallons top off I have at any time.

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acesq
05/30/2017, 01:20 PM
Shut the front door!!

You, friend have mad all around skills.

Really looking forward to the finished product. Judging from the few pics of your last tank, your display will be worthy of the engine room.

WLachnit
05/30/2017, 05:01 PM
Wow...I enjoyed all the pics. Great craftsmanship and awesome attention to details. It looks like a commercial setup.

ArmanS
05/30/2017, 06:28 PM
Just finished the entire thread.

So sorry for your loss.

Your build is one of the nicest I have ever seen and your attention to detail is evident. Its builds like these that make websites like reef central such a valuable resource. Future Tank of the Month for sure!

I cannot wait to see progress! Subscribed!~

halmus
05/31/2017, 04:59 AM
Thank you for the compliments everyone. I do hope the display is worthy of the back end once it's finally running.

I cleaned the room again because we're having guests over in a week. It is a good breaking point.

I drained the refugium and removed the protective plastic coating on the acrylic.

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I built a large cave network in the fuge. There is a closed loop on the fuge with outlets down in that cave network. This is a poor picture of the cave. It doesn't show the depth very well.

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This is the back side of the fuge. The overflow section. The bottom pipe is the feed line to the DC closed loop pump.

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And the pump.

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Why a closed loop on a fuge? I won't be feeding a huge amount of water through from the main display. I want to make sure there is plenty of flow through that cave network. It will all be adjustable.

halmus
06/01/2017, 06:38 AM
And here is an updated walk-through of the space.

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halmus
06/01/2017, 06:44 AM
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halmus
06/01/2017, 06:54 AM
And this is what the front of the tank looks like today.

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s372/halmus/Golden%20Reef%20Tank/36857683-A773-4808-B611-B24309D80E45_zpsig4kpkew.jpg

The open area above the tank will have a wooden hood. The hood will be open to the back filtration room. Underneath, the wooden hood will be built on a frame of aluminum 8020 material.

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s372/halmus/Golden%20Reef%20Tank/2053C9E9-02EB-4902-A042-C6100F3F4373_zpsvd7yg7cj.jpg

The entire hood will be built on a center framework that will hold 60" full extension glides. That will allow the entire hood to slide out beyond the end of the front of the tank. That will allow full access to the tank when needed and easy access to the lights for maintenance. When the hood is in the normal position, I'll have small door access.

This is the model I've been designing to build from.

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I'm building the whole sliding rack with the backbone to allow for future automation.

reefwiser
06/01/2017, 08:58 AM
Great build I am sure you can not wait to get it wet.:)

BigBlueTang
06/01/2017, 02:07 PM
Looks awesome man! Can't wait to see it wet!


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halmus
06/01/2017, 05:18 PM
Thanks to both of you.

I will have an open house once water is flowing.

Even at that point, I'll still have a lot of work to do in automating the system. I'll just be plugging pumps straight into the wall at first. Once that is running, I'll decide on the controller and start integrating all of that in while the system is cycling.

I'm closer to being wet than I was a year ago this time!

halmus
06/02/2017, 07:45 AM
Any opinions out there on Reef Breeders Photon V2 lights? I want to put something over the QT tanks that I can dim down significantly for minimal light during normal fish QT but also ramp up to a level to support coral if I ever chose to hold them there.

I'm just looking at these for the three fish QT tanks with a 24" light over the 36" tanks.

I've also looked at Reefbrite XHO strips but I like the broader spectrum of the Photons.

Cmags305
06/02/2017, 08:53 AM
This build is simply amazing


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SPotter
06/05/2017, 07:25 AM
I love the photons. I switched to them from MH's and have had amazing results with growth and color....not to mention a lower electric bill!!!!

halmus
06/05/2017, 08:48 AM
This build is simply amazing


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Thank you.

My wife refers to it as our own personal hadron collider. I'm smashing plankton together not particles but close enough, right?

halmus
06/05/2017, 08:52 AM
I love the photons. I switched to them from MH's and have had amazing results with growth and color....not to mention a lower electric bill!!!!



Thanks for the feedback.

I'm glad to hear they're working well for you. I've researched the MH vs LED issue to death, so that part was an easy choice for QT tanks. I just haven't had any experience with this brand. They seem to be a good middle of the road option and they're perfect for the footprint I'm trying to cover. Again, they're going to be dimmed down significantly 90% of the time for the incoming fish but it's good to know they can still grown coral if needed.

maxxII
06/05/2017, 04:08 PM
I've got a single ReefBreeders Photon Gen 1 light over my frag tank. I've been using Radions prior to this, (Gen 1's through Gen 3's), and I'm impressed with the Photon lights.

Definitely a light to consider for growing corals, especially at a lower price point than Radions.

halmus
06/05/2017, 04:48 PM
I've got a single ReefBreeders Photon Gen 1 light over my frag tank. I've been using Radions prior to this, (Gen 1's through Gen 3's), and I'm impressed with the Photon lights.

Definitely a light to consider for growing corals, especially at a lower price point than Radions.



Thanks Max. I like the spectrum, footprint, and price point of the 24-V2's. I think it's settled for the QT tanks.

Rene Obergfell
06/05/2017, 08:45 PM
A living piece of furniture

brett559
06/06/2017, 04:07 PM
http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s372/halmus/Golden%20Reef%20Tank/IMG_2105_zpscygcat4k.jpg

What a build! Just discovered this thread.

Socks with sandals?! :eek2:

halmus
06/06/2017, 04:38 PM
A living piece of furniture


Thanks Rene.

halmus
06/06/2017, 04:46 PM
What a build! Just discovered this thread.

Socks with sandals?! :eek2:



Socks and sandals and Carhartt britches. Yes, I did it and I refuse to apologize. :) I am about as far from fashionable as a person can get. I guess that's what you get growing up on a midwest farm and then living in California and Washington for years.

Thanks for following Brett.

brett559
06/06/2017, 04:56 PM
Just finished the thread. Man, this is going to be amazing!!!

Any thought to what fish will go in this beauty?

halmus
06/06/2017, 05:09 PM
I have been making a random list of Anthias, Wrasses, and tangs that catch my eye.

Honestly, with the scope of the backend build, I haven't taken the time to really sort out the list. I'm very comfortable with coral but lack experience with fish. They've always been an afterthought in past tanks. This time, I want to be very deliberate with stocking. So, when the time comes, I'll run my fish list and ideas by a local shop I trust. I'll post it up here as well and you all can give me some direction. Hopefully, we can come up with a good long term plan on what all is truly compatible and what should be added in the right sequence (or at once).

My approach has been to focus on the near term goals while planning and ordering the materials for the next milestone. Fish are so far away, I haven't spent serious time considering that part of the tank. It will be fun to stock this beast, though!

McPuff
06/07/2017, 06:41 AM
In a system like this, I'm thinking a conspicuous angel would be a nice addition. :0)

halmus
06/07/2017, 07:15 AM
In a system like this, I'm thinking a conspicuous angel would be a nice addition. :0)


I'll keep my eyes open while I'm shopping for cat food at Petco. Maybe they'll get one in some time. :)

halmus
06/23/2017, 03:46 PM
Plumbing is almost done. Hopefully, I be starting on the light rack in a few weeks.

In the mean time, I'm researching alternative ways to bond my rockwork and came across Polygem 307.

I know this isn't a totally new topic, but does anyone have a link to tanks that have successfully used this? I didn't see a lot when I searched here other than references to the potential of using it.

Specifically, which Polygem product can be used? Have any of you used it and successfully not poisoned your tank? Does it need to be coated with anything to seal it to prevent leaching of crud long-term? If so, I'm not interested. I don't want to trust a thin coat of anything to the health of my tank.

Their site claims that the 307 Lite is 100% non toxic. I'm just looking for alternatives to the small sticks of epoxy that I would need to by bulk quantities of which might not hold all that well anyway.


Or, does anyone have tips on creating more open rockwork formations (thinking of Ching Chai's beautiful rockwork). I do have a few sticks of the Epo-Puddy I believe he used on his tank.

I tried the white Portland cement route and I don't like the residue it releases as it cures. I am building the rockwork in the tank. So, I don't want to mess up the glass.

Thanks for any input!

reefzone123
06/25/2017, 07:57 PM
amazing setup. great specs.

halmus
06/30/2017, 05:37 PM
Thanks reefzone.

Plumbing is mostly complete. I'm going to finish up a few things tomorrow and do a major cleaning.

I'll post pictures soon. Light rack will be the next task.

halmus
07/03/2017, 11:40 AM
Question:

I'm looking back over this thread. Are all of the photobucket pictures blocked for the rest of you? I can't see any of them anymore.

BigBlueTang
07/03/2017, 11:41 AM
Question:

I'm looking back over this thread. Are all of the photobucket pictures blocked for the rest of you? I can't see any of them anymore.

Yup.. Photobucket now requires you to pay for third party hosting..

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2642663

halmus
07/03/2017, 11:50 AM
Thanks for the info BigBlue. I've been working 70-80 hrs a week for the last 3 years. I guess I've ignored all of the junk mail from them. So, I've been clueless. My bad. I started the photobucket account years ago. I haven't had time to find another solution.

It's one thing for them to say that they will discontinue 3rd party hosting for future photos. It's another thing for them to say they're going to destroy years of photographic journaling you've already completed based on the agreement you had with them at the time. Hold you hostage and demand $400 to recover past images?

Good news for you BigBlue, you're not too far down the road. So, you'll get to see the tank as it finally gets wet.

BigBlueTang
07/03/2017, 12:50 PM
Good news for you BigBlue, you're not too far down the road. So, you'll get to see the tank as it finally gets wet.


Yeah, there seems to be a massive uproar. I think that the policy will change pretty quickly. Can't wait to come over and see it!

halmus
07/14/2017, 06:30 PM
Thanks to everyone for following along so far. Due to the photo issues, I started an entire new thread:

A Golden Reef Tank (v2).

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2644366

I re-posted images and added quite a few new ones. Please use that thread if you'd like to continue the build. I won't be posting anything new here.

Thanks again!